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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: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:45 am

Report: Broncos will back Tebow at Monday presser

Why do you state unequivocally that Tebow "led them to a division title in 2011"?  Don't the numbers say that after he was handed the starting job the offense took a step backward but a great defense, a crappy schedule and a terrible division allowed them to back into a division title without a winning record? 

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:43 am

Report: Broncos will back Tebow at Monday presser

I agree with backing him right now.  However, behind the scenes the John's will will be looking hard to improve their entire roster, especially at the quarterback position.  They need to support Tim Tebow right now though, just in case they don't find anyone better.  Once pre-season starts I imagine that Tebow will have some competition, and he will likely lose his starting job.  Sorry Timmy, you didn't win me over this season, I never bought a jersey, never chanted your name when Kyle Orton was starting, and you never made me a "believer"!  Good luck to you, but your quarterback days are numbered.  You've proven you can't advance "enough" to win against the top teams, and that is what Fox and Elway will be looking for.  

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:42 am

Report: Broncos will back Tebow at Monday presser

At least Tebow will have a full offseason of work to propel him into the 2012 season--unlike the past season when there were NO OTAs, mini-camps or ANY contact with coaches that could help him hone and refine his skills.  Based on the improvement Tebow made during the 2011 season, I expect that he will be a better QB on opening day 2012 with a full offseason under his belt, considering that no one works at his craft harder than Tebow.

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