Originally when he was hired new Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said that he was a big fan of Tim Tebow. And most observes have said that Denver wouldn’t have hired a coach that didn’t have a plan for Tebow moving forward.
Well, now Fox has sort of backed off his unqualified praise of Tebow, as he told Dan Patrick “It’s too early for me to say. I’m going to evaluate guys on grass and we’ll have to see when we get those opportunities.”
That said, Fox retained five of former head coach Josh McDaniels’ offensive assistants. Who knows what that means, but obviously he didn’t see major issues with how things were run this past season.
Kyle Orton started 13 games for the Broncos in 2010, and threw for 3,653 yards with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions. That put him at a quarterback rating of 87.5, a career best for him.
Tebow started three games, and threw for 654 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions. He finished with a 82.1 quarterback rating, but he also completed just 50 percent of his passes (41-of-82). Tebow does provide the extra dimension of running ability, as he rushed 43 times this year for 227 yards (5.3 yards per carry) but as a full-time starting quarterback in the NFL it’s doubtful he’d be able to run the way he did in college. Therefore he’d have to pick his spots better than he currently does if he wanted to survive the long haul.
Fox has a very interesting decision coming up.