The Drive hour 2 1/17/12
Darren McKee: “You think Eddie Royal is dissatisfied and will go somewhere else?”
Alfred Williams: “I don’t think Eddie is dissatisfied. I know Eddie is dissatisfied.”
Darren McKee: “You talked to Eddie about it?”
Alfred Williams: “I did not.”
Darren McKee: “Okay, well, how do you know he’s dissatisfied.”
Alfred Williams: “Let’s just say, I know.”
I thought this exchange between Williams and McKee this afternoon on The Drive was interesting because, in theory, it provides some insight into Eddie Royal. When pressed, Big Al said that he had visited Rod Smith just today and Smith told him that it would have been hard to play receiver with Tim Tebow because of the inconsistency, and that staying disciplined in routes would be hard because one would rarely be rewarded with the ball. Williams then went on to relate this story back to Eddie being frustrated.
We'd had reports during the Brandon Lloyd trade speculation that Royal wanted out of Denver as well. Now that he's a free agent--if we believe Big Al and Rod Smith--Royal has likely played his last game in a Broncos uniform.
On a side note, I'd been wondering all year what Rod Smith thought of Tebow as a quarterback, because in my world, Rod Smith is both God and the orignal hardest working guy in football.
If you want to hear the exchange, forward to 28:25 of Hour 2. By the way, Big Al thinks the Broncos are going with QB Nick Foles from Arizona as their first-round draft pick. Big Al accurately predicted the Broncos would draft Von Miller last year months before anyone else.
Per Adam Schefter, the Miami Dolphins plan to interview Mike McCoy a second time. The interview will take place on Thursday in New York. This time, Miami owner Stephen Ross will be sitting in. Why so serious, Miami?
the guy I used to shove into a locker John Clayton, this means McCoy has a great chance of landing the job.
Plus, the Broncos have promoted Matt Russell from director of college scouting to director of player personnel, and they hired former Yale OC/QB coach Brian Stark as their West Coast scout.
According to Jason La Canfora, Oakland has scheduled an interview with Denver OC Mike McCoy for their head coaching vacancy tomorrow. McCoy already met with the Dolphins yesterday regarding their HC opening, and the Bucs are also rumored to have interest in McCoy.
Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie will be in Denver tomorrow to speak with both McCoy and Dennis Allen.
Meanwhile, longtime Denver strength and conditioning coach Rich Tuten has been told he will not be back for the 2012 season. Tuten had been the Broncos strength coach since Mike Shanahan's first year as head coach, 1995.
I tried not to laugh at this. Then, a few seconds later, I stopped trying.
Expectations Are Going To Change For Broncos
I can tell you this: I know a lot of people want him - CBS wants him on their pregame show next week. Privately, the Broncos really want him to lay low this offseason and work on his game - and that would be the smart thing to do.
Tebow has openly said that football isn't everything, and that his career provides a platform for his personal and philanthropic endeavors. Granted, he presumably won't be going on a nationwide book tour this offseason, but Tebow still has responsibilities to Nike, Jockey and FRS. It will be interesting to see how he balances all of this with the acknowledged need to improve as a passer over the coming months.
Update 4:05pm ET: In between Mike Klis doing a complete 180 on his assessment of Tebow to
help sell copies of his new book fulfill a New Year's resolution, Tim tersely told Klis that he won't be doing the pregame show (in even fewer words). It's probably the most abrupt response we've ever read/heard from the normally sunny and gracious Tebow. Here's Chris Chase's take for SC.
Brian Billick recommends that Tim Tebow shed some of that muscle
Obviously, a lot of things can and should change about how Tim Tebow throws the football, and maybe the muscle mass isn’t helping him. But surely, there are about 30 other things he can work on before he starts to worry about that: where he holds the ball, where he starts the throwing motion, making everything more compact, getting his feet right. When he gets those things down, and he still can’t throw the ball, then maybe we put him on the “Christian Bale before The Fighter” weight loss plan.
And if you take the muscle off of Tebow, doesn’t he break fewer tackles, get sacked more easily and lose a lot of his ability to keep a play alive? And if Tim Tebow can’t do those things, is he still Tim Tebow?
I think what you’d be left with is a guy who looks more like a prototypical quarterback, but would still have major issues with throwing accuracy, and he wouldn’t be a spectacular runner, either. Congratulations. You’ve created Mark Sanchez.
Former Broncos T Mike Current was found dead this morning at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, killed by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Denver selected Current in the third round (58th overall) of the 1967 Draft out of Ohio State; he went on to play in 169 NFL games in 13 seasons, spending nine of those years with the Broncos. He made the Pro Bowl as a Bronco in 1969, and he also played for the Dolphins and Buccaneers.
Current, who was 66, had become an author in his post-playing days, and he wrote a memoir of his career titled Rememberin'...Life in the Trenches. Our thoughts at IAOFM go out to Current's family and friends. (via DP)
Update 7:26am ET 1/18/12: It appears society will not be missing Current - he had been accused recently of sexually assaulting several children.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! By now, everyone knows John Elway stated yesterday that Tim Tebow will be the Broncos starting QB entering training camp; the Worldwide Leader probably still has this breaking "news" in its crawl right now. Of course, they won't mention that it was a choice between Tebow and Adam Weber, who spent the season off the 53-man roster (instead on the practice squad, where any team could have nabbed him) and was signed to a future contract yesterday.
Dave Krieger agrees that John Elway struck the proper tone with his lukewarm endorsement of Tebow, and he sees a man in Elway who's the right man for the job of running the Broncos. Les Carpenter thought Elway was praising Tebow through huge, clenched teeth, while Doug Farrar oddly accepted it all at face value and thinks Elway has found a kindred spirit in Tebow.
But Will Brinson has it right: who on Earth will choose to sign with Denver with the intention of winning a QB competition, especially since he'd be shackled with "the most unfriendly homefield circumstances in NFL history" were he to win the job? After all, the drumbeat in Denver for Jay Cutler and Tebow reduced Jake Plummer and Kyle Orton to mistake-prone klutzes, respectively. What, Matt Flynn or Jason Campbell is going to hold up better? About the only guy who might be available and could withstand Tebowmania is Peyton Manning.
And so it ends.
Everyone has hopes, and Broncos fans had seen some fairly remarkable things this year, but there are truths in life. One is that trying to stop Tom Brady in Foxborough in the playoffs is nearly impossible. The other is that Denver hasn’t gotten quite as far as the Patriots have as a team yet, and they got to find that out pretty quickly. They managed three points not related to an early Brady turnover. Brady tied the all-time NFL record for TD passes in a playoff game (with Daryle Lamonica and Steve Young, five of them coming in the first half).
Let’s face facts, though - Every team but one ends with a loss. Late in the year, with the secondary playing rookies and practice squad guys, the team still made it to the divisional round of the playoffs. I had a great time for at least part of nearly every game. I had a great time for all of some of them. And if anyone says that this season doesn’t improve on 4-12, they’re lying.
Today's press conference was pretty much what we expected--full of positive energy and questions about the future of Tim Tebow.
Elway made about as much of a commitment to Tebow as he probably could. Getting right to the heart of the issue, Elway said: "Tim's earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into camp next year."
Elway later say he "hoped" Tebow was going to be the franchise guy. He also said the Broncos would bring in other quarterbacks (he implied through free agency) to compete for the job. I liked his answer to the question about whether free agents would come here with Tebowmania: "If he's afraid to come in and compete for that job, maybe he's not the right guy."
I wish the beat writers had asked specific questions about the style of offense the Broncos would be running in the future, but the Broncos' draft and free-agent pickups will speak louder than anything they could have said today.
Elway probably did what any of us would have done in the same situation--dip your toe into the Tebow waters as far as you can while keeping your options open as you try to improve at every position. It sure makes for an interesting offseason of speculation.