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Tim Tebow: How short of a leash should he be on vs. Steelers? [Poll]

January 8, 2012 | 11:09 am


Tim Tebow may have led the Denver Broncos on a seemingly miraculous run into the playoffs, but the wildly popular quarterback appears to have run out of magic as of late.

The Broncos backed into the postseason with three straight losses to finish at 8-8 but still claimed the AFC West crown. Tebow really struggled during that stretch, with one touchdown and nine turnovers while completing only 40% of his passes.

Word has it that backup quarterback Brady Quinn took more snaps than usual this week in preparation for Sunday's wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Broncos have denied those reports, although it would make sense to have Quinn ready in case Tebow continues to struggle.

It would also make sense to consider playing Quinn in long-passing situations, an area where Tebow seems to have a particularly hard time.

Well, either of those scenarios would make sense nearly anywhere else but Denver, where Tebow's rabid fan base essentially booed former starter Kyle Orton out of town. Can you imagine how those fans would react if their favorite player was yanked in the middle of Denver's first playoff game since 2005?

What do you think? Should Tebow continue taking snaps no matter how poorly he plays? After all, it is rather difficult to conjure up a miracle from the bench, even for Tebow. Or should they go with Quinn if Tebow struggles or in certain situations?

Vote in the poll, then leave a comment explaining why you voted the way you did.

-- Chuck Schilken


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Photo: Tim Tebow. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times