Tebow time never started in Denver Sunday. It didn’t need to because of what happened in Oakland.
The Broncos lost 7-3 to Kyle Orton and the Chiefs, but they are AFC West champions anyway because the Raiders lost in San Diego.
The Broncos are going to the playoffs even if they aren’t a particularly good team. Their third straight loss puts them at 8-8 for the season and will raise further questions about Tim Tebow’s long-term viability as a starting quarterback.
This was one of the more wretched big game performances you are going to see out of a passing game. Tebow completed 6-of-22 for 60 yards and average of 2.7 yards-per-attempt. He was intercepted once and lost a fumble when in scoring range.
Tebow was 30-for-73 with one touchdown and four picks in the last three weeks. He has seven fumbles in his last four games.
The victory had to be sweet for Orton, who played well in the first half before Dwayne Bowe left with an injury. Orton finished with 180 yards on 29 attempts, but didn’t make any big mistakes.
Even though the Broncos backed into the playoffs, this result couldn’t have been worse for Broncos executive John Elway. He looks foolish for dumping Orton. If Elway wasn’t convinced Tebow was the guy eight weeks ago, how does he feel now?
Denver’s playoff position pushes them further down in the draft, so it’s not like they will be taking a high profile quarterback. But these are questions to ponder during the offseason.
For now, the Broncos have a playoff game to prepare for against the Steelers.
Pittsburgh won’t have to look far to find a defensive gameplan that can stop Tebow and the Broncos offense cold.