The Denver Broncos managed to win an NFL game while attempting eight passes. The fact is even more startling after letting it resonate for 24 hours.
But then there’s the Tim Tebow factor. Judge Tebow by statistics, and the results aren’t pretty. Judge him by wins, and the Broncos are 3-1 in games he has started this season.
“This guy is a winner,” said NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders. “He has ‘it.’ Do I know how to define what ‘it’ is? ‘It’ is a leader, it is something people believe in, it is an intangible. You can’t measure Tebow by statistics, because he has the ‘it’ factor. The only thing I know is they’re starting to believe, and they’re winning games.”
Sure, the formula is working now. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who believes the Broncos can sustain their success with the current passing game under Tebow. That includes coach John Fox, who stated the obvious Monday by telling reporters “we have to get better at throwing the ball.”
And that’s the Catch-22 the Broncos find themselves in after opening Pandora’s box to start Tebow. The team is winning with Tebow. The fandom loves Tebow. The Broncos are stuck with him unless they want to face another pro-Tebow billboard campaign throughout Denver.
“Here lies the problem,” added Michael Irvin. “There is such a follow for Tebow. People don’t care how the win looks, they see a victory. John Elway knows that this is temporary, so he wants to move toward the future. It’s a hard thing as long as Tebow keeps winning and Tebow fans keep ‘Tebowing.’ ”
Ahh, yes, ‘Tebowing‘. Thanks Playmaker. We almost made it through this post without mentioning that.
But bringing it back around full-circle: If Tebow has “it,” is “it” enough?