Tim Tebow: Is he getting too much credit for Broncos' success?
"Tim Tebow engineers another miraculous comeback"
"Broncos rally behind Tim Tebow yet again"
"Tim Tebow pulls off his weekly miracle"
Those are some of the headlines that are out there concerning the Denver Broncos' 13-10 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday (the last one is from The Times).
And there is nothing untrue about any of them -- the Broncos did have to rally late for an unlikely victory, something that has become a habit for the team in the eight games since Tebow took over as starting quarterback. The Broncos' seven victories during that stretch have included six second-half comebacks, five fourth-quarter rallies and three overtime periods.
Of course, Tebow has had plenty to do with the team's success, with his late scoring drives and undeniable leadership ability (he says things like, “If you believe then unbelievable things can sometimes be possible” -- how can you not rally behind a guy like that?).
But is Tebow getting too much credit for the team's success? After all, the dramatic comebacks wouldn't be possible if it weren't for Denver's defense keeping the games within reach -- and they often wouldn't be necessary if it weren't for three or so quarters of ineffective play by the quarterback.
The outcome of Sunday's game had as much (if not more) to do with the heroics of Denver kicker Matt Prater and the gaffes of Chicago running back Marion Barber than anything Tebow did. But it's "God's quarterback" (as the Wall Street Journal dubbed him in Sunday's edition) who is getting the bulk of the coverage.
What do you think? Is Tebow getting too much credit for the incredible run that the Broncos are on? Or would none of this have been possible without him? Cast your vote, then leave a comment explaining why you voted the way you did.
-- Chuck Schilken
Photo: Tim Tebow kneels in prayer before the game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Credit: Ron Chenoy / US Presswire