Tebow Era Begins; Are Broncos Trying to "Suck for Luck"?
For Denver's most beloved back-up, 2011 has been a wild ride. Early in the year, it looked as though the starting quarterback position was his to lose, with the Broncos going so far as to make travel arrangements to South Beach for incumbent starter Kyle Orton, in a trade that would get nixed by the Dolphins at the very last moment.
Coach John Fox then named Orton the starter before the season, leaving Tebow in a quarterback limbo that only grew more precarious as third-string quarterback Brady Quinn outperformed Tebow during a few games in the preseason. Orton's performance in the regular season has, to this point, been wildly inconsistent, leading many Broncos fans to wonder when Tebow, one of the greatest college players ever, would get his shot in the NFL.
Now, with the Broncos exiting the Bye Week at a lackluster 1-4, and a fan base that's growing weary of the team's third year at the bottom of the AFC West, the Broncos are hoping Tebow can give the team enough of a spark to catapult them to the top of the division, or the bottom of the draft.
Andrew Luck, who could very well be the best quarterback prospect since John Elway, is widely assumed to be the top pick in next year's NFL draft. There's a bit of a conspiracy theory going