What was once discussion and speculation, is now reality.
After weeks of deliberation, Tim Tebow is finally the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos.
Yes, indeed, it's Tebow Time.
The decision to insert the second-year player in the starting lineup might be more of a commentary on how the Broncos were doing before Tebow, than it is on Tebow's potential to turn things around. Kyle Orton wasn't exactly inspiring confidence in the offense, so head coach John Fox gave many fans what they wanted by naming Tebow the starter in a road game against the woeful Miami Dolphins.
The big questions on many minds center on how well Tebow performs over four quarters and whether he can lead the 1-4 Broncos to victory.
It seems that things are basically aligned for Tebow to have a big game at Sun Life Stadium.
Tebow is going up against a struggling Miami club. The Dolphins are winless this season, and their defense isn't helping. Miami is ranked No. 26th in the NFL in defensive total yards, but the rush defense has been respectable.
In contrast, the Dolphins are ranked No. 29 in defensive passing yards (284 per game), which should bode well for Tebow. Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald described the home team's secondary as terrible so far this season.
There are other factors in play that should help Tebow's 2011 debut as a starter.
With the University of Florida Gators being honored on Sunday, Tebow should receive a positive welcome. He was a college football hero in the Sunshine State as he led the Gators to a win in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game, and spent most of his formative years there.
Tebow and the Broncos will be playing on two weeks rest, while the Dolphins will be playing on six days rest.
The weather conditions in Miami call for temperatures in the low 80s, and there won't be wind, so Tebow will have ideal conditions to throw the ball.
The former Heisman Trophy winner goes into Sunday with a career 84.2 passer rating. Against the San Diego Chargers last week, Tebow completed four of 10 pass attempts for 79 yards. He also rushed six times for 38 yards.
More than likely, Tebow will have the confidence to do well in first start of the season. Most of his teammates have been supportive of him replacing Orton, and the other Broncos backup, Brady Quinn, has not been vocal about being passed over for Tebow.
Not everything is looking rosy for Tebow, though. Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Lloyd was traded to St. Louis earlier this week. The Broncos receiving corps still included Eric Decker and Daniel Fells, but the loss of Lloyd is a major loss.