Tebow still short-term solution
Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 7:02 pm
By ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Pro Football Writer
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Tim Tebow’s fans want to know what else the man has to do to win over the Denver Broncos’ brain trust.
He’s won seven of eight games since taking over as their starting quarterback, turning a team that was foundering at 1-4 under Kyle Orton into an improbable playoff contender at 8-5, atop the AFC West.
Still, coach John Fox is reticent about committing to Tebow for the long term, saying he’d rather focus on the task at hand, which is ending Denver’s five-year playoff drought.
Football chief John Elway created an Internet firestorm last month when he said that he didn’t know if his QB of the future was on the roster. He’s since smoothed things over with Tebow and pledged to work with the unconventional quarterback in the offseason.
“Last year we didn’t have the opportunity to do that” because of the league’s lockout, “and once you get into camp it’s very difficult learning the offense,” Elway said on his radio show this week on 102.3 FM in Denver.
“I’m hoping to spend as much time as possible with Tim this offseason and give him what I know and be able to help him with the quarterback position.”
While no longer characterizing Tebow’s job status as a week-to-week proposition, Fox isn’t publicly going all in, either.
“A lot is made of the quarterback position. It’s really hard to sit here and answer. We don’t talk about the middle linebacker or the left corner position,” Fox said. “I think, right now, just enjoy the moment.”
Published in The Messenger 12.14.11