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It’s 85.7 percent, second only to Rodgers, whose Packers are perfect at 12-0.

Still, Broncos boss John Elway won’t publicly commit to Tebow for 2012 and beyond. Coach John Fox, who told last month that Tebow would be “screwed” if they were running a conventional offense, is living in the moment, not focused on the future.

“The guys wins.How can you not be a fan of that?” Fox said. “He does it with his feet, with his arm, just with his competitive greatness, really. That’s what you’re looking for in a quarterback.”

The Broncos have decided not to try to fix Tebow’s throwing troubles now but try to accentuate what he already does well, which is running a ball-control, low-risk, no-frills offense heavy on the option while sprinkling in some downfield passes.

“He’s in a sweet spot right now,” said Young, “but I don’t know if it’s developing him to go do it long-term in the NFL.”

Tebow is coming off his best passing performance as a pro _ 10 of 15 for 202 yards and two TDs _ but Young would like to see him sling it 20-25 times every Sunday.

“I learned the hard way what the job in the NFL was,” said Young, who came into the league as a scrambler and left as a pocket passer with a championship and a ticket to the Hall of Fame. “I didn’t know what that job was and it wasn’t natural to me and I like to just run around and make plays.

“But it’s not championship football. It can be winning football, but it’s not championship football,” Young said. “And so I had to learn the job, and the job is a Ph.D. in studying defenses and the ability _ and some of it’s natural _ to deliver the football.”

There’s the rub. Does Tebow really need to be a great passer?

“My first year, I was no more accurate than he was,” said Cunningham, who was a 42 percent passer as a rookie but finished his career at 56.6 percent and was one of the most exciting players of his day.

Young worries that the option offense is stunting Tebow’s growth.

“We really haven’t learned anything,” Young said. “We knew he was good at that.”

Young said he fears the Broncos will head into the offseason still clueless as to whether Tebow can really throw the ball and thus they’ll decide to draft another quarterback, “and then I’m going to say, `Well, why didn’t we spend that time last year seeing if he could really do this job?’”

The answer to that question: Because he’s winning. So says Douglass, the Bears’ scrambling quarterback from 1969-75 who was a career 43 percent passer.

“You have to make a decision: Can we put in some of the stuff that he’s real comfortable with plus create all these problems for the defense?” said Douglass. “And then, are we better off sacrificing some of the things that he could be learning if we didn’t do that? Obviously, they have made that decision.”

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