Broncos, Josh McDaniels "Death Clock" Begins with Tim Tebow Selection

Scott McDowell@ManCaveSports12Contributor IIApril 23, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Former Florida Gator and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow attends Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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For better or worse, Tim Tebow is going to be the most talked about white Bronco since OJ Simpson and Al Cowlings went on their joyride.

When the Denver Broncos traded three picks (2nd, 3rd, and 4th round) to the Baltimore Ravens to get back on the clock at No. 25 overall, coach Josh McDaniels set in motion his own death clock .

Not only did the Broncos reach to get Tebow in the first round, but they did so in a way that dismantled the core of their 2010 draft picks.

It's only a matter of days until sports bookies start taking prop bets on when McDaniel's "death clock" in Denver expires.

Over/under two years? I'll take the action on the under.

McDaniels has made his intentions clear in Denver, character > talent.

There have already been the well documented shipments of Jay Cutler (Bears) and Brandon Marshall (Dolphins) that were labeled "Handle With Care" to clear the Mile High air.

Even the talented, yet disgruntled cotton candy vendor that looked at the 34-year old coach the wrong way was sent packing, as he was perceived detrimental to the Mile High Stadium catering crew.

The 2010 NFL Draft did not buck the trend of cleansing an already clean Denver Broncos franchise. With the 22nd pick, the orange and blue looked to fill the receiver void left by Marshall and his annual 100 catches/100 headaches. The two receivers deemed night one quality by draft guru Mel Kiper were Demaryius Thomas (Georgia Tech) and Dez Bryant (Oklahoma St.).

Most experts believed that Bryant was the best prospect in the draft at the position, but his stock fell when he was suspended for most of the 2009 college football season for contact with Deion Sanders, and some other minor character concerns factored into his Randy Moss-like draft plummet.

Other than Reggie Wayne, Larry Fitzgerald, and a handful of others, what wide receiver in the NFL does not have character issues?

The Broncos played it safe, choosing Thomas, the player they thought would give incumbent signal caller Kyle Orton the best hands and more importantly to the coaching staff, the best attitude.

McDaniels is a young, energetic guy that isn't the same breed as his coaching tree creator, Bill Belichick. He is passionate about his players and the locker room culture, almost to a fault.

The Broncos got off to a 6-0 start in 2009, but stumbled to an 8-8 finish and missed the playoffs. Expectations are high for Josh Daniels as he enters his second season under the headset and he will be under the microscope even more with his curious draft selections.

This off-season, the Broncos acquired former first round pick Brady Quinn from the Cleveland Browns and the drafting ofΒ  Tebow further indicates they don't believe Orton is the long-term solution at quarterback.

With the Patriots, Josh McDaniels coached quarterbacks Tom Brady and Matt Cassel, so he should be able to evaluate the talent needed for the position.

At the point they selected Tebow, the Broncos had their option of proven college quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy as well. I believe they felt Clausen's cockiness resembled too much Jay Cutler, and McCoy wouldn't draw as much publicity as Tebow.

So what does Tim Tebow have that intrigues McDaniels?Β  Character.

Urban Meyer has the ultimate college quarterback system in his offense. At Utah, Alex Smith put up absurd numbers and was selected as the number one overall pick in 2005. Despite having a decent year in 2009, he has yet to prove his merit as a top draft choice.

The 2008 Heisman Trophy winner put up video game like stats, but was a major product of the Florida Gators system.

Tebow is still a raw talent at the NFL level and must change his mechanics and improve his deep throws. In all likelihood, he is still two or three years away from being a quality starter, and I'm not talking about Derek Anderson quality.

And THIS is best case scenario!

From all accounts, Tebow is a stand-up guy and does EVERYTHING the right way. However, his media coverage is bordering on annoyance, which is not his fault.

How many times to do we have to hear his song and dance about working hard, his religion, his work ethic, etc. ? In interviews, Tebow almost sounds robotic in answering these questions with re-phrased answers.

The Denver Broncos drafted Timothy Tebow based on college production, his leadership, attitude, winning ways, and general outlook on life.

But how can a third string quarterback inspire and lead a group of 55 men?

Josh, you are now on the clock.


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