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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 CBSSports.com'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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Comments

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:31 pm
 

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

Butters5 - and yet you clicked onto a story titled "Tebow 'earned the right' to start in 2012". 

get off his nuts already. So tired of hearing about him



Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:23 pm
 

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

get off his nuts already. So tired of hearing about him



Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:22 pm
 

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

PHIllypower: I understood you weren't questioning Elway. My comment was to readers who have trashed Elway, some of whom compare today's Tebow to a Hall of Fame player. Tebow may earn such comparisons but it's way too early for that.



Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:22 pm
 

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

If i were Jacksonville or Miami I would be offering Denver a 2nd round pick (1st rounder if necessary) to acquire Tebow.  Not for his ability to play but for all of the publicity he is sure to get.  Attendance would be through the roof.  Jersey sales and general interest in the team.  Especially since he played college ball in that state.  Denver would never trade him though because his cult following in Denver would hurt somebody if that ever happened. 




Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:09 pm
 

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

I feel badly for the other 52 NFL players on the roster who actually have earned the right to play their position. Denver is starting to put something good together and it's a shame that Elways and Fox are being bullied into sacrificing that by a fan base that doesn't have the expertise to make those determinations. But the NFL is one of the few places on Earth where you can't get away with being bad at what you do very long if someone is available to do it better. If that defense is even better next year and tebow gags like he did in most of the games he's played in, even those fans will clamoring for a real NFL quarterback, but since they're going to raise hell if the Broncos do sign a real NFL quarterback they're, as we say in Detroit, screwed.



Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:08 pm
 

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

Ah thanks lotrings1!  Now I should be dangerous!

1. Copy the text from the person you want to qoute then hit the "Reply to Comment" link.

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Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:06 pm
 

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

mightypup - The media has made SUCH a big deal about Tebow and made him the most covered player maybe in the history of sports for someone who has accomplished next to nothing in the NFL.  He has embraced the publicty under the guise of 'using it as a stage to further him ministry and get his message accross'.  NOTHING that he has done so far this year ON THE FIELD has helped bring someone closer to a relationship to god.  There are plenty of religious people in the NFL and almost none of them talk so openly about the charitable events that they have contributed to.  Its more respectable to do all of those charitable things under the radar.  Doing it this way makes it seem like he thinks he is more righteous than anyone who is not making such an outward display.  

There have been many great people who have done far greater things in their lives but we dont hear about them.  I dont mind him talking openly about his love for god but all of the outward displays are unnecessary.  
 



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:59 pm
 

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

Can somebody tell me how you highlight someones comment when you are replying to a specific post?  When I reply directly to someone and copy and paste it does not highlight the person I am replying to.  Thanks!

1. Copy the text from the person you want to qoute then hit the "Reply to Comment" link.

2. Paste that comment into your reply, highlight the comment then above the text box click the Qoute Symbol.





Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:53 pm
 

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

Why should any one have a problem with Tebow displaying his "character" yet have no or little problem with other players displaying their "character?"

Now I admit I am no expert, and I did not watch the whole game, but it seemed to me I did see quite a few passes Tebow made that certainly appeared catchable, and at least one that he seemed to have intentionally threw so that the defender could not get, but his player did have the opportunity. Sadly, it did not appear that he tired as hard as possible to have caught it.

Regardless, Tebow has certainly been a good story, both on field and off. Why gripe?



Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:46 pm
 

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

Can somebody tell me how you highlight someones comment when you are replying to a specific post?  When I reply directly to someone and copy and paste it does not highlight the person I am replying to.  Thanks!


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