Broncos vs. Vikings: Tim Tebow's Heroics Make Merril Hoge Look Ridiculous

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 4: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a two point conversion against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter on December 4, 2011 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Broncos defeated the Vikings 35-32. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Every time Tim Tebow takes the field, Merril Hoge's credibility takes a hit. Tebow's late-game heroics led the Broncos to their sixth victory in their last seven games.

Hoge has been outspoken about how miserable Tebow's quarterback skills are. Tebow had two touchdowns in the victory and went 10 for 15 for 202 yards.

Hoge has to concede that the Broncos can win with Tebow under center now, as his insane play has brought them from the ashes and put them atop the AFC West standings.

Tebow may not be a Super Bowl quarterback, but the "gimmicky" offense Hoge loves to blast has proven to be virtually unstoppable.

He isn't bringing Denver a Lombardi Trophy this season, but he's helping Denver maximize their potential and Hoge's failure to admit that he is wrong is ridiculous.

Hoge called it "embarrassing to think the Broncos could win with Tebow".

Tebow continues to make Hoge eat his words. He has proven once and for all that Hoge's experience as a mediocre player in the NFL has not given him the ability to recognize sub-par talent when he sees it.

Tebow isn't winning in conventional fashion and he's never going to be a pure pocket passer. He's something we've never seen before and critics are quick to reject play that they don't understand how to evaluate.

The wins aren't pretty, but Tebow's ability to rack up "W's" is making all of his critics look foolish. To suggest that he hasn't proven worthy of being an NFL quarterback is absurd.

The Broncos now lead the NFL with 159.7 rushing YPG. Teams have to fear the option and it completely throws them off their game.

Teams know the Broncos aren't going to air it out, naysayers come up with reasons why they won't be able to get it done on a weekly basis and still, they manage to come out on top.

Whether or not Tebow is the quarterback of the future in Denver is up for debate, but right now, it's hard to imagine the Broncos would want anybody but Tebow under center.

Luckily for Tebow and the Broncos' Hoge isn't making personnel decisions. Kyle Orton would still be collecting losses like they were rare stamps while Tebow sat helplessly on the bench.

Some day, Hoge will realize that it is better to win unconventionally than lose with a guy "experts" deem to be "better."

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