2012 NFL Predictions: Who Will Be the Denver Broncos' Next Backup Quarterback?

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2012 NFL Predictions: Who Will Be the Denver Broncos' Next Backup Quarterback?
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Tim Tebow will be the starting quarterback when training camp starts up for the Denver Broncos this year. Yet a glaring and slightly unexplored question remains when it comes to Denver's quarterback situation.

Who will be the backup?

Brady Quinn's contract is up and isn't likely to return for the 2012 season. Regardless though of Quinn's decision, the Broncos need a quarterback who can at least mimic the Tim Tebow-style of offense in the event that Tebow goes down with an injury and can’t play.

If there's anything the 2011 NFL season has taught us, it's that backup quarterbacks are extremely important. Just ask the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears.

Whether Denver deals with this issue via the draft or free agency is yet to be determined. It seems clear though that John Elway and Broncos' management isn't going to go after a full replacement for  Tebow, but rather someone who can work closely behind him and learn the same style of offense.

Since Denver's offense will be largely complementary of Tebow's abilities, their backup quarterback will have to follow suit.

Perhaps Denver will deploy a system in which two quarterbacks are used, where Tebow and the now unknown backup will serve as a No. 1 and No. 1A-tag team depending on down and situation.

Regardless, whichever player holds the second-string spot at this position will have a lot of studying to do and a lot of ground to make up coming into training camp.

Despite all of this season's Tebow hype, the Broncos won as a team and will continue to win in that fashion with Tebow under center. The question now becomes: Who would serve as the best "teammate" for Tebow at the quarterback position?

Here are 10 possibilities.

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