Peyton and Elway not only QBs that deserve credit (TKS Sage)

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On Sunday, two Broncos quarterbacks will be getting all of the attention. One will be on the field, trying to win his second Super Bowl title in three tries. The other will be in a luxury suite, hoping to see the team he built, win a ring to go with the two he won as a player in Denver. Both Peyton Manning and John Elway are important reasons why the Broncos are at Super Bowl XLVIII. But they aren’t the only signal callers who wore orange and blue who had a huge role along the way. One other quarterback deserves plenty of credit, too.Tim Tebow.The much-maligned, currently unemployed quarterback took the reigns in Denver when Broncomania – something that was on full display 11 days ago during the AFC Championship Game, in a way that was reminiscent of its heyday in the late-1970s and early 1980s – was at it’s nadir. It sounds crazy to say now, given the history of Denver’s love affair with the Broncos during the past five-plus decades, but the relationship was at a rocky crossroads when Tebow stepped into the middle of it.It was John Fox’s fifth game as the Broncos head coach and his team was well on its way to a 1-4 start. Trailing the San Diego Chargers 26-10 in the fourth quarter, the season was quickly getting away from Denver’s new coach. And the fans in attendance at Sports Authority Field were letting him know about it.Boos rained down from every corner of the stadium, as Broncos fans voiced their displeasure. But of even more concern was the number of people not jeering the team, as they had already left in droves; the stadium, in a sight not seen in Denver since the 1960s, was a ghost town in the fourth quarter.

A combination of anger and apathy ruled the day, both of which can be lethal to a sports franchise. A mad fan base is bad news; one that has lost interest is even worse.

At that moment, with the Broncos coming off of a 4-12 season and the Josh McDaniels debacle, the city of Denver was fed up. They didn’t like the product they were seeing on the field and they were saying, for the first time in half of a century, that they might not buy it anymore.

Enter Tebow.

He couldn’t rally the Broncos on that day, although he did get within a failed two-point conversion of tying the game at 26-26 as time dwindled, but he did turn around Denver’s season. Everyone knows the story, as Tebow posted seven wins during the next eight games, many in unbelievable fashion.

But the improbable victories did more than help Denver finish with an 8-8 record and an AFC West title; they caused fans to once again believe in “Mile High Magic.” For years, the Broncos had a knack for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, especially at home. That had disappeared, but Tebow brought it back.

That was the first step toward rekindling Broncomania, but it wasn’t the only one that Tebow directed. He had more magic up his sleeve.

In January 2012, the Broncos hosted the Steelers in the first playoff game in Denver since Pittsburgh was in town for the 2005 AFC Championship Game. And on that day, Tebow provided the signature moment at Sports Authority Field, a venue that has been in desperate need of an identity since it opened in 2001.

A place that seemed to have no personality, a sterile building totally lacking in character, suddenly came alive. When Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime for an 80-yard touchdown to give the Broncos the win, the 10-year-old stadium erupted for the first time in its existence. It was an unforgettable moment, one that got the collective juices of Broncos Country going once again.

But Tebow’s impact doesn’t end there. Despite the fact that Denver would get rolled the following week in New England, ending their season and putting a cap on No. 15’s career with the Broncos, the quarterback’s impact on the franchise wasn’t over.

Two months later, when Elway was courting Manning, trying to get the future Hall of Fame quarterback to sign a free-agent contract with the Broncos, the “Tebow effect” once again benefited Denver.

In an indirect way, he helped No. 7 close the deal. The 8-8 record, AFC West title and postseason win that Tebow helped lure Manning to Denver. They provided signs that the “winning culture” that Elway was trying to establish was begin to take root. And that was important to No. 18.

Had the Broncos continued down the path they were on with Kyle Orton, finishing the season once again at 4-12 and leaving many wondering if Elway knew what he was doing, it’s hard to imagine Manning looking at the Mile High City as a viable place to finish up his Hall of Fame career. But Tebow’s slice of success erased those concerns, creating a situation where the Broncos were a team on the rise, rather than one circling the drain.

If the Broncos win the Super Bowl on Sunday, it will largely be because of Peyton Manning. If Denver gets to host its third victory parade next week, John Elway will once again have played a big part in making it happen. But it would be unfair to think they’re the only orange-and-blue quarterbacks who had a hand in turning the Broncos into champions.

He won’t be on the podium at MetLife Stadium, but Tim Tebow deserves some credit, too. He rekindled Broncomania, which is a big reason why Denver is back in the Super Bowl.

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11 Responses to “Peyton and Elway not only QBs that deserve credit (TKS Sage)”

  1. The Mascot Army says:

    I crunched some numbers with the hopes of shifting the Tebow-debate away from the qualitative toward the quantitative. I really like what I’ve found and thought it was worth sharing. I’d love for everybody to know these things.

    • Brandi says:

      This is a very good article. (I tweeted it out. Hope that’s OK.) CHFF’s RQBR should have put this all to bed two years ago…then again last year when they pointed out the Teams that would have been better with Tebow at QB. But nothing about any of this has anything whatsoever to do with Football. Some have an image of Tim’s Fans they won’t shake and they’ll loathe him for it no matter what happens on the Field. And NFL GMs…and some Coaches…are scared to death of the Fans taking over.

      They want FanBots…NOT actual Fans. Feed the Tebow Fans and the rest might also get hungry and want to be treated with respect. Can’t have any of that. 🙂

      Whatever future Tim has with the NFL is still going to be in some Owner’s hands.

    • ck says:

      The Mascot Army: Who else but a physicist could do these statistics and prove undeniably the truth about T2 and his amazing abilities to WIN even a SUPERBOWL! Proves the point and “NICE JOB!”

      • ck says:

        P.S. Definitely impressed and hope it is sent to the right people to make a difference!!! You have the action part down b/c the facts are represented through your careful analysis of all the data…great comparison and this is a more than bright idea as it is a SOLUTION TO END DEBATE AND TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHY HE SUCCEEDS WHEN OTHERS CAN’T!!! ALL IT TAKES IS FOR SOMEONE TO BUCK THE SYSTEM AND TAKE THE ACTION REQUIRED TO HIRE A WINNER…TEBOW!!!

  2. Bubbaelvis says:

    Great article by Army Mascot. The graphs were a great way to present the data in a simple, straight forward, and undeniable way. This should be sent to every owner and gm in the NFL. I especially liked the point that this data is based on the rawest Tebow will ever be and he has spent a season training with House. 2014 will be the year of Tebow.

  3. Sage says:

    Thanks for doing this work, Mascot. It’s great stuff. Ultimately, Tim might be able to prevail even against the Four Horsemen of Obstinance.

    One of your points is something I’ve overlooked in the past, namely that the so-called bad throws are not just far from the receivers, but far from the defenders. When explained, that’s something even blockheads should be able to understand.

    Tebow has never called anyone out. The patience of Job.

  4. ck says:

    Sage: As stated on other post, thanks for a great article in which T2 is “FINALLY” given credit such as he deserves…Elrot TRIES to erase any mention of T2 due to his obviously inflated EGO that can’t handle anyone elses legacy that put the BRONCO’S ON THE MAP!!! IF NOT FOR TEBOW, THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN IN A WORSE PLACE…SELLING THE FRANCHISE, JUST LIKE JAX!!!

  5. The Mascot Army says:

    Thanks a lot you guys. I feel that the case for Tebow is so strong, that only willful ignorance keeps this debate going.

  6. Portia11 says:

    Thanks Buzzy, one of my favoritest videos ever, you can hear the crowd chanting Tebow as they leave even tho they lost.

    • ck says:

      Portia11: Have to agree and that was CLASSIC TEBOW!!! He could have won that as well and Orton in the background pretending to offer support:(

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