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Posted on: March 8, 2011 4:42 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Posted by Will Brinson

Tuesday afternoon turned into a Tiki party -- as one-half of the Barber brothers combo announced his "de-tirement."  The world caught fire with excitement and good-natured barbs over the return to the NFL for the 35-year-old. Also, everyone wondered where he'd end up. We know one thing for sure, though: it will not be with the New York Giants.

"We wish Tiki nothing but the best, and when able to make the transaction, we will release him from reserve/retired list," the Giants said in a statement released by the team.

So where does Tiki go now? Well, somewhere where the team is in need of running back help but not expecting too much. After all, via the NFL's stat feed on Twitter, here's the most rushing yards in NFL history by someone after they turned 36-years-old: Marcus Allen, 1335 yards; Doug Flutie, 1236 yards; Steve Young, 681 yards; John Riggins, 677 yards; and John Elway, 561 yards.

You'll notice only two of those guys are running backs. That's because it's just really, really, REALLY difficult to make an impact as a ballcarrier in the NFL in the mid-30's. And that doesn't discount the fact that Tiki's missed the last four years after retiring and hasn't necessarily -- though we don't know this -- kept himself in shape.

Tiki Time?
There's reportedly "interest" from multiple teams, however, and it seems reasonably likely that if there's football in 2011, someone will take a shot at him.

The two best bets, in my mind, seem to be the Buccanneers and the Broncos. Why? Well, Tiki's brother Ronde just signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay (he's likely to retire after 2011) and the brothers have always wanted to play together. Additionally, Barber would be a pretty nice third-down compliment to LeGarrette Blount at a very cheap cost.

Denver makes sense because John Fox has openly stated he wants two "good" running backs, and coached Tiki when he was the defensive coordinator with the Giants in the late 90's and early 00's.

Tampa gets an obvious advantage, of course, for family reasons, but it probably doesn't matter -- the odds of Tiki being effective wherever he ends up in 2011 are pretty slim.

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Posted on: February 24, 2011 11:23 am
Edited on: February 24, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Fox: 'Kyle Orton is our starter' in Denver

Posted by Eye on Football Staff

INDIANAPOLIS -- The issue of starting quarterback in Denver was one of great intrigue, until John Fox decided to put it to bed in his first NFL combine news conference (ever!) on Thursday.

Asked about Tim Tebow and the possibility of trading Kyle Orton away, Fox quickly pointed out that Orton's currently the starter.

"As far as I’m concerned, he’s under contract and he's the starting QB for the Denver Broncos," Fox said. "Kyle Orton is our starter."

Fox also said that Tebow has "intangibles," which is a polite way of saying "he's a great leader and not a great quarterback."

All of this can change by the time that the season starts (IF it starts, of course) and it's possible that Tebow could make leaps and bounds during the offseason that get him a shot at starting.

But Fox isn't coming into Denver just to try and develop players -- he wants to win games too. And Orton, more so than Tebow, probably gives him the best chance to win right now.

Another interesting note from Fox's media conference involved the running game.

"You need two good players at running back," Fox said, pointing out that a "commitment to run" involves more than one talented running back.

It's unlikely the Broncos will burn the No. 2 overall pick on someone to pound the rock, but it's also not unreasonable that Knowshon Moreno will get some help in the backfield come 2011.

Fox also complimented his boss, John Elway, who's been prominently featured on Twitter, scooping every reporter in the Denver area.

"This isn't a P.R. move," Fox said of Elway. "He's burning the midnight oil. He's working hard. He's very willing to learn."

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:02 am
 

Fox: Broncos will go back to 4-3

John Fox said he'll switch Denver's defense to the 4-3 scheme (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Broncos coach John Fox is switching things up in Denver. Namely, his team’s defense.

In an interview with the Denver Post, Fox said he’s switching the 3-4 defense played under Josh McDaniels the past two years back into the 4-3 employed by Mike Shanahan for the 14 years he coached.

The move isn’t a big surprise, considering the Broncos were last in the league in 2010 in scoring defense and total defense and because Fox ran the 4-3 in Carolina.

"We're going to be a multiple-front defense, but I think we'll make the commitment to the 4-3,” Fox told the paper. “The transition from the 3-4 to 4-3 is much easier than going from the 4-3 to 3-4, I will say that. So we feel pretty confident about that switch."

What does the move mean for players like Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers, who had established themselves as effective outside linebackers in the 3-4 scheme? Well, they both most likely would return to their original positions as defensive ends. The Broncos, who pick No. 2 in the upcoming Draft, also could select Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers to help complement Dumervil and Ayers.

The linebackers who would stay in that position – for instance, D.J. Williams, Wesley Woodyard and Mario Haggan – also would have to readjust to a scheme that doesn’t require them to rush the passer quite as much.

Said Fox: "We're working through that with our personnel people, both our pro and college.”

No word yet on what Champ Bailey thinks of this idea.

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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 16, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Why Champ might want to leave Denver

C. Bailey might not be in a Denver uniform next season (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Andy already mentioned this in today’s Hot Routes post, but let’s explore a little more the reasons why Broncos CB Champ Bailey, who’s set to be a free agent, has placed his house on the market.

Only two explanations come to mind:

1) He’s tired of living in a multimillion dollar hone and wants to downsize to a small condo.

2) He’s ready to get the hell out of Denver.

Sounds like it might be No. 2.

As Rapid Reporter Lee Rasizer points out, the chances of Bailey staying in Denver diminished in October when the organization pulled off the table an offer for a contract extension. The fact negotiations with the team haven’t progressed to Bailey’s liking, the fact the Broncos haven’t been to the playoffs in five seasons and the fact Bailey would have to play for his fourth head coach since 2008 probably doesn’t sit well with him.

Of course, Denver has some concerns as well. Namely that Bailey will turn 33 before next season, and though he remains one of the best cornerbacks in the league, he’s not quite as good as he’s been throughout his career.

Plus, at some point, he’ll move to the less-demanding position of safety, so it might not make sense to give Bailey the kind of money commanded by the top corners in the league if he's not long for that position.

The Broncos, though, haven’t cut off talks with Bailey yet. According to Vic Lombardi, the team has offered Bailey a contract in the neighborhood of four years and $40 million. But the lack of guaranteed money apparently isn’t reassuring to Bailey.

"We've had some dialogue there,” coach John Fox told the Denver Post. "There have been discussions. He's a guy we definitely want to bring back."

Bailey, though, has said his top priority is to play for a team that’s in a position to win immediately. The Broncos probably are not that squad.

The fact Bailey has put his house on the market likely means he agrees with that sentiment. Unless, you know, he’s just looking to move to a studio apartment to save on rent.

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Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Hot Routes 2.11.11: Killing the Favre/DWTS rumors

Posted by Will Brinson



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Posted on: February 5, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Lloyd on Fox, McDaniels, Tebow and his late bloom

Posted by Will Brinson

We made our way to the Playboy Super Bowl party at the Bud Light Hotel last night, and we ran into a few celebrities.

Not gonna lie -- there were a lot of celebs at the Playboy party. But the best interview we pulled, in my humble opinion, was Brandon Lloyd of the Denver Broncos.

Lloyd's obviously stoked about his current situation -- he went from being a receiver who'd never topped 750 yards in a single season (his high was 733 in 2005 with the Niners) to one of the most prolific wideouts in the NFL in 2010 as he piled up 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns for Denver.

We chatted with him about John Fox coming into Denver, Josh McDaniels leaving (and what he can do for St. Louis), Tim Tebow's leadership in the huddle and why he's succeeded so late in his career.

Posted on: February 3, 2011 9:28 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 9:27 am
 

Tebow discusses his transition to Fox

Posted by Will Brinson

DALLAS -- Tim Tebow's been fairly low-key throughout the end of the 2010 season. He dazzled Denver fans with strong performances against Houston and San Diego (513 passing yards, 121 rushing yards and five total touchdowns), but he hasn't been seen or heard from in the media too frequently since.

Perhaps that's because the Broncos organization has been busy either tweeting or hiring John Fox as their new head coach.

On Thursday night, Tebow did speak with a slew of Dallas-area high school athletes at Nike Victory Dallas. (He, Ndamukong Suh, Marshall Faulk and Joe Haden were answering questions from the athletes in attendance and discussing the Monday release to the public of Nike's Zoom Alpha Talon cleats.)

I caught up with him following the event to quickly inquire about the coaching change in Denver and how much he felt it would affect him.

Tebow, always the optimist, seemed especially enthralled about the possibility of working with Fox in Denver.

"I like [Fox's hiring]," Tebow told CBSSports.com "We had a really good relationship leading all the way through the combine and leading up to the Draft.

We had dinner a few times together and and I really enjoyed being able to get to know him. It's really cool how things can sometimes work out, you know? Who knew after I got drafted by Denver that he would be my head coach?"

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Fox certainly didn't know either, even if his fate in Carolina was sealed before Week 1 began. His challenge now becomes maintaining a system that will allow the Broncos' first-rounder to continue to develop as an NFL quarterback. Tebow believes the transition will be fairly seamless, and that Fox's retention of several Denver coaches from the Josh McDaniels era will lend an aura of familiarity to the 2011 rendition.

"It's exciting for me, because we're going to have a very similar offense," Tebow told CBSSports.com "Some things will change, but a lot of it will be the same because we're going to have the same offensive coordinator. There's a different quarterbacks coach but he was the wide receivers coach so I know him already.

"That's going to make it easier as far as the transition, because I don't have to learn a whole new offense," Tebow said. "Pretty much the core of it's going to be the same so that's going to be really nice."

Again, that's the Tebow the optimist talking. But maybe it makes sense to expect a smooth transition. After all, while people have pointed to the possibility of Kyle Orton starting next season, Tebow talents might actually make more sense in the type of system that Fox feels more comfortable running.

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