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Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:32 pm
Tebow and Orton meet again on Sunday. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Denver and Kansas City square off on Sunday with plenty at stake: the Broncos want to win the AFC West, and the Chiefs want to give Kyle Orton redemption for being benched and released by Denver earlier this year. Reportedly not at stake, though? Tim Tebow's job as a starter.

That's according to's Jeff Darlington, who reports that Tebow is locked as the starter for Denver in 2012, regardless of whether or not the Broncos make the playoffs.

"Sources have indicated, regardless of the outcome Sunday, the Broncos plan to move forward with the mindset that Tebow will remain the team's starter in 2012," Darlington wrote Friday.

Darlington's also got a juicy nugget about the relationship between Orton and Tebow. The Broncos quarterbacks have a fine system that keeps each other accountable (this is common among NFL position players) and the group began fining Tebow when fans bought billboards demanding that Orton be benched and Tebow get starts.

Though this ultimately happened, it pretty clearly created a rift and explains why the Broncos let Orton go. (Darlington also reports that allowing Tebow to have "better control of the locker room" was a deciding factor in Orton's release.) But if letting Orton go ultimately costs the Broncos a shot at the playoffs, it's simply an indefensible decision.

A totally defensible one is keeping Tebow ingrained as the starter. There are many reasons for this. He's under contract in 2012. He won games. He could progress as a passer. There won't be a franchise quarterback available when the Broncos draft next April. Using picks to trade up grab a quarterback ignores other needs. The Broncos are still technically "rebuilding," and drafting defensive players would serve them better. Tim Tebow is an absolute cash cow for the team. Giving him a vote of confidence now only decreases the scrutiny on the situation leading into the final parts of this season.

The list could go on for a while. Which is why it makes a lot of sense for the Broncos to have already arrived at the decision that Tim Tebow's their starter in 2012. Even if their 2011 starter manages to knock them out of the playoff hunt.

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Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:35 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

last year vs the Chiefs, our D held them to 1O pts, Moreno had 161 rushing yards. We lost 1O-6,! Orton was 9-28 for 117 yards and O TDs. He followed that performance up with a 19-41 for a 163 yards, O TDs and 3 INT game vs the 4-9 Cardinals. And for everyone saying he led the league in passing yards, not TDs or points, yards. Vs the Colts he had 476 passing yards and we scored a whole 13 points.

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:15 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

Denver is certainly entitled to run their franchise they way they want, but this doesn't seem like the best decision. How many times have we heard that this is a passing league? And they want to stick with a QB who can't pass? He's 33rd in the league in completion percentage this year and there are only 32 teams.

That being said, many QBs have struggled their first year and gone on to be good or even great QBs. I'm not putting any money on him turning into a good QB and if I were in their division, I would be happy with the news.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:11 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

The fact is, people love Tim Tebow, and these are not just Bronco fans.  The media loves him, the NFL loves him, his own players love him, and the world in general loves him.  He is probably one of the greatest human beings in the history of the NFL and the world in general. 
(Boldface mine) LOL I think that last one might be overstating the case a little. Tim Tebow > George Washington? I really don't think so. Great human being, good football player, and an obviously giving guy? Yeah, sign me up for that one. That other thing about being a greater human being than Gandhi, Lincoln, and if you believe in him, Jesus? Not so much.

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:02 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

Are you suggesting that Tim Tebow is not soley responsible for every win in Broncos history??? Shame on you! Shame! Shame! Shame!

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:56 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

Heck, with Orton they were 1-4. Letting Orton go isn't going to keep them out of the playoffs. If they kept him they never would be in a position to make it to the playoffs.
Speaking of stupid statements...

1-4! 1-4! 1-4! Broken record much? It never seems to penetrate that the Broncos were two completely different teams between game 5 and about game 7. Key players returned from injuries. Von Miller stopped making mental mistakes for which he was benched at one point during (brace yourself) the first part of the year. The defense began to properly execute the brand new 4-3 system they had all been struggling with for the first 5-6 games. Willis McGahee took over as the primary running back and immediately revitalized the running game.

It is absolutely idiotic to think that Kyle Orton wouldn't have beaten a bunch of mediocre teams with a top-shelf defense and a solid running game. In fact, we know exactly what happens when Kyle Orton has a top-shelf defense and a solid running game: 6-0. That's what happened the last time the rest of the Broncos stopped sucking.

Can anyone in this ADHD world remember that the entire Broncos team - offense and defense - struggled at the beginning of the year because they were learning all-new systems with all-new coaches? Or that for the previous 2 years, Kyle Orton had to throw into coverage by teams who knew for a certainty that Denver would throw, throw, and throw some more (because they had no running game and the defense couldn't stop anybody), and despite this, he still managed 4th quarter comeback winning drives against the Cowboys, Titans, Bengals, Patriots, etc, and led the league in passing for much of 2010 and part of 2009?

Is there some reason you attention-span-challenged bleaters have to make being a fan of Tim Tebow a zero-sum game? Isn't it possible to root for your guy without dragging a good, classy player through the mud - in the face of all evidence to the contrary of your hysterical, ill-informed ranting? The irony here is many of you think Tebow draws all the unmerited venom. You should listen to yourselves talk about Kyle Orton. It's like he was Ryan Leaf or something. He was the only bright spot in Denver for 2 years, not some Jamarcus Russell loser with a Terrell Owens attitude.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:54 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

spookyguy, what you're too blinded by Tebowlust to see is that with decent QB (hint: 3/16 through the 3rd quarter isn't decent), the Broncos would have put their last three wins away long before the start of the 4th quarter making the comebacks against bad teams completely unnecessary.

Without a 59 yd FG followed by a 51 FG in OT, Tebow loses to Chad Hanie and Denver is on the outside of the playoffs looking in.  Didn't hear squat about Prater, though.  Just more Tebow, Tebow, Tebow.

Tebow may one day be a good NFL QB, but you Tebow lovers are giving him way too much credit way too early.  

Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:58 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

Maybe you're talking about the 55 rushing TDs and 32OO yards in 4 years? I'm not a Gator fan but the last great RB I remember from there was Fred Taylor. I know Deshawn Winn was good but don't think they played together but part of his rookie year. Also, thats Urban Meyer's system and plays that he ran.

Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:50 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

Do NFL draft picks Percy Harvin, AAron Hernandez, Riley Cooper, Cornelius Ingram or Louis Murphy think he was selfish? He got em the ball enough for them to make it to the NFL and Harvin was a 1st rd pick. 

Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:29 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

So Tebow threw for 93OO yards and 88 TDs to himself in Florida? So selfish!

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:10 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

John Fox might as well hire Barry Switzer to run the offense, Broncos can run the classic wishbone just like the Sooners in the Mid-80's

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