Tebow to start for Broncos

Posted Oct. 11, 2011 @ 10:54 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

After five games and several pleas from Broncos fans, it's finally Tebow Time in Denver.

Broncos head coach John Fox told his team on Tuesday morning that Tim Tebow will be the starting quarterback in the next game, which is Week Seven vs. the winless Dolphins. The Broncos have a bye this coming weekend. Kyle Orton moves to a backup role for the team.

Tebow, a fan favorite since being taken in the first round of the 2010 draft, came on in the second half of the Broncos' Week Five game vs. the Chargers and nearly led the team to a comeback win. The quarterback completed just 4-of-10 passes, but he threw for one touchdown and ran for another, helping the team nearly erase a 26-10 deficit.

Last season, under former head coaches Josh McDaniels and Eric Studesville, Tebow started three games. He had seen the field briefly early this season in relief of Orton, but only to run the ball.

His first start this year comes at an interesting location. Tebow is a very popular player in Florida, as that is where he played his high school and college football. The Dolphins are honoring the 2008 Florida Gators, the team Tebow led to a national championship as a junior, at halftime of the game against the Broncos.

The location is also noteworthy because Miami was the team with which the Broncos were in heavy trade talks regarding Orton before the season. Had the deal been worked out, Tebow might have been the starter for Denver from the start of the season.

The way we see it

This is a move that Fox had to make for his team and his own job security. Though he was in no jeopardy of being fired just five games into his first season in Denver, Fox was becoming quite unpopular in the Rocky Mountains for his reluctance to put Tebow on the field, despite Orton's early-season struggles.

While the second-year player is a less-than-accomplished pocket passer, he does provide a much-needed spark to the Broncos' offense.