FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos runs the ball against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Tim Tebow Working With UCLA OC Noel Mazzone

Tim Tebow is working with UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, a top quarterbacks coach at the college level. Tebow must still wait to work with John Elway due to CBA rules.

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Tim Tebow Trying To Become More Efficient While Working With UCLA OC Noel Mazzone

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has heard plenty about the flawed mechanics of his throwing motion since he entered the NFL, and the QB has returned to seek the help of UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone during the offseason. Tebow and Mazzone have been working out together extensively in Los Angeles for the past week, and previously put in work prior to the 2010 NFL draft and last offseason, and now Mazzone is hoping to continue to help the young playmaker improve his throwing motion, footwork, release and accuracy.

The focus for Mazzone at this point is improving the efficiency of Tebow's mechanics, as he told Peter Yoon of ESPNLosAngeles.com:

"He just came out here to throw and work on a few things and see if we can just become a little more efficient in what he's doing. It's kind of like a golfer who hit that bad drive. Every other guy in the foursome can tell you what you did wrong and all three opinions are different. We're just going out and kind of going back to the basics and working on some fundamentals to try and become a little more efficient."

"Obviously I wouldn't do anything that would go against what their beliefs are," Mazzone said. "I know after coaching quarterbacks for a long time, they're like girlfriends. You don't like other guys messing with them."

Tebow posted the lowest completion percentage (46.5 percent) of any quarterback with at least 14 attempts per games played in 2011, so there is certainly work to be done. His yards per attempt also ranked in the bottom quartile of qualifying QBs, so it's not as if he took big risks down the field either. Mazzone has a great reputation as a teacher and is also scheduled to work with San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder in the coming weeks.

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Tim Tebow Working With UCLA OC Noel Mazzone On Quarterback Mechanics

Tim Tebow isn't going to wait until he and the Denver Broncos can work out together later in the spring to improve as a quarterback. Tebow is currently at UCLA working with the team' offensive coordinator, Noel Mazzone, a top quarterbacks coach, according to CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman:

Tebow will need to improve upon his completion rate, 46.5 percent in 2011, if he wants to put off his critics. But that will inevitably move them to another area of concern and so on.

While we're not going to see Tebow drastically change his mechanics most likely, he does need to improve his decision-making and learn to throw the short- to intermediate routes better.

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Tim Tebow Should Expect A Veteran And A Prospect To Join Him

Tim Tebow is likely going to face pressure on two fronts during training camp once we find out what happens in free agency and in the 2012 NFL Draft. As Jeff Legwold writes in the Denver Post, the team will pursue a veteran backup on the free agent market and find a rookie in the draft. Some of the veteran names thrown around include the scary (Chad Henne, Vince Young) to the okay (Shaun Hill). And there's always the possibility of bringing back Brady Quinn if he doesn't find a suitable new landing spot.

Legwold believes that the rookie quarterbacks that would intrigue the Broncos the most are Brandon Weeden, Nick Foles and Ryan Tannehill. Weeden has accuracy, Foles has the arm and Tannehill has the athleticism. All three of these players could be available in the second round, but mock drafts tend to have them all over the place now.

The NFL Scouting Combine takes place at the end of February and should define these players' draft stock.

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Peyton Manning Rumors: Idle Speculation Leads To Denver Broncos Connection

The big story of the 2012 NFL offseason could potentially be the future landing spot for quarterback Peyton Manning. That is, if Manning is released, something we could find out by his early march deadline to receive a bonus. The most likely outcome is that Manning will be released, and SB Nation's Joel Thorman has decided to look at every scenario for Manning. And the Denver Broncos fall into the category of "should pursue him."

Thorman, a noted Chiefs fan, also places his own team into that same category, so he clearly doesn't like what's going on with Matt Cassel (but who would?). For the Broncos, Thorman cites the "value of a good quarterback" and John Elway's position as a decision maker for the team. But Thorman also thinks it would be hard for the team to explain moving away from Tim Tebow, who did help the team make the playoffs.

if the Broncos did sign him, a far bigger if that Thorman makes it out to be, what message does that send to Tim Tebow, the guy who "earned the right" to enter training camp as starter. Bring in Manning and there's no way that right is there any longer.

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Tim Tebow Needs A Backup, But Some Of The Names Are Scary

It's well-known that the Denver Broncos have Tim Tebow and Adam Weber as the only quarterbacks under contract for the 2012 season at the moment. John Elway has publicly told the media that Tebow is the starter entering training camp but that there will be an actual competition for the spot. So, the Broncos will look into signing a quarterback during free agency or at the 2012 NFL Draft.

If we look at the former option, the Denver Post's Mike Klis offers some names for the position:

Chris Redman, Shaun Hill, Chad Henne, Vince Young, David Carr, Kevin O'Connell and Josh Johnson.

That really doesn't seem like a list of players that could come in and provide an honest competition for Tebow. Redman has some starting experience but is the definition of a pure backup quarterback. Hill has started for the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions and could conceivably provide a bit of competition. Henne just got injured while I wrote this (it's a joke, people!). Young is the "name" player here because he was once the No. 3 overall pick, and comparing him and Tebow has happened over the last few months. Carr has gone from No. 1 overall pick in 2002 to Eli Manning's backup in recent years. Anonymity in Denver available as well.

This is a list of players that wouldn't provide serious trouble to Tebow for the starting spot -- unless he struggles through camp.

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Tim Tebow Will Face Starting QB Competition In Camp, Says John Elway

The latest news out of the Denver Broncos front office may have fans of QB Tim Tebow upset once again at the executive VP of football operations, John Elway.

Elway's latest quote, courtesy of Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post, puts a much different spin on his earlier remarks about Tebow's role on the 2012 Broncos roster. Now, it sounds like Tebow's 2012 accomplishments have merely earned the sophomore quarterback an entry in next year's quarterback competition:

"Anybody who comes in at any position is going to think they have a chance to compete," Elway said. "Any free agent or anybody that comes in here when we start training camp is going to be competing for jobs.

"Obviously with Tim's reputation, if the guy is afraid to come in and compete for that job, then maybe he's not the right guy."

Elway had previously said Tebow had "earned the right" to be the starter heading into next season's training camp, but he never said Tebow would be the starter heading into next season -- and apparently did not say so deliberately.

Tebow finished the season with a 7-4 record, helping the Broncos reach the divisional round of the 2012 NFL Playoffs. However, he finished the season with a 72.9 passer rating to go with a frightening 10.9% sack rate.

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Tim Tebow Led Exteremely Conservative Offense During Final Broncos Games Of The Season

If the Denver Broncos want to develop a more effective offense with Tim Tebow quarterbacking the team then the passing game needs to evolve from its heavy focus on running the ball. Exactly how conservative was the offense at the end of the season? As Mike Klis writes in the Denver Post:

The most alarming stat of the Broncos' offense as they closed the 2011 season: In the first half of their final four games, the Broncos ran the ball, or didn't throw it, on 45- of-49 first-down plays.

And Klis goes on to mention that Tebow was 0-of-4 on those passing plays, which is a reason why the play calling didn't result in more passing plays on first down. "Complete more passes and we'll have you throw more on first down," but cutting that line at four attempts doesn't prove much.

One way to open up that playbook for Tebow would be to surround Tebow with more weapons on offense. Who did he have to throw to on offense this season? Demaryius Thomas turned out to be a big-time receiver for Tebow, but after that? Eric Decker showed that he is more of a No. 3 wide receiver. Eddie Royal is in the same boat. And the tight ends were woefully absent. Daniel Fells, Dante Rosario, Julius Thomas and Virgil Green didn't provide a safety valve for Tebow. Adding a wide receiver or a tight end in either the first or second round would be a good way to break out of the run-first mentality on first down.

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Tim Tebow Could Be Moving To Tradtional Offense With Adam Weber's Retention

Heading into the 2012 NFL season, the Denver Broncos only have two quarterbacks under contract: Tim Tebow, who will be the starter heading into training camp, and Adam Weber, a soon-to-be second-year player, who spent his rookie year on the practice squad. The Broncos will surely bring in another quarterback through free agency and possibly draft a quarterback as well.

But, as Jeff Legwold from the Denver Post writes, keeping Weber on the team might be an indication that the team could move away from the run-option that was used to a great extent in 2011:

Weber isn't considered a good bet to run the read option, so his signing also could be considered at least some evidence that the Broncos will try to move Tebow into a more traditional look in the passing game in the offseason, with the read option being a change-of-pace item.

The Broncos did have two playbooks for the team last season, one that was for Tebow and the other that was for Brady Quinn. We may have seen the latter this Sunday had the Bronco' advanced to the AFC title game. But if the team is committed to Tebow as the quarterback going forward, a backup quarterback who has skills similar to Tebow would help eliminate the need for two playbooks.

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Tim Tebow Needs To Improve In Pocket, Says Champ Bailey

People have been talking a ton about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow over the past couple years, and Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey recently got into the action. Speaking on the Jim Rome Is Burning program on Wednesday, Bailey said that he's fully behind Tebow as Denver's franchise quarterback, but he still needs to prove that he can consistently pass from the pocket.

Michael David Smith from Pro Football Talk got the quotes from Bailey, who believes that Tebow needs to improve but is capable of doing it.

I think Tim has a lot to prove still. He’s proven he can win some tough games. Now it’s just being consistent. One thing about him, he’s going to work at it. And I’m behind him 100 percent.

Bailey also compared Tebow to other great running quarterbacks like Steve Young and Michael Vick, while nothing that they learned how to be weapons with their arms in addition to with their legs. He thinks that "the sky's the limit" for Tebow once he's more comfortable passing.

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Tim Tebow Grateful Of John Elway's Support

The starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, national sensation Tim Tebow, received some impressive support from the Broncos head of football operations on Monday when John Elway declared Tebow the starter heading into the 2012 NFL season.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post caught up with Tim Tebow on Tuesday morning, asking him what he thought about the Hall of Fame quarterback's support:

"Nice," Tebow said... "It's a great honor to be a quarterback for the Denver Broncos. I take that very seriously. I'm very excited about this offseason and I can't wait to get to work and get better."

Tebow finished the regular season with a 7-4 record and a 72.9 passer rating to go with his 660 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry rate.

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Broncos Head Coach John Fox On Brady Quinn: 'He Impressed Me'

The first-year head coach of the Denver Broncos, John Fox, said on Monday's press conference that the team might look to re-acquire the services of backup quarterback Brady Quinn. According to Fox, Quinn may have a future with Denver:

There's that possibility ... he impressed me throughout the year.

After losing in a 45-10 blowout to the New England Patriots on Saturday, the Broncos have officially entered their offseason mode. Top among their priorities is the assessment of their quarterback situation. The team started the season with Kyle Orton as their quarterback, but named Tim Tebow the starter in Week 7.

After the first few rough starts from Tebow, speculation began that the Broncos might give Quinn, a former first round draft pick for the Cleveland Browns. In only 14 NFL games, Brady has thrown 10 TDs and 9 INTs for a career 66.8 QB Rating. The Broncos appear to be committed to Tebow for the time being, but Quinn would make a strong candidate for backup QB position.

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Tim Tebow Has 'Earned The Right' To Be Broncos' Starting QB In 2012 Training Camp, Says John Elway

John Elway announced that Tim Tebow "has earned the right" to be the Denver Broncos quarterback in 2012.

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