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Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:01 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2011 1:02 pm
 

Video: Tim Tebow talks to CBS Sports about season

"Can I say something, honestly? I think this offense is stunting your growth," Sharpe said. "Don't you think at some point and time you're going to have to be able to develop and throw the football fundamentally?"

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Broncos face the Chargers Sunday in a very important AFC West matchup. Denver, at 5-5, is just one game back of Oakland in the division, and a game up on San Diego. One of the reasons the Broncos are back in the playoff-race conversation: Tim Tebow, who took over a 1-4 team from Kyle Orton and promptly went 4-1 as a starter. (Orton, meanwhile, is the newest member of the Kansas City Chiefs.) 

Ahead of Sunday's matchup, CBS Sports' Shannon Sharpe sat down with Tebow to talk about his style of quarterback play, his future with the Broncos, why he's such a polarizing figure.

One of the best exchanges from the interview:

Sharpe: Do you believe this organization is 100 percent behind you?
Tebow: I believed that I am very blessed to play for this organization.
Sharpe: That wasn't the question I asked you -- whether or not you were blessed. I asked do you believe John Fox and John Elway 100 percent believe Tim Tebow is the guy that's going to get them back to winning championships?

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Posted on: September 19, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Fox says Tebow is a quarterback not a wideout

Tim Tebow, NFL wide receiver? (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

First, the dark cloud: Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal left Sunday's game against the Bengals with a groin injury that will keep him out at least two weeks. Tight end Julius Thomas also had to call it a day after suffering a high ankle sprain (he's also expected to miss two weeks.)

Now, the silver lining: because of the lack of depth at wide receiver (Denver only dressed three WRs), third-string quarterback Tim Tebow got some snaps at the position against the Bengals.

"[Head coach John] Fox said the team will not go into another game with only three active wide receivers, as it did Sunday," the Denver Post's Lindsay Jones wrote Monday. "After Royal and Thomas were injured, the team brought in backup quarterback Tim Tebow when it ran three receiver sets. Tebow was in the game for three snaps, but was not targeted with a pass. Fox said Tebow graded at '100 percent' in his limited assignments.

But don't get too excited, hardcore Tebow supporters. Fox wants you to know extenuating circumstances forced him to use his backup quarterback as a wideout.

"Let me make this totally clear," he said. "He is a pass-catcher. He did that just as an emergency situation."

Despite weekly pleas from fans to see Tebow take over for Kyle Orton, it ain't happening, at least not anytime soon. Former Broncos tight end and CBS NFL analyst, Shannon Sharpe, spoke about Tebow's prospects before Sunday's game.

"There might come a time at some point in time during the season that (Tebow might get a chance to play quarterback). Talking to John Elway and John Fox, I don't see that happening any time soon. I think he might be able to be successful but you'd have to scrap your entire offense to make this guy successful. Then what happens, if he gets nicked and somebody else has to come in because you have nobody else on this team with his skill set.

"Everyone talks about his intangibles, his big heart, his desire to win, he won the Heisman. Arguably, one of the five or six greatest college players to ever play the game. But what about accuracy? That's an intangible you must have to be successful at any level to play quarterback, especially in the National Football League. I just don't see how this guy can be successful consistently when he can't throw the football accurately."

But in terms of route running, Tebow is as precise as they come. Look no further than him grading out at 100 percent. Which makes us think he should've been a tight end all along. (That's a joke. We think.)

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Posted on: September 18, 2011 8:14 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2011 8:15 pm
 

'The NFL Today': Week 2 postgame show

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL Today wraps up the week that was in the NFL -- postgame coverage right ... here:


And, just to recap, here's the news, notes and quotes from our award-winning team of analysts during the pre-kickoff show.

Shannon Sharpe on Tim Tebow playing any time soon:
"There might come a time at some point in time during the season that might happen. Talking to John Elway and John Fox, I don't see that happening any time soon. I think he might be able to be successful but you'd have to scrap your entire offense to make this guy successful. Then what happens, if he gets nicked and somebody else has to come in because you have nobody else on this team with his skill set. Everyone talks about his intangibles, his big heart, his desire to win, he won the Heisman. Arguably, one of the five or six greatest college players to ever play the game. But what about accuracy? That's an intangible you must have to be successful at any level to play quarterback, especially in the National Football League. I just don't see how this guy can be successful consistently when he can't throw the football accurately."

Boomer Esiason on the Jets throwing the ball more:
"Ground and pound got him to two AFC championship games, I get it. And they were protecting a young quarterback who was a liability as opposed to an asset. Now he's a third year starter. He's a captain. He's wearing the "C." I get they have a little problem protecting him. Wayne Hunter had all he could handle last week from DeMarcus Ware. You got Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, and maybe the most under-utilized tight end in football in Dustin Keller – start throwing the ball. That's what this league is going to, and that's why you traded up to get him in the first round."

Boomer on the Jaguars cutting David Garrard:
"Yes, they did. They didn't believe he could take them to the Super Bowl. So why pay him $8 million if you’re a small market team. They did the right thing."

Kris Jenkins on whether Ndamukong Suh is the best defensive player in the NFL right now:
"Absolutely not.  Right now the current premiere defensive tackle in the league is Haloti Ngata.  And you have to look at the best players in the league on defense: Revis, Polamalu, Demarcus Ware, and so on and so forth.  You can go down that list for a long time."

Boomer on Cam Newton:
"I love Cam Newton's performance last week, and the thing that I saw more than anything was poise. You also have to realize why he had so much success. The Arizona defense was a disaster. They had communication problems. They busted coverages. But give the kid credit because he found where those busted coverages were. I think he's going to be a tremendous player in this league. I just don't think we're going to see that today against Dom Capers and this defense because they won't have the same breakdowns."

"Inside the NFL" GM Charley Casserly also dropped a lot of knowledge in his segment:
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Posted on: August 7, 2011 10:19 am
Edited on: August 7, 2011 10:27 am
 

Video: Sharpe, Sanders Hall of Fame speeches

Posted by Ryan Wilson



                                                             Ed Sabol | Richard Dent (photos) | Chris Hanburger 
                         Shannon Sharpe (photos) | Marshall Faulk (photos) | Les Richter | Deion Sanders (photos)
                           Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2011
 | Hall of Fame photos | More Hall of Fame news




On Saturday night, Shannon Sharpe and Deion Sanders gave two of the most impassioned Hall of Fame speeches in recent memory. Here are the highlights, courtesy of NFL.com.


Shannon Sharpe, left, unveils a bust of himself along with his presenter and brother, Sterling Sharpe, during the induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)



CANTON, OH - AUGUST 6: Former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Deion Sanders talks to the fans after unveiling his bust at the Enshrinement Ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 6, 2011 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Posted on: August 6, 2011 11:17 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2011 2:59 pm
 

2011 Hall of Fame induction poignant, emotional



Posted by Ryan Wilson



                                                             Ed Sabol | Richard Dent (photos) | Chris Hanburger 
                         Shannon Sharpe (photos) | Marshall Faulk (photos) | Les Richter | Deion Sanders (photos)
                           Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2011
 | Hall of Fame photos | More Hall of Fame news




The 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend may have been without an actual NFL game (the Bears and Rams were scheduled to play before the lockout dragged into July and led to its cancellation), but the induction ceremony wasn't without poignant moments, raw emotion, and inspiration.

Seven members were a part of the 2011 class: 

Ed Sabol. Ninety-four years old, Sabol gave his acceptance speech from a wheelchair while sounding every bit as lucid and spry as he appeared in possibly one of the best Hall of Fame introduction videos ever. Sabol's son, Steve, who is battling brain tumors, presented Ed for introduction.

"I've dreamt the impossible dream and I'm living it right now," Sabol said Saturday night. "This honor tonight really goes to NFL Films. I just happen to be accepting all the accolades. … I just want to say one thing: I've been very, very happy to have been your boss for all these years. You're a great bunch of people, dedicated, hard-working and loyal, and the reason I'm sitting up here."

Richard Dent. The former Tennessee State University player was an integral part of the 1985 Chicago Bears defense, one of the best defenses in modern NFL history. And Saturday, he becomes the third member of that unit to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Dent, who had to wait seven years for this day, joins Dan Hampton and Mike Singletary.

"I grew up in a town where a man said 'I have a dream.' … As a kid growing up at that time, listening to [Martin Luther King], all I could do was dream," said Dent Saturday night. "… Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be here."

Chris Hanburger. With his North Carolina drawl and dry wit, Hanburger's speech was as much a stand-up set as it was an acceptance speech. And by the end of the night, Deion Sanders called Hanburger, who Sanders hadn't met before the weekend, a friend, saying "I love you, man."

As for his career, Hanburger played all 14 years with the Washington Redskins, and he was the original cerebral NFL linebacker. He was an 18th-round selection in 1965 who ended up a nine-time Pro Bowler, four times a first-team All Pro, and an eight-time first team All Conference selection.

"It's been a tremendous thrill for me," Hanburger said Saturday. "… I've never had a chance to meet members of the Hall of Fame like this. It's a great honor. ... This is one of the greatest moments of my life and I mean that from my heart."

Shannon Sharpe. Twitter was abuzz, even as Sharpe was still on stage, calling his speech (see it here) one of the best in Hall of Fame history, surpassing the impassioned words Michael Irvin just years before.

Sharpe spoke about mostly about his family and their role in his journey.

“Sterling was supposed to be in the Hall first," Shannon said Friday. "I was supposed to introduce him for his speech, for his introduction and then take his bronze bust into the Hall. But now we’re going in together. I’m taking him in with me. … I’ve always wanted to be like him. …

"I'm here today for a lot of reasons," Shannon contineued. "… Some have absolutely nothing to do with me, and everything to do with the kindness and patience of all the people who guided me through my life."

Marshall Faulk. The San Diego State star revolutionized the running back position during his 12-year NFL career. After five seasons in Indianapolis where he never averaged more than 4.1 yards per carry, Faulk teamed up with Dick Vermeil and Mike Martz in St. Louis and became an integral part of the "Greatest Show on Turf." In his first three years with the Rams, Faulk averaged 5.4 yards per carry, in addition to more than 1,600 receiving yards over that time. He ended his career with 12,279 yards rushing, 6,875 yards receiving and 136 touchdowns.

"This is pretty special -- this right here, these guys … I'm glad to be a part of it," Faulk said. "I want to thank God. And I want to thank God because this is football heaven."

Les Richter passed away in June 2010, but his legacy as a hard-hitting, game-defining player remains. At 6-3, 240 pounds, he was one of the most physical linebackers in the league during his nine-year career that began with the the Los Angeles Rams in 1954.

“It always puzzled me why Les was not in the Hall of Fame," said Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who played against Richter in high school, college and the NFL. "He was a great, great player. I don’t know any linebacker in that era who even compares to him.”

Deion Sanders. In the second-most emotional speech of the night, Sanders was funny, poignant and passionate.

Deion is widely considered the best cover cornerback in NFL history and his first-ballot enshrinement is a testament to his effect on the position and the game during a 14-year career.

"I appreciate this game so much," Sanders said Saturday. "...This game taught me so much about people, about focus, about sacrifice."

Sanders also addressed the doubters who said he wasn't much of a tackler during his NFL career.

"Some of my critics say, 'You know, Prime didn't tackle.' I want to respond to that publicly, because that affects me, that bothers me. …Since 1989 I've tackled every bill my mama has every given me. Haven't missed one. The next time they say 'Prime didn't tackle.' Let them know 'Yes he did.'"

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Posted on: August 6, 2011 9:13 pm
 

Shannon Sharpe: 2011 Hall of Fame Class



Posted by Ryan Wilson

“Sterling was supposed to be in the Hall first. I was supposed to introduce him for his speech, for his introduction and then take his bronze bust into the Hall. But now we’re going in together. I’m taking him in with me. … I’ve always wanted to be like him." Shannon, on his older brother and former Packers' WR Sterling Sharpe

“Let’s just say he was one of the best trash-talkers to ever play the game." - Broncos safety Brian Dawkins

"I've got a better chance of winning the Kentucky Derby on the back of a donkey than they have of winning the Super Bowl with Kyle Boller." - Shannon Sharpe on former Ravens' quarterback Kyle Boller



                           Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2011
 | Sharpe in photos | More Hall of Fame news




You might be able to make the case that Shannon Sharpe shouldn't have been a Hall of Fame inductee this year, but there's no disputing that he had a Hall of Fame career and was eventually destined for Canton. During 14 seasons that took him to Denver, Baltimore and back again, Sharpe was an eight-time Pro Bowler, four times a unanimous first-team All Pro, and he retired as the NFL's career leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns by a tight end.

"People from the Hall of Fame tell me, I only have 8-10 minutes to do this. No chance," Sharpe began.  "Determination, dedication and discipline … there's a reason they call it chasing your dreams and not walking after them. … I'm here today for a lot of reasons … some have absolutely nothing to do with me, and everything to do with the kindness and patience of all the people who guided me through my life. ... Dan Reeves remembered to draft me, but forgot to cut me. Thanks, coach, for having a lousy memory."

Sharpe made a plea during his speech for Hall of Fame voters to consider his brother, Shannon, whose career was cut short after seven years.  He then spoke eloquently about his grandmother, Mary Porter, who passed away last month. "The only regret that I have in my 43 years is that I never told my grandmother just how much she meant to me."

A 1990 seventh-round selection out of Savannah State by the Broncos, Sharpe also started for two Super Bowl-winning organizations. He becomes the eighth modern-day tight end to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Sharpe currently works as an analyst for CBS' Sunday pregame show, "The NFL Today." Sterling presented Shannon for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Posted on: August 6, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction live chat



Posted by Ryan Wilson

There may not be a Hall of Fame game this year but there's still the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. And we're covering it live. So feel free to join us to talk about the inductees, who should've been donning a sweet canary yellow jacket tonight, or just to relive some of your favorite Shannon Sharpe quotes from over the years.



                           Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2011
 | Hall of Fame photos | More Hall of Fame news




The fun starts around 6:15 p.m. ET.



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Posted on: August 6, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Photos: Shannon Sharpe, 2011 Hall of Fame Class

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The class of 2011 will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, August 6. Whether it's background on all the members of the Class of 2011, more on Shannon Sharpe, Hall of Fame news in generalor if you want to join us as we follow the induction ceremony live, CBSSports.com and the Eye on Football blog have you covered.


25 Jan 1998: Shannon Sharpe #84 and teammates hold up the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Denver Broncos defeated the Green Bay Packers 31-24. Credit: Jamie Squire, Getty Images.



28 Jan 2001: Shannon Sharpe of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after defeating the New York Giants during Super Bowl XXXV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Ravens defeated the Giants 34-7. Credit: Brian Bahr/ALLSPORT.



This Aug. 25, 2003, file photo shows Denver Bronocs tight end Shannon Sharpe making a one-handed catch for first down yardage against Indianapolis Colts defender David Thornton (50) during second quarter action, in Denver. Credit: AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File.



Shannon Sharpe reacts to the crowd after receiving his gold jacket at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival inductees dinner Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 at the Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio. Sterling Sharpe will be presenting his brother Shannon Sharpe for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday. Credit: AP Photo/The Repository, Scott Heckel.


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