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Broncos begin to push back against Tebow criticism

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow calls a play against the Buffalo Bills during their pre-season NFL football game in Denver Reuters

For the past few weeks, as criticism of quarterback Tim Tebow from beyond the organization grew, the team didn’t say much of anything.  Instead, the new coaching staff’s actions did all the talking, with Tebow sliding from No. 2 to No. 3 on the depth chart.  Coupled with a biting item from ESPN’s Rick Reilly, who has a pipeline to Broncos football czar John Elway, there was an unmistakable sense that the Broncos had begun the process of distancing themselves from the final first-round pick of the two-year Josh McDaniels regime.

In the wake of a report from Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports claiming that, according to “one highly knowledgeable member of the organization,” Tebow actually would land behind Adam Weber on the four-deep quarterback depth chart, the Broncos are finally pushing back.

Asked about Silver’s report on Wednesday, coach John Fox gave Tebow a boost.

“First of all, I would like to say that nobody in this building that is in the decision-making process — coach, official, or I don’t know, maybe they heard it from the cook,” Fox said.  “I’m not sure, but we hold Tim in high regard.  I think he’s got a bright future in this game.  He’s playing maybe the hardest position I know in the NFL there is to play, and maybe in all of sports.  He’s progressing fine.  He’ll get more opportunities in games as we go; those are great opportunities.  Last week, he was cut a little short based on how the game went.  Defensively, we didn’t get them off the field, and by the time he got in, it was a four-minute situation.

“Everybody in this building has high regard for Tim Tebow, and Tim’s doing just fine. There’s no update on where his ranking is at this point by any official.”

So who could be the “highly knowledgeable member of the organization”?

“I don’t think, if you read it correctly, that it said anybody in the organization,” Fox said.  “It just said a knowledgeable football person — that could have been a wide range.  Like I said, it could have been the chef; he sees the players every day.”

Meanwhile, Broncos V.P. of Public Relations Jim Saccomano, whose department has done little to counter the take-downs of Tebow, has taken to Twitter to complain indirectly about Silver’s reporting.

“All media, all types and levels, desperate for headlines that will move product,” Saccomano said.  He added that, due to the pressure to generate headlines, “sometimes the tabloid mentality overtakes objectivity, at expense of some great journalists.”

Saccomano thinks that the work of “[h]it and run journalists” will “speed development of team-only media.”  But that isn’t the answer, either.  The fans know that they’ll rarely, if ever, get truly objective assessments of a given team from media bought and paid for by that team.

Besides, the NFL as a whole benefits from intense coverage of the sport, regardless of whether a given story is fair or unfair, biased or unbiased, true or untrue.  As long as folks are talking more and more and more about pro football, more and more and more people will want to watch or attend the games.  That’s why every personnel controversy regarding a given team, while likely bad for the team in question, is good for the league as a whole.

UPDATE:  A source with another NFL team explained it far better than I ever could.  “This guy has a job because of the media,” the source said of Saccomano.  “Tell him the worst news a team can get is none!”

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85 Responses to “Broncos begin to push back against Tebow criticism”
  1. whatsafairway says: Aug 24, 2011 7:38 PM

    Oh no…

    The dreaded “vote of confidence”!

    Buh, bye Timmy!

  2. ninjapleazee says: Aug 24, 2011 7:39 PM

    of course Denver would defend him…. they need a sales pitch to trade him off

  3. ekash7 says: Aug 24, 2011 7:43 PM

    Enough with Tim Tebow. No one cares

  4. giveseanpaytonhisjuicyfruit says: Aug 24, 2011 7:43 PM

    What John Fox is really saying is no one will trade for a $9 million fourth string QB.

  5. bereado says: Aug 24, 2011 7:43 PM

    Go to team only media, imbiciles. You did it with video game football… and it ruined it up to now. When you cut corners and make things that were great mediocre, there is a price to paid for that. It may not be a sum that you notice right away, but eventually you are going to feel the sting.

  6. jacunn2000 says: Aug 24, 2011 7:44 PM

    Looks like God has had a liitle talk with Coach Fox.

  7. rdrs68 says: Aug 24, 2011 7:47 PM

    the sooner the donkeys can find a way to rid themselves of this “experiment” the better off they will-the last thing a second tier team needs is a major distraction while trying to rebuild.

  8. WingT says: Aug 24, 2011 7:47 PM

    Silver is slime…how does he keep his job?

  9. gtorlone says: Aug 24, 2011 7:48 PM

    If Josh McDaniels hadn’t idiotically drafted him 25th overall and Tebow slid to the mid-second, early third rounds, would this even be much of a story. I really wish the Broncos luck. But McDaniels took Demaryius Thomas and Tim Tebow in the draft last year. Was he TRYING to drive that franchise into the ground?

  10. dasportsninja says: Aug 24, 2011 7:49 PM

    It took the Broncoes long enough to get Tebows back on this one.

  11. denverdave3 says: Aug 24, 2011 7:52 PM

    Whew” I’m glad I didn’t discard my jersey.

  12. steelerhypocrite says: Aug 24, 2011 7:52 PM

    It’s just like Jerry trading for Roy “useless” Williams, just a bad transaction. We all make mistakes, too bad the majority of people in the NFL have too big of an ego to admit a mistake. It’s OK Denver, you made a mistake or did you just draft Tebow to sell jerseys? It’s one or the other…

    Hell, idiot Master cheater Belichick still thinks he was right in going for it on 4 and 2 inside the Indy 30 – what a retard – it’s ok to be wrong.

  13. broncfanor says: Aug 24, 2011 7:54 PM

    I find the opinion from someone who calls the Broncos “donkeys” holds ZERO value.

  14. xli2006 says: Aug 24, 2011 7:57 PM

    That’s a TON of press for a Backup QB.

    Media… you think you can reign that in a little or are you going to continue to soil yourselves over a 3rd String QB?

  15. essentialsausage says: Aug 24, 2011 8:00 PM

    “Go to team only media, imbiciles. You did it with video game football… and it ruined it up to now. When you cut corners and make things that were great mediocre, there is a price to paid for that. It may not be a sum that you notice right away, but eventually you are going to feel the sting.”
    ————————————————

    This post needs to be translated into non-gibberish.

  16. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 24, 2011 8:02 PM

    The silence–in his defense–was deafening.

  17. ruckthefaiders says: Aug 24, 2011 8:03 PM

    Same BS with Slither, enough of the speculation, wait and watch it playout. I’m sure the “source” was HIGH> I mean come on, this is the same idiot who picked the faders to go to the bowl this year.

  18. cbass59 says: Aug 24, 2011 8:05 PM

    Keep him Denver. I’m sure he’s the one good decision McDaniel made.

  19. iamgoodkid says: Aug 24, 2011 8:06 PM

    HEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. thebigcaptain2011 says: Aug 24, 2011 8:08 PM

    That’s funny considering according to “sources ” they were the ones who originally said he couldn’t play. Sounds like trade bait to me.

  21. hobartbaker says: Aug 24, 2011 8:12 PM

    Broncos need to think twice about this. Think about all the fat has beens they will put out of work if there is no longer a “Crack On Tebow” cottage industry? Not to mention the after hours drinking establishments they support or the beef industry that supplies their daily nutrition.

  22. packfannchitown says: Aug 24, 2011 8:12 PM

    “He’s playing maybe the hardest position I know in the NFL there is to play, and maybe in all of sports. He’s progressing fine.”

    He’s fourth out of four, how is that progressing fine?

  23. 44kyle says: Aug 24, 2011 8:17 PM

    I saw a video of the coach’s speech. It was given on the sidelines of an outdoor field. He kept saying “nobody in this building”. Is Fox all-there?

  24. chuckandduck says: Aug 24, 2011 8:20 PM

    I think it’s a joke all the criticism Tebow has gotten since he came out. If you take the last name off his jersey and objectively watch every throw he’s made in a pre-season game last year, his 3 starts at the end of last season and the limited time thus far really in the first exhibition game this summer, how can anyone be that down on him? He’s hit the deep ball, thrown the outs and can make some plays with his legs. I’m not a Gator Fan just a guy who would like to see one of the truly good guys succeed in the NFL. He didn’t draft himself in the first round last year. Lastly, who is Merrill Hoge you’d think the way this guy came out swinging that 15 egged his house or something. Cut the guy some slack! If you want to rip on a QB who deserves it- go after Pryor at least he deserves it!

  25. opiedamus says: Aug 24, 2011 8:21 PM

    Really?

  26. conseannery says: Aug 24, 2011 8:22 PM

    I wonder if Jim Saccomano is related to my friend Bob Saccomano…

  27. lionpride10 says: Aug 24, 2011 8:23 PM

    I’ve seen Tebow play, I’ve seen Quinn play, I would take Tebow any day. No one ever brings up how much of a failure 1st round pick Brady Quinn was and still is.

  28. opiedamus says: Aug 24, 2011 8:24 PM

    sounds to me, objectively, that someone w/a bias on this topic wants to throw a flag on a team paying for biased media coverage…

  29. drstrangelust says: Aug 24, 2011 8:24 PM

    In other words…’Yo media, STFU!’ Quit making up stories! ~~looking your way, Boomer!~~

  30. billsfaninmiami says: Aug 24, 2011 8:29 PM

    For Christ’s sake (!!),.,. give the guy a chance to either make it in the NFL or move on to his mission of soul salvation in the name of the Lord, post-ball.
    If he can play, Denver gets a resurrection, a miracle, and Fox looks smart as a,.,. fox.
    If he can’t, Tebow will have nailed himself to his own cross.
    Maybe Elway needs to open up and back the guy? And where’s the kind words of the owner who signs the checks?
    Denver < Hell.

  31. daburgher says: Aug 24, 2011 8:32 PM

    that must be why there are so many biased stories on this site.. b/c its good for the NFL… smh

  32. broncotis3000 says: Aug 24, 2011 8:33 PM

    Wow ,blocked again??? PFT really is scared of being called out….

  33. TheWizard says: Aug 24, 2011 8:36 PM

    Here comes the parade of God jokes.

    Little people masking their own self-loathing by lashing out, claiming they’re sick of hearing about Tebow but posting on every thread.

    Go away.

  34. rambo08 says: Aug 24, 2011 8:37 PM

    Ahh. The hourly Tebow update.

  35. doctorfootball says: Aug 24, 2011 8:39 PM

    Tebow is not good enough to play quarterback in the NFL, in my opinion. That said, I don’t think he’s gotten a fair shot. He seems to be one of those guys that doesn’t practice well, but plays well during games. Denver is going nowhere this year, but Fox wants the 1 or 2 extra games that Orton might be able to win for them. Otherwise, Tebow might have gotten his shot to start for the Broncos.

  36. broncofan4life says: Aug 24, 2011 8:41 PM

    All the hype, all the critiscism, all the talk means nothing the broncos are a team and one player does not define them. they will be a great team this year and I do love all the media attention they are getting, to me it looks like they are simply contenders.

  37. sportsmediacritic says: Aug 24, 2011 8:45 PM

    “Mr. Tebow, welcome to our world.”

    Sincerely,

    Black NFL Quaterbacks

  38. nepatriots128154 says: Aug 24, 2011 8:45 PM

    GODDAMMIT TIM TEBOW IS THE NEW FAVRE ALL THIS SITE EVER POSTS ABOUT IS TIM FREAKING TEBOW!!!

  39. MCxShow says: Aug 24, 2011 8:48 PM

    Dear Denver,

    I heard Oakland and Washington will take just about anybody, maybe you can trade him there.

    -Anonymous

  40. Spencer says: Aug 24, 2011 8:53 PM

    Only Tim Tebow could drive a month long non-story. I look forward to the next update on ProTebowTalk.

  41. therillest says: Aug 24, 2011 9:00 PM

    First lesson in modern journalism:

    If you want it READ, SOLD or talked about put the name TEBOW in it.

    He will make you famous…

  42. oldschoolwillie says: Aug 24, 2011 9:10 PM

    There is nothing wrong with piling on Tebow. He just a religious Jamarcus or Vince Young and we loved to pile on those college winners with like skills- And we were right about them.

  43. funkster12 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:20 PM

    “Meanwhile, Broncos V.P. of Public Relations Jim Saccomano…”

    Kramer’s friend? What, Art Vandalay wasn’t available?

  44. lance19 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:20 PM

    Maybe it WAS the chef!

    One really, really smart chef
    who would be a better GM than
    half the teams in the NFL have! :)

  45. cln007 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:27 PM

    I guess Tebow can console himself with his millions, Heisman trophy, and National Championship ring. You haters really have too much time on your hands. Your glory days at Podunk High are over. Get over it. Tebow has already accomplished more in his career than any of you haters.

  46. kepickle says: Aug 24, 2011 9:34 PM

    he said the samething about Clausen last yr

  47. lunchbox92 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:37 PM

    oldschoolwillie,

    You can’t be serious. You just compared Tim Tebow to Jamarcus Russell and Vince Young? Jamarcus Russell had no work ethic. Vince Young couldn’t get along with his coach and walked out of the locker room on his team. If you think that the “piling on” Tebow is because of his work ethic and that he’s a bad locker room guy, you haven’t been paying attention.

  48. therealsmiley says: Aug 24, 2011 9:51 PM

    It’s a new offense and he was raw when he stepped into the league. Can Tebow catch up to the speed of the NFL and throw to spots versus throwing to open receivers? I think he will. He has determination and the smarts and I think we all can agree the physical traits to be good. It’s just going to take patience frOm him and his coaching staff. I think he’s going to prove most of you wrong. Hail!

  49. therealsmiley says: Aug 24, 2011 10:00 PM

    First rule for Tebow is you cannot leave the pocket…rely on your arm to bail you out (throw it away, dump it off, etc). Develop certain throws just like a pitcher would in baseball. Physically, he can make all the throws, now comes the mental part.

  50. scudbot says: Aug 24, 2011 10:10 PM

    Trade him to Seattle. Their former no-tryout starting QB is just about done.

  51. whatswiththehate says: Aug 24, 2011 10:33 PM

    “Besides, the NFL as a whole benefits from intense coverage of the sport, regardless of whether a given story is fair or unfair, biased or unbiased, true or untrue. As long as folks are talking more and more and more about pro football, more and more and more people will want to watch or attend the games. That’s why every personnel controversy regarding a given team, while likely bad for the team in question, is good for the league as a whole.”
    ——————–
    And here lies the problem with those in our sport media. The twisted beleif that the end justifies the means….SICK

  52. shaggytoodle says: Aug 24, 2011 10:36 PM

    Its good to see someone get support from the organization, I remember back when Aaron Rodgers hated cancer patients and was hung out to dry.

  53. tjacks7 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:42 PM

    Hey Vince Young still sucks and was drafted 3rd overall and is in danger of falling to number 3 on th depth chart? Can I PLEASE get an hourly update on his status??

  54. philriverslovespenis says: Aug 24, 2011 10:45 PM

    @ billsfaninmiami:

    RINGLESS Buffalo < Hell frozen over

  55. philtration says: Aug 24, 2011 10:45 PM

    cln007 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:27 PM

    I guess Tebow can console himself with his millions, Heisman trophy, and National Championship ring. You haters really have too much time on your hands. Your glory days at Podunk High are over. Get over it. Tebow has already accomplished more in his career than any of you haters.
    ====================================

    Not only does he have millions, a Heisman trophy, and a National Championship ring… he also has swishy fan boys that feel they must run to his defense as if they were his personal “friend” or something.

    But I don’t have to tell YOU about that do I?

  56. welzy says: Aug 24, 2011 10:49 PM

    I thought I just heard Philadelphia calling. They aren’t done yet….

  57. ruckthefaiders says: Aug 24, 2011 11:02 PM

    Okay, all b s aside. If you look on the Broncos official depth chart, TT is listed as the 2nd QB, not the third. They brought Quinn in, after Orton, against Buffalo to give him his much deserved chance and to see what they had. This, I guess, is the reason that everyone is “saying” that he has dropped to third. Then you get a “unknown source” (crap) that has said Weber has outpracticed him as well so know he is officially fourth string. C’mon Man!!!!!

  58. descendency says: Aug 24, 2011 11:20 PM

    Michael Silver… Captain “Make Stuff Up”

  59. hendeeze says: Aug 24, 2011 11:26 PM

    MCxShow says:
    Aug 24, 2011 8:48 PM
    Dear Denver,

    I heard Oakland and Washington will take just about anybody, maybe you can trade him there.

    -Anonymous

    Don’t forget the Seahawks and Bengals!

  60. jjbadd says: Aug 24, 2011 11:29 PM

    It’s funny! I look back at the MANY Tebow articles over the past few weeks, and I read how lots of people who posted “don’t care” or jump in to insult Tebow. Yet they come back every chance they get to comment about a QB who is nothing in their eyes! Come on! You guys love Tebow don’t ya? It’s okay, I believe he is going to be a great qb too one day!

  61. riverhorsey says: Aug 24, 2011 11:45 PM

    About time, you hung the guy out to dry.

  62. marshmont says: Aug 24, 2011 11:45 PM

    denver is trying to stop the bleeding of tebows trade value. bengels have a lot money.

  63. oarangecrush says: Aug 24, 2011 11:49 PM

    One source this…,,, reliable source that….. Do the world a favor “one source” and quit and maybe others can focus on a real job!!!! When elway says tebow is gone…. He is gone. Untill then, “one source” can you know what….

  64. stonedwhitetrash says: Aug 24, 2011 11:54 PM

    Everyone has been warned give little Timmie some slack or God will send a huge earthquake down on that part of the world

  65. trickbunny says: Aug 25, 2011 12:01 AM

    Well duh. The highly knowledgeable member of the organization is, of course, Jesus Christ. Only *He* knows what’s really going on with Timmeh.

  66. driverjim says: Aug 25, 2011 12:19 AM

    I’d be more worried if Bowlen did give the dreaded vote of confidence in Tebow.

    It’s amazing to me that people demand results out of second year players. Elway’s first couple of years weren’t that great; same with Farve; same with either Manning, Aikman . . . I could go on just about forever.

    It takes time to learn the system. What system Tebow learned under McD got flushed the second Bowlen showed him the door. Fox does things different, and with the lockout -remember this thing, y’know not being able to learn the coach’s system ’cause all work was suspended- FUBARing preseason/camp of course Tim looks wonky.

    Orton is not a young guy. He’s been turfed a lot here and with the Bears. Eventually, he’s gonna retire and then what . . . Brady Quinn? No, no and no. Tebow will have the system down pat by then and the transition would be seamless.

    Oh, speaking of lockouts and CBAs . . . the rule change everybody is overlooking is that with the exception of the number one NO OTHER RANKINGS have to be given for quaterbacks.

    Either Tebow will go places, he won’t, or he’ll duplicate Jake Plummer’s “Highest Paid Clipboard Holder” gig.

  67. broncobillie says: Aug 25, 2011 12:34 AM

    Whatever you think of the situation, or people’s opinions, the fact is this is the hottest topic on this website. Not just the most, but the TWO most commented on topics. By tomorrow morning I’m betting this thread will make it the top three.

    Yes, we all need to get a life. No, nothing we say will change Tebow’s fate. But it’s interesting so many people care enough to comment on this topic, more than Pryor, more than Collins, more than the Dream Team, and more than Rex’s Rockets… all combined.

    The reality is Tebow will be around at the end of the season, despite Esiason, Silver, Hoge and others. We’ll see at that time if he’s improved or not.

    But it’s two weeks before the season starts, so, until then, this is as good as it’s going to get.

  68. bullethead527 says: Aug 25, 2011 12:42 AM

    Cam will have a better career than Tebow, it’s the truth, LOL

  69. hobartbaker says: Aug 25, 2011 1:25 AM

    I know I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating.

    “Yahoo! Silver! Away!”.

  70. hobartbaker says: Aug 25, 2011 1:27 AM

    Suprised we haven’t heard anything from Pete Crisco yet. That tiny tub of cholestorol simmering away in the Jacksonville sun.

  71. silkyjohnson937 says: Aug 25, 2011 1:29 AM

    @lionproide10: in what draft was brady quinn a 1st round pick? Im pretty sure he fell out of the 1st round

  72. hedleykow says: Aug 25, 2011 1:59 AM

    The wrung below third string NFL quarterback is missionary. How fitting.

  73. hailvictory10 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:23 AM

    Honestly, The Broncos just need to let Tebow GO…..if he is not “the guy” let him go

    this will just keep going on and on and on!!

    If i were a Broncos fan, i would want this OVER with

    I dont want to hear about a backup QB for the next 4 years…..give him a chance somewhere else

    HAIL

  74. vinnide64 says: Aug 25, 2011 4:23 AM

    I said earlier to someone who made a comparison to Tim Tebow and Vince Young was that they both gained their pro status strickly from the college stage. I still believe that, Neither has brought that college effort consistantly to the pro arena, but at least V.Y. has shown glimpses of pro stardon but he just never really left Austin, Texas and his rose bowl glory. T.T. on the other hand has made more by his image than his talent and there are some of you who will take one good play and use it as framework to make T.T. seemily a great player but let’s face the truth if Denver didn’t pick him at #25 he would have dropped to the 4th or 5th round if even that. Now for those who think that T.T. is being unfairly dumped on by the media remember this… how many bench warmers sell the #1 jersey or jacket in their respective sports? hummmmm! wait that’s not all…and how many bench warmers have commercial endorsements? hummmm! I mean com’on! what has he accomplished? I know he didn’t ask for all of this but he hasn’t turned it away neither. I say if you are a lightweight and you want to fight a heavyweight (da media) then you should expect a butt kicking (couldn’t use any of those you know words cus we are talking about T.T.) Coach Fox was right in comming to his defense but then isn’t that what you would expect? I don’t think he would have left out out to dry do you. Tim should just take it like a man cus he is in a man’s world now, until the league make it touch football cus it seems that’s where they are headed.

  75. whichiwhichwawa says: Aug 25, 2011 4:34 AM

    someone failed ‘running a team 101′
    don’t make your players look incompetent, it lessens their trade value!

  76. akulabug says: Aug 25, 2011 6:29 AM

    It wasn’t until I read this post that I realized that nobody with the Broncos was going to bat for Tebow. Strange days indeed.

  77. hateonjags says: Aug 25, 2011 6:38 AM

    Thank god Jags didnt draft this dude,hope he has his passport ready,helllllooo canadaaa

  78. joetoronto says: Aug 25, 2011 7:07 AM

    The Jackasses are gonna smell even worse than normal this year.

    Gotta love it.

  79. vikingdoode says: Aug 25, 2011 7:13 AM

    he’d be a good Running back or slot WR just not a qb so the “F” what….have him restructure move on…

  80. rubicon202 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:34 AM

    I mean what else could they say? We F’d up and drafted the wrong palyer? Please, Baby Jesus has enough money to keep himself very happy…he sucks 4 sure but is very paid!

  81. newcasa70 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:45 AM

    I think Tebow would be a great TE thoughts?

  82. biggerballz says: Aug 25, 2011 8:24 AM

    translation: we’ll trade him for a 3rd rounder

  83. ytsejamer1 says: Aug 25, 2011 9:15 AM

    I kind of wonder what Josh McDaniels thinks of the flak his pick is taking. I kind of feel bad for Tebow…but yeah, he needs time to develop. If I were him, I’d be hiring Tom Martinez or some other esteemed QB coach and work with them as often as I possibly could outside of the responsibility to the Broncos.

  84. pff says: Aug 25, 2011 10:37 PM

    “@lionproide10: in what draft was brady quinn a 1st round pick? Im pretty sure he fell out of the 1st round”

    ===============

    i am “pretty sure” you are not bright

  85. charleschernavsky says: Nov 16, 2011 10:24 AM

    Tebow is really like Jesus. He shouldn’t have been born, but was. Jesus was born by the virgin mary.

    Then people really like him when he’s young and performing “miracles” in college. Jesus healed the blind and got a lot of followers / 12 disciples, ever hear of the twelfth man?

    He is drafted and plays alright and then crucified and put on the bench. Judas = John Fox…

    Only to be resurrected a few weeks later and go 3-1. Now everyone is Tebowing and praising his name. Amen

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