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Brandon Lloyd: McDaniels might still be here if he started Tebow

Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd is a Josh McDaniels guy.  In an interview with 104.3 The Fan in Denver, he said he loved “McDaniels to death” and that he’s a “hell of a coach.”

Lloyd was asked if he thinks McDaniels might still be around if he went to Tim Tebow at quarterback before he was fired.

“I think so because that was the pick that everybody was betting the house on and if that would have materialized early in a productive offensive manner where we could throw, we could run, he could throw, he could run, and then maybe if we didn’t win but we were close in games and hovering around .500 or something, I think he still woulda been here.”

Just a few weeks ago, Lloyd said he wanted Kyle Orton to remain at quarterback because Orton gave the team the best chance to win games.  A couple of starts have warmed Lloyd up to the rookie, but it will take time before Tebow is a leader of men.

“It’s not Tebow’s place to say anything to the team because he’s still a rookie,” Lloyd said via   “He’s a rookie, we are the veterans on the team, and our veterans speak. Brian Dawkins speaks . . . What I find funny about the whole Tebow thing is how well his passion has translated to the fans. We feel it as the players, but at the same time, he’s just another player to us. He’s not how the public views him and not how you guys view him as being the instant leader. . . . There’s no animosity towards his popularity. ”

Lloyd raises a good point about Tebow and McDaniels.  For all of McDaniels’ issues, his era will be looked back on a lot more fondly if McDaniels’ most controversial draft pick turns into a franchise pillar.

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27 Responses to “Brandon Lloyd: McDaniels might still be here if he started Tebow”
  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 29, 2010 10:39 PM

    This is assuming Tebow would have been ready to play earlier and had the results he’s had (it’s only been two games). One would have been in the minority to project Tebow’s success 6 weeks earlier then when he started. He does have a point in that rebuilding coaches always get more time(notice Mike Shanny’s change in tone), but Denver wasn’t counting on rebuilding.

  2. hobartbaker says: Dec 29, 2010 10:43 PM

    There are a lot of “ifs” Lloyd throws in regarding Tebow starting earlier.

    Broncos lost most of their games because the incredible ineptitude of Wink The Fink Martindale’s defense. The rest were probably lost because of Eric Stooliesville’s incredibly awful running attack.

    McDaniels, and Orton weren’t the culprits.

  3. jethro007 says: Dec 29, 2010 10:53 PM

    Between this and his F.U. comment–he needs to shut his hole!

  4. benh999 says: Dec 29, 2010 11:01 PM

    How the hell does he know what would/wouldn’t have gotten McDniels canned?

  5. bronco1st says: Dec 29, 2010 11:09 PM

    Mcd was the culprit, he brought all the others in. McDisaster is a professional team wrecker. He will make dog meat out of any team he gets his hands on – at any level.

    Lloyd loves him cause McDiaster gave him a chance after he had blown 8years and 3 chances with other teams. If the one year wonder wants to follow his departed coach, just keep running his ignorant mouth.

  6. jeffz303 says: Dec 29, 2010 11:11 PM

    10 years from now, the Donkeys will look like complete idiots for firing McDaniels, just like the Raiders did for running Shanny before giving him a legit chance. It’s Bowlen’s fault, he said that he let Shanny go because he didn’t want one guy in charge of coaching AND personnel, then he goes out a month later and gives the exact same power to a 32-yr old kid. McDaniels was set up to fail, but he’s going to be a hell of a coach someday, mark my words. And he would have been a hell of a coach for the Donkeys if he could have concentrated just on coaching, but Bowlen gave him the keys to the Caddy and he got a little overwhelmed. Enjoy Jim Fassel Donkey fans, pretty soon you’ll be pining for the “good ole Josh McDaniels days”.

  7. brownsclown says: Dec 29, 2010 11:29 PM

    The Broncs would be in the super toilet bowl if they started Quinn!

  8. bradwins says: Dec 29, 2010 11:42 PM

    Guaranteed that Broncos fans will look at McDaniels some day the same way Browns fans look at Belichick. “Why can’t we get coaches like that?” Um…because the fans are too impatient and the owners care too much what idiot fans (that don’t know anything about football) think.

  9. jhorton83 says: Dec 29, 2010 11:49 PM

    The Broncos need a real GM. Let the coach worry about coaching and actually have someone qualified handling the personnel moves. (And no, John Elway isn’t the answer for the latter.) Trying to have the coach play both roles is a recipe for disaster. Hopefully Bowlen has finally learned from it.

  10. daddyb1gdrawz says: Dec 29, 2010 11:54 PM

    So hold up let me get this straight, people are actually buying into the Tim Tebow hype machine? He got away with a lucky touchdown against the Raiders and he played the worst passing defense in the NFL without its best defender and we are suppose to believe Tebow is the next best thing? Oh please!!

  11. mean13 says: Dec 30, 2010 12:20 AM

    Bowlen has probably already forgotten that he fired McDaniels.

  12. ttommytom says: Dec 30, 2010 12:31 AM

    Joe Webb lit up Div 1 sub and Tebow the SEC.

    After watching both games this past week who would you rather have as your QB?

    If you don’t know the answer you missed the Sunday Night game on Tuesday.

  13. justadude71 says: Dec 30, 2010 4:26 AM

    I do not know if the Broncos faithful will be pining for the good ole McD days, but I agree that McD is a good coach, who, at 32 was set up to fail in Denver.

    The coach / GM combo is a tough job and reserved for very few select. Even most of those can only be effective in that role for a short period of time.

  14. joepags says: Dec 30, 2010 8:27 AM

    tebow will be a career back-up, no doubt.

  15. ninjapleazee says: Dec 30, 2010 8:29 AM

    Lloyd is definitely going to Heaven now… he’s in with God

  16. tv426 says: Dec 30, 2010 8:31 AM

    Yeah, sure Lloyd, and if big monkeys suddenly jumped out of my ass that would be something too.

  17. eastsidehunky says: Dec 30, 2010 8:44 AM

    All the Tebow/Christian haters have been proven wrong yet again…they hated him for winning the Heisman and witnessing of his faith. But they’ll listen to the drivel of some 20 something dingbat airhead from Hollywood speaking about some paganistic “karma”

    Idiocy abounds but Tebow has shown he’s the real deal.

  18. worldsgreatest says: Dec 30, 2010 8:48 AM

    Way to throw the quaterback that got you to the pro bowl under the bus.

  19. Reggie's Bush says: Dec 30, 2010 9:09 AM

    Orton, put on your mechanic suit and keep the neckbeard… You’ve just been thrown under the bus.

  20. reddskeletor says: Dec 30, 2010 9:12 AM

    Yeah, that’s right; Orton is the reason this guy is in the position he’s in.

    eastsidehunky: I’m guessing your IQ is not too high, given that you’re basing your views on one game. Also, this is not a place for your pushing your Christian fundamentalist crap. I’m sure you’d be really happy in the Middle Ages, with Inquisitions and witch-hunts and the like.

  21. ninjapleazee says: Dec 30, 2010 9:37 AM

    one win game versus 5-10 team = the real deal


  22. psuravens19 says: Dec 30, 2010 10:31 AM

    Lloyd wouldn’t be going to the Pro Bowl if Tebow started this year.

  23. bronco4lyfe says: Dec 30, 2010 11:00 AM

    There is no God. And if God does exist, does he really care about football or what Tebow tweets about him?
    Although ,f beleiving in some fictional character gets you through the day, then more power to you………but he does not have to talk about it 24-7.
    I get it Tebow, you like God, you like the Bible….enough already.

  24. stetai says: Dec 30, 2010 11:15 AM

    Ludicrous! Kyle Orton had the best season a QB had in Denver since the Super Bowl in 1999. Orton proved he’s legit with the right people, and had Lovie Smith simply benched Grossman at halftime and put in Orton, than the Bears would’ve won the Super Bowl.

  25. importantpftcomment says: Dec 30, 2010 11:36 AM

    Oh come on!

    Tebow is not the second coming! Let him finish the year, starter or not, have the off season to try and become the leader of the team and see how he does next year!

    That will be the only way to prove if he is going to be the Bronco’s QB of the future or not. Right now, all anyone has is hope or hate.

  26. trickbunny says: Dec 30, 2010 11:54 AM

    Funny, I don’t remember Orton playing badly at all. I would venture to say that most of the Broncos problems don’t start at the QB position.

    So if Orton was playing well, but the Broncos were still losing due to other deficiencies they have, why in the world would McDaniels have dumped Orton for Tebow? Doesn’t make any sense.

    I love how they fire McDaniels, the interim coach starts Tebow out of sheer desperation to just switch *something* around, they win a couple games- and now suddenly everyone knows that this move (starting Tebow) is the one they should have tried weeks back?

    Ah, good old hindsight.

  27. cup1981 says: Dec 30, 2010 10:21 PM

    So, how does it feel being a one-season wonder Mr. Lloyd? Kyle Orton is the reason you have such stellar numbers. The guy produced and the rest of the team just sat around. Yeah, Tebow is a wonderful athlete, but not a QB. I don;t see him ever being a reliable starter in the league and he really reminds me of Brady Quinn, just Tebow actually is getting a chance to fail.

    Tebow is an inaccurate passer, and cannot read pro defenses. I cannot wait to see a full season of this guy! I predict 20+ INTs next year and 15 TD passes. He will run for a few too.

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