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Tim Tebow at QB: Why Broncos Coach John Fox Should Keep Tebow on Sidelines

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18:  Wide receiver Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos tries to avoid Cornerback Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2011

You knew that it wouldn't be long before Broncos head coach John Fox was going to be pressured to make a change at quarterback.

They say that the most popular man in town is the backup quarterback and that's never been more true than it is in Denver this season. Tebow is actually the third-stringer behind Brady Quinn, but that's neither here nor there.

Apparently the pressure to get Tebow into the game has become too much, because news came down late Saturday and early Sunday that Tim Tebow would see some snaps at quarterback. Supposedly there will be a special "Tebow package" put in place.

I tend to be more positive about Tebow's prospects for being a good NFL quarterback, but I don't think easing him into the offense is the right thing for anyone.

The biggest roadblock in keeping Tebow from being a good starting quarterback are some mechanical flaws and lack of experience running a pro-style offense.

Inserting him into the game in a specialty package that will have him doing unconventional things is not the way to have him improve in those two key areas.

Putting him in at quarterback, no matter how small his role is, will also only serve to continue the perceived quarterback controversy in Denver.

Things have already reached a fever pitch in that city when it comes to the Broncos' quarterback situation. A group of fans recently purchased billboard space in support of Tim Tebow.

MJD of the Shutdown Corner blog on Yahoo! Sports voiced hopes that fan sentiment isn't playing into John Fox's decision-making process:

My first reaction is that I hope that the timing of the unveiling of the "Tebow Package" is coincidental to the appearance of these billboards. I'm sure it is, but I still fear a rash of billboard-purchasing around the league from fans who believe they can make better line-up decisions than the head coach.

Kyle Orton is the team's quarterback and he has been far from "the problem" with the Broncos this season.

Tim Tebow might be the future of the position in Denver, but for now, his time is better spent attached to the hip of the coaching staff on the sidelines, learning as much about the offense as he can.

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