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Tebow WILL have competition next year

Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:54 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 10:34 pm
Tebow's season ends ingloriously in New England. (AP)

By Josh Katzowitz

We’ve been asking this for a while now: Is Tim Tebow guaranteed to be the Broncos starting quarterback next year? Our own Ryan Wilson brought this up in mid-January and listed a number of free agent quarterbacks Denver could pursue in an effort to knock Tebow out of his starting spot (including Matt Flynn, Jason Campbell and (yep) Kyle Orton).

Even coach John Fox has now confirmed that nobody is going to hand Tebow anything heading into 2012. That’s because Fox said Monday, via the Denver Post, that the team would acquire two quarterbacks in the offseason to compete against Tebow.

"Numbers wise that's accurate,” Fox said. "Who, what, where, when, what market -- it's still way too early how we get those quarterbacks."

You’ll recall that Tebow a was tad controversial last year as he continued to play poorly (for the most part) but still led his team to the AFC West title and a playoff victory against the Steelers (really, by the end of Denver’s run, our colleague Pete Prisco was one of the few who remained steadfast in his belief that Tebow is not a legit NFL quarterback).

What to do with Tebow?

But that doesn’t mean the read option offense Fox and Mike McCoy had to install midway through the season when Denver decided to replace Orton with Tebow will continue to work in 2012. Tebow still has to prove he has the arm strength, the accuracy and the ability to play effectively in the pocket.

“I think at some point he’ll have to be if he wants to play a long time,” Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said in January. “That’s one area he’s going to have to improve to be elite in this league. But the things he does running the ball -- he can make some throws, it’s just being comfortable doing it. He’s got to get better at it, and when he does, the sky’s the limit for him.”

Of course, the Broncos will HAVE to bring in at least two quarterbacks, because Tebow and practice-squader Adam Weber are the only signal-callers under contract for next year. Brady Quinn -- who apparently had a third-down package set for him in the playoffs (was he planning to Tim Tebow Tim Tebow?) -- is a free agent, and there probably isn’t much reason for him to return Denver.

So, for now, Tebow is the starter.

"He's going to come into our camp as the starting quarterback," Fox said. "He's young. He can get better."

Yeah, what does he mean by that? What can Tebow do better?

Um, this.

"It's the precision on the passing, it's the accuracy, the footwork, the mechanics, the rhythm, the timing, the quickness, the release. Everything," Broncos general manager Brian Xanders said recently. "And he wants to work at it. And he's dedicated. He's going to work really hard at improving those things. .. We're excited about him improving in those areas."

Until, perhaps, the Broncos can find somebody else who’s better than what we saw from Tebow last year.

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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:56 pm

Tebow WILL have competition next year

Did I miss the point of this story?  Nowhere did it say that Tebow wasn't the frontrunner for the starting job.  How could he not be, he is the only qb on the roster under contract.  Nobody knows how long he keeps the job...that all depends on how he plays.  It just seems that some in the media are trying to create a qb controversy where one doesn't yet exist. He is almost sure to go into week 1 next season as the starter.  Week 8 is anyone's guess, but week 1 is 99% sure to be Tebow unless he gets hurt.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:02 pm

Tebow WILL have competition next year

Quinn will one day get a chance and prove he belongs. He has never had the chance
I don't have anything against Quinn personally... when they drafted him, I thought it might work out great for them.  But the reality is that he couldn't even keep Derek freaking Anderson on the bench while in Cleveland, and they felt that signing guys like Seneca Wallace and a washed-up Jake Delhomme were better options than keeping Quinn around.

It's true that he wasn't surrounded by top playmakers, and if the issue were just about his stats when he DID start, then that would certainly be a mitigating factor. 

But if you can't even beat that level of competition out in practice/training camp, then you can't expect to be handed an opportunity.  You either earn the spot or you watch someone else play, and the sour grapes he spouts in interviews makes it sound as if he thinks someone should just hand him a starting job and see what he can do.  That's not how it works.  You fight your way into that starting position by out-practicing everyone else... and THEN show what you can do.

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:50 pm

Tebow WILL have competition next year

As much as I enjoyed Tebowmania last year, and has huge a fan as I've become of Tebow the person; as a realist I have to admit Tebow either needs to greatly improve his skillset or move to a different position.  I think Tebow has the drive and motivation to improve, and should get better practicing with the first team which he missed out on because of the lockout and coming in as a 3rd string QB.

Anybody that would claim Tebow was the worst QB last season, didn't watch a single Colts game. The Colts had one of the best WR in Reggie Wayne, and QBs who were NOT rookies. Tebow probably would have won 3 or 4 games as a Colt, but the Colts would be picking 4th in the draft instead of 1st.  Tebow can certainly lead an offense and rally a team, but he could do that as a team captain playing TE and maybe used as a "change of pace" QB.  

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:42 pm

Tebow WILL have competition next year

Ha Ha Ha ...its obviously not about winning, or the Fans , or jersey sales.

Denver is such a get in there own way type of franchise......I love it...If the coaching staff was wiorth a shit they could coach em up...

What you can't teach is Heart....but I guess it isn't about that either.

Denver will soon be back at the bottom of their division where they belong

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:37 pm

Tebow WILL have competition next year

People, stop making these exaggerated assertions about Tim Tebow!  For those of you that say that he had the WORST passer rating last year, where do you get this information?  

Tim Tebow passed for 1,729 yards 12 TDs to 6 INTs, but his completion percentage was a mere 46.5%.  The result is a 72.9 passer rating.  Obviously, this is not a great QB rating, but clearly not the lowest in the league ala Blaine Gabbert, 65.4.  Yes, Gabbert was a starting quarterback last year.

Look at the same Qb class as Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford.  All of these quarterbacks through their second year are sitting around a 75 quarterback rating.  Should all of these quarterbacks be shelved as busts?  More than likely not.  All of them need more time to acclamate to the rigours of the NFL.

Tebow definitely caught a few breaks last year.  The conclusion should not be that everything he did was a fluke though.  Jumping to the other extreme is presumptuous.  

I mentioned Blaine Gabbert as having the worst passer rating earlier.  Should the Jaguars give up on him already because he had a rough year?  The same goes for him.  Even Drew Brees in his first two seasons starting had an aggragate 70 passer rating.

People, give these young men a break.  It really is too early too tell.  Good for the Broncos to look for other quarterbacks to compete with Tim Tebow to push him forward in his development.  The broncos clearly took some steps in the right direction to not only win the AFC west, but to also win a playoff game against the Steelers.  To advocate a completely different direction the following year would be foolishness.  Let's wait and see what Tim Tebow and these other young quarterbacks can do.

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:27 pm

Tebow WILL have competition next year

Stick to HS Lax, Coach.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:21 pm

Tebow WILL have competition next year

Brady Quinn is yet another joke out of Notre Dame who just did an interview where his jealousy and classlessness are headline news. The guy can't make headlines playing, so he has to stoop to criticizing the guy ahead of him that got the job done.

Since: Feb 21, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:10 pm

Tebow WILL have competition next year

No doubt 15 will have to be a better QB to succeed. He probably was the worst STARTING pocket passer in the NFL last year.  However, from a purely football standpoint, it has been interesting to watch the NFL scramble (pun kind of intended) to defend what Tebow detractors call the "highschool" or "trendy" read option offense that Denver utilized. Personally, I thought it  refreshing to see a game in the NFL where the ball was thrown less than 40 times by a single offense. As for the competition that Tebow will face in this years upcoming training camp, is this REALLY a story? Ultimately he was an average to below average starting QB last year. Why WOULDN'T you make him compete for a job? As Coach Fox clearly points out, he has flaws, but he also seems dynamic and flexible enough in his approcah to improve his game. Tebow's physical tools are unique and with an entire off season ahead I'm looking forward to seeing where Mike McCoy takes the x's and o's, and even more interested in seeing if there are factions in the league who will continue the trend of taking advantage of the QB as dual threat weapon as part of the base offensive scheme, not just a running threat when a play breaks down.  

I, for one, say if you cant protect the QB then you cant throw the ball 60 times a game. Expect said QB to not survive unless you run the ball effectively, and expect to lose games if you cant cover punts, make tackles and play smart football. The NFL, in its attempt to make the game "more exciting" and in an obvious effort to protect it's "star power" has legislated QB protection to the point of being on par with the roughing the kicker. (I wont even start in on the defensless receiver rules) 

Many of you may recall that the Broncos first play from scrimmage againts the Pats(?) was Tebow off right tackle. Tim Tebow is more of a running back than a kicker and this in of itself is enough for me to be in support of his play.

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:33 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

The component that Tebow does not have to improve upon is leadership.  People who play with him are not the one's criticizing him.  They know he has to improve his skills, but even Peyton Manning tries to get better each year, so that's not a criticism.  What Tebow does is get others around him to play together and believe in each other.  It is a sign of a great player when he makes others better.  Tebow got everyone to play better. If Denver brings in a new QB, he's going to have to do more than just throw the ball from Point A to Point B better than Tebow.

Since: Feb 21, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:32 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

So how did he beat Ben Roethlisberger in the PLAYOFFS? Are you going to use injuries as an excuse? Denver's starting safety, Brian Dawkins, was OUT.. Denver traded away it's number one WR to the Rams (Brandon Lloyd). They lost RB Knowshon Moreno.. Willis McGahee started but didn't the Ravens let him go? YES.. and the Broncos still win their division and first playoff game.. The Broncos were probably the worst team talent-wise in their division.. the only change that was made from their 1-4 start was Tebow..Gee I wonder? He's a winner..  

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