John Fox and John Elway Are Tim Tebow Fans, Woody Paige Is Wrong

Christopher SmithCorrespondent IIINovember 16, 2011

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 9: Head coach John Fox of the Denver Broncos reacts to a call against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday, I read an article entitled "Denver Broncos' Fox, Elway Still Not Necessarily Tebow Fans" on the Denver Post's website by Woody Paige.

The entire premise was to prove that Denver Broncos head coach John Fox and V.P. John Elway are still not fans of Tim Tebow.

Let's get real, Woody.

The Broncos coaching staff have completely—and I mean 100 percent—rebuilt their offensive scheme and game plan around Tim Tebow.

Fox spent his recent interview with's Jeff Darlington going over what he sees in Denver's offense that needs to be corrected to help Tebow and this option offense succeed.

Let's put this simply. If Fox and Elway were not fans of Tebow, they would have let him fail in the same offense that got its butt kicked against the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions just a few weeks ago.

If Fox didn't care for Tebow, they could have just as easily switched him out for Brady Quinn after his terrible play and consistent incompletions against Miami and Detroit.

If Fox really cared nothing for Tebow, Quinn could have come in after Orton like he should have. Let's not forget that it was widely—almost entirely—believed that Quinn was indeed the second string QB behind Orton, whether Fox made it public or not.

Instead of bringing in Quinn, or even hinting at pulling Tebow out of his new position, Fox and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy have redesigned the offense to play perfectly to the second-year quarterback's strengths.

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 13, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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And the best part is that it's working.

Fox is flexing his coaching genius and rubbing it in the face of the rest of the NFL by bringing a currently college-level QB into a college-style offense and getting professional-level wins.

If Tebowmaniacs like you are concerned because Fox referred to Tebow—and this is way out of context, Woody—as "Tebow or whoever," I think you may need to focus on some more pressing matters like Tebow's development as a passer.

At the same time that this option offense has been running through its last two opponents, Tebow has been steadily increasing his abilities as an NFL-caliber passer.

There's proof in Tebow's second completion of the game against the Chiefs on Sunday.

His mechanics seemed to smooth out for one throw. His elongated throwing motion was shortened and his release was high as the ball flew perfectly into Eric Decker's outstretched arms.

Thousands of reps with the first team over the last few weeks are finally showing results—and those results happen to be in the form of touchdowns.

Tebow's being allowed to progress as a quarterback and he's doing a decent enough job in the short-term. It seems like this would be pretty tough to accomplish if the head coach didn't like him.

For not being fans of the kid they, Fox and Elway sure are doing a lot to let him succeed.

All Tebow has done this year is what he's asked to do—and that's win. If I was his coach, I would be a pretty big fan of him, just as Fox is.

I think when a player happens to be worth reconstructing your entire offense over and it ends up working better than any expert or analyst in the sports world could have imagined—meanwhile making you look like the smartest guy in football—you would have to be a pretty big fan.

I know that if somebody made me look like a genius, I would be a fan of them. Which is why I'm a fan of yours Woody Paige.