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Tebow on starting job: 'it was grabbed back away'

Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:57 am

Posted by Ryan Wilson

After an offseason filled with promise, the reality of what it means to be an NFL quarterback has slapped Tim Tebow across the face. It wasn't long ago that Tebow was thought to be the Broncos' future. Kyle Orton was on the trading block, the team's 2010 first-round pick would assume his role under center and get Denver back to winning and the playoffs, all would be right with the world. 

Except a deal to send Orton to the Dolphins fell through, Orton promptly outplayed Tebow in practice, and then Merril Hoge took to Twitter to announce (with many, many exclamation points), among other things, that "It's embarrassing to think the Broncos could win with Tebow!!"

Tebow responded to Hoge via Twitter with a "'preciate that," and even LeBron James came to his defense.

On Thursday, Tebow, speaking with the Denver Post's Woody Paige, sounded, well, frustrated with the recent turn of events (and understandably so).

"My dream, since I was a young boy, of being a starting quarterback in the NFL seemed to be coming true," Tebow told Paige. "Then, I felt like it was grabbed back away. . . ."

Tebow, we think, is referring to the trade-that-didn't-materialize that would've shipped Orton out of town. While new head coach John Fox has publicly stated that the job is Orton's, the word on the street is that he will be under center when the Broncos begin the season.

As for the media criticism, Tebow, like Chad Henne in Miami, has had trouble ignoring it.

"I'm trying to insulate myself from what people in the media are saying, but I've seen some of it, and it hurts because it's coming from people who haven't seen me practice, haven't seen me play, haven't seen what I can do," he said, according to Paige. "I did an interview the other day with someone on the NFL Network who said last year I'd never play a down in the NFL. He was wrong.

"Others who say I won't make it are wrong. They don't know what I'm capable of and what's inside me. My family and my friends have been bothered by what's gone on, and I tell them to pay no attention to it. I'm relying as always on my faith."

As we mentioned on Friday's Eye on Football Podcast, we think most people would agree that Orton gives the Broncos the best chance to win now, although Tebow could one day be an NFL starting QB. It's just that the day hasn't arrived yet. So while Hoge's sentiments aren't particularly controversial, the way he delivered them clearly rubbed some people the wrong way, including Tebow.

So is that a problem? Or is public criticism part of the implicit deal professional athletes make when they sign lucrative contracts and play on national television every week?

Because, clearly, Tebow and Henne would disagree with that last paragraph.

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Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2011 10:40 pm

Tebow on starting job: 'it was grabbed back away'

I am by no means a Florida fan.  As a matter of fact I dislike them.  But I am a big Tebow fan.  So big I even rooted for Florida while he was there.  I admire his commitment, attitude, character and faith.  I don't know how things will pan out for him in the NFL, but I wish him the best.  Good God I may even start pulling for the Broncos if he starts (big statement coming from an old Seahawk fan). 

Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2011 10:22 pm

Tebow on starting job: 'it was grabbed back away'

Tebos talent was pretty good at the college level but that doesn't mean he'll be that good in the pros. If He's that good then Orten would be his back-up. I highly doubt he would start for most NFL teams. His faith won't win a starting job talent will and that he lacks. I would guess that he'll hang on for a couple more years and then quietly disappear and open up a car dealership in Gainsville.

Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2011 1:56 am

Tebow on starting job: 'it was grabbed back away'

Tebow is one of the most overrated QB's in the league.

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 5:04 pm

Tebow on starting job: 'it was grabbed back away'

Denver should start Orton, if he's doing great and the Broncos are winning, leave him in. Although, the more likely scenario is they start Orton, and (through no fault of his own, the team just doesn't have the talent), they're having a losing season, say they are 2-6, then they begin to start Tebow to see what he can do. If Tebow does well, they found their starter for next year, if he stinks, they have to go back to the drawing board.

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 4:27 pm

Tebow on starting job: 'it was grabbed back away'

Denver is not the place to be right now! John Fox is a brave man. There is no way he wins! Every choice he makes will be looked at with a microscope regard the Orton and Tebow. Orton is a above average QB and a good game manager. The problem with Orton is he can't carry the Broncos and doesn't have enough around him. With Tebow you have a guy not ready skill wise but he can change a game just with his feet. So what is the right call? I say put Tebow out there and let him get game experience and grow. You can find a Orton almost every offseason but a Tebow could be one of those players that you dream about leading your team! 

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