Peyton Manning to Denver Broncos: Why Tim Tebow Is Done for Good as NFL Starter

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIMarch 20, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos high fives the fans after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Steelers 29-23 in overtime of their AFC Wild Card Playoff game.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning has chosen the Denver Broncos as his 2012 team, pending any difficulties with contract negotiations. While this is a monumental signing for the Broncos that will likely make them favorites to repeat as AFC West champions, there is still one question that needs to be answered.

What is going to happen to the one and only Tim Tebow?

There will be no opportunity for Tebow to win back his starting position from Manning. Considering Manning's controlling ways on offense, it is also unlikely that the Broncos would split time between Tebow and Manning or implement special packages specifically for Tebow.

So where does that leave the player that took the NFL by storm during the second half of the 2011 season? What happens to the man who left everything he had on the field?

To be brutally honest, it leaves him without a job and with no possibility at all to have one in 2012. 

Let me put this as simply as possible: Tim Tebow is done for good as an NFL starter.

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While that may be a hard pill to swallow for those that foolishly thought Tebow was the next Hall of Fame quarterback, it's the absolute truth.

You see, there was no reason for Tebow to be a starting quarterback in the NFL in the first place. Coming out of the University of Florida, the only area of Tebow's game that was NFL ready was his competitiveness. He lacked the basic fundamentals in every other physical category to be a successful quarterback in the league.

However, thanks to the ineptitude of Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn, combined with the call for mutiny from a fanbase, Tebow found his way onto the field.

Should it have ever happened? Absolutely not.

Did John Fox and John Elway make it work? They absolutely did.

Was it incredible to watch while it happened? It absolutely was, but that is all in the past now. 

Now there is a future Hall of Fame quarterback on the roster. Now there is one of the game's greatest who has all the physical tools that you want out of a starting quarterback. Now there is only Manning.

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 26:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December  26, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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While others may point to the possibility of Tebow becoming the starting quarterback for another team, that's simply foolishness. With the Seattle Seahawks signing Matt Flynn, the only teams in desperate need of a quarterback right now are the Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins.

We know without a shadow of a doubt that Indianapolis and Washington will be drafting Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III first and second in the 2012 NFL draft. So really, that only leaves Miami, and there are way too many reasons why the Dolphins will never sign Tebow.

For starters, new head coach Joe Philbin has no use for a quarterback who throws the ball as well as an 11-year-old boy. Philbin also isn't interested in catering his offense to anyone.

On top of that, the NFL draft has better prospects available after Luck and Griffin than what Tebow could offer. Players like Ryan Tannehill, Kirk Cousins, Nick Foles and Brandon Weeden would all be better options for Miami than Tebow.

Heck, Brock Osweiler, Russell Wilson and Ryan Lindley would even be better options.

So without a home in Denver and without a possible suitor from the other 31 NFL teams, where does this ultimately leave Tebow?

It leaves him on the sidelines, clipboard in hand, praying for an opportunity that he'll never get.


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