Originally written on Denver Post  |  Last updated 12/1/11

DENVER - JANUARY 03: Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos heads for the sidelines against the Kansas City Chiefs during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on January 3, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 44-24. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Former Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd spoke to San Francisco reporters on a conference call in advance of the upcoming game between Lloyd’s new team, the St. Louis Rams, and the 49ers.

In that call, Lloyd had some interesting comments about the Broncos, his former’s team’s new offense and new quarterback Tim Tebow.

Kyle Orton had been benched and replaced by Tebow at the same time as the Broncos traded Lloyd to St. Louis for a conditional draft pick in mid-October.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, Lloyd said he wished the team had started 2011 with clarity at quarterback. Indeed, it was Lloyd who coined the term “The Tebow Thing” during an interview with Sports Illustrated during training camp.

“This is what I was talking about in the summertime when (Kyle) Orton was on the trading block,” Lloyd told the Bay Area reporters. “Hey, trade him now so we can go into the Tebow era. Let’s get it over with and see if he’s got it. Let’s build the offense around him. Let’s do that. But don’t have a starting quarterback and run an offense and the anticipation for Tim to play be so powerful that it just distracts the team. … They did it. They structured the offense around him and they’re having success with it. It’s good for them. Hopefully, they get the desired result and they make a push and get into the playoffs and it’ll work out.”

Lloyd went on to say that he wasn’t surprised the Broncos were winning with Tebow. The Broncos are 5-1 in Tebow’s starts, all after Lloyd was traded.

“Not at all. That’s what I saying back in the summertime. Just gives us something to believe in. All I wanted in the summertime was some clarity,” Lloyd said, per CSNBayArea.com. Make it clear who the quarterback is going to be, and then we can buy into it. It doesn’t matter what the offense is. It doesn’t matter what you do. We’re the best athletes in the world at what we do. It doesn’t matter what we do, as long as we believe in it and we’re all executing it, it’ll work. And that’s the never-ending quest for every team. Just believe in what we’re trying to show you and it’ll work. So, no, I’m not surprised at all.”

Clearly there are no hard feelings from Lloyd to the Broncos, nor are the Broncos regretting the decision to trade Lloyd for a late-round draft pick. Now that Lloyd has made 30 catches for the Rams since the trade, the Broncos will receive a fifth-round pick in the 2012 draft, instead of a sixth.

I still can’t help but wonder what the Broncos offense would look like if Lloyd were still here in Denver, and especially how Lloyd would react to the run-option scheme the coaches have installed for Tebow. Even though the Broncos are winning, I can’t imagine Lloyd individually would be very happy.

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