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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

John Elway looking for quarterback help

Boy, John Elway would make a good car salesman wouldn’t he? Like a good salesman, he says all the right things hoping that you take the bait. Well if you are a Denver Broncos’ fan or better yet a Tim Tebow fan then you better watch “Honest Johnny’s” actions closely in the upcoming months.

Why? Because Elway tap danced around the Tebow issue all season long and while he has publicly voiced support for Tebow, Elway is currently making plans to replace his super popular starting quarterback.

Broncos’ head coach John Fox recently told the media that the Broncos were looking to bring in two quarterbacks for the start of the 2012 season. Although it didn’t come directly from Elway’s mouth rest assured that Fox and Elway are and have always been on the same page concerning the Tebow issue. They like him but he is not what they envision as their quarterback of the future.

Seriously, why would you need to bring in two quarterbacks if you have a competent starter? Most teams go two-deep at the quarterback position so unless they are looking to get rid of someone then bringing in two quarterbacks isn’t necessary.

Now it could be that they are looking to let backup quarterback Brady Quinn go and want to make sure they have a couple guys behind Tebow just in case he gets injured. Tebow has a physical style that almost assures he will get injured at some point so maybe Elway and Fox are trying to protect against that happening.

I’m pretty sure some of the more na├»ve Broncos’ fans will buy that excuse from Honest John but anyone that has watched this whole situation unfold knows the truth. Elway is not convinced that Tebow will continue to have success winning games the way he has and wants to have a quarterback more to his liking in place when Tebow falters.

Just look at what happened in Minnesota and Tennessee during the past offseason. Both sent their starting quarterbacks packing and brought in two fresh faces. Each team brought in a veteran to keep the ship afloat and a rookie quarterback to groom as the future face of the franchise.

Elway has something similar in mind for the Broncos. He hopes to sign a quarterback who Broncos’ fans won’t mind getting the nod over Tebow like Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn but if not then he will still bring in a veteran quarterback to play behind Tebow just in case Tebow stumbles.

Regardless of what veteran Elway signs to compete with Tebow, he is definitely going to draft a quarterback for the future to fill the other quarterback slot he and Fox are looking to fill. This has been one of Elway’s top priorities since being hired as the executive vice president of football operations for the Broncos last year.

But don’t take my word for it, all you have to do is just sit back and watch how this offseason unfolds. If you’re a die-hard Broncos’ or Tebow fan and you are buying what Honest John is selling then let this article serve as a “buyer beware” warning. Unless you’re buying a car from one of his dealerships then in that case you’re on your own.

Roosevelt Hall is an NFL Blogger for The Sport Mentalist and also writes for both The Penalty Flag and Outside The Redzone. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter @sportmentalist and add him on Facebook Roosevelt Hall Thesportmentalist.

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