Tim Tebow continues to be the NFL’s ultimate enigma.
That’s been the case since Tebow played his final college game 14 months ago. Was he a first-round pick, a second-round pick or a seventh-round pick? Should he even be drafted at all? What position will he play? If it’s quarterback, how long will it take for him to start?
We have some answers. Tebow was shockingly drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos. He’s playing quarterback and he already has three relatively impressive starts under his belt.
But the newest question to plague Tebow and his reputation has less to do with him and more to do with his bosses. Josh McDaniels was in Tebow’s corner, but McDaniels was fired during an abysmal 2010 season and his interim replacement wasn’t brought back.
John Fox is the new sheriff in town, which is a little disconcerting considering that Fox passed on Tebow as head coach of the Panthers during last year’s draft. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Fox isn’t a Tebow fan, but NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi says it might be enough to send Tebow back to the bench in 2011:
Tebow is a man without much support in Denver, making quarterback a huge need. Can the Broncos be so focused on defense that they ignore an NFL team’s most essential position? Or will they feel like Kyle Orton can manage the game well enough to allow them to replenish the defense, something near and dear to Fox’s heart?
I’m actually beginning to get to a point at which I throw up in my mouth a little every time I hear about this Kyle Orton-Tim Tebow tango. The fact is, both proved in 2010 that they are good quarterbacks. Orton is a little more reliable and significantly more battle-tested, while Tebow has more upside.
As Lombardi mentioned, Denver’s chief concern is the defence, which was horrendous last year. And that’s why we have to stop worrying about Orton and Tebow, neither of whom should be traded. Right now, the two are pushing each other perfectly. It’s never good to have a really comfortable quarterback. Let Orton and Tebow compete in training camp and let the winner start and the loser hold a clipboard. It’s that simple.
The quarterback position should be the least of John Elway’s worries.