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For all that, there's a reason Fox delayed the inevitable for as long as he could. Tebow wasn't good enough to be the No. 1 starting the season because his footwork is questionable, he can't throw accurately and if he sees his primary receiver covered, he tucks the football into the crook of his arm and takes off. That worked great when he was pin-balling through college-sized defenses. But he will need luck just to survive the beating he's likely to absorb in the NFL. He should ask Michael Vick, Vince Young and a whole host of other mobile quarterbacks what that's like.
A 1-4 record leaves Fox with little to lose. As a first-year coach, he's got a grace period built in and Elway's implicit blessing for the move buys him more goodwill. All he has to do now is overhaul the offense and find a way to accommodate a skill set that hardly anyone was convinced would fly in the NFL, then let Tebow work his magic. That sounds like a recipe for 1-5 -- and worse -- but there are few things Tebow loves more than a challenge. It's finally arrived.
Because the new collective bargaining agreement mandates that players take Thursday through Sunday off during bye weeks, Fox will let his players and everyone else in on the worst-kept secret in town Tuesday. Then the team will get in two practices in and resume play the following week. He better not be the only guy using the down time productively. After noting that injured players would be allowed to use the team's facilities during the off days, the coach was asked whether a "recently named QB" who "might need to study more" would have the same option.
"I don't think we lock the building and don't let him in," he said with a chuckle. "Whoever that is."
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