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First thing is first, the Broncos need to prove that they are buying fully into the offensive system that gets the best out of Tebow. Brady Quinn, as the team's backup, will not work, as the offense would have to drastically change if he had to enter the game to accommodate his skill-set.
Dennis Dixon would allow the Broncos to have a backup to Tebow who could mirror his style of play.
Dixon has spent his career as a backup for the Pittsburgh Steelers after an impressive college career at Oregon. He was expected to be a high draft pick before a knee injury sidelined him in his senior season.
Since then, Dixon has featured in only four games, starting three. However, he has impressed in preseason performances, as well as in situational football in a huge game against the Ravens in Baltimore during his second season.
Much like Tebow, Dixon prefers to run the football. His athleticism is overwhelming, as he can effortlessly outrun defenders even at this level. If the Broncos are to continue to run the option or consistently run out of the shotgun formation, Dixon is a perfect fit in Denver.
Just because he is the perfect running threat, that does not mean that he cannot throw the ball.
The Pittsburgh Steelers looked to keep Dixon in the pocket when he got on the field, reducing his ability to run the ball or extend plays. He displayed an inability to read coverage or throw the football accurately on a consistent basis.
Dixon has the talent and arm strength to find receivers deep down the field. His awareness may be lacking, but so is Tebow's. Playing with guys like Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas outside, Dixon won't need to read coverages or diagnose defenses as much. He could excel off of play-action and the deep ball, just like Tebow.
Dixon would actually be capable of competing with Tebow and taking his job if the Broncos afford him that opportunity. If not, he would still be the perfect backup in that offense.
The polar opposite to Brady Quinn.