Posted Tue Feb 22nd by Jon Heath
There is a rumor going around NFL circles that there is “little support” for Denver quarterback Tim Tebow in the Broncos organization.
Stemming from John Elway‘s comments on Kyle Orton and bolstered by Michael Lombardi‘s NFL.com report, the theory goes that quarterback is a “huge need” for the Broncos as they enter the scouting period before April’s draft. Says Lombardi: “Most members of the Broncos who were there when the Tebow pick was made are looking to distance themselves from the choice, which is a classic way for things to operate in the NFL.”
Surprisingly to me, people are buying into it.
Let’s set the record straight: the Broncos current Head Coach, John Fox, is a huge supporter of Tebow and developed a great relationship with him last year leading up to the NFL Draft. Since being named Head Coach, Fox has had nothing but positives to say about Tebow.
Similarly to Fox, the Broncos Vice President of Football Operations, John Elway, gets bubbly when speaking of Tebow and has said, “If anyone can turn themselves into a great QB, Tim can.”
Both Fox and Elway have also stated that quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow will compete for the starting job, and refuted assumptions that Tebow may not be retained.
Meanwhile, Tebow is happy in Denver and even emphasized his eagerness to compete for the starting job.
If anyone knows what they are talking about when it comes to the Broncos, it’s Mason. So if you don’t count the Broncos Head Coach and Vice President as being part of the organization, yeah, there probably isn’t much support for Tebow in the organization.
From what I’ve gathered though, it sounds as if Tebow has the support of nearly every Bronco coach, player and fan, and that’s a lot, which is far from “a little.” It’s possible the Broncos are dishing out some misinformation heading into the draft, but that whether intentional or not, this theory doesn’t seem to have a lot of solid ground under it. Indeed, rumors like these are a sign of the times — the offseason.