Tim Tebow had a solid debut as the Denver Broncos’ starter despite a 39-23 loss in Oakland. He ran for a 40-yard TD and threw a 33-yard scoring pass in the first quarter, and had a passer rating of 100.5 while going 8-for-16 for 138 yards.
The Raiders’ rushing game — which produced three TDs — was too much for the Broncos, but Tebow may have given the Broncos reason to want to see what he can do in the two remaining games.
“If we’re going to put him out there, we might as well turn him loose,” Broncos WR Jabar Gaffney said, via the Denver Post. “He can throw. We just can’t handcuff him. Let him throw. Turn him loose and let him play.”
Tebow was filling in for an injured Kyle Orton (ribs). But the 3-11 Broncos have little else to play for other than some building blocks for next season.
Tebow joined Michael Vick and Kordell Stewart as the only QBs in league history to have a rushing TD of at least 40 yards and a passing TD of 30 yards in the same game. And he did it in a hostile environment — the Black Hole — where fans were taunting him.
“I like the guy,” Raiders DL Tommy Kelly told the Post. “He gets a couple more starts under his belt he’s definitely going to keep D-coordinators up at night. He’s got a very bright future.”
Broncos coach Eric Studesville didn’t announce who his starter would be going forward, but had a positive review of the rookie’s performance.
“Tim Tebow came in and managed our offense, did a nice job, led our football team, and it was a good start for us with him in there at quarterback,” Studesville said.
Excellent to see.