As I sit in my man cave/home studio watching the Thursday Night Football game with the Denver Broncos against the New York Jets on the big screen, the legend of Tim Tebow continues to grow. The John Fox defense set the tone in the game, forcing Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez into bad situations, inadequate decision-making and the inability to produce production in the air or on the ground.
Until the final minutes of the fourth quarter, Denver’s only touchdown had come on an interception return. But then Tebow led the Broncos on a 95-yard drive, and he scored the winning touchdown on a run that beat the Jets blitz.
With the Broncos now 5-5, they are quietly gaining momentum under a quarterback that everyone was throwing not only under the bus, but to the wolves.
Yes, he lacks the natural throwing skill set for a dropback quarterback. His release point and delivery is ugly and inconsistent. But he has three attributes a quarterback must have at the NFL level: 1. Leadership qualities. At Florida, a source told me his teammates would follow him into a burning building; no questions asked. 2. He is extremely smart and one of the brightest quarterbacks I had the pleasure of interviewing at the combine in my 15 years in the league. . He is a winner in every sense of the word and if I was a betting man, I wouldn’t bet against him to succeed as a quarterback in the National Football League.
Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who I worked with at Carolina for several years, is a bright man and will find a way to win with the personnel he has been dealt.
Here is a look at this week’s games:
Tennessee @ Atlanta = Falcons
Buffalo @ Miami = Bills
Cincinnati @Baltimore = Ravens
Jacksonville @Cleveland = Browns
Oakland @Minnesota = Vikings
Carolina @ Detroit = Lions
Tampa Bay @Green Bay = Packers
Dallas @ Washington = Cowboys
Seattle @ St. Louis = Rams
San Diego @Chicago = Bears
Philadelphia @New York Giants = Giants
Monday Night Football
Kansas City @ New England = Patriots