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Tebow keeps Quinn on the bench this time around

Denver Broncos Tim Tebow scrambles against the Seattle Seahawks during their pre-season NFL game in Denver Reuters

First things first: Kyle Orton looked excellent on Saturday night once again.

He led the Broncos to a 17-3 lead early in the third quarter with two long touchdown drives against Seattle.  He averaged more than 10 yards-per-attempt and showed terrific accuracy often fitting the ball into tight windows.  Orton is ready for the season.

Now on to the main story: The backups!

This time around, it was Tim Tebow that kept Brady Quinn watching on the sideline.  It was a mixed performance with good, bad, and a game-winning field goal mixed in.

Tebow directed five drives that led to six points, including the winning three.  He fumbled twice, but one of those fumbles was on a bad center shotgun snap.  He took three sacks, but made a number of big plays with his arm and his feet.  (He finished 6-of-11 for 93 yards and ran for 24 yards.)

There were plenty of exciting plays and plenty to work on.  More than once Tebow took too long to make decisions. There was a broken play or two. Sacks happened.  More than once, Tebow escaped pressure to make something out of nothing.

While the offense stagnated overall with Tebow, he did lead them on a game-winning 50-yard drive with 1:13 left.

Essentially, Tebow’s detractors will find enough material to criticize here. Tebow’s supporters will say this proves he’s a “gamer.”

The reality is that the second-year quarterback is developing, not ready yet, and no one knows where this is going.

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55 Responses to “Tebow keeps Quinn on the bench this time around”
  1. stanmackley says: Aug 28, 2011 10:10 AM

    tebow will be a starter in denver.

  2. skoobyfl says: Aug 28, 2011 10:18 AM

    If Tebow succeeds, all the UF haters will have to find a new target.

  3. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 28, 2011 10:20 AM

    Denver can always employ Tebow as a motivational speaker…or maybe he can lead the team in prayer before games. It only cost them a 1st rounder…

  4. orangejynx says: Aug 28, 2011 10:23 AM

    In the dictionary under redundant is says see redundant

  5. vegasbronco says: Aug 28, 2011 10:23 AM

    1st Kyle Orton no brainer
    2nd Brady Quinn no doubts now
    3rd ? do you keep $7.6m as a 3rd?
    IR would be best so he could learn.

  6. djteknision1200 says: Aug 28, 2011 10:24 AM

    Man this back up QB sure does get a lot of media coverage!!

  7. thegonz13 says: Aug 28, 2011 10:29 AM

    Man, Quinn must suck BAD to be relegated to the bench by a con artist like Tebow!

  8. puregenius says: Aug 28, 2011 10:36 AM

    orangejynx says: Aug 28, 2011 10:23 AM

    In the dictionary under redundant is says see redundant

    I think you mean recursive.

  9. petehemlock says: Aug 28, 2011 10:41 AM

    Tebow would be good in Miami.

  10. jjbadd says: Aug 28, 2011 10:44 AM

    He had a very decent game. True, there is a lot of room for improvement, but also, he showed a lot of promise. I’m glad I am one of the ones, that will be able to say that I knew he would succeed all along.

  11. captaintriumph says: Aug 28, 2011 10:47 AM

    Adam Weber is clearly better than Tebow. It’s unfair that he doesn’t get a chance.

  12. rdrs68 says: Aug 28, 2011 10:54 AM

    meanwhile here in the mile city Tebow fatigue is upon us-it’s time to flush this controversy down the hole!

  13. canetic says: Aug 28, 2011 11:09 AM

    No mention of the delay of game or the play where he ran into his own RB? It was uglier than this article describes.

  14. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 28, 2011 11:09 AM

    From Raider Nation’s experience with the Donkies..Tebow’s the better QB…He tries to move heaven and earth to win a game…If it wasn’t for Marcel Reece’s 70 yard TD reception..don’t know I’d would have won that game.

    Kyle Orton is a poodle…

  15. packerfantastic says: Aug 28, 2011 11:09 AM

    @vegasbronco “IR would be best so he could learn.”

    NFL IR Rule: A team may place a player on injured reserve (reserve/injured list) who is “not immediately available for participation with a club”. These players may not practice or return to the Active List for the rest of the season (including postseason games) that they are placed on injured reserve, but are allowed to be with the team.

    If the focus is to help him learn, keeping him as the 3rd string QB would be a better option.

  16. 15gb2 says: Aug 28, 2011 11:13 AM

    Captaintriump:

    How can you say Adam Weber is clearly better than Tebow? He’s handed the ball off twice in the preseason.. if Fox thought Weber was better than Tebow or Quinn he would have been in the game after orton..

  17. seneca1ss says: Aug 28, 2011 11:20 AM

    Timmy’s unwavering religious conviction allows him to work on SUNDAY’S (you are knowing breaking GODS commandment) keep the Sabbath holy!!!!

  18. killathadon says: Aug 28, 2011 11:43 AM

    Who ends up having the best career in the NFL – Newton, Tebow, or Pryor??

  19. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Aug 28, 2011 11:50 AM

    Jesus saves.

  20. usmutts says: Aug 28, 2011 11:57 AM

    Every time the big hand on the clock passes 12, there’s another Tebow story posted.

  21. acasar123 says: Aug 28, 2011 12:00 PM

    I think it’s safe to say that if Cam Newton posted similar numbers in any pre-season performance thus far the fools in the media and some of the idiots on this site would be drooling all over themselves. I’m sick and tired of the anti-white, anti-religion racism that has people painting Tim Tebow like he’s some kind of scam artist. It the Broncos would just give him the 8 years or so that Michael Vick was given to succeed–I’m including his 2 years in the clink–I guarantee that Tebow would manage to equal Vick’s total of one decent season for his career!

  22. bassmaster357 says: Aug 28, 2011 12:00 PM

    Well apparently people forgot how good Orton did last year. I seem to remember that he threw almost as many int as td. And made lots of bad throws. And don’t forget no matter how good he (Orton) looks this is preseaon. It won’t count until the real game begins. Although Denver’s offensive line stunk last year too.

  23. usmutts says: Aug 28, 2011 12:06 PM

    Look Rosenthal, if you want to constantly write little stories about a second year quarterback who plays his heart out, has all the intangibles, is highly intelligent, can beat you passing or running, who believes in God ( I think ), and is actually playing first string in the NFL, try Colt McCoy. You’re wearing us out with this Tebow, and I actully like the guy.

  24. jpb12 says: Aug 28, 2011 12:07 PM

    Auditioning for a trade

  25. blitzburghgator says: Aug 28, 2011 12:14 PM

    Tebow’s totals for this preseaon:
    passing – 13 of 20 for 194 yards (9.7 YPA)
    rushing – 7 for 47 yards (6.7 YPA)

    In his 3 starts last season, he accounted for 8 TD’s, 3 turnovers, and the Broncos went 1-2 in those games which was better than their winning percentage with Orton.

    But yes, lets listen to media hacks with an axe to grind, and cut him from the team……..

    Ridiculous.

  26. acasar123 says: Aug 28, 2011 12:16 PM

    Who ends up having the best career in the NFL – Newton, Tebow, or Pryor??

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    I’m only sure of one thing—Tebow will be given less of an opportunity to succeed than Newton, no doubt about it!

  27. wtfchiefs says: Aug 28, 2011 12:17 PM

    Why so much talk about a backup QB on a last place team

  28. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Aug 28, 2011 12:28 PM

    acasar123 says:Aug 28, 2011 12:00 PM

    I’m sick and tired of the anti-white, anti-religion racism that has people painting Tim Tebow like he’s some kind of scam artist.

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    Here’s a tissue sweetpea…

    Want some cheese with your whine?

  29. dolphandan says: Aug 28, 2011 12:29 PM

    He threw some good passes and looked better than most at avoiding the rush. He may still be a year or two away but he has all the potential in the world.

  30. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Aug 28, 2011 12:39 PM

    puregenius says:Aug 28, 2011 10:36 AM

    I think you mean recursive.

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    I think that you are not nearly as smart as you think that you are Mr. Fibonacci…

  31. acasar123 says: Aug 28, 2011 12:55 PM

    Here’s a tissue sweetpea…

    Want some cheese with your whine?

    ———————————————————————————–
    Wasn’t Sweetpea a character from the old Popeye cartoons? Anyway, if you were being completely honest with yourself, you would have copied and pasted my reference to “the idiots on this site.”

  32. jeff061 says: Aug 28, 2011 12:58 PM

    He looks like every other back-up QB in the league…no better, no worse…not sure why the media is so intent on tearing this guy down. You’d think he was a Christian conservative or something

  33. quarterbacksdontwinorlosesuperbowls says: Aug 28, 2011 1:16 PM

    acasar123 says: Aug 28, 2011 12:00 PM

    I think it’s safe to say that if Cam Newton posted similar numbers in any pre-season performance thus far the fools in the media and some of the idiots on this site would be drooling all over themselves. I’m sick and tired of the anti-white, anti-religion racism that has people painting Tim Tebow like he’s some kind of scam artist. It the Broncos would just give him the 8 years or so that Michael Vick was given to succeed–I’m including his 2 years in the clink–I guarantee that Tebow would manage to equal Vick’s total of one decent season for his career!

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    I was in agreement with you until you made the stupid remarks about Michael Vick. “…one decent season for his career”… Ugh, Vick’s been to the Pro Bowl 4 times, 3 of which were with Atlanta.

  34. realdraftgm says: Aug 28, 2011 1:17 PM

    Game winning drive does that not say enough that is what Elway was known for game winning drives even named one the drive. Lets get him with the ones and i guarantee he does better with better protection although succeeding with the second and third teams is an accomplishment as Denver has no depth anywhere.

  35. realdraftgm says: Aug 28, 2011 1:20 PM

    Orton loses games and I agree with the earlier comment about Orton being a poodle. Teebow is the one that wins games even with the twos and threes Teebow is a German Shephard a leader.

  36. jaypace says: Aug 28, 2011 2:06 PM

    It’s funny if you listen to talking heads when they talk about cam they say ” let the guy play he can learn, his accuracy will improve as he grows within the offense.”. Some how tebow doesnt get that same opportunity. He apparently is an inaccurate passer who will never improve. Numbers are what they are when it comes to football. Some one posted his numbers. They tell the story. What qb who was accustomed to running first is going to look comfortable and polished in the pocket after three starts. He needs an offense that can build around what he does well and contrary to what some believe he is not the worst passer ever. Stop believing what you hear people say on espn. They too have an agenda. Just because you played professionally does not mean you are a great evaluator of talent. He will be playing this year after they all out of contention in week 8-9. And Kyle orton will put up numbers but not wins.

  37. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Aug 28, 2011 2:19 PM

    Now go home and get your f%^&*in’ shinebox…

  38. cln007 says: Aug 28, 2011 2:28 PM

    The beauty of Tebow is that all you haters do is motivate him even more. Hate to tell you but Christians win in the end

  39. jeff061 says: Aug 28, 2011 2:42 PM

    Kyle Orton is Kyle Orton, he’s great between the 20′s, will rack a ton of yards – and he sucks in the Red Zone. Same guy dating all the way back to Chicago

    Tebow is a great college QB who needs to learn how to be a good Pro QB, it takes time

  40. tobiathan says: Aug 28, 2011 2:46 PM

    Trying to deny it doesn’t make it untrue- black QBs will get more chances, see more excuses made for them, cause more hype, and are incredibly trendy in the NFL right now.

    Since Tebow is an athletic, intelligent leader who is no less God-loving than black guys who praise Jesus it’s just trendy right now for white internet tough guys to display their own self-loathing and white guilt by attacking a guy who is EXACTLY what everyone seems to wish Vick were and hope Newton will be: a consistently successful black QB who can win games and read defenses.

    Until black culture stops accepting the garbage idea that being a smart student is “too white” most black guys aren’t going to acquire the learning tools to allow them to understand incredibly complex NFL offenses. They’ll all just be Michael Vicks, who start scrambling around as soon as they feel pressure or can’t find their first throw.

    Americans today have had so much white guilt and self-hatred poured down their throats that not only do they NOT root for guys who are like them, they actively root AGAINST fellow whites who play pro sports.

    We’ve heard so many “He’s too white to____(run/catch/jump etc.)” that we actually believe that white guys can’t compete.

    It’s not “racist” to think that white guys can, do and will outplay black guys. It’s just the truth.

    Until we stop making excuses for and giving unfair advantages to blacks they will never-as a group-transcend their resentment of the cultural condescension that is “affirmative action”(which is actually an oxymoron b/c it’s neither affirmative nor action).

    …cue the Al Sharpton race pimps in 3..2..1..go!

  41. tobiathan says: Aug 28, 2011 2:47 PM

    *Tebow obviously isn’t black. My bad. Silly me.

  42. tobiathan says: Aug 28, 2011 2:51 PM

    And Vick makes the Pro Bowl for his running, not for his passing so don’t pretend he’s a QB instead of a passing HB.

  43. essentialsausage says: Aug 28, 2011 2:52 PM

    This makes sense. The media’s all over Denver for being big meanies to Tebow by making him the 3rd QB. They don’t want to hurt Tebow’s feelings.

  44. essentialsausage says: Aug 28, 2011 3:01 PM

    Well apparently people forgot how good Orton did last year. I seem to remember that he threw almost as many int as td.
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    9 interceptions is not “almost as many” as 20 touchdowns.

  45. robertopicadillo says: Aug 28, 2011 3:40 PM

    denver with orton as starting qb = 5-11
    denver with tebow as starting qb = 4-12
    what the hell is the big deal ?

  46. getweird4u says: Aug 28, 2011 4:42 PM

    @cln007says:Hate to tell you but christians win in the end…possibly the dumbest statement that has ever been spoken on here (and that is really sayin somethin)and the fact that just as many mouthbreathers gave it a thumbs up is mind boggling.NO religion wins and anyone who is constantly talkin about religion is probably somewhat insane! Believe whatever you want it doesnt bother me a bit but keep it to urself and ur church i dont want to hear it.Oh and we all know tebow sux….

  47. butters302 says: Aug 28, 2011 4:53 PM

    cln007 says:
    Aug 28, 2011 2:28 PM
    The beauty of Tebow is that all you haters do is motivate him even more. Hate to tell you but Christians win in the end

    Sorry, I believe the correct answer was Mormoms!

  48. simalex says: Aug 28, 2011 5:48 PM

    Christians end up the same dead as the rest of us. What this has to do with quarterbacking a football team is a bit of a mystery to me, but anyway…

  49. packmanfan says: Aug 28, 2011 5:49 PM

    There should be no Tim Tebow watch until he starts doing amazing things and winning reg. games.
    Until then, Tim who?

  50. broncobillie says: Aug 28, 2011 9:18 PM

    The coach says he has the talent, but needs time to improve. The VP of football operations says he has talent, but needs time to improve. His play shows he needs time to improve.

    So, what’s the problem? He’ll get time, and we’ll see if he’ll improve. This is not rocket science. Why all the hullabaloo?

  51. mgifford7 says: Aug 28, 2011 9:42 PM

    @simalex-your stupid comment makes me wonder when tim tebow’s religion was ever brought up in this article, and that is a mystery to me, but anyway….

    its ridiculous the publicity $cam newton gets in the preseason, and how many experts say he should start, when he plays the same game as tebow. tebow goes 6-11 for 93 yards, and runs for 24 yards, and it is a “mixed performance” and yet newton goes 6-19 (with very inaccurate passing) for 75 yards and runs for 49 yards. and yet, tebow is cast off by “experts” like former average/below average FULLBACK like merril hoge, in just his second year, while cam newton “looks like a rookie learning that should start right away and learn on the fly.” no, cam newton is just like vince young and tim tebow. a qb that fooled people and were drafted way too high with their given skill set. cam newton is tim tebow with a better throwing motion. end of story

  52. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Aug 29, 2011 12:00 AM

    butters302 says:
    Aug 28, 2011 4:53 PM
    cln007 says:
    Aug 28, 2011 2:28 PM
    The beauty of Tebow is that all you haters do is motivate him even more. Hate to tell you but Christians win in the end

    Sorry, I believe the correct answer was Mormoms!

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    There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God.

    You silly infidels…

  53. axespray says: Aug 29, 2011 5:34 AM

    Orton Starter, Quinn/Tebow battle for back up, that’s that.

    Now, how about that defense?

  54. petedutcher says: Aug 29, 2011 12:08 PM

    I think Tebow will eventually become a starter…that said, until he fixes his passing gmae, he isn’t going to be more than a Byron Leftwich type of QB.

  55. robertjw says: Aug 29, 2011 2:59 PM

    I’ve pretty much ignored the Tebow controversy up to this point. I don’t watch much preseason and I avoided the fiasco that was the end of year Broncos last season, so this was the first time I’ve seriously watched Tebow.

    He made some great throws to receivers that won’t be starters this year. Royal and Lloyd weren’t even on the field like they were for Orton, so I’m not sure it’s fair to compare his numbers to Orton’s who was playing with the starters. Most of his mistakes (running into his own back, fumbling the snap, delay of game) are just symptoms of a young QB that hasn’t had enough reps with his squad in practice. His speed was great, his throws were on target and he was able to keep focus after making a mistake. I think he has great potential, and as others have said, I just don’t think Kyle Orton has what it takes to actually win games.

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