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Tim Tebow set for first NFL start

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Tim Tebow is about to become the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Denver plans to give Tebow his first NFL start Sunday at Oakland.

The news comes as no surprise, as Kyle Orton is struggling with a rib injury and didn’t throw in practice this week.

Tebow was the pet project of Josh McDaniels, who was fired before ever starting Tebow for a game. Now Tebow gets to show his stuff and make a case — to whoever coaches the Broncos next year — that he deserves to be the starter in 2011.

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66 Responses to “Tim Tebow set for first NFL start”
  1. cletusvandam says: Dec 18, 2010 4:11 PM

    teblow’s statline = 4 int 1 concussion 0 future as an nfl qb

  2. nceagle004 says: Dec 18, 2010 4:12 PM

    This should end well.

  3. Keyser Söze says: Dec 18, 2010 4:14 PM

    What? No love for Brady Quinn?

  4. milehiclown says: Dec 18, 2010 4:18 PM

    Finally.

    GOOD LUCK TIM!

  5. jdandcoke says: Dec 18, 2010 4:18 PM

    tebow is a great kid. good luck tim.

  6. pkrlvr says: Dec 18, 2010 4:22 PM

    Wonder how many times he’s going to thank god during the game?

  7. steelers6pack says: Dec 18, 2010 4:23 PM

    I want to see Tebow struggle like most other overrated SEC QB’S…

  8. slickzmoney says: Dec 18, 2010 4:24 PM

    Wow – Tebow, Flynn, Webb and Grossman all starting this week? Can’t wait.

  9. hobartbaker says: Dec 18, 2010 4:29 PM

    Television networks are scrambling to adjust their coverage schedules to include the highly anticipated event. Analyst John Gruden affirmed that while they had not yet arrived they were on their way. In his words…..”Westward leading, still proceeding…”.

  10. silvernblack4life says: Dec 18, 2010 4:33 PM

    Oh yes, looking forward to watching him get his first NFL battering to go along with his first start. 4+ sacks. 2+ int. for Raider D!

  11. corzman69 says: Dec 18, 2010 4:38 PM

    Finally, a reason to look forward to a Broncos game this season.

  12. dannymac17 says: Dec 18, 2010 4:42 PM

    This will not end well.

  13. hobartbaker says: Dec 18, 2010 4:43 PM

    Would you buy a used car from Adam Schefter?

  14. simplesimon1 says: Dec 18, 2010 4:46 PM

    Good luck young man!!!! Go have a great game.

    And cue all the 100 Tebow hating comments in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, go!!!

  15. importantpftcomment says: Dec 18, 2010 4:46 PM

    Tebow will follow along the lines of other NFL QB draft busts…..

    From NFL.com the most famous are Jeff George, Tim Couch, Alex Smith and David Carr. Also on the honorable mention list is Rick Mirer, Joey Harrington, Patrick Ramsey, Rex Grossman and J.P. Losman.

  16. bojack34 says: Dec 18, 2010 4:46 PM

    As a Raider fan I am very happy with this news.

  17. ghostofgilchrist says: Dec 18, 2010 4:59 PM

    Bring me the head of Richard Seymour!

  18. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 18, 2010 5:06 PM

    How come I haven’t heard much about his mechanics recently. That used to be the hot topic, but haven’t heard much recently. Does PFT have any Rumor or news about how his motion is coming along?

  19. jameswestphal says: Dec 18, 2010 5:17 PM

    He seems like a great guy, so as a human being, I wish him the best. As a realist, I don’t see this going any way other than really bad. Oakland can do some things defensively that Tebow won’t have the experience or the ability to overcome. Oakland also has some talent on D, there won’t be any 215lb Vanderbilt LB’s out there for him to steamroll. He’s in some trouble. Hope I’m wrong.

  20. simplesimon1 says: Dec 18, 2010 5:19 PM

    importantpftcomment… shouldn’t McNabb be on your list seeing as Grossman, who’s on your list, is starting instead of him tomorrow

  21. brncowin says: Dec 18, 2010 5:20 PM

    Why does the media hate Tim Tebow?

  22. jskill3 says: Dec 18, 2010 5:23 PM

    I’m sure the game will come down to a Hail Mary, and this will greatly favor Tim. No worries.

  23. thetooloftools says: Dec 18, 2010 5:34 PM

    If this guy shocks the world, he won’t shock me. This young man is a winner and winners never quit.
    Go Tim… Commence With The Beatings !

  24. richm2256 says: Dec 18, 2010 5:35 PM

    I don’t know much about Tebow, don’t really care much about him or the Donks. That said, no matter what happens tomorrow, Tebow would have a loooong way to go to be the suckiest QB in the NFL this season. Or Mark Sanchez.

  25. nogoodell says: Dec 18, 2010 5:35 PM

    yahoo fantasy football just crashed with an overload of Oakland defense adds

  26. brownsclown says: Dec 18, 2010 5:40 PM

    God’s child versus the Raider Nation!

    This should immediately go to ESPN Classics!
    It will be a humbling experience for Tebow. He’ll know first hand how David felt fighting Goliath and how the Christians felt fighting the lions.

    More humbling will be the Brady Quinn experience. We he enters the game, probably in the second quarter, he will quickly realize that he is worse than Tebow.

    By the end of the season the Bronco starting QB could easily be Jamorca Russel!

  27. hobartbaker says: Dec 18, 2010 5:42 PM

    Normally it takes a pay raise to get and employee to work in Cincinnatti.

  28. raiderfankirk says: Dec 18, 2010 5:44 PM

    Awesome starting Raider D and Jason Campbell in fantasy playoffs. Denver P.S. trade us Orton!!!

  29. cuzz4169 says: Dec 18, 2010 5:45 PM

    I want to see Tebow struggle like most other overrated SEC QB’S…
    ___________________________________

    Peyton Manning is so overrated…Shut up if you don’t know what your talking about plz…I hate people who talk just to hear themselves talk.

  30. fpdofficer11 says: Dec 18, 2010 5:54 PM

    This comment is for( importantpftcomment) Jeff George is not considered a complete draft bust and Alex Smith kinda early to say he wont be a good QB in the NFL someday. I think you missed the biggest draft bust ever on your awesome list, how could ne one over look Ryan Leaf?? I am not sure if Tebow will be a bust or a success and neither are you, let Tebow play and quit being a hater, why people hate Tebow is a mystery to me. Good luck Sunday Tebow shred the Raider nation.

  31. b7p19 says: Dec 18, 2010 6:07 PM

    I hope he tears it up. People hate Big Ben because he’s a dirt bag AND hate Tebow because he’s a good person. What the hell is wrong with people? I’ll be rooting for him.

  32. steelers6pack says: Dec 18, 2010 6:08 PM

    I want to see Tebow struggle like most other overrated SEC QB’S…
    ___________________________________

    Peyton Manning is so overrated…Shut up if you don’t know what your talking about plz…I hate people who talk just to hear themselves talk.

    ————————————————-
    Once again some one who can nto READ! I NEVER said Manning was overrrated, even though he is a playopff choker and Super Bowl losing QB! Tim Couch, Jason Campbell, Jamarcus Russell, Heath Schuller, Danny Wuerfell, Jessie Palmer, Eric Zier, Tee Martin to name a few!

  33. 7pints says: Dec 18, 2010 6:11 PM

    Here’s something interesting… I have met a lot of people in my life through business and just social life. And guess what? I have never met a successful person who was a Raider fan. Not one! You just don’t see doctors or successful business men who are Raiders fans. Raiders fans are exactly who you think they are. Close your eyes and picture a Raider fan……. See my point!

  34. mrcowpatty says: Dec 18, 2010 6:30 PM

    Tebow will probably rush for about 100 yards. Broncos win.

  35. richmcn says: Dec 18, 2010 6:34 PM

    Peyton Manning is so overrated…Shut up if you don’t know what your talking about plz…I hate people who talk just to hear themselves talk.

    =======

    also eli and cutler – not shabby

  36. importantpftcomment says: Dec 18, 2010 6:36 PM

    @simplesimon1

    McNabb has been far from a draft bust, unlike Grossman.

    McNabb was drafted 2nd in 99 by the Eagles. Grossman drafted 22 by Chicago in ’03.

    All you need to do is look at their overall stats, especially their starts to see the difference!

  37. realitypolice says: Dec 18, 2010 6:37 PM

    thereisalwaysnextyear says:
    Dec 18, 2010 5:06 PM
    How come I haven’t heard much about his mechanics recently. That used to be the hot topic, but haven’t heard much recently
    =========================

    Maybe because he was buried on the depth chart and no one had actually seen him throw a pass in 4 months.

  38. realitypolice says: Dec 18, 2010 7:04 PM

    cuzz4169 says:
    Dec 18, 2010 5:45 PM
    I want to see Tebow struggle like most other overrated SEC QB’S…
    ___________________________________

    Peyton Manning is so overrated…Shut up if you don’t know what your talking about plz…I hate people who talk just to hear themselves talk.
    =======================

    So because you can name one successful SEC NFL Qb that means he doesn’t know what he’s talking about?

    Before Manning’s Super Bowl win, the last SEC QB to win one was Ken Stabler over 30 years ago.

    How about these recent SEC mega stars:

    Brodie Croyle
    Jamarcus Russell
    Jason Campbell
    Jesse Palmer
    Jay Cutler
    Heath Shuler
    Jevan Snead
    Danny Wuerfel
    Matt Flynn

    And it would be nice to ol’ Matt Stafford stay on the field for more than 5 minutes before we annoint him, too.

    The SEC being a mediocre source of QB talent for the NFL is a fact, I’m afraid.

  39. cowboys4life says: Dec 18, 2010 7:04 PM

    Denver just turned this game from meaningless to Interesting

  40. realitypolice says: Dec 18, 2010 7:05 PM

    And it would be nice to SEE ol’ Matt Stafford stay on the field for more than 5 minutes before we annoint him, too.

    Is what I meant.

  41. jdandcoke says: Dec 18, 2010 7:29 PM

    the God haters must really hate tebow. not only does he praise the Lord every chance he gets, but he still has more money at 24 then the haters, their children, and their grandchildren will ever have in their lifetimes….LOL…GO TIM!!.

  42. packfaninpackland says: Dec 18, 2010 7:33 PM

    Hey Kyle Orton – remember the name Don Majkowski.

    “Majik” went down with an injury in early 1992 and on came Brett Favre and he played for 18 plus straight years, where as the Majik Man went on to … well, nothing !

    Kyle, maybe you can get a job washing Majkowski’s car. Or better yet, Tebow’s !!

  43. drewbreesus says: Dec 18, 2010 7:36 PM

    Peyton Manning is so overrated…Shut up if you don’t know what your talking about plz…I hate people who talk just to hear themselves talk.

    ___________________________________

    are you stupid? Peyton Manning is one of the greatest QB’s to play the game. If you think he’s overrated, you obviously don’t watch much football.

  44. raiderapologist says: Dec 18, 2010 8:24 PM

    importantpftcomment says: Dec 18, 2010 4:46 PM

    Tebow will follow along the lines of other NFL QB draft busts…..

    From NFL.com the most famous are Jeff George, Tim Couch, Alex Smith and David Carr. Also on the honorable mention list is Rick Mirer, Joey Harrington, Patrick Ramsey, Rex Grossman and J.P. Losman.

    ——————

    And from everybody else, Jamarcus Russell.

  45. joetoronto says: Dec 18, 2010 8:34 PM

    Somebody’s gonna get a hurt real bad.

  46. kanfan says: Dec 18, 2010 8:52 PM

    all I can say to the faderfans how about that J.Russell

  47. jluttrell32 says: Dec 18, 2010 9:32 PM

    @ pkrlvr- “Wonder how many times he’s going to thank god during the game?”

    What friggin difference does it make and what does that have to do with this man getting his opportunity to show his bosses, teammates, fans and” HATERS” like you just what he can do in this league! It is disgusting how a young man like Tim can try to do everything the right way. Setting a positive example for todays youth by his actions on and off the gridiron and even though he makes it known what his beliefs are and he stands behind those beliefs strongly, people like you try to throw dirt in his face just for that simple fact because God knows you can’t find anything negative he’s done to want to hate him for.

    Everyone says Tim is not ever going to succeed at the NFL level. He’s a product of the system he ran in college. He’s not the prototypical size of an NFL QB. Tebow has won his whole life, going all the way back to Pop Warner playing at Lake Shore Athletic Assoc. People have tried to knock others down through out history when they have displayed unbelievable success in life! Call it what you will, I call it being a HATER! Tim Tebow will never lose faith in God and will never lose faith in himself to succeed, and for those two reasons, I belive he will. And when he does the HATERS will still hate but Tebow will get the last laugh! Moron….Shmuck…..Closet Tim Tebow Lover….

  48. odessabucs says: Dec 18, 2010 9:46 PM

    Perhaps all you football intelligentsia will prove to be correct, that Tebow will be a bust.

    I don’t know, perhaps he will. But I do know that when you combine superior physical skills with smarts and excellent character the guy has a chance.

    So I will watch with interest and pray the young man succeeds.

  49. mean13 says: Dec 18, 2010 9:48 PM

    @ pkrlvr- “Wonder how many times he’s going to thank god during the game?”

    It probably won’t be tomorrow but Tebow will succeed, much to the dismay of crapholes like the assclown quoted above. If Tebow drank, stayed out past curfew, smoked pot, abused women and carried guns then jerks like pkrlvr would approve of him.

  50. slickzmoney says: Dec 18, 2010 9:49 PM

    @jluttrell didn’t you here bro, God is like Santa Claus – he’s only real unless someone wiser has convinced you he’s not.

  51. drumzan says: Dec 18, 2010 11:12 PM

    How is Brady Quinn not a starter somewhere in the NFL? Or at least, a top-end backup? He did so well at the end of last season and gets demoted to 3rd stringer overnight. I’d be willing to bet Carolina, Arizona, Minnesota, 49ers would all be doing better right now with Quinn at the helm. Could even make an argument for the Seahawks and the Phins…and I’m a Phins fan!

  52. mayfieldroadboy says: Dec 18, 2010 11:55 PM

    Tebow, and then Quinn. I’d like to see Quinn behind a decent O-line with a few average-to-good receivers. Remember, he played a game or two in Cleveland where there was no O-line and the receivers were bad, at best. For some reason, the Browns have had bad-to-poor O-lines since the early days of Kosar. It was the poor O-line that nearly killed Kosar, crippled Couch and ruined all QBs including Quinn. I see Quinn being traded to the KC Chiefs where he would be reunited with his NotreDame coach Charlie Weiss.

  53. importantpftcomment says: Dec 19, 2010 12:23 AM

    @fpdofficer11
    @raiderapologist

    First, don’t blame me for the list. I only cut/pasted it from NFL.com.

    Beyond that, it is my own opinion he will fail in the NFL. I just don’t think he has what it takes to be successful as a QB. As a tailback or TE maybe, but not as a QB. My .02

  54. warriorking1112 says: Dec 19, 2010 12:36 AM

    TEBOW WILL ATLEAST BE A HELL OF ALOT BETTER IN THE NFL THAN LMAO LMAO CAM NEWTON WILL EVER BE NOW HE IS GONNA BE A BUST!! BOOK IT! TEBOW DID EVERYTHING AND MORE THAN NEWTON AND WILL BE LIGHT YEARS A HEAD OF HIN IN PRO FOOTBALL AS HE WAS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!

  55. philtration says: Dec 19, 2010 12:56 AM

    Why is it that anyone that can look past the hype whether it is Tim Tebow or Justin Bieber is called a “Hater”?
    Not everyone is a clueless dolt that does what they are told you know.

  56. Deb says: Dec 19, 2010 1:10 AM

    @steelers6pack …

    Did a bad batch of kielbasa go out??? This is the fourth idiotic post by a Steelers fan today. It’s getting embarrassing!

    Most quarterbacks fall short of expectations regardless of their conference. But right now, there are two Super Bowl winners from the SEC in the league: Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. Jay Cutler is a Pro Bowl QB from the SEC. And Matt Stafford has gotten off to a positive start in Detroit if he can just stay healthy. So that’s four SEC QBs and five Big Ten QBs, genius. You really don’t have much bragging room.

    Tim Tebow is a fantastic athlete with a great work ethic. But he comes out of a run-first spread offense that’s not a good breeding ground for NFL QBs and his poor throwing motion is heavily ingrained. That speaks to Tim Tebow’s shortcomings as a QB, just as Jamarcus Russell’s poor work ethic speaks to his character. The SEC has turned out plenty of quality players, including quarterbacks, over the years. Or are you unhappy with Hines Ward?

    Stop being a nincompoop.

  57. natelan says: Dec 19, 2010 3:21 AM

    A) God and Jesus don’t exist, never have and never will. Believing in God is a mental disorder caused by early brainwashing; they do the same thing to their children in the Arab world. It is no different.

    B) Kyle has played well this year. If he’s benches because he’s hurt… Fine. But if he’s benches because they’re testing the waters like they are in Washington, shame on them for making a huge mistake. They have a place for testing young talent and it’s called “the preseason.”

    C) Tebow stands a decent chance of doing well against a miserable, horrible, awful, embarassingly bad Raiders team.

    D) Go Chargers! lol…

    E) Raiders suck my left nut.

  58. natelan says: Dec 19, 2010 3:23 AM

    -benches +benched… the pains of typing on a cell phone.

  59. joe240 says: Dec 19, 2010 4:00 AM

    jluttrell32: Do I have to be a HATER to be annoyed by Tim Tebow? Can’t I just find him annoying? Anyone that plays in the NFL has been a winner since Pop Warner, as were all NFL busts. I just remain skeptical that he will even be a serviceable NFL QB, but its just an observation on his abilities as a QB. Can’t some one have the opinion that he is both overrated and yes, has a annoyingly goody goody attitude without being a HATER? If I thought the same things about Matt Leinart (overrated, unfocused, not tough) or Rex Grossman (overrated and a midget physically and mentally) or a handful of other QBs that came into the league with questions that did not pan out, does that make me a HATER?

    I really don’t believe I HATE Tim Tebow, I just think he’s overrated (not a pocket passer, running ability doesn’t make up for it at NFL level) and has enjoyed a lot of success and income from his team’s success in college. And sure, I’d rather keep my football and religion separate. I don’t believe religious entities are concerned about football games, just my opinion.

  60. brintfarvruhsux says: Dec 19, 2010 6:08 AM

    Tim Tebow has a rainbow sticker on the back of his car and so do his fans…

  61. joetoronto says: Dec 19, 2010 6:23 AM

    natelan says: Dec 19, 2010 3:21 AM

    A) God and Jesus don’t exist, never have and never will. Believing in God is a mental disorder caused by early brainwashing; they do the same thing to their children in the Arab world. It is no different.
    *********************************************************
    From all the God fearing people the world over, go shove it up your quolo, sideways.

  62. waynefontes says: Dec 19, 2010 7:34 AM

    There have been quite a few busts from the SEC, but then there are plenty from all major conferences.

    Hell, look at the Pac-10:

    Ryan Leaf, Akili Smith, Joey Harrington, Cade McNown, Todd Maronivch, Matt Leinart

    Since you’re bashing the SEC, you must be envious of the fact that the SEC is by far the best conference in college football.

    The numbers don’t lie. Enjoy Penn State’s continued state of mediocrity.

  63. bwisnasky says: Dec 19, 2010 7:48 AM

    natelan says:
    Dec 19, 2010 3:21 AM
    A) God and Jesus don’t exist, never have and never will. Believing in God is a mental disorder caused by early brainwashing; they do the same thing to their children in the Arab world. It is no different.

    B) Kyle has played well this year. If he’s benches because he’s hurt… Fine. But if he’s benches because they’re testing the waters like they are in Washington, shame on them for making a huge mistake. They have a place for testing young talent and it’s called “the preseason.”

    C) Tebow stands a decent chance of doing well against a miserable, horrible, awful, embarassingly bad Raiders team.

    D) Go Chargers! lol…

    E) Raiders suck my left nut.

    ================================

    Although I agree with your first point… I find it interesting a Charger fan thinks the Raiders are an embarassingly bad team, considering they just went into San Diego and pretty much whipped there arses from start to finish.. oh.. and as for Tebow doing well.. remember.. this is the same embarassingly bad Raider team that went into Mile High and dropped 59 on this same Bronco defense.. I really don’t think Tim and his God will make much of a difference.

  64. bucforever says: Dec 19, 2010 9:49 AM

    It always amazes me the concern people have about Tim Tebow’s relationship with his God. A lot of athletes thank God after every score or successful play. They do it in the media after getting awards and winning games or events. So what is the problem with this young man professing his faith and giving credit to God for any success he has had? I am sure he will not blame God if he flops today . Thats not the way it works. Tim will blame himself not God. Merry CHRISTmas everyone!

  65. brintfarvruhsux says: Dec 19, 2010 11:21 AM

    joetoronto says: Dec 19, 2010 6:23 AM

    natelan says: Dec 19, 2010 3:21 AM

    A) God and Jesus don’t exist, never have and never will. Believing in God is a mental disorder caused by early brainwashing; they do the same thing to their children in the Arab world. It is no different.
    *********************************************************
    From all the God fearing people the world over, go shove it up your quolo, sideways.

    ———————

    How Christian of you to say….All of you are bunch of hypocrites as you have proven so well with your comment…Now got hell, do not pass “Go” and do not collect $200.00!

  66. Deb says: Dec 19, 2010 2:52 PM

    @natelan …

    You might try studying ancient history. Whether or not you choose to believe in his deity, the writings of secular historians confirm that Jesus Christ existed and had a religious following. However, this is a football blog, and your views on religion are no more relevant than other people’s rantings about their politics or whether I’m on my period. You’re simply trying to be provocative and demonstrate how intellectual you are. Just keep in mind that untrained puppies are also provocative and smart people don’t go out of their way to belittle others’ beliefs. Being disrespectful doesn’t make you sound important.

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