Your weekly dose of Tim Tebow
This isn't to say that Tim Tebow didn't play well (in fairness, he played fine, not great, but not crippling either), it was that he was the story after the game. Yesterday's Bronco win was not about Tim Tebow. It was about a dominating performance by the Broncos' defense and another poor performance by Chargers' quarterback Philip Rivers.
Heck, Tebow didn't even complete a pass on the team's game-winning drive. And it was running back Willis McGahee who broke off the key 24-yard run to set up Matt Prater's game-ending field goal. And few seem to mention that Chargers' kicker Nick Novak missed not one, but two potential game-winning field goals! Did Tebow make him miss those kicks? Was it divine intervention?
On a day where headlines include the firing of Bernie Fine at Syracuse and Urban Meyer's hiring at Ohio State the top story on ESPN.com, our "World Wide Leader in Sports," as I write this, is about Tim Tebow.
Sure, he is 5-1 as a starter and since he took over the Broncos have gone from a "Suck for Luck" contender to a playoff contender, and for that he deserves credit. But so too do those that have really stepped their games up.
The Bronco defense, led by rookie linebacker Von Miller, has been superb of late, yesterday included. It was the third straight game an opposing offense was held to 13 points or less by Denver.
Can Tebow really make his defense better? You could argue yes two ways. First, Tebow's leadership fires the defense up more than the since-jettisoned former starter Kyle Orton's; and second, Tebow has not really turned the ball over as a starter, meaning the defense has to spend less time on the field and in bad field position.
But does Tebow deserve all the credit for a solid defense. No, he doesn't. Was Trent Dilfer given credit for the 2001 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens' stifling defense? No, Ray Lewis and company rightfully were.
So perhaps it is time to start recognizing Willis McGahee, who is back from the dead to average almost five yards a carry, and that great defense lead by Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins, D.J. Williams, Wesley Woodyard and Miller.
I realize I'm not helping this by writing about Tebow, and perhaps you feel differently about him and believe I'm not giving him the credit he is due, but I'd like to pay my respect to the Bronco D.