As a TV Sports Reporter I have heard every cliche' in the book from "We have to be solid in all three phases of the game" to "We take it one game at a time." These sorts of answers don't bother me too much any more because truth be told, they're true. But the cliche' that carries the most weight in the modern-day NFL is "It's a business." Time and time again, we are reminded that our favorite past time is not just a game. Big money is stake with every snap and every decision. With that in mind, the Denver Broncos have to make a smart business decision soon.
PLAY TIM TEBOW.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I have not been one of the reporters (or fans) calling for Tebow to play this season. I thought it would be disastrous to bench your best player (Kyle Orton) in favor of a kid who, by all accounts, is not ready for an NFL Sunday. However, I pulled a complete-180 and think it should be Tebow Time after witnessing the Broncos flush hope down the toilet in back-to-back games at Kansas City and Arizona. The kid has to play, NOW. It's not personal Mr. Orton, just business.
The Broncos need to find out what they have in Tim Tebow. Can he run an offense for four quarters? Can he get veterans like Jabar Gaffney and Correll Buckhalter to follow his lead? Can he throw a 50-yard "go-route? Heck, can he complete a 15-yard post pass? We don't know. Neither do the Broncos. If he can do all these things, it provides hope. Hope that one day, the Broncos will once again ride off into the glorious Bronco-Orange Sunset behind a franchise quarterback. If he can't play, the Broncos are in no worse of a situation than they are now... and the decision still pays big dividends. Knowledge is power. Better to find out now, when a season is lost, than to start 2011 0-6 behind a quarterback who should have been sent packing along with the coach who drafted him.
Tebow has been a fan favorite since the moment he was drafted by the Broncos. He has a cult following unlike anything I have seen in my career. Many times at opposing stadiums, his jersey outnumbers any "home team" player. Fans in Arizona were even chanting his name on Sunday afternoon. Fans should NEVER dictate or influence a way an organization is run. Especially from a personnel stand-point. However, this may be the exception to the rule. Tebow can single handedly revive excitement of a disastrous season by stepping onto the field. But standing on the sideline with clipboard in hand accomplishes nothing.
The Broncos may not win another game this season. But going 0-3 down the stretch, with promise of light at the end of the tunnel, is much easier to stomach than the current dark road to nowhere the team currently finds itself on.
Play Tim Tebow now. Give the fans what they want to see. Something that hasn't happened this season on so many levels.