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
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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
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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
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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
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“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.  

Ravens already bitching and moaning—about bitching and moaning

Ravens say Peyton Manning's protests win over referees
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“It’s known that they’re going to complain or if they get thrown down and look at a ref they’re going to get a flag thrown against the defense,” [Brendon] Ayanbadejo said. “We’ve seen that happen against us before with Tom Brady. We always teach the same rules, regardless of the quarterback: hit them in the strike zone. If you’re within a step of his arm motion, hit him.”

But only one roughing-the-passer penalty has been thrown for a hit on Manning this season. Perhaps the lack of penalties can be explained by Manning’s knack for getting the ball away in time — Denver gave up 21 sacks during the regular season, second fewest in the league.

Other Baltimore players share non-specific resentment for the quarterback who had offseason neck surgery that forced him to miss the 2011 season. The Ravens weren’t penalized in December for roughing up Manning, but they think they have to walk on egg shells. “Peyton Manning is one of the best of all time,” defensive lineman Ma’ake Kemoeatu said. “We want to get in there and get him down. At the same time you have to try not to get a penalty for hitting Peyton Manning.”

This type of talk is utterly hilarious coming from a team who tried to bully its way to a victory in their first matchup against the Broncos.  Cary Williams and Anquan Boldin both learned that wasn't going to happen. 

So what's the next step?  Complain, of course.

The Ravens still don't get it.  It's not the year 2000.  There are eight teams left in the playoffs, and they are the weakest in the herd.

They're not the Ravens.  They're prey.   

A quick look at Denver’s 2013 cap situation

While the Broncos are among eight teams whose seasons are still ongoing, the other 24 franchises are busy figuring out their front office and roster situations. Even as the team preps for Saturday's showdown with the Ravens, we figure it's never a bad time to look at the cap and salary circumstances for next year.

According to John Clayton, Denver is carrying over $11.5M in cap space over from the 2012 season, which in concert with their $7M in 2013 headway will give the team $18.5M in space. The Broncos could easily create more wiggle room by negotiating new deals with or releasing any of D.J. Williams ($6M salary), Joe Mays ($4M), Matt Prater ($2.5M), and Caleb Hanie ($1.25M).

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Broncos in good health; Baltimore’s Pierce, Leach sit out practice

Three days ahead of Saturday's divisional matchup, more good injury news is coming out of Dove Valley. Although Tracy Porter (concussion) remained sidelined Wednesday, the rest of the team practiced fully, including Ryan Clady (shoulder), Chris Kuper (ankle), Orlando Franklin (knee), Mike Adams (knee), and Trindon Holliday (ankle). Willis McGahee again practiced as he hopes for a potential conference title game return.

For Baltimore, RB Bernard Pierce (knee), FB Vonta Leach (ankle), and G Jah Reid (toe) were absent from practice, while Dannell Ellerbe (ankle) was limited. All others, including most of the Ravens starting defense, were listed as full participants despite a slew of injuries.

The Manning offense is still the Manning offense

One Trick Pony
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As they gained exposure to their new quarterback, though, the stance of Denver’s coaches grew more flexible. Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy noted that he’d “be an idiot” not to listen to Manning, and that the goal was to find a “happy medium” between the approach of Denver head coach John Fox and what Manning had previously done.

After watching Denver this season, I’m not convinced “happy medium” is accurate. While the terminology Denver uses might be its own, both structurally and in its specifics, the offense is strikingly similar to what Manning did for years in Indianapolis. Despite some early protestations, that opinion has spread throughout the league. When asked how similar Manning’s current offense is to what he ran in Indianapolis, New England coach Bill Belichick was typically candid. “It’s identical. It looks the same to me.”

From the Department of Great Timing, Chris Brown has an excellent article for Grantland, and not shockingly, he agrees with me that the Broncos are effectively running the same passing offense as he ran with the Colts for all those years.  He doesn't say whether there are any Air Coryell principles, but trust me, there aren't.  Brown also agrees with me that the Broncos have retained run game elements from the past offense, which is clear on film.  You should definitely check this article out, and maybe even tweet it to Jeff Legwold.  I bet he'd be thrilled to hear from you on the topic.

Since Brown didn't explain this, in the diagrams, MOFO means Middle Of Field Open, and MOFC means Middle Of Field Closed.  The inside receiver has a read to make - iIf there's a safety in the midde, he's supposed to keep vertical in the seam, and if there isn't a safety in the middle, he's supposed to go to the post.

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