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Tebow is your new Broncos starting QB

Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:49 am
Edited on: October 12, 2011 5:36 am
Posted by Ryan Wilson

It might have taken four and a half games into the regular season, but it looks like the Broncos coaching staff has finally fallen in line with its fans: Head coach John Fox named Tim Tebow the team's starting quarterback on Tuesday. And that's where we'll begin today's discussion with Pete Prisco, Mike Freeman, Josh Katzowitz, Will Brinson and Ryan Wilson. Fire away.

"Well, I think [the] 1-4 [record] has a lot to do with it," Fox said, according to the Associated Press. "We haven't gotten it done as a football team. It's not one guy. It's not all Kyle Orton's fault. But we do have to make adjustments, we have to change and we have to do something to win football games."

Tebow replaced Orton in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Chargers where he completed 4 of 10 throws for 79 yards, including a passing and a rushing touchdown, and the Broncos were a last-second completion in the end zone from beating their division rival. Orton, for his part, has played poorly enough to lose the job, although the organization decided not to trade him to the Dolphins prior to training camp because Tebow wasn't deemed to be ready for the full-time gig. Now, it seems, that has changed. (Maybe Fox was blown away by Tebow outperforming Aaron Rodgers in Week 5.) 

It's go time. (US PRESSWIRE)

"He gave us a spark. That's Tim Tebow," running back Willis McGahee Sunday, via the Denver Post. "Everybody's been cheering for him for the longest, and now he finally got in and came in and moved the ball for us."

For his part, Orton has promised to support Tebow.

"I'm disappointed with everything," he said. "I wish I could have played better. I wish we had a better record. There's a lot of things, but reality is what it is."

More via the AP:
Orton, who's in the final year of his contract, is 6-21 since winning his first six games as Denver's starter. The Broncos tried to trade Orton, who's making $9 million this season, when the lockout ended, but talks with Miami broke down and Fox instead threw open the quarterback competition, something for which Tebow proved ill-prepared.

Stop...Tebow Time?
Orton had worked extensively with teammates in workouts organized by safety Brian Dawkins during the lockout. So had Tebow, but he also spent time pitching products and his autobiography across the country. Orton's and Brady Quinn's offseason workout program paid off when training camp rolled around.

Orton maintained his stranglehold on the starting job and Quinn appeared to win the backup job despite a poor performance in the final preseason game, but Fox said this week that wasn't really the case: Tebow was his No. 2. This despite Tebow showing almost no progress in becoming the pocket passer that Broncos football chief John Elway has said he must become to make it in this league.
After the bye, the Broncos head to Miami to face the Dolphins. It could be a homecoming for Tim Tebow, starting NFL quarterback, who made his name at the University of Florida. 

It could also be an opportunity for the Broncos to hand-deliver Orton to the Dolphins, a team desperately in need of a starter after losing Chad Henne for the season.

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Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:17 pm

Tebow is your new Broncos starting QB

The only thing worse that Mike Vick is a guy who tells kids they are going to HELL to burn for all eternity.  This is the FACE we will see every time we see a Broncos uniform.  Regardless how he plays - I would have cut him to NOT make that the face of my franchise.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:16 pm

Tebow is your new Broncos starting QB

HaHa...since you've been wrong about him all his life ("Tebow sucks. god will help him fail.") with 2 National Championships and a first round selection you obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Historically the facts are there for a proven winner. Whatever the future holds is yet to be determined. I will pray that God gives you some intelligence so you don't continue to make an AR$3 of yourself.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:10 pm

Tebow is your new Broncos starting QB

I don't mean any disrespect, Carolina, or to Broncos fans generally, but I sincerely doubt that any NFL Head Coach would make such a critical decision just to shut up the critics.  Decisions like the one John Fox is about to apparently make certainly involves the input of Pat Bowlen and John Elway.  I wish Tebow success, but I cannot fathom why the Denver faitful think that Tebow is a better option than Kyle Orton.  Tebow was a great College Quarterback, but will never be even a decent QB in the NFL.  If he retains the starting job (which is unlikely), he will lose 75% of the Broncos games over the remainder of the season, but that may just be long enough for Broncos fans to see the light and realize that he will never be a winning QB.  Then what?  Will they be chanting for Orton once again?  Who knows, but John Fox in his discussions with team brass has probably also asked the question "What do we want to do when (not if) Tebow loses 7-9 of the last 11 games?"

I suspect that unless Denver installs an option-heavy, College-type  offense, Tebow may very well be relegated to a career-long backup role somewhere.  The first mistake was made, as someone put it, by Josh McDumbass in drafting him in the first round in the first place.  Given his skillset, he was at best a 6th or 7th round pick and now the Broncos have to swallow the salary and all that comes with being a first round pick.  Good luck with your new experiment, Denver.  As a Dolphins fan, I'd take Orton in a heartbeat.

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:07 pm

Tebow is your new Broncos starting QB

tebow sucks. god will help him fail.

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:59 am

Tebow is your new Broncos starting QB

Let the bust begin

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:49 am

Tebo and Pryor?

I gues you can say Tebo and Pryor both run well and had successful college careers, but...Tim throws the ball Pryor shot put's the ball.  Tim is a winner on and off the field.  Pryor's character is questionable at this point due to some bad decisions at OSU.  Hopefully Pryor will mature into a good citizen and player, but I would not expect him to be Cam Newton. Pryor needs a lot of work on his throwing motion.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:41 am

Tebow is your new Broncos starting QB for now....

John Fox is only doing this to shut up the critics.  Obviously there are only two ways that this will play out. First, Tebow does great and everyone is happy and Fox looks like a good coach.  Second, Tebow spirals downward and Fox proves what he has been saying all preseason and first 4 weeks, that Tebow is not ready.  At 1-4 what do you have to lose?  Go ahead and give the fans what they want, and that is Tebow.  I hope the guy does well, I also hope Kyle Orton finds a starting job somewhere. 

Since: Feb 25, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:37 am

Tebow is your new Broncos starting QB

Hey this guy was a first round draft pick....Not the best one but that was on Josh McDumbass and now Fox has just go to see what he's got in this dude. Might as well right? The accuracy and mechanics issues I saw Sunday were pretty good compared to what we've see of him earlier in training camp and pre-season but his issues with under snaps under center are a bit nerve racking. 

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:37 am

Tebow is your new Broncos starting QB

blbolboblboblbobbowaaaaaa TIMM

Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:24 am

Tebow is your new Broncos starting QB

You spelled succeed wrong. Lol. Idiot....

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