While there has been a ton of speculation about the future of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and whether or not he represents the future of the franchise, most of that chatter has come from outside sources. Broncos executive vice president John Elway has largely been mum on his plans for the future of Denver’s quarterback position. But Monday afternoon Elway gave away a major clue.
Elway was giving an interview to host Gary Miller on 102.3 FM in Denver and was asked if he was “any closer to feeling if you have your quarterback on this team.” After considering the question Elway gave a one-word answer: “No.”
That’s a pretty strong statement that he doesn’t feel Tebow is his guy long-term. And it makes complete sense. Eventually someone is going to be able to design a defense to stop the run-heavy system Denver is currently using- which is essentially a high school offense.
Until they find a replacement for Tebow, the Broncos are sure to stick with what is working. They’ll continue to run the “Tebow offense” until someone stops it or they have a better player at the position.
An interesting side note to this story is that Elway and Broncos general manager Brian Xanders were at the Oklahoma-Baylor game on Saturday scouting both Landry Jones and Robert Griffin III.
I’m not sure if the Broncos would spend another first-round pick on a quarterback, especially with several veterans set to hit free agency this offseason (Matt Flynn, Jason Campbell, Matt Moore, etc.). That said, you’d have to believe Elway and head coach John Fox would feel much more comfortable with a more conventional option under center. And by more conventional option I mean someone who completes more than 44.8 percent of his passes.
We’ll see how this plays out but clearly Elway has not bought into the Tebow hype.