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What ‘X-factors’ do you want in your QB?

Not the football stuff, the other stuff - the stuff that makes him a winner.

Good morning, Broncos Country!

So while we’re in this doldrums of the season - not enough free agency action/rumor yet and too far from the draft to make educated guesses about what John Elway will do - it’s fun to imagine what this team can be.

I mean, I know we’ve been doing that to varying degrees since Week 5 of 2017 when we were all trying not to notice the train wreck in Dove Valley - but now I’m talking about hypotheticals. Big picture stuff.

And I’m thinking about this because I had a super fun interview with actor Brandon Quinn, a diehard Broncos fan and Colorado native who loves interacting with MHR on Twitter and talking all things Broncos.

(quick editor’s note - this guy is awesome and you’ll love his story, so be sure to check out the feature later today plus listen to him on Adam and Ian’s podcast. You will love him, I promise).

Brandon told us a story about getting field passes from Bears linebacker and friend Brian Urlacher to the 2011 Broncos-Bears game in Chicago (Urlacher had done a short bit on a show Quinn worked on and they became fast friends).

That game was a quintessential Tebow game - “the most boring game in the world,” according to Quinn - and the Broncos were losing 10-0 until two minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Then Tebow led a touchdown drive to get their first points of the day.

Following an onside kick recovery, Matt Prater kicked a 59-yard field goal with eight seconds left to tie the game and go into OT.

After a fumble recovery by the Broncos in OT, Tebow and DT combined for crucial first downs to eventually set up a 51-yarder from Prater for the win.

(*funny side note: Urlacher didn’t talk to Quinn for two weeks after that Broncos win).

OK, so this post is not meant to be about Tebow. Not really.

It’s about the “X-factor” that certain players have that gives you the confidence they can lead their team to win - or at least compete until the end trying.

John Elway had it. Peyton Manning had it. Even, yes, Tebow had it (in fact, it was really the only thing Tebow had, but he had it in spades).

Tom Brady (damn that guy!) still has it.

Aside from the “football” talent we hope to get in our next QB, what intangibles does that guy have to have?

We all have our preferences for who the quarterback should be next year. Most of us have accepted the fact that the three who played last season are not it, and the fourth guy on the roster is probably still just a backup. But we are all over the place when it comes to actual potential QBs for 2018:

Sign Kirk Cousins.
Sign Nick Foles.
Get Case Keenum or Tyrod Taylor and draft a QB in the first round.
Draft Baker Mayfield.
Move up to take Josh Rosen.

So many scenarios in play and plenty of time to debate the benefits of each.

Quinn - as you’ll read and hear later - is very definitely in the Baker Mayfield camp precisely because he believes the Sooner QB has that X-factor.

“He is going to do whatever it takes to put himself in a position to win,” Quinn says. “He’s so confident and sure of himself. You know he’s going to go above and beyond to put his team in the best position to win.”

So here’s the question(s) for you, Broncos Country:

What is your “X-factor” for our next quarterback, and which guy do you think has it?

Horse Tracks - docllv’s pick of the day

Actor Brandon Quinn LOVES the Broncos - and there’s nothing you can do about it - Mile High Report
So I’m cheating and promoting my own article :) but it was a fun one to write!

Horse Tracks

Ledyard | Draft season is here! The clichés you must know to survive the next 3 months - NDT Scouting
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8 Broncos who should reach the Hall of Fame soon | Broncos Wire
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Denver Broncos 2018 Roster Pre-Free Agency: Who Stays, Who Goes?
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Clark Hunt was never willing to trade Alex Smith to the Denver Broncos - Arrowhead Pride
Kansas City Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt did not want to see Alex Smith in a Denver Broncos uniform, per Mike Klis of 9NEWS.com.

BR proposes Broncos trade Demaryius Thomas, acquire Joe Thomas
Ultimately, neither of these scenarios are all that plausible.

Former Broncos player recounts brutal Josh Mcdaniels episode
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Former Broncos WR Ed McCaffrey introduced as head football coach of Valor Christian
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QB Index: Deshaun Watson's stock up, Luck's down - NFL.com
Former NFL quarterback David Carr takes a look at quarterbacks whose stock went up or down heading into the 2018 offseason. How do Deshaun Watson, Dak Prescott and Andrew Luck fare?

Denver Broncos 2018 Roster Pre-Free Agency: Who Stays, Who Goes?
Bob Morris breaks down the Broncos roster by position group to project what the team will do with specific players before free agency.

BR proposes Broncos trade Demaryius Thomas, acquire Joe Thomas
Ultimately, neither of these scenarios are all that plausible.

Former Broncos player recounts brutal Josh McDaniels episode
Nate Jackson shared his bad experience with then-Broncos coach Josh McDaniels.

Former Broncos WR Ed McCaffrey introduced as head football coach of Valor Christian
Three of McCaffrey's sons graduated from Valor, and a fourth is likely to be Ed's starting quarterback come this fall.

Bold NFL predictions for 2018 season - Broncos one of teams to fire coach after 2018
So long, 2017 season. We're on to 2018. The Jets are going to break the bank for the best quarterback on the market. The Browns, meanwhile, will add two QBs. We broke out the crystal ball again.

Colts GM on Josh McDaniels: We want someone 'all in' - NFL.com
Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard was left in the lurch Tuesday when Josh McDaniels decided not to become Indy's next coach. Ballard addressed the stunning news Wednesday.

Here’s why the Eagles should resist the urge to trade Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles - The Washington Post
The Super Bowl MVP is under contract through next season, and Opening Night will come less than nine months after Carson Wentz's knee surgery.

Eagles’ Frank Reich is candidate for Colts; Josh McDaniels’s agent drops him - The Washington Post
Colts will interview Reich, Philadelphia's offensive coordinator, and Saints assistant Dan Campbell as they restart their head coaching search after being spurned Tuesday night.

Chris Thompson says Redskins players got ‘mixed messages’ about Kirk Cousins’s desire to stay - The Washington Post
The running back wanted Cousins to remain in D.C., but is excited to work with Alex Smith.



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