Tag:Kyle Orton
Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:31 am
Edited on: August 16, 2010 11:46 am
 

Hot Routes 8.16.10: Media wants Tebow's autograph

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Unsurprisingly, the comments on my "Tebow was impressive" article were all like "WHAT GAME DID YOU WATCH?!? HE PLAYED AGAINST SECOND- AND THIRD-STRINGERS!" That's true. But you know what? Tebow is so freaking amazing that he's inspiring media members to ask him for autographs -- according to Alex Marvez on Twitter , two members of the press walked up to Tebow after the game and asked for his signature. That's a big no-no (doi), because not only do you immediately shred any sense of objectivity about the person you're covering, but it's a clear-cut case of abusing the access that press members have. Next thing you know, they'll start serving us delicious food at games too! No, but seriously, this is embarrassing; a quick Twitter-poll reveals that most people agree what they did was quite annoying, etc.
  • Of course, all the Tebow love in the world won't change the top spot on the Broncos' depth chart -- Dave Krieger of the Denver Post writes that "it's not close" when it comes to how far ahead Kyle Orton is. That's true, but as a I mentioned last night, it would be somewhat surprising if Tebow didn't hop Brady Quinn for the No. 2 spot in Denver.
  • There were three No. 1 overall quarterbacks involved in the San Francisco - Indy tilt, with David Carr, Peyton Manning and Alex Smith all getting action during the game. That may be a fact that interests only me. (And it only interests me because I have a weird obsession with Carr, aka "Mister Mittens." )
  • Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has a handy "10 things to watch" list for the Jets preseason opener. You'll never believe it, but a Darrelle Revis-less defense's play is near the top. On a fairly random note, my girlfriend (who does NOT care for football) watched "Hard Knocks" and freaking loved it. Downside: she asked if it was okay to cheer for the Jets in 2010. I begrudgingly said yes.
  • Kent Somers notes that Larry Fitzgerald -- he of the recently sprained MCL -- was prepping to have his best season ever as a pro and wants people to not "write him off." Geez, Larry. That's a lot to ask. From what I hear, he's going undrafted in almost every fantasy league after this injury.
  • Chicago Breaking Sports has video of Jay Cutler stating that the Bears were just "a few blocks away from some big runs." Yeah, and I'm just "a few hundred thousand dollars away from being a millionaire." (10 to be exact.)

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 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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