Posted by Josh Katzowitz
The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla writes an interesting column today and poses an interesting question: if he wanted to, could the Broncos all-time superhero John Elway resist the fans’ obsession and love of Tim Tebow and give somebody else the starting quarterback job?
In effect, if Elway and coach John Fox believes Tebow isn’t the right quarterback to lead the team and starts somebody else, would they face a fan revolt?
Kiszla gives some background for those of us who don’t live in Denver and are not caught up in the Tebow-mania:
Whatever Tebow is selling, Broncomaniacs want two for themselves, three for their kids and a spare in the garage.
Shop the team's official website for a predominantly orange jersey, and it's the No. 15 of Tebow rather than the No. 24 of cornerback Champ Bailey and his 10 Pro Bowl appearances that the Broncos display in the front window. The never-before-told story of Tebow's life will soon be available in bookstores everywhere, because he couldn't wait until his 24th birthday to release a memoir. While the league will shut down for business after the draft to hammer out labor peace, the Tebow money machine never sleeps.
Would it be sacrilege to ask: Isn't this a little bit too much fuss for a quarterback with one NFL victory on his resume?
Tebow is so earnest he's easy to tease. But he's also impossible not to like. Florida did not adequately prepare him for the pros. His 11 touchdowns as an NFL rookie, however, were ample reason to believe he is a project worth developing.
Kiszla also writes Elway is “straining awfully hard not to get bullied” by those who want all-Tebow all the time. I guess the real question is this: what if Tebow is chosen to start – and the perception is that the fans forced Elway’s hand – and then simply isn’t good enough to win football games? How much does that destroy your credibility as a coach (Fox), a senior executive (Elway) and as an organization?
How much longer does that keep you in the Dark Ages of the NFL?
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