Meyer: Success up to team, not just Tebow

Tim Tebow’s coach at Florida, Urban Meyer, has long defended his former quarterback.

Now, that Tebow is the starting quarterback in Denver, Meyer is putting the pressure more on the Broncos as a team than on Tebow himself.

In a radio interview with a Tampa station, Meyer said the Broncos must improve so Tebow has a chance to succeed.

“I just hope that the Denver Broncos have enough firepower and they just get better as a team,” Meyer said. “I’m a Broncos fan now and I want to see those guys do well and one guy doesn’t change a team.”

When asked if Tebow can fix the issues with his throwing motion, Meyer went right back to the team concept.

“It’s a question if the team will. I think Tim will,” Meyer said. “This whole thing that one guy in one phase of the game is all of the sudden is going to put the Denver Broncos in the playoffs, it’s always going to be this way that the quarterback gets far too much criticism and too much glory when they win. He’ll manage whatever deficiency he has in throwing the ball, it’s just a matter of if the Broncos can improve their play enough to win.”

In other AFC West nuggets Thursday afternoon:

Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain was back at practice Thursday after missing Wednesday’s workout. He suffered an ankle injury at Houston. If McClain doesn’t suffer a setback, he should be able to play against Cleveland this Sunday.

Linebacker Aaron Curry has reportedly not shown up in Oakland yet. The Raiders acquired him from Seattle on Wednesday. The Oakland Tribune believes Curry likely won’t be ready to play until next week against Kansas City.

The Chiefs headed into their bye-week break with a spirited practice.

A San Francisco columnist looks at how the Raiders will operate with the son of the late Al Davis running the team.

The mayor of San Diego has hired a consultant to help get the Chargers a new stadium.

Oakland coach Hue Jackson talked about the trying week for the team since the death of Davis in an interview with a Sacramento radio station.

In an Insider piece, ESPN.com looks at who has the toughest remaining schedule. The Chargers have a much tougher remaining slate than the Raiders do as they try to hold on down the stretch.