John Elway: Tim Tebow Not a Slam Dunk to Start at QB for Broncos in 2011
Elway made his comments while in the Dallas area for Super Bowl week.
He told the Denver Post that the quarterback position is one of many on the team still subject to evaluation by new coach John Fox, his staff and team executives.
Elway did not rule out the possibility that Kyle Orton, who started 13 games before being slowed by a rib injury and supplanted by Tebow for the final three games of the season, could get his job back. While going so far as to suggest that if the Broncos lined up for a game today, Orton would start, Elway also downplayed that notion in the same breath.
"If we had to go right now," Elway said when asked if Orton remained the team's starting quarterback. "But we've got to make a decision about where we're going to go. ...In my mind we've got to figure what we're going to do offensively at that position and that's why I'm not guaranteeing anybody's going to start."
However, Elway added that "Kyle is definitely in the equation" when it comes to the team's deliberations on its starting quarterback for the 2011.
Elway also said that it was not a given that the Broncos would trade away Orton if they decided to go with Tebow as the starter. Orton has said he would not want to remain in Denver unless he remains the team's starting quarterback. However, Orton is signed with the Broncos through next season, and his fate remains in the team's hands.
"It's not a foregone conclusion that we're going to trade Kyle Orton. At all," Elway said. "We still have to evaluate that. A lot of people think it's an automatic, but it's not."