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Tebow forces Broncos to play the perfect game

POINT - A long-time Tebow hater explains why the Broncos QB won't last long in the league

Without a doubt he entertaining, polarizing and a competitor, but those aren't the only tools of a winning quarterback. There's an inordinate amount of mental and physical abilities that are prerequisites to being a successful quarterback in the National Football League.

Right now Denver Broncos' quarterback Tim Tebow is learning if he has the skill-set to be a starting quarterback. And for a Tebow-hater who's doubted his abilities since his early days at Florida, these past few weeks have been hair-pullingly frustrating.

But it's my fault. I should have seen this coming.

Go back to his freshman year at Florida when he was only a backup during the Gators title season but is still credited with being a two-time national championship winning quarterback. If I hadn't known any better, I would have thought he was a fullback, because the only time he was in games that season was short-yardage situations when they ran him to the left.

I digress, but I needed to get that off my chest.

Let's fast forward to this year and the season of miracles versus mediocre teams.

I don't need to - and for my own psychological well-being, cannot-relive all of his not-again comebacks. And I don't need to because Broncos' coach John Fox recently showed me that the organization is not sold on Tebow-time.

Facing his old quarterback, Kyle Orton, this week, Fox as asked if he is confident that he has the better quarterback. Fox responded, 'Well, we made that decision you know. As I always say about anything, looking forward, time will tell.'

Glowing endorsement of Tebow? I think not.

All that shows to me is that Fox's team has come this far, turned themselves into a playoff contender and still, Fox doesn't sound sold on Tebow being his guy.

The quarterback is so intoxicating it's easy to see why so many people were/are drinking the kool-aid.

Is he a leader? Of course.

But so are motivational speakers. Tebow can give all the speeches he wants.

But there is a simple truth to what it takes for the Broncos to win with him at quarterback: they have to win the battle on special teams and the battle on defense. If they lose just one of those phases of the game, then Denver can't win.

How else can you explain a quarterback not completing a pass through two consecutive quarters - like he did against Chicago - and still having a chance to win the game down the stretch?

But there is a trend that appears to be developing that might mean a stout defense and special teams will still not be enough for the Broncos to claw out a win. Tebow has a turnover problem.

Until last weekend, it was just a fumbling problem, but his debacle in Buffalo could be the start of things to come - six fumbles this season and four interceptions against the Bills.

Despite all the inadequacies, I still don't remember the last time I had this much emotion for a player that wasn't one of my guys. It's difficult to watch him - even painful to watch him.

But if Tebow's playing, I'll be watching.

So do I want the clock to expire on Tebow-time? Not yet.

We should all savor this time, though. I don't think Tebow is long for this league.