Blog Entry

Tebow WILL have competition next year

Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:54 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 10:34 pm
Tebow's season ends ingloriously in New England. (AP)

By Josh Katzowitz

We’ve been asking this for a while now: Is Tim Tebow guaranteed to be the Broncos starting quarterback next year? Our own Ryan Wilson brought this up in mid-January and listed a number of free agent quarterbacks Denver could pursue in an effort to knock Tebow out of his starting spot (including Matt Flynn, Jason Campbell and (yep) Kyle Orton).

Even coach John Fox has now confirmed that nobody is going to hand Tebow anything heading into 2012. That’s because Fox said Monday, via the Denver Post, that the team would acquire two quarterbacks in the offseason to compete against Tebow.

"Numbers wise that's accurate,” Fox said. "Who, what, where, when, what market -- it's still way too early how we get those quarterbacks."

You’ll recall that Tebow a was tad controversial last year as he continued to play poorly (for the most part) but still led his team to the AFC West title and a playoff victory against the Steelers (really, by the end of Denver’s run, our colleague Pete Prisco was one of the few who remained steadfast in his belief that Tebow is not a legit NFL quarterback).

What to do with Tebow?

But that doesn’t mean the read option offense Fox and Mike McCoy had to install midway through the season when Denver decided to replace Orton with Tebow will continue to work in 2012. Tebow still has to prove he has the arm strength, the accuracy and the ability to play effectively in the pocket.

“I think at some point he’ll have to be if he wants to play a long time,” Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said in January. “That’s one area he’s going to have to improve to be elite in this league. But the things he does running the ball -- he can make some throws, it’s just being comfortable doing it. He’s got to get better at it, and when he does, the sky’s the limit for him.”

Of course, the Broncos will HAVE to bring in at least two quarterbacks, because Tebow and practice-squader Adam Weber are the only signal-callers under contract for next year. Brady Quinn -- who apparently had a third-down package set for him in the playoffs (was he planning to Tim Tebow Tim Tebow?) -- is a free agent, and there probably isn’t much reason for him to return Denver.

So, for now, Tebow is the starter.

"He's going to come into our camp as the starting quarterback," Fox said. "He's young. He can get better."

Yeah, what does he mean by that? What can Tebow do better?

Um, this.

"It's the precision on the passing, it's the accuracy, the footwork, the mechanics, the rhythm, the timing, the quickness, the release. Everything," Broncos general manager Brian Xanders said recently. "And he wants to work at it. And he's dedicated. He's going to work really hard at improving those things. .. We're excited about him improving in those areas."

Until, perhaps, the Broncos can find somebody else who’s better than what we saw from Tebow last year.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, Like Us on Facebook, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're add it, add our RSS Feed.

Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:59 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

Thats right BreesforMVP its Ok that I'm 36, 6' 0", 175 Lbs, and was my High School's 3rd string QB; I have been training hard for 20 years now in my back yard and will become an All Pro QB any year now.

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:59 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

Why wouldnt the broncos pick up other qb's for next season?  It only makes sense.  Even though Tebow has strong work ethics and a very good mechanics coach to help him improve there needs to be a back up plan just in case.  Whoever they pick up they will be challenging Tebow for the starting spot and that will drive him even more to keep his no. 1 status.  I hope that the broncos are also looking for a better running back than Magahee (sp)  or Moreno as well as beefing up the offensive line to give him a little more protection. 

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:53 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

Um, worst rated in QB Rating. Duh.

His QB rating isnt the worst it's not good but it's not the worst he was better then Bradford,
Ponder, Gabbert and Grossman. I could keep going but I don't want to throw out names like

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:43 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

I written this 10 times in the past few months.  Tebow WILL be very successful in the NFL because he is going to work at it to be great.  This separates the great ones from the others- work ethic and preparation.  This is the key thing remember with Tebow- This pro-style offense is still brand new to him.  He did not run it in college, and he has never had an off-season in the NFL years where he was the starter and where coaching came into play heavily.  In the NFL, TIMING is the key.  That takes MANY reps to perfect.  Tebow is still BEGINNING to learn.  He has EVERY intangible that cannot be coached... toughness, field awareness, leadership, accountibility.  Most importantly, he is clutch and he is a winner.  This guy was better than EVERY rookie QB, stat-wise,  this year except Newton.  Tebow was essentially a rookie.  He out- played Newton in the biggest stat- WINS! Tebow will prepare like the great ones do.  He will work on the timing, and soon, the game is going "to slow down" for Tebow, and he will be a top tier quarterback.  He will be very successful, while Natural Ability types like Newton and Josh Freeman(see this past year), will plateau if they don't keep working.  Roll Tebow!!!!     

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:38 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

Sppokyguy, I think you're missing the point here.  They don't want to find two QBs to run the Tebow offense.  They want to find 2 QBs who can run a pro-style offense.  They only implemented the offense they used last year because they knew that's all Tebow was capable of running.  I don't care what Elways claims, he's not the least bit sold on Tebow as the franchise QB.  I had no choice but to act like he was behind him last season because the fans were behind him.  Elway wants a true QB to build the team around and he's just waited for the chance to get rid of Tebow.  In other words, Elway's waiting for the infatuation with Tebow to die down so he won't be the bad guy.

Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:35 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

First of all I don't think Tebow deserves anymore than a "Crazy Horse" package for the Broncos, that said the Bronco decision must be made now and not in camp. If Tebow is going to get the reigns an organization must draft and acquire players that are conducive to Tebow's unorthodox QB talents. After offensive line an offense running the spread in the NFL can fill its roster spots with players not touted as system NFL players. If a dominating defense can't be built, with fewer draft high draft picks and less salary dollars on the offensive side of the ball, someone isnt doing their job. If you're gonna Tebow even Elaway needs to be Tebowing.

Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:29 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

Um, worst rated in QB Rating. Duh.

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:26 am

"he finds a way to win"

his teammates may have had a hand in that. the guy isn't an nfl qb. he minimizes the effectiveness of the rest of his offense. seriously, you dont have to be an nfl gm to figure that out.

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:23 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

bring back orton!  he's the man to take denver to record heights!

yeah Orton's record 12-21 record heights!

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:20 am

Tebow WILL have competition next year

Actually, if "religious politics" played a role he wouldn't have been allowed in the league. He's around because he finds a way to win and he sells a bunch of tickets - which is the end goal of the NFL -> for entertainment.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or