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Is Tim Tebow in danger of being benched Sunday?

Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:21 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 5:09 pm
Does Fox really have Tebow's back? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Tim Tebow set the world on fire during the Broncos six-game winning streak that put them in first place in the AFC West. But during Denver's final three games -- all losses -- Tebow looked totally different, and there's starting to be some serious chatter about the possibility that he could be benched Sunday against Pittsburgh if he struggles.

Our Broncos Rapid Reporter Lee Rasizer notes on Friday that Denver coach John Fox didn't "eliminate the possibility" during his press conference, although he did support Tebow's efforts as the Broncos starter.

"Well, he's on the football team," Fox said of backup Brady Quinn. "So everybody on the team's ready. Like every game, we expect our starters to play well and if for some reason an injury occurs or something happens, it's next man up."

Adding fuel to the fire is a report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source that says backup Brady Quinn has been getting "roughly half the first-team reps in practice all week."

However, Quinn, in a text message to Jeff Darlington of, denied Florio's report, saying he hasn't "gotten any extra reps." Quinn said he usually gets two reps, “if any” on Friday with the first team, but that he got two this week.

Over the final three games of the season (again, all losses) Tebow went 30 of 73 ("good" for a 41.1 completion percentage) for 439 passing yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.

In that time, however, he was effective on the ground, picking up 5.11 yards per carry while rushing 28 times for 143 yards. The first-team reps can even be explained as "due diligence," considering the Broncos would need a non-Tebow offense installed in the event that they decide to yank on his apparently short leash.

The big difference between "Winning Tebow" and "Losing Tebow" is turnovers. (Which, actually, is kind of the difference between almost every good/bad version of a quarterback; don't let anyone fool you into thinking this is a Tebow-centric problem.) Tebow's fumbled four times in the past three games (two were lost), versus twice in the previous six games before that.

Add in the interceptions and defenses figuring out how to minimize the damage Tebow can do (press man coverage versus zone defenses)

And there's a pretty good chance that Tebow will struggle on Sunday against the Steelers. They are, if you don't know, pretty good at defense.

But it's still disappointing to see Fox waffling on his support of the Broncos starter, particularly since they'd currently be sitting at home without Tebow's emergence as a viable albeit different starter in the NFL.

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Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:24 pm

Is Tim Tebow in danger of being benched Sunday?

Lol...Lions thumped like Clemson

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:12 pm

Is Tim Tebow in danger of being benched Sunday?

As a huge Broncos fan who also hates Tim Tebow, I think you have to let him play the entire game unless he gets hurt.  Brady Quinn is not the answer at quarterback either, so we are screwed regardless.  But during preseason we can make a run at a veteran quarterback, and I hope we do!  For this final game though, we gotta ride the horses that got us here, even if we will have a quick exit in the post season.  

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:44 am

Is Tim Tebow in danger of being benched Sunday?

Tim Tebow is a terrible QB. He can’t do anything that a QB is supposed to do. And I really doubt that over time he will improve. He needs to be a tight end or even a RB, because running is his best quality.

Having said that, I would be shocked if Brady Quinn were to start on Sunday. He has no experience and would be eaten alive by the Steelers. There is a chance he could get in the game later, when the Broncos are trailing and grasp at straws to help them win. Obviously I feel the Steelers will win this game rather handily, no matter who is at QB.

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:31 am

Is Tim Tebow in danger of being benched Sunday?

Typo; 29th not 33rd. not sure how I got that number.

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:24 am

Is Tim Tebow in danger of being benched Sunday?

Lumpco please!! the Saints finished, get this number, 6th in the league in rushing. The Lions, 33rd. The Defences finished 23rd and 24th overall. So I would say thats pretty much a tie.  Detroit gives up 24.2 points per game, Packers only give up 22.4. Lumpco please check your number before you speak. Just saying.  I am on the Lions wagon this year, they are fun to watch!!

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:26 am

Let's hopeTebow is benched Sunday.

It would absolutely CRUSH his irrational, holy-roller fan base, who prematurely elevated him to the level of Messiah primarily due to his religious beliefs. Yes, and we all know that this was BEFORE the 6 game win streak against losing teams. No team from the AFC West belongs in the playoffs, especially the back into it Broncos.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:37 am

Is Tim Tebow in danger of being benched Sunday?

Tim Tebow = the most overrated, overhyped, underperforming quarterback in the the past 20-30 years.  I'm a Broncos fan and have watched every game he's played in, and it is abundantly clear that he has major accuracy problems 90% of the times he throws.  His throwing motion is slow and it is everything critics warned about prior to the 2010 draft.  Worse yet, Tebow quite simply cannot read NFL defenses or make progressive reads of his receivers. Only a McIdiot like former Broncos HC Josh McDaniels could have made the dumb choice of picking Tebow in the first round to start with, and the Broncos have been stuck with Tebow and the Tebowner cult of crazed fanatics ever since.  Hopefully some other team like the Jacksonville Jaguars will be interested in him and Tebow will be off the Broncos roster for next season.

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:16 am
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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:18 am

Is Tim Tebow in danger of being benched Sunday?

Tim Tebow might be a great runner but a poor passer, but Brady Quinn is a competent passer, but a statue. The guy will not move to avoid a sack. He just stands in the pocket waiting....waiting....until he gets pummeled into the ground. If you ask me who should's a no-brainer. Just run the ball. All the top teams in the playoffs have a strong focus on running. The teams with "prolific passers" will not make it pas the first round. Why you ask? Because in the post season...defense counts alot more than offense. Whic is why the Lions will defeat the Saints. Matt Stafford is a terrible QB compared to the great Drew Brees. But the Lions have a much better running game an a better defense than the Saints and Packers who give up close to 25 points a game!


Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:44 am

Is Tim Tebow in danger of being benched Sunday?

Honestly i think its stupid to start him, its hard enough for a team to make the playoffs,and bringing in Quinn would have been the better option, maybe throw in Tebow a couple of times, since he did lead the team to the play offs.

 But in a game like this you need points and i say if you get down by 10 bring in quinn if it isnt to late or just start the guy period. 

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