Heading into the 2011 season, it seemed like Tim Tebow was going to be the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, a scary proposition for fantasy football owners. However, over the past few days, it was Kyle Orton who found himself the starter in practice for Denver. On Thursday, Tim Tebow showed some anger and frustration about the situation.
“My dream, since I was a young boy, of being a starting quarterback in the NFL seemed to be coming true,” Tebow said. “Then, I felt like it was grabbed back away.”
While that may sound like Tim Tebow believes he is owed the starting job, he claims that is now what he meant.
“Others who say I won’t make it are wrong. They don’t know what I’m capable of and what’s inside me. My family and my friends have been bothered by what’s gone on, and I tell them to pay no attention to it. I’m relying as always on my faith.”
In 2010, Tim Tebow started at the end of the season when Denver benched Orton to see what their rookie quarterback was capable of. Tebow finished those games with 654 passing yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. Over the season, he also ran for six touchdowns and 227 rushing yards.
That was not enough to satisfy ESPN analyst Merril Hoge.
“He is awful as far as accuracy goes and what’s kind of even more disturbing, he’s probably worse moving and running around with the football and throwing than he is from the pocket,” Hoge said on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
Hoge says it is not a personal attack, just a professional evaluation. However, Tebow vows to use the words as motivation.
“I’ll always use the negativity as more motivation to work even harder and become even stronger,” Tebow told The Denver Post Thursday. “I’ll practice as good as I can, but I know that I play even better, with the qualities I have — leadership, my ability to make something happen in games, winning.
“And I know there are a lot of people who believe in me as a player and a person, and I don’t want to let them down.”
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