|Fox sticks to the talking points: Tebow is Denver's starter ... for now. (US PRESSWIRE)|
By Ryan Wilson
Depending on who's talking, the Broncos have plans to feature backup quarterback Brady Quinn in certain situations during Saturday's wild-card game against the Steelers, and quite possibly insert him into the starting lineup should incumbent Tim Tebow struggle, something he's done during the team's three-game losing streak.
Earlier in the week, ProFootballTalk.com reported that Quinn had taken half the practice snaps in preparation for such an eventuality, Quinn refuted it through NFL.com, and then FoxSports.com's Jay Glazer said Sunday that the team will have a third-down package for Quinn against Pittsburgh.
During halftime of the Falcons-Giants game, FoxSport's John Lynch caught up with Broncos head coach John Fox to ask about facing the Steelers.
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"Well, there a great defense, there's no doubt," Fox said. "We're going to have to have balance in both run and pass. And if we don't it's going to be a long day."
As for the Quinn-for-Tebow rumors, Fox offered this:
"We expect all our starters to play well, especially Tim," he said. "Tim's had a great week of preparation, Brady Quinn gets reps every week. He is our backup quarterback but, you know, we expect all our starters to play well and our backups to be ready."
So what have we learned? Not much, really.
Fox, as he's done for most of the season, refuses to provide direct answers about Tebow's station on the depth chart. Then again, that's his prerogative -- he doesn't have to. At some point soon, however, the team will have to make a decision on Tebow's future and that verdict could depend heavily on how he performs Sunday.
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