I ask this as a serious question. Seriously. I was having a conversation with a buddy tonight about this topic and I want to get your opinions on this. For this to be a legit question though there is a hypothetical, the Broncos have to make the playoffs and the Packers cannot go undefeated in the regular season.
There's no ifs, ands, or buts about it: The Broncos win more with Tebow in. They're 5-1 this season with him and 1-4 without him, even last year the team played better with him in as starter.
One can argue that the team is winning because of a better defensive play now than when Orton was in. Well, they could be playing better because they're on the field less. Tonight against the Jets, the Jets had a time of possession that was roughly 4.5 minutes more than the Broncos. That was the only game Tebow started this year where the Broncos didn't win the T.O.P. battle. They won that battle once under Orton and that was by 45 seconds.
To me the big question is, if Tebow can pull the Broncos up from the cellar and actually make the playoffs (an absolutely ridiculous thought for anyone that watched the game against the Packers) is that enough to make up for his horrible QB play, by standard/statistical measures (or really any measure that's not Wins/Losses)? Especially when a QB like Rodgers could almost break every single season record for a QB this year. There really isn't anything Rodgers could be doing more. He doesn't have the miraculous 95 yard last second game winning drives, because he doesn't let the Packers get down in the 4th quarter... you can't knock the man for that. But would the Packers still make the Playoffs if Flynn was QB? No doubt they wouldn't have this 9-0 record, but I bet they could get to 10 wins under Flynn.
What do you think?