Tebow could get his chance, eventually

AP

With Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow sliding to No. 2 and currently in danger of falling behind Brady Quinn, there’s still a set of circumstances in which Tebow will be the starting quarterback in 2011.

Specifically, if (when) the Broncos fall out of contention, it’ll be time for the team to let him show what he can do.  If for no reason other than to help persuade the locals who are clamoring for Tebow that he won’t be able to do what they think he’ll be able to do.

Woody Paige of the Denver Post thinks that moment will come on December 11, when former Broncos starter Jay Cutler returns to town with the rest of the Bears.

Paige’s prediction deserves consideration because he predicted last year that Tebow would take over for Kyle Orton in December, against the Texans.  Paige, as it turns out, was one week late.

Regardless of how it all shakes out, it’s virtually impossible for the Broncos to give up on Tebow before giving Tebow a fair chance to show that his will and desire can overcome his flaws and weaknesses.  Unless, of course, the Broncos can contend deep into the season, and possibly make the playoffs, with Orton under center.

At that point, the fans would likely be willing to see the team trade Tebow.

38 responses to “Tebow could get his chance, eventually

  1. this just shows the poor management of the broncos and why tebow had no business at all being a first round pick. They have an unwanted quarterback controversy because of the media when kyle orton is clearly the better qb.

  2. “At that point, the fans would likely be willing to see the team trade Tebow.” Trade The Anointed One? Some fans would be wearing hair shirts and flagellating themselves before they burned Elways’ effigy and stampeded the GM’s office.

  3. If they wanted to give him a fair shot, they wouldn’t have hired John Fox. He’s very conservative and has a thing for veterans over rookies. Just bad luck for Tebow.

  4. Only ignorant fans who blindly support Tebow to start care about these stories at this point. Any optimistic fan can clearly see Orton gives them the best chance to win and if/until the playoffs are out of reach, Orton will remain.

  5. Good lord, the guy is a second year player that was expected to take time to get NFL ready, and he missed his second off season. Giving him a couple starts (when out of contention thus not getting everyone else on the teams best) is NOT a fair test. Most QB’s take years of starts to get to the point where they are playoff top teir QB’s…if ever. A handfull of starts is a joke of an opportunity. What if the colts had given up on Manning after his first handfull of starts. His first five starts he threw 12 picks to 4 TD’s but no one talked about yanking him. If Tebow is going to get a chance give him a real chance.

  6. cakemixa says:
    Aug 21, 2011 12:48 PM
    NO one cares about Tebows position on the depth chart.

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    In truth, I would love to his position on the chart change – to TE, FB or H-Back where he might actually be a decent player. At QB, not so much!

  7. This is just fantasy.

    If Orton is having a solid year, there is no way Tebow sniffs the field except on ‘Wild Pony’ plays.

    If Orton is having a solid year, there is no way Fox or the Broncos front office allow him to walk. If they can’t come to an agreement then they will franchise him.

    Orton has played well the last two years despite the fact he had little support from the running game or the defense.

    Unless he suffers a career threatening injury, Orton is the future of the Broncos at the quarterback position. Tebow needs to either learn another position or figure a way out of Denver.

  8. Why is Tebow so important to PFT?

    What is so special about the Broncos #3 QB?

    There are a lot better #2 QB’s out there that haven’t received any mention from PFT.

    Perhaps PFT suffers from draft round prejudice.

  9. Pin the blame for the current situation on Elway. He was the one who kicked Josh McDaniel’s plans to oblivion halfway through his second season as a head coach, then hired an old school guy who had twice as many starting quarterbacks as wins the previous season. If these guys want to go back into the 20th Century build a frigging time machine.

  10. You guys talk about Orton as if he were Peyton Manning. The best that guy is going to do is 8-8 on a decent team. He’ll be better if the team is good and worse if the team is bad. Any first-round draft choice needs to be evaluated in real games, eventually.

  11. I’m A Tebow fan but this is ridiculous..Who cares if he’s 3rd string. He’s not ready to play period. He’s in his second year & wasn’t drafted to start right away, the reason Orton got the one yr extension last yr. New rule in NFL third string QB’s can play in games now, so it doesn’t matter if he’s third or second. The style of this offense is built for Orton & Quinn. If & when Tebow takes over they have to style the offense around him. By the way Quinn & Orton are both free agents at the end of the yr. If Orton or Quinn get an extension that will tell it all.

  12. Wow, the Jags were really stupid not to draft him first. Instead the dummies rebuilt their defense around AluAlu, who should make the pro bowl this year or at least be very dominant.

  13. ” it’s virtually impossible for the Broncos to give up on Tebow before giving Tebow a fair chance to show that his will and desire can overcome his flaws and weaknesses. ”

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    Look bottom line is if the people who get paid to know and understand this game don’t think the kid can play then that’s all that matters.

    He has film as a starter and he’s had two preseasons to show that he can play at this level and if there is talk about cutting him then he clearly must be doing something that is obvious that he’ isn’t gonna put it all together cause why else wouldn’t they want the kid to play?

    He’ll get cut, he’ll get picked up, he’ll get cut again and then he’ll go coach somewhere.

  14. All this talk about giving Tebow a shot, hum, how did Quinn move from 3rd to 2nd? Thats right, by showing-up in practice (yes Iverson) and showing the coaches improvement. Not just asking for my time.

  15. Not the worst 3 some of QBs on a team. But bottom 8 and there record will show. To quote Charles Barkley “I may be wrong, but I doubt it”

  16. I will admit, that as a Broncos fan, when we drafted Tebow I was very excited, but that excitement quickly turned into realism when I realized Tebow is not a legit starter in this league.

    Why should we even have him active on Game Day when you no longer have to make the 3rd QB designation? Would it not be more beneficial to activate a player who will actually contribute wether it be on special teams, defense or offense?

  17. He is nothing more than an over glorified (no pun intended) Brad Smith. Let him contribute where he can and quit trying to make him a NFL QB which he obviously is never going to be.

  18. The only reason this conversation exists is that they drafted Tebow way too high.

    He wasn’t a first round prospect, and he’s probably not gonna pan out as an NFL quarterback.

    Most college quarterbacks don’t make it in the NFL. It’s not really earth shaking news.

  19. Tebow will be fine. When he was drafted everyone said it will take 2 years for him to be ready.

    Quit being a chicken little. Orton will once again show he is not the answer, if you watched all the games you would now Orton will choke on 3rd down and in the redzone and if the game is on the line.

    Does that sound like someone you want at QB?

  20. Why don’t they just throw him to the wolves already and see how he does? He can’t get any NFL game experience if he’s standing on the sideline for most of the time. Sorry,but I think Elway’s a jerk.

  21. Suggesting Denver trade Teblow is based on the assumption that another team is interested in dealing for a high-priced 3rd-string (at best) quarterback.

  22. They hired Elway to handle this. Tebow’s chances will be judged by Elway.The Guilt or the Glory, Elway will live or die by this decision. Tebow will be in a b-movie or two…But if Quinn is even close the writing is on the proverbial wall.Bye Bye Baby, as quietly and trade cheap as possible.

  23. A few more starts with Tebows poor accuracy and TD to INT ratio and the Broncos should be able to get a high pick and a quality starter from the Cardinals.

  24. You people suck, lol.

    I didn’t watch much of Tebow in college. I wouldn’t consider myself a fan.

    But all you haters are making me root for the guy.

    This is how I think it will play out:

    Orton gets the start.

    Orton sucks.

    Brady Quinn gets the start. As usual Quinn sucks.

    By that time Broncos fans will be screaming for Tebow. He’ll get his shot and guess what? I hope he does well. Just to show you all that you don’t know crap.

    There, I said it. Bite me. 😛

  25. I feel bad for Broncos fans since I’ve lived through this before. I used to live in Cleveland in 2007 when they drafted this one kid from Notre Dame who was all hype in the first round. I forget his name but they had him in subway, gatorade and 5 hour energy commercial and when he finally got to play it was like he was getting paid per 3 and out.

    Simple solution Denver, trade him to the Dolphins instead of Orton, They worship the guy down their so you should be abled to shake down the Dolphins for draft picks just because Dolphins management will want to save face with their fan base and it’s not like Chad Henne is lighting things up down there.

  26. Orton and Quinn are not under contract after this season, Tebow is. No chance Orton will re-sign unless Tebow is out of the picture and Quinn is looking to start somewhere else. Tebow may end up being our only option for next season.

  27. hobartbaker says:
    Aug 21, 2011 1:54 PM
    Pin the blame for the current situation on Elway. He was the one who kicked Josh McDaniel’s plans to oblivion halfway through his second season as a head coach, then hired an old school guy who had twice as many starting quarterbacks as wins the previous season. If these guys want to go back into the 20th Century build a frigging time machine.
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    Puh-leaze. Josh McDaniels ran that franchise into the ground. Elway didnt draft Tebow and Fox sure as hell didnt. There was no plan in place that included him, and they had to placate the delusional fan base that thinks The annointed one is leading them to the promised land. Hoge is right, his mechanics are horrible, and he is a player that has to play his way into being a starter and developing NFL QB mechanics, and Fox wasnt risking his regime on that kind of player.

  28. You know, it’s really in insult to thousands of other players when people say Tim Tebow is going to make it because he’s going to outwork everyone else, or he has better character than anyone else.

  29. I was at the game on Saturday, and if there was one thing I took away from it, it was that Tebow is, clearly, the third-best QB on the roster. Orton was sharp, Quinn was solid and Tebow looked out of place. People need to keep in mind that TT was Josh McDaniels’ guy, not John Fox’s. With a beefed up defense and running game, the Broncos could easily win 9 or 10 games this season.

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