Elway told Peter King of Sports Illustrated on Saturday that "I don't think Tim Tebow is a good NFL quarterback at this time."
The remark went viral on the Internet, and soon enough, there was plenty of speculation that the Broncos would consider trading Tebow, a first-round pick last April by fired head coach Josh McDaniels. Tebow supplanted Kyle Orton as the starter for the final three games of Denver's season and went 1-2 during the late-season audition, leading a tremendous second-half comeback to down Houston for his only win.
He also exhibited some problems, though, with passing accuracy and a general lack of polish in his play. That's not surprising, considering those three games were his first full-time action as a rookie.
Elway took to Twitter to clarify his remarks, which indicated a harsher assessment of Tebow than Elway gave last Wednesday when he was introduced as the Broncos' leading football operations executive.
"To clarify my thoughts on Tim Tebow ... I think he's a very good football player, and if anyone can turn themselves into a great QB, Tim can," Elway tweeted. "Myself and our entire organization think very highly of him. We are pleased with his first year as a Bronco. Any speculation that the Denver Broncos are considering moving Tim is completely false."
Elway indicated last Wednesday that Tebow needed to refine his quarterback techniques but that he showed himself to be a tremendous leader on the field with exceptional football skills in general.
"Tim Tebow is a darn good football player," Elway said. "What we have to make him is a darn good quarterback."
Elway also said that he probably wouldn't consider a candidate for the Broncos' coaching job if they indicated during the interview that they wouldn't give Tebow a chance to develop into the Broncos' starter.
"I don't believe that anyone is going to come over and say, 'I don't want Tim Tebow.' If they do, then maybe they are not the right guy for the job," Elway said.
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