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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 17, 2012 12:22 pm

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

And sikly is right - Tebow is no Trent Dilfer.  Dilfer played 13 years in the NFL, threw for 20,000 yards and 100+ TD's.  He won a super bowl and retired with a winning record.  It doesn't look like Tebow will do any of those things. 

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:21 pm

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

You Tebowmanaics should really do some research.  Numbers say the guy's not any more of a "winner" than any other first round qb.  There's absolutely no evidence that he's ever made anyone around him better (for example, how many skill position players from his Florida days were first round picks?).  And as for being a hard-worker, didn't he spend all offseason on a PR tour promoting himself and his book while Kyle Orton was leading team workouts?  You should do some research and stop promoting this urban legend stuff.

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:18 pm

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

is beating the 2012 Steelers that much of an accomplishment? 

i say no. average team at best. and aging. and people can't play in high altitudes.  

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:13 pm

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

Tim Tebow is far from mediocre.  You are 100% correct on Superstar QB's being able to lose playoff games and marginal QB's winning SB games.  Dilfer is the #1 example.  Highly touted out of Fresno State with a ton of upside that never materialized in the NFL.  But Dilfer did learn how to manage a game eventually and win the big prize.  Tebow is more intelligent and already knows how to manage the game.  The Broncos need to give him some pocket protection and some weapons to throw too that can actually catch the ball.  The Broncos Defense just needs a tweak here and there and they can be an elite.  It starts with a pass rush that was painfully absent saturday.  I'm glad John Elway has committed to working with Tebow in the off season but ecstatic he's letting the Raiders talk with the O & D Co-ordinators.  The trend in the NFL is a QB that racks up 35 to 45 hundred yards but an effective running game eats more clock and keeps your rivals offense on the sidelines as well as reduced possesions.  Marry that to a defense that can make a few critical stops (ie The Giants) and you have a formula that works at every level of the game in producing Championships.  There is excitement in Mile High again as there should be.  Lets see if The Great John Elway can run a team as well in a suit as he did in shoulder pads with some off season moves.

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:59 am

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

Non-story.  All Elway said is the won't replace him BEFORE training camp.  Big Whoop.  I'm sure Tim will sleep better knowing he won't be benched during OTAs.

Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:51 am

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

i think you guys are right on, and you do an excellent job of stating your points. As a big Packer fan, I was comforting myself before the game that we had the services of Rogers and the Giants 'only' had Manning. Quite a bit of that type of thinking went out the window this weekend. Lets see what Tebow can do with all the support they can give him. If that does not work, perhaps someone else can find how to best utilize his strenths, which may of course not be at QB.

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:49 am

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

  Tebow makes the players around him better. He scares the hell out of me since we may have to face him 2 or 3 times a season.  Not because he is a great QB right now, but because he gets the most out of his teammates.  He motivates both sides of the ball.  He gives them hope, he gives them someone they can count on. 

I believe that if the Denver football operations management are truely behind as their current and future franchise QB they need to sign or draft two other QB's that can play the Read Option/ Triple Option Spread Offense.  They need to bring in experts as assistant coaches in this type of offense as soon as possible.  They barely scratched the surface on the different looks and plays that this offense can produce.  They need the entire offense to work together on it during the off-season.  This is actually a very good offense that could possibly work in the NFL.  There are probably only a handful of defenses that have the discipline and patience to stop this type of offense on a regular basis once the complete offensive playbook is implemented.  It takes thousands of reps to make it work. 

Another thing is it makes your opponents have to practice an entirely different type of disciplined defense.  That is time away from working on their base defense that will make them a little weaker against the rest of the league.

You have to get rid of K. Moreno he is to injury prone  This offense requires running backs with 's skill set.  Tough North & South runner with one cut then looking for contact to run over the safety.  A change of pace speed back is also needed for the pitch option.  D. Thomas and E. Decker are good receivers but you will need a solid TE - Great Blocker with Good Hands and Vertical Speed.  They are out there.

Tebow has the deep pass down pretty good.  He has to improve his short and intermediate accuracy.  Focus on that and reading the safeties.  When you only have one or two routes going out that should give him time with eight men in protection.

Again, you have to love this kid for how he helps his team win.  He has only played in what 15 or 16 games.  Give him a legitimate off season development program with an expanded play book within this system. Bring in with a couple of QB's with type skill sets. 

Plus your defense improved this season until the New England & Detroit games.  is a beast.  Hopefully he can stay healthy.  Get some more size in the middle on the defense. ook to upgrade the LB's and DB's.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:48 am

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

Last week in the NFL showed fans that even elite QB's lose: ie Brees & Rodgers. There are mediocre QB's that have won Superbowls. The 69 Chiefs has Len Dawson with a QB rating of 69.9 & only threw for 1,323 yards (9 TDs, 13 Ints). The great 85 Bears had McMahon who threw for only 2,392 yards (15 TDs, 11 Ints) & QB Rating of 82.6. Closer to today, the 2000 Ravens had Trent Dilfer (one of Tebow's harshest critics), and he amassed a whopping 1,502 yards (12 TDs, 11 Ints) & a QB Rating of 76.6. Elite QB's help the cause, but winning can be done by good defenses to compliment a mediocre QB. If Tebow can get his basics under him, he can produce a Superbowl ring. Others have done it, but he needs a lot of help in the passing area. Not so much as a 3 or 4K passer, but efficient and can move the chains when needed.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:25 am

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

If anything, Broncos should draft a complement, not a competitor, in the later rounds.  Tebow's style will eventually bring forth an injury, so its best that you dont have a dropoff AND a mismatch in talent, e.g. Mike Vick to Ty Detmer in Atlanta. 

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:15 am

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

I'm a big fan of Tim Tebow so I don't understand why all the haters and tools are attacking en masse. Anyway, I saw the Broncos-Pats game and Tebow's throwing motion is really strange. He looks like Randy Johnson trying to throw a left-handed slider...whatever that means (a phrase I'm now borrowing from the great Clark Judge). Based on that weird throwing motion I am really surprised to learn that he and the Gators dominated the SEC for 2 years during Urban Meyer's tenure at Florida. But this does lend tremendous weight to what I have been saying for so many years. The SEC is so overrated. I bet that most SEC teams would have trouble competing against De La Salle High School *look them up and you will see how good they are*

Tim Tebow will not flourish in Denver. Elway has no choice but to start Tebow if only because Kyle Orton's not the sexy name at the moment. Tebow could be an outstanding QB...but without proper coaching he will not be anything more than what he is now.....whatever that means. 

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