Broncos searching for better backups

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow celebrates a touchdown against the New England Patriots during...

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow celebrates a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the second quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff game in Foxborough, Massachusetts, Jan. 14, 2012. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:09 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS - John Elway weighed in Friday on what needs to happen for the Tebow Phenomenon to rage on.

The Denver Broncos' former star quarterback and now front-office executive said it's not so much a matter of quarterback Tim Tebow becoming a more "conventional" dropback passer.

“I think there are things that we have to get him to do within our offence to be more successful," Elway said. "Obviously, we look at what we did last year and Tim’s strengths are … there is no question he can run the football; he is a big guy and physical and he likes to run it.

"But we also want to see strides in Tim and his ability to get better at throwing the football downfield from in the pocket. We just feel that’s something we have to do to get better as an offence—to be able to add that threat there. It makes everything else he does that much better.”

It's no secret the Broncos are looking for better backup options to help push Tebow, and Elway explained what the club is looking for.

“I don’t know that we’re looking for one like Tim, or your ordinary drop-back (passer), or somewhere in between," Elway said. "I think until we find out the interest out there, it’s going to be hard to fill those spots.”

COMPETITION FOR TEBOW?

If Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins makes an NFL club, Tim Tebow might have competition as the de facto NFL role model for devout Christians everywhere.

In reflecting on his accomplishments in three years as starter with the Spartans, Cousins said:

"Certainly it wasn't done alone ... My faith is very important to me. I believe God led me there for a reason. I didn't know if it was to be a backup or to be a starter some day, or what. But I believe His hand has been all over this process in getting here."

EXTRA POINTS

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