I happened to be having a conversation Sunday about the Broncos playoff run. Of course you can’t do that without discussing Tim Tebow, and there was significant doubt expressed by one party about Tebow’s ability to play in the NFL.
My response was: “If I had promised you after the Detroit game (another 45-10 loss) that by the end of the season Tim Tebow would have more than 450 yards passing AND more than 100 yards rushing in the playoffs, would you have been happy?” His reply was “well, of course.”
“Well then, be happy.”
I certainly hope that common sense and perspective prevails among the Denver Broncos’ front office and coaching staff if nowhere else. I think Tebow is a potential top-tier QB, and one who presents unique challenges for opposing defenses. But for Tebow to be successful he needs receivers who can get open and catch the ball, an offensive line who can protect the QB, and running backs who can present a threat on their own, without relying on Tebow himself as a decoy to break them free.
On the defensive side they need to upgrade their secondary and they need to get some pass rushers.
The bottom line is that the Broncos seriously over-performed this season. There is no way this team ends up playing a divisional playoff game without some luck and gritting out some games most teams would have lost. As much as I love that grittiness, you can’t depend on that formula in the long run. They need talent at several key positions. I just hope the coaching staff understands that. I’m not sure they do.