Earlier this month, it became apparent that the Tim Tebow experiment wasn’t working in Year 2 in Denver.
Then Tebow started acting like a baby.
Then he was demoted to the third-string quarterback spot, behind Brady freakin’ Quinn.
He’s even been called untradeable.
Now, the criticism is just getting out of hand. Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports reports that “at least some people in the organization believe” that Tebow “is the fourth-best quarterback on the roster.”
“If everything was totally equal, and this were a competition based only on performance at this camp, Tebow would probably be the fourth-string guy,” a member of the organization told Silver. “Kyle [Orton] is far and away the best, and Tebow’s way behind Quinn, too. And I’m telling you, Adam Weber is flat-out better right now.”
While that may be true, why was it necessary for this “highly knowledgeable” source to further crush Tebow by running his mouth to a reporter? This is just bad form, and I’m starting to feel badly for the second-year quarterback.
I understand that some things are said to light fires under players, but this seems over the top and cruel. As a Broncos source tells Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, somebody has it out for this kid. I can’t figure out why that would be the case. Tebow didn’t draft himself in the first round and he’s been a model teammate and citizen.
Anyway, I guess the important point here is that it’s looking increasingly likely that Tebow is done in Denver. But he has the ability to transform himself and salvage his career with that unique skill set.
Let me give you one team that might make a lot of sense as a potential trade spot for Mr. Untradeable: Miami. The Dolphins were already close to acquiring a Broncos quarterback earlier this summer and they clearly still have a desire to improve at that position. Why else would they have been showing interesting in Terrelle Pryor?
Pryor and Tebow aren’t so different, and the Dolphins have always been willing to try new things on offense to get the most out of unique players (like Pryor or Tebow). Right now, Tebow could be had for a relatively cheap price. Why not give up a mid-round draft pick in exchange for a former state hero who just might surprise everyone and give Chad Henne a run for his money?