It seems like it was several years ago that John Elway stated that Tim Tebow has earned the right to be the starting quarterback heading into training camp this 2012 football season for the Denver Broncos.
Actually, Elway made this comment just this January.
Elway had plans to work with Tebow in the offseason to improve his throwing mechanics.
That all changed when Jim Irsay decided against paying Peyton Manning, arguably the greatest quarterback to play the game, a $28 million option bonus by March 8th.
Most thought the Tennessee Titans were going to sign Peyton Manning to a long-term contract, keeping Tim Tebow as the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos. Manning instead chose the Broncos, leaving Denver with the choice to trade Tebow to the Jacksonville Jaguars or New York Jets. With Tebow's input, he asked Denver to trade him to the New York Jets.
Tim Tebow knew that Mark Sanchez was the Jets' starting quarterback. He knew the Jets signed Sanchez to a recent long-term extension. Neither of these stopped Tebow from signing with the Jets. He could have easily started for the Jaguars by this point in the season.
Tebow is staying the course. He believes in who he is and believes in himself as a quarterback, a starting quarterback.
The problem is that if the New York Jets make a change now at Week 11, it sends a message that Mark Sanchez is no longer the so-called "franchise quarterback". Rex Ryan is not ready to decide to bench Sanchez yet.
I believe Ryan will make the decision by Week 14 when the Jets play the Jacksonville Jaguars. Week 15, New York plays the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football. The lights will be so bright on the national stage, Rex will have already made the call to turn to Tebow as his starting quarterback.