Monday, December 12, 2011

Tebow and the Broncos: The Power of Belief

I've been pretty quiet about the whole Tim Tebow thing here so far, but what the Denver Broncos are doing is getting too big to ignore.  Despite his limitations as a pro-style passer in the mold of Rogers, Brady, Manning, etc., Tebow has managed to help lead a 1-4 Broncos team that was 4-12 the year before to win six in a row and seven out of eight.  Certainly the Broncos have enjoyed strong play lately from their defense, running game, and special teams, but the change at the QB position has made the difference for this team.  Another factor that makes this streak even more remarkable is that the team has done all this without their best WR, Brandon Lloyd, who was traded to the Rams just before Tebow got his first start.

The addition of Tebow at QB has clearly had a synergistic effect on the Broncos.  Synergy, according to is "the interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects."  Right now, the Broncos as a team are playing greater than the sum of their individual parts.  The way they are winning games is even more mind-boggling: six of their seven wins involved second-half comebacks, including three overtime wins.  They have trailed in the 4th quarter the past four weeks; yet no matter how badly they play, they manage to find a way to win ballgames.