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Old 05-02-2010, 08:30 AM   #1
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1. I watched Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow work in practice on Friday in Denver, and he appeared very confident. His delivery is more compact, and his knowledge of the offense is impressive. Now, if the Broncos can get his lower body in rhythm, he’ll be ready to compete at the highest level.

2. Speaking of Broncos quarterbacks, everyone in the organization has been impressed with the work of former Brown Brady Quinn. Quinn has slowed down his movements and, according to the team’s coaches, has improved his accuracy. They’re excited to watch him work, and Denver will have a legitimate competition at quarterback this summer.

3. The other first-round wide receiver, Demaryius Thomas, did not work, nor did third rounder Eric Decker. But Thomas looks the part. He’s a hard worker and competitive player who I suspect will have a very good year as a rookie.

4. Many people have asked me why the 49ers moved up with Denver in the draft to pick offensive tackle Anthony Davis. They were concerned about Green Bay moving ahead of them for Davis and wanted to make sure they got the guy they wanted. Peace of mind is sometimes worth a fourth-round pick.

5. Once Denver picked Demaryius Thomas ahead of Baltimore, it allowed the Ravens to trade out of the first round. The Ravens would not have picked Dez Bryant had he been there, but with Thomas gone, they moved. So essentially, Denver picking Thomas allowed them to get back into the first round. Green Bay did move up to draft Morgan Burnett, who both the Bears and Cowboys would have loved to draft.
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im seriously concerned about what happens if mcdaniels starts another QB this year besides orton, will he lose the locker room or the press that follows him as saying orton is starter but then backtracking.
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5. Once Denver picked Demaryius Thomas ahead of Baltimore, it allowed the Ravens to trade out of the first round. The Ravens would not have picked Dez Bryant had he been there, but with Thomas gone, they moved. So essentially, Denver picking Thomas allowed them to get back into the first round. Green Bay did move up to draft Morgan Burnett, who both the Bears and Cowboys would have loved to draft.
Thats about what I figured happened. Peter King has some good ties within the B'more front office and he had them taking Thomas in the first with his final mock.

Really illustrates the importance of how McDaniels jockeyed for position up and down the draft board throughout day one. If we hadn't traded back with SF before then trading back with Philly we don't have the 4th we sent to New England to get up for Thomas. The Eagles trade obviously gave us the firepower to trade back up into the first from the Dolphin's 2nd rounder and get Tebow.

If we didn't make even one of those moves the entire thing could've fallen apart. We'll see how well it all works out long term but McDaniels made all the right moves during the draft to get who he wanted and still be in position to catch some excellent sliding talent in the 3rd round.
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im seriously concerned about what happens if mcdaniels starts another QB this year besides orton, will he lose the locker room or the press that follows him as saying orton is starter but then backtracking.
How is it backtracking?

Its the same thing he said last year and people wanted to act like he crowned Orton from day one of camp when he really didn't.

Orton is the #1 QB as of now. He earned it last year and so he starts off in the pole position this camp. He's got to earn it though, just like everyone else on the team has to show up and earn it.

He'd have a harder time keeping the locker room together if he just let Orton have the #1 job uncontested while he's asking everyone else to fight for everything they get.
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im seriously concerned about what happens if mcdaniels starts another QB this year besides orton, will he lose the locker room or the press that follows him as saying orton is starter but then backtracking.
As long as he is starting the QB who gives us the best chance to win, he's no going to lose anyone. At no time has he said under no uncertain terms tht Orton will be the starter all season or even the first game of the season. He said Orton is the starter as of right now, and that that will not change unless someone else proves to be the better QB. I don't know how that could be construed as backtracking.
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im seriously concerned about what happens if mcdaniels starts another QB this year besides orton, will he lose the locker room or the press that follows him as saying orton is starter but then backtracking.
The way I interpreted McDaniels was that Orton was the incumbent, and because of that, he was the starter, but if someone came in and showed that they deserved to be the starter, then they would win the job.

By saying Orton was the starter, all he did was set a depth chart heading into camp. Pretty sure the team would want the best player to lead the team under center, even if that means Tommy B leads them out at Jax.
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i need one more response to really convince me......
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i need one more response to really convince me......
I don't think it changes the locker room. He has gotten rid of the Divas so if they go with the best player for the position then the locker room will be just fine.
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im seriously concerned about what happens if mcdaniels starts another QB this year besides orton, will he lose the locker room or the press that follows him as saying orton is starter but then backtracking.
The lockerroom is composed of professional football players. They are all well aware that Kyle Orton is not one of them.
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The lockerroom is composed of professional football players. They are all well aware that Kyle Orton is not one of them.
What a dumb statement - surprised at you for that.
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I would like to see Orton play well for a couple of reasons: for his own personal gain and trade value for the Broncos. Orton played through several injuries last year and with that and in comparison to what Marshall showed cased for the Broncos last year in training camp and the final game, I can easily say Orton is more of a professional.
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im seriously concerned about what happens if mcdaniels starts another QB this year besides orton, will he lose the locker room or the press that follows him as saying orton is starter but then backtracking.
There are maybe 8-10 teams in the league where the quarterback has absolutely no reason to worry about his job. Otherwise every team is evaluating that position whether they say so or not. Orton is not among those top 8-10 imo. Now, McD has pretty much set the table for a wide open competition but at least he's saying the right things (Orton is our starter). Even though Orton had a solid year last year, remember that he was a throw-in for the Cutler trade and was viewed by most as just being someone who can fill the void until we get a longterm solution. I am glad that he played so well, but he never exactly put the team on his shoulders and took them to a win. He minimized mistakes and took the team to 8-8.
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"Jay Cutler is our starting quarterback."
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"Jay Cutler is our starting quarterback."
He was until he demanded to be traded. So I fail to see your point?

Oh that and Champ Bailey, a Shanahan carry over, said on the Fan that the media made more out of the Cutler fiasco than the locker room. The locker room didn't give it much thought after he was traded.

So yeah whats your point?

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Say what you will about Orton's play but as a football player he is nothing if not professional.
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There are maybe 8-10 teams in the league where the quarterback has absolutely no reason to worry about his job. Otherwise every team is evaluating that position whether they say so or not. Orton is not among those top 8-10 imo. Now, McD has pretty much set the table for a wide open competition but at least he's saying the right things (Orton is our starter). Even though Orton had a solid year last year, remember that he was a throw-in for the Cutler trade and was viewed by most as just being someone who can fill the void until we get a longterm solution. I am glad that he played so well, but he never exactly put the team on his shoulders and took them to a win. He minimized mistakes and took the team to 8-8.
Ok let's list them:

100% Secure

Brees
Brady
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Ryan
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90% - Almost a lock
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E Manning
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75% - Probable but open for QB comp
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The remaining open QB competitions with 2+ true viable options are maybe under 10
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How is it backtracking?

Its the same thing he said last year and people wanted to act like he crowned Orton from day one of camp when he really didn't.

Orton is the #1 QB as of now. He earned it last year and so he starts off in the pole position this camp. He's got to earn it though, just like everyone else on the team has to show up and earn it.

He'd have a harder time keeping the locker room together if he just let Orton have the #1 job uncontested while he's asking everyone else to fight for everything they get.
Well said Drek, that's precisely the point. Josh quite rightly said, and means it, that as of now Kyle is our starter. But he also said it will be a competitive position, as are all positions, and the best player through the summer, camp and preseason considering all facits, such as accuracy, mobility, reading defenses, making right choices, comfort with the system, leadership, command of the huddle and team respect will be under center come August.

We have four really good options there and the odds are that Orton will at least start the year as #1 and will keep it so long as he continues to earn it and stays healthy. Tebow wil likely get his special packages to help us score in the redzone and if Kyle goes down it may well be Quinn, at this point, who goes in next as our starting QB this year.

If Tebow suddely develops in lightening speed in all the areas mentioned above, including his mechanics and proves that he is the equal at least to Orton in knowledge of the offense and comfort with NFL speed and reading defenses, and his accuracy is at least on par, if not better, that Orton and Quinn, only then does Tebow likely start with his added dimension of mobility and bulldozer never say die mentality.

But that's a huge long shot this year, and even if that unlikely progress pace were to come about, I still think Kyle would start this year under center, but if he misses a game or two Tebow might then take over and run with it, if he is up to it so soon?

The botomline TSI, is that you can rest easy. Tebow is only going to start when it is clear to not only Josh but the rest of the team watching him daily very closely that he is ready and gives them the best competitive advantage. Guys like Dawkins and Champ want a ring and they will ride with whatever horse gives them the best shot at doing so as soon as possible.

At this point, that is Orton .. but stay tuned as it can and may change a bit sooner than most expect. At least sooner than those who are pegging Tim as a two to three year project.
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If Broncos could get lucky enough for Quinn/Orton/Tebow to all look promising, even Brandstater, maybe they can make a trade for a 4th round pick, 3rd round pick, something for next yr.
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"Jay Cutler is our starting quarterback."
Jay Cutler screwed his own pony on that one. Dont blame McD for pouty boy crying his way out of town after stiffen Bowlen. Even after Josh massaged his fragile ego and gave him the vote of confidence and called him our guy with the national press in Florida.

Nope, Josh saying 'Culter was our QB' was just how he felt at the time and if Cutler had played his cards with any maturity at all, he likely still would be .. Even with Tebow now breathin' on his sorry ass heals. Man that would have been a riot to see how Cutler would have reacted to us drafting Tebow in any round :-)!

Orton's response was emphatically more of a man and a professional than Cutler ever will be.
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That actually makes me feel very good to know that the Ravens were targeting Demaryius.
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im seriously concerned about what happens if mcdaniels starts another QB this year besides orton, will he lose the locker room or the press that follows him as saying orton is starter but then backtracking.
wouldn't be much different than when shanahan tabbed griese the rookie to start over brister the veteran.
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Griese wasn't ready when Shanahan tabbed him...
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That actually makes me feel very good to know that the Ravens were targeting Demaryius.
How cool was it that we took him which caused B'more to be willing to trade down with us
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How cool was it that we took him which caused B'more to be willing to trade down with us
There is a huge degree of awesome in that - to force the great Ozzie into a trade that we wanted in the first place.
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