The Tim Tebow to the Vikings rumors turns out will be nothing more than a flash in the pan. Last Saturday newly appointed vice president of football operations John Elway said to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King that “I don’t think Tim Tebow is a good NFL quarterback at this time.” Elway immediately tried to backtrack on those statements later in the day stating the Broncos were not looking to trade Tebow, but the rumor mill was churning away with Elway’s foot in his mouth and Josh McDaniels in Minneapolis talking with the Vikings about their offensive coordinator opening.
Enter John Fox. Fox was introduced yesterday as the new head coach of the Denver Broncos after recently seeing his contract expire with the Carolina Panthers. When asked his opinion of Tebow he spoke in glowing terms by saying Tebow has “as good intangibles of any athlete he’s ever been around” and complimented his work ethic. Fox is also expected to keep Denver’s offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who worked well with Tebow last season.
As for the McDaniels angle on coming to the Vikings as our new offensive coordinator and then trading for Tebow… well he’s in St Louis today and is considered the heavy favorite to be their new OC. The Rams also have something to entice the 34-year-old McDaniels that we currently covet — a young franchise QB in Sam Bradford.
So scratch another possible signal caller off the list with “Virgin Air” almost certain to stay in the Mile High City. Who do we talk about next… Donovan McNabb? Kevin Kolb? Matt Hasselbeck? QBs in the draft? How about just staying the course with (gulp) Tarvaris Jackson, Joe Webb and Rhett Bomar? You think I’m joking? That last of options is actually most likely with no active player transactions allowed after March 4th if the league is indeed locked out.
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