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QB Tim Tebow Ready to Compete for the Starters Job in Year Two

Tim Tebow seems ready to make heads turn in his 2nd NFL season. The National Football Post has a good piece on Tebow on their site today, and here’s the just of it with Tebow saying that he’s ready to compete for the starting QB job in 2011 for new head coach John Fox.

His rookie season is behind him.

Now, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is anticipating a competition to remain the starter after finishing the season ahead of veteran Kyle Orton.

“I feel that I’m definitely ready to compete for it,” Tebow told the Florida Times-Union. “I’m excited for that challenge. I’ve worked extremely hard this offseason. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to lead this team and try to win games. I don’t feel like it’s even close from last year to where I am now. In fact, it’s not even close to where I am now from the end of last season. I’m much more prepared.”

Tebow said he gets along well with Orton.

“We have a good working relationship,” Orton said. “It’s something where I always rooted for him. Every day was a competition, trying to work and improve. We tried to push each other to get better. I always hope he does his best because that’ll help the Broncos. It’s been a while since we’ve been around each other. We don’t really talk or text each other that much, but I’d say it’s a healthy working relationship.

Tebow completed 50 percent of his passes for 654 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions for an 82.1 passer rating. He also rushed for six touchdowns and 227 yards and was sacked six times in nine games.

“My rookie year was huge for me as far as the learning curve, especially those last three games,” Tebow said. “It was just so much different than practice, especially the ones where I was watching [Orton] go through all the reads. I’m just glad I finally got a chance to do it myself in live game situations. There’s a lot of things that go into scoring touchdowns and leading your team. It’s not just the game itself, but going back and studying tape to pick apart everything I did. It’s nice to have something to go on, doing it full speed in a game situation.

Tebow said he’s off to a good start with new coach John Fox.

Tebow was brought to Denver by former coach Josh McDaniels, raising the possibility that he wouldn’t necessarily be a fit with the new staff.

“I definitely feel a great comfort level with Coach Fox,” Tebow said. ” He’s a very likeable guy. I had relationships with him through the [NFL] recruiting process. I knew him very well from dinners with him [before the draft]. With Coach McDaniels, I thought we had a great relationship. The Broncos were just looking to go in a different direction.

“I’m close with both of them. Coach McDaniels will be better off with everything he learned here. I think he’ll get another head coaching opportunity and learn from what happened. Coach Fox is what we need. He’s a players coach and a people person. He gets players to play for him. I look forward to experiencing that. He’s great, such a relaxed guy.”


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