Denver Broncos: Sitting Tim Tebow Will Benefit Him for the Future

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Denver Broncos: Sitting Tim Tebow Will Benefit Him for the Future
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 20: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 20, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Bills 24-10. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Prior to entering the NFL, Tim Tebow has always been praised as a top-flight quarterback. Since entering the NFL, Tebow has not shown the consistent ability that fans in Gainsville, Florida praised him for back at the University of Florida. Coming into the NFL, Tebow had several question marks about throwing mechanics and the ability to play quarterback under center. At the University of Florida, Tebow played in a spread offense which utilized his mobility and ability to throw short to intermediate passes.  Life in the NFL has been a tough test for Tebow. 

On the latter part of last season, then-head coach Josh McDaniels eased Tebow in the lineup to replace Kyle Orton. Under the direction of Tebow the Broncos were not a winning team and his numbers were respectable. Tebow played well enough to garner speculation about being the starting quarterback of the 2011 season.  In the offseason Josh McDaniels was fired and replaced by former Carolina Panthers coach John Fox. Normally when new coaches inherit players from the previous coach they like to introduce their new culture rather than sticking to the previous formula.

This was seen in Arizona when Denny Green (former Arizona Cardinals coach) drafted Matt Leinart and then new head coach Ken Whisenhunt went with veteran quarterback Kurt Warner instead of Leinart. Tebow has run into a similar problem in Denver.  Head coach John Fox, who has a history of only playing veteran quarterbacks, has Kyle Orton as his top signal caller instead of Tebow. Fans in Denver may be anxious to see Tebow in action, but as of now he is not ready to have his number called.            

Oftentimes fans can put pressure on the organization to play popular players. Tebow is a fan favorite and fans will back him 100 percent.  This is a case where the Broncos brass needs to stick to their guns and leave Tebow on the sideline to learn the quarterback position.  Waiting your turn to flourish is not always a bad thing, just ask Aaron Rodgers.

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