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Mix Master Elway spinning tonight at Dove Valley

Elway: Broncos would like Tebow to become long-term QB
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It would be absolutely wonderful for the Denver Broncos and Denver Broncos fans if Tim Tebow could become that franchise guy. I wish I had that crystal ball to be able to say that he absolutely is or—I don’t want to say he’s not because I don’t believe that. But it’s hard to say if Tim Tebow is absolutely that guy. We’re very hopeful that he is. When you look at Tim, you know he has all the intangibles. For any quarterback to really succeed in this league, you have to be consistent throwing the football and you have to be consistently on target. Those are the things that we know and Tim knows. He’ll continue to get better this season, but a lot of the work will come in the offseason. When you’re getting ready and prepared for an upcoming game, it’s difficult to spend time on the technique work because you’re spending so much mental time with the game plan. The work we’re going to have to see is going to be coming in the offseason.

After probably realizing he said too much to his boy Mike Silver (or getting tired of the rabid tweets being sent his way), John Elway hit the airwaves to do some damage control tonight. However, his words to Dave Logan and Dave Krieger on KOA don't exactly contrast with either the quotes presented by Silver or Elway's conversation with Vic & Gary on Monday, except to say he's pulling for Tebow.

Bunting: RGIII better pro prospect than Barkley

Robert Griffin III vs. Matt Barkley
www.nationalfootballpost.com

Overall, when looking at the two prospects what you have is case of a higher upside and more naturally talented prospect in Robert Griffin III vs. a higher floor guy in Matt Barkley who is more limited physically…I still think both guys are future starting NFL quarterbacks. I just feel there are some physical limitations surrounding a prospect like Barkley that would keep me from giving him the same type of grade as Griffin III. Basically with Barkley I worry about his lacking athleticism and foot quickness in the pocket. Too often he seems to struggle to quickly collect his footing, which directly corresponds with his accuracy problems. Griffin III on the other hand is much more fleet of feet, is a more fluid/natural thrower of the football and displays better overall touch/accuracy in my view vertically down the field.

Bills RB Fred Jackson Placed on IR

Fred Jackson put on IR; out for year
blogs.buffalonews.com

The Buffalo Bills’ season took a major turn for the worse today with the news that star running back Fred Jackson is out for the year with a fracture to his fibula bone in his lower right leg.

Jackson has accounted for 40 percent of the Bills’ offense this season. The Jets’ defense ranks seventh in the NFL in yards allowed and shut down the Bills’ attack three weeks ago in a 27-11 New York victory.

The Broncos have been pretty lucky with their own injury situation this season, all things considered, and they keep getting lucky as key players for their stretch-run opponents get hurt.  Jackson joins Jay Cutler and Matt Cassel, as well as a bunch of Chargers who are hurt.  Could all that prayer be helping?  I'm not saying, I'm just saying...

Anyway, I'll be in Buffalo for the December 24th Bills game, and this makes it more likely that I'll leave happy.

It turns out Ryan McBean may not know what you’re wearing, after all

No charges filed against Broncos’ Ryan McBean
blogs.denverpost.com

The Denver District Attorney’s office decided not to file charges against Broncos defensive tackle Ryan McBean, who was arrested Oct. 14 on a stalking allegation and was released the next morning after posting a $50,000 bond.

McBean’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, was none too pleased that his client had to endure the embarrassment in the first place.

Great news for the Broncos.  McBean has been flat piledriving running backs lately.  He's been a  valuable asset to the Broncos (did I just say that out loud?) during their recent defensive run.

Not so fast, Kyle Orton

Orton has no say in his next destination
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Rosenthal pointed out earlier today that John Clayton of ESPN has said that quarterback Kyle Orton is trying to make it known that he wouldn’t report to the Chiefs, if the Chiefs claim him on waivers. But Orton really has no say in the matter. For starters, he’d forfeit the balance of his $4.5 million salary in 2011.  Also, he’d be subject to an attack on any remaining signing bonus allocation for 2011. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Orton could jeopardize his shot at free agency in 2012.

I suspect Florio meant $2.58 million instead of $4.5 million, but what's two million dollars, eh?

The drama continues...

Silver: Elway may trade Tebow in offseason

Belief of Elway’s commitment to Tebow overstated
sports.yahoo.com

In most cases, the semi-encouraging early results – along with the extreme popularity of the quarterback in question – would create enough momentum that the move toward Tebow as long-term starter had already begun. I don’t think that’s the case here, and I’m skeptical that it will ever happen, even if the Broncos win the division…I feel this way because Elway is running the show, and he possesses both the standing to tune out fan-generated hysteria and the unsurpassed knowledge of what a true franchise quarterback looks like…The Tebowites may be vocal, and they may be feisty, but they won’t intimidate him…So yes, Elway is dubious, and it’s quite possible he’ll try to trade Tebow after the season and go after one of the many enticing quarterbacks who’ll be available in the draft. If the Tebowites want to view this as a sign of Elway’s devotion to the current starter, that’s their prerogative – but that assessment would be as inaccurate as most of their hero’s medium-range passes.

If it wasn't already apparent that the anonymous source for Mike Silver's August 23 column was John Elway rather than the team's cook, perhaps his article today will make it sufficiently clear. This cannot be stressed enough: If Silver were fabricating any part of that earlier piece, John would not be granting him further access to Dove Valley. But as TJ has been saying for months, Silver and Elway are tighter than a Tebow an Aaron Rodgers-thrown spiral. At least half of Silver's column today reads as if he were quoting John verbatim, and it's painfully obvious that The Duke is not about to stake his legacy running the Broncos to a QB who can't throw. Even the cook can see that much...

Why Tebow isn’t like Mike, in a good way

Is Tebow More Mobile Than Vick? (And Other Questions from Readers)
fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com

Tebow is built like a tight end, really, and so, not to put too fine on a point on it, defenders are much less willing to throw themselves into his path. If you look pretty closely at the final drive against the Jets, you will see a few glaring and unflattering examples of that. Also, when Tebow does get hit, he can shake them off much more easily than Vick because of his size. Another thing: Tebow is often taking off on designed runs, so the offensive line is blocking for him.

Shannon Sharpe: Tebow’s past hurts Tebow’s future

Shannon Sharpe on with Vic and Gary
www.denverssportsstation.com

He told me his whole life, and I don’t want to give too much away for the piece, that he wanted to be a quarterback since he was six years old, and everybody told him he should be a tight end or linebacker…and he wanted to play quarterback.  But the one thing he thought they were doing to help him harmed him the most, and that was, they put him in an offense that allowed him to do what he did best…run the football.  He never developed the skill set to throw the football efficiently, accurately, and consistently.  While you think that’s helping him [running], it’s actually hurting him long term…when you get into the heat of the battle, when the defensive ends are coming, when that pressure’s coming up the middle, you’re gonna always resort back to what you know…

I'm not sure what was funnier during this interview, Sharpe's gift of gab, or Vic and Gary fawning all over Sharpe near the end.  One of them said to Sharpe, "Wow, you just educated me."

Sorry, Vic and Gary, but that was a bit too orgasmic for live radio.

Plummer: I’ll TiVo Tebow and then I’ll mute him

Jake Plummer on with Vic and Gary
www.denverssportsstation.com

“I can think back to when I was a kid watching sports, I mean, me and my brothers were big sports fans.  It always seemed to kind of trivialize that importance of a relationship of that sorts, you know, that people have with their…with Jesus Christ or their God, whatever it was, it seemed an inappropriate place to bring it up after a football game or whatever, but…I’m not dissing the guy for his beliefs, you know, he’s obviously a good kid, he’s got a lot of strong morals and values, it’s just…you know, I’ll TiVo it, then I’ll mute it.”

A few weeks ago, my friend Ted Bartlett wrote that Tebow brought a side of religious zealotry with his main course as quarterback of the Denver Broncos.

The side dish seems to be getting larger and larger and larger.  I don't think you have to be an oracle to see where all of this is heading--only five games in and now we have the talking heads discussing the idiocy of mentioning your wife after every touchdown as a substitute for mentioning Jesus Christ.

Wait until the media starts pinning Tebow down on his gay marriage positions, etc, which he has refused to discuss.  Oh, wait, you think this sort of thing is going to die down ten games in?  Sure it will.

John Elway thought he was evaluating quarterbacks.  As it turns out, he's also got to decide if the circus generates more money or distraction.

Brandt: Broncos took informed risk by releasing Orton

Broncos Bet with House Money
www.nationalfootballpost.com

Based on the events of last weekend, the Denver Broncos made a $2.6 million bet Tuesday with house money…The Broncos saw injuries Sunday to Matt Cassel, Matt Schaub and, most importantly, Jay Cutler. These events—along with a nudge from Orton’s agent David Dunn—gave them confidence they could save $2.6 million for a player that was not going to play for them again this season.

So, let's say that Orton does in fact end up on KC or Chicago. That would be about $2.6M saved versus whatever likelihood Orton adds to his new team beating the Broncos. Some might say he's not adding much, and even if he were, isn't that worth $2.6M saved? I'd say yes...being 5-5 and a game out of first place doesn't alter the fact that the Broncos are in the second year of a rebuild.