Fox won’t commit to Tebow as starter

Everyone off the Tim Tebow bandwagon. Please use the exit closest to you, and leave in an orderly fashion. OK, OK, relax, just kidding.

A buzz was created when Broncos executive vice president John Elway left little doubt about his feelings for Tebow, creating momentum that he wouldn’t hire a coach who didn’t have a blueprint for the young quarterback as the starter moving forward. It then became news when Elway seemed to back off his unequivocal support for Tebow, leading to the belief that the next coaching staff would determine just who will lead the team.

Well, that new head coach — John Fox — is a long ways off from choosing his starter for 2011. He told The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday he needs to get a first-hand look at Tebow, Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn before making any decisions.

“At some point, we’ll have some time on the field with them before the season starts,” Fox said. “Just like any position, they’ll compete and we’ll go from there. …  It’s too early for me to say. I think there’s probably opinions in this building, I think there’s probably opinions outside this building. But, at the end of the day, I’m going to evaluate guys on grass and so we’ll have to see when until we have those opportunities.”

Does the hiring of Fox really change the situation in Denver, or the inclination that he was hired because of his plan for Tebow? NFL Network information man Michael Lombardi dropped this interesting line in a recent insider piece:

“For Fox, third-and-8 is still a running down. How this will blend with Tim Tebow as the Broncos’ quarterback is hard to evaluate. Better yet, how this blends with the new regime in Denver will be interesting to watch.”

There’s very much a wait-and-see feeling to those words from the very plugged-in Lombardi. If he says it will be interesting to watch, it probably will be. And, if you’re thinking to yourself it’s still only January, you’re right on.

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