DENVER — Tim Tebow may be the Denver Broncos’ “Quarterback of the Future” after all.
“Tim Tebow’s not going anywhere,” Broncos Executive Vice President John Elway told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. “I mean, he’s going to be a Bronco and we’re going to do everything we can and hopefully he’s that guy.”
Elway’s support for Tebow had been lukewarm, at best, and there was speculation the Broncos would be seeking a top tier quarterback in the first round of the draft.
But given the developments of the past two months, with the Broncos ascending to first place in the AFC West behind Tebow, the Hall of Famer has changed his tune.
“What we’ve said, and I said it when I first got here, was we know Tim’s a great player and what we’ve got to do is make him a great quarterback, and what I’ve learned is you’ve got to be able to win from within the pocket.”
After Tebow had improved to 4-1 as the Broncos’ starting quarterback, Elway was asked if he was “any closer to feeling if you have your quarterback on this team?” Elway paused and answered, “No.”
He then pointed out that Tebow had to do better on third downs and improve as a passer.
“I think that comment was probably a little bit too blunt,” Elway told The AP. “Because I think the big picture with Tim is we’ve got to see the whole body of work. And so really what you want to see with him is the improvement that’s going to happen over time.”
The Broncos (8-6) visit the Buffalo Bills (5-9) on Saturday. A win, coupled with an Oakland loss or tie at Kansas City, would clinch a playoff berth.