*Note* We had a bit of a glitch with this one, so I’m placing this post above Lard to make sure folks don’t miss it - Doug
Each week we’ll bring you an extra look at a player the Broncos used in a creative or interesting way during the previous game. This week, we’re getting a 2nd plate of Tim Tebow.
After the 2010 Draft, everyone suspected it was coming. Josh McDaniels was going to use Tim Tebow in some sort of fancy Wild Horses package. He had months of scheming and dreaming. Jack Del Rio and the Jaguars read the papers, too. So they spent part of their week preparing for Tebow.
So when Tebow lined up in the backfield on the 3rd play of the game, it was assumed that we were going to see something pretty amazing. Perhaps Tebow would fake a run and then step back and throw. Maybe he was going to bootleg. Or possibly he would bootleg and throw on the run.
The crowd whipped themselves into a frenzy. The anticipation was palpable.
And then Tim Tebow—all 235 lbs of his Heisman-winning frame—lowered his head and crashed into the line for a 1-yard gain.
It took a total of 2 seconds.
Faster than you can say “Al Davis eats children,” it was over.
Tebow jogged to the sideline.
And so the Tim Tebow era began for the Broncos. Nothing exotic. And without much drama.
Later, when Tebow repeated the same play, it seemed like a wasted down. Broncos fans knew he wasn’t going anywhere, running right up the middle. Without the speed of Knowshon Moreno or the size of a Peyton Hillis, he was clearly limited in his role as a running back.
In the next 3-4 games, he’ll probably get some more opportunities. Let’s hope, instead of limiting Tebow to 1 yard and a cloud of dust, McDaniels does something more creative.
Given that McDaniels has said many times that Tebow is going to play quarterback, can we safely assume that this means he’ll at least get the option to throw the football?
Your guess is as good as mine.