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Is Tim Tebow in danger of being benched Sunday?

Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:21 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 5:09 pm
Does Fox really have Tebow's back? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Tim Tebow set the world on fire during the Broncos six-game winning streak that put them in first place in the AFC West. But during Denver's final three games -- all losses -- Tebow looked totally different, and there's starting to be some serious chatter about the possibility that he could be benched Sunday against Pittsburgh if he struggles.

Our Broncos Rapid Reporter Lee Rasizer notes on Friday that Denver coach John Fox didn't "eliminate the possibility" during his press conference, although he did support Tebow's efforts as the Broncos starter.

"Well, he's on the football team," Fox said of backup Brady Quinn. "So everybody on the team's ready. Like every game, we expect our starters to play well and if for some reason an injury occurs or something happens, it's next man up."

Adding fuel to the fire is a report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source that says backup Brady Quinn has been getting "roughly half the first-team reps in practice all week."

However, Quinn, in a text message to Jeff Darlington of, denied Florio's report, saying he hasn't "gotten any extra reps." Quinn said he usually gets two reps, “if any” on Friday with the first team, but that he got two this week.

Over the final three games of the season (again, all losses) Tebow went 30 of 73 ("good" for a 41.1 completion percentage) for 439 passing yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.

In that time, however, he was effective on the ground, picking up 5.11 yards per carry while rushing 28 times for 143 yards. The first-team reps can even be explained as "due diligence," considering the Broncos would need a non-Tebow offense installed in the event that they decide to yank on his apparently short leash.

The big difference between "Winning Tebow" and "Losing Tebow" is turnovers. (Which, actually, is kind of the difference between almost every good/bad version of a quarterback; don't let anyone fool you into thinking this is a Tebow-centric problem.) Tebow's fumbled four times in the past three games (two were lost), versus twice in the previous six games before that.

Add in the interceptions and defenses figuring out how to minimize the damage Tebow can do (press man coverage versus zone defenses)

And there's a pretty good chance that Tebow will struggle on Sunday against the Steelers. They are, if you don't know, pretty good at defense.

But it's still disappointing to see Fox waffling on his support of the Broncos starter, particularly since they'd currently be sitting at home without Tebow's emergence as a viable albeit different starter in the NFL.

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Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:01 am

Is Tim Tebow in danger of being benched Sunday?

the answer to that question might br how well the steeler play on offense. if pittsburgj cant score very much, which i do not see happening, then obviously they will leave him in, to see if he can he can dohisthing in the fourth quarter. one thing i noticed is when he brought them back, the defense made a mistake and he took advantage of it. when theydont make a mistake then he cant seem to make the play on his own. he better mak some passes early, or pittsburg will stackthe line and he wont be able to run. to answer the question. only elway knows he will make the decision as the game progresses. another question is how much do they trust brady quinn?

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:31 pm

Is Tim Tebow in danger of being benched Sunday?

The only way Tebow gets benched is if he's hurt.Otherwise he is playing.He has had a lot of bad games, not just the last 3, but his magic comes at the end of the game for whatever reason. If Denver doesn't think he will be able to pull it out if they fall behind, then he shouldn't even start the game.They will have to do that because that is how he has played all year, and now it is too late to start Quinn.Denver is not going any further than this game so they should find out once and for all what they have.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 6:23 pm

Is Tim Tebow in danger of being benched Sunday?

Come on man! This is such a non story and a complete waste of everyones time. You are the kid that cried wolf telling stories just for the sake of telling stories. You know what? Anybody can say anything and eventually something you say may come to pass. You are a doomfarer hoping to look smart on a story that means absolutely nothing just like your career. CBS, you have to be able to do better but are too cheap to do anything about it. Shame on you for wasting our time with this drivel. P.S. I am not a Tebow fan and your story does not even entice me. Pathetic.

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 5:41 pm

Is Tim Tebow in danger of being benched Sunday?

Come on kubfan, Do you really think John Fox would leave an ineffective Tebow in a playoff game "just to shut the fans up" ? I cant believe ANY coach would make that decision. If I am in the playoffs and my starting QB is stinkin up the place...Im gonna do what I think will WIN.  Screw what anyone else thinks.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 5:33 pm

Is Tim Tebow in danger of being benched Sunday?

getting benched is not as likely as losing his starting position for next year. if he is having a bad game, they might just leave him in there to shut the fans up in order to have a reason to get rid of him. the fans are the ones that made him the starting qb, (plus ortens bad play).this is by far the most important game in tebow's career. he must come out firing the ball and make some completions, or it could get ugly.

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