Tim Tebow vs. Josh Freeman: Which Quarterback Will Be a Better NFL Starter?

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJune 1, 2011

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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Tim Tebow and Josh Freeman are two of the youngest quarterbacks in the NFL and both players have a ton of upside.

Tebow will be facing a quarterback competition with the Denver Broncos next season, while Freeman has established himself as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starter.

The quarterbacks are obviously in two different situations and share just about equal potential. If you were a general manager of an NFL franchise, which quarterback would you rather have? 

Clearly, both players need some more time to develop. However, 2011 may be a big step for Freeman, as he's got the potential to have a breakout season.

Freeman will be entering his third year in the league and has made it clear that he is the future of Tampa Bay. In fact, Freeman has developed a close relationship with head coach Raheem Morris, as both of them have grown and developed together. 

During Freeman's first two seasons in the league, he's posted an 82.2 passer rating—and a remarkable 95.9 rating in 2010.

Freeman is 13-12 as a starter and has shown signs of greatness and ability to come through in the clutch. In just his second year in the league, Freeman led the Buccaneers on five game-winning drives.

Tebow, on the other hand, saw limited time last season as a rookie but showed signs of greatness. The former Heisman-winning quarterback played in nine games but only started three. During those three games, Tebow led Denver to just one victory as the team lost two.

Tebow definitely impressed many with his playmaking ability and great running skills, as he ran for an average of 5.3 yards per carry and three touchdowns. However, his passing numbers were a bit suspect, as he only completed 50 percent of his passes for a total of five touchdowns and three interceptions.

Freeman left Kansas State as a raw, talented, spread offense quarterback with a lot of questions about his passing ability—and he's certainly silenced the critics.

Tebow, who is considered by many to be the greatest college quarterback of all time, played in the spread offense as well at Florida and had to reconfigure his entire throwing motion.

Both quarterbacks definitely have raw talent and the ability to be great—it's only a matter of adjusting to a new style of play.

Tebow, in my opinion, has the potential to be truly special and one of the most unique and greatest quarterbacks of the future decade. However, Freeman does appear to be the safest bet, as he's already proven his skills as a solid passing quarterback with his great success in 2010.

The Denver Broncos have invested a lot in Tebow, but he may not pan out to be what they're hoping for. Freeman, who is a year ahead of Tebow, has already turned into a top of the league quarterback and will likely have a breakout season in 2011. 

All in all, I strongly believe that Freeman is the better quarterback—and will be. He's turning his raw talent into skill and has a niche for leading game-winning drives. He's a winner.


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