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Josh McDaniels Fired: What Does It Mean for Tim Tebow?

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2010

DENVER - NOVEMBER 14:  Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos celebrates a touchdown on the sidelines against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Denver Broncos defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 49-29. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Josh McDaniels has been fired by the Denver Broncos.  He was a head coach for 28 games, going 11-17 after winning his first six games.

Anyone who thinks this move is entirely about the team's on-field performance is fooling themselves.  McDaniels and the Broncos were recently busted for videotaping the 49ers walkthrough prior to their Week 8 matchup.

The scandal is most definitely connected to the firing.

Since I'm sure many people will have a lot to say about that, I'll leave that topic for now.  The biggest question on my mind following McDaniels' dismissal is this: What becomes of Tim Tebow?

The Broncos traded up in this year's draft to pick Tebow in the first round.  Many questioned why they'd pursue a player who was a projected second to third-rounder so aggressively.

McDaniels wanted a project quarterback that he could turn into a star.  He wanted to prove his already sizable list of doubters wrong.  He staked his entire reputation on the development of Tebow.  Little did he know he'd ruin that reputation long before Tebow would ever get the chance to develop.

So, I'll ask the question again: What becomes of Tim Tebow?

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Despite his team's horrible record, Kyle Orton is having a very good year.  Should the Broncos throw the baby out with the bath water by demoting or getting rid of a solid quarterback?

How will the new coach, interim or long-term, feel about taking on a "project" like Tebow?  Many coaches and general managers coming into this situation may look to trade the former Heisman Trophy-winning Florida Gator.

It's hard to imagine the Broncos receiving anything too significant in return for their backup quarterback, considering most teams would not have drafted him in the first few rounds.

That said, I think Denver should hang on to the rookie.  He has great leadership potential, possesses intangibles that have helped him win at every level and he's a great teammate and person.

Having him on the team certainly can't hurt them.  

And what if all the "experts" were wrong about Tebow?  What if he develops into a legitimate starting quarterback in the NFL?

He's already shown that he has something to offer at this level.  He's rushed for three touchdowns and thrown for another in very limited action this year.

The Broncos' future is pretty murky right now.  Tebow could be the lone bright spot.  He could be the guy who pulls them out of the depths of the McDaniels era and back to success. 

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