Good Morning, Broncos fans! While making the rounds at the Super Bowl, John Elway did his best yesterday to maintain Kyle Orton's
trade value good side by saying that Kyle is still the Broncos' starter and it's "not a foregone conclusion" the QB will be traded. But frankly, what else is he supposed to say about the QB situation? If Elway were to declare that Tim Tebow is the starter or proclaim that he is already a good quarterback, then Orton's trade value would plummet. Not only that, but perhaps Kyle would then come out and publicly demand a trade, making the situation even worse. We'd have even more quarterback drama than is already inherent in the current set of circumstances, and haven't we had enough of that over the past dozen (Bubby/Brian, Griese's dog, Plummer's Element, Jake/Jay, Jay/Josh, Orton/Tebow) years?
Additionally, a declaration from Elway that Tebow will be the 2011 starter would be horribly disrespectful of head coach John Fox. No matter who ultimately makes the decision, or when it becomes public, one would have to think it will be Fox who announces it. Either way, try not to read Elway's comments as a real criticism of Tebow or anything more than posturing to prop up Orton's trade value. Tim Tebow is the future in Denver, and frankly the Broncos organization would be doing themselves a great disservice for that future not to be in place by the next season opener.
Last year, PFR's Chase Stuart framed the debate over whether Shannon Sharpe deserves HOF enshrinement in a balanced and fascinating manner - here it is again.
Mason explains why Elway is publicly stating that Kyle Orton is still the starter at QB.
Legwold summarizes Elway's comments.
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Highlights of the Denver running game from 2010.
Jason Hunter's move to linebacker has him slimming down a bit.
Bill Belichick was named the AP Coach of the Year for the third time.
The Falcons are near an extension for coach Mike Smith.
Tennessee is expected to interview Perry Fewell and
Mark Mike Mularkey for their head coaching job, while Gregg Williams has lost interest in that gig, too.
The Eagles have promoted their offensive line coach to be their new defensive coordinator and hired ex-Colts coach Howard Mudd to coach their O-Line.
Chicago is slipping out news that supports Jay Cutler roughly eleven days too late.
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Part 7 of Andrew Brandt's series on the CBA negotiations.
Dan Snyder is again showing himself to be a thin-skinned, petty loser.
Jeff Pash, the NFL's lead negotiator, says a lockout is no inevitability.
Pat Kirwan thinks if anyone can slow down the Packers' passing game, it's Pittsburgh.
Mike Silver on Hines Ward's intensity.
Matt Bowen focuses on the matchup between Aaron Rodgers and Troy Polamalu.
Don Banks says this year's Steelers are truly Mike Tomlin's team.
Dan Pompei profiles Polamalu.
Jim Trotter on how the Packers' defense has stepped it up this season.
After their first commercial got nixed, the NFLPA has put together another one, about the first one.
KSK on Les Carpenter's whinefest regarding the cold weather in Dallas.
Wes Bunting's practice notes from the NFLPA Bowl.
Doug Farrar focuses in on the top offensive tackles who attended the Senior Bowl.
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