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The NFL schedule has been released today and the NFL Draft is next week. There’s hardly a day that doesn’t involve some type of NFL news.

Here is the 2012 Green Bay Packers NFL schedule:

Week 1 vs. San Francisco, 3:15-a great offense vs. a great defense, but don’t count out the 49ers offense or Packers defense. Aaron Rodgers vs. Alex Smith, two first round picks that were selected in 2005. Clay Matthews vs. Patrick Willis. Great matchup in Week One.

Week 2 vs. Chicago Bears, Thursday, 7:20 NFL Network-two historics teams playing a rivalry game. Two offenses that should score a lot, Rodgers and Packers, and now Marshall reuniting with Jay Cutler.

Week 3 at Seattle, MNF at 7:30-Matt Flynn vs Aaron Rodgers. Seems like Seattle is a similar place for Green Bay quarterbacks, first Hasselbeck and now Flynn in Seattle.

Week 4 vs. New Orleans, 3:15-great quarterback matchup, Rodgers vs. Brees and rematch of great Week One game last week where Packers won 42-34.

Week 5 at Colts, noon-Rodgers vs. Luck

Week 6 at Houston, 7:20, SNF-should be a high scoring affair with two explosive offenses, and Clay Matthews plays against former college teammate Brian Cushing.

Week 7 at St. Louis, noon-interesting matchup, Rodgers vs. Bradford; can Bradford step out of a sophomore slump and injuries?

Week 8 vs. Jacksonville, noon-Rodgers vs. Gabbert; how will Gabbert fare in his second year in NFL?

Week 9 vs. Arizona, noon-wide receivers/cornerbacks match-ups catch my eye; Jennings, Nelson, Cobb vs. Patrick Peterson, and Larry Fitzgerald vs. Charles Woodson.

Week 10-BYE

Week 11 at Detroit, noon-Lions made the playoffs last year and will look to challenge for NFC North title. Packers won both meetings last year.

Week 12 at NY Giants, SNF, 7:20-Packers play at Meadowlands hoping to beat the Giants after they ousted them from playoffs last year.

Week 13 vs. Minnesota, noon-The Packers and Vikings play later in the season, always a tough game. Green Bay leads series 53-48-1.

Week 14 vs. Detroit, SNF, 7:20-Lions and Packers in primetime; should be an high scoring affair, remember the last game of last season, Green Bay winning 45-41 and a 1,000 yards of total offense combined.

Week 15 at Chicago, noon-could this match-up decide the NFC North title?

Week 16 vs. Tennessee, noon-former Packers quarterback Matt Hasselbeck plays his old team or will Jake Locker be the quarterback?

Week 17 at Minnesota, noon-finishing the season at the Vikings, an old rival, there is nothing better.

It’s a tough schedule, but with a good draft, re-signing Jermichael Finley and signing Jeff Saturday, the Packers should be back at the top in 2012.

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Stunned.

Lambeau Field went silent after the New York Giants knocked  off the No. 1 seed in the NFC and the defending Super Bowl champions.

The Green Bay Packers best season in franchise history ended Sunday on their own turf. The Packers, and their star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, were exposed and beaten by the New York Giants, and their star quarterback, Eli Manning.

Manning played elite, Rodgers did not in this game.

Eli Manning was dominant from start to finish, passing for 330 yards and three touchdowns. It was the Giants second win in Green Bay in four years. Both wins in the playoffs.

Rodgers said after the loss, “We got beat by a team that played better tonight. We play to win championships. You win a championship and you’re kind of at the top of the mountain, and you forget kind of how bad this feeling is. We had a championship caliber regular season and didn’t play well today.”

Here are three reasons the Green Bay Packers exited the playoffs early:

1. Lack of defense

The Green Bay Packers allowed 420 yards of total offense. Eli Manning passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns.

The Packers couldn’t get any pressure on Manning and couldn’t force him to make mistakes. Manning’s only mistake was a interception by Morgan Burnett that the Packers offense failed to capitalize on when John Kuhn fumbled.

Brad Jones recorded their only sack on Manning. The Packers only hit Manning seven times.

The Packers lack of pass coverage hurt them. They allowed a hail mary before halftime that put New York up ten instead of three. The Packers secondary should have knocked the ball down.

The Packers only knocked the ball down five times in the game.

Green Bay’s defense kept making stops on first and second down, but couldn’t get stops on third down, allowing New York to convert eight third downs out of sixteen.

There has to be changes on the Packers defense to contend for a title next season.

2. Turnovers

The Green Bay Packers forced one turnover. They had forced 38 in the regular season.

They also had four turnovers on offense that were literally giant killers. The turnovers definitely swung the momentum.

Aaron Rodgers had not fumbled all season, and John Kuhn fumbled for the first time in his career. Ryan Grant fumbled when the Packers made a huge stop on defense that gave the Giants the ball back in the Packers red zone.

On all three of the Packers fumbles, it appeared they were gaining momentum to score.

Rodgers also threw his seventh interception of the season.

The Packers thrived on forcing turnovers, not making turnovers, and Sunday, it all changed that hurt them.

3. Lack of offense

The Green Bay Packers offense didn’t play like the Green Bay Packers offense. They literally dropped the ball.

The wide receivers dropped seven passes, Aaron Rodgers didn’t look himself, and turnovers killed their momentum.

Rodgers looked a little rusty, as if he hadn’t played a meaningful game in three weeks.

The running game never really got going. (Rodgers was the Packers leading rusher with seven carries for 66 yards).

Rodgers had a decent game passing, but threw several balls that were off the mark. Rodgers went 26 for 46 for 264 yards and two touchdowns and one interception.

Rodgers missed a wide open Greg Jennings in first quarter that would of put the Packers up 7-3, but instead Green Bay settled for a field goal.

Another key pass Rodgers missed was when Jermichael Finley was wide open. Rodgers missed Finley, as he was just a little too far out in front for him to make catch.

Donald Driver was the Packers most consistent receiver catching all three targets passed his way. Driver led the team in yards with 45 yards.

It will be a sobering offseason for the Green Bay Packers; one that will leave a bitter taste in the Packers players and coaches mouths and hungry again for next season.

127297039_crop_650x440The Green Bay Packers have been great to start the 2011 season.
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The Green Bay Packers are off to a 4-0 start and tied atop the NFC North division with the Detroit Lions. Here are the winners and losers for the Green Bay Packers at the season’s quarter mark:

The Packers have been great so far this season as it is has been hard not to be impressed with the undefeated start for the team.

However, there has been some hiccups for the team. Injuries, and perhaps the lack of offseason workouts, hurt the defense so they could get the right chemistry.

Winners: 

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFLthis season.

Rodgers has a league-leading 73.1 completion percentage, 1,325 passing yards, a 12-2 touchdown-interception ratio and a 124.6 passer rating. Not to mention he averages 331 passing yards a game.

On Sunday he set a new NFL record, becoming the first quarterback to throw for 400 yards, pass for four touchdowns and rush for two more.

That’s incredible.

Rodgers has the playmaking mentality in him, along with his leadership and clutch performance.

Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson isn’t playing like he is 34 years old.

Yesterday, Woodson had an interception for a touchdown, along with four tackles and a pass defense.

This season, Woodson has played with an energy that won him the Defensive Player of the Year two years ago.

Woodson already has three interceptions, one touchdown, four pass defenses and 14 tackles on the year.

Green Bay Packers Wide Receivers

The Green Bay Packers wide receivers are about as good and young as any team in the NFL this season.

Just about everyone has caught passes from Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers hit nine in his first two games, seven two weeks ago and eight last Sunday.

Greg Jennings has been Rodgers go-to receiver. Jennings has 25 receptions for 366 yards and three touchdowns.

Jordy Nelson has caught 15 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns.

James Jones has nine catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Donald Drivers has eight grabs for 71 yards and a touchdown.

The youngster Randall Cobb has seven grabs for 148 yards and a touchdown.

Perhaps Rodgers biggest target, Jermichael Finley has 18 catches for 234 yards and three touchdowns. All of his touchdowns came against Chicago.

Green Bay Packers Rush Defense: 

The Green Bay Packers rush defense has been the most solid while the offense isn’t on the field.

They gave up their first 100-yard rushing game last week to theDenver Broncos, allowing 119 yards. In the previous three weeks, they gave up 81, 71 and 13 rushing yards.

On the season, they are giving up 77 yards per game on the ground and averaging 3.7 yards per rush to opposing running backs.

The Packers defense has also recorded seven sacks on the season.

Losers: 

Green Bay Packers Secondary: 

It was a bummer losing Nick Collins for the season due to a neck injury.

The Green Bay Packers secondary has been relatively weak this season, outside of Charles Woodson and Morgan Burnett.

They gave up 265 yards and 384 total yards yesterday. The defense had given up 403.3 yards in the first three games. The Packers rank 28th in the league in yards allowed.

Last year, the Packers gave up 320 yards in six of their first eight games of the season, they only allowed that once in their final eight games. (Green Bay Press Gazette).

Perhaps they start to defend the pass better as the season goes on.

To be honest, the Green Bay Packers linebackers haven’t been that bad. They are getting pressure and blitzing the quarterback, and are attacking the run, but perhaps they should help the secondary stop the pass in the future more.

This linebackers have combined for 4.5 sacks.

Desmond Bishop leads the team in tackles with 36 total tackles.

Clay Matthews is off to a slow start with 14 tackles and just one sack. Matthews has been solid in the pass rush, teams are just blocking him.

The Packers linebackers will only continue to get better. It just takes time.

Green Bay Packers Linebackers: 

To be honest, the Green Bay Packers linebackers haven’t been that bad. They are getting pressure and blitzing the quarterback, and are attacking the run, but perhaps they should help the secondary stop the pass in the future more.

This linebackers have combined for 4.5 sacks.

Desmond Bishop leads the team in tackles with 36 total tackles.

Clay Matthews is off to a slow start with 14 tackles and just one sack. Matthews has been solid in the pass rush, teams are just blocking him.

The Packers linebackers will only continue to get better. It just takes time.

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 Aaron Rodgers has been elite this season.

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Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers to another victory and had another monster day Sunday.

Rodgers has continued to show that he is an elite quarterback with his decision-making, playmaking and the leadership he has shown the Packers.

Here are five reasons why Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL right now:

No. 1: His Accuracy

Aaron Rodgers is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the entire NFL. Rodgers has a 73.1 percent completion percentage through the first four games of the season.

That is the best in the entire NFL.

Rodgers doesn’t just throw to one or two guys. Sunday, Rodgers hit eight different receivers. He hit nine in each of the first two games and seven in Week 3.

No. 2: His Playmaking ability

Aaron Rodgers can make big plays out of nothing. A prime example is when the Green Bay Packers trailed Denver 3-0 late in the first quarter.

Rodgers nailed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson that shifted the momentum. The Packers did not look back.

Look at these stats: Rodgers became the first NFL player ever to surpass 400 passing yards (408 total) while throwing four passing touchdowns and rushing for two more.

Don’t count out these stats either: he completed 76 percent of his passes, had a 134.5 passer rating and averaged a whopping 10.7 passing yards per completion.

Rodgers also gets things done when the Packers need them most. Rodgers and the Packers were 9-of-13 on third down and 5-of-6 in the red zone. That is efficiency at its finest.

On the season, Rodgers has 1,325 passing yards, a 12-2 touchdown-interception ratio and a 124.6 passer rating. He averages 331 passing yards a game.

That is an elite quarterback and the reason why Green Bay is tied atop the NFC North with the Detroit Lions.

No. 3: His Rushing Ability

Aaron Rodgers isn’t just a passer. Rodgers can run the ball, too. He showed that yesterday, with his two rushing touchdowns and nine carries for 36 yards.

But it’s not just about touchdowns. Rodgers can get it done when no receivers are open. His scrambling ability and mobility are partly why the Packers are 4-0.

When Rodgers can move outside the pocket, and avoid defenders, he has more time to find and hit his receivers for big plays.

In the last two years, Rodgers has rushed for over 300 yards. This year he has 53 yards and two touchdowns.

Rodgers will certainly need that mobility when the Packers play the Detroit Lions.

No. 4: His Clutch Performance

There may not be a more clutch quarterback than Aaron Rodgers right now in the NFL.

Rodgers is 32-20 in his career as the Packers quarterback in the regular season and 4-1 in the playoffs.

Rodgers and Green Bay have won their past ten games.

This season, Rodgers has showed why he can be clutch.

Against New Orleans in the season opener, Rodgers propelled Green Bay off to an early start, and they never gave up the lead.

Against Carolina, Green Bay was down 13-7 at halftime. They outscored the Panthers 24-10 in the second half.

Against Chicago in Week 3, Green Bay never trailed, but the Bears nearly came back. Rodgers put the team on his back and helped run out the clock late in the game.

Then, this last week against Denver, Rodgers shifted the momentum when the Packers trailed 3-0 late in the first quarter with his 50-yard touchdown pass. The Packers didn’t look back, but then when Denver pulled to within 21-17 late in the second quarter, Rodgers led another touchdown drive. In the second half, he put the game out of reach.

No. 5: He is Scary Good

Aaron Rodgers possesses a confidence in his arm that is why the Green Bay Packers are 4-0. Rodgers is cool and calm when he steps into the huddle and under center.

Rodgers wants to win and is driven to compete at the highest level every game.

He zips passes into his receivers, avoids sacks, thrives under pressure and is an accurate passer.

His decision-making and leadership are what the Packers need. Rodgers is not outspoken. He shows up to work and gets the job done.

Rodgers certainly isn’t going anywhere and will be in green and gold for a long time.

The Green Bay Packers are 1-0 heading into the 0-1 Carolina Panthers, and there is high expectations in Green Bay, and hope in Carolina.

Here are five things to watch for in the matchup between the Packers and the Panthers:

The Panthers got a strong, 422 yard outing for Cam Newton, and a strong performance from Steve Smith. However, they lost Jon Beason for the season due to a torn Achilles tendon.

Meanwhile, the Packers offense clicked on all cylinders in their 42-34 rout of theSaints. The defense gave up a lot of points, and certainly will have people’s eyes on them to see if they can be dominant again like last year when they helped Aaron Rodgers win the Super Bowl.

1. Aaron Rodgers 

 The Green Bay Packers offense looked awfully good last Thursday night, especially Aaron Rodgers.  Rodgers threw three touchdowns in the first quarter that gave the Packers a 21-7 lead. The Packers wouldn’t trail in the game. Rodgers finished the game 27 for 35 for 312 yards, three touchdowns, and a 132.1 passer rating.

Rodgers hit nine different receivers. Could this be another special season for the Packers signal caller?

The key for Rodgers is to start fast and never look back again this week.

2. Which running back shines the most? 

In Week one against the Saint, James Starks outperformed Ryan Grant, who started the game. Starks had 12 carries for 57 yards, and a touchdown. Grant had nine carries for 40 yards.

Starks looked like he got bigger and stronger, and was the beast at running back for the Packers.

You can’t forget about John Kuhn, either. Kuhn completes the Packers three-headed running game.

Grant will probably start again this week, but there’s no question that there is running back controversy in Green Bay. However, it is better to have three solid running backs then no running game.

3. Stop Cam Newton

Cam Newton had 422 yards and three touchdowns last week. Two in the air, and the other on the ground.

Did anyone see that coming from the young, emerging star? Perhaps no one but Panther fans, or maybe not even them.

The key is to get pressure on Newton, who was sacked four times last week againstArizona. It will up to Ryan Pickett and B.J. Raji, and the linebackers pass rush they bring. I am sure Dom Capers will bring plenty of it during the course of the game.

4. Will Tramon Williams play?

Tramon Williams bruised his shoulder last week against the Saints, and did not practice on Wednesday or Friday.

Williams is a big time playmaker in the secondary and is key to the Packers pass defense.

If Williams cannot go, Sam Shields will likely start, and that wouldn’t be bad either.

5. Can Clay Matthews get back into beast mode?

After a monstrous rookie and 2010 seasons, Clay Matthews had a rather quiet game. Matthews did have four tackles, and hit the quarterback twice in the game.

The Saints didn’t let Matthews get to Brees. Let’s hope Matthew can get to Newton a few times on Sunday.

The NFL preseason is halfway over which only means one thing, coaches will have to trim rosters down. Here are ten players that deserve a roster spot given on their preseason:

1. Brandian Ross, CB-

Brandian Ross is a rookie out of Youngstown State. Ross has had a great preseason. Ross started things off with an interception of Aaron Rodgers at Family Night. Then, last Friday, late in fourth quarter picked off a pass in the endzone to ensure the Packers first preseason win.

Ross didn’t have the offseason to show why he deserves a roster spot, but is doing it rightly for so in the preseason.

2. M.D. Jennings, S-

M.D. Jennings is a rookie out of Arkansas State. Jennings led the Packers in tackles last Friday night with seven total, six were solo. Jennings had three total, two solo against Cleveland as well. Jennings also had an interception.

Jennings is working hard, and earning his way onto the roster.

3. Tori Gurley, WR-

Tori Gurley is a rookie out of Maryland. Gurley has been a nice target for Graham Harrell. In practice, Gurley caught a 50 yard bomb from Harrell, and caught passes in double coverage early in training camp. (Packer Report.com) Gurley caught the ball three times for 31 yards against Arizona while being targeted three times. Gurley caught it twice for 21 yards against Cleveland.

While the Packers have a lot of receivers, consideration should be mentioned. The practice squad would even be nice for Gurley.

4. Josh Gordy, CB-

Josh Gordy isn’t a rookie, and is impressing Packers coaches. Gordy had an interception against Cleveland to go along with a sack. Also, hit the quarterback and knocked down a pass. Last Friday, Gordy had had just one tackle.

With the same situation with receivers, the Packers have a lot of cornerbacks. Just maybe Gordy can squeeze out a roster spot.

5. Shaky Smithson, WR-

Shaky Smithson is a rookie out of Utah. Smithson lived a hard life, and football helped him be successful. To make the team would mean everything to him and his family.

Smithson can catch balls, and return kicks and punts. The ladder is what may help him make the team. Early in training camp, Smithson was catching passes for touchdowns, and going low to grab passes. (Packer Report.com) In preseason action, hasn’t really got the chance to catch passes, but made the most out of special teams against Cleveland, returning three kicks for 71 yards.

With a name like Shaky, you got to keep this kid on the roster. He will shake defenders all day.

6. Brett Swain, WR-

Brett Swain was a special teams hero for the Packers in last year’s Super Bowl win over the Steelers making huge tackles, and blocks. Swain never has really gotten a chance to catch passes, but when he has, he doesn’t drop them.

Every team needs a solid special team contributor, and Swain is just that.

7. Tom Crabtree, TE-

Tom Crabtree is in a tough position. The Packers have a lot of tight ends, and now especially with drafting D.J. Williams, and Ryan Taylor.

Crabtree has had a quiet preseason, catching just one pass for five yards in the two preseason games. However, last year when Jermichael Finley went down, Crabtree was huge part of the offense. Crabtree didn’t necessarily make big catches, but was a big time blocker for Aaron Rodgers and the running game.

8. Graham Harrell, QB-

Whether or not the Packer keep three quarterbacks, Harrell definitely deserves a spot on this team. Harrell has looked sharp all preseason, and looked more comfortable in the pocket.

Against Cleveland, Harrell went 11 for 22 for 100 yards, and against Arizona, went 7 for 9 for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Harrell should at least be given a spot on the practice squad.

9. Pat Lee, CB-

Lee has grown since he came in the league four seasons ago. Lee had a decent season last season, and contributed with a tackle in the Super Bowl.

This preseason, Lee has made his case to stay on the team. Lee had four tackles against Cleveland, and only one against Arizona.

10. Chastin West, WR-

With a ton of wide receivers, the Packers cannot keep many. West has certainly proved that he remains on this team. West caught a impressive 97 yard touchdown from Matt Flynn against Arizona. On that touchdown, West showed off his breakaway speed from defenders. West had five receptions for 134 yards against Arizona.

These next two preseason games are huge for these ten player as they try to show the Packers coaching staff why they deserve a spot on the team.

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 11:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos at Cowboys Stadium on August 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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There are several possible outcomes for Tim Tebow‘s future with the Denver Broncos. Read on to find out the five most likeliest scenarios for the second-year quarterback and how they might affect the future of the franchise. Feel free to respond with any questions to comments.

 

Just remember to keep things nice.

On to the five….

Scenario No. 1: Denver Keeps Tebow

Tim Tebow improved his unorthodox passing mechanics before the NFL draft and greatly improved his stock, and was a reason the Broncos took him in the first round.

Tebow spent most of the 2010 season on the clipboard as the backup to Kyle Orton. Tebow played in nine games in 2011, and in Week 15, when Kyle Orton became injured, Tebow got the call to be the starter. Tebow went 8-16, with a 138 passing yards in a loss to the Raiders.

He improved in the next game against the Texans and got the win. Tebow went 16-29 for 308 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

In his final start of the year, Tebow had a good game, but fell short against the Chargers, going 16-36 with 205 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Tebow could also do it with his legs, as he rushed for 227 yards and six touchdowns, including a 40-yard run against the Raiders.

Tebow showed signs of optimism for the Broncos heading into 2011, amidst the lockout where Tebow could not workout with his teammates. However, it didn’t stop Tebow from working out and getting better. Tebow still got together with a few teammates and worked on his throwing. This was just not team sanctioned.

Going into the season, Fox and Elway both supported Orton and Tebow, and were going to leave it up to an open competition. Then even before the first preseason game Fox named Orton the starter. Orton had been having a better training camp, and his teammates were more comfortable with him, especially Brandon Lloyd, who had a monster season last year catching balls with Orton at the helm.

So now what for Tebow? For now, Tebow has to win the backup job from Brady Quinn, who has also been impressing at training camp. Long term, Tebow will have to win back the support of his coaches to tell them why he can be the starting quarterback. Tebow also needs to get support from his teammates as well.

As for now the only way I see Tebow getting the starting job back is to keep getting better. Tebow will have to go into practice and work his butt off. He needs to prove his critics wrong. The media has also been hard on him. Take Merril Hoge, “Orton or Tebow? It’s embarrassing to think the Broncos could win with Tebow!”

Hoge said Tebow’s throwing motion hasn’t changed, his accuracy is terrible and that he throws balls in the dirt and in the stands. Tebow responded, “Appreciate it, Merril.”

That a boy, Timmy, keep your head high, keep working hard and prove those critics wrong. Tebow certainly has the faith, intangibles and leadership to do so.

One more thing, I think John Elway should step in and help Tebow out by mentoring him and getting him stronger as a quarterback. It would only help his game.

Scenario No. 2: Tebow Falls off Depth Chart

Tim Tebow appears stuck right now. The whole world is at his back. The media has been harsh on him.

Tebow is now fighting for his life to get the backup role in Denver from Brady Quinn. Quinn has been impressing nonetheless in training camp and preseason.

Let’s take a look at some numbers in the Broncos’ last preseason game against Dallas. Orton went 2-6 with 37 yards in limited play. Tebow went 6-7 for 91 yards against the second team. Tebow showed good hustle and great range with his arm. He did miss a few opportunities, but very often no one was open. Tebow’s still managed to pick up several key first downs and his best throw of the day was caught by Willis.

Quinn had the best day going 8-14 for 120 yards and a touchdown. Had the best day.

If Tebow doesn’t get the backup role, his time in Denver might be coming to a close. The Broncos have even speculated that they might take a quarterback in next year’s draft if the quarterback situation worsens, or if Tebow doesn’t work out.

Tebow has always made it his dream to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, and John Elway believes in Tebow that he will be successuful, and it will just take time. ProSportsFootballTalk.com wrote after the Orton trade rumors surfaced that, “maybe the guy who’ll be traded to Miami isn’t Orton, but Tebow.”

Tebow should be patient and wait, he will get his chance in the NFL, just like Aaron Rodgers did after sitting behind Brett Favre for three years. Now look where Rodgers is, he is a Super Bowl winning quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers has worked hard, stayed humble, and been a leader. Tebow can do the same.

For now, it appears no one will be traded, but in the near future, who knows. The fans love Tebow. They sell out his No. 15 jerseys and Tebow is a favorite in Denver.

After Tebow’s first preseason game in 2011, it’s a close battle between Tebow and Quinn for the No. 2 QB, and they both looked better than Orton. The coaches obviously want the veteran Orton taking snaps.

Scenario No. 3: Trade Tebow

Tebow has a chance in Denver. It just keeps getting smaller.

Here are five teams that might be a good fit for Tebow.

The Washington Redskins: Mike Shanahan is in dire need of a quarterback. Joe Beck and Rex Grossman are the competition right now. Shanahan raised up Elway in Denver, could he do the same with Tebow?

The Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars have a banged up David Garrard and a rookie in Blaine Gabbert who struggled in his first preseason game. The Jaguars were an initial destination for Tebow coming out of college. Tebow would help the Jaguars attendance, and would be back in Florida.

The Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals are without Carson Palmer now, and have named rookie Andy Dalton the starter. The problem is the Bengals don’t have anyone to throw to. New offensive coordinator Jay Gruden could work out Tebow into a fine quarterback.

The San Francisco 49ers: This appears the most unlikely with Alex Smith, and the 49ers adding Daunte Culpepper today, but coach Jim Harbaugh needs a quarterback. Tebow would definitely get fans more excited in the Bay Area.

The Miami Dolphins: It appeared inevitable that Kyle Orton was going to be traded here, then the Broncos really liked this guy, and named him the starter. This would be the obvious choice right now. Tebow would compete with Chad Henne, who isn’t much better than himself.

Scenario No. 4: Position Change?

Many thought Tebow was destined for a position change coming out of Florida. Fans speculated a change to tight end, fullback or linebacker. Tebow ran the wildcat for the Broncos last season, and did quite well.

It appears most likely that Tebow would stay on offense, as a change to defense would take a big step. As a fullback, Tebow could be an effective blocker, and pound the ball in short yardage situations.

As a tight end, Tebow could provide a big target for Kyle Orton. Tebow definitely has the strength to be a tight end.

Scenario No. 5: Become a Christian Missionary or a Coach?

Tim Tebow has a big heart. Tebow is a role model for young and old all around the country. Beyond football, Tebow wants to help the unsaved become saved. Back in his days at Florida, Tebow would go on spring break trips to prisons in the Philippines, ministering about Jesus Christ. His father was a pastor, and Tebow, I imagine, would like to do something along those lines as well. He has leadership in his veins.

Tebow would also make a great coach. From his days at Florida to now at Denver, Tebow has always been well liked in locker room. No doubt players would respect him as a coach.

Tebow no doubt has the ability to play football. Tebow has been blessed by God with his talents to play the game, and in his life. Tebow has the intangibles, leadership, faith, strength to rise against his skeptics, and prove them that he can play quarterback in the National Football League. Someday, Tebow will get the chance to do great things, and when he done playing Tebow will be a influence as well.