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I don't think it takes a Being John Malkovich kind of movie to get into John Elway's mind and know his thoughts on Tebow. He was never convinced Tebow could be a QB in the NFL or put in my words, Elway knew that Tebow would never be a Elway-type QB. Elway never had the vision of how Tebow could become a great QB in the NFL.
Elway wants a prototypical pocket passer under center—that, Tebow is not and never will be. So instead of accepting that fact—the front office told Tebow that to make it in Denver he had to prove that he could be a pocket passer.
Tebow's biggest mistake was that he accepted the premise but also that he didn't have advisers that could help him out. Looking back, Tebow should have asked to be traded right then—you don't like what I bring to the table, and for you to like me I'm going to be something that I'm not. Well, we all know that's a dead end in any relationship.
The second-biggest mistake by Tebow was not hiring a coach like Cam Newton or Jake Locker to teach him to be a pocket passer. This is because Tebow probably didn't really know what he had to do to become that pocket passer, since neither Fox nor Elway could tell him during the lockout. From interviews, it almost sounded like he thought it was all just about taking snaps from under center.
I think, by now, it's fair to say Elway has a man crush on Andrew Luck, who he sees as the second coming of himself. Elway will do anything possible to land Luck in the 2012 draft.
Elway knows this team will never go far with Orton, but at least Orton gives him a quiet locker room and a chance to suck for Luck.
What Elway didn't foresee, was that Tebow's popularity with the fans actually rivals Elway's. My guess is that to many younger fans Elway is a dinosaur who used to be great when great NFL teams were build around great defense and a run-first offense.
But today, the NFL is a passing league, where defenses win games by creating turnovers. Neither Fox nor Elway seem to understand that this is a passing league where offense wins championships and defenses can give up tons of yards as long as they get takeaways (the Packers and Patriots are 30th and 31st in total defense rankings).
Fans wants an exciting game, where playmakers at the QB position rule. The Denver fans have seen what other teams can do with their young QB playmakers, and of course Denver fans wants one of these too: here is my open letter to John Elway.
Now, the Denver Broncos have one of, if not best college QB playmakers of all time on their team. They saw that he showed potential in the three games he started in 2010 and now they can't understand why he isn't getting a shot to prove himself.
Can you really blame them?