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Tim Tebow talk sparks Broncos PR campaign

Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:37 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 11:40 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

In case the rock that was squatting on you just feel asleep and you rolled out from under it, there's been a lot of speculation this offseason about the future of Tim Tebow within the Broncos organization.

On Tuesday, a report emerged that Tebow had fallen to not just the third, but fourth-best quarterback in Denver's organization. Asked specifically about the report on Wednesday, head coach John Fox didn't sound so pleased.

"First of all, I would like to say that nobody in this building that is in the decision-making process -- coach, official, or I don’t know, maybe they heard it from the cook ... I’m not sure, but we hold Tim in high regard," Fox said Wednesday, regarding the report from Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports. "I think he’s got a bright future in this game. He’s playing maybe the hardest position I know in the NFL there is to play, and maybe in all of sports. He’s progressing fine."

So that's good. But Mike Silver's not a guy off the street who randomly grabs team employees and uses them as sources, particularly high-up in a feature piece about Tebow's struggles. The dude has chops. But that opinion might not be shared amongst the members of Denver's front office.

"I don’t think, if you read it correctly, that it said anybody in the organization," Fox said when asked about the nature of Silver's source. "It just said a knowledgeable football person -- that could have been a wide range.

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Things got much more awkward than Fox's jokes, though. (And by "jokes" I don't mean that he's joking on Silver, just that he's making light of the situation.)

Jim Saccomano, VP of Public Relations for the Broncos, cut loose on a Twitter tirade about the current state of media in today's world.

"All media, all types and levels, desperate for headlines that will move product ... great pressure for headlines, and sometimes the tabloid mentality overtakes objectivity, at expense of some great journalists," Saccomano tweeted Wednesday night. "[A] recent story in NYTimes says 24 of 25 top dailies have experienced record decline in circulation -- Wall Street [Journal] the one exception.

"A serious concern for teams is granting access to outlets that provide incentives to writers based on page clicks. That is a problem."

Well, for starters, no one's questioning that the newspaper industry is in big trouble. But Silver isn't exactly a "newspaper journalist" these days, and I'm not sure that working for Yahoo has him sweating the number of clicks he gets on his stories.

But he wasn't exactly pumped about Saccomano's tweets which, one has to assume, related to Silver's story and the resulting (negative?) publicity for the Broncos.

"I remember the days when, if a respected [public relations] man had something to say to me, he'd pick up the phone instead of taking to the twittersphere," Silver tweeted Wednesday.

It's a different world indeed.

You don't have to look any further than the coverage that Tebow gets. Is it weird that a backup quarterback who was drafted in the late first round gets this much attention? Yeah, it's weird.

But Tebow ranked fifth in terms of jerseys sold in the NFL in 2010; the downside of having your backup quarterback sell millions of jerseys is that lots of people are concerned with his future and his status with the team.

Along with the new-world media comes the possibility of having a PR person tweet at you instead of hitting the landline up. It's the same reason I can get DirecTV service and rebuttals of my reports via Twitter. And the same reason John Elway announces the Broncos moves on social media.

Really, the only way to succinctly sum up the situation is by (datedly) quoting Franck Eggelhoffer: "Welcome to the 90s, Mr. Banks."

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Comments

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:02 pm
 

Tim Tebow talk sparks Broncos PR campaign

It is kind of sweet seeing one hack writer sticking up for another. The problem gentlemen is that for all the people claiming these days to have inside knowledge to really be were insiders, their sources wouldn't have time to do their jobs.

How many folks on the team do you really think are in the inner circle of decision making? The handful could not possible be spewing leaked information in proportion to blogger and hack media claims.

There are tons of sports websites all claiming to have a source, never producing a source, and just moving on when their make believe stories do not pan out as accurate.

It's because this low rung of sports bloggers has to rely on a few real writers as their source.

It's the reason they sided with players over teams. Teams don't tell them anything, don't let them inside, and what better way to lash out (and ensure you never gain that insider status in the process) than stick it to the man.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Tim Tebow talk sparks Broncos PR campaign

"A serious concern for teams is granting access to outlets that provide incentives to writers based on page clicks. That is a problem."

Why do you think Mike Freeman and Greg Doyel write such idiotic attacks on logic? Because they are so incredibly stupid we as sports fans cannot help but attack back with logic, and actual knowledge of the game. While it is self serving, it allows allows them to continue to be employed to write the most inaccurate make believe possible.

These "Eye on Football" guys are just as bad.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Tim Tebow talk sparks Broncos PR campaign

So that's good. But Mike Silver's not a guy off the street who randomly grabs team employees and uses them as sources, particularly high-up in a feature piece about Tebow's struggles. The dude has chops. But that opinion might not be shared amongst the members of Denver's front office.

Yeah, the guy has so much "chops" that his sources won't allow their names to be used, so what he reports in utterly meaningless gossip.
If you can't name the source, more often than not the writer is the source.



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Tim Tebow talk sparks Broncos PR campaign

What is surprising is that it has taken the pros this long to discover what most of us who follow college football knew long ago. Tiny Tim is not that great. I'm surprised he is rated as high as 4th. Water Boy would fit better.




Since: Sep 5, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:01 am
 

Tim Tebow talk sparks Broncos PR campaign

I agree!  Ive already seen what Orton can do.  I'd rather watch Denver go 4-12 with Tebow(Aikman went 1-15 his rookie year) than Orton lead his team to 5 victories.  Let Tebow get a year under his belt and then we'll know what Denver has in Tebow.  Orton is great in practice and preseason.  He is the perfect backup qb...not starter.  I've seen what he does when it's late in the game and he needs to make a play for his team...not good.  Some players are great in practice(Orton) but can't make plays when it counts.



Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:44 am
 

What makes people think Orton is any good?

All the talk is about Tebow (who has to be the most discussed backup quarterback in the history of the NFL), but forget about Tebow for a second and answer this: What in the h*** makes people think Kyle Orton is any good as a quarterback?

Throughout this quarterback controversey, all the "experts" have come out of the woodwork to defend Kyle Orton and his playmaking ability (and I use that term loosely).  Why?!? The guy couldn't even beat out Rex Grossman for a starting job in Chicago!  The only reason he was given the starting job in Denver is because he was traded in the Cutler deal, and they had no other viable candidate.  Since November of 2009, he has managed to win a whopping 5 games for the Broncos.  That's more than a season and a half of football, with 5 whole wins to show for it.  Outside of the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders, that record would get you fired no matter who your backup was.  It certainly got their head coach fired.  Now, all of sudden, Orton is the Broncos' "best chance to win."  Really?!? 

Who cares who the backup is; whether it's Tebow or Quinn (who has also already proven that he can't win in the NFL), putting Orton in as the starter is the definition of insanity- doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.




Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:18 am
 

Tim Tebow talk sparks Broncos PR campaign

While I agree that the media whoredom is on of America's biggest problem today, the Christian Right was completely complicit in Teblow' premature rocket to fame. This is primarily their comeuppance, which I am all for.



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:16 am
 

Tim Tebow talk sparks Broncos PR campaign

I do. I'm thinking Tahiti is where I want to land. Since you're so supportive, please send a check for moving expenses to...



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:13 am
 

Tim Tebow talk sparks Broncos PR campaign

Gee, why don't you tell us how you REALLY feel?



Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:11 am
 

Tim Tebow talk sparks Broncos PR campaign

If you think America is that bad, then LEAVE!!!


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