ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Tim Tebow is awkward and unpolished and even has trouble with the simplest of quarterback tasks: taking the snap from under center after spending his celebrated college career in the shotgun.
There's no denying his productivity and passion, though, and his effervescence is infectious.
"Forget his delivery and his arm action and his accuracy, he gets the job done," NFL Network commentator Deion Sanders said after watching Tebow post his first NFL win Sunday, when he rallied the Broncos from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to a 24-23 win over Houston.
So, when Tebow left the field clutching the football from his first pro win, he might also have tightened his grip on the starting job.
Interim coach Eric Studesville said he's sticking with Tebow for the season finale against San Diego, meaning the raw rookie will head into the offseason as the incumbent. Although a new coach still could decide Tebow isn't his guy, the former Florida star received assurances from the front office shortly after coach Josh McDaniels' Dec. 6 firing that he's a part of the team's future.
Despite signing an $8.8 million extension for 2011 in training camp that includes $5.5 million in guarantees, Kyle Orton has no promise he'll be back with the Broncos after losing his starting job two weeks ago on the heels of two poor performances and some badly bruised ribs.