The Denver Broncos started out the season without Tim Tebow and they were 1-4. They ended the season with Tim Tebow going 1-4. Obviously, the performance of Tim Tebow in the other seven games created the hype about him. When we look at the seven games that really made Tebow a superstar, we see clearly that he was not responsible for 7-1 record.
His first victory was 18-15 against the woeful Miami Dolphins who finished the season 6-10. A three point victory against a poor 6-10 team is nothing to brag home about. The next game was a loss to Detroit 42-10. Detroit, a 10-6 team, blew away Denver and Tebow. Obviously these games, plus his 1-4 finish cannot be considered as any evidence that Tebow was a good quarterback. His fame has to rest on the six straight games he won from November 5 to December 11. These are the games:
Sun 11/6 Oakland Raiders at Oakland (4-3) W 38 – 24 . Oakland ended the season 8-8
Sun 11/13 Kansas City Chiefs at Kansas City (4-4) W 17 – 10. Kansas City ended the season 7-9
Thu 11/17 New York Jets NY Jets (5-4) W 17 – 13. New York ended the season 8-8.
Sun 11/27 San Diego Chargers at San Diego (4-6) W 16 – 13. San Diego ended the season 8-8
Sun 12/4 Minnesota Vikings at Minnesota (2-9) W 35 – 32. Minnesota ended the season 3-13
Sun 12/11 Chicago Bears Chicago (7-5) W 13 – 10. Chicago ended the season 8-8
Obviously beating Minnesota (3-13) by three points cannot be considered a great or even a particularly game. That means that Tebow made his reputation on five wins against five average teams (four 8-8 teams and one 7-9). Tebow scored 17, 16, 13 and 10 points in four of these games. Clearly, the wins in these games did not result from Tebow and the offense scoring, but from the defense playing very good games.
The fact that Tebow scored most of his points in the last quarter and won comebacks doesn’t matter. In football, it doesn’t matter which quarter you score your points in, its the cumulative amount that counts. Scoring 17,16, 13 and 10 points against average teams is not particularly good.
This leaves us with only one game where we cannot say the Bronco defense won or they were playing an extremely weak team. That was the 38-24 victory over the Oakland Raiders on November 6. This game featured two long touchdown runners by Willis McGahee of 60 and 24 yards. He ended up with 164 yards. E. Royal returned a punt 85 yards which really put the game away for Denver in the late fourth quarter.
In 2010, the best running back for Denver was Knowshon Moreno who ran for 779 yards, 24th best in the league. Willis McGahee rushed for 1199 years in 2011, for 9th best in the league. Even in the one regular season game where Tebow shined, McGahee has to be given equal credit for a great game. In the same way, in the one post season game where Tebow shined, Demaryius Thomas caught four passes for 204 yards, and should be given equal credit for the victory.
It seems pretty obvious that Tim Tebow was not the reason for Denver improving last year and making the play-offs. It was an improved defense, plus the acquisition of Willis McGahee, who had a great season.
Tebow should have given more credit for his team’s victories to the people responsible, Willis McGahee and the Denver Defense.
The sports media gave Tebow the credit and Tebow gave God the credit. They both misled the public.
Next season should be very interesting. Expectations will be higher. Nobody thinks that Denver is a bad team any more. If he doesn’t improve on this season’s record, he will be seen as a failure. This would not be good for himself or the ideals he claims to represent.