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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: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:18 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

hes the worst rated starting QB since  2000
worst rated in what??

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:10 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

Tebow is only around because of religious poltics.  Check the actual records- hes the worst rated starting QB since  2000.   I don't mind if he stays because i want Denver to suck.

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 7:08 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

I have a sneaking suspicion Tebow's 15 minutes of fame as a QB will not continue next season.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:49 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

So Denver's going after Peyton too?

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:59 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

No kidding!  Stupidist article I will read today, and it's not even 6 o'clock!  The Broncos need two QB's to run the same offense as Tebow.  The two that are currently there are marginal QB's and will never be anymore than a backup.  I see Denver going after Dixon and drafting another QB after the 4th round, if they don't keep one of the QB's that are currently in place, but only one.  Will the draft and July please get here...this time of year sucks for sports!

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:15 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

Well isn't this a surprise.  Why wouldn't Denver want extra quarterbacks on hand, someone who could step in when necessary?  As much as I might like Tebow, I've admitted all season that he was leanrning on the job and that stardom and starterdom were not guaranteed.  More than anything else, this has been a media-driven story, much like the Manning/Irsay saga.  Any little thing that anyone might say gets magnified by the media into great significance.  But the thing tht needs to be remembered is that Tebow is almost tw-thirds of the way to the average NFL career-span, and that's a lot further than anyone in the media was willing to give him when he got drafted.

Since: Feb 21, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:17 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

I have been a Broncos fan for years. I understand the throwing motion, the comparison to normal QB's but what did Elway do the first couple years?Elway was replaced in his first year by DeBerg several times. He couldn't read the defense, he through interceptions, ran when he shouldn't have, but won when they shouldn't have. Tebow is basically a rookie this year and this guy won the West, went to the playoffs, and beat the Steelers against the best Defense in the NFL in a playoff game. He is my QB! 

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:06 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

You would have to be real slow not to think the Bronco's and Elway wouldn't bring in 1 or 2 more qb's to compete against Tebow.  Tebow is a team player and loves to win and since he is not like your typical whining pro athlete who would think this is some affront or insult to himself and what he has done in 8 games I doubt he has a problem with it. Not so sure if the Bronco's should bring Orton back, rarely does bringing a former team leader who was traded work.  Matt Flynn would be the qb to look at since the Broncos already have a good team in place and getting a qb through the draft would set them back.  In his two starts with the Packers Flynn played great.  It also never hurts to sit behind a super bowl winning qb to get on the job training and McCarthy is a qb teaching machine(article on Rodgers talking about McCarthy's qb school 2 months ago)!  I never got the feeling Quin would stick around Denver, no reason for it though.  If this was the "Twilight Zone" maybe Payton Manning would become a Bronco.  What ever happens with Tebow in Denver he will get a fair shot at being the starting qb. No doubt about it.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:47 am


bring back orton!  he's the man to take denver to record heights!

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:05 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

John Elway is doing exactly what he should be doing. Because the truth of the matter is that Tebow will not be able to change his mechanics because at this stage of a QB's career, you are what you are. And the wins Tebow had over those bad or injured teams were because of the fluke nature of the offense he ran. Everyone has film now and everyone knows what he can and can't do. That is why the Broncos lost 4 out of the last 5 games they played.

Elway's job is to get the Broncos a championship team and Elway accutely knows what a real QB looks like and Tebow isn't a championship caliber QB. Tebow will not pan out and it is important that Elway have a real QB in place when the experiment fails.
I believe the Broncos have games against the Packers, Saints and a couple of other hard games. This time next year, this whole
Tebow thing will be over. And he'll be in his proper place at another position. And all the Tebites will be very, very quite. 

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