You might have heard a little something about this young second-year quarterback named Tim Tebow taking over as the Broncos starting quarterback (if not, I’d like to hear about what you’ve been up to these past couple days).
We’ve heard from Denver coach John Fox (“It's not one guy. It's not all Kyle Orton's fault.”). We’ve heard from Broncos running back Willis McGahee (“He gave us a spark. That's Tim Tebow”). We’ve heard from Orton ("I'm disappointed with everything.”). And, of course, we’ve heard from Tebow (“It’s an honor and a privilege,” and you can see more in the video below.).
"Will Tim be a success?" Meyer asked. "The question is, will the Broncos be a success? That's the question. Not so much Tim -- will the Broncos improve their play where they can go win a game?"
When you answer a question with another question, that can’t bode well, can it?
"I know one thing: A quarterback can only do so much," Meyer said. "He's a product of those around him. If everybody can play a little better, Denver could have a chance to win. Quarterbacks get far too much credit and far too much criticism. He needs to have those guys around him really step up their play as well."
Meyer speaks the truth. Which is why Orton must feel frustrated and disappointed. Because if we go by Meyer’s theory, Orton* took a whole heap of unwarranted abuse for the play of his teammates, while Tebow (despite ordinary-looking stats and ordinary-looking play, minus the times he used his legs) got a whole bunch of credit for leading Denver to the almost-win Sunday.
“For the record, before entering last Sunday’s game, where Orton was pretty terrible, he had completed 59.9 percent of his passes for an average of 236 yards per game, eight touchdowns and six interceptions. So, Orton wasn’t that bad.
Still, Meyer truly thinks Tebow can succeed in the NFL, even if he’s one of the few believers.
"I'm a lover of the game of football, and football still comes down to toughness, intelligence, energy, sacrifice and getting a team to play well," Meyer said. "When it comes to all of those things, Tim is as good as anyone who has played the game."
Now, Tebow just has to work on that accuracy thing, and he’ll be good to go.
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