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Tim Tebow: Are The Denver Broncos Setting Him Up to Fail?

DENVER - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos rolls out and looks to deliver a pass against the Houston Texas at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Texans 24-23.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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J. David LeeContributor IIIDecember 28, 2010

After Sunday's come-from-behind victory over the Houston Texans, it seems the whole world has anointed Tim Tebow the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos for 2011 and beyond.

Leading the offense to four second-half scores, Tebow has given Denver rare hope in a horrible season. His teammates seem to be energized by his passion and leadership. He's already performed better than many thought he would. It's no secret that many people inside of football said he couldn't play at the NFL level.

Are we being a little quick on the draw to conclude that he should be the everyday starter as early as next season, though?

Tebow has shown a feel for the game of football. Teammates commented on his ability to keep a play going even after it seems to have broken down. He plays with a toughness that great NFL quarterbacks throughout history have had.

In his second start, he showed better arm strength and was more accurate with his passes. He clearly shows that he has the potential to be a quality everyday quarterback.

He has been extremely lucky, however. Even though he threw the ball better, he still threw some floaters. He almost got Jabar Gaffney killed by throwing a screen pass high.

He was saved by Brandon Lloyd on under-thrown balls in both starts. If one, or both, of those passes were picked off, we would all be singing a different tune.

All of this is not to say Tim Tebow is not the future for the Denver Broncos. This is to say, let's not be so quick to discard a veteran such as Kyle Orton. Let's not be so quick to rush the Tebow Era along.

It's understandable that Broncos fans are clamoring for Tebow to be the starter. What would be heartbreaking, though, would be for him to thrown to the lions too quickly and fail. NFL fans are a fickle lot. It could be Tebow getting booed in Mile High Stadium.

Can you ever imagine home fans booing Tim Tebow?

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