Live Tweets from the Fox-Elway-Xanders Press Conference

Fox, Elway and Xanders

John Fox, John Elway and Brian Xanders smile during their press conference in the Broncos' team meeting room Monday. (PHOTO: ANDREW MASON / MAXDENVER.COM)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. –Below are some quick-hit notes from the Broncos’ season-ending press conference, held Monday afternoon at team headquarters.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The tweets have not yet been corrected for grammar, syntax and spelling.

“Tim’s earned the right to be the starting QB going into training camp next year.” — Elway

No offseason led to “tough situation” for Tebow, Elway said. Tebow needs to improve mechanics, he adds.

Elway: “The passing game wasn’t where we wanted it to be … those are the strides we have to make … we know Timmy will work his tail off”

Elway: “I think he will make those improvements.”

Elway: “I’m looking forward to spending considerable time with him as well as all the quarterbacks.”

Elway: “A lot of credit goes to John Fox … what we needed here was these guys to enjoy football again, kind of a football rehab …

Elway: “… the type of coach John is got the most out of the guys we have … So much of this credit goes to (Fox).”

Adam Weber has been signed to a future contract, as have all other practice-squad players.

Elway: “What I went through doesn’t compare with what Tim went through … mine (scrutiny) was local-based; his was world-wide.”

Elway: “We’re so hopeful that Tim’s that guy … has worked to do … made strides this year … got a lot of experience this year.”

Xanders: “We’re not where we want to be. We’ve got to perform better.” Evaluations beginning this week.

Xanders, on whether there’s room to bring in guys: “Yes … we plan to be aggressive and smart at the same time.”

Xanders: must address team’s own UFAs … for players from other teams, said Broncos must be “aggressive” & “smart.”

Xanders: “This year we spent 98 percent to our cash budget.”

Fox: “I anticipate adding some different players … we had a good season; we want to have a great season.”

Fox: “We’re a work in progress. We’ve got a lot of work to do … We’ve got a long ways to go.”

Elway: “I’m looking forward to having a normal offseason, normal free agency timeline …”

Elway: “No question we had some tough situations, QB situation, but for the most part I enjoyed (the 1st year on the job).”

Elway: “Going through the experience we had last year you realize there’s high expectations … I like that challenge.”

Elway: “Not many people thought we’d win the AFC West … we’re happy w/ the progress we made as a team this year.”

Elway: “We want to be as transparent as we possibly can … The one thing I’m proud of is that bandwagon is now full again.”

Elway: Playoff game vs. PIT was “as exciting & loud as that building’s ever been.”

Elway: “We have to do a better job at home. 4-5 counting the playoff game…creating excitement about Broncos was our biggest accomplishment”

Elway: “Rahim Moore is a young guy we still have high expectations for.”

Elway: It”was tough” for Julius Thomas to bounce back from the high ankle sprain.

Elway: “We still believe there’s a lot of growth, upside in the (2011) draft class … Now we’ve got to do it again this year.”

Fox: “I saw excellent growth in Timmy and expect more growth going forward.”

Fox: “We went into the draft & said we had to find 3 starters,” and those were Miller, Franklin and Quinton Carter.

Fox on Brady Quinn having a future with the Broncos: “There’s that possibility … he impressed me throughout the year.”

Xanders said the team will start working on its own free agents first. Still working on end-of-season evaluations before going forward.

Xanders said the team will set a free-agency plan when they get back from the Senior Bowl.

Fox: “It’s very complimentary to this organization that (Allen & McCoy) are being interviewed … speaks for what this org. accomplished.”

Fox: “(McCoy) has done a tremendous job (w/ Tebow’s development) … He’s definitely capable (of being a head coach).”

Elway, on potential backup QB competing w/ Tebow mania: “If he’s afraid to come in & compete for that job, maybe he’s not the right guy.”

Elway: Tough to deal w/ lack of control, “but I got a taste of that in the Arena League & got a lot of my frustrations out there.”

Elway: New CBA means that can’t do anything w/ players work-out wise until mid-April.

Elway: Tebow’s “release is pretty much natural; you’re not going to change that a whole lot.” Can make minor tweaks there.

Elway: “I believe your release is timed to your feet and drops … accuracy/timing/rhythm all timed together.”

Elway: “timing the legs into the depth of the routes … your feet are your time clock … tying those together is main thing we’ll work on”

Xanders: Injured players are progressing … on schedule.

Elway: “Most of my success came in the pocket,” but could make plays outside the pocket.

Elway: “Staying within the offense, there’s a method to that … that helped me as a QB, us as an organization. Hopefully I can teach him what I learned, to tell him what I learned in year 10, hopefully get that to him in year 3 or 4.”

Elway: Completion percentage depends on defense. If you get man coverage all the time, “you’re not going to be a 60 percent passer.”

Fox: Mike McCoy is in Miami today, interviewing for their head-coaching position.

Fox, on potentially losing coordinators: “No different (than hiring coordinators last year) … you’re going to lose coaches & you’ve got to find good replacements.”

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About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on NFL.com when the site was managed by ESPN.com. He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began MaxDenver.com in 2010 and now contributes to CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and The New York Times.
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