Posted by Uncle Rico 1:37 PM ET
Yesterday, appearing on Gary Miller’s weekly radio show on 102.3 FM, Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said the team was no closer to finding its quarterback despite Tim Tebow’s 4-1 record as a starter this season. Elway’s response angered Tebowmaniacs, but his reasoning for making the declaration should give Broncos fans comfort. Elway is focused on finding a quarterback that gives the Broncos the best shot to win a Super Bowl. Perhaps that is Tebow, but Elway is not sold yet “[w]e can’t go 3-for-13 [on third downs] and win a world championship. Those are the type of things we have to keep improving.” Kudos to Elway for not crowning Tebow his successor as King of Mile High based on four wins in which for the most part Tebow failed miserably passing the ball.
As Pro Football Weekly’s Hub Arkush opines, while Tebow may be able to improve his footwork and throwing mechanics in time, the immediate widespread worship and praise only serves to hinder his development:
“Now here’s a tough one. How grateful are you for Tim Tebow? If you work in all-sports radio, he has to be the next-best thing for you to winning the lottery. And if you go to work on Sunday in a chapel, ministry or church — or you work in politics and go to work any day for the conservative right — I’m sure you’re pretty pleased too. On the other hand, if you’re a football purist or just anyone who enjoys good quarterback play, you’re probably not very happy right now. I am extremely grateful for Tim Tebow because he appears to be an exceptionally fine young man, but I am also very disturbed by the way he is being taken advantage of by the segment of his legion of fans that either knows nothing about football or celebrates his presence in the lineup only because of what he represents off the field. The wins and losses at the moment are meaningless. It looks to me as though, with patience and the right teaching, Tebow just might be able to learn the footwork, mechanics and arm slots to someday play the position at an NFL level. But leaving him out there now and encouraging all that he is doing so wrong seems almost certain to hinder his development more than it could ever help, and it leaves me feeling bad for both Tebow and Broncos fans.”
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