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Published on 12/28/2010 at Tue Dec 28 19:02.
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Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos makes a leaping catch for a 41-yard reception against corner back Jason Allen #30 of the Houston Texans during the third quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.  The Denver Broncos defeated the Houston Texans 24-23. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos makes a leaping catch for a 41-yard reception against corner back Jason Allen #30 of the Houston Texans during the third quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Denver Broncos defeated the Houston Texans 24-23. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

First, the news: the entirety of the Denver Broncos named to the 2011 Pro Bowl is represented in one wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.

The only snub would be cornerback Champ Bailey (Devin McCourty, really?). But it’s hard to argue more than one member of the 4-11 Broncos deserved a ticket to Honolulu.

Lloyd leads the NFL in receiving yards (1,375 off 72 catches for a mile-high 19.1 average), and his 10 touchdowns tie him for 2nd in the AFC. The mark is well-deserved; Lloyd has been making circus-catch plays for Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow as the one pleasant surprise of the Broncos’ 2010 season.

Now, the hilarity: how does Mr. Lloyd feel about the first such award of his career? Any words for the teams and coaches in his career that underused him over his previous seven years in the league?

Oh, I want to say ‘F— you,’” Lloyd said in a conference call Tuesday. “And I mean that in the most professional way.”

(Love it, love it, love it. Brandon Lloyd just found himself on this Broncos blogger’s jersey wish list.)

But it also makes one wonder if a bit of that f-bomb, professional as it may be, was pointed toward former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels. McDaniels certainly underused Lloyd in his first year as head coach — Lloyd was benched for 14 games in 2009 and had eight catches in his other two. Then McDaniels used high draft picks on WR’s Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker this offseason).

Of course, McDaniels gave Lloyd his chance in 2010. The wide receiver must be least upset at his most recent former coach.

“Every year I have been in the league, there has been a receiver drafted high on every team that I have been on and that just goes back to the confidence I have in myself,” Lloyd said. “You can draft whoever you want, I believe in myself and I believe in my skill set. I bring a special skill set to the game and offense that I know nobody else can do — I know it. I know it and I have always known it, so it really didn’t matter. All I need is opportunities on the ball and I can prove it.”

Lloyd got those opportunities in 2010 and certainly made the most of them. It’ll be interesting to see if Lloyd can sustain this success in the years ahead. And it’ll be exciting to see, now that he’s emerged, if he can change roles and be a mentor to Tebow as the two aim to build chemistry heading into 2011.

  • Hope

    I can not belive that Champ Baily didn't make the pro bowl this year.throuw up?

  • JW

    McDaniels is the only one that gave Lloyd a chance when no one else would. They have an excellent relationship, which I've heard Brandon discuss on several radio interviews. I'm sick of everyone making McDaniels out to be a total monster. He did make SOME good moves and you can at least give him credit for bringing in Lloyd.

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    I am so ticked off that Champ didn't make it, congrats to Lloyd thoug

  • Greg

    Brandon should also credit Orton for his success – most of his yards/catches would not have been possible without Orton's passing.

  • Greg

    Brandon should also credit Orton for his success – most of his yards/catches would not have been possible without Orton's passing.

  • Greg

    Brandon should also credit Orton for his success – most of his yards/catches would not have been possible without Orton's passing.

  • kerry

    wow have any of you clowns actually watched McCourty this year? the guy flat out makes plays and is better then Champ this year. hands down. its not even close.

  • kerry

    wow have any of you clowns actually watched McCourty this year? the guy flat out makes plays and is better then Champ this year. hands down. its not even close.

  • kerry

    wow have any of you clowns actually watched McCourty this year? the guy flat out makes plays and is better then Champ this year. hands down. its not even close.

  • None

    Lol, I think it's the other way around… Most of Orton's passes/yards wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for Lloyd's miraculous catches.

  • Greg

    Well, it is a TEAM game isn't it?? Get a clue…

  • Doom92

    Dude, you shouldn't get angry over some one pointing out a glaring fact to you… A shrug and a “yeah good point” would have been a better response… ;-).

    I will give you though that when he goes to the Raiders next year he'll do pretty good there…lol.

  • Vince_marine

    When was the last time you were drug tested, CLOWN?!?!?!?!

  • McCaffrey

    McCourty had an good year. 6ints, 2FF, 1 sack, and shut down Calvin Johnson on thanksgiving. Quarterbacks are barely throwing at him and hes only a rookie.

    Lawrence Timmons was the real loser here.

  • mikebirty

    The Broncos win, our 4-11 team gets a representative to the pro bowl and people still argue. Gotta love the internet.

  • troyn

    I have no problem with McCourty, the one who doesn't belong is Revis. No picks and even Cutler abused him this year. Champ def. had a better year than Revis.

  • Cjsn95

    champ is way better. i would say the best. he shuts down a wr with no pass rush.

  • anthony33

    Champ had a pretty good year, but not familiar enough with the other corners to know if he was pro bowl worthy.

    I do know this… Broncos better get him under contract. Can you imagine how bad this defense would have been without him this year. Move him to safety for the next four years, the man is still top 20% and has plenty left.

  • Cjsn95

    Champ had a pretty good year, but not familiar enough with the other corners to know if he was pro bowl worthy.

    I do know this… Broncos better get him under contract. Can you imagine how bad this defense would have been without him this year. Move him to safety for the next four years, the man is still top 20% and has plenty left.

    agree!!!

  • themastermind

    Wasn't there another Brandon who used to play here? I just can't remember that guy's name.

  • robtink242

    He's solid not Champ Bailey good.. But he earn't it.. Champ did play some lock down coverage despite a horrible pass rush.

  • http://www.broncotalk.net Josh Temple

    Revis made this year's pro bowl based off of his performance last season, he should be the one sitting out for Champ, not McCourty.

  • Vince_marine

    McCaffrey, I'm not disagreeing with you. He has had a good season, but it's only 1. My reply to Kerry was based on the fact that he thinks McCourty was better than Champ this year. Champ may not have had the INT's McCourty did, but he shut down all the top recievers the Broncos played this year.

  • kerry

    really so that performance by Dewayne Bowe with, how much was it? 150 yards and a couple TD's i believe, was shutting him down? really? and i need to be drug tested? you are retarded. MCCourty IS better then Champ this year. numbers and performance clearly show that.

  • http://twitter.com/jholm7 Jason

    QBs are scared of Champ. They don't throw his direction, his name isn't called much and I'd guess that kind of anonymity would accompany the lonely island that is #24. This is what happens when fans get a say. Sorry, but we are, by and large, football idiots.

    Champ shut Bowe down when the refs called Offensive PI; Bowe owned Champ when the ref team there was unlikely to call OPI. Bowe did manhandle him, blatantly; however, if I were Bowe and I knew the refs were gonna be loose on OPI calls, I'd have done the same thing. We hate it as fans but in the NFL they need every edge they can squeeze.

    For those of you who say “Well, I'd never…” I call BS on you. Remember Bowel Movement… er… Brandon Marshall… (the other BM)oops. He threw around every cornerback he came across… who was complaining then?

    Oh.. I'm not a proponent of the public use of four letter words but… nice one Lloyd.

  • Stav

    You mean ol' grab my hammy when I get burned? Yeah, that guy's done zip this year and you don't hear the same propaganda that was going around last season about him. INT's don't mean much to a top cb's stats. The higher the INT's the more he got thrown at obviously. We'd be stupid, STUPID, to let him walk after this year. Give him a 4yr deal – two more at CB, and the last two at FS.

    Can we just draft some f***ing DE's and a LB with the first three picks? Is that possible? Why is that such a problem for us to address our defense first and foremost? Can we stop using re-treads at LB? DE, DE, and then LB or maybe a CB or a SS.

  • Jpenaflor86

    i believe the boncos won that game pretty handly ..it was a high scoring game it happens but when the game was close champ shut it down…so what about bowes stats we won by twenty…and when your losing by that much your going to throw the ball it ended up being a non factor…so yes you need to be drug tested lol jk…

  • Jpenaflor86

    check out new englands slot recievers stats when mcdaniels was there……not to take away anything from lloyd but i believe its a system thing more than orton …tebow would feed lloyd the ball in that system as welll..and when lloyds numbers drop next year it wont be because tebow might be the quarterback and not orton but because of a system change

  • Jpenaflor86

    yea begs the question.. is champ still the best corner??? i would say so dude has had no pass rush since he got here…well if you count the brown cos… he gets it done with no help… he has had aging safeties with little to no help over the top.. i would say he has gotten better and is still the best ..if he leaves and goes to a team with a pass rush look for him to be in the defensive mvp running

  • Jpenaflor86

    i dont think he is big enough for safety and with the number of injuries he racks up i think that would be a bad move to much punishment on a aging body

  • NMBronc

    Actually, much of Orton's passes would not have been completed without Lloyd.

  • timmyterrific

    I could not agree with you more Stav, on the D-line and linebacker.

  • Stav

    I keep paying for this damn Sunday Ticket, if they don't go defense with atleast the first two picks, I'm telling you, I might just cancel the damn thing. Can we just address the biggest weakness on this team for the last four years? Why is this such a problem to take MULTIPLE defensive guys early (don't say Ayers because he still has alot to prove)? And while we're at it, can we get a head coach with a defensive background? I'd like to see John Fox get an interview, Fisher too, but he might want too much money. No Harbaugh, no Nolan, no college guys. How about Fox as head coach, Singletary as defensive coordinator, and Kubiak as offensive coordinator? Now that's something to think about.

  • anthony33

    Stav
    I won't say Ayers, but I will say Crowder, M Thomas and Jarvis Moss in the same draft. How did that go?

    No way, no how on Fox. The guy does not impress at all. Singletary, a terrible HC and never was a DC. Fisher, maybe. Kubiak, Maybe.

    Go get Cowher.

  • John

    If McCourty gets to the Super Bowl, he obviously cant play in the Pro Bowl. So then Champ will step in. Enjoy your Pro Bowl

  • LevonZevon

    Why isn't anyone mentioning Saints DC Gregg Williams or Falcons DC Brian Van Gorder (instead of the usual suspects)?

    Both have done more with less in their two cities (as neither defense has the skill-level of a Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New England or even Green Bay).

    Its Vilma and Will Smith at the top of the Saints talent-level, yet Williams manages to keep teams off-balance in a 4-3. And the exact same thing can be said about VanGorder now that he jettisoned 2009's overly Cover-2 passivity (and only has Biermann, Abraham and Lofton starring along with Dunta Robinson in the secondary)

    And, as for Lloyd and McD, its a likelihood that Josh would still have a job if he made the playoffs last year. And an even greater likelihood that he would have made it if Lloyd was playing opposite Brandon Marshall when teams started pinching-in coverages and daring Denver to go over-the-top (once their Safeties rolled in to take away the dink-and-dunk slants after Baltimore showed the way in week seven).

    But Josh kept him on the bench instead of playing Lloyd over Royal and Gaffney (neither of which have the ability to climb the ladder nor the body-control that Lloyd has always had). I was begging for him in week-eight last year, but McDaniels wanted receivers who memorized his intricate playbook instead of flankers who could capitalize on single coverage opposite B-Marsh.

  • LevonZevon

    The second-funniest and truest comment by a receiver all year (with the exception of Bills wide-out Steve Johnson's complaint to G_D after dropping a potentially game-winning last-second desperation pass).

    “Why you gotta do me like that?” he asked God on Twitter of all places (seriously, he really posted this).

    A nice turnabout to those skyward-pointing receivers who only mention God when they make the catch (although certainly blasphemous/heretical to some).

    And certainly not something we'll ever see from St. Timothy.

  • http://www.broncotalk.net Josh Temple

    I'm still a huge Revis supporter, if you look at his complete stat lines for last season it has to be one of the most amazing season performances ever at the position. He still hasn't recovered from holding out and then getting injured this season.

  • anthony33

    Agree, add Williams and Van Gorder to the list of HC candidates. Also… if the Vikings are stupid enough to not make Fraizer the HC, then he would move to the top of my list.

    Talk about a well devised defensive game plan… they pummeled Vick last night.

    Also, I've heard it said it wasn't McD's personnel decisions (and treatment of others) that got him fired… I say BS… that was at least 75% of the problem. Case in point, you're mention of the B Lloyd situation from last year. Spot on.

  • MiKey55

    but the next KC game bowe was held to no catches. i'd say mainly because of schemeing where the second game he played up and held him to nothing but the first game he gave him a ten yard cushion every time and a bunch of quick swing pass n hitches went his way. I think McCourty was very deserving of the pro bowl nod though. Nnamdi as well. Revis…. yes he is good but he didn't blow anyone away this year infact i think cromartie had the better year between the two. Give champ a pass rush and a defense that can stop the run decently he'd probably be more recognized. Hard to send someone from a 4-11 team to the probowl though. PS if everyone thinks Champ is still super good at corner, why all the suggestions to move him to safety? let him play corner the harder position of the two for as long as he can!

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  • Darrenbrant

    Stokley

  • Darrenbrant

    Stokley