The Tim Tebow Paradox

These past few weeks in the world of the NFL have been exhilarating. The 4-1/2 month lockout finally ended, teams have been in a frenzy trying to make roster cuts, sign players, offering contracts, free agents, and about a million different things that I can’t possibly think of at the moment. Now, all of these things have been major highlights and stories as we make our way to the beginning of the NFL season, but no story was or still is as big as our favorite former college player.

Mr. Tebow, please come up to the podium!

Tim Tebow has been America’s heart-throb story since 2007 when he became the starting quarterback at the University of Florida after four successful years from former quarterback Chris Leak, and Tebow did not disappoint. In three years as Florida’s QB, he threw for 8928 yards, had an 83-14 touchdown-interception ratio, and also rushed for 2478 yards with 49 touchdowns and in 2007, he won the Heisman trophy. He was projected as a Top 10 draft pick by most football analysts; with others saying that his flaws would stand out more than his successes. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 25th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by former head coach Josh McDaniels. In the 2010 NFL season, he played seldomly in six games while getting three starts in that stretch. He finished the season with 5 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, and rushed for another 6 touchdowns.

Now here we are in 2011. In training camp, it was rumored the Tebow was in the running to take the starting spot at QB away from incumbent Kyle Orton while Orton was supposedly going to get traded to the Dolphins; how Tebow was so ready to take over the offense and lead the broncos in the direction that they need to head in to be a Super bowl contender again. But yet, here we are in the last week of the preseason, and he is not only NOT competing for the starting job, but he might not even be the backup to Kyle Orton? He’s battling Brady Quinn and undrafted rookie Adam Weber for that spot? It seems to me that even though there was all of the Tim Tebow hype when he got drafted, it looks like new head coach John Fox and the Broncos either aren’t ready for Tebow to take over the offense or simply, they are just not confident in his ability to be the quarterback America hopes him to be.


About Michael Packard
Sports Blogging from a Sports Broadcasting/ Journalism student at Western Illinois University

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