Tim Tebow feels like he had starting job snatched away

As far as mishandled quarterback situations go, the Denver Broncos have done a marvelous job of things so far this summer.

The job was essentially handed to Tim Tebow when the team let it be known that Kyle Orton was going to be traded.

Everything was just fine up until the point the team couldn’t actually trade Orton and clear the deck for Tebow.

Now, Orton is running the first team offense, handling the situation like a professional while knowing the club was anxious to dump him. And Tebow has to sit and wait, wondering when his opportunity will come and if it will actually come when he’s told it’s on the way.

"My dream, since I was a young boy, of being a starting quarterback in the NFL seemed to be coming true," Tebow told me Woody Paige of the Denver Post.

"Then, I felt like it was grabbed back away.”</p>

Tebow has been criticized by a lot of analysts who question his ability to succeed in an NFL-style offense. He’s trying to duck a lot of it now, and that’s probably a smart thing.

"I'm trying to insulate myself from what people in the media are saying, but I've seen some of it, and it hurts because it's coming from people who haven't seen me practice, haven't seen me play, haven't seen what I can do," he said. "I did an interview the other day with someone on the NFL Network who said last year I'd never play a down in the NFL. He was wrong.

"Others who say I won't make it are wrong. They don't know what I'm capable of and what's inside me. My family and my friends have been bothered by what's gone on, and I tell them to pay no attention to it. I'm relying as always on my faith. I'll always use the negativity as more motivation to work even harder and become even stronger.”

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