Broncos’ head coach John Fox has been beating the drum all week: The entire team must improve. That includes all the coaches and all the players, not just the starting quarterback.
“We have to improve as a football team,” Fox said. “We need to improve as coaches. We weren’t very good last time out and we’ve got something to prove this time out.”
Count offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who has received his share of play-calling criticism this week, as among those who hope to have learned from the first time the Broncos played the Raiders back in week one.
“That was the one game looking back the entire year that we really struggled running the football,” McCoy said. “It was just one of those deals where we came out and they beat us up front. They got the best of us, and then we probably started throwing the ball a little too often, too early in the game. We got away from the run.”
Since the Broncos now feature Tebow at quarterback, it is much less likely they’ll get away from the run, since the running game will likely include a healthy dose of Tebow himself.
Of course, the Broncos’ defense could stand to improve, too. Denver gave up too many big plays in the blowout loss to the Lions, not that safety Brian Dawkins needed a reminder.
“We want to be consistent,” Dawkins said. “That’s the thing we’re talking about, consistency—playing consistent ball week-in and week-out, not having two weeks of consistent ball and then a week that doesn’t look like us on film. Those are the things we’re trying to cut out, those mistakes to make sure we’re putting a consistent product on the field.”
Might as well say the same about the offense. Certainly the entire unit needs to take some steps forward. The line needs to play better. The backs and receivers need to make the plays that are there to be made. And yes, quarterback Tim Tebow has his share of improving to do. But don’t take my word for it.
“I’ll just try to get better from that game (Detroit) and improve and just continue to get better as a football player,” Tebow said. “You’re going to have people that praise you and people that criticize you and everything in between. If I listened to everything you all say, my world would be so up and down.”
It is always easy to point the finger at the quarterback. Undoubtedly, Tebow must start to show signs of better play. There is no getting around that.
And unfortunately, there is no getting around the fact that all of the Broncos must do the same. Otherwise, it will certainly be another long afternoon.
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