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Elway: Tebow 'earned the right' to start in 2012

Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:11 am
Edited on: January 17, 2012 5:09 am
Denver backs Tebow as its QB on Monday. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

It's no secret that people were curious what the Broncos -- or, more specifically, John Elway and John Fox -- plan to do with Tim Tebow going forward. We mentioned the Denver problem in Sorting the Sunday Pile and early word out of Denver is that Tebow will be the starter in 2012.

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Elway said so himself on Monday, and also added that he wants to work closely -- and personally -- with Tebow to improve during the offseason.

"Tim has earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into training camp next year," Elway said at his press conference Monday. "He made some good strides."

We mentioned this on the podcast: the Broncos are kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place with their quarterback situation. They might not love Tebow and his "pure passing skills" (or whatever), but he led them to a division title in 2011.

Plus, there are no real viable options for Denver to upgrade. Look at the list that's Ryan Wilson put together, and tell us who exactly the Broncos are going to get to come to Denver who is a better option than Tebow. But because they currently only have two quarterbacks under contract, they will be shopping for another one in the offseason.

"Right now we've got two quarterbacks under contract," Elway said. "We have to obviously be in the market to find some more quarterbacks in free agency or the draft."

They certainly need to sign a veteran, but one of the best options out there (Brady Quinn -- no, really) was already Tebow's backup in 2011. And what veteran is going to want to come to Denver and have to compete with Tebow? Did you even see the Broncos fans last year? They're insane.

Drafting a quarterback isn't out of the question, but it's unlikely that there'll be anyone worth taking out there when Denver makes its first-round pick. It's just a terrible market to need a quarterback if you're sitting in Denver's spot.

So they did the smart thing and put all their support behind Tebow right now, minimizing the questions that will be asked over the next several months. Next up? Try to develop him as much as possible.

"There are things that I can add," Elway said. "Where I can help him ... I'm looking forward to it."

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Since: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:30 pm

Elway: Tebow 'earned the right' to start in 2012

Every week, Tebow picks out someone who is suffering, or who is dying, or who is injured. He flies these people and their families to the Broncos game, rents them a car, puts them up in a nice hotel, buys them dinner (usually at a Dave & Buster's), gets them and their families pregame passes, visits with them just before kickoff (!), gets them 30-yard-line tickets down low, visits with them after the game (sometimes for an hour), has them walk him to his car, and sends them off with a basket of gifts.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:59 pm

Elway: Tebow 'earned the right' to start in 2012

Also Mr. Elway is handcuffed in this situation by the popular demand of Tebow being the starter in Denver.
If Elway is going to let "popular demand" determine who plays for the Broncos then the Broncos desperately need to find someone else to run the team or the Broncos are going to look back fondly on the days of being 8-8.  Who plays or does not play should be determined by the coaching staff's determination of talent, skill, and understanding of the offensive or defensive schemes, not by "popular demand" of the fans.    Tebow may or may not develop into a decent NFL passer to go with his running skills -- having a full offseason to work will show us a lot-- but if he doesn't then Elway better not consider himself "handcuffed" by popular demand into keeping Tebow as the starter.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:49 pm

Elway: Tebow 'earned the right' to start in 2012

ELWAY did NOT say he earned the right to start.   How irresponsible is cbssports just time after time just flat out misleading people.  HE SAID Tebow has earned the right to enter TRAINING CAMP as the number one QB.  

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:42 pm

Elway: Tebow 'earned the right' to start in 2012

I'm in total agreement with you, but I'm not ready to cast Tebow aside and say he will never a a successful QB in the NFL. He has been a success this year no matter what people say about his stats. He won. Romo had a good year but didn't win. At the end of the day it doesn't matter whether you throw for 458 yards or 128, you can lose or win. I will hold off until Tebow has had the chance to go through off-season progressions. Last year was the lock-out & Orton was the first-team QB, so Tebow had no chance to develop within the organization. We'll see this summer......

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:06 pm

Elway: Tebow 'earned the right' to start in 2012

STOKMO: Team play wins in the NFL but the triggerman of the offense must have, at minimum, average talent as a passer. That minimum skill level is required for a team to suceed. The team is dead if the QB does not provide reliable, effective passing talent sufficient to make the opposition respect the passing game. Right now IMO Tebow faces the imperative to become at least an average NFL passer. Of course that same mimimum threshhold talent confronts all candidates for NFL QB jobs so I don't think it is unfair for commenters to demand that competency in Tebow.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:39 pm

Elway: Tebow 'earned the right' to start in 2012

EXACTLY johnofsd!!!!! The TEAM will win or lose, not the player. IF individual success was the factor, then we'd all be seeing the Saints and Packers duel it out.

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:29 pm

Elway: Tebow 'earned the right' to start in 2012

Stokmo: I think we agree that the verdict isn't close to being in for Tebow. Your point about Marino is true but then again that speaks to team, not individual accomplishment. The success of teams lead by limited quarterbacks again deals with team vice individual accomplishment. But there's no question that combining a talented passer with a strong overall team is the most reliable scheme for success in the NFL, and success isn't limited to winning the SB.

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:23 pm

Elway: Tebow 'earned the right' to start in 2012

CottinhPickle: Triple option in the NFL? No team in NFL history has used the triple option offense because defenses are far too big, fast, quick and experienced for that scheme to work. College teams, other than the service academies, long ago abandoned the triple option. College teams that used the triple option way back in the day were totally limited to that scheme only, could not reliably pass effectively and only rarely could overcome point deficits behind capable opponents. An NFL team that adopted the triple option would face 0-18 losing records. You're right that the Broncos will require 2-3 option QBs if they foolishly commit to run option offenses as their ongoing offensive scheme. The injury rate among those QBs would be daunting at best. Don't you believe that it would make eminently better sense both for the Broncos and Tebow to develop Tebow as an NFL QB rather than structure an entire team around his limitations as a passer? It is a team sport after all and unquestionably Tebow is an intensely dedicated team player. Most importantly, Tebow would be unable to develop as a passer if the Broncos committed to a run option offensive scheme. The Broncos would be as responsible as Urban Meyer for Tebow's limited passing talent. What team in the NFL would want to employ a QB whose only experience is in run option schemes? It's best for the Broncos and Tebow that the team abandons run option and adopts NFL passing offense schemes.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:20 pm

Elway: Tebow 'earned the right' to start in 2012

One so so effort against a beaten up Steeler team should not qualify him for anything but an opportunity to complete whoever else the Broncos have as QB. His big advantage is he could be a H back or a tight end and an emergency QB.  Still not sold on him as a NFL QB but he is a good guy.

Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:05 pm

Elway: Tebow 'earned the right' to start in 2012

If Jacksonville is willing to give up their first round pick for Tebow then they can have him.  I still think he deserves the right to start in 2012 for Denver after one hell of a turnaround.  Also Mr. Elway is handcuffed in this situation by the popular demand of Tebow being the starter in Denver.  Hopefully McCoy will still be around and they can develop Tebow into a pocket passer and make him a dual threat QB.

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