INDIANAPOLIS - One of the most sought-after celebrities here for the Super Bowl festivities this week was Denver quarterback Tim Tebow, who drew crowds of fans just about everywhere he went.
Tebow allowed that he understands he has considerable work to do, especially in the passing game, and that his efforts will extend beyond just minicamps and OTA workouts.
"I'm going to try to get together with teammates (principally wide receivers in the offseason), and just throw as much as I can, and get some timing down," Tebow told The Sports Xchange. "I think there are some (unspoken) things, some understandings, that you can create by just working with people, and I'm looking forward to that. There were probably some instances last season when we all missed that, and it won't be the case anymore."
Tebow allowed he was "gratified" by the recent remarks of Broncos executive vice president John Elway that he will go to training camp as the team's starter. But he emphasized that he was aware, as well, of Elway's assessment that the team will try to bolster the quarterback depth chart and create competition for the position.
--Denver's season was considered an overall success, having lasted two weeks longer than nearly anyone thought beforehand, or especially after a 1-4 season start.
But cornerback Champ Bailey, who's heading to his 11th Pro Bowl on Jan. 29, had the perspective of a player who's closer to the beginning of his career than the end when he summed up the year.
"It's disappointing," he said. "People think we should walk around here with a smile on our face because we made the playoffs, we won a game. We came up short again.
"I don't have a lot of time here. I don't know how much longer I'll play for. It's one of those things, you know, every year, you miss it and you don't win it and here we go again.
"We've got to start all over again."
--The Broncos will have an expanded contingent of five players in Honolulu for the league's annual pre-Super Bowl all-star game.
Left tackle Ryan Clady and running back Willis McGahee, two of the key cogs in the team's No. 1 rushing offense, will serve as injury replacements, joining teammates Elvis Dumervil, Bailey and Von Miller. Clady takes the place of Miami's Jake Long; McGahee of Houston's Arian Foster.
Clady becomes just the fifth offensive lineman to start every game within his first four pro seasons and make at least two Pro Bowls. Also in that group: Joe DeLamielleure, Joe Thomas, Nick Mangold and Mike Kenn.
--The Patriots' loss was only the final reminder of the limitations of Denver's offense once the run game couldn't play a central role or milk the clock. Teams with multiple weapons like Detroit, New England and Green Bay put up big points and necessitated a score-for-score mindset from the Broncos that couldn't be backed up by a limited passing game.
Tebow's improvement is one key, but wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, a breakout star in the final six weeks of the season, believes that the team's core offensive mindset may limit the club's ability to be a team that puts up 40 points-plus with any kind of regularity.
"We don't do the same thing that they do," Thomas said. "We run the ball more, so we aren't going to be putting up no 45 points a game by running a lot unless we just bust it open anytime we run it. They throw the ball more than we do."
Despite Fox's core grind-it-out mentality mixed with a strong defense, executive vice president of football operations John Elway suggested balance moving forward on offense will be a major key.
"The more we can get a threat in the passing game, the more it's going to help an already good running game," Elway said. "The idea is always to get that balance."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I'm actually going to yell at him from my office. I'm going to stand up there on the balcony," - Excecutive VP John Elway, when asked if he was really going to be tutor QB Tim Tebow on mechanics and delivery with on-field work.
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