"You want to throw Tebow into that mess? Tremendous idea ... as long as you also happen to like the idea of finishing 2-14."
That's Yahoo's MJD making the argument that starting Tim Tebow over Kyle Orton right now would be entertaining, but entailing a whole lot of losing, too.
I agree with MJD that it isn't time for Tebow to start... yet.
But let me qualify with a wholeheartedly Bad-News-Bears-style "Let! Him! Play!"
Let's see more reps for Tebow. Start with short yardage situations in the middle of the field (and not just on 4th down!). Layer in some opportunities to throw passes and not just plow ahead for a yard or two. Then start testing innovative formations that put Tebow in a position to help the team more consistently -- but in ways that take advantage of his skills.
That's what everyone was hoping for when the Broncos drafted him, right?
There was never a guarantee that Tebow would start -- plenty of NFL QBs spent their rookie year on the bench, learning. But Tebow can actually help the Broncos in games right now, all while accruing on-field, in-game experience that will help next year, 2012 or whenever he eventually starts.
I'm not asking Josh McDaniels to start Tim Tebow. I'm simply asking the coach to play him.