Tim Tebow: Why It's Time for John Fox to Shelve "Tebow Package"

Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 3, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prepares to snap the football during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Broncos 26-7.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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For my money, John Fox has the toughest head coaching job in the NFL. Not only is he coaching a team that is simply out-manned at this point, but he has to deal with the trickiest quarterback controversy in the league.

Kyle Orton is the starter, and you could certainly do a lot worse at quarterback, but the fans are clamoring for Tim Tebow to take over the role.

The fact that the Broncos are sitting at 1-3 isn't helping matters. Orton is far from the most pressing issue facing the Broncos, but that doesn't stop him from getting blamed.

As a possible compromise between his persistence that Orton is his starting quarterback and the fans' wishes to have Tebow on the field, Fox announced that he was going to introduce a "Tebow Package" to be used in their game against the Green Bay Packers.

It was set to include a number of specialty plays involving Tebow taking snaps from center. Presumably, most of the plays would be centered around Tebow running the ball rather than throwing it.

The plan seemed sound enough. Urban Meyer used a similar package for Tebow before Tebow was ready to take over the starting job from veteran Chris Leak at Florida.

But if their game against the Packers is any indication, that specialty package is going to be more bark than it is bite.

Tebow's stat line for the game looks like this; one carry for -1 yard. Needless to say, the Tebow Package never got off the ground.

It's time for Fox to shelve the Tebow Package even though it has only been one game.

Using Tebow in this way is taking away from Tebow's development and the Broncos' offense.

Rotating signal-callers does nothing to solve the controversy at the position and it takes away from the flow of the offense. Changing personnel at different points of a drive to cater to getting one player on the field isn't the way to find a rhythm on offense.

Tebow will have his day at quarterback. Maybe it doesn't come this year and maybe it doesn't come with the Broncos, but he will have his time. He's too good of a prospect to not get his chance.

Rushing him on the field just to use this Tebow Package doesn't help anyone, namely Tebow and the rest of the Broncos' offense.