December 2011 - Denver Broncos Wiretap
Broncos QBs Fined Tebow For Billboard
Earlier this season, Broncos quarterbacks decided to fine Tim Tebow for every day in which an infamous billboard remained up in Denver. Like many teams in the NFL, the Broncos quarterbacks have an informal system in place that allows them to fine each other for different infractions, whether funny or serious. Four days after a billboard on 58th Avenue one block east of Interstate 25 publicly called for coach John Fox to bench Kyle Orton in favor of No. 15, the quarterbacks decided to begin fining Tebow every day that it remained up. No one ever gave him a reason, but according to sources, this was it: Tebow never made any attempt to publicly admonish the divisive gesture by the fan base. So they fined him for six days, until he eventually replaced Orton and there was no longer a reason for the billboard to exist.
Eric LeGrand To Attend Broncos Game
Paralyzed former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand says he will attend the Denver's home game against Kansas City on Sunday. LeGrand has been spending this week in New York with his former Rutgers teammates as they prepare for the Pinstripe Bowl against Iowa State on Friday at Yankee Stadium. He grew up in New Jersey rooting for the Broncos. His favorite player was Terrell Davis, whom LeGrand will get to meet and watch the game with at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. LeGrand suffered a spinal injury in 2010 during a game against Army. He took this week off from physical rehabilitation to participate in bowl activities.
Tebow Confident Despite Four Interceptions In Loss
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow remains confident despite throwing four interceptions in a damaging loss to the Bills on Christmas Eve. Tebow insists "my confidence is just fine." The Broncos (8-7) can clinch the AFC West and their first playoff berth since 2005 with a win in Week 17.
Waived By Broncos, Orton Can Keep Denver From Postseason
Heading into Week 17, the Broncos need to beat the Chiefs to make the playoffs as the AFC West champions. Denver released quarterback Kyle Orton, who is now starting for Kansas City, on Nov. 22. "We knew it was a possibility," Broncos executive John Elway said of facing Orton after cutting him loose. "So, here it is. We have to go out there and play well. It was best for the team, bottom line. We made that decision knowing this was a possibility. Now we have to do it."
Tebow Can't Help Bills Avoid Blackout
Not even the presence of Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow could prevent Buffalo's home game on Saturday from being blacked out on local television. The Bills announced Wednesday they still had about 24,000 tickets left for their final home game of the season. Buffalo closes its season having its last three home games blacked out.
Elway: Tebow Is 'Not Going Anywhere'
In the wake of the team's loss to the Patriots, Broncos executive John Elway has given embattled quarterback Tim Tebow the strongest endorsement to date. Elway told the Associated Press that he believes Tebow can morph from a scrambling quarterback into a pocket passer, which suggests he won't be spending a high draft pick on another quarterback in April. "Tim Tebow's not going anywhere," Elway said. "I mean, he's going to be a Bronco and we're going to do everything we can and hopefully he's that guy."
Fox Won't Name Tebow Starter For 2012
Broncos coach John Fox believes more in Tim Tebow than he did earlier this season, but he still isn't ready to name him the team's starting quarterback for 2012. "We get that question a lot, whether it's John Elway or myself. We're both his biggest fans," Fox said when asked about Tebow's status for new season on "The Jim Rome Show" on Friday. "I mean, we love him. How would you not at 7-1? I think, right now, all our focus is, 'Let's get this season done.' "We love him, he's great, we're pulling for him, and you know, we'll make those decisions when this season is over and not worry about next season at this point."
HS Students Suspended For Organized 'Tebowing'
Two New York high school athletes have been suspended by school administrators for organizing several "kneel-downs" in tribute to Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. "I think if they had good intentions, then good for them for having the courage to do something different," Tebow said when told of the suspensions. The devout Christian, who has led his team to a 7-1 record, often kneels in prayer after a success on the gridiron. Riverhead High School administrators suspended 17-year-old twins Connor and Tyler Carroll this week after they organized several "Tebowing" tributes to the NFL star in their school hallway. Connor Carroll said that he and his friends—nearly 40 took part in the last of three demonstrations on Wednesday—merely wanted to pay tribute to Tebow as a "role model, leader and winner." He conceded that although kneeling for Tebow has a religious connotation, their intent was simply to honor a sports hero.
Merril Hoge Admits He Was Wrong About Tebow
Few were tougher on Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow out of the gate than ESPN's Merril Hoge, but he publicly changed his stance on Monday. Hoge told "Mike & Mike in the Morning" that his eyes were once "clouded," but he's come to see Tebow, and Denver's uprising, as an inspiration. "The lessons that (the Broncos) are showing (are) what sports are about. ... I've been obviously very hard on Tim Tebow, very critical of him as a quarterback and his skill set," Hoge said. "... I've been wrong on a lot of levels with (Tebow). I've lost the ability, or the opportunity, I should say ... to shed light on what an amazing story (about) how he has worked, persevered, changed -- his diligence -- all those things that you try to teach young people ... (what) sports are really about." Hoge made the important distinction of labeling Denver's surge a story about the Broncos, not just their quarterback.
Brady Praises Tebow As He Prepares For Broncos
Tom Brady says the Patriots watched Denver's overtime win over Chicago on Sunday afternoon on the plane following their game against Washington. "All of us were watching the game last night on the airplane; just as we were taking off was when they came back and won the game," Brady said during his weekly WEEI radio appearance. The Patriots take on the Broncos next week. "It was an exciting game. They obviously have a very good team," Brady said of the Broncos. "They play for 60 minutes. They've obviously closed a lot of games and finished very well. We have a huge test. We'll all be excited, and hopefully have a good week of preparation and be ready to go on Sunday." As for quarterback Tim Tebow, Brady said the way Bill Belichick prepares the Patriots for games, he can expect to see Tebow highlights. "Everyone says he struggles throwing the ball. What I saw last night, he had no problems throwing the ball," Brady said. "He threw the ball extremely well when I was watching."
Urlacher On Tebow: 'He's A Good Running Back'
The Broncos edged the Bears 13-10 in overtime on Sunday afternoon, stunning their defense late in the game in the process.
Tebow Leads Broncos To Another OT Victory
Tim Tebow was dominant in the fourth quarter and overtime against the Bears.
Elway Hopes Tebow's Ceiling Is 'A Mile High'
Broncos executive John Elway plans to work one-on-one with Tim Tebow this offseason and has changed his tune a bit regarding the young quarterback's future with the team.
Jackson Still Feels Raiders Are In Position To Make Playoffs
The Broncos hold a slight lead over the Raiders in tie-breaking categories for determining playoff teams in the AFC.
Briggs Will Be 'Pissed' If Bears Lose To Tebow
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs would be more than embarrassed if the team loses to Tim Tebow and the Broncos this weekend.
Tebow 'Excited' To Play Against Chicago's Defense
Tim Tebow, who has led the Broncos to five straight victories, is excited to face the Bears this weekend.
Von Miller Practices With Cast On Thumb
Broncos linebacker Von Miller practiced Wednesday with a cast covering the injured right thumb.
CBS, NBC Battling Over Tebow-Brady Game
NBC would like to use the flex option to move the Broncos-Patriots game into prime-time, where it would be hyped as Tim Tebow vs. Tom Brady.
Tebow Reminds Howie Long Of Elway
Howie Long, who spent a lot of time chasing around John Elway, believes quarterback Tim Tebow has the same will to win as his boss.
Tebow: 'I Know That I Had A Lot Of Help'
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow helped engineer another late-game comeback on Sunday against the Vikings.