Broncos season ends with a thud in New England; Elway still looking for QBs

Posted by Uncle Rico 5:15 PM ET

In his latest mock draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay has the Broncos selecting Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the first round. (Image: AP)

It has been almost a month since the Denver Broncos got shellacked 45 – 10 by the New England Patriots in the second round of the NFL playoffs. At the time, some Denver fans tempered the beating the Patriots put on quarterback Tim Tebow and the Broncos by reasoning that New England was the best team in the league and on its way to winning a fourth world championship under head coach Bill Belichick. But, the following week the Patriots narrowly escaped a loss in the AFC championship game at home to Baltimore, and then lost 21 – 17 to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

After watching two elite passers go head to head in Indianapolis on Sunday it is no surprise that executive vice president of football operations John Elway continues search for an upgrade at quarterback. Certainly, Tebow had his moments as a starting quarterback, but to have a shot at getting to and winning a Super Bowl, Elway knows that a quarterback with the ability and skill to consistently quickly process information and throw accurately is a necessity. So, it will be interesting to see if Denver signs one of the available free agents or drafts a player like Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill as ESPN’s Todd McShay suggests in his recent mock draft. Tebow will enter training camp as the starter, but will he be first on the depth chart come the first week of the 2012 NFL season?

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