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John Elway calls Tim Tebow “very raw”

John Elway

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2010, file photo, retired Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway prepares to throw a football to Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky the Mountain Lion in the third quarter of the Nuggets’ 127-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in an NBA basketball game in Denver. Elway, who retired in 1999 after winning his second straight Super Bowl in Denver, is planning to attend some of the Broncos’ training camp practices this summer and has agreed to help market the team’s game in London in September. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski,File)


One of this offseason’s most fascinating position battles will take place in Denver, where Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow will compete for the starting quarterback job. And in another sign that Tebow may not have much support in Denver, Broncos front office boss John Elway described the way Tebow played at the end of the season as “very raw.”

“Tim came in and started the last three games and played well but was also very raw,” Elway said on Mile High Sports Radio in Denver, per

Elway also reiterated what head coach John Fox has previously said: Whenever training camp opens, Orton will be ahead of Tebow on the Broncos’ depth chart.

“If we sit here right now Kyle would be the starter,” Elway said. “Now, Fox likes competition and I think that is what makes everybody better is competition at every position and so therefore when he gets here he does not know anybody here so when he comes into camp and brings these guys into camp, every position is going to be competed for and the best player’s going to play there.”

At the moment, the Broncos’ brass thinks the best player is Orton, not Tebow.