Fox: Tebow not a passer, but a runner

November, 15, 2011
11/15/11
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Denver coach John Fox made some very interesting comments in an interview with NFL.com this week.

It is way too early to tell if the Broncos will stay with Tim Tebow as their long-term quarterback. But if they do, it’s clear Tebow will remain an option quarterback. It seems like Fox is no longer worried about making Tebow a pocket passer and he is willing to keep the option offense going as long as it works.

Check out these quotes by Fox:
“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."

“We don't have a passer. We have a runner. Not to say he can't pass at all, but we're recognizing his strengths."

"Hey, Tim thinks he deserves to have these plays in this offense. And you know what? After watching our games the last two weeks, it's hard to argue with him."

Yes, it's seems to be the option or bust for Tebow in Denver. The idea of making Tebow a traditional passer seems to be, at the very least, on hold for the foreseeable future.

If the Broncos keep on winning, Tebow and the option clearly will remain in Denver, regardless of convention. If defense catches up to it, the Broncos will likely consider moving on to a conventional offense with a different quarterback.

Whatever happens, Tebow’s presence as Denver’s quarterback has ignited Fox’s stay in Denver. His entire team is playing better and they seem to be talking well to Fox’s leadership.

New York Jets’ cornerback Darrelle Revis – whose team visits the Broncos on Thursday night – doesn’t think Denver’s type of offense can last through an entire season.

Meanwhile, Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders believes Denver quarterback Tim Tebow has “it.”

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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