The excitement was palpable during the fourth quarter last Sunday as Tim Tebow rallied the Broncos back against the Chargers.
Sports Authority Field at Mile High was electric and that excitement was felt by everyone in the stadium — including Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway, who watched the events unfold from the coaches’ box.
On ‘Elway Live’ yesterday, Elway spoke with Broncos TV’s Chris Hall about that second-half comeback and Head Coach John Fox’s decision to name Tebow the starting quarterback in Week 7 against Miami.
“I’m excited to see Tim out there and see what Tim can bring and hopefully get us some wins,” Elway said. “What we saw him do last week in the second half — even though we started a little slow in that third quarter — he really energized us in the fourth quarter and really gave us a chance to win right down at the end.”
According to Elway, Tebow’s performance Sunday personified the second-year pro and all that he brings to a team. And the Broncos will be looking for more of the same from Tebow going forward.
“What we saw in that second half is really what we knew we got in Tim Tebow,” Elway said. “That’s great intangibles, a great competitor, a guy that can make things happen. He provided that spark to the point where we almost won the football game.”
“I think that Timmy’s intangibles are really why he’s been as successful as he’s been – his will to win, his competitiveness, his toughness,” Elway continued. “We think that Timmy can come in and do it. We have confidence that Timmy can come in and make those plays to get us over the hump.”
At times during his two years in Denver, Tebow has used Elway and his wealth of experience as a resource for advice on playing the quarterback position.
Last season Tebow spent some time at Elway’s house discussing life as a starter prior to his first career start in Week 15 against the Oakland Raiders.
So what advice does Elway have this time around?
“Don’t take the whole world onto your shoulders all at once,” Elway said. “Don’t feel like you individually have to win a football game. Rely on the 10 other guys out there trying to help you win.”
“But when you have an opportunity to make a play,” he added, “be Tim Tebow.”
Click here to listen to the entire podcast from yesterday’s edition of ‘Elway Live’.
– Max Henson