Posted by Uncle Rico 4:40 PM ET
Until recently, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen was routinely included in any discussion of top owners in professional sports. Now, with the Broncos piling up losses and the organization scrambling to repair the damage caused by of the most disastrous head coaching tenures in NFL history, Bowlen finds himself on the other end of the spectrum. In Forbes 2011 ranking of the NFL’s best and worst owners, Bowlen was named the 10th worst owner in the league. Forbes attributes the dishonorable distinction to a weak growth – only 5% – in the franchise’s value over the last 5 years together with a porous .450 win percentage during such period.
As covered by ProFootballTalk.com, John Fox seems fed up with the criticism the coaching staff is taking for quarterback Tim Tebow’s struggles. The following quote from Fox makes it pretty clear that the Broncos will be aggressively searching for a new quarterback in the offseason:
“The goofy thing is, it’s almost like if he doesn’t have success it will be anybody’s fault but his. It’s almost that kind of polarizing thing,” Fox told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. “They’ll say it could be his supporting cast, or the type of plays.”
Lastly, count Denver Broncos great Shannon Sharpe among the many NFL analyst that think Denver should bail on Tebow in favor of a quarterback with the skills necessary to play the position at the highest professional level. Below is an exerpt from Patrick Saunders column in The Denver Post:
Speaking with Gary Miller and Vic Lombardi Thursday morning on his weekly segment on FM 102.3 “The Ticket,” Sharpe was asked if he’s seen enough to form an opinion about Tebow.
“Can I ask you a question, Gary?” Sharpe replied. “How many dates did you have to go on before you realized that the girl you were dating wasn’t the one? Does the girl need to burn your house down? Does she need to bust your car windows out?”
Sharpe made it clear that he has nothing personal against Tebow, but he also made it clear he doesn’t believe Tebow is an NFL-quality QB.
“Look, I’m not arguing whether or not he’s a great guy,” Sharpe said. “I’m not arguing whether or not he’s a hard worker. I’m not arguing any of those facts.
“But I think in today’s game, it’s hard for you to play quarterback in the National Football League if you can’t throw the ball accurately, and if you can’t throw it consistently accurate.”