Posted by Sabrina B.Â @gametimegirl
The Denver Broncos have been told Tim Tebow is the starting quarterback at this time, a team source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
Coach John Fox said on Monday that he would wait until Tuesday to announce his starting quarterback.
Tebow replaces Kyle Orton and will make his first start of the 2011 season after the bye week when Denver visits the Miami Dolphins.
The game at Sun Life Stadium will be a homecoming of sorts for Tebow. The Dolphins plan to honor the 2009 University of Florida national championship team at halftime.
Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, Tebow ran for a touchdown and threw for another after replacing Orton to start the third quarter and had one final shot for the win before his pass fell incomplete in the end zone on the final play.
Tebow completed four of his 10 passes for 79 yards. He also ran six times for 38 yards.
Tebow’s footwork and throwing mechanics remain a work in progress as he tries to morph from a combination college quarterback to a pocket passer in the pros. His game is built around his multifaceted talents, his instincts and his passion, not pinpoint passing, although the common perception is that his completion percentage will have to rise near 60 percent for him to be able to run an NFL offense full-time.
In 12 career games, Tebow has completed 45 of 92 passes (48.9 percent) for 733 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. He also has rushed for 264 yards and seven touchdowns.
Tebow never came close to beating out Orton this summer and even was outplayed by Brady Quinn. But Broncos fans started calling for him anyway when Orton had a poor performance in Denver’s 23-20 loss to Oakland in the Monday night opener. A group of fans even purchased billboard space in Denver calling for Tebow to take over as the starting quarterback.
Tebow started the final three games of the 2010 season and is 1-2 as a starting quarterback. Orton has a 12-21 record as the Broncos’ starter.