Virgil Green on pancaking dudes and playing Call of Duty with Colin Kaepernick

Alfred Williams and Darren McKee rarely go an hour without having some fun (I personally have developed a drinking game associated with Big Al's use of the phrase: "Hey, let me tell you something, man").  This was certainly the case tonight when the duo interviewed Broncos tight end Virgil Green.  

It's hard to come away from the interview without liking Green, both as a player and as a person.  Now that I know Green and Kaepernick play Call of Duty together, it's on.    

On if he ever felt lost last year
"There's been times like that, many times, even in college.  Like the coaches always say, 'if you're going to make a mistake, just make it full speed.' So I just run wherever I can full speed."

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What now for the Ultimate Teammate™?

Message delivered loud and clear to Tim Tebow: QB's game is not suited for the NFL

Sure, Tebowmaniacs point to his record in 2011 and how he beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs and blah, blah, blah. What they ignore is that Denver’s defense was really good last season, Tebow pulled out more improbable escapes than Criss Angel and that, when faced with good strategy by teams like New England and even Kansas City, Tebow was an unworkable mess as a quarterback.

That’s where Tebowmaniacs do him the most harm. Instead of understanding his faults – he’s a horrible practice player with bad mechanics who can’t read defenses – they say, “Just look at the record.” In doing that, Tebow and his group of enablers (starting with his father and brother Rob) seem to think nothing is wrong, that he can go on playing the way he does until somebody in the NFL wises up and just gives Timmy a chance to start again….Maybe instead of coddling Tebow by making him a co-No. 2 quarterback the way Ryan did when the Jets played Jacksonville in December, people who actually coach in the league will say openly, “You’re not good enough.”

And this is exactly what Tebow needs to hear…Tebow is a good kid and obviously well-meaning. He’s the kind of person who may have been able to make the changes if he was told that this was the only way he could survive in the league. If a team would spend a couple of years with Tebow on the bench as a No. 3 quarterback and teach him simple things – such as the difference between two-deep and three-deep coverage – Tebow might be able to make it.

More than likely, though, it’s probably too late and Tebow’s only real hope of staying in the league is to shift to fullback or H-back or some other non-essential position. That’s because, starting with the absurdly bad decision by former Denver coach Josh McDaniels to draft him in the first round, Tebow has suffered through perhaps the most mismanaged career in the history of the NFL. It has been so bungled that Tebow could be out of football in a few months if he doesn’t wise up.

Now that the Jaguars have officially said no to the idea of Teebs coming to Jacksonville, I'm thinking the Oakland Raiders need to step up and put an end to this madness.

What happens if the Broncos and Manning don’t win?

I've never been much of a fanboy.  Even when the Broncos won back-to-back Super Bowls in the late 90s, I didn't cry, get a tattoo, or walk out into the night and discharge any weapons.  Call it what you will. Perhaps I'd gotten it out of my system as a young kid when I'd get into fistfights with Steelers fans; perhaps I like to watch the human drama from the safety of my parents' basement; perhaps the idea of bringing down goalposts stirs fears of being trampled at a Slaughter concert as a teenager.  Who knows.

I'd rather like to think part of it is due to the fact that I'm just comfortable with randomness, which brings me to the real topic of this post (despite my inclination to talk spandex and hairspray): the Broncos could lose on Saturday, and after a little disappointment and complaining, I'll get over it--without shedding my orange and blue blood.   

That's because despite the Broncos being the far superior team, sometimes stuff just happens.  That doesn't mean that I think it will, mind you, but in a one-game sample, anything goes.

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Legwold’s revenge?: Not all coaching pursuits make sense

Cowboys eye Monte Kiffin for DC

If Kiffin is hired, the Cowboys would be switching from a 3-4 defensive front to a 4-3, forcing pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware to play defensive end, with his hand on the ground for the first time in his career.

Kiffin resigned as defensive coordinator at USC, where his son Lane is the head coach, and expressed his desire to return to the NFL.

Jones, Garrett and Kiffin could not be reached for comment.

Andy Reid was interested in appointing Kiffin to be his defensive coordinator when he took over the Kansas City Chiefs but Kiffin was not interested in that opportunity.

Kiffin going to Dallas to coach the players they have there isn't actually too much worse a fit than a Peyton Manning/Norv Turner collaboration.  The Cowboys have CBs who are best at playing man coverage, and now they want to go to Tampa 2?  It would require a position change for DeMarcus Ware, and the indentification and acquisition of 2 quality DTs, and also a box safety.  It would also likely foreshadow the departure of OLB Anthony Spencer, which isn't a total surprise.  

I'm scratching my head, because if the owner wants to win now, a dramatic change in defensive schemes isn't the way to accomplish that.  This seems like chasing a big name, for the sake of doing so.  Maybe Legwold is right, and it is "possible" for the completely absurd to happen.

Knowshon Moreno: I’m running with my eyes now

Knowshon Moreno Says He Is No Longer Trying to Go Too Fast and It Has Been the Key to His Success

I feel better like I said earlier using my eyes and being more patient. The last couple of years I was trying to do too much and trying to run too fast and this and that and not let things develop. I feel different the way I’m using my eyes and letting things develop more.

For some guys, it takes them a little while to figure out the pro game. Remember, Knowshon was drafted following his sophomore season at Georgia, and even now, he's only 25 years old, with 605 NFL carries under his belt.

He's under contract with Denver at $1.7M next season, and the team holds an option on Knowshon for the 2014 campaign, although reports vary widely on its cost.

Systematic devastation and the 2012 Broncos

You have to give this 2012 Broncos team credit - or blame, if you want - for one thing. They’ve become very predictable in certain particulars. And in this case, that’s not a bad thing.

It’s been a long time since I’ve watched a team so completely balanced and well-forged that it averaged over 30 points per game (30.1) yet gave up less than 20 points per game (18.1) in a season. A tight match was a seven-point victory.

Was it reminiscent of the 1998 Super Bowl run? Without question. Most of the time you have teams that have some strengths on both sides of the ball but one predominates, often heavily on one side of the line or the other. This team really doesn’t have any overpowering weaknesses, and none at all that can’t be accounted for with simple adjustments. That’s true for two reasons:

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And then there were eight

Jaguars fire Mike Mularkey

The Jacksonville Jaguars dismissed coach Mike Mularkey after one season, the team announced Thursday.

Mark Mike Mularkey, we hardly knew ye.

DT and ED: Black and Decker

Decker and Thomas winning together

And how a white teammate from the far north, Eric Decker, has become best friend to a black kid from Georgia. (“Black and Decker,” they like to call themselves.)

You might become best friends, too, if you both had to deal with the joy and the hell of playing with a picky perfectionist like Manning every day.

“Our favorite,” Decker says, “is when he comes to you on the sideline after you screw up and asks you a question he already knows the answer to. He’ll be like, ‘Now, on the down and in, are you supposed to cut that up at 5 yards or 7?’ And you’ll be like, ‘Five,’ even though you both know you were at 7. And he’ll be like, ‘Oh, OK. Thanks.’”

We weren't particularly fond of the "Salt and Pepper" nickname, and while "Black and Decker" is still a reference to the color of Demaryius's skin, this is far more creative. Well done, guys.

Also of note is John Elway's claim that Thomas and Decker were a big part of his sales pitch to Manning.

Since we won't subject ourselves to reading Rick Reilly unprompted anymore, thanks to Reddit, via KSK, for doing so first.

Seau brain tests confirm worst fears Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As we all celebrate the Broncos' return to the NFL's heavyweight class, here comes another sobering reminder of the long-term costs associated with the sport.

Junior Seau had CTE.

Much in the way gun advocates said it was too early to discuss gun restrictions in the days following the Aurora and Sandy Hook massacres, those who prefer to keep their heads in the sand regarding concussions (or claim that players have chosen to subject themselves to these consequences) said it was in poor taste to speculate about what caused Seau to shoot himself in the heart last May.

Just because they didn't want to face the truth, they preferred that everyone else ignore it out of some perverted sense of decency or respect.

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News Flash: Von Miller is above average

Von Miller wants to become the NFL's Derrick Rose

“I’ve never been around a player like him,” said Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, who spent 11 years in the NFL as a player and the past 16 as a coach. “He’s incredibly quick, but he also has more strength that you’d expect.

Such a display was last season against the New York Jets when Miller made a quick move to the outside against 318-pound offensive tackle Wayne Hunter. As Hunter quickly backpedaled, Miller put his right hand to Hunter’s chest and tossed Hunter aside on the way to sacking quarterback Mark Sanchez. In all, the play took around two seconds.

“That’s why I like so many of those two-sport guys,” Fox said. “With Von, it’s like he’s running almost parallel to the ground sometimes, like his torso is almost six inches off the ground or something crazy like that and he’s going full speed.”

Fox then laughed and said, “Oh yeah, that’s all coaching.”

This piece by Jason Cole mostly concerns Miller's latest foray into athletic shoes, but the quotes about his athletic ability were too much to pass up.

It's also proof that there's good money to be made with your ass to the ground at full speed.  

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