Oct. 9: With Denver trailing the Chargers 23--10 at halftime at Invesco Field at Mile High, Tim Tebow relieves an ineffective Kyle Orton and leads two fourth-quarter touchdown drives. But his last-second Hail Mary falls short, and the Broncos lose 29--24. Tebow's line: 4 of 10, 79 yards, 1 TD; 6 carries, 38 yards, 1 TD. Denver's record: 1--4, fourth in AFC West.
Norv Turner, Chargers coach: "That guy, particularly when you first see [him], gets you back on your heels a little bit."
John Fox, Broncos coach: "Tim Tebow sparked the team today. So, I think at this point—we have a bye week—we do need to improve offensively, and it will all be up for discussion."
USA Today, Oct. 21: "When the Broncos play the Dolphins, a nation will be watching. Tebow Nation. For months, they have chanted Tim Tebow's name during Broncos games, ranted online, even demanded on billboards that he be the starting quarterback. Tebow's fans will get what they want Sunday, turning a game between two reeling teams into a marquee matchup."
Tony Dungy, NBC Football Night in America:
"I just think winners win. And guys who won all the way through high school and college, the best player at every level, they have a way of making things happen and winning games."
Fox, on the intense national interest in Tebow: "He's a role model, so I get it. But we're in professional football, and he's going to have to perform."
Tebow: "I've said this before, but I never thought I was a finished product. I never said I was. I never believed I was. I'm going to work every day as hard as I can, one game at a time, one day at a time."
Brian Billick, NFL Network analyst: "Are his talents so unique, so special, that he's truly that one guy that can win a championship outside of the normal skill set that it takes to win a championship? I've never seen anybody win with those types of mechanics in the NFL. It doesn't mean he can't do it."
Orlando Franklin, Broncos tackle: "All the fans know it, his teammates know it: He brings a little bit more to the huddle."
John Elway, Denver's executive vice president of football operations: "Timmy's intangibles are why he has been as successful as he's been—his will to win and his competitiveness, his toughness and the things that he can do. We think Timmy can come in and do it."