Interim Denver coach Eric Studesville announced Monday that Tebow will start Sunday at home against Houston. It will be Tebow’s second NFL start and his first home start. Unless Tebow is a complete disaster against the Texans, expect him to start Jan. 2 against visiting San Diego in the season finale.
The fact that Denver is sticking with Tebow is not a surprise at all.
Tebow was far from great, but he was pretty good for a first-time NFL starter in a 39-23 loss at Oakland on Sunday. Tebow, who has his moments both as a passer and a runner Sunday, moved the ball and kept the Broncos in the game until the second half. He didn’t look lost. He looked like he belonged.
There is no reason to halt Tebow’s development now even though starter Kyle Orton's injured ribs, which kept him out of the Oakland game, are improving. The Broncos are 3-11, and the chance to see Tebow play is the only motivation for fans to go to Denver’s last two games. But this is more than a marketing ploy for Denver.
If Tebow continues to make improvements, it will be an audition for the next Denver coaching staff to show that he is ready to compete for the starting job next season. The Tebow project in Denver will be a long process. The fact that he will remain the starter is just another part of the process.