Refs make best of frigid conditions
There were 18 penalties called in the game and you could say the officiating crew got a frigid review from my Twitter followers, many indicating that the game was not called very well.
Baltimore-Denver was a tough game to officiate. There were a lot of points scored (73), a lot of passes thrown (77) and as I mentioned, it was cold. In fact, it was so cold where I was, I’m surprised my fingers didn’t go numb typing this sentence. But I have a good idea why so many people felt that way about the officials. Because the announcers weren’t always in agreement with what was ruled on the field. Which doesn’t necessarily mean that the officials were wrong.
The officials did not call a poor game. If you think otherwise, that’s just cold.
Hey Mike Pereira, I think I can speak for all Broncos fans when I say: go f#$@ yourself.
And another thing: your mother wears combat boots.
Twice yesterday, John Fox decided that thirty-something seconds and multiple timeouts wasn't enough to move downfield for a score.
The first came with 36 seconds left in the first half at 21-21 from Denver's 20-yard line, with all three timeouts in hand. He reprised that decision at 35-35 and 31 seconds remaining in regulation, and two timeouts from the 20.
In the first instance, Denver handed off to Jacob Hester. Then, at the end of regulation, Peyton Manning - the king of NFL comeback QBs - was instructed to take a knee, and you know what happened from there.
RAMSEY: Fox's cowardice dooms Broncos
Bad stuff did happen, largely because of Fox’s cowardice. He doomed his Broncos to a 38-35 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Against all odds, the Broncos found a way to lose to an inferior team.
With 31 seconds left in regulation, Fox was blessed with two timeouts, one of the top five quarterbacks to ever walk our earth and a field-goal kicker capable of launching the NFL’s first 65-yard field goal through the middle of the uprights. Fox commanded Peyton Manning to kneel, running out the clock. He surrendered to his fears, and deserved to walk off the field as a loser. He should have told his players to attack. If Manning had moved his teammates 50 yards, Matt Prater would have been asked to kick a 50-yard field goal to win the game.
A 50-yarder is a chip shot for Prater.
And if the Broncos had moved the ball approximately 35 yards, Fox could have asked Prater to attempt a walk-off 65-yarder. Would Prater have made this kick? Probably not. But there would have been little danger in the attempt.
Dave Ramsey decided to bring out the brass knuckles on this one, but there's never a wrong time for a Kenny Rogers reference.
Coach Fox, we love you. We love your easygoing manner. We love your gruff voice. Hell, we even laughed at your "cook" joke last year.
You're good with players and you're likeable as the day is long.
But, as Kenny Rogers says, "Sometimes you got to pass when you're a man."
According to NFLN's Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals have Mike McCoy atop their head-coaching wish list, and will make a 'major push' to hire him. McCoy interviewed with Arizona, Chicago, and Philly last weekend, and had been scheduled to meet with Buffalo, prior to their hiring of Doug Marrone.
The Denver OC could end up following Dennis Allen out the door to an AFCW rival, as he will interview with the Chargers tomorrow. San Diego met with former Cardinals head man Ken Whisenhunt yesterday and will interview Bengals OC Jay Gruden today.
Good Morning, Broncos fans. For the Denver Broncos, 2012 revolved completely around one person - Peyton Manning.
To Denver's players and coaches, getting Peyton meant they would have a chance to win every game, and to improve their own play, as individuals and as a team. He represented the very real possibility of capturing the franchise's third Lombardi trophy.
We heard all week that Denver's veterans - namely, Champ Bailey, Keith Brooking, and Brandon Stokely - were trying to ensure that their younger mates would value the opportunity presented by making the playoffs, and being the AFC's number one seed.
From the fans' standpoint, this season was about once again having one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, and getting to watch his every play, series, and game in orange.
Put simply, 2012 was, for all connected to the Broncos, about appreciating Peyton.
Just how close were the Broncos to winning the game before Rahim "The Nightmare" Moore decided to play safety like he was trying to catch a home run ball against the outfield fence? Let's just say the fat lady wasn't just warm, she was hot and bothered:
According to the ESPN Stats & Info win probability model, Broncos had 97.2% chance to win the game in the situation before Jones' TD— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 13, 2013
Rahim Moore said it was his fault the Broncos lost the game. It's not true. It just really feels that way.
“The reality is, we had a good season. We got to the elite eight,” coach John Fox said after the game. “I’d like to have been that team to hoist the trophy, but we’re not.”
The most inexcusable reason the Broncos lost: Fox played not to lose. He played like his quarterback was Jake Delhomme or Tim Tebow. He coached to his defense, which was not having a good day.
None of this comes a surprise to folks that have watched Fox coach a long time. But it’s a shame to not even try to win with Manning on his side. The Broncos didn’t go out swinging. They went out hoping not to lose.
Let the John Fox beatings begin. As long as they don't kill coach, we're okay with it.
How else is he gonna learn? Coaches, like dogs, need behavior modification, and they need it immediately.
Tim Tebow’s brother happy to see Peyton Manning lose
And after the Broncos lost, Peter Tebow called himself “the only one in Denver who’s happy right now.”
Peter Tebow’s Twitter account (which gives his bio as “You can have this whole world, just give me Jesus”) is not verified. But Tim Tebow has made clear on his own verified Twitter account that the @PeterTebow account does belong to his brother.
Tim Tebow usually goes out of his way to portray himself as a nice guy who always says the right thing. His big brother, however, is not above a little gloating.
I have to admit this one made me smile. It's hard to slam the guy for feeling like he has to stick up for the little guy Tim.
Hold your tweets, Broncos fans. Hit him up when the CFL starts.
Earlier in the year, Peyton Manning was mic'd up and remarked that it was bad to throw across the body.
He should have heeded his own advice.
Today he did it again for the second time--a time too many. And in the freezing, uncompromising cold of Denver (the wind chill was well below zero) Manning's arm--and the ball--went completely dead.
So did the Broncos' playoff chances.
One and done. All that work, shattered. Shattered like the dreams of Broncomaniacs everywhere. All those pretty little stats, gone. Gone like your breath into the chilly night. All that talk of going all the way, numb.
Numb like it's 1996 all over again.