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Who would want to compete with Tim Tebow?

Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:54 pm
 
Who would even want to compete with Tebow? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Monday, John Elway said at his season-ending press conference that Tim Tebow "earned the right" to go into the Broncos 2012 training camp as the starter. He also said that the Broncos will "obviously be in the market" for more quarterbacks.

But here's my question: Who wants to come to Denver and compete with Tebow?

That's not to say it's impossible to beat Tebow out for a starter's role, of course. It's not -- Kyle Orton did it in 2010. And Elway believes someone will be willing to compete against Tebow. Or at least that if there isn't anyone willing to do so, then he shouldn't be in Broncos camp.

"If he’s afraid to come in and compete for that job, maybe he’s not the right guy," Elway said Monday.

Here's the problem though: the deck is absolutely stacked against any of the available free agents that could come in and reasonably and/or rationally be considered a starter for Denver.

For starters, the would-be competitor has to be willing to consent to life as a backup. Even though they will be technically be involved in a competition, whoever signs in Denver is going head-to-head with a quarterback who just won a division title.

That quarterback happens to be a fan favorite, and therein lies the biggest problem: the fans.

Elway and John Fox can preach about ignoring what their constituents say all they want. The fact is that after relegating Tebow to third string, a 1-4 start and an enormous fan outcry (including the purchase of billboards instructing Fox how to do his job) prompted them bring in Tebow and give him run as a starter.

How'd that run work out for Orton? Not well -- he was routinely booed and generally reviled by Broncos fans. That he played poorly isn't even beside the point. It is the point, especially if you're the guy looking to compete with Tebow in 2012.

Win the job out of training camp because you play the quarterback position better than Tebow? Welcome to the shortest leash of your life, not to mention the most unfriendly homefield circumstances in NFL history. No one wants that, especially if it comes after the success.

And that's without pointing out how hard it'll be for Denver to even get someone decent into camp: the list of free-agent quarterbacks this offseason is abysmal at best.

Alex Smith, Matt Flynn, Jason Campbell and Orton are the headliners. Maybe someone beatdown and desperate like Chad Henne or Kyle Boller makes sense, but those guys have had their chance and they weren't as effective as Tebow, on teams with better weapons.

The Broncos aren't within range of grabbing an elite quarterback prospect; if they could trade up to grab Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III or even Ryan Tannenhill, it'd be a clear indication they're moving away from Tebow.

They're not doing that. No one thinks they are anyway.

Although the way that Elway and John Fox continually backpeddle, use vague language and strive not to support Tebow might lead some observers to believe they're actively rooting against him.

Whatever, if they want him to fail that's fine. Whether or not Tim Tebow succeeds has no bearing on the Broncos ability to land another viable quarterback for 2011. It's just not going to happen.

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Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:07 pm
 

Who would want to compete with Tim Tebow?

Will the fans be so happy with a 1-7 Tebow halfway through the season? There is a half a season of tape on him now, the last game an absolute shut down. and teams have a a complete offseason, mini camps, and OTA's. Tebw as all that time to improve as well, but I just don't see it happening. I think Timmy will be preaching in a megachurch or sewing up little Phillipino kids  fulltime by 2015.



Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:23 pm
 

Who would want to compete with Tim Tebow?

Maybe an Atheist?



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:22 pm
 

Who would want to compete with Tim Tebow?

Given that the Broncos will face a much tougher schedule next year with an offensive scheme that opponents will have had time to study, my guess is that Fox and Elway will let Tebow face the wolves and see what happens.  If Tebow hasn't improved significantly, and the team does a nose dive, they'll be in a much stronger position to upgrade the QB position next offseason. (And Brady Quinn can get his chance to make things happen.) If Tebow does improve enough, then they'll know they can go forward with him. 
It's more then Fox and Elway want Tebow face the Wolves to see what happem, they would have little choice to go Tebow if he is the best they have. I have doubt that Denver would go after a QB this offseason, so it's either Tebow or Quinn.



Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:49 pm
 

Who would want to compete with Tim Tebow?

Given that the Broncos will face a much tougher schedule next year with an offensive scheme that opponents will have had time to study, my guess is that Fox and Elway will let Tebow face the wolves and see what happens.  If Tebow hasn't improved significantly, and the team does a nose dive, they'll be in a much stronger position to upgrade the QB position next offseason. (And Brady Quinn can get his chance to make things happen.) If Tebow does improve enough, then they'll know they can go forward with him. 

Personally, I think this offseason needs to be spent addressing other needs the club has, including getting more playmakers for the defense, and more depth at RB and O-line.  When your team enters the playoffs having given up 80 more points then it scored, there a plenty of changes that can be made beyond at QB.  There will be decent QBs available in next year's draft (Landry Jones, Matt Barkley), so Denver can look for one then if they need to. 



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:32 pm
 

Who would want to compete with Tim Tebow?

NO MORE TEBOW!!!!!!
Haven't we put up with this self-righteous asshole enough for one season?

NO MORE TEBOW!!!
NO MORE TEBOW!!!

Please don't hire him, or I and everyone I can influence will not watch CBS coverage of the AFC Championship!!!

No More TEBOW!!!!

Have I made myself clear?!?!?


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