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Is QB job Tim Tebow's to lose in Denver?

Posted on: July 17, 2011 4:33 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2011 4:59 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Josh McDaniels era began in 2009 with a 6-0 start, but a 5-17 finish sealed his short tenure in Denver, and he was fired with a month left in the 2010 season. The Broncos now have a new coach, John Fox, but many of the problems that happened on McDaniels' watch remain. Chief among them: the offensive backfield. Specifically, who will be the team's starting quarterback in 2011.

Since coming to Denver from Chicago two seasons ago, Kyle Orton has started 18 games and thrown for more than 7,400 yards. He ranked 12th in both 2009 and 2010 in QB efficiency, according to Football Outsiders, yet indications seem to point to Tim Tebow winning the job for 2011.

McDaniels drafted Tebow in the first round of the 2010 draft, and opinions varied widely about not only what type of NFL player Tebow would be, but where he would play. Some thought of him as a wildcat specialist, others suggested he should move to tight end or H-back, and a few teams wanted him to stay at QB. Denver was one of those teams.'s Steve Wyche, speaking on the Cover Two Podcast (via Rotoworld), says that "…unless [Tebow] gets hurt in training camp or is absolutely awful," it'll be his job to lose. And a previous report from's Jason La Canfora suggested the Broncos will "hold firm" on their second-round price tag for Orton, though Wyche believes the organization would settle for a third-rounder. Denver will then look to sign Jake Delhomme as a mentor once he's released by the Browns.

This isn't the first time we've heard the Delhomme-to-Denver rumors; he was close with Fox when both were in Carolina, and appears to be at the point in his career where he'll happily serve as a backup and mentor to a young quarterback (which is what he ended up doing the second half of the 2010 season in Cleveland, when injuries forced rookie Colt McCoy into the lineup).

It also means that what Fox said last month -- the QB job is wide open among Tebow, Orton and Brady Quinn ("I've said it before and I mean it: It'll be a competition.) -- may still be technically true, but if Orton is traded, Tebow would have to have a miserable training camp for the Broncos to go into the year with Quinn under center. In fact, we don't think Tebow could play poorly enough to lose the gig. Worst case: you put him out there and let him learn by doing. It's not like Denver can do much worse than their 4-12 effort in 2010.

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Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:20 pm

Is QB job Tim Tebow's to lose in Denver?

Adam Hubbs disagrees with you, and his opinion is much more informed and relevant. And don't be deceived--just because you choose to follow a different shepherd doesn't make you any less of a flocker than Christians. +†+

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 10:24 pm


The same blind 'faith' that dummy Tebow hangs onto is the same that dummy Tebow fans hang on to that this moron will ever be anything in the NFL. Quote his college career.... MEANINGLESS. It means nothing in the NFL. When faced with legitimate questions about his skillset, Tebow fanboys can only come back with the intangibles. Winner, gamer, leader. BULLSH!t. He will flop and go down as the last in a long line of poor decisions from Josh McDumdiels.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 9:47 am

Is QB job Tim Tebow's to lose in Denver?

Orton had an outstanding year, and was not the reason the Broncos did not make the playoffs. Orton and Tebow should compete for the starting job. If a team offers something good for Orton, then the Broncos have a decision to make.

Orton is a proven NFL player, and Tebow is not. Orton is young enough that age should not be a factor. Orton has earned his salary.

Problem is, other teams may covet Orton, but no team is going to offer a similar deal for Tebow. That should tell the whole story about who is the better QB right now. I'd love to see Tebow get a chance to start in Denver or somewhere, just so we can see if he can prove his detractors wrong.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2011 7:33 am

Is QB job Tim Tebow's to lose in Denver?

How can Kyle Orton's job be Tim Tebow's to lose?  That doesn't even make sense.  However, Foxy likes to run the ball and Tebow may be the best running back on the team so he could see time.  Maybe he could be the next Peyton Hillis, except drafted in the first round, making millions more and not getting dumped by the Broncos.  And, of course, having every moment of his life documented and glorified by the media!

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 17, 2011 8:53 pm

Is QB job Tim Tebow's to lose in Denver?

I think that it's Tebow's job to lose,regardless of what Coach Fox says. I like the idea of Delhomme coming in as a mentor if that's true but I don't think that he'll see any action on the field at all. Now I know that Delhomme played for Fox back in the days while being a member of the Panthers,but Tebow is already a fan favorite in Denver and I feel that the Broncos will be making a big mistake by taking Tebow out of the starting lineup. Please believe me, I know that it's early but when it's all said and done....Tebow will have "clout" just like Elway(if he win a "ship"). I don't think that Delhomme will be a starter,but I can see him as being 2nd/3rd string on the roster...if he's brought abord. Orton's a decent QB,but I can't say the same about Quinn.Money mouthMoney mouth

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