Attempting to minimize the questions that were bound to persist throughout the offseason about Tim Tebow's place on the depth chart for next season, Broncos executive VP of football operations John Elway said Monday that Tebow would enter training camp as the team's No. 1 quarterback.
"Well, I think Tim's earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into training camp next year," Elway declared at the beginning of a 40-minute news conference in which 24 of the 47 questions were about Tebow. "I think he made some good strides this year," Elway said. "He obviously played very well against Pittsburgh (in the wild-card playoff round) and played very well in a lot of football games."
Elway said he would work with Tebow in the offseason to "help Tim in every way I can, to be able to improve through what I learned. Obviously, we have some work to do, and he knows that, too," Elway said.
Tebow took command of a 1-4 team from Kyle Orton and went 7-4, earning Denver a wild-card berth. He then directed the Broncos to a 29-23 OT win over Pittsburgh in the wild-card round before losing 45-10 to New England in the divisional playoffs.
Despite his late-game heroics — dubbed "Tebow Time," which featured five second-half comebacks — the second-year quarterback completed only 46.5 percent of his passes during the regular season and 40.4 percent during the playoffs. So, improving his accuracy will be one of the primary objectives of Elway and the coaching staff.