Fox sticking with Tebow, at least for another week
One day after giving his embattled young quarterback a less than ringing endorsement following a humiliating 45-10 loss at home to the Lions, Broncos coach John Fox said he’s sticking with Tebow.
“For this week, yes,” Fox said.
Tebow said he doesn’t feel as though he’s on a week-to-week basis but that he’s not one to fret about the future anyway.
“It’s just take it one day at a time, consistently trying to get better and not focusing too far in the future,” Tebow told The Associated Press. “Today’s the day I’ve got to improve, and that’s kind of the focus.”
By not committing to him beyond Sunday’s game at Oakland, Fox made it clear that Tebow has to quickly improve as a pocket passer to retain his starting status in Denver.
“I think at the end of the day, we’ve got to see if he can improve and get better in the passing game,” Fox said.
Since supplanting Kyle Orton at halftime against San Diego on Oct. 9, Tebow has completed 46 percent of his passes (35 for 76) and been sacked 13 times.
Tebow, who pulled out a stunning win at Miami two weeks ago in his first start this season despite playing poorly for most of the game, said he feels as though the coaching staff still has his back.
“I think they have confidence in me, but more than anything, I’ve got to have confidence in myself and my teammates around me and, at the end of the day, that’s what matters,” Tebow said.
-- Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb had his right foot in a walking boot on Monday to protect a turf toe injury and said he had “no idea” whether he would be able to play in next Sunday’s home game against the St. Louis Rams.
If Kolb can’t go, second-year pro John Skelton likely would get the start.
-- St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford is no longer wearing a protective boot on his left ankle and began to exercise Monday.
-- Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson could be cleared to play after missing four games with a right hamstring injury.
However, Texans linebacker Darryl Sharpton will have surgery this week after tearing a tendon in his right quadriceps in Sunday’s win against Jacksonville.
Coach Gary Kubiak said he’ll wait to see how Johnson practices before clearing him to play against Cleveland.