In a press conference on Monday, John Elway sought to curb the circus that’s sure to surround Tebow this offseason by stating:
“Tim is the starting quarterback going into training camp. He made great strides. He has earned the right to be the starter going into training camp next year.”
Elway added that he expects Tebow to become a better player before next season.
“Obviously, the passing game was not where we want it to be. We’re looking forward to the offseason to see the improvement he can make, and I think he will do that. Where I can help him, and give my experiences, as well to others, I’ll do that.”
Tim Tebow went 8-5 as a starter, including postseason play, and tied for tops in the league with five fourth-quarter comeback.
This is a huge decision by the Broncos management for a couple of reasons. One is that Tebow is not a prototypical NFL quarterback and as a result the Broncos offense is not a typical NFL offense. By going all in with Tebow, the Broncos are also going all in with a Tewbow style offense. That means that the other quarterbacks that Denver sign this offseason (Tebow is the Broncos’ only quarterback under contract for 2012) have to fit Tebow’s offense. That eliminates the typical pocket passer like Atlanta’s Matt Ryan as he would not be able to run Denver’s offense. Instead the Broncos will be looking for someone like Carolina’s Cam Newton, a quarterback who can throw on out of the pocket, and is big enough to run the ball also.
The Broncos next season will not be asking Tebow to drop back and throw 40 times a game. John Fox likes a strong running game with occasional passing, which is why Denver led the NFL in rushing with 2,632 yards, a team record this season. Instead they will be looking for him to get his passing percentage into the mid 50’s from the mid 40’s. The big question is whether Tebow can do that!
What do you think of the Broncos naming Tebow their starting QB for next season?