INDIANAPOLIS — Broncos general manager Brian Xanders denied an NFL.com/NFL Network report that second-year quarterback Tim Tebow lacks support within the organization.
“First of all, I think that report was false,” Xanders said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I think there’s a lot of people in our building that are behind Tim Tebow. He had a very successful career at Florida, and he’s working hard in his career to become a better quarterback at the NFL level. He’s somebody that the franchise invested a lot into in terms of draft picks and contract, but he’s going to create his role, and he’s done a good job so far with his limited opportunities. So, that report was false.”
“The big picture is, every player has to create their own role on the team and (coach) John Fox wants competition at every position.”
NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi stated in his “Monday Insider” column that Broncos personnel who were around when Tebow was selected in the first round of last April’s draft are looking to distance themselves from the pick under the new regime of Fox and team executive John Elway.
Fox told reporters Thursday that the team viewed veteran Kyle Orton as its starting QB heading into next season, and Xanders on Friday echoed the coach’s praise for Denver’s collection of signal-callers.
“We feel great about that position group as a whole. Brady Quinn, Tim Tebow, Kyle Orton — we have a strong group there. We feel they’ll all compete and fight for their jobs, their roles.”
— Marc Sessler