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Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:29 am
Edited on: August 2, 2011 11:49 am
 

Orton running away with Broncos QB competition

Posted by Will Brinson

All offseason long, two things about the Broncos have been assumed. One, that Kyle Orton will be traded at some point. And two, that Tim Tebow will just take over and run the Denver offense and succeed like he did at Florida.

OK, we didn't all assume that -- some of us knew John Fox wouldn't want a youngster like Tebow running his offense. But Denver seemed headed in that direction anyway.

One problem: Tebow's getting absolutely torched by Orton thus far in camp.

Like, to the point where Orton is the only guy getting reps with the No. 1 offense, according to the Denver Post's Mike Klis.

"[Tebow] and Brady Quinn are neck and neck in the battle for the No. 2 quarterback spot," Klis wrote Monday.
Orton's Offseason

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated, also dispatched to Denver's camp, writes that Orton has "clearly separated himself" from Tebow and Quinn, though he notes that it's not out of the realm of possibility that Tebow could still wind up starting.

And it's not -- Denver has a lot invested in him, would probably like to see him succeed (or at least succeed enough to trade him), and clearly doesn't see Orton as the answer (given that they put him on the block).

But as I said a few weeks ago, this is a Fox-run team and expecting to see Tebow take over for a vet like Orton is kind of a long-shot.

Especially when there's such a clear-cut talent discrepancy between the two on the field.

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:23 am
 

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL's trading season, per the official 2011 NFL calendar, officially opened at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday. But there are already some names (Kevin Kolb!) on the trading block; go ahead and add Kyle Orton of the Broncos to that list.

That's because the Broncos reportedly put Orton up on the block, per Mike Klis of the Denver Post. Klis writes that Denver will "begin the business" of the NFL's season by putting his name out there and will be "entertaining offers for Orton" per sources.

However, Klis doesn't necessarily mention precisely what the Broncos would want in return -- we've previously heard they think he's worth a second-rounder -- but he does say if they don't get the proper value in return they won't bite.

In other words, despite the fact that Tim Tebow's been organizing workouts with receivers this offseason, and despite the reports that the starting quarterback job is "his to lose," well, he's probably still going to end up competing with Orton up until the start of the year. (And, yes, technically Brady Quinn.)

There's definitely a market for quarterbacks out there, but two things really pop out about the way Denver is handling this situation. One, even in Madden, players aren't thrilled with their front office when they're publicly lobbed on the trade market like a piece of meat. And while I understand Denver is all about transparency and yet hasn't said that they'll trade him, come on -- you don't publicly shop a guy for mediocre value and then expect him to come back and be all smiles and sunshine.

Secondly, everyone realizes this is John Fox coaching this club right? John Elway might be in charge of the player and personnel moves, but if we're talking about a Fox-coached football team, you have to remember that this is going to be a run-first, keep-it-safe offense.

And while Tebow might very well be able to play the role of game manager for Foxy, it would be somewhat surprising to see the coach entrust his first year on the job to someone so young.

That being said, if the Broncos can find someone willing to give up a second-round pick for Orton, Fox may not have a choice.

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Posted on: June 13, 2011 10:43 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Mike Heimerdinger still battling cancer

Posted by Ryan Wilson

If you need more proof that the NFL is a business, consider Mike Heimerdinger. The former Titans offensive coordinator was diagnosed with cancer last November, and in February he was fired by new Tennessee head coach Mike Munchak.

To Heimerdinger's credit, he didn't bemoan his professional fate, saying at the time, "It's never easy to be fired. [Munchak] has to do what's good for the Titans, and [he] will do what's best for the Titans. I appreciate my time here, but it's never easy to be fired."

But everything's relative, and for Heimerdinger, losing a job isn't in the same conversation as beating cancer. He's currently undergoing his second round of chemotherapy and weighs 170 pounds, down 60 pounds from November.

“The hard part is I am not a real patient person, and this is not a patient disease,” Heimerdinger said on Monday from the NFL Alumni Charity Golf Classic held in his honor this year. “It is a marathon, and I want it done now. I want the chemo to work and doctors to say, ‘It is all gone.’ But that is not going to happen. So you have to come to terms with that. That is the hard part for me.

“I was hoping it went away. I was hoping that the first treatments, it would go into remission and disappear. Obviously it didn’t, so I’ve had to do more treatments. The main thing is to keep it under control and not spread it. And it hasn’t spread, and it is under control. Hopefully, we can keep it under control.”

According to the Associated Press, in addition to the charity golf event, fundraising efforts also included a silent auction featuring "… 2012 Masters tickets, signed pictures by Chris Johnson and Jay Cutler, autographed helmets from Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and the 2010 Heisman winner Mark Ingram and autographed jerseys from John Elway and Peyton Manning."

Al Smith, the former Houston linebacker and current president of the Tennessee chapter of the NFL Alumni, said it was an easy decision to donate money raised through the charity to the American Cancer Society after Heimerdinger was diagnosed with the disease.

"The fact [Heimerdinger] battled through still coaching through it all and showing the perseverance and determination and overcoming the disease, we thought it would be good to benefit something that resonated with him," Smith told the AP.

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Posted on: June 13, 2011 10:43 am
Edited on: June 13, 2011 11:03 am
 

Broncos pay tribute to Joplin victim

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Steven Stephens will long be remembered as a hero who died last month while saving his wife from the tornado that killed him. But during his life, he was also known as a pretty big Broncos fan who idolized legendary QB John Elway.

"He loved that team," a still-distraught Tasha Stephens, Steven’s wife told the Denver Post.

And that team, in the aftermath of the devastating tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., last month and killed 151, is loving him back.

According to the paper, the Broncos, when they heard about Stephens – who was struck by a SUV as he helped his wife, his mother-in-law and some friends to safety – sent a care package to Tasha that included jerseys, autographed pictures and condolence cards to her and her three children.

It was a nice gesture that I’m sure provided a little bit of pleasure for a family going through the darkest period of their lives.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Elway vs. Elway

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You probably haven’t ever heard of Elway (the punk band, not the former Broncos QB it’s named after), but thanks to its namesake, the band is getting some pretty solid publicity for being asked to consider a name change.

Though lead singer Tim Browne – who jokes that the band usually plays for about 30 people in various basements throughout the Fort Collins, Colo., area – says the band has been asked in a letter to change its name, he’s sticking true to his punk roots and won’t be kept down by the man.

“None of us really care about football that much," Browne told the Associated Press. "It’s not a direct reference to John Elway. We make no mention of him in records or in our art work. He’s local color, part of the local vernacular that people understand."

Although Elway* (the band, not the man) has been asked to change its name by Elway’s (the man, not the band) representatives, there was no cease and desist letter that came with the request.

*In case you want to check out the band at Atlas Studios in Chicago, click the below video.

"They’re banking on us being idiots and that we wouldn’t talk to a lawyer," Browne said. "They wanted us to email them back when we change the band’s name. I haven’t even responded to them. It’s blown my mind that it’s gotten this big.

"We’re just guys living in a van, driving across the country, playing shows with next to nobody (in the audience)," Browne said. "And then this multimillion dollar successful business man, Hall of Fame football player gets so mortified that a punk band would use his last name? It’s an incredible shock it happened.

"We’re not out to get John Elway. This situation is hilarious and he needs to loosen up. Life’s too short to worry about a punk rock band using your name."

Just in case Elway (the band) is thinking about acquiescing to Elway’s (the man) request, the punk rockers can take solace in this fact: a band once named after NBA star Mookie Blaylock has since gone on to do some pretty good things in the world of music.



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Category: NFL
Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:59 am
Edited on: May 26, 2011 10:19 am
 

Broncos think Orton's worth a 2nd-round pick?

Posted by Will Brinson

There's a big, old group of teams that need veteran quarterback help in the NFL. And, fortunately, there's a big, old group of veteran quarterbacks that are either available or theoretically available via trade or signing.

Denver Broncos starter Kyle Orton is in that group -- we think. (We do think that, right?)

But he might be a little bit different than the rest of the veterans, in that the Broncos are going to demand more than folks might guess.

Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network reports, that the notion of some team landing Orton for a third- or fourth-round pick is "woefully misguided" and that Orton will command at least a second-rounder (and maybe one that converts to a first-rounder based on production).

Now, if someone comes calling with a pile of mid-round picks, you've got to think the Broncos will consider making a move. Doing so won't guarantee them any wins now but it will help them in the long term and it will put Tim Tebow on the field right away.

That's not necessarily a formula for winning the division in 2011, but it's a pretty good formula for winning back fans who might be perturbed by the lockout situation.

It seems fairly unlikely that Denver will end up moving Orton for that price, though. However, it's been rumored that the Vikings could have Orton on their radar. That makes a lot of sense from the perspective that Minnesota could prep Christian Ponder to take over while still making a run in 2011 with Orton under center. 

But if it's going to require at least a second-round pick to get a deal done, it's hard to imagine the Vikings investing that much that quickly in the quarterback position, especially after drafting Ponder and being prepared to start him.

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Posted on: May 19, 2011 1:06 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Broncos not in the mix for 'Hard Knocks'

Posted by Will Brinson

Whoever ends up as the subject of HBO's "Hard Knocks" in 2011 has a hard act to follow -- the Jets were absolutely the most must-watch preseason football in, well, forever.

We already know that it won't be the Buccaneers, who declined the opportunity to be featured, and CBSSports.com has learned it will not be the Denver Broncos either.

"Although we recognize the value of the show and the exposure that accompanies it, we are going to continue to rely on other platforms to give our fans up-close access to the Broncos," Patrick Smyth, Broncos' Executive Director of Media Relations, told CBSSports.com.

The Broncos would have been a fascinating team to watch on the show, for a number of reasons: they have Tim Tebow (always a draw), they have a potential quarterback battle on their hands, they have a new coach in John Fox, they have a new guy running the show in John Elway, they have a pair of storyline-worthy rookies in Von Miller and Nate Irving, and they've been incredibly transparent as an organization lately, beating reporters to scoop by embracing Twitter.
Broncos' Offseason

But it also makes sense to pass on opening up the doors to HBO. The labor climate makes it very easy for potentially unwelcome made-for-TV drama to unfold naturally.

And the Broncos are in a rebuilding mode: as much talent as they have on the roster -- and they do have talent -- it's a organization that's probably more concerned with instilling the a homogeneous culture change than it is with getting its players a bunch of airtime on HBO.

That's the beauty of being young, though: there's always next year.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 2:04 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.4.11 Post-draft bragging

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Sydney Moss, star high school basketball player in Kentucky and daughter of Randy Moss, has made an oral commitment to the Florida Gators.

Less than a week after leaving Monday Night Football, sideline reporter Michelle Tafoya is joining Sunday Night Football.

Tashard Choice had a bin Laden tweet issue, as well. Unlike Rashard Mendenhall’s Choice’s was unintentional.

Tony Romo is once again trying to qualify for the US Open.

Redskins third-round pick Leonard Hankerson calls himself the best wide receiver in the draft.

And on a similar tiring note, Ravens first-round pick Jimmy Smith thinks he was the best cornerback in the draft. (And, of course, he also has naysayers he wants to prove wrong. Ironically, by boasting like this, the controversial Smith is so far proving his naysayers right.)

Free agent linebacker Kirk Morrison is open to a return to Jacksonville. (It’s a matter of whether the Jags want him.)

Andy Reid says Todd Herremans is unlikely to leave the left guard position. That means first-round rookie Danny Watkins will play on the right side. It’s very, very uncommon to see a first-round pick used on a right guard. Eagles had that need, though.

The Vikings still need a stadium site in order to push a bill for a new venue.


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