Tim Tebow spent the entire 2011 season proving he could win as a starting quarterback in the NFL. So when Broncos chief of football operations John Elway declared Tebow the top QB entering training camp, Denver's "Mile-High Miracle" had one word to describe it: "Nice."
"It's a great honor to be a quarterback for the Denver Broncos," Tebow told the Denver Post on Tuesday. "I take that very seriously. I'm very excited about this offseason and I can't wait to get to work and get better."
Elway proclaimed Tebow the incumbent at a season-ending news conference Monday, but the Heisman Trophy winner said he's not treating his offseason any differently.
"I don't care," Tebow told The Post. "You have to go out there and compete, anyways."
Tebow took over a 1-4 team in October and guided the Broncos to their first playoff berth since 2005. But the clunky dual-threat quarterback completed just 46.5 percent of his passes in the regular season and 40.4 percent in the playoffs while compiling an 8-5 overall record that included five second-half comebacks.
His 80-yard TD toss on the first play of overtime beat Pittsburgh in the wild-card round and capped his best performance as a pro.
Then, he had the worst completion percentage -- 34 -- in a playoff game since 1998 in a 35-point loss at New England on Saturday night in a game that showed how far both he and the Broncos have yet to go.
That's why Elway, a Hall of Famer who rejoined the team a year ago in the front office, has pledged to personally work with Tebow this offseason to polish his passing game and help him become a better quarterback.
He has a willing pupil in Tebow, who said his offseason goal was "to work pretty hard and try to get a lot better."
Elway said he wants to "help Tim in every way I can, to be able to improve through what I learned."
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.