Way back in early August, Broncos receiver Brandon Lloyd warned everyone about “The Tebow Thing.”
The support for Tim Tebow in Denver seemingly made it difficult for the franchise to operate until they gave Tebow a shot to calm everyone down.
Just two games into Tebow’s audition, Broncos coach John Fox already sounds frustrated with the debate surrounding his quarterback. More tellingly, Fox sounds frustrated with the blame Fox is taking for Tebow’s struggles.
“The goofy thing is, it’s almost like if he doesn’t have success it will be anybody’s fault but his. It’s almost that kind of polarizing thing,” Fox told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. “They’ll say it could be his supporting cast, or the type of plays.
“At the end of the day, we are what we are. We’re doing everything we can to win, and we’re finding out about a young quarterback, good, bad or indifferent.”
Um, wow. These comments will be explained away, but Fox provided great insight into his mindset. He’s not only upset with the coverage, he sounds impatient with Tebow’s development.
The Broncos staff has quickly become defensive, insisting they are doing everything possible to help Tebow succeed.
“The problem is, there’s so much misinformation,” Fox said. “For people that study it, you’d see that we’ve probably had more shotgun or spread offense than anybody in the league over the last two weeks. We’re up 30% of what we were in the first four games.”
These are the words of a man that doesn’t sound like he’ll have a lot of patience if Tebow doesn’t improve.
“As a coach or decision-maker in an NFL building, you don’t care what round they’re drafted in, you don’t care who drafted them,” Fox said. “You don’t care if they’re short, fat, whatever. You just care: Can they play? So all that other stuff is poppycock.”