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Tim Tebow talk sparks Broncos PR campaign

Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:37 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 11:40 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

In case the rock that was squatting on you just feel asleep and you rolled out from under it, there's been a lot of speculation this offseason about the future of Tim Tebow within the Broncos organization.

On Tuesday, a report emerged that Tebow had fallen to not just the third, but fourth-best quarterback in Denver's organization. Asked specifically about the report on Wednesday, head coach John Fox didn't sound so pleased.

"First of all, I would like to say that nobody in this building that is in the decision-making process -- coach, official, or I don’t know, maybe they heard it from the cook ... I’m not sure, but we hold Tim in high regard," Fox said Wednesday, regarding the report from Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports. "I think he’s got a bright future in this game. He’s playing maybe the hardest position I know in the NFL there is to play, and maybe in all of sports. He’s progressing fine."

So that's good. But Mike Silver's not a guy off the street who randomly grabs team employees and uses them as sources, particularly high-up in a feature piece about Tebow's struggles. The dude has chops. But that opinion might not be shared amongst the members of Denver's front office.

"I don’t think, if you read it correctly, that it said anybody in the organization," Fox said when asked about the nature of Silver's source. "It just said a knowledgeable football person -- that could have been a wide range.

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Things got much more awkward than Fox's jokes, though. (And by "jokes" I don't mean that he's joking on Silver, just that he's making light of the situation.)

Jim Saccomano, VP of Public Relations for the Broncos, cut loose on a Twitter tirade about the current state of media in today's world.

"All media, all types and levels, desperate for headlines that will move product ... great pressure for headlines, and sometimes the tabloid mentality overtakes objectivity, at expense of some great journalists," Saccomano tweeted Wednesday night. "[A] recent story in NYTimes says 24 of 25 top dailies have experienced record decline in circulation -- Wall Street [Journal] the one exception.

"A serious concern for teams is granting access to outlets that provide incentives to writers based on page clicks. That is a problem."

Well, for starters, no one's questioning that the newspaper industry is in big trouble. But Silver isn't exactly a "newspaper journalist" these days, and I'm not sure that working for Yahoo has him sweating the number of clicks he gets on his stories.

But he wasn't exactly pumped about Saccomano's tweets which, one has to assume, related to Silver's story and the resulting (negative?) publicity for the Broncos.

"I remember the days when, if a respected [public relations] man had something to say to me, he'd pick up the phone instead of taking to the twittersphere," Silver tweeted Wednesday.

It's a different world indeed.

You don't have to look any further than the coverage that Tebow gets. Is it weird that a backup quarterback who was drafted in the late first round gets this much attention? Yeah, it's weird.

But Tebow ranked fifth in terms of jerseys sold in the NFL in 2010; the downside of having your backup quarterback sell millions of jerseys is that lots of people are concerned with his future and his status with the team.

Along with the new-world media comes the possibility of having a PR person tweet at you instead of hitting the landline up. It's the same reason I can get DirecTV service and rebuttals of my reports via Twitter. And the same reason John Elway announces the Broncos moves on social media.

Really, the only way to succinctly sum up the situation is by (datedly) quoting Franck Eggelhoffer: "Welcome to the 90s, Mr. Banks."

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Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2011 1:25 pm

Tim Tebow talk sparks Broncos PR campaign


That is the most ridiculous rant I have ever heard. While white racism may be in play covertly, non-white racism is in play overtly. Affirmative action, quotas, and race exclusive groups like the black congressional caucass, or La Raza hold non-whites to a different lower standard legally and in many schools and places of business. In fact, sports is probably the one place that race is considered the least, and performance is considered the most.

The fact is there are many black and white QBs GIVEN big contracts out of college who are busts in the NFL. The fact is the NFL QB position is the hardest position in football to play successfully and only a few can ever achieve greatness at that role and many cannot even achieve mediocrity. So please put away your race cards that you probably use to explain all the failures in your life and your incompetencies and understand that getting large contracts out of college and/or success at the QB position in the NFL is not a race issue.

The reason America will be a bannana republic in 10 years is because our politicians can't control their spending and more people receive government checks in this country than pay taxes by a wide margin. As of last count, 51%+ of Americans pay no or negative (i.e. they get money rather than pay taxes) taxes vs. 18% in 1986. However, I'm sure brilliant people like you will blame it on whitey or asians. Nevermind that every country in the world that has a strong economy and/or a high standard of living is primarily white or asian, that doesn't fit into your bizarre view of the world I'm sure.

Your comment about asian prostitutes defies any response and simply sounds like the ravings of a lunatic. Did you forget to refill the prescription on your bi-polar meds last month?

Please seek professional help!

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:31 pm

Tim Tebow talk sparks Broncos PR campaign

Yeah, he really wasn't that great.  I know the statistics make him look great, but if Florida would have had a real running back, he wouln't have had 20 rushing TD's.  When four of your offensive lineman go pro, how tough is it to succeed in the college game?  Plus 3 WR's go pro, one of which is Percy Harvin, and 2 TE's go pro.  So he's on a team where 9 of 11 starters go pro.  Plus a defense (5 future pros) that was incredible that always gives you a short field.  You could have put 25-30 other college QB's in the same situation and they would have had similar numbers.  That's why college numbers do lie.  In the pro game, because of the salary cap, you can't have a team that has 9 out of 11 starters that are clearly better than the other team's starters.  Tebow = not good.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 6:30 pm

Tim Tebow talk sparks Broncos PR campaign

More Freeman quality garbage.  Nice will.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 4:13 pm

Tim Tebow talk sparks Broncos PR campaign

So Tebow is pretty much what everyone thought going into the draft and this is news how?

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 3:15 pm

Tim Tebow talk sparks Broncos PR campaign

In part this is the Broncos making (we are going to trade ortin & Tebow is going to start, no ortin is our starter and Tebow is the 3rd string qb) so they really can't complaine that much.

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