John Elway on His Qualifications, Tim Tebow, and the Broncos' Next Head Coach

January 2011

John Elway kicked off his new gig as executive vice president of football operations for the Denver Broncos yesterday with an introductory press conference that was unprecedented in its length and scope (here are part one and part two, both via DenverBroncos.com). The former superstar quarterback admitted he doesn't know everything about his new position, perhaps addressing critics like Pro Football Talk, which doesn't believe Elway has earned the job. "The inexperience that I do have I plan on eradicating as soon as possible and going to work," he said (via The Denver Post). "I will find out what I don't know as fast as I possibly can."

Elway also revealed a bit of the team's strategy going forward, particularly when it comes to quarterback Tim Tebow. Many people still aren't convinced Tebow can be a franchise quarterback, but Elway is a fan and made it clear that the next head coach will be, as well. "I don't believe that [any new coach] is going to come over and say, 'I don't want Tim Tebow.' If they do, then maybe they are not the right guy for the job" (via ESPN). And about that head-coach search: The team is indeed interested in Stanford's Jim Harbaugh, Elway confirmed, but according to ESPN, the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins are also chasing him and are willing to pay a lot more than the Broncos ever could.