By Eric D.Graham BASN Columnist
Updated: September 1, 2011

Tin Tebow

Tin Tebow

NORTH CAROLINA, (BASN)—“Just because you are not paranoid, doesn’t mean they are not out to get you.”

If you were taking the SAT, and the question was, which name doesn’t belong in the following lists: Plaxico Burress, Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger, or Tim Tebow?

If you circled Tim Tebow, you are correct.

With that said, why is Tebow getting trashed by the media?

Is he being persecuted because of his religious beliefs?

Can he play in the NFL? Or did former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniel; simply draft him too high in the first round?

Unfortunately, all of these questions must be answered before the 2011 NFL season kicks off next week.

The whole quarterback controversy, in fact, has a lot of Broncos fans concerned about the football future of their beloved “Timmy” Tebow.

And now, the Mile High City seems to be at an all-time low.

Some sports analysts have gone on the edge even to suggest that there is a full blown conspiracy to destroy Tim Tebow?

Consider the recent words of ESPN’s analyst Merrill Hodges.

“When you look at his accuracy just that alone is disturbing that even when wide receivers during the course of games get frustrated by it.” Hodge said. “Then when you think of the decision process which would be #2 ….That may take him years.”

“And if he ever gets there, he is going to have to be like Aaron Rodgers and sit there for four years just to gather how to play in the National Football League mentally.”

Before Hodges’ harsh evaluation of Tebow’s talent, most of us already knew about his slow release, his poor throwing technique, and his problems receiving snaps under center.

But is it too early to say, Tim Tebow is the “new” Matt Leinart?

Seriously, aren’t will overreacting a little bit?

Now according to certain reports, Tebow has slipped in the Broncos’ depth chart and currently is the fourth string quarterback behind Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn and undrafted free agent Adam Webber of Minnesota.

After the sports world found out about Tebow’s dip in the Broncos’ depth chart, there were instant declines in sales for his popular #15 jersey.

Despite all of this, Broncos fans still believe Tebow is more than a practice player.

Besides, if Alex Smith can be a starting quarterback, damn it, so can Tim Tebow?

Unfortunately for Tebow, the NFL lockout, which consists of no OTAs, no minicamps, and the elimination of two days, has made his quest to be a starting quarterback in the NFL a difficult process.

But this is not Pop Warner, the SEC, or the Florida Gators.

This is the NFL.

So, my advice to Tebow is: work on your footwork, your mechanics, and your accuracy. Because, if you don’t, you’ll be holding a clipboard, and wearing a pair of headphones on the sidelines for several years to come.

NOTE: Recently, Broncos new head coach Jeff Fox named Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn Co-backs-up to starting QB Kyle Orton.