Now that the Broncos and Tebow have a 6-1 record with Tebow as a starter and now are in first place in the AFC West division, even Tebow's harshest critics have to realize there is just something about Tebow and his ability to somehow make the people around him better.
As I write that last statement, I realize that some people will cringe, others will say that I'm not giving enough credit to the defense or the other players on offense, which is not my intention. I understand that football is a team sport and the quarterback is only one piece (albeit a large piece) of the puzzle. But, if you object to my assertion that Tebow is a huge reason for the Broncos recent success, remember this~the team was 1-4 before he became the starter and was left for dead.
Commentators were saying things like, "You might as play Tebow now since the season is lost and find out if he is the quarterback of the future." Now those same commentators have to say that the Broncos are in the playoff hunt. Let me say that again, these Broncos who everyone wrote off a little over a month ago are now in the middle of the playoff picture.
There's something about Tim Tebow...he is a winner. He has shown that being a positive person, believing in yourself, believing in your teammates, giving credit away and not keeping it all to yourself, believing in the idea of a team and never stopping in the pursuit of a goal can and will make you and everyone around you better.
This is not to say that Willis McGahee is not running "lights out" this year. Or that Von Miller hasn't been a beast on defense. Or that Eric Decker hasn't been some great catches when needed. They have. This Broncos team is light years away from the team that started 1-4~and I think it's because they have all started to believe in each other and in each other's abilities.
The defense knows that if they keep the game close, the Tebow-led offense will somehow find a way to win the game. The offense knows that the defense will make the "splash" plays (as Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin often refers to game changing plays-yes, that is a shameless shout out to my favorite team) to give the offense a chance. They all believe in one another and have faith in one another and that all seemed to really come together when Tebow took over as the starting quarterback.
The great news is that you don't have to be Tim Tebow to positively and powerfully impact the people around you in this way. We can all do it on whatever field we've been given to play on.
Until next time-thanks for reading!