Let's admit it now: Tim Tebow will never be an elite quarterback, and he certainly won't get there with the Denver Broncos.
His chances in the Mile High City disappeared when Josh McDaniels was fired. Now, what knowledge McDaniels could have imparted to the Florida product will go to fellow '08 national-title gamer Sam Bradford.
New coach John Fox isn't qualified to manage a project quarterback. That's what Tebow always was coming into the NFL: a project guy who operated as insurance for a controversial young maverick of a head coach.
No one will dispute Tebow's leadership skills, but without serious work he simply doesn't have the tools to be a quarterback at this level.
If anyone is capable of effectively evaluating what it takes to be an NFL QB, it's new Denver Broncos VP of Operations John Elway. A formula has slowly emerged in the modern league: You must have a solid defense and an elite quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
The Broncos currently have neither.
In the upcoming draft, Elway will focus on bringing the franchise both of those pieces. This is a team that doesn't have the time necessary to mold a guy like Tebow.
Denver has a glaring need for a rebuilt defense and a quarterback who can lead, not only with his actions, but also with his arm.
It seems pretty clear that the personnel in Denver that would have turned Tebow into that guy is gone. And Broncos fans are unlikely to be willing to wait three or four years for Tebow to develop.
It is unfair to him, though. He didn't choose his team coming into the NFL; his team chose him.
Unfortunately, Tebow went to a franchise that needed immediate, high-octane impact. He was selected by a coach who had absolutely no understanding of personnel issues.
If Tim had gone a couple rounds later, to a team that actually had time to work on him, he would have had the opportunity to be an NFL quarterback.
As it stands now, if he stays in Denver, his best option will be converting to another position. Drive and heart only get a quarterback so far; eventually he has to have skill.
Tebow's skill will no longer increase, as there's no one left to bestow the requisite knowledge upon him for it to. And Broncos fans should be glad; the franchise will turn around substantially quicker by abandoning the project than by following it through.
I'll trust our legend, John Elway, particularly when it come to evaluation of the quarterback position.