Denver Broncos executive vice president John Elway, who at times has left the future of budding young quarterback Tim Tebow up in the air, gave the second-year starter his strongest endorsement yet.
"Tim Tebow's not going anywhere," Elway said in an interview with the Associated Press. "I mean, he's going to be a Bronco and we're going to do everything we can and hopefully he's that guy."
As recently as late November Elway was not so keen on Tebow’s unconventional style. In an interview on Nov. 20 with 102.3 FM in Denver when asked if he saw Tebow as the team’s future starting quarterback, he simply said, “no.”
“I think obviously [Tim Tebow] is making progress week in and week out,” Elway continued, “When you look at our third down numbers, those have to improve. I mean, that’s the bottom line. We can’t go 3-for-13 and win a world championship. Those are the type of things we have to keep improving.” Entering Sunday afternoon’s match up with the New England Patriots, Tebow had helped the Broncos win six games in a row, and was 7-1 as the team’s starter. Through 12 games this season, the 24-year-old has thrown for a 48.6 completion percentage, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. He has also ran for 610 yards and five touchdowns.