Officially, Tebow is neither third string nor second string

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While doing some research (yes, I do some research . . . sometimes) for today’s PFT Live, I noticed something odd on the Broncos online depth chart.

Though it’s widely believed that Tim Tebow is the third-string quarterback in Denver, he isn’t.  But he isn’t the second-stringer, either.

On the team’s three-deep depth chart, the second string quarterback is “Brady Quinn or Tim Tebow.”  Given the elimination of the emergency quarterback rule, it doesn’t matter who’s No. 2 or No. 3 if both guys will be among the 46 active players on game day.  But the team’s reluctance to apply the official second-string or third-string label makes little sense.

It could be that the Broncos don’t want to expose Tebow to the official indignity of being the third-string quarterback, and that the team also doesn’t want Tebow to be in the on-deck circle behind the starter on a team that could once again struggle.

Either way, at some point the fans will demand — loudly — that Tebow plays.  And it won’t matter where he is on the depth chart.  For more, check out the first segment of today’s PFT Live.

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80 responses to “Officially, Tebow is neither third string nor second string

  1. When asked to comment, Neckbeard Orton belched up a watery brown substance onto the collar of his polo shirt.

  2. John Fox would rather hide underneath a rock then try to explain this mess. Leave the poor coach alone.

  3. honestly the broncos should trade tebow, it’s not worth all the drama at this point. It’s obvious they have little faith in him if they are even entertaining him competing for 2nd string with …. Brady Quinn.

    I actually feel bad for Tebow. Never been a big “fan” of his per say but you know the guy doesn’t want to be the cause of all this drama. It all could have been avoided if the Broncos weren’t shopping Orton around and then ‘settled’ for keeping him. Should have either never shopped him (the guy played well last year) or traded him to miami.

  4. If the Broncos don’t start winning, they will be forced to play Tebow. The fans will continue to call for him, whether they like it or not.

    Kyle Orton is a really good backup, and Quinn is better suited to be a backup as well. The only way the Broncos will solve the Tim Tebow problem is to play him and let his play dictate their actions.

    If he really can’t play, it will show on the field.

  5. achap39 says:
    Sep 14, 2011 3:51 PM
    There it is…I was wondering where my daily Tebow story was.


    Ha!!! I was thinking the same thing.

  6. So the Broncos have two backups, and when you think about it, its hard to compare Quinn to Tebow. Its probably better to rank them 2 and 2A. At least that way the Quinn Nation won’t be too offended by the Gridiron Jesus.

  7. When the team loves to string you along, it doesn’t matter whether it is from the #2 slot or the #3 slot.

  8. Tebow Tea Partiers of the world unite! Time to twitterbomb the Broncs! Please start this kid long enough so that my Raiders can crush Denver at home. Fans of a team this orange deserve this indignity.

  9. I know Tebow lacks something that other good QB’s have in this league. BUT… When Tebow is on the football field in a real game… Competition just lights his fire… Orton doesn’t have that “it” factor when it comes to leadership that Tebow has. Sometimes, talent doesn’t always win out.

    “Leadership is overrated!”
    – Jeff George

  10. Kid is a winner… Can’t measure heart. If you were going to pick apart roethlisberger’s talents he wouldn’t be a spectacular QB either. Bottom line is the kid knows how to be a leader and how to win in competition. Kyle Orton… uhh… Is good in fantasy?

  11. Not every fan wants Tebow to play. A BIG majority of us, the fans who actually know football, are fine with Orton and if not we still dont want Tebow. I’m sick of reading about this. If he could play, he’d be in there. Get over it and find something else to write about. I’m tired of this site and its writers speaking for all of us. Give it a rest.

  12. Tebow is fun to watch? Sure, a halfback option pass is fun to watch once in a while but you don’t want that guy throwing the ball on every play.

    The NFL is a passing league and if you can’t throw the ball, you can’t win.

  13. Tebow is neither second string or third string. He is first string. John Fox isn’t aware of that yet because he has been operating without his hearing aid. Which was removed because it was interfering with his pacemaker. Something to do with the conductivity of the metal in his replacement hips.

  14. The Lord will cause fire and brimstone to fall on Denver and annihilate the Broncos infidels unless Tebow gets his shot. No, wait – He already visited the Plague of McDaniels on them, so maybe they’ll get a pass here.

  15. week 8-10 he will be the starter.

    and to the moron saying hes the third best qb on the broncos, have you seen brady quinn play in the nfl?

    tebow deserves a shot whether its with the broncos or somewhere else. brady quinn had his shot and failed miserably

  16. It’s hard to feel sorry for Tim Tebow when he’s got a pretty good gig. He collects a check and all he has to do is practice. It’s likely he’s the #3 qb so if Orton gets hurt he can still hold a clipboard and wear a baseball cap. A guy can make a pretty good living holding a clipboard.

  17. It’s sad that the Broncos are forced to play this game where they have to be careful not to hurt Tebow’s feelings.

  18. Looks like backlash from Tebow-adoring fans and media has hurt him with coaches and team mates and make it impossible to keep him around. The most celebrated, has been, never was in the history of the NFL, and the kid never did a thing to bring it on but be true to himself and honest with others.

  19. Let’s take a poll people… Overall would teams be more successful if…
    A) coaches make decisions on who plays or
    B) chanting fans in a crowd make decisions on who plays

  20. I don’t have much of an opinion on Tebow’s talents, but I am becoming a fan due to all the bashing going on. When all you turds make fun of his religion, just remember that a lot of us believe in the same religion. When you make fun of how he throws, just remember that you probably don’t have the talent to be a ball boy. Nobody knows what kind of quarterback he will be until he plays. Steve Young once looked like an idiot loser interception machine when playing for Tampa Bay. Just knock it off

  21. Raider fan critiquing play at the quarterback position is very ironic.

    The last time Raider fan had a proven winner at QB, dude was wearing the single bar face mask…and Lester Hayes was dripping activator juice all over his jersey.

    Talk about something you are an authority on like how to hot glue the darth vader helmet over your king kong/planet of the apes mask.

  22. You know what, start him. Let the fans see what he really is. The Broncos are going nowhere and they might be in the Andrew Luck derby next year.

    Sink or swim kid, whatever it may be.

  23. If they don’t want to label him as third string to possibly hold trade value etc… why not just name all three as first string?

  24. He’s not even sixth string on my depth chart. Bigger bust than what’s his name that was at Oakland. See there, I can even recall his name. I wish that was so for Timmy.

  25. Hey TDizzle I guess you don’t remember a guy named Rich Gannon ? The stupidity from some people astounds me . You do know Gannon won a MVP award during his tenure in Oakland and they went to a Super Bowl don’t you ?

  26. Broncos stink.Get ready for Andrew Luck.Here is my prediction for the Broncos 2012 Q.B. rotation.

    Starter: Andrew Luck
    2nd string:Kyle Orton
    3rd string:Brady Quinn

    Tim Tebow:Traded to Oakland for a 6th round draft pick.

  27. tdrizzle74 says:
    Sep 14, 2011 4:43 PM
    Raider fan critiquing play at the quarterback position is very ironic.

    The last time Raider fan had a proven winner at QB, dude was wearing the single bar face mask…and Lester Hayes was dripping activator juice all over his jersey.

    Talk about something you are an authority on like how to hot glue the darth vader helmet over your king kong/planet of the apes mask.
    I know, a 59-14 beat down last year, a 63 yard FG a 77 yard punt, McFadden running through and around you for a buck 50.

    I know it hurts….bring the smack, we ran all over their offensive front and you know it.

  28. jacksrants…I remember Gannon

    decent journeyman qb who never won a superbowl as I recall, but I also remember

    Marc Wilson
    Jay Schroeder
    Todd Marinovich
    Jeff George

    and my personal favorite
    Jamarcus Russel.

  29. If ownership caves to fan pressure and starts Tebow, they will get what they deserve. Tebow won’t fit in a “system”, you have to design one for Him. They would have to rebuild the offense around Him, and game-plan for Him. The Coach would have to re-write the playbook for, you guessed it, Him. Not gonna happen.

  30. “Officially, Tebow is neither third string nor second string”


    When I read the header for this piece, I naturally assumed he was now 4th string.

  31. Lets see:


    TD–INT 5-3
    Passing yards 654
    QB Rating 82.1
    Rushing Yards 227
    Rushing Touchdowns 6

    2011: Preseason:

    23-30 with 2 dropped passes for over 250 yds. Horribly inaccurate.

    Yep, people on this site certainly know their football!

    Considering the consensus view is that Tebow can’t complete passes to his receivers in practice when NO ONE is covering them; something seems to be amiss with his stats during game time.

    Me thinks there is another agenda at play.

    Because stats don’t lie. All the arguments go both ways. If the numbers are skewed because Tebow is playing 2nd & 3rd teamers, so are Quinn’s for the same reason. And his last appearance with the 1st team was horrendous.

    And if the reasoning is because of the lack of competition with the 3 games he started at the end of last year, remember, those were still NFL players. The Broncos WERE supposed to lose those games at the end of last year, they stunk, remember.

  32. Tim Tebow has God on his side whatever he is doing on or off the field. John Fox has to take into consideration that John Elway is also no Tebow’s side. So it looks like he is straddeling the fence on where to put him in the line up. He may make a better politician than a coach. Always keep your options open coach!

  33. Gatorfan good point. People say he’s awful but the numbers don’t say that. If he’s as bad a passer as people say then why are his accuracy numbers good? I never hear a good argument on this site for not playing him. Here’s the problem with waiting to play him. If Denver starts slow, say 2-6. And you wait to play him and he’s a mixed bag some good some bad you still don’t know what you have going into next season. Maybe the team thinks they will blow with whoever starts and want to draft luck. Play the guy good or bad it will put people in the seats.

  34. Orton is one of countless NFL QBs who have managed to start a number of games because they are reasonably proficient between the 20s. Also known as a guy who is just good enough to lose for you.

  35. tdrizzle74:

    The last time the Donkey’s had a good QB was John Elway, which was way before Rich Gannon.


  36. jaypace:

    Here’s what I think. When John Fox was hired I believe TT name was obviously bought up in the hiring process. And my feeling is Fox, who likes older players wanted a year to see if they could make Orton a WINNER. Not a QB who is good between the 20’s.

    Since this is a final year of his contract (Orton), Elway gave Fox the year, with his total support in backing the QB fox wanted. That’s what he should do. However, seemingly with Orton being Orton, eventually a change will have to be made. I think Fox was hoping for stability at that position with a more experienced guy. Which has always been his motif.

    That would explain the various reports that Elway would work with TT separately at times to teach him the QB position. I don’t think Elway is looking to dump TT, like everyone says. Elway & Fox want to be sure about Orton before making any kind of switch.

    This is a free year anyway for Fox. That’s why they paid TT his 7 million dollar contract.

    Unfortunately you cannot get a reasonable post on TT because of all the incredible hate and strong opinions that have NOTHING to do with football.

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