Tim Tebow: His Future with Denver Broncos According to John Elway

Christopher SmithCorrespondent IIIJanuary 16, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos gestures as he reacts against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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At noon today in Dove Valley, Colorado, John Elway, John Fox and Brian Xanders addressed the media just two days after the Broncos' playoff loss in New England.

John Elway began the press conference, and, as expected, every question revolved around the future of Tim Tebow as the starting quarterback for 2012.

Elway was upfront immediately with representatives from news stations and papers all across the nation.

When asked if he was willing to commit to Tebow right now as the starter for 2012, Elway responded with confidence that Tebow will be the starter at least going into training camp.

Elway was quick to acknowledge that although Denver managed the No. 1 rushing attack in football, it was still nowhere near as competent in the passing game as they wish it to be. He also commented on Tebow's mechanics as a quarterback and noted that he still needs work, but expressed enthusiasm towards his opportunity to work with Tebow in the offseason.

Nothing new came forward from Elway or Fox during the conference. We expected at least a vote of confidence going into camp, and that's exactly what we got.

Tebow is not guaranteed to be starting come the first game of the regular season in 2012. Just as any other player will be, Tebow will have to be evaluated in OTAs and training camp in order to keep his position at the top of the depth chart.

Elway was straightforward enough to say that Tebow has already earned his right for the top bid in the contest.

The Denver Broncos have only two quarterbacks under contract going into 2012. Elway was clear to point out that even if Tebow improves, Denver will need to target one or two more quarterbacks in the draft or through free agency.

A long offseason is off to a quick start already. This year will certainly be the most highly speculated and scrutinized in Denver history as the fans, public and media try to grasp where their hometown favorite Tebow will end up by the start of the next season.

April will be the next checkpoint in this unfolding drama, and it's expected that Tebowmania is far from over in the Mile High City.