Broncos' Tebow feels cheated

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:14 PM ET

It seems the Denver Broncos, thanks to their bungled trade efforts regarding Kyle Orton, have one confused and less than happy quarterback in camp.

But it's not Orton, it's Tim Tebow.

Given how everybody believed Orton was on the way out, Tebow thought the No. 1 quarterback job had fallen into his lap. But when the deal with Miami never materialized, Orton is back running the offence and has reclaimed the No. 1 job.

Tebow, it seems, doesn't quite know how to react.

"My dream, since I was a young boy, of being a starting quarterback in the NFL seemed to be coming true," Tebow told Woody Paige of the Denver Post. "Then, I felt like it was grabbed back away."

Not only that, the past few days Tebow has been ripped in some quarters, especially by ESPN analyst Merril Hoge.

"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."

What Tebow has to do is suck it up and not come across as a player who believes he's entitled to the job that was almost his.

Now, he'll have to earn it the old fashioned way -- through hard work and perseverance.

KNOW-NOTHING FOOLS

One thing that is money in the bank remains the fact that if the media offers a suggestion to New England coach Bill Belichick, it will be immediately dismissed and be followed by a terse dissertation, the message being that those asking the questions are know-nothing fools.

Case in point is the fact that the Patriots are the new employers of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who last year had a running battle with the Washington Redskins who wanted Haynesworth to be the centrepiece of a 3-4 defence.

So given that, it seemed like a logical query to ask Belichick about the Patriots defence switching to a 4-3 defence given Haynesworth's presence and preference.

Belichick's response was that the Patriots had often used four lineman in the past, that he employed the 4-3 defence when he was with Cleveland and the Giants and that he isn't married to any one defensive set.

"We won two Super Bowls playing a 4-3," Belichick told reporters. "In '01 and '04. Second half of the '01 season, we played 4-3 after Bryan Cox and (Ted) Johnson got hurt."

It's the personnel, not the scheme that matters in the end.

"I think honestly (the 3-4 reliance) is something that's a media fabrication," Belichick said. "There are a lot of different alignments out there, you see 4-3 teams use odd spacing, you see 3-4 teams use even spacing. Look, you have 11 players. You can put them in various positions. Whether you want to put it in the pre-game depth chart as one thing or another I think is a little bit overrated."

WHAT YOUR BACK

No matter the sport, a sore back is about the last ailment an athlete wants to suffer through.

One thing we know to be true about backs is that what looks to be a minor issue can easily develop into something of substance as backs usually get worse before they get better.

So when Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard felt something in his back Thursday night, the Jaguars immediately shut him down.

"David's back got a little tight, so we're just icing him down," coach Jack Del Rio told reporters. "He'll get treatment and all that. But he should be fine, so nothing major there.

"He came to me after the first team period, then to (trainer) Mike Ryan, and said it was getting tight. It's not the time to push through that kind of thing, so just let it settle down."

Del Rio added that he expects Garrard to play during the team's scrimmage Saturday night.

"I would be surprised if he didn't," he said. "Based on what Mike had relayed just now, it's just a little tight. Sometimes you need to work the core and the stretching and some of those things that maybe you don't do when you're not here all the time working with trainers. We'll get a handle on it, but all indications are it won't be a major deal."

Still, with backs you never know and in the past Garrard has missed practice time because of similar problems.

It's worth watching.

YOGA LETDOWN

Titans receiver Kenny Britt believed his hamstring issues were a thing of the past but like his run-ins with the law, they just keep cropping up.

Due to lingering hamstring problems, Britt has been unable to participate in the team's practices even though he kept in shape during the off-season through a workout routine that was yoga based.

"I thought it was behind me when I was doing all that yoga this summer," Britt said. "But I guess the yoga lady took my money and ran.

"I am doing whatever the trainers tell me to do and hopefully I will be back (soon). To tell you the truth, I ask every day to get out there ... I am just taking a precaution."

All in all it's been an interesting off-season for Britt.

In June, the day after he paid $478 in fines after pleading guilty to a misdemeanour charge of careless driving in New Jersey, he was arrested with two counts of resisting arrest.

Britt was also charged with tampering with evidence as police alleged that he tried to conceal and crush a cigar that was loaded with marijuana.

Not sure if that was part of the yoga exercise treatment.


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