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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, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:54 am

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

John Elway is only saying Tim Tebow has earned the right to go into training camp as the starting quarterback.  That does not mean that week 1 he is the Broncos starter.  Both Elway and John Fox know that Tebow is a talented athlete, but he lacks the ability to play quarterback on a consistently high level in the NFL.  Each week he is boom or bust, the John's want a guy who is more consistent at the quarterback position.  If they find that guy during the off season, he competes with Tebow for the starting job.  If they don't find that guy, then Tebow gets the nod due to lack of options...

Since: Sep 12, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:37 am

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

Absolutely. Tebow gets knocked for his lack of skills and his in-your-face Christianity. He DIDN'T win every game (contrary to those who say "All he does is win.") BUT...where were the Broncos BEFORE Tebow was the starter? The defense that Tebow-detractors were using to explain the wins was there before Tebow. Why were they so abysmal then? When Tebow started, the Broncos, who had given the rest of the division a head-start raced to the division title. There were some losses along the way, but the Broncos were a better team with Tebow than they had been without him. Imagine what a little bit of pro-level coaching might do to improve his skills. Imagine Tebow with SKILLS! (Steve Young-ish?)
Tebow has absolutely won the right to be considered the starter for next season. As with any other QB though, he has to keep performing to keep the job.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:24 am

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

Say what you want and I'll even say that no, TT is not a great QB.  However, he's got a drive, work ethic, and spirit that not many players have.  Perhaps with a little bit more working with coaches, he can improve on his skills.  But also maybe the team as a whole can improve playing with each other since he's now the 2012 starter.  Only time will tell.

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:02 am

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

Tebow has certainly earned the right to be named the starter. He is a proven winner. He has a burning desire inside that cant be taught or learned. I think he will do everything in the offseason to improve his QB skills. And to add QB skills to what he already has, he could be great

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:59 am

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

Sure Tebow earned the right to be the starting QB in both 2011 and going into 2012.  The difference is he has gotten so much attention that he will no longer be able to sneak up on any team anymore next year.  He will be scouted heavily and thus will have to prove his longevity.  It is time to stop talking about Tim Tebow, at least until next season.  He is done and so is Denver.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:56 am

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

Kyle Boller would be a great fit...LOLLaughing

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:37 am

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

TT is a great QB. 

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:33 am

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

there is NO talented QB being a part of that qb circus. no good free agent or anybody looking to get a chance would dare come to denver and watch the special treatment he gets while the others watch the media kiss his ass full time. what elway is basically saying is....i didnt draft him, im stuck with him and now i have to pretend im interested before he goes 5-11  or 6- 10 with a few slop wins thrown in. 

come next year, his contract will run out and the media will trying to shove how all these "other teams" are interested in this player with special gifts other than qb talent. in 2 to 3 years he will be a clipboard holder and then in 5 years he will be out of options as an nfl qb, come back  to jax where the blind will fall all over him like hes still GOD, sign autographs for $250 to $300 and thinking this charade will last forever.  

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:16 am

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

Bring out all the excuses you want.  It really won't matter because as of now, Tebow is the starting quarterback for Denver.  Will he be there next year at this time.  Only another season will tell.  What cannot be denied is that he lasted longer than all the media masterminds like Prisco and all the Tebow-haters said he would.  Given that the average career length for an NFL player is supposed to be somewhere around three-plus seasons, Tebow is nearly two thirds of the way to becoming at least average.

Since: Jul 4, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:07 am

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

Ok, Johns, step one complete.  Now line up the other teams again with an extraordinary string of catastrophic injuries and/or a baffling ability of pro defenses to stop a college offense because they switch to a prevent defense in the fourth quarter (Jets RB Green injured/let Tebow run untouched to the left side on late, decisive play; Vikings without Peterson; Bears without Cutler and Forte, with Barber's staggering ineptitude late (running out of bounds, fumbling), and a bizarre switch to a Tampa 2 scheme at the end of the 4th; Steelers without Mendenhall, Clark, Keisel (look what happened after he left--no pass rush at all), with a crippled Rapistberger.)   No problem!  On the bright side, Adam Webber's future just got a lot brighter!

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