As anybody who hangs around my Twitter feed on Sunday knows, I find Tim Tebow a hard guy to like. And yet, nine completions in 20 attempts isn't great — it's not even good — but it's better than he's been playing. And maybe none of it matters, because he has a quarterback rating of 109.9 in the fourth quarter, and is four for five in wins.
Of course, you can't credit all that to the one man. You've got to look at the Broncos' defense, which has been playing out of its mind, especially at linebacker with Von Miller and defensive end Elvis Dumervil. Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth says, via Twitter, that Dumervil has moved into second for the most multiple-sack games in team history. Meanwhile, Miller's 9.5 sacks puts him within reach of the National Football League rookie record.
But the team's focus is on Tebow, and that hasn't always been a good thing. Cornerback Champ Bailey caused a little bit of a stir when the Denver Post quoted him after the team's 45-10 loss to Detroit as saying, "You can be as competitive and have as much heart as possible, but if you don't have the talent for this league, it's hard to play."
Grantland's Chris Ryan says he sees the team coming around, though, and backing its guy.
After every underthrown ball and every broken play, the Denver Broncos came back to the huddle with their heads held high, never showing up their quarterback, no matter how off target or out of his depth he was. And when Tebow couldn't get anything going, which, let's be clear, was the majority of the game, the defense came out and played like highly irritated Mongol raiders.