How (If At All) Does New England’s Signing of Tebow Affect the Denver Broncos?
By Matt Petrero
Jan 8 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) scrambles in the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Steelers 23-29 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
On Monday, the news broke that the New England Patriots inked former Denver Broncos’ QB, Tim Tebow to a contract. Those who are anti-Tebow will probably tell you that this is a good thing for the Broncos. They will tell you, “Circus is coming to Foxboro”. They will tell you that there is a QB controversy in New England. These are all ideas that lead many to believe that the road to the Super Bowl just got easier for Denver. I am going to to debunk these arguments.
The “Circus is coming to Foxboro”: No it is not!!! Remember who runs the show in Patriots Nation; Bill Belichick. This is the guy who has brought in the likes of Corey Dillon, Randy Moss, Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson, and Albert Haynesworth; all of which had checkered pasts with their previous teams. Dillon and Moss flourished, Johnson and Haynesworth floundered. However what none of them did was rock the boat. The gauntlet is thrown down with any player who is signed by Belichick that this is a professional organization whereby the team comes before any agendas. That said, I guarantee that before signing on the dotted line, Tebow was informed that he will not have any of his individual pressers; pregame, postgame, or at any point on company time. Also, this is not a platform for any agendas outside of Patriots football.
QB Controversy: Are you serious?!?!?! This is not Tebow v Mark Sanchez; a much more believable, legitimate controversy. There is only one guy taking snaps and throwing passes for the Patriots. That guy is Tom Brady. Yes, the future Hall-of-Famer, Tom Brady. Thus, just like the previous paragraph about checking the circus at the door, you can check the QB controversy at the door as well. Now I’m sure that some person in the media trying to make a name for himself/herself or get some attention might try to manufacture a controversy. However we know the only way Timmy becomes the starter in NE is a serious injury to Brady.
I am of the belief that the signing of Tebow is mainly an insurance policy at the TE position. Rob Gronkowski has been injury-plagued the past two seasons and his pending back surgery rehabilitation leaves the Pro-Bowl TE uncertain about when, or if he will take the field in 2013. Gronk has also dealt with a broken arm that he tried to play through in the 2012 playoffs, only injured himself further. Additionally, Aaron Hernandez has also had his own injury issues over the past couple of years.
A good thing for the Broncos?: In the words of Lee Corso, “NOT SO FAST, MY FRIENDS!” In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Tebow fan but not a Tebow sycophant. I have said to anybody who would listen to me that I think he is a great football player, but not a good QB. Now he has the chance to make or break my argument. His intangibles are well documented: tireless worker, good attitude, desire, and all he does is win. Add two more to that list. He is going to be heaven-bent to prove that he can play at this level, proving his detractors wrong. Also, he has a strong loyalty to the man who drafted him in the first round out of Florida in the 2010 NFL Draft, Josh McDaniels. In case you have been living under a rock, McDaniels is the offensive coordinator for New England. Belichick trusts McDaniels and McDaniels believes in Tebow. He will hone Tim’s route-running skills. Once he is in the open field, we cannot deny his ability to make would-be tacklers miss.
Finally, once healthy, Gronkoswki bolsters Brady’s arsenal of weapons joining Hernandez, Danny Amendola, Stephen Ridley, Shane Vereen, and Tim Tebow. These talented players running McDaniels’ game plan should pose a problem for opposing defenses.
I still believe that the AFC’s road the Super Bowl XLVIII runs through Denver but New England has just created one more speed bump.
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