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Published on 02/23/2012 at Thu Feb 23 10:00.
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Brandon Lloyd - St. Louis Rams

Brandon Lloyd #83 of the St. Louis Rams sit on the bench in the second half of the game against the San Francisco 49ers on January 1, 2012 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The 49ers defeated the Rams 34-27. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Yesterday Fox Sport’s Adam Shein had an interesting quote that gained little ground around Denver, but sure rang loudly around these parts,

Brandon Lloyd of course left abruptly after playing two quarters with the Denver Broncos as the Tim Tebow era was ushered in. He of course left to join former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels with the St. Louis Rams in what looked to a marriage made in heaven working with the sensational Sam Bradford.

Only something interesting happened over the rest of the season, Bradford played less than sensationally, McDaniels went on to coach one of the worst offenses in the NFL before leaving at the end of the season to join the New England Patriots on their Super Bowl run and Lloyd ended up an unrestricted free agent begging publicly to join McDaniels in New England. When Lloyd left Denver he had played four games, caught 283 yards and no touchdowns, in his eleven games with St. Louis he was worth an additional 683 yards and five touchdowns, seeing drops in his average, yards after catch and 1st down ratio.

It did make sense to me when Lloyd asked to be traded after Tebow was made the starting quarterback. Lloyd had coasted through his first seven seasons in the NFL before finally being given his chance in his second season with his fourth team– the 2010 Broncos. I cannot imagine him wanting to take a step backwards through his ninth season with a starting quarterback whose very presence probably signaled that Denver was in fact giving up on their season and focusing on rebuilding.

So he left, to a team who ended up with the second overall pick in the 2012 draft, a new head coach and the Broncos ended up losing in the AFC Playoffs in the Divisional Round to the team that Lloyd now wants to play for. Often throughout the season I felt the loss of Lloyd to the offense, in Tebow’s three games as a starting quarterback in 2010 Lloyd accounted for 263 yards and two touchdowns. When Tebow nearly came back to beat the San Diego Chargers after her took over in the second half of the game he owed a lot to an acrobatic catch by Lloyd on a scoring drive.

Lloyd cited the Broncos offensive scheme as the reason he would not return to the team, a direct shot at Tebow– being that Mike McCoy the offensive coordinator under which he had his career season is still in fact the offensive coordinator in Denver. He apparently does not feel he would receive the same amount of targets in a Tebow led offense. Lloyd ignores the fact that there could likely be a departure of Eddie Royal this offseason and despite the emergence of Demaryius Thomas late in 2011 a return of Lloyd to Denver would again make Lloyd the number one receiver on the Broncos.

Instead he would prefer to play under McDaniels on the Patriots where he would likely be a possible third or fourth target at best in an offense that features two tight ends and a phenomenal slot receiver. What Lloyd is forgetting is what happened to Chad Ochocinco who joined New England for his eleventh season (Lloyd is going into his tenth season) and had his worst season as a professional.

Regardless, what Lloyd has said publicly is detrimental to efforts the Broncos will make in free agency towards wide receivers. Lloyd is basically stating that he would rather be a fourth option in an offense that lost the Super Bowl than be a first option and rejoin a playoff team that will be led by Tebow. Lloyd figures to be one of many in a very heavy free agency class of talented wide receivers which includes/is likely to include: DeSean Jackson, Stevie Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe, Robert Meachem, Pierre Garcon, Mario Manningham, and Vincent Jackson.

  • Anonymous

    We don’t need new receivers, we need our tight ends to step up, another running back, and to build the D.  A receiver looking for stats would be foolish to join a John Fox team anyway.

  • http://nation.theorangepage.com/blog Ian Henson

     With Eddie Royal and Matt Willis both able and likely to join free agency wide receiver is something the Broncos will need =) Not just talent wise, but body wise.

  • Anonymous

    Yes but not a big name free agent

  • http://nation.theorangepage.com/blog Ian Henson

     Receiver and quarterbacks are the only positions that I don’t trust a rookies for.

  • Anonymous

    Great post Ian, good to see you back. 

  • Anonymous

    Steve Smith put up pretty impressive numbers under Fox.

    And if they Broncos have a shot at Reggie Wayne,  they need to pull the trigger.  He could teach DT, Decker, and Tebow a ton about proper route running.

  • Anonymous

    No surprise here…I doubt any wideout with other options will even consider coming here. 

  • http://nation.theorangepage.com/blog Ian Henson

     Thank you very much Jim!

  • http://nation.theorangepage.com/blog Ian Henson

     If they don’t want to win a Super Bowl then ::cough:; ‘em =P

  • Anonymous

    How about Denver rules out a return for Lloyd. Forget that prima donna.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously.  The guy has been a malcontent and a head-case his entire career.  

  • Anonymous

    Seriously.  The guy has been a malcontent and a head-case his entire career.  

  • Anonymous

    Seriously.  The guy has been a malcontent and a head-case his entire career.  

  • rcsodak

    Agreed.
    Lets pull heads out of asses, people. TT is NOT going to be having 1000yd wr’s.

    Good luck, brandon. Go win a ring!

  • rcsodak

    Bs. He has been the consummate teammate since his time in denver. He admitted his earlier faults in interviews. MOVE ON, FRANCIS.

  • King

    LLoyd is in it for the money and stats (himself).  Who cares where he wants to play?  

  • Anonymous

    Please.  Guy has one big year and all of a sudden I’m supposed to forget he was a malcontent/diva/malingerer who played on four teams in six years?

    Also, consumate teammates don’t ask to be traded because the team switched QB’s.  I’m not seeing a lot of personal growth there. 

  • Fan From Spain

    Definitely not a team player.

  • http://www.timtebowfootballnews.com/ Tebow News

    Lloyd time as being the featured receiver is quickly coming to in end. If I were him, I would find a time that either has a chance to win it all or will pay the most money. He wait till to late in his career to play to his potential. Now his time in the spotlight is almost up. 

  • Anonymous

    “Lloyd rules out return to Denver”

    So what!! Glad!

  • Chris1986seward

    Im sorry but Denver needs no WR or lloyd he crys when he does not get the ball

  • Chris1986seward

    Oh n sorry but denver needs no TE. We gave up a draft pick for one of our young TE so why look for another one and we have 2ok and one good TE. some people that comment on here i dont think they are denver fans and just say random things and provide no stats or proof

  • DMAN

    LET THE LOSER JOIN HIS LOSER COACH IN NEW ENGLAND! ALL LOSERS

  • DMAN

    LET THE LOSER JOIN HIS LOSER COACH IN NEW ENGLAND! ALL LOSERS

  • DMAN

    LET THE LOSER JOIN HIS LOSER COACH IN NEW ENGLAND! ALL LOSERS

  • DMAN

    LET THE LOSER JOIN HIS LOSER COACH IN NEW ENGLAND! ALL LOSERS

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know where you would get the idea Lloyd would be a fourth option with the Pats. They are strong at TE but not necessarily do at WR, and Lloyd has proven himself elite.

    I also don’t understand the vitriol toward Lloyd by Denver fans — after all, he was only a Pro Bowler here. But it’s not surprising: Plummer, who remains the only QB since Elway to go to three straight playoffs; Orton, who averaged 306 passing yards a game and a 106.0 passer rating when he was healthy; and Cutler and Marshall, the best QB/WR combination since Elway/Smith (except for Orton/Lloyd), are all despised.

    Sometimes, I’m not too sure about Denver fans . . .

  • Anonymous

    Word. This is the second time in three years I have seen a tremendous offense torn up and trashed. The first was Cutler/Marshall and then Orton/Lloyd.

    So what do the Broncos have now for an offense? One that has a harder time scoring than the one they replaced. Incredible.

  • rcsodak

    You must have missed it.  They’re going to win with defense.

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    AZDynamics wrote, in response to rcsodak:
    Word. This is the second time in three years I have seen a tremendous offense torn up and trashed. The first was Cutler/Marshall and then Orton/Lloyd.
    So what do the Broncos have now for an offense? One that has a harder time scoring than the one they replaced. Incredible. Link to comment