On Tuesday, Broncos head coach John Fox has no other choice but to name Tim Tebow the starting quarterback for the upcoming game against the lowly Miami Dolphins on October 23 at Sun Life Stadium.
Denver might be better off with Kyle Orton as the starting quarterback, but the people have spoken, and Fox will have to cave under the pressure, as the Broncos have a 1-4 record, and Orton has struggled. Sources are already saying that it's a done deal that Tebow will get the nod over Orton, who hasn't looked confident all season.
Orton looked particularly ineffective against San Diego on Sunday, when he threw an ill-advised pass that led to an interception, and only completed six passes for 34 yards.
The problem for Fox is that Tebow didn't exactly put up a Hall-of-Fame performance, either. Tebow completed only four-of-10 passes for 79 yards, but did throw a touchdown pass to Knowshon Moreno.
Tebow is a bulky quarterback who has the ability to scramble, and scored on a 12-yard run on Sunday. It will be interesting to see how Tebow does over the course of four quarters, as teams prepare for his style of play. There is a great deal of questions surrounding Tebow's ability to adjust to the NFL game.
With the Florida Gators being honored at Sun Life Stadium on October 23rd, it would be terrible public relations for Fox to not go with Tebow. The former Heisman Trophy winner is well-liked in Denver, and certainly a fan favorite in the state of Florida, where he lead the Gators to a National Championship.
With the Broncos' playoff hopes looking more and more dim, taking a chance on Tebow seems like a wise decision. There needs to be some type of understanding of how Tebow can handle the rigors of an NFL schedule, and Orton failed to make a legitimate case to be the full-time starter. There is little to lose and a lot to gain by playing Tebow.
The quarterback who is oddly left out of the conversation is Brady Quinn. The former Notre Dame star is only two years older than Tebow, and was considered the No. 2 quarterback on the roster going into the season opener.