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Tebow says his expectations are higher than his critics'

Coach John Fox labeled it a necessary move "in a results-oriented business," but for many Broncos fans, Tim Tebow's rise to the starting role was just a matter of time -- and destiny.

Tebow told reporters Tuesday that he's not worried about pleasing the masses, who seem to either love or hate the quarterback who was named starter amid a radioactive cloud of media attention.

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"That's something that I never try to do, live up to others' expectations," Tebow said. "I have expectations that I want to accomplish."

Reporters drenched Fox with Tebow-related questions. Very little else seemed to matter to them in the wake of Tebow's near-comeback against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. His first start will come in Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins, following the team's bye.

"All we're trying to do is win, and it's not just one guy," Fox said, adding a cautionary stroke: "Whether this works or not, time will tell."

Fox praised veteran Kyle Orton, who took the news with grace, "just like he's handled everything thus far."

In a highly awkward ticket grab that only the Dolphins seem capable of this season, the team plans to honor Tebow and his alma mater, the University of Florida -- a distant 325 miles north of the city -- when the Broncos hit town Oct. 23.'s Jeff Darlington points out that four Florida alumnus will be celebrated. Three of them -- Tebow and defensive linemen Derrick Harvey and Marcus Thomas -- are Broncos. Only Mike Pouncey will represent Miami.

Meanwhile, Tebow's coach at Florida, Urban Meyer, said he continues to believe Tebow will one day be a successful starter in the NFL, assuming he has the right pieces around him.

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