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Posted on: February 18, 2012 5:38 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2012 9:53 pm
 

Broncos traded Lloyd to avoid locker room issues?

Lloyd talks with us in Indy. (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)
By Ryan Wilson

Tim Tebow was officially named the Broncos' starting quarterback during the team's Week 6 bye. Five days before their Week 7 game against the Dolphins, they traded their best offensive weapon, wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, to the Rams. It was a confusing move at the time since Denver was 1-4 and the offense was a mess.

But whatever Lloyd provided in terms of big-play abilities (he had 77 receptions for 1,448 and 11 touchdowns in 2010 playing with Kyle Orton and for Josh McDaniels) didn't make up for possible issues that might arise from playing in a run-first, option offense.

The Denver Post's Jeff Legwold explains:

"…[T]he Lloyd deal, which ended up being a fifth-round pick in this coming April's draft in exchange for a player who went to the Pro Bowl after the 2010 season, was made because the Broncos believed the veteran, in a contract year, was going to bristle and potentially become a problem as the offense leaned more and more on the running game.

"Lloyd had not been a problem before the trade, but it was a pre-emptive strike to avoid it. Also, the Rams had several injuries at the position, and the Broncos were able to get a conditional pick — it went from a sixth-round pick to a fifth-round pick because of Lloyd's reception totals — for a player that wasn't going to stay at season's end."

Side note: CBSSports.com's Will Brinson interviewed Lloyd at the Playboy party in Indianapolis during Super Bowl week and he couldn't' have been nicer. And, yeah, Brinson asked him about Tebow.



Still, we understand the Broncos' apprehension with keeping Lloyd around. He was something of an enigma in San Francisco and his two years in Washington can kindly be described as forgettable. It wasn't until McDaniels brought him to Denver that his career took off. And that explains why Lloyd would love to be reunited with McDaniels, now the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

In late December, Lloyd told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “I can’t even lie about that. I’m tied to McDaniels. He uses me differently than other offensive coordinators used me in my entire career. He uses me as an every-play receiver. The short game, mid-range game, gimmick passes, deep balls."

New England is in desperate need of a downfield threat but there is one tiny issue. Lloyd is represented by Tom Condon, who hasn't dealt with the Patriots since 2006, when the two sides were negotiating Ben Watson's rookie contract.

“We pretend there are 31 franchises in the NFL now and they pretend we don’t exist,” Condon once said.

Apparently, that hatchet has been buried.

“I may never like them and they may never like me, but I appreciate that they’re smart guys who usually get what they want," Condon told the Boston Herald last week." I usually get what I want, too, and what I want is what my client wants. … [Lloyd would] like to be with Josh. He’d also like to get paid. I think he’ll be a player teams will be interested in.”

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Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:37 pm
 

Does Tim Tebow have a future in politics?

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By Ryan Wilson

Tim Tebow is 24 years old, a former Heisman Trophy winner, a starting NFL quarterback and outside of Madonna, probably the biggest celebrity in Indianapolis this week. On Saturday night, he won the the GMAC Never Say Never Award for his game-winning touchdown run against the Jets during the regular season. But Tebow is more than a football player. He's deeply religious and his foundation's initiatives include building a hospital in the Philippines and granting wishes to terminally ill patients.

So it should come as no surprise that after Tebow's football career is over he may pursue other endeavors. Likes, say, politics.

"It could be something in my future," Tebow told David Feherty during an interview on Feherty Live. "It's something I'll have to think about and if I pray about, you know, I have no idea right now. But possibly."

Political offices at the local, state and federal levels are littered with former athletes. But nobody anywhere has Tebow's charisma. That said, once you get past the winning smile and sunny disposition, there are the issues.

Tebow, an evangelical Christian, appeared with his mother in a pro-life commercial during the Super Bowl two years ago. Needless to say, the ad was divisive. He would have very little trouble energizing a flaccid Republican base, but winning national elections are all about appealing to moderates in both parties. It's not clear Tebow could -- or would -- do that. (Such concerns would be less an issue if he ran for a senate seat in a conservative state.)

But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves; Tebow told Feherty that "I have no idea right now." But while he prays about his future, some Republican candidates are already counting on Tebow's endorsement. That's something Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin might want to look into, too.

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Posted on: February 4, 2012 2:37 pm
 

Brandon Lloyd would consider Rams return

Brandon Lloyd's pumped about the Rams coaching change. (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Brandon Lloyd blew up under Josh McDaniels in Denver and he said earlier in the season that he wants to play wherever McDaniels is coaching, which will be New England in 2012. (And, um, now.)

But Lloyd said Friday night that he wasn't entirely sold on bouncing out of St. Louis just yet, and that with Jeff Fisher and the new coaching staff in place, he's seriously contemplating a return to the Rams.

We also chatted with Lloyd about his time in Denver, the trade and, of course, Tim Tebow.



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Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:27 pm
 

Khan: '100 percent I would have' drafted Tebow

Khan's a big fan of Tebow. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

New Jaguars owner Shahid Khan's done a lot to infuse Jacksonville with a burst of Jaguars-related energy since he bought the team from Wayne Weaver earlier in the year.

But his comments on WOKV radio Thursday should put the wrong kind of energy in the city, as Khan said that

"100 percent I would have [drafted Tebow]" Khan said, via Gregg Rosenthal of PFT. "Absolutely ... Obviously the Rams drafted Sam Bradford, and I was talking to Wayne then on what they ought to do."

"I should have an offline conversation with you, OK? I’m going to absolutely talk your ear off,” Khan told WOKV this week. “Some of the stuff might not be politically correct, but I share your sentiment. I think, when is the next time Jacksonville is going to have an athlete like Tim Tebow?”

But wait -- there's more. Khan, who just signed general manager Gene Smith to a three-year extension, ripped the Jaguars draft history.

"I don’t want to get into 20/20 hindsight, and God help us, the draft record has not been the best with the Jaguars," Khan said.

Khan's correct: the Jaguars draft history hasn't been good, for the most part. (Our pal Maurice Jones-Drew, an absolute steal at 60th overall in 2006, might disagree though.) But if Khan thinks that drafting Tebow at 10th overall in 2010 would've been a smart decision based on anything other than business, he's sorely mistaken.

Which is probably why he told Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union that he would only have taken Tebow "after a trade down." There wasn't a whole lot of room to make that move, of course, because Tebow went just 15 picks later, when Josh McDaniels used one of the Broncos two first-round picks that year on the Florida quarterback.

And there's probably not a lot of room here for Khan either. Perhaps he was just saying that he loves Tim Tebow. Or perhaps he wished the Jags drafted Tebow to crank up the profitability.

But either way, he's undermining his players -- most notably current quarterback Blaine Gabbert --  and his general manager with a statement like that, and it's reason to press pause on the new-ownership party in North Florida.

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Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:43 pm
 

Denver GM: Tebow needs to improve on 'everything'

Tebow will spend the next six months working on, well, everything. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Tim Tebow was the story heading into training camp last summer, he was the story for 20 weeks during the season, and he'll continue to be the story this offseason. On Monday, John Elway, the Broncos executive vice president of football operations, said the team "will be in the market to find more quarterbacks" in the coming months.

This wasn't so much an indictment of Tebow's 2011 season, more the realization that the Broncos need to add depth at the position. Kyle Orton was jettisoned during the season and Brady Quinn is set to be a free agent in a few weeks. While Tebow still remains atop Denver's depth chart heading into training camp, he has plenty to improve on. And when we say plenty, we really mean everything. Broncos general manager Brian Xanders provided specifics.

"It's the precision on the passing, it's the accuracy, the footwork, the mechanics, the rhythm, the timing, the quickness, the release. Everything," Xanders told the Denver Post's Mark Kiszla. "And he wants to work at it. And he's dedicated. He's going to work really hard at improving those things. Our coaches, Mike McCoy and Adam Gase, and hopefully even John Elway are going to help him improve throughout the offseason. And he knows he has a lot of work to do. We're excited about him improving in those areas."

And that improvement, ultimately, will decide Tebow's fate. This isn't a revelation, but it does explain why Elway would only commit to him as the starter "heading into training camp." As Kizla writes, however, there's another reason to make Tebow compete for the starting job: he plays better when he's challenged.

But raw athleticism will only get him so far. For Tebow to have sustained success he'll have to -- wait for it -- become a much better passer. Or, in Xanders' words, improve on everything.

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:53 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 1:55 pm
 

Elway: Broncos in the market for more QBs

This much we know: Tebow's got the starting gig heading into training camp. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Back on January 17, three days after the Broncos' 2011 season ended with a playoff loss to the Patriots, executive vice president of football operations John Elway said that Tim Tebow "has earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into training camp next year." It's a curious comment in that Elway acknowledges Tebow's against-all-odds accomplishments in 2011 but with the clear understanding that should he struggle early, the Broncos are free to find a starter elsewhere.

Cornerback Champ Bailey, one of Tebow's biggest supporters during the season, even admitted that the former Heisman Trophy winner "still has a lot to prove."

“He’s proven he can win some tough games," Bailey said shortly after the Broncos lost in the playoffs. "Now it’s just being consistent. One thing about him, he’s going to work at it. And I’m behind him 100 percent.”

Whether Elway is that committed to Tebow beyond training camp is another matter. Either way, Denver has quarterback on the to-do list; Kyle Orton was released during the season and Brady Quinn will be a free agent in March.

"We will be in the market to find more quarterbacks," Elway said according to the Denver Post's Jeff Legwold. "That's our approach with Tim being our starter as we go to training camp, that we'll look at free agency and the draft."

We've written previously on the available free-agent quarterbacks who could piqued Denver's interest, but this is about more than sheer talent. There's also the little issue of public opinion; Tebow is insanely popular among Broncos fans and as Orton found out, working conditions can quickly deteriorate for those who get between Tebow and the starting job.

That reality aside, Elway is insistent that there will be competition at every job -- including quarterback -- leading up to the 2012 season.

"Anybody who comes in at any position is going to think they have a chance to compete," he said. "Any free agent or anybody that comes in here when we start training camp is going to be competing for jobs. Obviously with Tim's reputation, if the guy is afraid to come in and compete for that job, then maybe he's not the right guy."

Just ask Orton.

For now, Tebow's the guy although the depth chart appears to be written in pencil. If recent history has taught us anything, however, it's that we should never ever underestimate the Power of Tebow.

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:54 am
 

Earthly temptations do not affect Tim Tebow

Tebow was in Vegas for a Nike shoot last weekend and at the Nuggets game last night. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Quarterback Tim Tebow concluded a whirlwind season on January 14 when the Denver Broncos lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisonal playoffs. Four days later, he was at staying at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas for a Nike shoot. (Technically, the Hard Rock is in Paradise, Nevada, which includes much of the Strip, the airport and the aforementioned hotel.)

Innocuous enough except that, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Norm Clarke, the Hard Rock was hosting the Adult Video News Awards at the same time. (Possibly awkward, yes, but also a great premise for a bad sitcom that'll miraculously enjoy success despite much scrutiny, outrage and mock indignation from critics.)

Clarke breathlessly writes that "Veteran casino host Steve Cyr told a Las Vegas radio station on Friday that he saw the Denver Broncos quarterback walking through the casino the day the four-day Adult Entertainment Expo opened."

Scandalous.

Luckily, Tebow, whose religious beliefs were often a bigger story last season than his ability to make it as an NFL quarterback, didn't succumb to earthly temptations.

More Clarke: "A second source said Tebow, who was reportedly in town for a Nike shoot, stayed in a Hard Rock penthouse 'most of the time.'"

In a radio interview, Cyr noted that Tebow, his brother, and three friends did emerge from their rooms long enough to take in Cirque du Soleil's "O" at The Mirage, but Tebow didn't drink and "tipped well."

Which, we'd imagine, makes up a typical night out on the town for Tebow. The lesson: What stays in Vegas is not as important as what stays next door to you in Vegas.

Thankfully, Tebow emerged from Sin City unscathed. He was courtside at the Nuggets game Sunday night.

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Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:43 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 7:03 am
 

Raiders hire Broncos DC Dennis Allen

Bruce Allen has been hired to be Oakland's next coach (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz


Dennis Allen, the former defensive coordinator of the Broncos, has been hired to be the next Raiders head coach, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman has confirmed (the news was originally reported by Fox’s Jay Glazer).

Reports out of Oakland suggested Allen had done well in his two interviews with the Oakland front office and that early favorite Winston Moss, the Packers assistant head coach, had not.

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In his only season as the head of Denver’s defense, he helped lead a unit that propped up quarterback Tim Tebow for the last half of the season and allowed the Broncos to win the AFC West and beat the Steelers in the first round of the postseason.

Glazer writes that the two sides still have to negotiate a deal, but with Allen, the Raiders will get a coach whose defense finished in the bottom half of the league standings but who was lauded for the improvements his unit made in the final half of the season.

Although Moss -- who knows new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie quite well from their days together in Green Bay, leading to the speculation that he had a good chance of landing the job -- seemingly fell out of favor during the interviewing process, Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg reportedly had a good shot at landing the job.

The Raiders also interviewed Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice and former Dolphins defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, while Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy declined his chance to interview.

Considering former owner Al Davis was such a big proponent of hiring offensive-minded coaches (see: Hue Jackson, Tom Cable, Lane Kiffin, Art Shell, Norv Turner, Bill Callahan, Jon Gruden, etc.), seeing a defensive-minded coach hired is an interesting concept.

It shows that Mark Davis, Al Davis’ son who is now in charge, will take a different tact than this father. Only time will tell whether this new path is the beginning of a Raiders resurgence or if Al Davis had the right idea the whole time.

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