Tim Tebow: Denver Broncos Would Be Making a Mistake To Deal the Former Gator

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IDecember 8, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos practices prior to the NFL season opener game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 12, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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I'll admit that I've never been a huge fan of Tim Tebow, and it really had nothing to do with him personally. I just didn't like the Florida Gators.

But that's really beside the point.

When Tebow was drafted 25th overall by the Denver Broncos, most people around the NFL were surprised. He was a Josh McDaniels guy according to an article from Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.

Now that McDaniels has been fired by the Broncos, it calls into question Tebow's future with the team. It will take a coach willing to believe in what he brings to the table as well as work with his throwing motion to make him a long-term option at quarterback. The key word in all of this is "believe."

In his article Cole talked to an NFC general manager, who told him, "This is a league where at least 75 percent of the coaches and personnel people are not Tebow-ites.”

Why quit on him now? As I see it, the Broncos aren't really in a position to play the "we're better off without this guy" card with a 3-9 record through 12 games. Do they really think they're going to see any success with Kyle Orton?

How about Bronco fans? What do they believe? Do they want to see the former Florida Gators star as their quarterback of the future, or are they as skeptical as the Broncos themselves?

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If you want my opinion, though you're going to get it whether you like it or not, I believe he can succeed.

I'm not going to point to his success in college as proof because there are other players who had big-time success in college that never translated to the pros. So that's really not an argument that can be made.

I will, however, tell you that I know this young quarterback has the ability to get better and has the ability to be a leader. I know there are those who won't agree with me, and while I respect that, the Broncos don't know what they have.

Now don't take this as I'm making comparisons between Tebow and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick because they are two different players. I will, however, make the comparison in terms of changing how defenses plan for both guys.

While Vick can beat you with his arm, he has the speed to elude a blitz or rush from a defensive lineman. Tebow doesn't have Vick's speed, but he can pull the ball down and pick up big yards when they're needed, as well as having the size (6'3", 245 lbs.) to take on the biggest hit.

I know the team has to be looking at this draft pick in a different way after they ended the Josh McDaniels era in Denver. There have to be a lot of questions about the decisions he made while he was with the team, especially after dealing Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Peyton Hillis just to name a few.

There's an understanding why there would be some concern about just how good Tebow can be. But there also have to a few questions being thrown around as to whether they can really turn their rookie into a successful quarterback.

There's no reason for Denver to cut and run just yet. There's also no reason why they can't get a look at him now in order to make a decision in the offseason. Why not?

The team is 3-9 with little to no hope of making the playoffs, so if you really want to see what he brings to the team, why not give him a few starts down the stretch and see how he does? Things aren't going to get any worse for you, so you're really not risking anything.

I'm not going to disagree with the article on Yahoo! Sports, but it just makes me wonder if they're thinking about dealing him for the right reason.

If they cut him because he's a pick that came from McDaniels, then they're doing it for the wrong reason.

If they cut him or trade him because they don't believe he has a future with the team, then that's something else entirely.

Still, I know Tim Tebow is a talented young quarterback, and I know he can have success at this level. It will just take a coach willing to work with him to bring out the best in him.

Do the Broncos have that kind of guy with that kind of patience, or is the team so convinced he's not the guy they want that they'll begin shopping him before the end of this season or once it comes to a close?

We can agree to disagree, but the Denver Broncos would be fools to give up on Tebow. Something tells me they'll regret that. You never want to face a quarterback that has something to prove.

That's when they're at their best.


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