Denver Broncos: Why Tim Tebow Is Not a Franchise QB

Jennifer EakinsContributor IFebruary 9, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos warms up against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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In all the postseason press conferences, John Elway made it clear that Tim Tebow would be the starter going into training camp. We all know that what wasn't said was there would be at least one, if not more, new quarterbacks also there to compete for that starting spot.

Tebow supporters, and they are plentiful, do not want to hear that he doesn't have the chops to be a franchise quarterback. He does have the intangibles, however, his footwork, release point and inefficiency with intermediate routes is a problem.

Teams now have the entire offseason to study film and gain enough knowledge to defend any plays that are built around his strengths. Remember the wildcat? That lasted about two seasons before it was no longer effective.

The Denver Broncos and Elway are not looking to slide their way into the playoffs with an 8-8 record. They are in it to win Super Bowls.

If you look at the past 10 or so championship-winning signal-callers, they are all traditional pocket-passing quarterbacks. You have guys like Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady. They can read defenses and make great throws in the pocket.

They certainly don't have a completion rate like Tebow's meager 46.5 percent.

People love a great story and want to believe that a hard-working, ethical, heart-driven guy can make anything happen. However, according to scouts and coaches, the skills to be a franchise quarterback cannot be learned at the age of 24. Successful quarterbacks in the NFL, both past and present, have the innate skills and have honed them since little league.