Jack Del Rio, far better than many coaches, understands the value and responsibilities of a strength and conditioning coach. Most fans couldn’t name three of them around the league, but it’s a position that carries with it enormous responsibility and a potential benefit that is rare - the ability to increase the effectiveness of the players’ efforts and to simultaneously reduce the number of their injuries.
Del Rio had been a linebacker and a very good one. He’d become a consensus All-American in his senior year with the USC Trojans at the position. He was immediately drafted by the New Orleans Saints, made the All-Rookie Defensive Team, and was named the team’s most valuable rookie. Often on the move from one team to another as a player, Del Rio was voted to the Pro Bowl after the 1994 season, and he credited that in great part to the ferocious attitude that he’d always brought to his own conditioning. It was an attribute that others noticed.
Del Rio retired after the 1996 season, but a lunch with Tony Dungy resulted in an offer from New Orleans head coach Mike Ditka for Del Rio to bring his knowledge to the Saints as their strength and conditioning coach. It was an entry level position for Del Rio, who was promoted to linebackers coach the following year, but his work in that role showed the kind of commitment that Del Rio expects from the players under him. It also explains why, when Del Rio went to Arizona to see the trainer that his players were raving about despite the vast changes and improvements that were and are sweeping through that field, JDR understood enough of what Luke Richesson was doing to make sure that the Jaguars made him an offer that brought him first to Florida. After seeing the results he got over three seasons, JDR has now brought him to Denver.
Yes, Brady Quinn called out Tim Tebow. No, that doesn’t mean Denver is looking to throw him out of the quarterback mix.
“We still like Brady Quinn,” Broncos coach John Fox joked on Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Fox said that Quinn’s comments were taken out of context, saying that sometimes “things get lost in translation.” He insisted that he knows Tebow and Quinn well, and he knows the relationship that the two quarterbacks have with each other. He did add that Quinn’s move to apologize to Tebow was a good one, though.
John "The Voice Box" Fox is so cute when he does the gruff-and-wise ol' ball coach thingy.
Don't believe this notion that Quinn is coming back. It's not happening.
I just want to know one thing, Fox: have you fired that damn cook yet?
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The last time we were graced by Woody's mailbag, he told us that too many people were coaching up Tim Tebow, and the solution was to add Sean Salisbury to the mix. We also learned that Mr. Paige had coined the brilliant acronym EFX™. What might he have for us today? How about we start with some caponomics? Or not...
I don't know cap space from my cap size. Honestly, each season I look at the Broncos' salaries, plus bonuses paid to free agents and rookies, and do my own audit to see if the Broncos are keeping up with other teams and aren't short-changing the fans. I know that's not scientific and not completely accurate, but I have a life, and also I am covering about 15 teams and/or sports in the state.
Silly reader. Woody has not time for your trifling questions. HE'S GOT A LIFE, not to mention the three jobs, and he is covering JV basketball at the other corner of the state, the presidential election, and the events in Syria. Why don't you go ask Legwold?
According to Jeff Legwold of The Post, who is accurate about such things, the Broncos have $91 million committed in salaries for next season.
Yes, Captain Accuracy is our preferred fact finder, never mind claims last offseason that Denver was entering the draft with five picks (they had seven). I'm actually sending my taxes to Legwold, and will be expecting a MEGA REFUND.
“(It was) very, very, very exciting,” Presli told us as she opened a gift box from the Tim Tebow Foundation at her family’s Parker home. “(Tebow) was a thousand times nicer than you think he is.”
Presli’s dad took several photos of her with Tebow and other celebrities who attended the event. His daughter returned home with several souvenirs, including an autographed Tebow football.
“It says ‘To Presli Number 15, Tim Tebow, God bless. Go Broncos’,” she said, reading the inscription.
And Tebow’s parting words? “Thank you for being an amazing date,” Presli said with a wide smile.
If you wondered why Tebow wasn't caught up like the rest of us in the Mike Silver/Brady Quinn drama, he was occupied with something a little more meaningful.
To find out more about the little girl Tebow dated, Presli Collins, you can check out her Facebook page.
Seems like a cool chick!
Ten-Point Stance: Film doesn't lie, but combine numbers sure do
Once again, here we are back to Tim Tebow. Love Tebow as a person. Sincere, good guy. Hope he does well, but I fear he won’t. But that’s an old debate. I wanted to talk about something else: how unfairly Tebow is being treated now.
It’s pretty disgraceful, actually. It started with the Broncos announcing they were bringing in two quarterbacks to compete with Tebow. Again, I don’t think Tebow can throw, but even a critic like me has a hard time defending the move to bring in two guys to compete. That’s basically a setup. That’s basically the Broncos saying they don’t believe in Tebow.
The Broncos will name Tebow the starter, but that doesn’t seem to mean a whole lot.
...I think one of the quarterbacks the Broncos want to sign to compete with Tebow is Vince Young.
Earlier in the week I sent a message to Doug Lee saying that if the Broncos really wanted to create a circus-like environment, they'd bring in Vince Young. Of course, I was joking. I can only imagine what it would be like for Broncos Nation to compare Tebow's mechanics to Young's. Imagine the drinking game that one could create out of that camp battle.
Apparently, Mike Freeman doesn't think it's a joke. And now, I'm not laughing either.
AUTOTUNED REMIX OF TIM TEBOW’S DR. SEUSS READING
Enjoy this autotuned reading of “Green Eggs & Ham” delivered to you by the football Jesus himself. If you liked the original Dr. Seuss classic, then you’re going to love the Tim Tebow synthesized musical version even more.
Wyoming senior linebacker Brian Hendricks understands the odds. He knows that he’s at best likely to be a late pick or an undrafted free agent, but he also knows that NFL teams place additional value on athletes who have the basic skillset that can be developed into a particular position or function in football. He’s always been athletic, and he’s channeled that athleticism into football for the last four years. It’s where he wants to have a career. But like a lot of young players, he doesn’t have top and elite skills - yet. But Hendricks believes that with time, constant effort and training, he can contribute to a team. The question is going to be whether one of the 32 NFL teams believes that enough to take him on and give him a shot. If one does, it will be because that organization believes that he can be developed enough to be a regular contributor to the team.
Teams are looking for a lot of different things from the players that they take, but there are certain things that the teams tend to have in common. Every team wants a player who has a history of making key plays at important times. Hendricks, for example, made a touchdown-saving stop at the two-yard line (one of his nine tackles that day) against Colorado State in Fort Collins for the final regular season game of his college career. The tackle led to a chance for the Cowboys to make an interception in the endzone two plays later, saving a touchdown and helping the Cowboys to a 22-19 victory. The performance earned Brian his second Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week award. Those kinds of plays never hurt. Players who come up big with something on the line are essential to the team that wants to win the close ones - as Denver often did during the middle of 2011.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Naturally, there's plenty of reaction to Brady Quinn's quotes from Mike Silver's GQ article, which Quinn foolishly tried yesterday to portray as a misrepresentation of his words. Silver, being the pro's pro that he is, told Mike Florio he's got a recording of the entire interview, and that Brady has a copy too.
Doug Farrar, Barry Petchesky, and Christmas Ape offer their takes; Woody Paige doesn't really see anything over the line in Brady words, and he says Quinn is a class act; Demaryius Thomas doesn't believe in luck.
Meanwhile, Jeff Legwold thinks Sage Rosenfels and Byron Leftwich are legitimate veteran options to sign and compete with Tebow. Yikes.
The comments attributed to me in a recent magazine article are in NO WAY reflective of my opinion of Tim and the Broncos. Tim deserves a lot of credit for our success and I’m happy for him and what he accomplished. Most importantly, he is a great teammate. That interview was conducted three months ago, and the resulting story was a completely inaccurate portrayal of my comments. I have addressed my disappointment with the writer and have reached out to Tim to clear this up. I apologize to anyone who feels I was trying to take anything away from our Team’s or Tim’s success this season.
What to make of this? To the Broncos, it matters little. Brady Quinn isn't coming back.
To Brady Quinn, it matters a lot. He's got to impress a team in the offseason. The quotes attributed to him don't help.
The 2011 Denver Broncos were really bad at protecting the Quarterback, whether it was Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow. Part of that was on the QBs themselves – Orton lacks escapability, and Tebow was extremely conservative about throwing against tight coverage, and often held the ball too long. But most of the issue was the play of the individual protection players, and some questionable scheming.
LT Ryan Clady had a down year, which still put him in the top 10 or so of players at his position. His foot quickness has never gotten back to what he showed in his first two seasons, and sometimes he gets beat with quickness. LG Zane Beadles and C J.D. Walton don’t anchor well enough, and both need to get significantly stronger as their careers progress. RG Chris Kuper was the best of the bunch, but he’s coming off of a broken leg, which is a significant injury. Finally, RT Orlando Franklin buried guys in the run game, but his foot quickness needs a lot of improvement if he’s going to play outside.
The good news is that this is a group of five players who are all still in their 20s and showed a high degree of durability. I’ve said this before, but for an offensive lineman, durability is a skill. Teams tend to carry only eight of them, so if a player gets hurt a lot, he’s a liability. Linemen get hit a lot, but they tend to be lower-impact close area hits, where the guy they’re colliding with doesn’t have much of a running start. You have to be able to take 1,000 or so of those hits and play every snap while managing some aches and pains and avoiding ankle sprains and the like.