Found July 31, 2012 on BroncoTalk:
Dallas_cowboys_v_dcd2

The Denver Broncos were the first team to announce the firing of a head coach (Josh McDaniels, 2010) in NFL history and have fully embraced the social media movement over the past two seasons.

The Broncos have been tweeting since 2007, but their social media movement was spearheaded by John Elway in early 2011, shortly after Elway returned to the team as a football operations executive.  Since joining Twitter, Elway has announced trades, signings and cuts over the social media platform — keeping fans in the loop with instantly updated timelines.

As of July 30, there are 42 players representing the Broncos on Twitter.  Fans get a unique look into the life of NFL players on Twitter, and hear about everything from where the players eat, players losing track of what day of the week it is during camp and their workout routines.  In recent days, several players have taken to the social networking site to thank fans for all of the support during training camp.

We really appreciate all the fan support thru camp so far! It’s been nice to get that extra adrenaline from y’all when the days get long!

— Eric Decker (@EricDecker87) July 30, 2012

Another day of ‘Hard Knocks’ in the Books! Was a great Sunday practice. The fans always make the Training Camp Practices better! #Thanks
— Mitchell J. Unrein (@MitchellJUnrein) July 30, 2012

I love this feeling.. Great first day of practice and had time to sign a few autographs afterwards.. #trulyblessed
— Robert Ayers Jr (@1_900_ayersjr) July 26, 2012

From midnight to 10 a.m. Monday morning, 33 fans have either been tweeted or retweeted by one of the 42 Broncos on Twitter.  And that’s the kind of interaction that the team encourages.


// Other teams across the league haven’t been as quick to embrace social media, and one team has even banned player from using Twitter during training camp.  After Cincinnati rookie cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick confirmed reports of his injury over social media, Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis banned players from using Twitter.

“I think people have to have the maturity and wherewithal to be able to handle it,” Lewis said. “I don’t see how tweeting is going to help us win a football game.So it’s part of being selfless right now. It’s not best for our football team to be involved in that. It’s best that we just take care of ourselves and not announce what we’re doing or not doing, or who did this or who did that, and commenting on what’s going on in other spots. Let’s be football players.”

Lewis’ stance is understandable, but a far cry from the stance Denver’s John Fox has established.

In June, linebacker D.J. Williams tweeted an image of Denver’s iPad playbook with a play displayed on the screen.  Though unwise, the incident was brushed off by Fox.

“We’ve address that, and I think the players do a great job with social media,” said Fox.  ”You’re not going to go get through a whole season unscathed, and the world has gotten a lot smaller, but overall our guys do a great job.”

When asked if the image would affect the Broncos defense, Fox said no before going on to praise the players for their interactions with fans via Twitter.

“Our guys do a great job keeping our fans informed, and you’re going to have a couple of mishaps.”

The Broncos, clearly not as strict as the Bengals when it comes to social media, encourage their players to use their platforms appropriately.  Thanks to that, fans can continue following their favorite players on a daily basis.


THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Denver Broncos 2012 Training Camp: Day 5

Denver Broncos cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Champ Bailey talk during the team's training camp practice on Monday, July 30, 2012. (BroncoTalk.net photo) The Denver Broncos continued their 2012 training camp on Monday in front of 4,271 fans and under sunny skies. Champ Bailey stole the show with some impressive pass breakups from Peyton Manning, while the offense and defense each...

Broncos reschedule practice Wednesday, now closed to the public

Denver Broncos defensive linemen participate in the team's 2012 training camp. (BroncoTalk.net photo) With nasty weather on the afternoon horizon and not enough security staff to handle a large crowd of fans before then, the Denver Broncos have cancelled this afternoon’s public practice. Instead they will hold a full workout that is open to the media from 10:35 a.m. to 1:15...

Video: Thunder roars over Fox’s injury report

You know that moment in horror movies, right before the serial killer strikes, or the masked culprit is revealed, and the scene lights up with a flash of lightning and a roar of thunder? John Fox‘s post-practice injury report today was sort of like that. (With three wide receivers and a running back added to the Broncos’ list of the walking wounded, it was an appropriate sound...

McCaffrey joins 850 KOA’s Broncos coverage

(AP Photo) There will be a fresh voice calling Denver Broncos games on 850 KOA this season — former wide receiver Ed McCaffrey will join Dave Logan as a color commentator.  McCaffrey will be replacing former quarterback Brian Griese, who will see an expanded role in ESPN’s college football coverage beginning this season. Several other Broncos will join McCaffrey in covering...

Daily Links: Denver Broncos News – 8/1/12

Be sure to follow me on Twitter for more Broncos updates throughout the day. Denver Broncos News NFL Films 2011 Season Review: Part 1 | DenverBroncos.com Part one from NFL Films’ ‘Laying the Foundation,’ a reflection on Denver’s 2011 AFC West championship season. Rahim Moore means business in second year as Denver Broncos safety | Denver Post There has been a familiar site...

For Broncos, best training is across the line

The biggest benefit to training camp can often be working against teammates who are among the NFL's elite at their position. For the Denver Broncos, that works on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Peyton Manning's quick tempo and constant changes at the line of scrimmage forces the Broncos' defense to be on its toes and make the correct adjustments on the fly. ...

Broncos' beefed-up secondary a plus for Manning

(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer Peyton Manning is discovering that one of the biggest benefits to joining the Denver Broncos is their star-studded secondary. It's helping him gauge his progress in his comeback, sharpen his timing with his new targets and scrape away the rust after his lost 2011 season. The Broncos restocked their...

Broncos add WR Cameron Kenney

The Denver Broncos have added wide receiver Cameron Kenney off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced. Kenney was an undrafted free agent from Oklahoma who signed with the San Diego Chargers in 2011. This is the second addition the Broncos have made since the start of camp, first adding Anthony Perkins the day after Quinton Carter suffered an injured hamstring, and...

Daily Links: Denver Broncos News – 7/31/12

Be sure to follow me on Twitter for more Broncos updates throughout the day. Denver Broncos News Denver Broncos 2012 Training Camp: Day 5 | BroncoTalk The Denver Broncos continued their 2012 training camp on Monday in front of 4,271 fans and under sunny skies. Champ Bailey stole the show with some impressive pass breakups from Peyton Manning, while the offense and defense each brought...

EA Sports ranks Peyton as sixth-best QB in NFL

On August 24th, EA Sports will release Madden NFL 13 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Vita and Wii.  Leading up to the game’s release, EA will announce the Top Ten rated players at each position. On Monday, EA announced quarterback ratings and Denver’s Peyton Manning came in sixth with a 93 overall rating.  Interestingly, Peyton’s little brother, Eli, is ranked two spots...

AP Pro32 comments about Broncos

Comments on the Denver Broncos by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses): DENVER BRONCOS (10) Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 5): Peyton Manning's medical problems almost derailed Hall of Fame career. Now back on field, Manning will be pain in neck for opposing defenses. Cris Collinsworth, NBC Sports, 6): Peyton Manning proved how valuable he is by getting injured. Ira Kaufman...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.