McDaniels finally decided to use Tim Tebow in special situations, and -- go figure! -- it paid off with points.
Despite the Broncos' loss to the Jets, Tebow had his most effective game as a pro, including his first career TD.
This quote from Josh McDaniels sounds promising:
"I think anytime you can do some things that are a little different, it forces the defense to not only play tough and physical, but also think."
That was precisely the point -- and the promise -- of McDaniels drafting Tebow: That the coach would find innovative ways to use Tebow's skills to keep defenses off-balance.
Tebow's first play was an option to Correll Buckhalter for 13 yards, part of a 145-yard rushing day for the run-light Broncos.
Tebow ended up averaging nearly 4 yards per carry (6 carries, 23 yards). But more importantly, he proved he can be a productive part of the offense.
With the Broncos' playoff hopes fading as the season nears its midpoint, let's hope McDaniels gets even more creative with Tebow.
Denver plays the next two weeks, then has a bye week in Week 9 -- at which point their playoff prospects should be clear, and at which point McDaniels could spend more time on Tebow.