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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: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:12 pm

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

As a

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:12 pm

Broncos plan for 2012

Stick with QB, draft best available defense as this a defense heavy class.  Get another wideout or TE that can get open in the short areas.  Get Moreno healthy or get a replacement. 

If you want to get to the superbowl, you had better fix other things first.  The D did good but will need to be better still.   If it doesn't work out you will have built up the other sections of your team to warrant spending whatever it takes to get "your QB."

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:11 pm

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

Would certainly be surprised if Denver isn't among many teams licking their chops to sign Matt Flynn.   

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:11 pm

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

Not mentioned in the article is there is no one to trade Tebow to either.
Tebow is tough, mentally and physically and while people may dislike his reliance on his faith to carry him through the tough times that's his M.O..
If Elway can refine him some Tebow may never be an elite quarterback but he stands as much chance of coming up big and catching lightning in a bottle as Trent Dilfer, Jim McMahon and Jim Plunkett.

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:59 pm
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Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:49 pm
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Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:48 pm

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

 will enter training camp as the ’ starting quarterback for 2012.

The team sought to curb the circus that’s sure to surround Tebow this offseason by declaring him the incumbent at a season-ending news conference Monday.

John Elway, a Hall of Famer who rejoined the team a year ago as chief of football operations, has pledged to work with Tebow this offseason to polish his passing game.

Tebow took over a 1-4 team in October and guided the Broncos to their first playoff berth since 2005. His 80-yard TD toss on the first play of overtime beat Pittsburgh in the wild-card round before the Broncos lost at New England Saturday.

Tebow is the Broncos’ only quarterback under contract for 2012.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:43 pm

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

If you watched the Broncos-Patriots game closely, you saw that even on blitzes Tebow still dropped his arm to his waist and then began his throws from there.  There's not enough time for that.  Tebow also has poor skills in selecting short pass targets where he's got to put the ball between defenders - one reason his avg. completion distance is so high: he's only comfortable if he drops the pass behind the defense.

Tebow also doesn't make great decisions, but that can improve with experience.  What's going to be difficult to improve is his delivery and his choice of targets.

If you want a QB that's going to run a lot, maybe you've got a winner in Tebow.  But he's not going to be healthy long enough to make the investment matter.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:42 pm

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

I agree with Elway.  Tebow was 7-4 in the regular season on a team that was 1-4 without him.  He pulled off one major upset in the playoffs and ended up 1-1 there.  He did this as a second-year player and first-year starter.  He deserves to be given another shot at starting over a full season.  He may yet prove to be a TE, but he is doing better at QB in Denver than ballyhooed FA Kyle Orton did.  
It isn't always the guy who does everything with perfect form that wins the game.  Tebow might not have a perfect motion, but he gets the job done.  Drew Brees isn't exactly a classic, tall, high-release NFL QB either, but he has done quite well.  

As for the Jesus thing, it isn't for everybody.  I would appreciate it if he got off the pulpit while representing his team, but I would rather have a Tim Tebow than a guy who wastes his money making it rain at the local strip joint.   

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:40 pm

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

The Broncos have bigger needs than QB anyways their first two picks should be tight end and safety. Then just pick up a moble qb in free agency in case Tebow goes down like Vince Young, Dennis Dixon or Josh Johnson an draft a guy in the late rounds who was passed over for height or arm strength or both, but was really good in college like Case Keenum, Kellen Moore or Russel Wilson.

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