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Elway: Tebow has “earned the right” to be starter in training camp

Former Denver Broncos' Elway, and current Broncos executive vice president of football operations, watches the warm ups before their NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Denver Reuters

Tebowmania isn’t going to end anytime soon. Broncos executive John Elway confirmed the obvious on Monday, saying that Tim Tebow has “earned” the right to be the starting quarterback heading into training camp next year.

Then again, Elway made it clear that Tebow has a lot of work to do.

“The passing game wasn’t where we wanted it to be,” Elway said at the season-ending press conference. “Those are the strides we have to make . . . we know Timmy will work his tail off.”

Elway stressed the team will have to “be in the market” to bring in more quarterbacks. That’s no surprise considering there are only two quarterbacks on the roster: Tebow and Adam Weber. Brady Quinn seems likely to leave via free agency and the Broncos could bring in a veteran backup or a rookie to compete with Tebow.

“We’re so hopeful that Tim’s that guy,” Elway said. “He has work to do . . . he made strides this year and got a lot of experience this year.”

It would be stunning if Tebow wasn’t the Week One starter next year. The Broncos want to see Tebow’s improvement after a full offseason of work with his new coaching staff.  The Broncos also want options if Tebow struggles. Elway doesn’t want to bring in another quarterback that’s content just holding the clipboard.

“If he’s afraid to come in and compete for that job, maybe he’s not the right guy,” Elway said.

Elway cited Tom Brady as a model of the type of quarterback he wants. Elway stressed needing an offense that can consistently throw down the field.

Tebow has earned the right to keep playing. But Elway’s words made it clear that Tebow will continue to be evaluated closely and will need to develop as a pocket passer to be “that guy” Elway is looking for.

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  1. deadeye says: Jan 16, 2012 2:48 PM

    Entering camp as the starter is nothing compared to exiting camp as the starter. Tebow will have to dramatically improve to hold on to first string QB. Look for Denver to draft a 2nd or 3rd round QB to help upgrade the position.

  2. michflaguy says: Jan 16, 2012 2:48 PM

    Tebow proved he could play in this league…and he’ll only get better under Elway. Everyone wants to slam on this guy…wait 3 years and see how good he gets learning from Elway. The guy can definitely throw the long ball…a lost art in the NFL. His reads will get better, he’ll move those fast feet better, and he will become a pretty good QB. Is he the next Brady or Brees? No…but he’s already better than half the sad-sacks posing as starting QB’s in this watered-down league. I will enjoy watching him silence the haters. : – )

  3. jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 16, 2012 2:49 PM

    Tim Tebow is good for the NFL.

  4. bigtganks says: Jan 16, 2012 2:49 PM

    “we know Timmy will work his tail off.”

    TIMMY?!

    Take off the training wheels.

  5. benh999 says: Jan 16, 2012 2:49 PM

    When does Elway earn his right to continue calling the shots for the Broncos?

  6. slightlyhyphy says: Jan 16, 2012 2:49 PM

    Committing to Tebow is a horrible idea. Towards the end of the season, teams were beginning to figure out how to stop Tebow. Tebow is merely a flash in the pan, a fad, a temporary hype-inducing phase which caught the NFL off guard. Just like the Wild-Cat a few years back, these phases tend to filter themselves out of popularity when the NFL catches on and figures out how to stop it.

  7. 4thquartermagic says: Jan 16, 2012 2:51 PM

    Watched presser live and most telling point is how Elway emphasized the important of working both directly and indirectly with Tebow on footwork.

    Elway mentioned Timmys footwork was best in Steelers game which was his best career game by far. Objective is to make that production consistent.

    Its exciting to be a Broncos fan again. First offseason in 6 years that gives us legit hope for the future.

  8. patriotsadw says: Jan 16, 2012 2:51 PM

    What time do the jets play?

  9. iluvwikileaks says: Jan 16, 2012 2:52 PM

    Yeah..right….good luck with that one:)

  10. captainwisdom8888 says: Jan 16, 2012 2:52 PM

    If i were Denver I’d give up on this kid now, send him to Miami or Jacksonville where he can be the most popular guy around who sucks every year.

    People will continuously point towards Tebow’s great character when considering his future, but his QB ability should be what we judge him most harshly on. He is, after all, a player in the NFL, not a professional model of behavior.

  11. cardmagnet says: Jan 16, 2012 2:52 PM

    1. The key words are in the headling “in training camp”.

    2. Wow, somebody wants their QB to be like Tom Brady? Who would have thought that? Come on, Elway, that’s a no brainer.

    3. They had a guy there to push Tebow this year, and they released him after the trade deadline rather than take advantage of some compensation. That was some poor management.

  12. edusregis says: Jan 16, 2012 2:53 PM

    He’s earned the right to compete for the ‘starting job’ is how it should read.

  13. mialto says: Jan 16, 2012 2:53 PM

    I guess Elway isn’t buying into Tebowmania…at this point I think he should keep his comments hush hush. Tebow has certainly surprised me and all the haters.

  14. mrplow3 says: Jan 16, 2012 2:54 PM

    Who’s the one other “linebacker playing QB” that has had any type of success in this league?

    Daunte Culpepper.

    Perfect guy to bring in to mentor Tebow at this point. The one major difference is Culpepper was a near 70% accuracy passer in his prime.

    Big body who was most accurate when the pocket broke down. Why not call him?

    At this point I’m sure he let go of those notions that he’s still a starter like he had with Stafford up in Detroit.

    That heavy dose of humble pie he was served could very well make Culpepper the perfect mentor for Tebow.

  15. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 16, 2012 2:54 PM

    Televangelist Timmy will flame out in camp. He doesn’t have what it takes to be an NFL caliber starting QB.
    He is more worried about preaching, and “soliciting” donations from the weak minded to benefit his bank account.

    Where was he immediatly after the loss in NE? He wasn’t with the team. he was doing his own thing.

  16. hedleykow says: Jan 16, 2012 2:55 PM

    Could this guy last an entire season smashing into the opposing defense with his own body like he does? You gotta give him credit for being a tough little booger, if for nothing else.

  17. mavajo says: Jan 16, 2012 2:55 PM

    And the Broncos have earned the right to set the Broncos back another season.

    It’s worth noting that Elway committed without really comitting. Saying a guy is gonna be your starter in training camp really isn’t saying much. The Broncos will have ample opportunity to bring a new guy in and beat Tebow for the starting gig once the season starts.

  18. vincentbojackson says: Jan 16, 2012 2:56 PM

    Elway then continued: “and I have earned the right to contact Matt Flynn’s agent”

  19. sj39 says: Jan 16, 2012 2:57 PM

    Elway’s model QB would be “light in the loafers”?

  20. pir8life says: Jan 16, 2012 2:57 PM

    Brilliant….. “Elway cited Tom Brady as a model of the type of quarterback he wants.”

    Give Timmy an offseason and he’ll be better than that punk Brady

  21. jimr10 says: Jan 16, 2012 2:58 PM

    John.. teach Tim how to play defense.

  22. footballfundamentals says: Jan 16, 2012 2:58 PM

    Has a lot of work to do.

    I.E. work on forward pass.

  23. cuda1234 says: Jan 16, 2012 2:59 PM

    Of course, he’s the only qb on the roster at the moment so this should not be much of a surprise.

    Also, check out this graphic from Peter King’s mmqb:

    Orton-Tebow Comparison
    W-L Points Comp.Pct. TD-Int Rating
    First 5 games (Orton) 1-4 105 .587 8-7 75.7
    Last 5 games (Tebow) 1-4 79 .402 3-4 60.5

  24. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 16, 2012 3:00 PM

    “Elway cited Tom Brady as a model of the type of quarterback he wants.”

    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

    Here’s a tip, slick…..you don’t have to state the obvious. So maybe don’t go home tonight and point Giselle out to your wife as “a model of the type of body” you want.

  25. patfromwayback says: Jan 16, 2012 3:00 PM

    Tom Brady is the model QB ALL teams should aspire to..including the Ravens…unfortunately they have Flaccoh!

  26. fishfiletkray says: Jan 16, 2012 3:01 PM

    Duh!

  27. cuda1234 says: Jan 16, 2012 3:03 PM

    So the Broncos’ season started and ended with the same 1-4 string, even though Tebow’s a “winner” and Orton’s a “loser”. And under Orton the team threw for more yards, scored more points and turned the ball over less. And Orton had a higher qb rating.

    But I’m sure the Tebowmaniacs won’t let the facts get in the way of Tebow’s urban legend.

  28. jamesx27 says: Jan 16, 2012 3:03 PM

    Elway+Tebow= ElBow. Sounds as if they’re married to one another now. Unless Quinn outplays Tebow in training camp, then it’ll change to BowEl.

  29. dk56 says: Jan 16, 2012 3:07 PM

    “Elway cited Tom Brady as a model of the type of quarterback he wants”.

    I can think of 25 teams or more who want the same thing Captain Obvious!

  30. duanethomas says: Jan 16, 2012 3:07 PM

    Tebow will be the starter in Denver for the next 12 years. He has the talent and heart.

    Thumbs Up Tebow

    Thumbs down Newton

    As your QB for the next ten years.

  31. pastabelly says: Jan 16, 2012 3:09 PM

    Elway cited Tom Brady as a model of the type of quarterback he wants. Elway stressed needing an offense that can consistently throw down the field.
    =================================

    In other words, he is going to draft a quarterback who is accurate, has the ability to read defenses, and has good decision making abilities. Tebow whiffs on all three of those. But Elway will let him start until he melts down again like he did this year.

  32. Tom G says: Jan 16, 2012 3:09 PM

    great news!
    signed Pats fan

  33. needle379 says: Jan 16, 2012 3:13 PM

    Really LOL

  34. goddamnthatsfunny says: Jan 16, 2012 3:13 PM

    HAHA Elway called him Timmy? Hilarious

  35. steelerhypocrite says: Jan 16, 2012 3:13 PM

    Elway also noted “He’s not my ideal QB…now excuse me while I go grazing.”

  36. yettyskills says: Jan 16, 2012 3:13 PM

    LOL

    “coming into camp”
    vs saying
    “Tebow is our starting QB next year”

    And somehow Tebowists think this is good news and a ringing endorsement

  37. davidjcu says: Jan 16, 2012 3:16 PM

    It will nice to be able to see what Tebow can do with a 2nd full offseason of his career and getting a lot of work in with the 1st team offense. A lot of young players struggled this year because of the lockout and the short offseason. I expect to see a lot of improvement from Tebow next season.

  38. forevercorr says: Jan 16, 2012 3:16 PM

    The Broncos organization cannot make it more clear that Tim has to grow. Also, McCoy and the offensive coaching staff had to piece together a new system half way through the year and they were robbed of a full preseason with Tim. I think that we can expect a big growth from Tim next year in terms of reads and the like. Ask many of the offensive players across the league and the biggest thing we learned about Tebow this year is his ability to lead a team – an intangible that can’t be taught. Tebow isn’t a flash in the pan scheme like the Wildcat. He is a player that men rally behind, and I’m glad he’s here.

  39. armoderate says: Jan 16, 2012 3:18 PM

    Hard to be a pocket passer when you have no protection. Ask Rodgers about the last game or ask Brees about the 49ers game. In theory, a pocket passer is the gold standard, but you have to have an offensive line that can pick up the blitz and not have the middle of the line collapse.

  40. packerman1968 says: Jan 16, 2012 3:20 PM

    Tebow proved he could play in this league…and he’ll only get better under Elway. Everyone wants to slam on this guy…wait 3 years and see how good he gets learning from Elway. The guy can definitely throw the long ball…a lost art in the NFL. His reads will get better, he’ll move those fast feet better, and he will become a pretty good QB. Is he the next Brady or Brees? No…but he’s already better than half the sad-sacks posing as starting QB’s in this watered-down league. I will enjoy watching him silence the haters. : – )

    —————————————————————-
    I have to laugh, he has not proven he can play in this league. He is a backup at best. He can throw the long ball? But he can not hit a wr in stride. His one big play in overtime, will not happen over and over again. Defenses have figured him out already.

  41. isujames says: Jan 16, 2012 3:22 PM

    he could be a better qb if he had more confidence in his own passing ability because he has the basic qualities you need to be a nfl qb.Awarness,good footwork,mobility,he can bypass not having a strong arm by working on his accuracy and showing he can scramble right and deliver a accurate pass.

  42. trbowman says: Jan 16, 2012 3:22 PM

    Elway has been searching for his franchise quarterback, meanwhile he was on the sidelines the whole time (Quinn)!

  43. justwinbaby29 says: Jan 16, 2012 3:23 PM

    Rumor is John “Teeth” Elway had his fingers crossed behind his back.

  44. seangifford says: Jan 16, 2012 3:25 PM

    After a circus of handling the QB situation, Elway is now handling this one perfectly. The leash he appears to be giving Tebow is just the right length.

  45. whyalwaysthehate says: Jan 16, 2012 3:25 PM

    I listened to Elway and he couldn’t have been more clear or supportive, except for the guy behind him holding quote fingers around his head when he said he “earned the right”. What a story.

  46. jackybadass says: Jan 16, 2012 3:26 PM

    Turn this guy into a te or fullback. worst nfl qb ever!

  47. hedleykow says: Jan 16, 2012 3:29 PM

    Teblow could be as good as Brady one day, after he gets an arm transplant.

  48. mornelithe says: Jan 16, 2012 3:32 PM

    If Tebow can seriously work on his passing game in the off-season, there’s no reason he can’t succeed and be an absolutely solid QB in the league. That’s a big If though. He’ll need to apply himself much harder than he has so far, because being a solid run team w/ the ‘chance’ to make some deep throws is really not going to advance you far into the playoffs.

    Certainly, credit is due for the Bronco’s getting there in the first place, but they were definitely shown up by the 31st rank D in the league…so things certainly have to change.

    Good luck to him, I suppose, not a huge fan of the media hype surrounding him, but that’s not really his fault…the media’s always looking for the angle that gets the most attention.

  49. 4thquartermagic says: Jan 16, 2012 3:36 PM

    Comparisons of Kyle Ortons stats to Tebow’s are purely from those who didn’t watch Orton play.

    Orton made his living of 3-5yrd passes repeatedly falling short of first downs. Defenses gladly gave him the underneath stuff that resulted in 3-and-outs and red zone FG’s.

  50. 4thquartermagic says: Jan 16, 2012 3:37 PM

    ALSO everyone just dismisses the fact that the Broncos became the #1 rushing team in the league as a direct result of Tebow taking the helm.

    I dislike referring to Tebow-nonsupporters as “Haters” but when you twist stats to fit your opinion of him as a “BUST” (after only playing 16 games over two seasons as a starter) you lose all credibility.

  51. mikemcdorman says: Jan 16, 2012 3:37 PM

    “Timmy.”

    Tells you everything you need to know about Elway’s opinion right there.

  52. yettyskills says: Jan 16, 2012 3:39 PM

    Christian Ponder was told by the Vikings that they won’t be drafting or bringing in a QB to compete with him next year and that he is the starter going into camp next year.

    Elway would only commit to 1 of the 3

    LOL

    “Going into camp”

    AKA – “Once camp begins all bets are off”

    Kinda like how Jimmy Clausen was the starter going into Panther camp last year.

  53. phillyphever says: Jan 16, 2012 3:40 PM

    IMO, Elway must see Teblow as a way to get the #1 pick next year and draft Barkley. Either that or he lost his damn mind. Sell high Elway, trade Tebow now and get value for him while he still has some.

  54. magnumpei says: Jan 16, 2012 3:42 PM

    Tebow will benefit from a solid off-season training program. He’ll never be a great QB, but he does have the chance to become a better one.

  55. gamermwm says: Jan 16, 2012 3:46 PM

    I would tell him not to work out his arms too much. He should stay at a consistent level of arm strength and not be up and down with it

    I believe most baseball pitchers and some basketball players know this

  56. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 16, 2012 3:46 PM

    “Turn this guy into a te or fullback. worst nfl qb ever!”

    @hedleykow, you must not watch much football because there are a lot of QBs I’ve seen worse than Tebow. Tebow is sub-par but compared to the like of Ryan Leaf and some of the other true loses that have been drafted over the years Tebow is ok.

  57. dlionsfan4life says: Jan 16, 2012 3:48 PM

    whatever makes you sleep at night. Tebow will not be starting next year.

  58. vanmorrissey says: Jan 16, 2012 3:50 PM

    While Tebow is not as big as the big QB sub for Landry at OU, Blake Bell, he could play the similar role of coming in when they’re about 5 yards from the end zone and just stuff it in. Other than that, there’s no way Denver can expect Tebow to make the adjustments to his mechanics needed to become even a halfway decent NFL throwing QB. One trick pony for this past season but other than that, DC’s will also have an off season to devise game plans against him, then what? Don’t think Denver will be able to make the offensive progress it would need for continued long term success.

  59. andyreidisfat says: Jan 16, 2012 3:55 PM

    Anyone who thinks tebow can play is out of their minds. 9-26 against one of the worst pass defenses ever. The guy sucks flat out. I would trade him to Jacksonville now, they might pay a second rounder just because tebow will sell seats

  60. johnelwayismydad says: Jan 16, 2012 4:09 PM

    andyreidisfat is a freaking idiot. Tebow did horrible against New England’s defense, but torched Pittsburgh. If that’s all you have to go on, your sadly misinformed.

  61. dan1434 says: Jan 16, 2012 4:25 PM

    Elway himself was relieved at times by Steve Deberg and or Craig Morton I believe during his rookie campaign and into the next year(s). Thank Jesus we had Gary Kubiak. We all know Tebow will work his butt off…he deserves that chance just as Elway did.

  62. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jan 16, 2012 4:29 PM

    and naturally, with every tebow article at least one mindless wanker crawls out of the woodwork to compare tebow to newton. tebow is growing on me…nutjob tebowmaniacs however are another story…

  63. granadafan says: Jan 16, 2012 4:30 PM

    I’m a Tebow hater, but I can recognize that the Broncos don’t go to the playoffs with Orton or Quinn as QB. The guy can make plays and creates problems. Yes, defenses figured out how to stop him, but the Broncs will have a whole offseason to come up with new plays. He’s most dangerous when he scrambles. If Tebow figures out how to throw the ball from the pocket he’ll be even more dangerous.

  64. cleverbob says: Jan 16, 2012 4:48 PM

    pir8life says:
    Jan 16, 2012 2:57 PM
    Brilliant….. “Elway cited Tom Brady as a model of the type of quarterback he wants.”

    Give Timmy an offseason and he’ll be better than that punk Brady
    =====================================

    I can’t wait to see that…

  65. chase70 says: Jan 16, 2012 4:53 PM

    I’m not saying I wouldn’t give him a shot, but completing 9 passes against a bad defense is just terrible. I really don’t think its going to work out in the long run.

  66. michflaguy says: Jan 16, 2012 5:20 PM

    Scrambling\unpredictable QB’s have *always* caused problems for NFL defenses (Vick\Young\Cunningham\Tarkenton) for the simple reason that NFL defenses just do not have an answer for a running QB. It’s literally not in their schemes…because nearly ALL teams do not want their QB running…so why design a defense to stop something the offense will *not* be doing. The thing is…times are changing. I think we are now entering the true age of the running QB. It’s actually a throwback to the early days of the NFL when QB’s were the 1st or 2nd option on the run. Too many colleges are now running offenses with the QB as the primary\secondary running threat. And not just in the South. The Big Ten, the PAC 10…they all now have top rushers at the QB position. The shift is happening…the running QB is finally making a long awaited return to the NFL…and Tim Tebow is their leader! : – )

  67. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Jan 16, 2012 5:25 PM

    As a Raiders fan, this is good news. Well as long as Reggie brings in someone who can actually coach and call a defense.

  68. savagenation2011 says: Jan 16, 2012 5:28 PM

    Tebow didnt play defense against the Pats. Tebow had 2 seconds to throw, Brady all freakin day. Put Brady on the Broncos and would have been sacked 10 times.

    Football knowledge of Tebow critics is nil

  69. randomguy9999 says: Jan 16, 2012 5:31 PM

    I used to think Elway was intelligent…. but he wants to keep the QB with the lowest number of TDs and yards per game in the NFL this season…

    if it were any other QB, he would have got released today

  70. ahs2 says: Jan 16, 2012 7:54 PM

    4thquartermagic says:
    Jan 16, 2012 3:37 PM
    ALSO everyone just dismisses the fact that the Broncos became the #1 rushing team in the league as a direct result of Tebow taking the helm.
    _________________________________
    And you dismiss that they led in rushing attempts while finishing only 6th in yp/carry. Take Orton away and they would be the clearer leader in attempts. Couple this with that fact that McGahee is a great back and Tebow is so bad at passing that they rarely let him try and you find why they led in rushing.

  71. broncsfan72 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:11 PM

    Tebow haters…. Yes he will be our quarterback. No you can’t have him on your team…hahahaha…That’s what you really want isn’t it? If you didn’t you wouldn’t be on his nutz every time they say something about him. Until next year haters. I’m on to basketball. Oyeah the niners win the big one.

  72. acebandito says: Jan 16, 2012 11:00 PM

    ahs2 says: Jan 16, 2012 7:54 PM

    And you dismiss that they led in rushing attempts while finishing only 6th in yp/carry. Take Orton away and they would be the clearer leader in attempts. Couple this with that fact that McGahee is a great back and Tebow is so bad at passing that they rarely let him try and you find why they led in rushing.
    ———————————————————-
    Yeah, so y/carry are brought down a little by the 471 yards on 112 rushing attempts (4.2 y/carry) with Orton at QB…and they were 25th in the NFL a that time. After Tebow became the starter the team rushed for 2161 yards on 434 carries. (5.0 y/carry…4th in the NFL).

    By the way, it may be relevant to point out the 190.4 ypg over its last 12 games—is the most productive 12-game rushing stretch in team history.

  73. tluke25 says: Jan 16, 2012 11:37 PM

    If Elway wants Tebow to be “that guy” then maybe he should stop referring to him as “Timmy”.

  74. cowboysblowgoats says: Jan 17, 2012 9:38 AM

    “he’s already better than half the sad-sacks posing as starting QB’s in this watered-down league. I will enjoy watching him silence the haters.”

    He is ranked dead last in passing yards per game and completion percentage. He is actually the worst passing QB in the NFL. Good luck with him. Those of us who hate the Broncos are more than happy that Teblow is your QB.

  75. bigjdve says: Jan 17, 2012 1:17 PM

    Tebow has shown that he can play in the league – the million dollar question is whether he can play QB in the league.

    The inherent problem that I see with Tebow is that he excels in an option offense. One of the reasons that this offense was all but abandoned in the NFL was because if you get behind, it becomes somewhere between difficult and impossible to catch up.

    Teams will learn quickly to gun it early and get ahead, then the Broncos will founder as they have no real way of catching up.

    I know that people like to mention the Steelers game as proof otherwise, but lets remember that the Steelers were giving them the pass, so he wasn’t throwing into consistent hard coverages. Also how many times did we see the Steelers standing flat footed trying to contain him, meaning that it didn’t look like they were putting alot of pressure on him.

    The pats and one of the worst defenses in the league (without their best pass rusher) were able to just have their way with the Broncos because of the pressure and coverage. Not so good for the Broncos.

    Still it will be fun to watch and see what happens.

  76. nick1364 says: Jan 18, 2012 4:01 PM

    The Jags are having an awful time selling tickets in Jacksonville. Tebow would fix that no doubt, if you could get this deal done for one other player and keep our own number one great. Now the Colts suck big time that was shown this year with out Payton in the line up, big time rebuilding is needed in Indy. If this could work out and get Luck from Indy, I say by by to Tebow, if not keep Tebow and see if Elway and company can fix the pocket passing for 2012 off season.

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