It’s been leaked this week that Tim Tebow may not even be the third-string quarterback with the Denver Broncos—he might be fourth string.
Tebow has been under a heavy amount of sometimes harsh criticism by several NFL analysts, including most recently Boomer Esiason, who was quoted as saying that he’d let Tebow marry his daughter but not quarterback his team.
This begs the question: Would Tim Tebow be better off if he were with a veteran team?
It’s obvious that Tebow has lost favor with head coach John Fox and John Elway if an undrafted free agent is being talked about as being better than he is.
Tebow may be better served if he were able to back up a veteran quarterback and learn the ropes.
Take, for instance, the Indianapolis Colts. It looks as though the Colts will be starting the season without Peyton Manning due to a neck surgery he had earlier in the year.
Now, the Colts have had to call former Tennessee Titans quarterback Kerry Collins out of retirement to be Manning’s replacement until he returns.
Wouldn’t it make more sense if the Colts traded for Tebow?
Tebow could have had a chance to learn from the best in Manning (when Manning comes back). Image how much better Tebow could be if he were able to follow the great Manning after he retired.
Steve Young learned from playing behind Joe Montana; Aaron Rodgers learned from Brett Favre; and we see how both of those situations turned out. Ryan Mallett will learn behind Tom Brady as Matt Cassel did.
Rodgers and Young both won Super Bowls, and Cassel is the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Tebow might have a better chance of starting in the NFL later in his career if he were learning behind a veteran quarterback, but it looks as though the Broncos are willing to let his talent go to waste.
If the Denver Broncos are smart, they’d trade him now or next year while his value is still up and while Tebow still has the will to play.