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John Elway hopes Tim Tebow is the starter for ‘a long, long time’

02.24.12 at 11:05 am ET

INDIANAPOLIS — John Elway took the podium Friday morning at Lucas Oil Stadium, and all it took was one question for the whole room to start laughing.

Tim Tebow. Your thoughts?”

“What took so long?” Elway responded with a grin.

The now second-year executive vice president of football operations knows that it’s all about Tebow, the polarizing quarterback who neither he nor current head coach John Fox drafted. Tebow may not have been their guy, but he led the Broncos to a 9-7 record and a playoff appearance after the season looked like it was going down the drain with Kyle Orton.

“For him to come in and start from 1-4, he added a great spark for us, and we’re really happy with the way things happened to us,” Elway said. “I was real happy with his progress. I know Tim’s going to work hard this offseason and we’re hoping that he’s going to be the guy for a long, long time.”

The Broncos would like to add another quarterback in the draft, and it’s likely they’ll spend a pick on a more conventional quarterback.

“When I look at Tim and I look at our offense, we can go with either one, whether it be a guy like Tim, or if it’s more like a drop-back type guy,” Elway said of which type of signal-caller the Broncos could go after. “We feel like either one is going to be a good fit.”

Still, Tebow is the starter. His mobility and lack of proper mechanics make him far different from your normal pocket-passer, but it’s also part of why he’s been successful. Elway knows they need to tinker with his mechanics and how he plays, but he doesn’t want to take away from what’s made him a winner.

“I don’t know that you look at it as [Tebow needing to be] more conventional,” he said. “I think there’s things that we have to get him to do within our offense to be more successful as an offense. Obviously we look at what we did last year and Tim’s strengths. There’s no question he’s able to run the football, he’s a big guy, physical and likes to run it.

“I think [offensive coordinator] Mike McCoy and the offensive staff did a tremendous job trying to play to Tim’s strengths. We’ll continue to that, but also want some strides in Tim and his ability to get better [at] throwing the football down the field and in the pocket. Really, that’s something we have to do to get better as an offense. To be able to add that threat there makes everything else he does that much better.”

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