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Broncos commit to Tebow as starter

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The debate over Tim Tebow's worthiness as an NFL quarterback will undeniably continue in the offseason.

What's not in doubt is his status as the Broncos' starter.

The team called the former Florida star the incumbent at Monday's season-ending news conference.

"Well, I think Tim's earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into training camp next year," boss John Elway said to start a 40-minute news conference in which 24 of 47 questions were about Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner.

"I think he made some good strides this year," Elway said. "He obviously played very well against Pittsburgh and played very well in a lot of football games."

And exceedingly poorly in plenty of others.

That's why Elway, a Hall of Famer who rejoined the team a year ago as chief of football operations, 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."

Tebow is the Broncos' only quarterback under contract for 2012.

DRIVER DECISIONS: As stunned Packers cleaned out their lockers, receiver Donald Driver knew he might be packing up for good.

Driver, the franchise's all-time leader in catches and yards receiving, has a year left on his contract and says he'd prefer to stay. But he will turn 37 next month on a team with a youth-first philosophy.

"I don't make any decisions," Driver said. "This is a business, and if they decide to go a different route with the young players, then I've got to go do what I want to do."

Driver said he has no intention of retiring.

The Packers also face a decision on cornerback Charles Woodson; the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Woodson, 35, is due a $4 million roster bonus in the offseason.

MARTZ RETIRES: Mike Martz, 61, the former Rams coach who was Chicago's offensive coordinator the past two seasons, said he's retiring from coaching.

BEARS: The team interviewed Patriots director of pro personnel Jason Licht for the general manager job vacated when Jerry Angelo was fired.

RAMS: The team was scheduled to introduce Jeff Fisher as coach today, having finished contract details. Reports indicated Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams agreed to join St. Louis in the same role.

FAN SHOOTING: Authorities say an argument over Saturday's 49ers-Saints game led to the shooting of two men in suburban Atlanta. Gwinnett County Police charged Donald Ray Ayro, 31, with assault after 30-year-olds Christopher Middleton and Corey Adams were shot in an Applebee's parking lot in Duluth, Ga. Middleton was shot in the abdomen and was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center in critical condition. Adams had a minor graze to the head and was treated on the scene.

Broncos commit to Tebow as starter 01/16/12 [Last modified: Monday, January 16, 2012 10:25pm]
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