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  • Broncos Press Conference: Tebow in 2012

    http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_19750601

    Broncos expect to go all in with Tebow as their starter for 2012 season
    Posted: 01/16/2012 01:00:00 AM MSTBy Mike Klis
    The Denver Post

    If the future is Tim Tebow, then it must carry on with a smaller Tebow circus.

    It is with virtual certainty that Tebow will be the Broncos' starting quarterback in 2012. Why would he not?

    There's a good chance the Broncos' three-headed decision team of John Elway​, John Fox and Brian Xanders will throw their unequivocal support behind Tebow today during a noon news conference.

    The team's plan is expected to include going forward with Tebow as their starting quarterback at least for the start of their 2012 training camp.

    With Tebow, the carnival will never completely disappear. But the Broncos' hierarchy can muffle much of the noise that reverberates around its quarterback by stating its commitment to him.

    Tebow has earned its trust.

    "Of course he's our guy," Broncos rookie safety Rahim Moore said. "People put too much pressure on him. He's going to have some good, some bad. I believe in him, and I would like him to be our quarterback. Our team jells around him."

    The funky lefty and rambunctious competitor took a dormant 1-4 team and extended its life. It became a quality life at that.

    There was the historic, very late comeback from a 15-0 deficit at Miami.

    There was the change to the college-like, option offense that led to still more improbable comebacks and a six-game winning streak that not only zapped excitement into a laconic Rocky Mountain sports zone, but captivated the nation.

    There was the stadium-rocking playoff victory against the traditionally tough Pittsburgh Steelers​ in which Tebow showed he was not just an athlete, but a passer who could have an impact.

    But there also was the agony of not just losses to Detroit, New England and Buffalo, but humiliating, blowout defeats. When Tebow's Broncos went down, they fell with all the give of cement. They lost by scores of 45-10, 41-23, 40-14 and 45-10.

    Not since before our country's track meets converted to the metric system has there been such a run of four-forties.

    And before Tebow, there was a 49-23 loss to Green Bay.

    "You look at great teams and usually they are ... they have a few lows, a few highs, but for the most part they stay pretty consistent," Tebow said. "So that's something we definitely need to be working on."

    In all, there were nine Broncos victories this season and Tebow was terrific. And there were nine losses and Tebow was, well, not so terrific.

    Improvement key

    If the Broncos are to improve in 2012 against a first-place schedule of opponents, if they must start winning more than they lose, if they are to legitimately contend for a deeper run in the postseason, they cannot continue to carry along so much excitement and uncertainty surrounding their quarterback.

    "The run was a lot of fun, had a lot of ups and downs," Tebow said of dealing with a national spotlight. "But, we really tried to block everything from the outside off and just enjoy the relationship with teammates and coaches — work and try to get better, and I feel like we did that all year."

    Is it possible for a team with Tebow as its central character to dull the drama, good and bad, and stabilize into a no-frills, no-distraction environment?

    Much of this is incumbent upon Tebow himself. He can quiet much of the controversy with more accurate passing. He completed less than 50 percent in nine of his 13 starts. Even if he will never approach the surgical precision of Tom Brady​, Aaron Rodgers​ or Drew Brees​, even if he never reads a defense or throws with the anticipation of a Peyton Manning​, it's not unreasonable to believe Tebow can approach the passing efficiency of, say, Michael Vick​.

    "He definitely has something to grow off of," Broncos veteran cornerback Champ Bailey​ said. "He did some good things this year. Looking forward to seeing how he progresses in the offseason. The better he gets, the better he'll make our team."

    Perhaps Elway, Fox and Xanders can start minimizing the circus by declaring Tebow as their guy going forward. Give Tebow complete faith, a warm embrace, unconditional confidence and watch him take off,

    Not that Tebow won't face competition in training camp. With backup Brady Quinn​ heading to free agency, the Broncos will bring in a quarterback from free agency, the draft or both.

    But at the news conference today, Elway, Fox and Xanders are expected to make clear that Tebow will be the quarterback to beat entering the offseason and training camp.

    "Kind of like our football team, I was really proud where he started and where he brought this team," Fox said Saturday night after his Broncos were shellacked by the New England Patriots​ 45-10 in a second-round AFC playoff game. "We are a work in progress. We have got a lot of work to do, and that hasn't changed, The two matchups we had (this season) against the New England Patriots, I think it is evident that we have work to do."

    Holes need filling

    Much of that work will occur at positions other than quarterback. The Broncos will use the offseason to bring in reinforcements at defensive back, running back and defensive tackle — probably in that order.

    Age has made the secondary priority No. 1. It would be surprising if veteran safety Brian Dawkins​ didn't call it a long, proud career.

    He was again playing at a Pro Bowl level this season when a neck injury left him with numbness that took too long to subside. In the final six games, Dawkins, 38, played sparingly in two. He missed the final three, including the two playoff games.

    While the Broncos will be counting on Moore and fellow rookie Quinton Carter to step up as second-year safeties in 2012, a greater concern is at cornerback, where both Bailey and André Goodman will turn 34 before next season.

    Bailey will return, but it's possible the Broncos may start a first-round rookie on the other side.

    At running back, Fox no longer wants Willis McGahee​ to have 20 to 28 carries, as he did in six games this season. Fox wants another McGahee, although maybe a little younger and with a dash more speed.

    At defensive tackle, the Broncos' two starters, Brodrick Bunkley​ and Marcus Thomas, are free agents. So is kicker Matt Prater​ and receiver Eddie Royal​. The Broncos will try to bring back all four.

    Even if Royal returns, though, the Broncos were caught thin at receiver after their midseason trade of Brandon Lloyd​.

    Up front, the Broncos will likely add depth in the middle. The tight end position will need rookies Virgil Green and Julius Thomas to dramatically improve. Daniel Fells​ and Dante Rosario​ are free agents.

    At linebacker, the Broncos will be counting on rookie Nate Irving to compete with Joe Mays at the middle inside position.

    The success or failure of any NFL team, though, begins and ends with the quarterback position. It's not enough that Tebow becomes the Broncos' quarterback in 2012.

    There has to be certainty about him.

    "I feel like I've improved a lot in a lot of different forms of my game," Tebow said. "And I need to continue to improve and continue to get a lot better, and I believe I can. And I am looking forward to putting in the work."
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  • #2
    Sounds good to me! :-)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mike Klis (Denver Post)
      It is with virtual certainty that Tebow will be the Broncos' starting quarterback in 2012. Why would he not?

      There's a good chance the Broncos' three-headed decision team of John Elway​, John Fox and Brian Xanders will throw their unequivocal support behind Tebow today during a noon news conference.
      I'm so tired of the rampant speculation that so-called journalists have come to rely on in lieu of actual facts. There was a time when a story wouldn't run because there weren't any facts to back it up. Today, it doesn't matter if so-called journalists have facts because they can just call their piece opinion. What a cop out!

      I'm a Tebow guy and I believe the Broncos are a better team with him then without him but I'm tired of opinion masquerading as fact. If, as Klis has wrote, there's a "good chance", then I challenge him to tell the world who the source is. Quit taking the easy way out and and put your darn neck out there and name your source.

      Go Broncos! Go Elway! Go Tebow!

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      • #4
        So, the gist of that article is, if it were up to Mike Klis then Tebow would be the unquestioned starter in 2012?
        "That's a crap question."
        - Kyle Orton

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        • #5
          Originally posted by neckbeard View Post
          So, the gist of that article is, if it were up to Mike Klis then Tebow would be the unquestioned starter in 2012?
          Why are you still here?????

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          • #6
            He goes into camp with other guys and earns the job..... With an offseason, he should be ready to do that...
            A super bowl victory is the only thing that matters in a season. So to show improvement you have to get closer than we were last year. So the AFCC game is a good answer if we only match what we did last year it is a failure. The Giants were 9-7 and won it all so record or first round bye mean nothing unless you win it all-

            #87Birdman wrote it- adding Manning, the Broncos should be held to it, and certain posters think otherwise and we know who you are.....

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            • #7
              Get the boy some better weapons around him please....
              I'm kind of like a big deal... sort of like a superhero.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by sb306 View Post
                Why are you still here?????
                The ignore feature is awesome. Back to the post.

                Of course Tebow's going in as our starter. It doesn't mean we're not going to draft anyone or bring in competition. It just means Tebow's the man to beat right now.

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                • #9
                  For the position that we are in, I think it is the most viable option we have. KO gone, Brady Quinn not proving anything so far in his career and TT is improving. Basically we only have two QBs on roster and Brady Quinn is a FA.

                  My personal thoughts.

                  -We WILL draft a mid round QB. We don't have enough ammo to trade for an elite QB for Griffin or Luck. (I do suspect one more QB's draft stock will rise and that we will have 3 QB's selected in the top 15 of this years draft)

                  -TT will be starter in training camp and start the 2012 season.

                  -TT will be given a short leash (~4 games) and if he "stinks up the joint" (in the words of Stephen A) we will have a QB change.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by gods6monkeys View Post
                    Get the boy some better weapons around him please....
                    And some coaches that aren't afraid to be great. The team needs to ditch the "play not to lose" philosophy.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by neckbeard View Post
                      So, the gist of that article is, if it were up to Mike Klis then Tebow would be the unquestioned starter in 2012?
                      Exactly. with a very misleading title. Rahim Moore is his source. People were saying he should be cut next year.
                      Last edited by xOrangeCrushx; 01-16-2012, 08:09 AM.

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                      • #12
                        if they do its no surprise. if they dont its no surprise.

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                        • #13
                          We are going to know in an hour either way .

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mk2_Tebow View Post
                            We are going to know in an hour either way .
                            Why is this?

                            They are going to name the 2012 starter in Janurary?

                            I mean if it's a Elway interview he should compliment Tebow and say he is currently the starter going into next year.
                            Last edited by xOrangeCrushx; 01-16-2012, 08:13 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by xOrangeCrushx View Post
                              Why is this?

                              They are going to name the 2012 starter in Janurary?
                              EFX is holding a press conference at noon today. It will be streamed live on the website.
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