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John Fox’s Ringing Endorsement Of Tim Tebow Not Ringing, Not Exactly An Endorsement

Fox: "I'd rather have this kid as my QB."

On Monday, NFL.com reporter Jeff Darlington took a seat in John Fox’s office and listened to the Denver Broncos head coach wax philosophical regarding the quarterback his team by all appearances begrudgingly sends out to lead the Broncos every week. And by the time you finish reading the below quotes, I imagine you, like me, might be left wondering, “Is this guy really sold on Tebow or is he just making the best out of a bad situation on a team that he inherited?”

Here’s what Fox had to say about how the Broncos are winning ugly with Tebow at the helm:

“Do whatever the hell it takes,” he laughed. “I mean, what the hell? You don’t get points for style in this league. Let me tell you something: My man is really good in this offense. You know what I mean?

“If we were trying to run a regular offense, he’d be screwed.”

Ouch. For the next 45 minutes, Darlington watched as Fox broke down game film and listened as the coach simultaneously (and somewhat reluctantly) praised Tebow while at the same time bemoaned his lot in life as the Broncos’ first-year head coach. There are an abundance of telling quotes from Fox in the article, but perhaps this one sums it up best:

“After the loss to Detroit (a 45-10 blowout), we decided if Tim is going to be our guy, we can’t do that other crap. We had to tweak it.”

Reading the article in its entirety should make one feel badly for the Broncos coach. To me, it seems nothing would have been better for him — not to mention the entire organization — than had Tebow gone out, played terribly and lost. And depending on which way you look at it, especially if you’re an NFL purist, Tebow only went out and did one of those two things. They say winning cures everything, but to listen to John Fox, that might not be true in every situation. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Fox is happy the team is going out there and winning football games, it’s just that he likely wishes they were doing it differently. That said, the Broncos are winning with Tebow and his unorthodox play under center, which is leading to some folks in Broncos camp to warm up to the new system. “I don’t think anyone within the organization is immune to the fact that there may be something special about the guy,” the source said. “I don’t think anybody is sold on the long-term success of this offense yet — but I think we’ve warmed up to it.”