Tim Tebow was seemingly on the verge of becoming the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos. The team was willing to trade Kyle Orton, but no trade materialized. They’re keeping Orton for another season, and Tebow will have to ride the bench until the team is 2-7 and new coach John Fox panics and pulls Orton.
Tebow was only drafted last year. He is entering his second year in the league and, let’s be honest, better prospects have sat on the bench for longer periods of time before playing. So it is less than optimal to see the following in the Denver Post:
The unremitting, unrelenting smile was, like his life the past week, turned upside down. Tim Tebow’s face strained from the rare, uncharacteristic frown.
“My dream, since I was a young boy, of being a starting quarterback in the NFL seemed to be coming true,” Tebow told me as we stood outside the Broncos’ locker room.
“Then, I felt like it was grabbed back away. . . .” He paused and didn’t finish the thought. Instead, he finished his quart of milk.
Again, Tebow is only entering his second season as a professional. I know he’s a media superstar and already incredibly popular with the Denver fans. And personally, I am obviously a big fan of his because, you know, Gator Nation, two titles, the Heisman, the Speech and all that. But it’s not stellar to see him saying he felt like the starting job was his and was “grabbed back away” by a guy who is, at this point, a superior quarterback. Maybe this happened and his mindset has changed because Orton was pulled late last season, and Tebow did well as the starter, and the team was willing to get rid of Orton, not to mention the media criticism Tebow has faced as a professional quarterbacking prospect (leading up to and following his draft and continuing right on through this week)
We still don’t know what kind of quarterback Tebow will be in the NFL. The Broncos know Orton is reliable and they know what they have with him. Orton will likely be out of Denver after this season. Tebow will have to sit through the quarterbacking controversies and, if and when Orton stumbles or the team is flailing, he will get called up. And he will go in and do his thing and hopefully do it well (or not, because really, you never know). Until that point, I hope he pipes down and stops giving fuel to those who don’t like him.