NFL notes: Pushing Tebow

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow during an AFC divisional game against the Patriots at Gillette...

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow during an AFC divisional game against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass,, Jan. 14, 2012. (ADAM HUNGER/Reuters)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:44 PM ET

TORONTO - Just in case Tim Tebow might have been getting a little bit comfortable with his status as the No. 1 quarterback (for now) of the Denver Broncos, his boss, John Elway, is offering no guarantees.

While acknowledging that Tebow “has earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into training camp this year,” Elway is planning to have options on hand.

“We will be in the market to find more quarterbacks,” Elway said according to the Denver Post’s Jeff Legwold. “That’s our approach with Tim being our starter as we go to training camp, that we’ll look at free agency and the draft.”

With No. 2 man Brady Quinn about to be a free agent in March, that means Elway is in the QB market.

“Anybody who comes in at any position is going to think they have a chance to compete,” he 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.”

CALDWELL JOINS RAVENS

Deposed Indianapolis head coach Jim Caldwell has landed on his feet as the new quarterbacks coach with the Baltimore Ravens.

Caldwell, who was the QB coach for the Colts from 2002-2008 working closely with Peyton Manning, will try to advance the career of the Ravens’ young QB, Joe Flacco.

“It’s a great fit for me, and I’m happy they saw it that way,” said Caldwell, who was fired at the end of Indy’s 2-14 season.

“I can’t wait to get started with the Ravens, an organization that from top to bottom is one of the NFL’s best. I’m looking forward to coming to Baltimore.”

A SUPER HARD SELL

A Super Bowl in Jolly Olde England? Could happen.

So says Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

“There’s a little bit of change in philosophy,” Irsay said Monday.

“We have the 50-year anniversary coming up, which we’re looking at. There are some members of our (Super Bowl) committee who have been thinking about having an international Super Bowl in London. That obviously has some real pluses and minuses if you weren’t going to have it on America soil. Right now, we’re in a wait-and-see approach.”

Seems like a longshot, given that Super Bowl is all about corporate schmoozing. It’s one thing to hop on a flight from, say, Chicago and go just about anywhere, preferably warm, in the United States in four hours.

But London? Hard to see that one flying.

CHISOX GM PROUD OF SON KYLE

No stranger to public criticism, Chicago White Sox GM Ken Williams is impressed and more than a little bit proud of his son, Kyle.

When last we saw Kyle Williams, he was fumbling away the NFC Championship game in overtime, allowing the New York Giants to kick an easy field goal for the win. Earlier, in the fourth quarter, Williams muffed a punt that led to a New York TD.

His gaffes unleashed a torrent of Internet hate, including death threats.

“As a father, it was absolutely awful. Even if it weren’t my kid, I’d still feel bad for what happened,” Ken Williams said at the White Sox winter festival.

“Through it all, the young man has shown me exactly who I thought he was, which is a man of character, a strong-minded, tough son of a gun. He’s hurting right now. Believe me, I’m not happy with some of the death threats and some of the things that are unfortunately part of our culture.

“He stood up in front of more media than I’ve ever stood in front of and told them exactly what he felt, and took responsibility. How can a father be anything but proud?”

Ken Williams was also impressed by the solidarity shown by the 49ers on his son’s behalf and he’s planning to have Niners coach Jim Harbaugh at the Sox training camp.

“He has no idea, but he’s going to stand up in front of the White Sox and talk about team leadership and togetherness,” Williams said. “We need to tap into that a little bit.”


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