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