Tim Tebow Silences the Critics and Makes His Case

David BurnettCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2010

DENVER - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos greets members of the Houston Texas at midfield after the game at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Texans 24-23.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow leads Denver to a comeback win over Houston with over 300 yards passing—that’s the headline. The headline could also read:  Much maligned, former Heisman trophy winner begins to silence his critics.

To those who think Tebow has no business in the NFL, I point to this breakthrough against the Texans as evidence that Tebow can be an effective, if not very good NFL quarterback.  

Does this one game say everything about Tebow?  No, but it does give us an indication that he won’t be a disaster, as so many quarterback purists have predicted.  I continue to believe Tebow was too much of a leader—and a winner—at the University of Florida to say otherwise.

Okay, Tebow’s throwing motion isn’t what many so-called experts say is optimal, but those same experts questioned the throwing motion of San Diego Chargers’ quarterback Phillip Rivers.    

Turned out that Rivers has been one of the leagues top signal-callers for the last three or four seasons.  So yes, experts might be experts, but we continue to have proof that they are not always right.

Denver is down this season, way down.  The head coach has been fired and the season is finished, as far as the playoffs are concerned.  Which meant, technically, Denver had nothing to play for.  

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So why not play Tim Tebow? 

This was the perfect way for Tebow to get a start on his pro career.  How bad can he be? Tim Tebow is the former Heisman trophy winner, and two-time national champion—he’s already proved he can play at a high level in meaningful games.

But as much as I root for Tebow, I do feel for Kyle Orton, Denver’s regular starting quarterback, who is recovering from an injury.  Orton has had a few things of his own to prove.  Orton, who came to Denver from Chicago a season ago in the trade for Jay Cutler, has thrown for more than 7,000 yards the last two seasons for Denver.

Orton, has made his point.  He can play in the NFL, but since he wasn’t a first-round draft pick like Tebow, Orton will likely be traded.  He is not just a backup, Orton is better than that.  The team that picks up Kyle Orton up will not be disappointed.  But neither will Denver.

Denver has Tim Tebow—one of college football’s greatest ever competitors, who now as a pro, is making his own case and may be leading Denver out of the darkness.

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