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John Fox’s revelation: “We can’t do that other crap”

John Fox

Denver Broncos coach John Fox questions a call during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


Sometime after Denver’s blowout loss to the Lions, Broncos coach John Fox had an epiphany.

“We decided if Tim [Tebow] is going to be our guy, we can’t do that other crap,” told Jeff Darlington of “We had to tweak it.”

And by that other crap, he means run anything approaching a conventional NFL offense. You know, one that includes completing a few passes.

“Do whatever the hell it takes,” Fox said. “I mean, what the hell? You don’t get points for style in this league. Let me tell you something: My man is really good in this offense. You know what I mean?

“If we were trying to run a regular offense, he’d be screwed.”

There you have it. Tebow knows the option best, so the Broncos are trying to get the rest of their players up to speed on it. Fox thinks the team can continue to add wrinkles and improve the play around Tebow.

A Broncos source in the same story wasn’t “sold” on the offense as a long-term answer. But the organization is “warming up” to it. Fox, who sat down to watch film of Tebow with Darlington, appears to be relishing the challenge of winning games in an unconventional way.

“Hey, Tim thinks he deserves to have these plays in this offense. And you know what? After watching our games the last two weeks, it’s hard to argue with him,” Fox said.

And really, what’s the alternative? Either Tebow is “screwed” in a regular offense or the Broncos are screwed playing Brady Quinn.