Did Tim Tebow Just Jump To No. 2 on the Denver Broncos' Depth Chart?

Omar BrownCorrespondent IJune 12, 2010

ENGLEWOOD, CO - APRIL 23:  Tim Tebow is introduced by the Denver Broncos at a press conference at the Broncos Headquarters in Dove Valley on April 23, 2010 in Englewood, Colorado. The Broncos picked Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow for all intents and purposes has been labeled as being too raw to start anytime soon in the NFL, but that may not stop Denver coach Josh McDaniels from activating him come game day.

According to ESPN's Bill Williamson, McDaniels said he hasn’t made up his mind yet, but he is leaning toward keeping two quarterbacks active on the game-day 45-man roster because having more would “put us behind the eight ball at other spots.”

McDaniels said he hasn’t decided who his two quarterbacks would be if he goes that route.

Sports fans spend a lot of energy trying to interpret the encrypted information that is coming across the wires in order to figure out what their team is going to do. 

From dealing with the smoke and mirror act of coach speak during the draft, to Tomlin's encrypted comment this week regarding how the depth chart would play out in the absence of Ben Roethlisberger; "I think how we distributed reps is an indication at this juncture." Said Tomlin

McDaniels having not decided whom the activate player wise, is pretty much indicative of Tebow rising to the occasion.

If you're a Gator fan, this is music to your ears.

If you're a Brady Quinn fan, the comment may as well have bounced off deaf ears considering all that the coach actually said was that he is going in with two activated QB's rather than three.

Quinn has been around long enough not to allow his sails get caught up with all the hot air that comes out of a coaches mouth this time of year. A lot of what is said is actually designed to stoke players' caliber of play and sharpen that competitive edge to motivate their players.

Personally I can't ever recall an occasion where a coach activated three quarterbacks.  The impact it would make depth wise would force one of your units to be running in the red fatigue wise, because the player who would have helped keep the players fresh was inactivated for a quarterback riding the bench the entire game.  

Tebow may have very well indeed just been jacked to the No. 2 position on the depth chart, the caveat however is that if Orton gets hurt early in the season, Tebow could remain as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart.

Reason being Tebow will be used in playing a substitutionary role, much like Ronnie Brown did for Miami when he played behind center for the quarterback, but instead of the wild cat this will be a Wild Horse offense in Denver. The experience will help his evolution as well as allow McDaniels to capitalize on Tebow's tremendous athleticism.

If I am decoding the encryption of McDaniels coach speak correctly, Brady Quinn, will be utilized as an emergency quarterback this season. That way if Orton gets hurt early in the season, before McDaniels feels comfortable starting Tebow, Quinn can then just step right up in the starting role until Tebow is ready to be No. 1.