John Fox at the NFL Scouting Combine: Right Now, Orton is Starting QB

ENGLEWOOD CO - JANUARY 14: Denver Broncos head coach John Fox addresses 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 coach of the Carolina Panthers. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)


One rule of thumb that I've always followed is that when the head coach of the Denver Broncos speaks, it's time to listen. John Fox and the Broncos' front office are at the NFL Scouting Combine getting some final looks at players before the draft. 

Here are some tid-bits you may be interested in chewing on from his press conference.

There's a group of three (QBs) that we think are very capable. Right now, [Kyle] Orton is our guy.

Fox clarified his statement a bit later by saying:

"I can't predict (who starts) Week 1. That's why I say, 'today.'"

Fox was asked about Tim Tebow also, and Mocking the Draft had paraphrased his message:

Fox wants to see how Tebow looks, but Orton is under contract and the starter.

 

Fox also commented on the Broncos' running game, and what he thinks of a two back system:

Fox mentioned that to commit to running  the ball, you have to have two backs.

 

Fox was asked about the second overall pick, and what we can expect from the Broncos:

WIth the second pick ,you're obviously going to get a heck of a football player. We're in the process this week of figuring out who that pick will be. Having the second pick in the draft doesn't hurt. But we have to choose wisely.

 

Fox also touched on defensive ends Robert Ayers and Elvis Dumervil. Again, his quotes paraphrased from Dan Kadar at Mocking the Draft:

Sees him [Robert Ayers] as a 4-3 end. Easier to evaluate coming out of college than now. Confident he'll be productive. 

Anxious to get him [Elvis Dumervil] back. He's healthy. We see him as a DE. He's a unique guy. Has excellent skills rushing the passer.

 

Fox also talked about linebacker DJ Williams and how he fits into the new defensive scheme:

Hard to say where he  fits in, but he's a good player. Will be either Mike or Will, and it will depend on fluidity.

 

Fox  touched on the Champ Bailey signing, and what it means for the organization:

It was huge (signing him). He's a great FB player. Ignored how that impacts their draft plan.

 

Fox talked about new Front Office czar John Elway:

This isn't a PR move. He's burning the midnight oil.  He understands what a good football player looks like. He has a great willingly to learn the things he doesn't know.

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