Denver Broncos Preview: Tim Tebow and 5 Players Most Important to John Fox Era

David SmithContributor IIIJune 16, 2011

Denver Broncos Preview: Tim Tebow and 5 Players Most Important to John Fox Era

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    ENGLEWOOD, CO - JANUARY 14:  Denver Broncos head coach 108027723addresses the media at Dove Valley on January 14, 2011 in Englewood, Colorado. Fox was named the 14th head coach in Broncos history yesterday after spending the last nine seasons as head coac
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    This season the Broncos find themselves in an all too familiar spot—rebuilding. After finishing what was one of the worst seasons in Broncos history, Denver fans are desperate for the heroes of the new era to emerge and return this team to prominence. 

    So as the John Fox era begins in Denver, here are the key players who could be the difference between success and failure.

Von Miller

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    ENGLEWOOD, CO - APRIL 29:  Von Miller of the Denver Broncos speaks to the media at Dove Valley on April 29, 2011 in Englewood, Colorado. Miller, a projected outside linebacker in head coach John Fox's new 4-3 scheme, was selected second overall from Texas
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    After such a dismal performance from the defense last year, Denver is in need of a change of attitude. Von Miller hopes to be that man. Coach Fox needs him to be that man.

    The 22-year-old Texas A&M product showed through his college career that he could be that man. He has a great nose for the ball and instincts that lead him to the opposing quarterback early and often, as he netted 27 sacks over the past two seasons with the Aggies.

    If he plays up to his abilities, Miller could be a dominant presence over the middle of the field. Coupled with the veterans surrounding him, Miller should prove to be one of the most important players in the Fox era.

Elvis Dumervil

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    DENVER - OCTOBER 04:  Elivs Dumervil #92 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his sack of quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys with teammates Darrell Reid #95 and Wesley Woodyard #59 during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 4, 2009
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    Before the unfortunate chest injury that sidelined him for the 2010 campaign, Dumervil was emerging as one of the best natural pass rushers in the NFL. If healthy, he may be the most important player on the defense for these new Broncos.

    In 2010, Dumervil led the league with 17 sacks, and he was hungry for more. His absence was evident for the Broncos, as the pass rush was less than sub-par. For the John Fox football philosophy—establishing the run and stopping the run—to be successful, he'll need stellar play from his rising superstar.

Britton Colquitt

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    DENVER - AUGUST 29:  Punter Britton Colquitt #4 of the Denver Broncos delivers the ball to the Pittsburgh Steelers during preseason NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 29, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    It's no secret that the type of ball-control football Fox likes requires great special teams play. It also has been said that "football is a game of inches," and no inches are more important than those gained from a solid kicking game. This makes Colquitt a key player moving forward. 

Eddie Royal

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19:  Wide receiver Eddie Royal #19 of the Denver Broncos runs through a hole in the Seattle Seahawks defense after making a catch during an NFL game at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 19, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Jus
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    With the many options at receiver for Denver the rank structure is still a bit unsure. Even after the season Brandon Lloyd had last year, he has yet to show he can consistently perform at that level. 

    With the sure-handed reliability and courage over the middle, Royal has shown in his early career that he could fill the role in Fox's offense.

Knowshon Moreno

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Runningback Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos runs with the football during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defe
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    Coach Fox is a run-oriented coach. His philosophy is highly tuned for ball-control football. This means he demands a strong run game and a stout defense. On the Broncos' offensive, Knowshon looks to finally deliver on the potential seen during his days at the University of Georgia.

    Knowshon has the ability to be an elite back in this league. Now that he is with a run-oriented head coach, the future may indeed be bright for the talented back.

Tim Tebow

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    DENVER - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos looks to deliver a pass against the San Diego Chargers at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    Tim Tebow is looking to take his place as the next starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. New head coach, John Fox, is starting his first year with the franchise. The fate of the Fox Era will forever be tied to Tebow. With all the hype surrounding the former Florida standout, and the history that Fox has had resurrecting a franchise, these two both stand poised to enjoy success in the Mile High City.

    But this is just this one writer's opinion. Drop a comment down below and, as always, thanks for posting.