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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: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:19 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

Okay, this absolutely has to happen -- now that Katy Perry and Brand are done (gosh, who didn't see *that* coming?????), Tebow and Perry need to hook up.  With their Christian background and Christian beliefs and penchant for living in front of the cameras, we could get Tebow and Perry 24/7 on every news/gossip/blog outlet. Can you imagine Perry "tebowing" at concerts?  Or Tebow partying on Friday Nights?  It's so awesome it has to happen.  Football?  What's football?

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:16 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

I agree 100% but every Bronco fan I've talked to seem to be thrilled to have Tebow as their QB.Just ike the delusional Eagle fans who werew thrilled to have Vick run their team.

I'm sure both teams will dominate the NFL next year & meet in the Super Bowl.


Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:00 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

So...your argument is that passing percentage is what makes a good NFL quarterback...never mind then...won't waste my time arguing with you (if the Steelers had given up on Bradshaw early in his career he wouldn't have won any Super Bowls...umm..the same goes for Namath - both had horrible passing %.)  There are things called intangibles.  Tebow has them.  You are blind or have never seen a true football player if you don't recognize them.

The Broncos played sorry competition.

Weak argument again....see the above post regarding ilovemykids.

We are talking about analysis of what players do in the NFL and Tebow is no Peyton Manning or Joe Montana.  If Tebow is the best player in training camp next year, then, by all means, he should be the starter, but there's been nothing that's happened to this point to demonstrate that he's a franchise QB at this time.  Slow your roll and stay in your lane there Rams fan...

Duh!  There aren't too many Peyton Manning's or Joe Montana's walking around...that is why there is a Hall of Fame.  So, now you are saying that the Broncos should wait until training camp to name him the starter?  Maybe the Patriots, Packers, Saints, Chargers, Cowboys, etc...should do the same.  Name a starter when they prove they are the best player in training camp.  The Broncos are giving him some confidence now by saying they believe in him.  READ BETWEEN THE LINES...follow closely..they are headed into a big game and want the most out of their quarterback.  Do you think it is a coincidence that they are naming him a starter for 2012 heading into this weekend?  Don't be so naive.  They (Management) are stating that now, but if Tebow comes in to training camp and sucks....he won't start.  It is a business of winning....the management wants Tebow to succeed....hence naming him the starter.  Guess what...if they month they could say he isn't.  Naivety abounds.

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:54 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

I have to fault the posters about how a complete offseason may "edumacate" Tebow as to his quarterbacking fundamentals.  Um, hello, he had an entire offseason before his rookie year where he was supposed to be doing this to prove his doubters wrong as to his passing abilities.  He then started a few games last year and still didn't improve.  Meanwhile, how did Tom Brady manage to be a sixth round pick and learn to be a quarterback while standing in Drew Bledsoe's shadow?  The team didn't "focus" on him in the offseason but he was still ready to play.  I am not saying that Tebow couldn't still improve as a passer enough to be a legit starter, but i would be worried as a Broncos fan that he hasnt improved as of yet.  This offseason-focus-on-Tebow is nonsense, it gives defenses more time to adapt to him as well and that could end up being a wash.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:52 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

I think it's a little early to declare Tebow a "winner at life". He's a 24 year old virgin with no known significant other. He has been successful at many things up to this point but it's a long life. You don't get declared a winner in the the first quarter, IMHO. Timbo should know that better than anyone. 

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:51 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

That's a pretty accurate assessment of the situation. There's a huge difference between teams struggling to make the playoffs through luck and teams that are 13-3 or 14-2. Yes, it would be nice to make the playoffs, but if that's all you build a team for you will never win a championship. I think Elway understands that. This year is almost a lost year for a lot of young players. The lack of an off season hurt how they should have progressed this year. Tebow, Bradford, McCoy and others are examples of how the position of QB calls for the most work of any on a team.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:51 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

Wow, another totally biased pro-Tebow article on cbssports.  What a surprise.  At least they fulfilled their contract by getting a Tebow story on the site today.  Anyone know what they are getting paid to shill for Timmy? 

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:43 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

Broncos fans should be incensed that their team is letting everything ride on Tebow and the read-option offense (that is unless this is simply a ploy by Elway and the Broncos ownership to placate the ridiculous Tebow fans while they work on a long-term strategy for success behind the scenes and away from the blind allegiance to an unproven player).  If he develops as a passer (which he has yet to show) then it may work.  But if they are committed to further changing their offense to adapt to Tebow's style, it is the equivalent of going full-time-wildcat.  No team in the NFL would do such a thing, whether they have Michael Vick or Cam Newton as their QB they know that you cannot win with option football in the NFL (ask Lou Holtz how his coaching stint with the Jets went way back in the day when he tried to run the option).  Defenses have already begun to adapt to this simplistic offense that relies on overcommitting of speedy players.  Once those defenders remember how to stay home in their lanes, they can bring 8 or 9 guys up in the box and take away the run completely.  Unless Tebow becomes an incredibly accurate passer who can read defenses well, this scheme will simply not work in the long run and with that nearly all NFL experts agree.  Those Tebow intangibles that meant so much in college only last a few games in the pros, after that you gotta perform.  He's still a nice kid who deserves a chance for success, but I would have to put those odds at less than 50%. 

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:43 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

Correction.  This is great news for Tim Tebow fans.  Denver Broncos fans want to see their team in a Super Bowl as soon as possible.  The so called "experts" have watched and played more football than you can imagine and they've never seen a QB with a career completion percentage of 48.6% win a Super Bowl.  A lot went right during the Broncos 6 game winning streak
Chocobastic:  Newsflash....every team wants to see their team win the Super Bowl....I am sure the Eagles fans wanted it when McNabb was their quarterback...I am sure Dolphins fans wanted it when Marino was their quarterback....I am sure the Bills fans wanted it when Kelly was their quarterback.  My point is that a great quarterback does not guarantee a Super Bowl championship.  Teams have won with Dilfer, Hostetler, and even Brad Johnson.   

The so called "experts" have been wrong on so many fronts....does Ryan Leaf still bring back memories of when the "experts" were debating who was better between Manning and him.  What about the experts and David Carr?  The "experts" get paid for an opinion and those opinions change daily.  Remember when the experts said that Joe Montana didn't have the arm strength to be a NFL quarterback.  Don't believe the experts.  Tebow's intangibles are immeasurable and he will be a winner in the NFL.

As far as a lot going right during a six game winning streak....umm...any team that has a six game winning streak has a lot go right.  That comment makes no sense.  I don't see too many teams having six game winning streaks when things are going badly.

Trent Dilfer was a 55% career passer.  Jeff Hostetler was a 58% career passer.  Brad Johnson was a 61.7% career passer.  Great point there, even the sorry QBs that win a Super Bowl but don't make the HOF are better substantially better than Tebow.  So if the Broncos put together one of NFL history's great D's like Baltimore and Tampa did, maybe a subpar passing QB can make it to the Super Bowl.

Maybe you didn't understand what went right for the Broncos during the 6 game winning streak because you stopped reading the subsequent sentences.  The Broncos played sorry competition.  Tebow got a huge amount of credit that the defense deserved as they scored points in the Jets and Bears games that kept them in it.  I gave Tim his credit too.  It was great to see the kind of mistake free football he's capable of late in games.  Yes, draft experts have varying degrees of success, but we aren't talking about the draft.  We are talking about analysis of what players do in the NFL and Tebow is no Peyton Manning or Joe Montana.  If Tebow is the best player in training camp next year, then, by all means, he should be the starter, but there's been nothing that's happened to this point to demonstrate that he's a franchise QB at this time.  Slow your roll and stay in your lane there Rams fan...

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:35 pm

Report: Tebow Broncos starter in 2012 regardless

Hey games are gimmes in the NFL...ask Rodgers and the Packers after losing to the Chiefs.....are you seriously going to call the Bears...Jets..Raiders..Chargers...n

obodies?  Your argument is ridiculous.  To show you just one of your argument's weaknesses about not beating anybody....Ready?....OK...The Broncos beat the Chargers!...The Chargers ripped apart the Ravens a couple of weeks ago. appears that the Chargers aren't really a nobody since they beat Baltimore handily (the Ravens were one of the teams you listed.)  I could go on many times over proving that any given team can beat another on any NFL weekend (ask the Saints when the Rams beat them earlier this season.)  My point is that a six game win streak is not a fluke.  All of the teams you listed above have serious holes in their teams.  You are in error if you think that the Broncos couldn't beat any of those teams on any given Sunday.  I am not even a Bronco fan, but I realize that as soon as you think something can't does (ala Giants beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl in 2007.)

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