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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: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:49 pm

Tebow WILL have competition next year

I live in CO so I read The Gazette down here in The Springs and The Denver Post. From someone in the middle of Tebow-land, and not even a real Broncos fan, I think people are reading into this too much. The last time The Broncos made the playoffs was with Jake Plummer, why do you think the guy that single-handedly won games and sent the Broncos to the playoffs isn't worthy of being the future starter? Sure, you need a new number 2, but to draft, say, Tannehill in the first, a conventional quaterback, would be a mistake. They need to start building around Tebow. I understand where this comes from, when John Elway even questions Tebow, but i just don't get it, he's obvious ready to play and lead the Broncos. Guys rally around him. Is it because he is controversial, being an unconvential QB on and off the field? I just don't get it, why isn't anyone really talking about building around Tim Tebow? Get some OL's, bolster the secondary, Champ is aging. I understand the concept of pushing a guy to be better, but I really think Tebow is the type of athlete with plenty to prove, and he can push himself just fine, maybe with a little confidence from the coaches and management, it will help, instead of constantly thinking of ways to replace him. Just don't get it.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:27 pm

Tebow WILL have competition next year

In a strange way this kind of talk is good for Tim. If he goes to playoffs next year, and loses in the championship, it is because he never had the arm or the ability to read defences. Tebow is the QB in Denver and will be for years to come. When he lifts the Super Bowl trophy, it will be for the sick kids. He is a team player and a credit to his faith. I have never seen such a reaction to a player. To many liberals in sports media is my only explanation. He has a year under his belt, a play off win, you could do a lot worse.

Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:42 pm

Tebow WILL have competition next year

God Bless Him

God who????

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:05 pm

Tebow WILL have competition next year

This was a given, we all knew that Tim Tebow would have competition.  All I know is they better bring in a quality quarterback so that the fans don't act stupid again.  Tim Tebow is not the answer and we all know it.  

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:00 pm

Tebow WILL have competition next year

What do you know? You keep this post and watch this Kid Rule this year.
I'm a Dolphin Fan and I wish Tebow all the best, and God Bless Him.

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:22 pm

Tebow WILL have competition next year

Good luck Tim!!!

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