Broncos have turned back the clock on NFL offenses

By Arnie Stapleton

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 16 2011 10:45 p.m. MST

The Jets will be without running back and longtime Broncos nemesis LaDainian Tomlinson because of a sprained left knee he hurt Sunday night. He'll be replaced in the backfield with rookie Bilal Powell, who has been inactive all season. Shonn Greene is the full-time starter, and Joe McKnight is the main backup.

The question surrounding Tebow is no longer whether he can improve his 44 percent throwing accuracy to become a long-term answer at quarterback, but whether he can survive playing this style in the NFL, where defenders are bigger, faster and stronger than in the SEC.

Ryan, for one, is a fan.

"I guess it might not be as pretty as some of these other guys standing back there, but he gives you so much more," Ryan said. "He's a guy that can run, he's a guy that improvises and you know you have to stay in your coverage similar to Roethlisberger, but he'll even take off with it more.

"As far as a pure passer and all that, he may not make the great throw right now on a consistent basis, but he still makes great throws and when you look, he only completed two balls, one was right on the money for a touchdown and a difference in that game," Ryan said. "So, I guess the traditional quarterback, maybe he's not. But he gives you other things."

The Jets go from facing the pass-heavy Patriots to the run-heavy Broncos.

"It's completely different," safety Jim Leonhard said. "You just have to take a different mentality into the game."

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie said the antidote for Tebow might be to jump out to an early lead and force the Broncos to abandon their ground game. With the Broncos' emphasis on the ground, though, cornerback Darrelle Revis might get bored guarding Decker.

"We're going to stick to our game plan and do the best we can," Decker said. "When opportunities come, hopefully he won't be too bored at that time."

Beck dealing with latest switch

It happened again Wednesday at Redskins Park. One quarterback talked about winning the starting job. The other talked about losing it.

This time it was Rex Grossman getting the special treatment, holding a news conference upstairs in the old Washington Redskins media room.

At the same time, John Beck was downstairs standing in front of his locker, dealing with another demotion.

"Well, this isn't the first rodeo that I've been through in my life," Beck said. "I've gone through adversity, or being in a situation where, for whatever reason, things just aren't working."

It's actually been a week since Beck and Grossman starting splitting first-team snaps in practice, portending the switch back from Beck to Grossman as the Redskins (3-6) search for their first victory since Oct. 2. Coach Mike Shanahan kept the change a secret until just before kickoff of the Grossman-led 20-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins, and this was the first chance to hear how Beck has dealt with the news.

"I'm always going to believe," Beck said, "because I know did everything I could. I sacrificed as much time as I possibly could to improve, to do the things to prepare me to put me in a situation to even have a chance to be the guy. … I do believe that I can get better and that I will. I don't feel like where I'm at right now is where I'm going to be stuck at. I definitely know that I can improve, and that's my goal."Beck dealing with lastest QB switch

It happened again Wednesday at Redskins Park. One quarterback talked about winning the starting job. The other talked about losing it.

This time it was Rex Grossman getting the special treatment, holding a news conference upstairs in the old Washington Redskins media room.

At the same time, John Beck was downstairs standing in front of his locker, dealing with another demotion.

"Well, this isn't the first rodeo that I've been through in my life," Beck said. "I've gone through adversity, or being in a situation where, for whatever reason, things just aren't working."

It's actually been a week since Beck and Grossman starting splitting first-team snaps in practice, portending the switch back from Beck to Grossman as the Redskins (3-6) search for their first victory since Oct. 2.

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