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Old 04-23-2010, 10:03 AM   #1
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THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010

DENVER BRONCOS HEAD COACH JOSH MCDANIELS

Opening Statement
“It’s been obviously, a busy day for us today and a very productive day. We were able to get two players who we thought could really come in here and
contribute. We know what we’re going to get from them – hard work. They’re both obviously talented players and we’re excited about what they may be able
to bring here to the Broncos. I think the draft is almost over tonight but there’s still a lot to go here this weekend and we look forward to seeing what we can
do tomorrow. We’re excited about adding another third-round draft pick with the different trades we were able to make today. We’ll look to be aggressive
again tomorrow and see what we can do to improve our football team.”

On the team’s plans for Broncos first-round draft pick (No. 25 overall) Tim Tebow
“Everybody that we evaluate and grade, obviously we put a grade on them – but that does not prohibit them from doing anything. Both players that we
drafted today and every player that we draft this weekend is going to have an opportunity to contribute in any way that they can by determining their own
role. We tell all our players that: Veterans, rookies, college free agents – doesn’t matter what it is – unrestricted free agents, when we sign them…They
determine their role by what they do on our football team. We’re going to have a lot of days to evaluate their performance and evaluate how it is going to fit
with our team. They’ll be given the same opportunities as the rest of our roster and they’ll make their own roles. Obviously we feel good about their ability to
come in here and compete at those two positions and make those groups and those players at those positions better. We’ve tried to do that this entire
offseason and free agency at every spot that we could. Adding players to make the positions more competitive, deeper and add depth. Most of it happened
to be on defense but that’s our goal when we bring a player here.”

On whether Tebow was a value or a need-based pick
“I think it’s a good pick, I wouldn’t call it either one. The player obviously has all the traits that you’re looking for in terms of toughness and competitiveness.
He’s intelligent and he’s won a lot of games. He’s a leader, he works hard and he’s got all the intangibles that you look for in a player at that position. He’s
produced a lot of numbers and statistically – I’m not even going to talk about that because he’s one of the best in a long, long time. We need that player in
that position to be a good player, a real good player. If we can make him a special player, that’s what we’re looking for. Now we have a deep group of
quarterbacks and we expect the competition to be incredible. It hasn’t changed anything in terms of our depth chart right now. We’re looking for that position
to be the best player on our team if we can make it that way. Competition is only going to make each one of those players better and that’s what we expect
him to come in and provide us with.”

On whether Tebow’s style fits the Broncos’ system
“We stole a lot of (University of Florida’s) plays maybe three or four years ago. They run a lot of different things. They ask their quarterback to do a lot. No
college quarterback – or very few I should say – have run or done what we’re going to do, or what other NFL teams do necessarily, because the game has
spread out so much. There are so many different things going on right now in the college football game that maybe you don’t see in the professional football
league. What Tim has been asked to do – mentally, there is a lot of burden on him – same thing here. What he’s been asked to do in terms of reading
defenses and progressions and those types of things is similar to what he’ll have to do in the National Football League. He’s been well coached – I have a
great deal of respect for (University of Florida Head) Coach (Urban) Meyer. I have a good relationship with (Meyer), known him for a long time and
understand what (Tebow) has had to do and what he’s had to learn. I don’t really look at it and say, ‘His system doesn’t fit our system.’ No quarterback’s
does. I’m not really worried too much about it, I just know what he’s been asked to do and what he’s been able to accomplish in that system there. I won’t
deny that he doesn’t give you an opportunity to create some un-gameplanned production, similar to (Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback) Ben Roethlisberger, or
a (Washington Redskins quarterback) Donovan McNabb or someone like that where you draw the play up there on the board and all of the sudden it doesn’t
necessarily look as pretty as I thought it would but then he makes it work some other way – there is an element to his game like that.”

On whether players’ characters impacted the Broncos’ draft strategy
“I would say this, (Oklahoma State WR) Dez Bryant was on our board and I’ll stick with what I said (Friday). We liked Demaryius Thomas and had him
graded highly the entire spring and he was higher than Dez Bryant, at the same level or however you want to see it. He’s a player that has some unique
traits and unique skills. He’s a smart kid, we spent a lot of time with him – I spent a lot of time with him personally. He understands our system, our offense
and what we’ve asked our receivers to learn. I think that’s a thing that he can process and allows him to get on the field and contribute to our team. They’re
both big, they’re both fast, they can catch the ball and have a high average per reception. He’s played in a league with a lot of competition so we’re excited
about Demaryius being on our football team. It certainly gives us the opportunity to have a bigger wide receiver that can do some different things, create
some matchup problems and I think that’s something that you’re looking for now.”

On whether the Broncos gave up too much to move up in the first round
“Not at all. Like I said, we felt very good about the player and had we waited too long we would have lost that opportunity, there’s no question about that –
there were a lot of people interested. I think the longer you wait the more chances you take with any player. That position on our team, that player has to be
at the top of our charts and we want that player to be a great player. He’s got to lead our team, he’s got to make every player in the locker room better and
he has to make our team better. That’s what a quarterback needs to do in this league and we want the competition that we provide in that spot to make all of
those players better. There’s nothing better to try to improve everyone’s performance than to bring people there who can compete with them. That’s what we
did with (first-round selection) Tim (Tebow), that’s what we did with (Broncos quarterback) Brady (Quinn) and (Broncos quarterback) Kyle (Orton) has
obviously been here. Tom (Brandstater) has been working his butt off in the offseason program too. We have a competitive situation at, to me, the most
important position and we expect that to make all of them better.”

On how quickly Tebow can be a starting quarterback in the NFL and what his immediate role may be
“The answer of the starter and all that is going to be determined by what they do. They’re all going to learn the same things, be given the same opportunity.
Our starting quarterback is Kyle Orton. If somebody performs better than Kyle Orton then that’s going to have to change but right now it hasn’t and we’ll see
what happens as we move forward. Tim is a player who is capable of doing different things. He could be a gameplan-type thing if that’s what we determine is
best early in his career. He’s done a lot of things in his career, running the football and doing different things in terms of handling the football. He’s a guy that
gives you the opportunity to create some packages like that and if you want to use that then you can get creative. There’s no mystery about the Wildcat
(offense) becoming more in vogue and having a player who may be able to do both run and pass the ball gives you another option.”

On how both of Denver’s first-round selections fit the team’s goals
“We want players who are tough, smart, have great character, love football and are passionate about coming here and helping the Broncos win a
championship. I think both players fit that role and I think that’s something that we’re looking for in all of our players. What we’re trying to build here is team
chemistry and a team that cares about winning and winning a championship and that’s it. That’s the single goal that we all have in mind. I think that bringing
in guys that share that vision and share that belief is what’s most important. I think we’ve added two players to our team tonight that will help us go out after
that goal.”

On whether most of the trades were made in the moment or were premeditated
“Some of them, you discuss things leading up to the draft, certainly there’s no question about that. Most of ours were either right when we were on the clock
or arraigned slightly prior to us being on the clock – or in the case of us trading into someone else’s slot right before they were on the clock. ‘Will you take
this for that to move up if you’re guy isn’t there?’ ‘Yeah I will,’ ‘OK well I’ll call you when we’re on the clock,’ that kind of thing, that’s kind of how it went. We
knew we had some flexibility to try to move back. We had some players that we knew that we liked. Demaryius certainly was the high priority at that point
and we moved back and felt like we had an opportunity. At some point we were slightly concerned that teams might have some action in that spot, the 22,
23, 24 spot so that’s when we went from 24 to 22 with New England.

On whether the second trade was already lined up when Denver made its selection of Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas at No. 22 overall
“No we did not. It was close, but that was kind of the thought process going into it…Once we made our first selection, let’s see what the conversations can
lead us to. We didn’t have anything imminent or even planned at that time.”

On whether Oakland’s selection of Alabama LB Rolando McClain at No. 8 overall impacted the Broncos’ draft
“No, they got a good player that we’re going to have to play a lot. They got a good player but no that did not impact us.”
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:13 AM   #3
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WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS, GEORGIA TECH (RD. 1, 22nd OVERALL)

On His Workout Last Week and the Broncos’ Interest in Him
“I don’t think that they were there (at the workout). I didn’t think that they had any interest in me until Monday when I met with the head coach and the G.M.
Basically, that was it.”

On Playing with QB Tim Tebow
“Tim Tebow is a good guy and is a good player, also. I’ll be looking forward to that when I come to Denver.”

On His Foot Injury Before the NFL Combine
“It was very emotional. I was actually going through drills getting ready for the Combine, I was going like 65 percent. I landed on my foot and it just popped. I
got surgery about three days later, started doing rehab two weeks later and I’m like 90 percent now and feeling very well.”

On His Character
“Basically, when I was coming up, my mother and my grandmother got put in prison and I always told myself that I didn’t want to get into a position to get
myself into no trouble. So, I’ve always been around the right crowd... Once I did that, everything changed in my life. I always wanted to be around the right
crowd and didn’t want to get in no trouble. I didn’t want to be that guy that is always talked about that he’s a bad guy and so, I just put myself around the right
crowd.”

On How He Fits with the Broncos
“I think that I’ll fit well... I’m a playmaker. I make plays and I know how to run routes...”

On Being Compared to WR Brandon Marshall
“We’re both big guys, probably the same speed, very complete receivers. I think that he has a little more experience than I have. I’m looking to come in and
borrow stuff from the guys that are already there so I can be a specialist like Brandon Marshall was on offense.”

On His Experience at the Draft
“It was fun here. When I was invited, I was shocked. Because I figured there were a lot of stars here... When I broke my foot, everything just changed and I
was basically scared, but I was like, ‘I’ll come down.’ Because my mom’s in prison and she wanted me to come down and have fun. So, I came and it paid
off.”
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Actually, he's faster than Marshalll, but it really doesn't come down to that.
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Wow, what a story.

Again, another guy you absolutely want to root for.
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Wow, what a story.

Again, another guy you absolutely want to root for.
Kinda nice for a change, isn't it? To have some high profile guys on our team that make you want to root for them.
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again tomorrow and see what we can do to improve our football team
I have been telling people all day, tonight we will trade some 2011 picks or a player
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Kinda nice for a change, isn't it? To have some high profile guys on our team that make you want to root for them.
It's great. You can't help but root for these guys. Tebow, Eddie Royal, Graham, Orton, Thomas, Champ, Dawkins, J. Williams, DJ, Doom, Clady, etc. etc. nothing but great guys and a lot of talent. I love the way this team is shaping up I just hope McD can get the best out of all of them.

What is Scheffler still doing on our team though? Hopefully they ship his ass off tonight.
Can't wait for the 2nd and 3rd round! Let's get some line help!
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It's great. You can't help but root for these guys. Tebow, Eddie Royal, Graham, Orton, Thomas, Champ, Dawkins, J. Williams, DJ, Doom, Clady, etc. etc. nothing but great guys and a lot of talent. I love the way this team is shaping up I just hope McD can get the best out of all of them.

What is Scheffler still doing on our team though? Hopefully they ship his ass off tonight.
Can't wait for the 2nd and 3rd round! Let's get some line help!
Dude Scheffler is a Detroit Lion. happened a few days ago.
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Kinda nice for a change, isn't it? To have some high profile guys on our team that make you want to root for them.
Yup, it's great. To be honest I'd rather have guys that are good at football, but that's just me.
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Yup, it's great. To be honest I'd rather have guys that are good at football, but that's just me.
Because so many of the character issues we've brought in in the past decade have been so great at football?
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Kinda nice for a change, isn't it? To have some high profile guys on our team that make you want to root for them.
I was watching the draft at a bar and all people could say around me was "well, that dude is living right." It's better than having to explain why McDonalds bags cause you to put your hands through stolen TVs! Tebow can be the face of a franchise if he elevates his play.
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Got to hand it to McDaniels, he has his vision and he's going for it 100%. I have to admire his determination and guts. I sure as hell hope it works. I want to see the Broncos get back to the big show.
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Got to hand it to McDaniels, he has his vision and he's going for it 100%. I have to admire his determination and guts. I sure as hell hope it works. I want to see the Broncos get back to the big show.
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