Commentary

Denver's mistake with Tebow

Tebow isn't afraid to fail, and Denver must challenge him for the player, and the team

Originally Published: November 18, 2011
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider
Tim TebowRon Chenoy/US PresswireThe Broncos' choice to let Tebow run indicates that they don't see him as their QB of the future.

"If we were trying to run a regular offense, he'd be screwed."

Give John Fox credit. Not only is the Denver Broncos' head coach incredibly forthcoming about where the team is with Tim Tebow as the starting quarterback (as he was when he said this to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com earlier this week), he and Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy are doing everything they can to make sure Tebow is in a system that he can succeed in.

But there's an irony in this:

• If you think the Broncos are attempting to sabotage Tebow by making him appear limited and not allowing him to truly show off his skills, you're wrong.

• If you think the Broncos are getting a good sense of whether Tebow can be their quarterback of the future by seeing this winning start, you're also wrong.

The Broncos are doing neither, and it'll leave them knowing nothing about their quarterback. Here's why.


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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst