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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: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:20 pm

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

Lilpig: Just a suggestion, but you may want to save trashing Palmer until after Tebow meets or exceeds some of Palmers's passing achievements-accomplis
hed while playing for awful Bengals teams that let him get beat to Hell.

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:17 pm

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

Fred'Burg: Opinions of the Brocos' situation seem polarized. I think Elway's comment reflects a realistic effort to diminish the heat. And yes, the other GM's didn't make such post-playoff statements but their situations are not the same as Denver's. The Jet's also cleared the air about Mark Sanchez. Fans love arguing about QB's. Remember the cliche "the best QB is always the guy on the bench"?.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:14 pm

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

If this guy is going to start HE HAS to improve in his throwing game.  You can't consistantly in the NFL averaging 9-12 completions per game.  Defenses just can't hold out that long anymore.

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:12 pm

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

Name tebow the starter for now may be a good move. It takes some pressure off of him for the time being. It gives tim a little confidence and he can spend the off season working on mechanics and improving without looking over his shoulder. Not really a shot in the arm for Quinn's ego though. Granted Tebow has had only half a season experience but if the numbers are any indication, it doesn't look promising. Running the college option was a joke and it made a weak new england defense look top notch.

Since tebow is now the starter now they can spend the off season making a tebow friendly offensive package. however defenses will have this time to counter. Sould be a fun and interesting chess match to watch.

A few more points. Tebow did contribute, but denver D and San Diego beating Oakland got denver in.

Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:03 pm

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

Hey cjp 180, maybe we should look for a QB that throws better? someone like a Carson Palmer perhaps.  But then we would have to complicate our offensive personnel scheme and teach them how to switch to defence on the fly and deal with interceptions and pick 6's.

Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:46 pm

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

You are truly an idiot... you have no idea what you are talking about....did Tebow ASK for people to come to his defense? Most of the QB's in this league will NEVER win a SB! Let's give the kid a year or two before you make any more studid statements. He's now started 16 games in his pro career. is that how you judge someone by 1 year of experience? Again you are an idiot.

Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:43 pm

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

Motion seconded...John will get a real QB on the roster and move Tebow to another position!  Hopefully!

Since: Oct 16, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:36 pm

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

ilovemykids comments on Tebow and Christians are without exception offensive and stupid.  For example:

By the way, did Brees and Rodgers' teams have to call press conferences after they were knocked out of the playoffs so that their general managers could assure their fans, that their quarterbacks would still be the starting quarterback for next year/ Nah! Did'nt think so! 

He/she's complaining that Tebow is underservedly being favored in some way.  But if we actually stop and think, which is something he/she doesn't do much of, what he/she said means the exact opposite of what he/she is saying it means.  Normally it's assumed that a QB that gets their team to the playoffs, which Tebow very obviously did, will be the starter the next year.  That's why nobody calls a press conference to announce that those other QB's will be the starter next year.  But in Tebow's case it's still up in the air.  If he doesn't show improvement next year, I don't think anyone doubts the Broncos would make a switch to some else.

As for ilovemykids' rant that Tebow will never win a SB, that may well be true but the guy he replaced, Orton, would likely never have won one either.  Somehow that point is irrelevant to an anti-Christian bigot like ilovemykids.


Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:28 pm

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

Only because the next QB down the roster is Brady Quinn and he aint starting for anyone ! If the donkeys manage to get a QB that can actually throw watch Elway drop Teblow like a sweaty jockstrap

Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:26 pm

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

Yes, teeth gnashers, the odds are very long that Tebow will never win a Super Bowl. And not just because of his unorthodox throwing motion but rather because of the intangibles that factor into getting to the championship game. If the Bronco's shore up the D and Elway and staff work w/ Tebow in the off season, who knows?  IMO: Denver has as much a shot as any of the other 31 teams.
The bottom line is that Tebow is a winner. Elway realizes that and is wise to start next season where they left off. 

After all,  Hadl, Brodie, Anderson, Cunningham, Esaison, Moon, Kelly, Fouts and Marino never won a Super Bowl. That's a pretty darn exclusive club.

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