When you look at it, it’s really the only option Elway has left. Elway is trying to build a championship team and even though he likes Tebow as a person, even this 5-1 run isn’t enough to convince Elway that Tebow can lead the Broncos to a Super Bowl.
And as much as Elway would like to keep the crowd-favorite Tebow around, he knows that it would be unfair to draft someone to play in the large shadow that Tebow has cast over this franchise. Tebow isn’t just a local favorite; he has a national following that is almost cult-like in nature.
Bringing in a rookie to play in front of him would be like repeating the Kyle Orton-Tebow situation all over again. As soon as the rookie starts to falter or makes a mistake the crowd will be clamoring for Tebow to replace him.
But Denver’s fans may be the least of Elway’s problems. Players on this team have started to believe in Tebow and his ability to lead them to wins. Tebow has helped instill a winning culture that his teammates and Broncos’ fans are going to want to continue. If the Broncos start next season on a losing streak with someone else under center, the rumblings for Tebow to return to the starting lineup will be louder in the locker room than in the stands ruining the chemistry of this fragile franchise.
And if anybody understands how important chemistry is to a team it would be the Hall of Famer Elway. After playing for 16 years in Denver and winning two Super Bowls, Elway is probably the most qualified person in the organization to understand how important the quarterback position is to a team.
While he can appreciate all the intangibles Tebow brings to the position, Elway also understands the need to be able to stretch defenses and convert third downs at an acceptable rate. Two things that Tebow still hasn’t shown he can do consistently.
Those are also two things that this team will have to be able to do if they want to beat teams like the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals or even the Baltimore Ravens. All four are teams the Broncos may encounter if they make the playoffs which may very likely happen with such an easy schedule ahead.
The one thing that you have to like about Elway though is that he will not back down from a difficult decision. Elway will do what is best for this franchise no matter how unpopular the decision seems at the time which unfortunately for Tebow means he will be playing elsewhere next season.
Don’t feel too bad for Tebow though. Regardless of where he ends up playing next season, he has already proven that he can be successful leading a team. Let’s see if Tebow can prove Elway wrong by leading his next team to the Super Bowl.