Posted Mon Jul 5th by Jon Heath
One of the Broncos hardest home games in 2010 will come in week 3 on September 26th against the Indianapolis Colts. While it is debated who will be the starting quarterback, common sense insists that it will be Kyle Orton. Yet, Dwight Freeney is looking forward to hitting Tim Tebow.
“I couldn’t wait to hit Mark Sanchez,” Freeney told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. “And I can’t wait to hit Tim Tebow even more.”
If Mr. Freeney is hoping to get to Tebow in September though, he has another thing coming, as I expect Tebow won’t be getting much, if any, playing time as a rookie.
Every sports pundit has pretty much guaranteed that Tebow will be used in special packages this season, such as the Wild Cat Horse. The typical argument is something along the lines of; “The Broncos traded up in the first round to draft him, so they have to find a way to play him.” Hogwash.
Thankfully, Head Coach Josh McDaniels doesn’t listen to the guys over at ESPN and NFL Network, rather than hinting at using Tebow in short yardage plays, McDaniels has insisted that Tebow is “Just a Quarterback.” If the Broncos used Tebow in certain situations (e.g. goal line) defenses could key on him, putting their linebackers in position to take shots on him. The last thing any NFL team wants is to do is throw a promising young quarterback in as a rookie to have his head knocked off on a Wild Cat/short yardage play.
No, the Broncos won’t be using Tebow 15-20 plays a game, as I was shocked to hear predicted on the radio. Rather, he’ll be groomed as a pocket passer, then he will have the skill to extend the play, while still having his rushing ability, but not focusing on it.
That’s not a guarantee though; McDaniels has used experiments before, and Tebow could be seen a few plays a game. But unless Kyle Orton really struggles and Tebow jumps Brady Quinn in Training Camp, Freeney shouldn’t get his hopes up on getting to tackle Tebow, this season.
One more note on Tebow not being used in the Wild Horse: John Elway said that Tebow should “Pass, pass, pass.” I looked hard and didn’t find anywhere where Elway said, “The Broncos should risk injuring Tebow by using him on short yardage plays, instead of having him focus on his throwing technique.”