The NFL season is only five games old for the Denver Broncos. But already they are, in effect, starting over.
Since the Broncos last played against the San Diego Chargers on October 9, they have named Tim Tebow as their new starting quarterback and traded away Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.
If something isn’t working, one might as well try to fix it.
“We’re excited to move forward,” Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway told 850 KOA this week. “Obviously, starting 1-4 and going into the bye, we have to do something that hopefully gives us a spark. With Tim’s following and the fan base that he has and then going down to Miami and the things they’ve orchestrated down there for us coming there, I think creates that interest.”
If ever there were a time when things seemed to be lining up for the Broncos, this week would seem to be that time.
Tebow will have a chance to get his first start of the season against a Miami team that is 0-5. The Broncos will have to do more than just show up to win but they’re clearly not playing the Green Bay Packers.
The Dolphins have chosen Sunday to honor the 2008 Florida Gators national championship team, which Tebow led as its quarterback. That certainly won’t hurt Tebow at all and may serve to help him feel even more at home.
The Dolphins have found it difficult to play consistently well. They surrender 25.6 points per game (6th most in the NFL) and 106.8 rushing yards per game. Offensively, it has been even tougher. Miami averages only 15.0 points per game (30th in the NFL) and has lost starting quarterback Chad Henne for the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury.
The Broncos themselves are finally getting healthy and looking like the football team they expected to have at the beginning of the season. Champ Bailey is back, Brian Dawkins will return this week, as will Eddie Royal and Demaryius Thomas.
“We’re just hoping that we can go down there and play well,” Elway said. “We’ve got 11 games left. It’s an 11-game season for us and (we want to) start showing some improvement and getting some wins under our belt.”
Traditionally, the Broncos haven’t fared all that well against the Dolphins in Miami. But I’m willing to reboot the 2011 season starting this weekend.
Let’s see how much the Broncos can improve over the final 11 games. Let’s see how well Tebow plays. Let’s see if Demaryius Thomas or any of the other young players can seize the opportunities they are getting. Let’s see if the defense can stiffen up.
Let’s see if the Broncos can make something of this season. Sometimes a fresh start can help you get that done.
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