Denver columnist calls Tebow worst QB in NFL

Is the Tim Tebow love affair already over in Denver?

Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla called Tebow "the worst quarterback in the NFL" in the aftermath of a 45-10 blowout by the Detroit Lions.

Given some of the putrid quarterback play around the league each week, that might be a harsh assessment, but there is no denying that Tebow is very green and a work in progress who needs some major time to develop and improve as a passer. On Sunday, Tebow was 18 of 39 for 172 yards and one TD. He also had a fumble and an interception returned for scores by the Lions.

The Lions took things a step further, mimicking Tebow's show of his Christian beliefs, by kneeling the same way the quarterback did after his comeback victory last week over the Miami Dolphins. Linebacker Stephen Tulloch said the Lions meant no disrespect to Tebow with the bowing after big plays against him, but such actions by the Lions were probably a bit over the top and certainly unnecessary.

The mocking aside, Tebow is getting exactly what he needs for the Broncos to determine if he can indeed become a consistent starting quarterback in the NFL - and that is playing time. Tebow certainly has the moxie and the athleticism to play the position, but the conversion from spread quarterback in college to NFL pocket passer is usually a difficult one, and there are plenty of scouts and coaches who question the ability of Tebow or any other spread option quarterback to make the transition to the pro game.

On Sunday, Tebow was exposed for what he currently is - a very inexperienced quarterback at the helm of a bad football team. And that's not a situation that is likely to change in the course of a few days or weeks.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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