Was Denver Right For Tebow?
Donavon Murphy | On 14, Jan 2013
I couldn’t help but to reminisce on Tim Tebow’s game winning drive in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers last year, as I watched Justin Tucker’s kick seal the deal for the Denver Broncos impressive season.
The Baltimore Ravens put an end to a stellar comeback season for Peyton Manning and for the streaky Broncos. Before Saturday’s defeat, the Broncos had won their last 11 games.
Let me take you back a bit. Around this time last year, the Denver Broncos were in similar situation.
However, they were dealt a different judgement with quarterback Tim Tebow.
In the AFC wild-card game last year; Denver versus Pittsburgh, Tebow had his magician hat on tight.
He connected with Demaryius Thomas on an electrifying 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime and the Broncos defeated the stunned Pittsburgh Steelers 29-23.
Here’s where the magic comes in; the drive only took 11 seconds. The longest overtime postseason touchdown in NFL history.
Tebow racked up a list of accolades for his historic performance.
- He was the first NFL player ever to complete four passes of 30 yards or more in a single quarter of an NFL playoff game, with 51, 30, 58, & 40.
- His passer rating was 125.6, the highest in Broncos playoff history.
- He finished with 316 yards passing with a pair of touchdown passes and no interceptions. He also added 50 rushing yards on 10 carries with another touchdown. According to Elias, he’s the third quarterback in the Super Bowl era to throw for 300 yards without an interception, and run for a touchdown in a playoff game.
That year wasn’t too shabby for Tebow. I mean it wasn’t boisterous, but it wasn’t that bad.
While the buzz around Tebow was growing, the Denver Broncos organization had something else on the menu. They pursued high profile free-agent, Peyton Manning, leaving Tebow in the dark.
The Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow parted ways. This is where I believe his downfall began.
Now I get it, the Broncos wanted to win and they wanted to win big. They wanted to rush success instead of building a franchise. No pun intended, but they won’t be able to do that with Manning. He is simply past that stage.
On top of not “building a franchise”, they also hurt a young ego; Tebow. Just imagine how he felt going from getting his feet wet in the league to being shipped like property.
I think the Broncos organization could have approached the situation with a little more sensitivity. Maybe by informing Tebow that Manning would be brought in so he could benefit from a proven star at his position in his early years, Denver could have been a duel-threat QB team this year. I’m just saying.
It’s crucial to establish confidence in players, especially at the quarterback position. Tebow’s days are growing darker, this season with the New York Jets was no exception.
I guess I’ll just continue to ponder on if things would be different for Tim if things had gone differently in Denver.