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Elway can’t imagine a coach that wouldn’t want Tebow

We’ve already gone over the broad strokes of John Elway’s introductory press conference with the Broncos.  Here are a few other newsy items to come from the session, including updates on Jim Harbaugh and Tim Tebow.

1. Elway said he would call Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh Wednesday or Thursday.  (Might want to get on that.)  Elway said he’d absolutely be interested in Harbaugh if he was interested in coaching at the pro level.

2. Elway lit up when talking about Tim Tebow, saying he was everything the team expected.   Elway mentioned he could help with quarterbacks.  “Tim Tebow is a darn good football player. What we’ve got to make him is a darn good quarterback.”

3.  The next coach will decide who the starting quarterback is.  But Elway can’t imagine a head coach that wouldn’t want to coach Tebow.  While it’s early, it definitely didn’t sound like the Broncos would be thinking quarterback at the No. 2 overall pick.

4.  Kyle Orton also earned some praise, but Elway was less excited.  He said Orton needed to be evaluated when asked about a possible trade.   Elway was also vague about Champ Bailey’s status, but said the cornerback would have fit right in on championship Broncos teams.

5. “If there’s a difference between [G.M. Brian] Xanders and the head coach, it’s my job to break that tie,” Elway said.

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24 Responses to “Elway can’t imagine a coach that wouldn’t want Tebow”
  1. androk23 says: Jan 5, 2011 6:02 PM

    I think Elway knows what he’s doing. As has been said, his father was a scout. Elway owned an Arena team that won a championship. He’s one of the best QB’s of all time.

    John Elways isn’t exactly a bag of expired Duracell batteries.

    I’m a Bills fan, but so far, I think he’s saying the right things. His first test is what coach he hires. Personally, I think Tebow will be a heckuva player.

  2. hobartbaker says: Jan 5, 2011 6:13 PM

    Coach McShay and Coach Kiper wouldn’t want Tebow as a QB. They like him as a backup safety.

  3. citizenstrange says: Jan 5, 2011 6:18 PM

    “Tim Tebow is a darn good football player. What we’ve got to make him is a darn good quarterback.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    In the future Mr. Elway, I will thank you to save your gutter talk for your street friends.

  4. jaggedmark says: Jan 5, 2011 6:18 PM

    Then Elway can’t imagine Jim Harbaugh!

  5. hobartbaker says: Jan 5, 2011 6:19 PM

    6. “If there’s a difference between Elway and Xanders or the head coach, it’s my job to break that tie as well.”.

  6. JSpicoli says: Jan 5, 2011 6:24 PM

    And then they gave him an apple and he ate it and was happy.

  7. possiblecabbage says: Jan 5, 2011 6:42 PM

    I think he’s right in saying that any coach would want Tebow… but certainly not as a starter. He’s sort of the ideal 3rd QB long-term developmental prospect, he’ll work hard, do everything you ask him to, have a great attitude, etc.

    He’s just not going to be a starting calibre NFL QB.

  8. sullijo1 says: Jan 5, 2011 6:47 PM

    DRAFT DEFENSE!

  9. melikefootball says: Jan 5, 2011 6:47 PM

    To much raw raw ree in his speech.

  10. edgy says: Jan 5, 2011 6:53 PM

    While he might be right about the majority of coaches, I’ll nominate Tom “Gotta Have My Gradkowski” Cable as a coach that I could imagine that wouldn’t like Tim Tebow.

  11. commandercornpone says: Jan 5, 2011 6:57 PM

    break a tie? i guess they wont be signing mcnabb…

  12. hobartbaker says: Jan 5, 2011 7:00 PM

    Elway talked to Harbaugh long ago. Then convinced Bowlen to fire McDaniels and tank the season to draft Luck. All this crap about liking Tebow is P.R. If they sign Harbaugh they are going to try to get Luck even if it involves trading Tebow.

    The bitter irony is that Tebow was better in 3+ games as a rookie (11 TDs passing and rushing) than Mr El the talking head was playing the full schedule as a rookie (8 combined TDs).

  13. raiderapologist says: Jan 5, 2011 7:33 PM

    Did Horseface have to “pony” up money to get this gig?

  14. pukey60 says: Jan 5, 2011 7:46 PM

    What a breath of fresh air – now if could only get Cutler and Brandon Marshall back…

  15. jjmaddog says: Jan 5, 2011 7:47 PM

    I guess Brad Quinn will be out of football? LOL

  16. liquidmuse3 says: Jan 5, 2011 7:59 PM

    Why is everyone so convinced on Tebow? He had a brilliant QB rating against the best athletes in college(the SEC), & despite only playing 3 games, showed nice touch on the long pass & good arm strength on the long sideline routes. If you have *doubts*, that’s one thing, but this SURETY that he’s already a major bust before snap one(never mind he looked more than credible in his 1st 3 starts)is borderline insane to me.

  17. 8man says: Jan 5, 2011 8:46 PM

    Tebow must be one hard worker and humble. It’ll be interesting to see how he progresses since the majority seemed to believe he wouldn’t succeed at QB.

    If the kid has the skills and the work ethic all that remains is coaching and development. Can the Broncos do that?

    It’s funny how this may be the beginning of the Tebow era in Denver as the Young era closes in Tennessee.

  18. snaponrules says: Jan 5, 2011 9:15 PM

    Most of the good coaches will want Tebust, just not as a starting QB. Maybe as a TE or FB.
    Its a horrible choice to limit the coach to lead your franchise based on the simple premise that he can play tebust as a QB.
    Get the best coach available and let him decide who his QB is. Instead they are going to follow the Al Davis model of how to run franchise, which has worked so well.

  19. broncsfan says: Jan 5, 2011 9:17 PM

    I just don’t understand this trade Orton talk, even if they’re going full-steam-ahead with the Tebow era. Last time I checked, the world wasn’t exactly teeming with quality veteran backups and there’s still no salary cap to prevent them from paying both. I just can’t see other teams giving up the kind of draft picks or players that would make it rational.

  20. mean13 says: Jan 5, 2011 9:46 PM

    liquidmuse3 says: Jan 5, 2011 7:59 PM

    “Why is everyone so convinced on Tebow? He had a brilliant QB rating against the best athletes in college(the SEC), & despite only playing 3 games, showed nice touch on the long pass & good arm strength on the long sideline routes. If you have *doubts*, that’s one thing, but this SURETY that he’s already a major bust before snap one(never mind he looked more than credible in his 1st 3 starts)is borderline insane to me.”

    I’ll answer your question for you. It’s Tebow’s faith. The Tebow haters just can not stand it. He was very impressive in all three of his starts and the excuses for the Tebow haters changed after every game.

    Tony Dungy said he would have taken Tebow with the 1st overall pick of the draft. The again, what does he know about football.

  21. Gene Simmons Tongue says: Jan 5, 2011 11:26 PM

    Regarding the second and third bullet points, it seems Elway is only making a statement to potential Head Coaches that Tebow will be in their future.

  22. stetai says: Jan 5, 2011 11:50 PM

    I hate the Broncos and I hate John Elway. so thank the Lord that he’s actually running that team. Elway will make Matt Millen look like Ron Wolf, I can’t wait!

  23. pearson251 says: Jan 6, 2011 1:09 AM

    Stanford graduate , 2 time Super Bowl winner , successful businessman , Then there are people that need to make a horse face comment just before they go work the night shift at the truck stop . A great laugh ….I needed that !

  24. ratmazter says: Jan 7, 2011 1:29 AM

    @hobartbaker

    After Elway’s rookie year, he only went to 5 (count them 1, 2,…,5) Super Bowls (won 2), won 148 games (only 2nd to Favre who was just stat-greedy the last three years), threw 300 TD’s, and passed for 51,475 yards – and most of this came without big time receivers (no Rice, Taylor, etc.) or running backs (no Sanders) for most of the 80′s & 90′s. Heck, many rookie QB’s did better than Elway! But don’t compare him to Tebow before you can remember his body of work. You’re simply an Elway hater because he probably dosed your team with one of his miraculous 4th Quarter comebacks.

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