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Fox says Tebow is a quarterback not a wideout

Posted on: September 19, 2011 10:49 pm
Tim Tebow, NFL wide receiver? (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

First, the dark cloud: Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal left Sunday's game against the Bengals with a groin injury that will keep him out at least two weeks. Tight end Julius Thomas also had to call it a day after suffering a high ankle sprain (he's also expected to miss two weeks.)

Now, the silver lining: because of the lack of depth at wide receiver (Denver only dressed three WRs), third-string quarterback Tim Tebow got some snaps at the position against the Bengals.

"[Head coach John] Fox said the team will not go into another game with only three active wide receivers, as it did Sunday," the Denver Post's Lindsay Jones wrote Monday. "After Royal and Thomas were injured, the team brought in backup quarterback Tim Tebow when it ran three receiver sets. Tebow was in the game for three snaps, but was not targeted with a pass. Fox said Tebow graded at '100 percent' in his limited assignments.

But don't get too excited, hardcore Tebow supporters. Fox wants you to know extenuating circumstances forced him to use his backup quarterback as a wideout.

"Let me make this totally clear," he said. "He is a pass-catcher. He did that just as an emergency situation."

Despite weekly pleas from fans to see Tebow take over for Kyle Orton, it ain't happening, at least not anytime soon. Former Broncos tight end and CBS NFL analyst, Shannon Sharpe, spoke about Tebow's prospects before Sunday's game.

"There might come a time at some point in time during the season that (Tebow might get a chance to play quarterback). Talking to John Elway and John Fox, I don't see that happening any time soon. I think he might be able to be successful but you'd have to scrap your entire offense to make this guy successful. Then what happens, if he gets nicked and somebody else has to come in because you have nobody else on this team with his skill set.

"Everyone talks about his intangibles, his big heart, his desire to win, he won the Heisman. Arguably, one of the five or six greatest college players to ever play the game. But what about accuracy? That's an intangible you must have to be successful at any level to play quarterback, especially in the National Football League. I just don't see how this guy can be successful consistently when he can't throw the football accurately."

But in terms of route running, Tebow is as precise as they come. Look no further than him grading out at 100 percent. Which makes us think he should've been a tight end all along. (That's a joke. We think.)

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Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:17 pm

Fox says Tebow is a quarterback not a wideout

There's so much flak and chatter going on around this guy (Tebow) that he's never gonna actually have the chance to become a pro QB...  The guy is starting to have "baggage" and it has absolutely NOTHING to do with his own behavior/attitude/or talents...  He's a distraction, against his will...  I feel bad for him.  

The guy needs TIME.  He was an excellent college QB, but played a different brand of football...  He needs time to develop the quick and accurate mechanics necessary to play NFL QB.  He needs time to learn the language to deal with the Fox offense at the line of scrimmage.  He needs time to learn the intricacies of NFL defenses (or he'll be spending more time on the IR than the football field-- as a guy who uses a ground game as part of his skillset).  He needs time to develop a link with and earn the trust of his teammates, who believe they can win with Kyle Orton behind center.

Sad thing is, he's in an IDEAL situation if he could just remove himself from the spotlight somehow...  In a position where Orton could be the Favre to his Rodgers...  Or Orton the Hasselbeck to his Jake Locker...  Even Orton as the Montana to his Steve Young...  And I'm not comparing Orton's talents so much as just pointing out how WELL QB's do that spend time under the tutelage of experienced, solid NFL QB's...  Orton would probably even be fine with that scenario, if he didn't have to listen to constant "boo's" from his own fans, and non-stop chants of "Tebow... Tebow..."

Steve Young is a GREAT example, actually...  When he was a Tampa Bay Buccaneer he was forced into the "young saviour" role where he was 3-16 as a starter, with 11 TD's and 21 INT's... Completing less than 55% of his passes...  And this was AFTER already being a pro quarterback, as the highest paid player ever in the USFL...  Tampa eventually traded him away as a bust.  Then, after landing in San Francisco, where he played behind Joe Montana for 4 years, he went on to a Hall of Fame career, and finished up (including his Tampa years) as the holder of the 3rd best all-time passer rating of any NFL QB.

If Denver fans would relax and be realistic, Tebow could actually be what you want him to be...  With time.  But instead, he's probably gonna end up playing SOMEWHERE ELSE, being sent off as "somebody else's problem to deal with" (again, not because of anything HE DOES)...  With worse odds to overcome than he already has in Denver.

Good kid... Good heart...  Great desire and talent...  Stuck in really unfortunate circumstances.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 11:27 am

Fox says Tebow is a quarterback not a wideout

I was reading a few articles where the so called experts were not actually bashing Tebow.  they were saying he's actually doing everything he needs to do.  practicing, listening and doing anything the coaches ask him to do.,  They stated that he just isn't up to speed enough to run this pro offence.  he needs more work.  But that the real problem is the Tebow fans don't accept that.  The fans think He can come in and run circles around Orton who is not a bad QB.  He isn't great but he's not bad.  So they are actually Tebow fan bashing not bashing Tebow himself.

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 11:27 am

Fox says Tebow is a quarterback not a wideout

If he really wants to help the team he should help out at the tight end or h back position

As if it's his choice?  You make it sound like he's holding out when the coaches are begging him to play another position....

He's still on the roster because he generates interest in the team (tickets, $$$, etc) and apparently has little to no trade value.  Period.

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:36 am

Fox says Tebow is a quarterback not a wideout

I don't remember any where in the article that it said Tebow didn't want to play WR( I think it was the coach who said that). As far as being a leader, him going in as a WR showed the team and management that he would play to help the team. The Tebow bashing seems to continue no matter what he does or what the coaches say. I wondering why that is, I don't think he has done anything to anyone or team to be hated as much as he seem to be by the so called experts.

Just wondering.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 9:40 am

Fox says Tebow is a quarterback not a wideout

The bottom line is Tebow was not a draft pick of this coaching staff.  People have to understand that different offense is being run and that Orton is light years ahead of Tebow as a qb.  Orton is by far the best qb on Denver's roster.  It's funny hearing people calling for Tebow to replace Orton as if he's the savior for the Broncos, not.  He is #3 on the dept chart for a reason because he is not ready yet.  If he really wants to help the team he should help out at the tight end or h back position.  As a qb he is right where he should be, on the bench.Cool

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2011 9:05 am

Time to give Randy Moss or TO a call

I think that the time has come for the Broncos to give Randy Moss or TO a call to see if they want to play.  This is starting to get ridiculous.

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 8:32 am

Fox says Tebow is a quarterback not a wideout

As one of the few anti-Tebow supporters that is a Broncos fan, I would easily accept him at a TE, with a few caveats.  First stipulation is that the talks of him at QB end immediately.  Next, let's get rid of the "intangibles" talk, no more hearing about that nonsense.  And three, he will be a player, not a leader of the Broncos.  If he and the team can accept all that, he could be a solid TE in the NFL.  

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 8:06 am


This just show how messed up the Broncos are!! Only having 3 active WR and at the same time 3 active QBs?  What a mess.  At least teams don't have to worry about them going 4 wide.  I think that they are afraid to make Tebow inactive on gameday.  How often is the 3rd string QB used anyways??

Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:42 am

Fox says Tebow is a quarterback not a wideout

Are you kidding me, Tebow runs a 4.7 something 40 time. He could be a tight end or full back, not a WR. He doesn't have the quickness or speed.

Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:16 am

Fox says Tebow is a quarterback not a wideout

The only thing people need to know about Tebow is there is hardly anyone more fun to watch on the field than him.  I have season tickets to the Gator games in Gainesville and have seen all the games for the last several years and when Tebow was on the field it was pure excitement since he has left I have to say although I love the Gators the games are fairly boring.  You never know what he is going to do and his goal is one thing and one thing only to win the game and his focus is contagious.  Tebow some how always made the fans feel like they were part of the team and that takes talent.  I wish I could say what he has that makes him so polarizing as the cliche being used about him but he just has IT.  You fall in love with his love of the game isn't that why we watch football Tebow is a football player in the most general sense of the word and I will follow what ever team he ever plays on I enjoy watching him that much.  But I have a great idea the Broncos and the Jags need to switch QB's trade Gabbert for Tebow and bring our boy home where he belongs. 

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