Monday, December 19, 2011
Tebow: Making the Case for MVP.
Yeah, he lost yesterday to a much better Patriots team, but that still makes him 7-2 as a starter this season. The Broncos record before Tebow took over as starting Quarterback? 1-4, and they looked out of the playoff picture going into their Week 6 Bye Week. He (and the re-energized Defense) have now put the Broncos in 1st place in their division. That's right, 1-4 all the way to a Home Playoff Game. Sure, there are still a few weeks left in the season, and as of right now, any team in the West is mathematically still able to win that division, but lets assume the Broncos win out, finish 10-6 and get a home playoff game against the Jets or Titans.
They win that game, go on to face the Pats or Steelers in the next round, maybe win, maybe lose. Either way, this team was destined for a losing season and a high draft pick. Instead, they implant Tim Tebow during their Bye Week and end up in the second round of the playoffs.
So how do you not put this kid on your MVP Ballots? Stats aside, he has clearly been incredibly valuable to his team. Improbable comeback wins, bringing excitement to the stadium and locker room, and, most importantly, taking a team going nowhere to a playoff berth.
Obviously Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are the favorites to win the award at this point, and you could argue that those teams (Saints, Patroits and Packers) would all be much worse without their star QB's, but would they be 1-4 bad? Would they be 2-8 bad? Would they be 3-12 bad?
I'm not saying he should WIN the award, his stats just don't back that up, but he should probably be in the Top 5 in MVP votes, maybe even the top 3. I also don't think any of this will happen, because most MVP voters (in all sports) are too conventional and set in their ways. It will be the 5 guys with the best stats, guy with the best stats wins. It will have nothing to do with who is actually valuable to their team, like Tim Tebow.