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Elway Says Tebow Will be in the QB Mix in 2011

John Elway said Tim Tebow will compete with veterans Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn for the starting job according to Ed Werder of ESPN. Tebow’s potential was the reason the Broncos used the No. 2 overall draft pick and their other premium draft choices on rebuilding the NFL’s worst defense rather than taking a young quarterback.

“I think where we are as an organization, we are going with Tim,” Elway said.

Elway described himself as being Tebow’s “biggest fan” because if he justifies the first-round draft pick McDaniels spent on him, the Broncos can more quickly recover from a disastrous 4-12 season.

“To have John Elway say positive things about you is just amazing,” Tebow said. “He’s played the game at the highest level possible, and I’m excited because he’s going to be a great asset for me.”

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One Response to “Elway Says Tebow Will be in the QB Mix in 2011”

  1. Ben says:

    Broncos Fans,

    I’ve been VERY accurate in dissecting Quarterback’s in the last several years predicting hits and misses. Usually besides talent and leadership, it’s being in the right environment for success. And I’ll admit, though I thought the McDaniels regime was perfect for Tebow, I wasn’t sure if Elway would come around to Tebow. Much to my relief, he seems to have realized, at least for this season, Tebow is their guy. Though, with a poor year, things could change. Andrew Luck, Landry Jones and Matt Barkley are all top QB prospects next year, along with Nick Foles and could be difference makers that the team is searching for at the position, and trust me, Elway knows what it takes at the position.

    But, don’t worry Broncos fans, Tebow is not only a special young man, but he has the potential to be a special QB. Here are some common questions about Tebow.

    Deep ball. Did anyone watch that Tebow to Lloyd TD pass against the Raiders? He had plenty of arm. Oh, and I don’t think Montana threw a pass longer than 40 yards his whole career, how did that work out for him?

    Accuracy. I’ll admit, this is his largest potential downfall in becoming great. He can become a good quarterback with his ability to extend plays, help others become better, etc. But, without him developing accuracy in the pocket (let’s say 60% to put a number on it), he will not be great. And that is one of the thing’s Elway has stressed to him, and he has been working hard this off season, primarily to develop in this area.

    Long wind up. If he had not worked on this during the year before starting, and in camp last year, this would remain a question mark to me. But, he showed what dedication to your craft and hard work can accomplish, his wind up has improved dramatically from that Senior Bowl debacle last year. Will he ever have a Peyton Manning or Dan Marino release? No, but few ever will.

    Protection schemes. Some have questioned Denver being able to protect his blind side, especially with the issues the team had at RT last year. However, with Orlando Franklin brought in during the draft, this should go along way toward helping. Especially, as he is a mauler in the run game, and Denver should improve dramatically in that area next season.

    Running help. He had to rely on his own legs last year when he was finally given the chance to start? Problem? Franchise QB’s are too valuable to take off and run all the time. With Deangelo Williams expected to get a look whenever Free Agency starts, that would be a big addition for this team and helping Tebow develop. Look what Steven Jackson did for Bradford’s development last year, or Michael Turner for Matt Ryan, or Ray Rice for Joe Flacco and the list goes on.

    I think Tim Tebow is a franchise QB. This year he starts to prove it, first by beating out Orton or anyone else for the job, then starting week one against Oakland. Now, he will face stiffer tests throughout the season, so we shall see how he handles it, but I look for a nice season from him.

    Next mission? Study film and do the little things that make a QB great, which I think is actually his biggest asset. In 2-3 years, barring a melt down this season, and Elway going with a signal caller in 2012 draft, as listed above, I think Tebow will play at Pro Bowl level and silence his last few remaining detractors in the process.

    Go Broncos!


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