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SoDak Bronco
03-01-2010, 01:22 PM
Great interview on the insite of what the Broncos are looking for and how Denver is evaluating these prospects and Free Agecny players. Xanders and McDaniels def. have a system in place in what they are looking for in certain positions. I like what I am hearing, hopefully we can get some great players in this deep draft.

www.denverbroncos.com
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Rohirrim
03-01-2010, 01:26 PM
Looks like he isn't getting much sleep.


I like that in a GM. Ha!

BroncoMan4ever
03-01-2010, 03:08 PM
i like what i heard. no more of the drafting a guy solely because he plays a position of need, but rather going through an arduous process of identifying guys who not only are good players who fit into our scheme, but are also guys with a lot of character.

bpc
03-01-2010, 03:13 PM
He has great camera presence. THe stage isn't too big for him.

montrose
03-01-2010, 06:41 PM
Nice interview, I'd like to see Patrick Smyth making Xanders, Pat Bowlen and Joe Ellis a bit more visible to the media. It would help take some pressure off Josh McDaniels as the "end-all-be-all" of the Broncos.

uplink
03-01-2010, 06:56 PM
He has great camera presence. THe stage isn't too big for him.

The camera angle wasn't either, I couldn't see the full scope of all those hand and arm gesticulations. It was a bit too much, doesn't seem he has a ton of experience public speaking which is odd for a GM. Should make sure you don't have a cup of cofee in your hands when he is close by speaking to you.

bpc
03-01-2010, 08:05 PM
The camera angle wasn't either, I couldn't see the full scope of all those hand and arm gesticulations. It was a bit too much, doesn't seem he has a ton of experience public speaking which is odd for a GM. Should make sure you don't have a cup of cofee in your hands when he is close by speaking to you.

ha ha. I was being sarcastic. He sounds like that nerd in class afraid of speaking publicly. I thought I heard his voice crack a few times. I'm surprised Josh let him go to Indy.

montrose
03-01-2010, 08:39 PM
I'm surprised Josh let him go to Indy.

Maybe it was Xanders who let Josh come to Indy?

SoCalBronco
03-01-2010, 09:10 PM
Maybe it was Xanders who let Josh come to Indy?

Unlikely.

http://www.pizzaitaliafremont.com/img/cheese-pizza.jpg

montrose
03-01-2010, 10:01 PM
Unlikely.

http://www.pizzaitaliafremont.com/img/cheese-pizza.jpg

lol

Kaylore
03-01-2010, 10:21 PM
ha ha. I was being sarcastic. He sounds like that nerd in class afraid of speaking publicly. I thought I heard his voice crack a few times. I'm surprised Josh let him go to Indy.

What a retarded comment. Your disdain for the organization has driven you to where you re-invent reality to your view. His voice didn't crack even once, but I'm sure a week from now you'll be telling people he was crying during the interview and holding his blanky.

He sounded like a guy who was trying to explain a big, year long process in a few words. I thought it was very telling and the good news is that they don't make any huge u-turns on players based on the combine and just use it as a tool to clarify someone's ability. This as opposed to Al Davis who uses a stop watch to evaluate all his talent. I like that are building their board all year long and have guys for next year ready to track too.

Requiem
03-02-2010, 09:12 AM
Couldn't agree more Kaylore.

He was explaining things in-depth. Seemed a little excited, but he gave some great answers. Thought it was interesting how he said after 19 interviews the other night, six or seven guys they interviewed might not be considered for them after the process. I'm glad they take the stance of attacking "issues" they have with players and see how they respond in regards to correcting them, etc. Very cool.

Ray Finkle
03-02-2010, 09:33 AM
Unlikely.

http://www.pizzaitaliafremont.com/img/cheese-pizza.jpg

funny....I know think Sydni Crosby has replaced Martin St. Louis as the NHL's prettiest lesbian....

Florida_Bronco
03-02-2010, 11:29 AM
What a retarded comment. Your disdain for the organization has driven you to where you re-invent reality to your view. His voice didn't crack even once, but I'm sure a week from now you'll be telling people he was crying during the interview and holding his blanky.

He sounded like a guy who was trying to explain a big, year long process in a few words. I thought it was very telling and the good news is that they don't make any huge u-turns on players based on the combine and just use it as a tool to clarify someone's ability. This as opposed to Al Davis who uses a stop watch to evaluate all his talent. I like that are building their board all year long and have guys for next year ready to track too.

Excellent post. BPC should have his ****ing head examined.

Requiem
03-02-2010, 11:36 AM
Or get sum head.

Popps
03-02-2010, 11:38 AM
Thanks for the post, SoDak. Encouraging stuff!

bpc
03-02-2010, 11:41 AM
What a retarded comment. Your disdain for the organization has driven you to where you re-invent reality to your view. His voice didn't crack even once, but I'm sure a week from now you'll be telling people he was crying during the interview and holding his blanky.

He sounded like a guy who was trying to explain a big, year long process in a few words. I thought it was very telling and the good news is that they don't make any huge u-turns on players based on the combine and just use it as a tool to clarify someone's ability. This as opposed to Al Davis who uses a stop watch to evaluate all his talent. I like that are building their board all year long and have guys for next year ready to track too.

Retard isn't a PC comment. Why don't you call me a gay instead?

ANYWAYS, I don't have disdain for the franchise, I could careless for the way the people are running it. Does that make me a bad fan? Eh, whatever. Looks like your fan dick is bigger than mine. Wanna a cookie?

Whatever the approach is, I hope they have more than 60 names on the draft board this year. They gave the middle finger to the rest of the NFL and their approach last year, only to retort and whine they didn't have enough time.

Requiem
03-02-2010, 11:53 AM
I don't see why the board size matters. They evaluate a lot of players and cut down from there. It makes perfect sense for a team to make it as small and compact as possible. Yes, you evaluate 300+ players, but then through the process you narrow it down to those who you severely have interest in and then go from there.

I'd rather have a board with a comprehensive overview of 60+ players than a board of 300 some guys with marginal reports and knowledge on each of them.

Denver isn't the only team that does this either.

Rabb
03-02-2010, 12:51 PM
I don't see why the board size matters. They evaluate a lot of players and cut down from there. It makes perfect sense for a team to make it as small and compact as possible. Yes, you evaluate 300+ players, but then through the process you narrow it down to those who you severely have interest in and then go from there.

I'd rather have a board with a comprehensive overview of 60+ players than a board of 300 some guys with marginal reports and knowledge on each of them.

Denver isn't the only team that does this either.

totally agreed

phibacka31
03-02-2010, 01:08 PM
Agreed completely with REQ.
Great Post. I want them to have that list of guys they REALLY want. not a list of every single name and where they rank... I'm sure there are numerous guys that the broncs aren't interested in all due to character concerns, etc.

I don't know about everybody else, but I am seriously STOKED about FA and the draft to see what the front office can do. I have all of the belief in the world that they WILL do a great job!:strong:

Go Broncos!

Ray Finkle
03-02-2010, 01:17 PM
Retard isn't a PC comment. Why don't you call me a gay instead?

ANYWAYS, I don't have disdain for the franchise, I could careless for the way the people are running it. Does that make me a bad fan? Eh, whatever. Looks like your fan dick is bigger than mine. Wanna a cookie?

Whatever the approach is, I hope they have more than 60 names on the draft board this year. They gave the middle finger to the rest of the NFL and their approach last year, only to retort and whine they didn't have enough time.

you really have issues....

*WARHORSE*
03-02-2010, 01:25 PM
I like Xanders.


And if he helps bring in winners, I like him even more.


This draft is full of good players.


If we dont come out with some winners this year, it aint gonna look good for those in charge.

Rabb
03-02-2010, 01:36 PM
call me crazy, but my gut says if Tebow is there in the 2nd for us, we are taking him

I cannot say I would hate it either

Ray Finkle
03-02-2010, 01:37 PM
call my crazy, but my gut says if Tebow is there in the 2nd for us, we are taking him

I cannot say I would hate it either

I'd hate it....many good Guards/Tackles/LB's there....I am hoping Dan Williams is the first round pick. A little high but he is worth it.

Rock Chalk
03-02-2010, 02:01 PM
**** Canada.

ColoradoBuff
03-02-2010, 02:39 PM
call me crazy, but my gut says if Tebow is there in the 2nd for us, we are taking him

I cannot say I would hate it either


I would totally hate it if we picked Tebow in the 2nd...now the 4th round or later....i'd be more receptive to it.

Archer81
03-02-2010, 02:42 PM
I would totally hate it if we picked Tebow in the 2nd...now the 4th round or later....i'd be more receptive to it.


If Tebow does to the NFL what he did to College Football, being able to take him in the second would seem like a miracle.


:Broncos:

gyldenlove
03-02-2010, 02:55 PM
call me crazy, but my gut says if Tebow is there in the 2nd for us, we are taking him

I cannot say I would hate it either

IF we draft Tebow I am blaming you!

TonyR
03-02-2010, 02:58 PM
Speaking of GM's, if one of Denver's top FO guys badmouthed players the way Polian did in Indy after the Super Bowl the haters here would probably have seizures.


Saturday disagrees with Polian's criticism of Colts' offensive line
Posted by Mike Florio on March 2, 2010 2:27 PM ET

After Super Bowl XLIV, Colts president Bill Polian blamed the outcome of the game on the offensive line and special teams.

In a new interview with WRTV-6 in Indianapolis, starting center Jeff Saturday responded, on behalf of the offensive line.

"I don't agree," Saturday said. "I looked at the film, I've watched it and, yeah, obviously he has his right to his opinion and he's gonna say it. I went back and looked at it, I looked at the numbers again. We rushed the ball for well over five yards a carry. We didn't give up any sacks. Peyton got hit maybe a couple times."

Saturday also pointed out that there were no "remember me" shots on Manning, as promised by Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

"The reality is that he runs the ship," Saturday said of Polian, deflecting an opportunity to say that the issue could be a lingering problem. Saturday also expressed a preference for such matters to be handled privately, and he said as to the effects of the comments on the offensive line that "they hurt everybody."

The unmistakable conclusion is that, unlike Polian, Saturday publicly took the high road. The private fallout of the situation largely will remain that way, from Saturday's perspective.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/03/02/saturday-disagrees-with-polians-criticism-of-colts-offensive-line/

NFLBRONCO
03-02-2010, 02:59 PM
We drafted Quinn last year we don't need Tebow this year

Lev Vyvanse
03-02-2010, 04:17 PM
We drafted Quinn last year we don't need Tebow this year

Yeah, because those are very similar players.:thumbs:

bowtown
03-02-2010, 04:45 PM
Yeah, because those are very similar players.:thumbs:

Not yet...

Lev Vyvanse
03-02-2010, 04:47 PM
Not yet...

Quinn almost won that Heisman.

Dedhed
03-02-2010, 05:04 PM
Quinn almost won that Heisman.

I think he was alluding to the fact that Tebow is going to end up as an H-back in the NFL. Get it?

Lev Vyvanse
03-02-2010, 05:07 PM
I think he was alluding to the fact that Tebow is going to end up as an H-back in the NFL. Get it?

A blocking TE compared to Tebow. Get it?

Hamrob
03-02-2010, 05:15 PM
Boring interview. Not much said.

Dedhed
03-02-2010, 05:17 PM
A blocking TE compared to Tebow. Get it?

Quinn caught more balls in college than Tebow. Got it!

Dedhed
03-02-2010, 05:17 PM
Boring interview. Not much said.

Funny, your takes echo that sentiment.

Lev Vyvanse
03-02-2010, 05:24 PM
Quinn caught more balls in college than Tebow. Got it!

Yeah, Tim is a blocking TE. I get it!

Dedhed
03-02-2010, 05:33 PM
Yeah, Tim is a blocking TE. I get it!
Tim is not an NFL QB. That was the point.

Lev Vyvanse
03-02-2010, 05:38 PM
Tim is not an NFL QB. That was the point.

Thanks man I'd be lost without you.

KipCorrington25
03-02-2010, 06:13 PM
Ethan Hawke wants his goatee back.

Dedhed
03-02-2010, 06:29 PM
Thanks man I'd be lost without you.

Apparently.

Lev Vyvanse
03-02-2010, 06:37 PM
Apparently.

ROFL! Good one!
cock

Taco John
03-02-2010, 07:47 PM
Speaking of GM's, if one of Denver's top FO guys badmouthed players the way Polian did in Indy after the Super Bowl the haters here would probably have seizures.


Saturday disagrees with Polian's criticism of Colts' offensive line
Posted by Mike Florio on March 2, 2010 2:27 PM ET

After Super Bowl XLIV, Colts president Bill Polian blamed the outcome of the game on the offensive line and special teams.

In a new interview with WRTV-6 in Indianapolis, starting center Jeff Saturday responded, on behalf of the offensive line.

"I don't agree," Saturday said. "I looked at the film, I've watched it and, yeah, obviously he has his right to his opinion and he's gonna say it. I went back and looked at it, I looked at the numbers again. We rushed the ball for well over five yards a carry. We didn't give up any sacks. Peyton got hit maybe a couple times."

Saturday also pointed out that there were no "remember me" shots on Manning, as promised by Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

"The reality is that he runs the ship," Saturday said of Polian, deflecting an opportunity to say that the issue could be a lingering problem. Saturday also expressed a preference for such matters to be handled privately, and he said as to the effects of the comments on the offensive line that "they hurt everybody."

The unmistakable conclusion is that, unlike Polian, Saturday publicly took the high road. The private fallout of the situation largely will remain that way, from Saturday's perspective.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/03/02/saturday-disagrees-with-polians-criticism-of-colts-offensive-line/



And well deserved. Polian is a jerk. He didn't help the team at all with that garbage.

ZONA
03-02-2010, 08:06 PM
Tebow right now is considered an NFL project QB. He's not really looked at right now as a QB that could come in and start. We drafted Brandstater last year as a project guy and hopefully he has progressed but I don't see a need for another "project" QB. If Colt falls to say like the 3rd round, I would like to see us get him but he would not be considered a project. He would be viewed as a lagit NFL QB but how is his physical condition would be the question on him and how fast could he recover. I don't think there are any teams looking to get Tebow in the 2nd. That right there could cost a GM his job.

BroncoBuff
03-02-2010, 08:40 PM
Excellent post. BPC should have his ****ing head examined.

Three things:

a) bpc was obviously being sarcastic, and even that sarcasm had nothing to do with Xanders' job performance.
b) Your position of unwavering support of anything these new guys do is understood, and it's valid. But I wish you wouldn't let that support goad you into dropping an f-bomb on guys merely because you disgree
c) Like it or not, Xanders should feel some pressure, even this early in his tenure. We drafted 5 players in the first two rounds, and paid dearly for the privilege. Not just Cutler, but the 1st rounder and two other picks we surrendered to move up for Alphonso Smith and Richard Quinn. All 5 of these guys disappointed. Even Moreno, who did contribute on the field, is thought by many (including a lot of folks here) to be a disappointment.

Buckhalter, Andra Davis and especially Brian Dawkins were free agent successes, but Xanders knows they have to do better going forward.

Paladin
03-02-2010, 09:06 PM
Right, cuz all rookies must be all pros.........

Otherwise, I don't think Xanders is under any more pressure than nearly 31 other GMs in the league.

bpc
03-02-2010, 10:58 PM
Three things:

a) bpc was obviously being sarcastic, and even that sarcasm had nothing to do with Xanders' job performance.
b) Your position of unwavering support of anything these new guys do is understood, and it's valid. But I wish you wouldn't let that support goad you into dropping an f-bomb on guys merely because you disgree
c) Like it or not, Xanders should feel some pressure, even this early in his tenure. We drafted 5 players in the first two rounds, and paid dearly for the privilege. Not just Cutler, but the 1st rounder and two other picks we surrendered to move up for Alphonso Smith and Richard Quinn. All 5 of these guys disappointed. Even Moreno, who did contribute on the field, is thought by many (including a lot of folks here) to be a disappointment.

Buckhalter, Andra Davis and especially Brian Dawkins were free agent successes, but Xanders knows they have to do better going forward.


It's hard to measure his job performance as it's unclear who is calling the shots. This is the first we've heard from him since he spoke out about completely being behind Jay Cutler as the Broncos QB in 2009. Then McDaniels put the gag-order on him.

Rabb
03-03-2010, 06:33 AM
if we draft tebow i am blaming you!

damnit

Rabb
03-03-2010, 06:34 AM
I would totally hate it if we picked Tebow in the 2nd...now the 4th round or later....i'd be more receptive to it.

I think I worded it poorly, I wouldn't like using a 2nd on him...but I wouldn't hate the kid on our team, that's what I meant really

TonyR
03-03-2010, 07:33 AM
And well deserved. Polian is a jerk. He didn't help the team at all with that garbage.

I don't disagree, but it's worth noting that the "we're a laughingstock" and "our FO doesn't know what it's doing" narratives need to be reconciled with the fact that this stuff goes on in one of the best organizations in the league. It's not "just us". Like him or not, Polian is one of the best two or three guys in the league doing what he does. People sometimes need to reign in the meltdowns and drama with regards to stuff like this.

strafen
03-03-2010, 08:25 AM
Speaking of GM's, if one of Denver's top FO guys badmouthed players the way Polian did in Indy after the Super Bowl the haters here would probably have seizures.


Saturday disagrees with Polian's criticism of Colts' offensive line
Posted by Mike Florio on March 2, 2010 2:27 PM ET

After Super Bowl XLIV, Colts president Bill Polian blamed the outcome of the game on the offensive line and special teams.

In a new interview with WRTV-6 in Indianapolis, starting center Jeff Saturday responded, on behalf of the offensive line.

"I don't agree," Saturday said. "I looked at the film, I've watched it and, yeah, obviously he has his right to his opinion and he's gonna say it. I went back and looked at it, I looked at the numbers again. We rushed the ball for well over five yards a carry. We didn't give up any sacks. Peyton got hit maybe a couple times."

Saturday also pointed out that there were no "remember me" shots on Manning, as promised by Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

"The reality is that he runs the ship," Saturday said of Polian, deflecting an opportunity to say that the issue could be a lingering problem. Saturday also expressed a preference for such matters to be handled privately, and he said as to the effects of the comments on the offensive line that "they hurt everybody."

The unmistakable conclusion is that, unlike Polian, Saturday publicly took the high road. The private fallout of the situation largely will remain that way, from Saturday's perspective.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/03/02/saturday-disagrees-with-polians-criticism-of-colts-offensive-line/

Bill Polian is one of the best GM in the NFL.
I'm surprised to hear his comments.

I think the SB was a pretty even game. It really could've gone either way.
It's not like they've got beat by an extremely inferior team.
The Saints had a chance to win the SB this year no matter who they played.

Rabb
03-03-2010, 09:01 AM
players don't like being called out, that's what it is about

I give the guy props for having the balls to call players out, it demands accountability and keeps people from settling on "we are good enough"

the way I see it, you lose in ANY game let alone the big dance and every player should be criticizing themselves in an effort to get better...I bet guys like Manning do

bronco militia
03-03-2010, 09:42 AM
Bill Polian doesn't have the guts to call out his QB and coaching staff. There's no way in hell the colts OL had a bad game.