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Elway hesitates to call Tebow the Broncos' QB of the future

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Tim Tebow's passes aren't pretty, his stats aren't spectacular, his footwork is flawed and his mechanics are a mess.

But he's terrific in the only measure that really counts in the NFL: He's 4-1 since supplanting Kyle Orton as the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback, with three fourth-quarter comebacks.

Yet the Broncos' front office isn't completely sold on Tebow being the long-term answer.

During John Elway's weekly radio show on KDSP-FM on Monday morning, host Gary Miller asked the Broncos' chief of football operations if he was "any closer to feeling if you have your quarterback on this team?"

Elway paused and answered, "No."

Elway pointed out that Tebow has to do better on third downs and improve as a passer.

Elway and Broncos general manager Brian Xanders have been watching some of the best college quarterbacks, including Andrew Luck, Nick Foles, Robert Griffin and Landry Jones, in person this fall. And on Monday, Elway sprinkled in praise for Tebow with some dollops of pragmatism.

Tebow has a 44.8 completion percentage. The silver lining is that the opponents aren't catching his passes, either. He has only one interception to go with his seven TD throws.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach and current CBS commentator Bill Cowher suggested Sunday that maybe the Broncos should consider using backup Brady Quinn or even going back to Orton in special packages to jump-start their offense before Tebow's fourth-quarter heroics.

"I'm sure those things will be thought about," Elway said. "In the game planning going into the next two days, I'm sure that will be something that we'll talk about. ... We'll continue to think outside the box. Obviously, if you do that, the defense has to think about that many more things.

"All those things are on the table. It's a matter of if it gets in the game plan or we see it on Sunday."

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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