January 2012 - Denver Broncos Wiretap
Elway Reiterates Tebow To Start, But Wants QB Competition
Despite naming Tim Tebow the team's starting quarterback heading into the 2012 season, John Elway says that any player added to the Denverroster this offseason will compete for a starting role. "We will be in the market to find more quarterbacks," Elway said. "That's our approach with Tim being our starter as we go to training camp, that we'll look at free agency and the draft." Elway said that his ideal quarterback is the "the big athlete who can throw the ball from the pocket." "Anybody who comes in at any position is going to think they have a chance to compete," Elway told The Denver Post. "Any free agent or anybody that comes in here when we start training camp is going to be competing for jobs. "Obviously with Tim's reputation, if the guy is afraid to come in and compete for that job, then maybe he's not the right guy."
Broncos Hire Jack Del Rio As DC
The Broncos announced Friday night they had agreed to terms with Jack Del Rio to become the club's new defensive coordinator. Del Rio was John Fox's first defensive coordinator in Carolina in 2002 before leaving after one year to coach the Jaguars, who fired him in November.
Tebow Won't Be Playing Pebble Beach
A tournament official confirmed to ESPN.com on Wednesday that Tim Tebow will not be playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, scheduled for Feb. 9-12, because of an injury he suffered in the Broncos' playoff loss to the Patriots. Tournament director Steve Worthy had told the Monterey Herald on Tuesday that Tebow would not be playing in the tournament. "Due to the injuries, it looks like he's a no-go," Worthy said.
Raiders Negotiating Agreement With Dennis Allen
The Raiders have identified Dennis Allen as their top candidate to become their next head coach. Allen is currently serving as defensive coordinator of the Broncos. Allen is meeting with the Raiders on Tuesday to see if an agreement can be reached. The Raiders have informed other candidates that they have found their head coach.
Von Miller Fined $7,500 For Unnecessary Roughness
Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller has been fined $7,500 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness in the team's 45-10 loss to the Patriots last Saturday night. Miller lost his cool after New England quarterback Tom Brady punted on third down late in the game. He shoved New England's Dan Connolly seemingly without being provoked. That started a melee that spilled over to the New England sideline. Miller was fined at least $47,500 in his rookie season. He was fined $25,000 for a hit on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez in November, weeks after being fined $15,000 for a hit on Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer.
Brian Dawkins Added To Pro Bowl Roster
Broncos strong safety Brian Dawkins has been added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster, although it's uncertain if he'll be able to play because of a neck injury. Dawkins missed most of the last month and both of Denver's playoff games. He replaces safety Troy Polamalu on the roster for the Jan. 29 game.
Tebow Played Through Rib, Lung Injuries Against Patriots
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow played through considerable injuries in Saturday night's AFC divisional playoff game against the Patriots. At the start of the third quarter, Tebow tore cartilage on his first rib where it attaches to his sternum, bruised his lung and had fluid buildup in the plural space of his chest, according to a source. The injuries came as the result of a hit in the pocket when Tebow was pressured after throwing a pass. He was determined to finish the game regardless of the score. New England went on to win 45-10. Because of the severe pain, Tebow had trouble sleeping over the weekend, then spent Monday undergoing an MRI on his chest to determine the extent of the damage.
Tebow Turns Down Offer To Join CBS As Analyst
Tim Tebow isn't interested in joining CBS as an analyst for this coming weekend's AFC Championship Game. Tebow has been a ratings hit this season and the Broncos were eliminated by the Patriots on Saturday night. "Tim Tebow has decided not to appear," CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said Tuesday. "(The network) is perfectly fine with the lineup we have."
Raiders To Interview Denver's OC, DC
The Raiders will interview Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen for their head coaching vacancy. McCoy was originally hired by Josh McDaniels and also is scheduled for an interview with the Dolphins.
Decker Declares Hit From Harrison As Legal
Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker, who suffered a sprained knee in the team's Wild Card playoff win over the Steelers last weekend, says the hit he received from linebacker James Harrison was legal. The hit left him with a sprained left knee. "I think it was unfortunate now with the new rules, guys are scared to hit high, especially Harrison, being fined so much. He had to go low," Decker said. "It stinks. I'd rather get hit high, to be honest with you, because as a receiver, my legs are my investment. But at the same time, I'm not upset or mad at what he did."
Elway, Fox Expected To Throw Full Support Behind Tebow
The team's plan is to go forward with Tim Tebow as their No. 1 quarterback until at least the starting of training camp.
Dolphins Meet With Mike McCoy After He Misses Out On Jaguars Job
Miami owner Stephen Ross sent his private jet to pick up Mike McCoy in Denver for the interview.
Former Owner Kaiser, Who Dealt For Elway, Dies At 69
He sold his 60.8 percent share of the Broncos to the current owner and CEO, Pat Bowlen, in 1984.
Broncos Sign New Long Snapper
Lonie Paxton was ruled out of their divisional playoff game against New England so he could continue dealing with a family issue.
Broncos Won't Have Decker Against Patriots
The Broncos will be without wide receiver Eric Decker in Saturday night's divisional playoff game against the Patriots.
Patriots' Love Sick Of Tebow Coverage
Patriots defensive tackle Kyle Love is tired of hearing about Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
Source: Rams Will Talk To Dennis Allen
The Rams plan to interview Broncos d-coordinator Dennis Allen on Thursday.
Fells: Broncos Revel In Doubters' 'Hate'
The Patriots have been installed as nearly two-touchdown favorites over the Broncos this coming Saturday night.
Tebow Is Favorite Athlete In U.S.
According to an ESPN Sports Poll, Tim Tebow is now America's favorite active pro athlete.
NFL: Broncos Lined Up Legally On Game-Winning Play
A screen capture shows that Denver had six players on the line of scrimmage, seven is the minimum required, on the play in which Tim Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas.
Broncos Aren't Concerned With McDaniels Joining Patriots
Josh McDaniels coached the Broncos for 28 games over the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Burglars Snatch Tebow Jersey During Break-In
The owner of The Fast Frame sports memorabilia shop said his Denver store was burglarized after someone threw a bottle through a window.
Broncos Promote Receiver From Practice Squad
The Broncos promoted wide receiver D'Andre Goodwin from their practice squad on Tuesday.
Tebow Says He Can Learn A Lot From Brady
Tim Tebow will be matched up against Hall of Fame-bound Patriots quarterback Tom Brady Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in a playoff game.
Tebow Earns $250K Bonus For Win
Denver's playoff win over Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon earned quarterback Tim Tebow a $250,000 bonus.
Decker Hurts Knee On Hit By Harrison
Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker was knocked out of Sunday's playoff win over the Steelers.
McGahee: Tebow Is An NFL Quarterback, 'Case Closed'
Willis McGahee believes that Tim Tebow has done all he needs to do in order to establish himself as an NFL quarterback.
Quinn: Broncos Don't Have Package That Would Sideline Tebow
Brady Quinn didn't take any repetitions with the first-team offense during Saturday's walk-through.
Broncos Prepared To Pull Tebow If He Struggles
Broncos coach John Fox is prepared to pull Tim Tebow if he struggles against the Steelers on Saturday, according to multiple sources.