Tag:John Elway
Posted on: February 17, 2011 1:13 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2011 8:40 pm

Elway stresses importance of Champ in Denver

Posted by Will Brinson

With Champ Bailey's house apparently on the market, it stands to reason that contract negotiations aren't going well and Bailey's ready to get out of Denver.

John Elway reaffirmed the importance of getting Bailey locked up to the entire organization. And he did so via Twitter. Of course.

"We've been working with Champ Bailey's representative this week on a new contract, which is an important priority for us," Elway tweeted Thursday. "Our conversations have been constructive, and we'll continue those talks in the hopes that we can reach an agreement. Champ's an elite player who means a great deal to our entire organization and our fans.

"We want Champ to finish his Hall of Fame career as a Denver Bronco."

Strong words from a current Broncos Hall of Famer -- Bailey's aging, for sure, but he's also a critical part of the Broncos defense, in that he provides an elite cover-corner option.

The last thing Denver needs, really, is having one of their best defenders walk away when the clear-cut problem with the Broncos is defense.

Having said that, the Broncos appear to be rebuilding. And if their plan is to really start from scratch and create something from the bottom-up, maybe piling on a four-year deal with Bailey isn't the wisest move. However, it would show a definite decision to invest in the team, even as a lockout looms, and that's something that shouldn't be all that upsetting to folks who root for the team.

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Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:52 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 9:29 am

Hot Routes 2.3.11 everything else

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Philadelphia’s decision to promote offensive line coach Luis Castillo to defensive coordinator has stunned plenty of folks.

Maurice Jones-Drew admitted his mistake in spouting off about Jay Cutler.

Sam Bradford got a haircut. Mixed reviews.

Raheem Morris finished second to Bill Belichick in Coach of the Year voting.

Jared Gaither’s people met with the Ravens, but they’re not close on agreeing to a long-term deal at this point.

Take that, NFL! An AP poll reveals that a majority of fans would rather NOT have an 18-game regular season.

One guy who knows quarterbacks pretty well says the Panthers shouldn’t dump Jimmy Clausen just yet.

Jay Cutler wasn’t the only Bear who took a pain injection before the NFC title game. Brian Urlacher got one, as well.

John Elway says it’s not a foregone conclusion that the Broncos will trade Kyle Orton.

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Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:12 pm

Fox owns the room

John Fox was introduced today as the new Denver coach. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Earlier, we told you about the introductory news conference of new Browns coach Pat Shurmur and how he was mostly dry and matter of fact.

By contrast, new Broncos coach John Fox, in his introductory presser this afternoon, spit out a few one-liners, smiled easily and seemed awfully comfortable in his new element. In effect, he looked confident. Like he’s the guy who can turn around the organization. Like he’s the one – and maybe the only one – who could make it happen.

He certainly convinced John Elway of that.

“I’m excited,” Elway said before introducing Fox. “I really feel like we got our guy. He’s a dynamic leader. A guy that has energy and a guy that gets the most out of his players.”

To prove that, Elway said he received text messages from Fox's former players who told him how much they loved playing for Fox. Meanwhile, Fox said he was excited to start over after a forgetful 2010 in Carolina. And he looked the part.

“I wanted to jump back in and erase (2010),” Fox said. “It’d be no different if I was here and we finished with that same record. I’d be just as enthusiastic.”

There’s also the Tim Tebow question. How would Fox use him? Would they get along?

Turns out, Fox got to know him during last year’s lead-up to the Draft, and when the two went out to dinner, Tebow offered to pick up the check. Tebow, Fox said, is the only pre-draft player ever to offer that.

“I had a great privilege to meet with Tim Tebow and have dinner with him,” Fox said. “I had a great connection with him. I had a great talk with him (Thursday). The guy is a player. I’ve had a chance to review some tape of him from late in the season. I think he’s got work to do. He knows it. But one thing is that he’ll do whatever it takes. He’s got as good as intangibles as any athlete I’ve been around.”

Fox was also asked about his offensive philosophy.

“Being a defensive coach for most of my career, you understand what’s difficult to defend,” Fox said. “You see a lot of teams who have success offensively, you have to be able to do both (run and pass). You can’t be one dimensional. I don’t want to sit here and paint a picture where we’re not going to be creative and exciting. But you have to have to balance, because that’s been successful in the NFL.”

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Posted on: January 13, 2011 3:55 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 5:01 pm

John Fox named new Broncos coach

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Broncos have found their next head coach.
J. Fox (US Presswire)
After three days of trying to reach Denver and failing because of the weather conditions, former Panthers coach John Fox apparently made a good impression when he finally reached town, and he's been hired to coach the Broncos.

Wrote team executive vice president John Elway on his Twitter feed: “Coach Fox is a great fit for us not only with his coaching ability but also with his personality. He is a dynamic and proven leader who will energize our entire organization. John has coached great defenses, turned teams around and been to Super Bowls. We couldn’t be more excited to have him lead the Denver Broncos.”

The Fox hire is a big win for Denver, which has been on a roll lately. The Broncos hired the ever-popular Elway to head the personnel department, they kept the job search completely transparent for their fans and they hired the most-proven head coach that was on the market (not counting guys like Bill Cowher and Brian Billick, who aren’t really on the market at all).

Fox did wonderful things in Carolina, bringing a strong defense to the club and getting the team to a Super Bowl. He didn’t have much to work with in Carolina the past couple years, especially when it was clear Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was willing to let his contract run its course, but he remained a very respected head coach.

Unlike the Browns – who might have hired a solid guy today in Pat Shurmur while also bringing in a guy with almostn no name recognition – the Broncos should excite their fan base with this selection.

With just 10 minutes to reflect, this seems like a very good hire that could turn out to be worthy of turning around the entire organization.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: January 9, 2011 10:40 pm

Broncos social media team gets it

Perry Fewell interviews in Denver. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Whoever is in charge of the Broncos social media, let me say this: Bravo, good sir or madam.

The Broncos official Twitter account was the one to break the “Josh McDaniels is fired” news (while that kind of move sucks for scribes, it’s fantastic for the team’s fans. Of course, none of those beat reporters are getting scooped by their competition either, so maybe it doesn’t suck THAT bad), and since he was hired as the executive VP of football operations, John Elway has been active on Twitter as well.

When you deal with – and follow – teams who do everything in their power to suppress any kind of transparency (read: just about all of ‘em) the Broncos have been a welcome relief.

Which brings me to this very cool behind-the-scenes video on Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell’s arrival in Denver today for his interview – catch it on the team’s website. The photo to the right, from the Twitter account shows Fewell, with his back to the camera, just sitting down with Elway (sitting to Fewell's left) and other Broncos officials.

Nothing news-breaking in the video, although it sounds like Fewell is testing out some of his talking points with whomever is running the camera. But the final scene where Fewell sits down with a bunch of Broncos officials to begin the interview is pretty damn cool.
Again, bravo.

H/T to @denver_broncos for the picture of Fewell just before interviewing with the Broncos.

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Posted on: January 8, 2011 10:13 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2011 10:14 pm

Elway says Tebow's not getting traded

Posted by Will Brinson

On Sunday, Peter King made quite a stir when he reported during Football Night in America that Tim Tebow could potentially be on the trading block because a) Josh McDaniels would want his quarterback were the ex-Broncos coach to become employed again and b) John Elway told King he doesn't think Tebow is a "good quarterback."

Elway took to Twitter to make sure that everyone knew he wasn't lobbing Tebow out on the trading block just quite yet.

"To clarify my thoughts on Tim Tebow ... I think he's a very good football player, and if anyone can turn themselves into a great QB, Tim can," Elway tweeted. "Myself and our entire organization think very highly of him. We are pleased with his first year as a Bronco.

"Any speculation that the Denver Broncos are considering moving Tim is completely false."

Depending on who the Broncos hire as head coach, Tebow would work just fine (um, John Fox much?). Although there's a definitely a chance that the Broncos would move Tebow given the right price, Mike Klis of The Denver Post said it best -- "Tebow is a money-printing machine."

And if the Broncos can turn him into a good quarterback who happens to crank out merchandise and ticket sales, there's zero chance he'll ever leave Denver.

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Posted on: January 8, 2011 4:20 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2011 6:09 pm

Could Tebow wind up on the trade block?

Posted by Andy Benoit
T. Tebow (US Presswire)
Could Tim Tebow be on the move? NBC’s Peter King believes that if Josh McDaniels gets the offensive coordinator job in Minnesota, he could urge the Vikings to trade for the quarterback whom McDaniels seemingly was attaching his legacy to in Denver. (Same concept applies if McDaniels gets a coordinator job with any other team that needs a quarterback.)

It’s worth noting that King and McDaniels have a very close working relationship.

King also recently spoke with Broncos new football czar John Elway. The legendary quarterback said that in his opinion, right now, Tebow is not a good NFL quarterback. (Elway said in his introductory press conference that Tebow is a good football player whom the Broncos need to turn into a good quarterback.)

A Tebow trade could not happen until the NFL gets the CBA figured out.

UPDATE 6:10 p.m. ET: In response to King's report, Elway published this tweet: “To clarify my thoughts on Tim Tebow,” Elway said.  “I think he’s a very good football player, and if anyone can turn themselves into a great QB, Tim can.  Myself and our entire organization think very highly of him.  We are pleased with his first year as a Bronco.  Any speculation that the Denver Broncos are considering moving Tim is completely false.”

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Posted on: January 6, 2011 8:53 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 9:23 pm

Hot Routes 1.6.11: Get your chapstick ready

Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Will Brinson 

  • Hey, you. Yeah, you. Not impressed with the job Tom Coughlin did this season? Think he should have been fired despite the Giants 10-6 record? Yeah? Well, you can kiss his ass, then. You all can line up and kiss his ass.
  • John Elway has joined Twitter. Hopefully, he won't be as psychedelic and, well, weird as Jim Irsay).
  • Mike Mularkey has decided not to interview for the Broncos head coaching job at this point, though he still will interview with the Browns. He wants to keep focused apparently on the Falcons playoff run.

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