John Elway, executive vice president of football operations for the Denver Broncos, makes his way on the field before Sunday's game.
Bottom line, John Elway said this morning: the Broncos won. No matter that Tim Tebow threw eight passes, he said.
Speaking during his weekly radio segment on 102.3 The Ticket with Vic and Gary, Elway said repeatedly that the Broncos only threw eight passes in yesterday’s 17-10 win over Kansas City because it was what “the game dictated.”
“You can always go back and question, ‘We could’ve done this,’ or, ‘We could’ve done that,’ but we won the game,” said Elway, the team’s executive vice president of football operations.
“As the season continues to go,” Elway added later, “the game is going to dictate whether we throw the ball or we run the ball. Yesterday, we were dictating what we wanted to do.”
Besides, Elway said, “We’ve proved that you can win a football game by running it 55 times and throwing eight times.”
But don’t expect the same type of extraordinary unbalance as the season wears on. Elway said Tebow will be throwing more.
“Tim’s going to have to throw the ball the rest of the year, there’s no question,” Elway said. “We want Tim to be able to throw from the pocket, (but) we’re not trying to make him a pocket passer.”
So how did he judge Tebow’s performance?
“The bottom line is quarterback rating is tied to wins,” Elway said on 102.3 The Ticket. “Since he’s started, we’re 3-1. I think things are going the right direction.”
Tebow only completed two passes, but one was a 56-yard strike to Eric Decker that gave the Broncos a 17-7 lead with 6:44 to play.
“He made a great throw the clinch the game,” Elway said. “To me, that’s locking up a football game, that’s winning the game. That pass won the football game.
“We know Tim Tebow can make those clutch throws like that. … You can’t throw a better pass than Tim Tebow made in that situation.”
Elsewhere, Elway on:
- Lance Ball, who had 96 yards rushing after injuries to Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno: “He deserves a lot of credit. When you’re in the backup roll, you’re not getting as many reps. … He is a guy that understands the offense and was ready when he was called up and he came in and got some tough yards.”
- The Broncos’ defense: “Up to this point and time, we’ve achieved the goal, especially defensively, of getting better. … And I expect us to continue getting better defensively.”
- The short week, with a game Thursday vs. the New York Jets: “It’s very difficult, especially physically. … More than anything, you’re not going to get a lot of new things in, wrinkle-wise, offensively.”
- Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez: “He’s still a young guy that’s continuing to grow, still has some inconsistencies, but is a guy that has great potential.”
- Broncos’ linebacker Von Miller, who had 1.5 sacks in Sunday’s win to bring his season total to eight: “There are high expectations for a guy that’s the second pick in the draft, but he’s exceeded those expectations.”
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