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Posted on: August 8, 2010 9:26 pm
 

Madden '11 already features special Tebow package

Posted by Will Brinson

This post will probably come off as "reading far too deep into the harsh realities of a virtual world" (or something), but I found it interesting nonetheless -- on EA Sports' Madden '11, there's already a special Tim Tebow package installed in the Broncos' offense.

It's called "Broncos Heavy" and it features Tebow in a funky little shotgun formation, with one wide receiver and two running backs. (For the purpose of this example, Eddie Royal is split out left and Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno flank Tebow a few feet inside.)

Interestingly, it's not the same as the Broncos typical "Wild Horses" (their version of the Wildcat), which is also in Josh McDaniels' playbook. That formation, however, features only three running plays with Moreno.

Tebow's formation, on the other hand, has about 15 plays (if I recall correctly -- real football started as soon as I remembered to play around with it today), some of which are running plays, some of which are play-action, some of which are handoffs and some of which are passing plays.

In other words, EA seems to think -- as do the rest of us -- that McDaniels won't be letting Tebow sit idly on the bench. Instead, he'll use his varying talents to really do some damage from some funky formations.

I've messed around with it some, and a couple things pop to mind. Tebow has a cannon. However, the alignment does not setup well to run the option -- after all, you'd rather have the backs starting behind you to do that. The blocking on the play seems to be sufficient enough not to worry about a full-on blitz decapitating our savior.

In fact, I played online with the Broncos and ran out of the Tebow formation -- on one play, I bolted out left with Tebow as if to run, and my opponent's DBs sprinting in to stuff me and I winged a pass to Royal streaking down the left side. It was incomplete, but the better point is this: not only will people respect your attempts to run Tebow, but the computer intelligence respects it too.

That's good news for gamers and may seem irrelevant for Broncos fans, but the truth is it'll probably end up reflecting reality pretty well.

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 9:40 am
Edited on: August 7, 2010 9:42 am
 

Broncos scream for ice cream

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In the summer, when you’re out working in the yard or you’re inside your home playing with you kids, there’s a good chance you’ll stop in your tracks when you hear the familiar music. When the ice cream man is coming, it’s impossible not to scream, “ICE CREAM,” as you search for loose change before the ice cream man drives away.

NFL players are no different.

Near the end of Broncos practice Friday, Josh McDaniels signaled for an ice cream truck, playing that familiar tune, to drive onto the middle of the field, quickly ending practice and sending players scurrying for frozen treats.

The scene was captured by the Denver Post , and it sounds hilarious.

A small snippet from the story:

The first-team offense was lined up against the first-team defense, and Kyle Orton was barking out signals when McDaniels gave the truck the signal.

The bells came on, playing that very familiar sound of summer, and the truck drove on the field. As players looked around to see what was happening, McDaniels blew his whistle and yelled, “Ice Cream!”

Players rushed to the truck, none faster than defensive end Ryan McBean and offensive tackle D’Anthony Batiste, who actually skipped.
After the players procured their ice cream, the Broncos security guards let all the kids in attendance make a run on the truck as well. 

Overall, a very cool scene at Broncos camp.

By the way, you know what else I think about whenever I hear an ice cream truck? Eddie Murphy in Delirious. Here’s the NSFW video , but I warn you. As with any Eddie Murphy video, there's some harsh language.

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 6:47 pm
 

Tim Tebow, Broncos agree to 5-year deal

Tim Tebow, perhaps the most interesting first-round draft pick (and one we discussed on "Around the NFL" today ), has agreed to terms on a five-year deal with the Denver Broncos, according to the team's official website .

Tebow's decision will get him into training camp on time and should make Josh McDaniels, who had some critical words for the quarterback when it appeared he might hold out, quite happy.

“[He] obviously has all the traits that you’re looking for in terms of toughness and competitiveness,” Head Coach Josh McDaniels said of Tebow in April. “He’s intelligent and he’s won a lot of games. He’s a leader, he works hard and he’s got all the intangibles that you look for in a player at that position. He’s produced a lot of numbers and statistically — I’m not even going to talk about that because he’s one of the best in a long, long time.”

McDaniels also acknowledged that Tebow gives him "an opportunity to create some un-gameplanned production" which is precisely the conclusion we drew earlier today, based on our conversation with the Broncos' head coach last week.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 10:35 am
 

Tebow is (surprise, surprise) still beloved

T. Tebow has not signed his contract yet (Getty). While most of the U.S. population – excluding the state of Florida and the city of Denver, of course – suffers from a case of Tim Tebow-overload, the Broncos first-round QB pick already has inspired some of his teammates.

He hasn’t signed a contract yet and could hold out – not that it would damage his glorious image – but Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes that Tebow has made a good impression nonetheless.

"I sat down with him one day and I told him, 'I know they say you're not as talented, your arm's not as tremendous as his, but your work ethic reminds me so much of when I was with Peyton (Manning) in Indianapolis,’” LB Darrell Reid, who played for the Colts from 2005-08, told the paper. "I told him, 'I think you're going to do big things for us, and I can't wait to see you on the field.’”

When that occurs is anybody’s guess. No. 1, he’s not under contract. It’s unclear exactly when he’ll sign, though the team agreed to terms with second-round pick Zane Beadles on Tuesday night. It is clear, though, that Tebow won’t be happy to have to sit out practices because of negotiations. No. 2, he’ll still have to beat out starter Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn to win the right to get on the field as much as possible.

As coach Josh McDaniels told our own Will Brinson last week in “Five Questions (or more),”   Tebow will have a role in the offense, even if he’s not the starter.

Tebow isn’t immediately hurting for money either. On Tuesday, he signed an endorsement deal to be the face of Jockey underwear. So, he’s got that going for him.

From Klis’ story:

But once he settles in for training camp, Tebow will not be characterized by his new set of professional teammates as a "love him or hate him" type of guy. There is no animosity for a guy who has earned his place on a pedestal, but goes about his business like he's fighting for the 53rd spot on the roster.

"Whether it's working on his throwing motion or in the weight room or running, he's almost always the last guy out of the building," Reid said. "He's a very humble kid, and he's a proven winner who will do whatever it takes. That's why we love him."


The Broncos rookies and injured starters report to camp today. The veterans don’t arrive until Sunday. It’ll be hoped that Tebow is ready is to practice by the end of the weekend.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 12:03 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 12:17 pm
 

5 Questions (or more) with Josh McDaniels, Part 2

T. Tebow (US Presswire)
Read Part One of our interview with Josh McDaniels here .

(Ed. Note: Yes, we are also annoyed that we got off the phone with McDaniels a few hours before Dumervil signed his extension , thank you for asking.)

CBS Sports : [Laughing a little] I'm sure you're gonna be sick of this question fairly soon, but, um ... Tim Tebow -- he seems to almost be the biggest story in the NFL sometimes. How early is he gonna see the field in 2010?

Josh McDaniels: [Laughing a lot] We're excited about having Tim here on our team. And he understands that he's got a lot of improvements to make and a long way to go to be exactly what you want an NFL quarterback to be in terms of experience and all those things. And he's got a solid player ahead of him in Kyle Orton , and Brady Quinn has also done some good things in the spring, so we feel like we've got a great group of QBs that are different in their own way, so it should be a very competitive situation.

Kyle's certainly out in front and had a great spring for us this year, but Tim's got some unique skills and there's certainly no boundary on what we may try to do with any of our skill players, and Tim may allow us to do some things a little differently. So we'll kind of see how those things unfold during the course of training camp and the preseason and I think that'll all -- how productive he can be and what other skills he presents us with -- that'll all … time will tell how we'll use different packages and that kind of thing. But he's in a competitive battle right now and he's got a long way to go and I'm sure he'll keep his head down and keep working, but we're happy to have him here in Denver.

CBS: Alright, reader Joe Schlobotnik submitted the top question on our Facebook page (Ed. Note: Go here and like CBS Sports on Facebook and you too can have your questions asked in interviews!) , and it fits well here: Tebow -- hypothetically if he's on the field -- would he be the type of guy that you'd want as the triggerman in the "Wild Horse"?

JMcD: [Chuckling] No, the Wild Horse is different -- it's a different element for us. It's a little different than the Wildcat and if we were using the Wild Horse package, which we certainly used some last year, it would certainly be a halfback back there and it would likely be Knowshon [Moreno] or [Correll Buckhalter ]. But like I said, Tim's got some different skills and that's what training camp is for, to really kind of poke and prod on your football team and to find out exactly what you're going to look like when you ultimately unveil it the first few weeks of the season and then grow from there. We're gonna experiment a little bit with a lot of different things in terms of our system, and we've made a lot of different changes both offensively and defensively and we'll see how Tim factors in.

CBS: Good deal -- one more Tebow question and I swear I'll stop. I've seen several local media members -- I believe mostly local -- who have tied your legacy as Broncos coach directly to drafting Tebow in the past draft. Do you think that's a fair statement or a fair approach to take?

JMcD: I'm not really concerned with my "legacy." I think any coach's or player's story will be told by how much they won, how much they didn't, how many championship teams they were a part of, did they happen to get to a Super Bowl and win one, or multiples. We're focused on trying to get our football team to play as well as we can and Tim is just one small part of that -- we know that. It takes 53 players on the roster and a ton of people in the organization, coaching staff and personnel department to make a team successful, and we're certainly not going to put that burden on one player, and I'm not worried about what somebody else says my legacy is. I know if we win, that's the best solution for all of us, that's the best medicine we can all have, and certainly that's what we're gonna try to do.

CBS: No, that's fair. People have used the word "brash" to describe -- I guess it's attitude -- do you think that being honest and direct, and if you want to use the word "brash," to the media, do you think that's something that benefits you as an NFL head coach in the short term or long term?

JMcD: I think I just … try to do the best I can at my job and make the decisions that we feel like are in the best interests in putting the best team on the field. You know, that's somebody else is coining those terms and most of the people that may say things like that maybe don't really know me. And I'm not really concerned about that -- as I said, I'm focused on trying to win. And as I said before, if we win, I don't know that many people are gonna call you anything other than "successful," so, we're hoping to put a team out there that can do that and be competitive each week and we've got a long way to go in training camp to get ready for 2010.

CBS: Good deal. I'll get you out on this -- aside from the obvious names we've mentioned so far, give us one name to watch in training camp, whose performance in training camp you guys are anticipating might surprise the general fan.

JMcD: Well, there's a lot of players that are looking to improve. One player that really stood out in the spring because of his versatility, and because of some of the things he added to our defense is Nate Jones. We signed Nate as a free agent from Miami -- he can play inside as the nickleback, he played outside at corner, we moved him to safety … he's a very smart player, a very cerebral guy who fits in great with our veteran players in the secondary and we're really excited to what he may bring to our defense and how we can use Nate's skills to really improve our team.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 10:25 am
 

Dumervil's extension includes record guarantee

E. Dumervil got a huge contract extension Thursday night (Getty). The numbers have come in on Denver LB Elvis Dumervil’s new contract extension, and considering he was slated to make about $3.1 million this season, it’s quite a jump.

The Denver Post writes that on top of the $3.168 million salary Dumervil will earn this year, the team added a five-year, $58.332 million extension. That equals six years and $61.5 for last year’s sack leader.

According to two Post sources, $43.168 million of that extension is guaranteed against injury, an NFL record.

"Money is not everything, and that's the way I was brought up," Dumervil told the newspaper. "It's nice when you get it, don't get me wrong, but I was always taught that you get what you put into it. And as long as you conduct yourself as such, good things will happen for you."

It’s actually a pretty extraordinary move by the Broncos. Considering all the turmoil that could occur next year with a potential lockout looming, Denver didn’t have to give him so much money. The Broncos could have stuck him with a franchise tag – which, while still costly, means it would only have to pay him that much money in the short-term, keeping them from having to make such a big-money, long-term commitment to him now.

But, as the Post points out, perhaps the team needed to make a statement, especially after it’s jettisoned off so many players since coach Josh McDaniels – who coincidentally is our subject of “Five questions or more” today on the blog – took over the team.

How will this new contract affect him on the field?

From the Post’s story:

Now that Dumervil has received his new contract, don't be surprised if his sack totals go down while his value soars. Dumervil figures to become a marked man by opposing offenses this season with teams making sure a second blocker — whether a tight end, pulling guard or running back — is on him.

As Dumervil draws double teams on passing downs, it will be imperative for other Broncos such as Robert Ayers to develop as rushers.

"It's going to be tough but a lot of teams passed on me before the Broncos selected me with the 126th pick," Dumervil said. "I'm wanting to show these other teams what they missed out on. I'm obsessed with that. I feel bitter about those decisions. Now I want to prove to other teams that the Broncos were right in wanting to reward me by extending me.”


It’ll be tough – real tough – for Dumervil to reach his 17-sack quota from last year. And not just because of the money he’s making. New contract or no new contract, he would have faced more double teams and chipping blockers anyway this season.

But Dumervil also said he can get his sack total back to double digits. For the Broncos sake, he’d better.
 

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 9:22 am
Edited on: July 23, 2010 12:18 pm
 

5 Questions (or more) with Josh McDaniels, Part 1

T. Tebow (US Presswire) Josh McDaniels' first season and a half as head coach of the Denver Broncos has been one of the more spectacularly bloggable things in recent NFL history: whether it's trading his biggest name stars, or starting 6-0, or beating his old boss, or confidence, or drafting Tim Tebow in the first round ... the list goes on and on.

Fortunately, we were able to speak with McDaniels about all of these things in a recent interview, thanks to the kind folks at Gatorade, the NFL,  and a group of charitable foundations who are partnering in the "Beat the Heat" program, dedicated to raising hydration awareness during training camp.

Read Part Two of our interview with Josh McDaniels here .

CBS Sports : Wanna ask you first -- you're working with Gatorade and the NFL on the Beat the Heat program. How big a factor is hydration awareness in your training camp preparation?

Josh McDaniels : Well, it's huge for us, and you're right -- the NFL and the Broncos have partnered with Gatorade on the Beat the Heat program. We certainly understand the importance of hydration and refueling our athletes in the summer months and really, that's the entire purpose of the program, to really focus on how to prevent heat-related illnesses and fight them. It requires us to constantly remind our athletes to hydrate before, during and after all their activities that we put them through in training camp.

And we have Gatorade all over the building -- in the cafeteria, in our locker rooms, in our meeting rooms, they have it at the hotel they stay in during training camp and we encourage them to drink as much as possible. And for any athlete or parent that wants to learn more about what we're doing with Gatorade, they can go to NFL.com/trainingcamp and for every download [of the awareness packet] Gatorade will donate $1 to fight heat-related illnesses.

CBS : Well, it's a fantastic program -- raises awareness and reminds us that football's on the way ... Speaking of which, you shipped Brandon Marshall to South Beach in the offseason and then drafted Demaryius Thomas in the first round. Can he step up and replace Brandon as a No. 1 option for you?

JMcD : Well, we certainly aren't going to necessarily place that burden on one player as we go into this training camp in 2010. Brandon's certainly a special player and he'll do good things for the Dolphins. But we have a pretty diverse group of receivers: DeMaryius certainly is going to add speed, length and size to that group and we're really excited about his future here in Denver.

We've also got some football players that were productive for us that are coming back: [Jabar] Gaffney , [Brandon] Stokley , [Eddie] Royal ... Brandon Lloyd had a great spring, Kenny McKinley is a kid that's up and coming, Matt Willis and certainly Eric Decker who we drafted in the third round too. We've got four or five players now who are over six feet tall, we're probably bigger than any wide receiver corps that I've ever been a part of in the NFL, and we're excited about some of the things we're gonna try to do with those big players.

DeMaryius ... we're gonna coach him hard and give him the opportunity to learn our system and be productive in it, but we've got some players -- along with him, that he'll be competing with -- that we feel also can be productive and hopefully there's a bunch of them that'll make plays for us this year.

CBS: One more thing on DeMaryius -- he played in Paul Johnson's system at Georgia Tech ... is him adjusting, especially in terms of route-running, because it's more simplistic there, is him adjusting to your system a big concern?

JMcD: It's certainly something that's gonna take some time for him to adjust to some of the things that we'll ask him to do. But he's a big receiver, and I think anyone would be lying to you if they said big receivers had a route tree that consists of 25 routes. We're not gonna try to do things that don't make sense to do with our bigger receivers and we certainly have some smaller receivers that aren't going to do some of the things that he can do. So, we're gonna try and put him in a position where he can use his strengths to help us, and we're certainly not going to shy away to try and work with him on improving his route-running in different areas, but, you know, we feel like he can be a productive player for us and we'll constantly try and improve every area of his game.

CBS: Alright, last season was a rollercoaster in terms of the way you guys started ... it was the story of the NFL and then obviously a disappointing finish. How do you manage expectations coming into 2010?

JMcD: Well, we're just focused on ourselves. We know we've got a lot of practice ahead of us before we enter into the regular season. And we're gonna try and take our football team as far as we can in the month of August and the beginning part of September before we start at Jacksonville. We can't really worry about the past and we can't focus too far into the future -- we're gonna try and take it day-to-day and we feel like we've put a solid nucleus of players in the locker room that will lead us this season and into the future and we're really excited about our opportunity to improve in areas we struggled in last year and we feel like we made some key additions both through free agency and the draft, and we're excited to see how it all unfolds this year.

(Stay tuned for Part Two of our interview with Josh McDaniels later today)

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 14, 2010 7:10 pm
 

A scenario for Josh McDaniels

Mike Klis of the Denver Post had an interesting comment in his mailbag today when a fan asked him how soon owner Pat Bowlen would expect coach Josh McDaniels to reach the postseason before perhaps looking for a replacement.

Considering McDaniels is entering his SECOND season as head coach, Klis said he likely would need to make the playoffs this year or in 2011 to assure Bowlen that he should be allowed to coach through the end of his four-year contract.

But Klis also raised another issue that involves a coach who’s working for a team 1,500 miles away and a quarterback who’s on the field for a squad 900 miles away. A coach and a player, though, that Broncos fans know very well. They are Mike Shanahan, now coaching in Washington, and Jay Cutler, now playing in Chicago.

From the article:

If the Broncos finish 7-9 or worse this year, and Shanahan's Redskins and Cutler's Bears finish 10-6 and make the playoffs, McDaniels could be in trouble.

I still believe Bowlen would stick with McDaniels given this example. But to do so, Bowlen would have to withstand serious pressure from Broncos fans who would scream for a change.

I don't see this nightmarish sequence happening, by the way. I don't think Shanahan can lift the 4-12 team he inherited to any more than seven or eight wins this year.


In other news in this article, Klis said he believes, under the right circumstances, quarterback Kyle Orton could lead a team to a Super Bowl. Hey, if it worked for Trent Dilfer, I suppose it could work for Orton as well.

--Josh Katzowitz

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