TE Daniel Fells (86) of the Denver Broncos catches the ball against Troy Polamalu (43) of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game.
"It was a circus," he said of playing with polarizing quarterback Tim Tebow, who has since moved on to the Jets. "But just like any circus, there’s good and there’s bad. So it’s just something you took it in stride."
"The media frenzy all day, every day," Fells said. "That can be somewhat of a distraction sometimes. But [Tebow is] the type of person who just takes everything in stride, and he’s a truly genuine person. So he just kind of almost brushed it off. He didn’t let it get to his head."
"This is a championship organization," said Fells, who caught three touchdowns last year. "So I didn’t really know what to expect. It’s something that I saw and welcomed the open challenge to go to an organization like this and see how things are done right in this league.
"They do things right. From an offensive standpoint, they go out there and put up points. They find the open man. It’s not about just one player. You have two good tight ends. There’s not a lot of teams that use both tight ends and get them all kinds of catches. There’s always just one guy that stands out, [but] you have a bunch of guys that stand out on this offense."
"It was definitely something that every week you turn the TV on and you’re see something new," Fells said. "Just the things they were doing, it is revolutionary. I know that Bill is the type of guy who he finds different ways to keep defenses on their toes, or keep them back on their heels. They don’t really know what to expect. They don’t really know what’s going on. So he’s an innovator in that sense."
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