Tim Tebow: 10 Reasons Why He Won’t See a Regular Season Snap at QB
Clearly there are plenty of people who think Tim Tebow will experience tons of success with Denver.
As the NFL's No. 1-selling jersey, Tebow has some big expectations to live up to.
But where will he even line up at on the field? Only Broncos coach Josh McDaniels truly knows.
As it stands, Tebow's just a third-string quarterback who has an outside chance at taking legitimate snaps under center—and he might not even get one.
Don't think so? See if these 10 reasons help change your mind.
No. 10: He's a Decoy
Denver coach Josh McDaniels has been known to do some crazy things, and this one would rank up there.
What if McDaniels is letting the Tim Tebow buzz turn into something just to take attention away from the real reason the Broncos would win on Sundays?
That way, opponents spend a little bit more time than they ever needed to on Tebow, who doesn't end up playing much, especially at QB.
Crazy, I know, but don't put anything past McDaniels.
No. 9: Florida QBs Don't Win in the NFL
Former Florida coach Steve Spurrier knows all about trying to make it in the NFL.
He played 10 seasons as a pro before trying to coach in the league after having years of success in college. He didn't enjoy his time with Washington and lasted only two seasons before returning to the SEC with South Carolina.
Similar to Spurrier's coaching career in the NFL, modern-day Florida QBs have struggled. Danny Wuerffel (pictured) couldn't help Spurrier save his job with the Redskins, and Shane Matthews was a bust, too.
Rex Grossman did make it to the Super Bowl with the Bears, but he wasn't one of the top five reasons Chicago made it.
No. 8: Throwing Motion
One of the most critiqued areas of Tebow's game is his throwing motion.
He understood that his windup, which took extra time to release the ball and had a low release point, needed to be fixed, so he set out to do so before the NFL Combine and draft.
The only problem is that when Tebow debuted in the preseason for Denver, he displayed the same poor mechanics that he used at Florida.
No. 7: He Has to Beat Out Two Guys
When Denver used a first-round pick on Tebow in last spring's draft, it didn't just hand him the keys to the franchise.
In fact, the Broncos actually went out and traded for another former college standout in former Browns QB Brady Quinn.
If Tebow actually gets a snap under center this year in a normal package, it's because injuries ravaged the position, not because of his ability.
No. 6: He's a Gadget, Not a QB
Many people think Tebow can have success in the NFL, but that doesn't involve playing quarterback.
Teams could see Tebow line up as a running back or tight end, which could get the ball in his hands quickly enough to make plays with his mobility and strength.
No. 5: He Has Success as a Gadget
This might be the worst-case scenario for Tebow, because if he doesn't get any time at QB and thrives at being a wild card in all sorts of packages, his quarterbacking career is likely over.
Just like Reggie Bush being used in a variety of ways other than an every-down back, like some thought he could be used as with the Saints.
Success in this case may mean his future at the position he's always loved is over.
No. 4: Injury
Tebow got a great welcome to the NFL when he went barreling into the end zone in the final seconds of his first preseason game. The result appears to be a rib injury.
If there's one thing everyone learned from his days at Florida, Tebow has to be healthy enough to take shots given his style of play.
If his sore ribs persist, you can kiss any real chance at stealing snaps goodbye.
No. 3: Skills Don't Translate
The success of run-first, pass-second quarterbacks in the past decade have been well below average.
Michael Vick showed glimpses of brilliance, but his inaccuracy was a big problem that would have been addressed if he didn't lose his starting job for other reasons.
Donovan McNabb does use his legs, but he's evolved into more of a passing QB, and Ben Roethlisberger seems to utilize his feet to escape from trouble.
Bottom line is, Tebow will struggle to have success as a rushing QB in the NFL.
No. 2: Broncos Win Without Him
This goes hand-in-hand with the success of starting QB Kyle Orton, but if Denver is winning games, especially more consistently than last year after Week Six, then Tebow won't get any legitimate snaps.
Coach Josh McDaniels might mix in a little Tebow here and there, but he won't mess with Orton and what Denver is doing if the victories are coming.
No. 1: Kyle Orton
Ultimately, Kyle Orton is the starting quarterback, and he will have to really struggle to lose this job. He proved he could win in Josh McDaniels' system in his first season in 2009 when he led the Broncos to a 6-0 start.
Now, he just has to be more consistent throughout the season, and one would think another year in McDaniels' offense would help with that.
Odds are Orton will take every snap under center all season long barring injury or some gimmick play.