Week 5 had some very interesting developments, with an appearance by one of the most popular players in the NFL, two teams that have officially become dangerous, a coach with a very interesting game plan, a reminder that one offensive package still has a place in the NFL, an increase in one form of turnover and a couple of great tricks from special teams coaches.
After losing 42-17 to the Packers last week, Broncos decided to put Tim Tebow in a much more meaningful situation this week.
Tim Tebow came in with his team down 16 points and threw for a score and ran for another after replacing Kyle Orton.
Will the move to the lefthander be permanent?
“Tim Tebow sparked the team today. (But) we haven’t had a chance to watch the tape; we haven’t had a chance to watch the film; we haven’t had a chance to visit as a staff,” coach John Fox said. “So, I think at this point — we have a bye week — we do need to improve offensively, and it will all be up for discussion.”
Players had been solidly behind Orton but the world of the NFL is fickle to say the least.
“He came and gave us a spark,” running back Willis McGahee said. “That’s Tim Tebow. Everybody has been cheering for him for the longest. Now he finally got in and moved the ball for us.”
Fans clearly want Tim Tebow. And, while the Broncos claim they won’t be swayed by that, the team is 1-4 and clearly need something to jump-start them. Whether that is at QB will be revealed over the next two weeks.
Neither quarterback had any indication who would line up in two weeks when the Broncos (1-4) visit the Miami Dolphins, whom the Broncos tried to trade Orton to in the summer before talks broke down and he became Denver’s starter.
“I have no idea,” Tim Tebow said. “Thankfully, I don’t have to make those decisions. Other people do that and I just go play football.”
“It’s his decision,” Orton said of his coach.
Fox indicated he would take his time making up his mind.
“I don’t put time limits on things,” he said. “We will evaluate it and make the best decision for the team.”
After a slow start, Tim Tebow found a rhythm that threw off the Chargers.
“It changes (the tempo) because he’s a fresh body,” cornerback Antoine Cason said. “He has a lot of energy. He goes out there and plays with energy, the crowd got behind him a little bit. They went out there and did some things that got them back into the game.”
A fan favorite, Tim Tebow was cheered the instant he trotted onto the field for Denver’s first possession in the third quarter. The crowd was so loud that Tebow couldn’t hear the play call in his helmet.