Three weeks ago against San Diego, the Broncos came up just short in their bid for a fourth-quarter comeback victory.
However, this past Sunday, a late come-from-behind effort was completed as the Broncos erased a 15-point deficit and emerged with an 18-15 overtime win in Miami.
On ‘Elway Live’ earlier today, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway spoke with Broncos TV’s Chris Hall about the dramatic win.
“It’s a tribute to all 46 guys that were suited up that day,” Elway said. “They never gave up. Everybody contributed.”
“It was nice to finally get over that hump and see the players get rewarded for all their hard work.”
Elway was particularly impressed with the play of the Denver defense, which limited the Dolphins offense throughout the day and forced a late turnover to set up the game-winning field goal from Matt Prater.
“The defense played great and really kept us in the football game,” Elway said. “That really gave us a chance.”
The offense, under the direction of Tim Tebow in his first start of the season, got off to a slow start and struggled for much of the afternoon in Miami. But in the final minutes, Elway saw adversity bring out the best in Tebow.
“His urgency level rises quite a bit when he sees that clock running out. It gets him into that playmaking mode,” Elway said. “One of the great things Tim has is that competitive nature and that will to win.”
“The thing is in the NFL, we’ve just got to get it started a little earlier, and not only Tim, but as an offense we’ve got to get started quicker.”
Elway insisted more game reps will continue to help Tebow and the offense build chemistry and refine timing in the offense as the season continues.
“Tim is still inexperienced and I think that he’s just got to speed things up within the reads, within the passing game,” Elway said. “Speed everything up within his thought process and his decision-making process, and that’s just going to come with experience.”
“Tim’s going to grow a bunch each week,” he added. “He’s going to continue to get better.”