The Broncos and Ravens rosters will be almost fully intact for tomorrow's divisional matchup. Only Denver corner Tracy Porter and Baltimore guard Jah Reid, who was placed on IR today, are listed as out.
All seven Denver players who were listed on the injury report as full participants are probable for tomorrow, while Baltimore has 17 players listed as probable.
Save The Black Quarterback
Broncos (-9) 28, Ravens 27: I think John Elway should be granted the next 15 NFL Executive of the Year awards for what he did this year alone. If I were Elway, I’d just walk around all day with my balls hanging out of my pants. Who’s gonna argue? He made the Broncos better AND ruined Tim Tebow’s career all in one offseason. I take back all the mean things I said about his horsey face.
Of the eight teams left, I’m pretty sure I want the Broncos to win it all. Denver Peyton still remains far more likeable to me than Indianapolis Peyton, and a Broncos ring would come at the expense of either Jim Harbaugh, Green Bay fans, Bill Simmons’s pet pick, or the Falcons. Shit, I hope he wins the Super Bowl 97-0.
Undoubtedly, Denver Peyton > Indy Peyton.
Playoffs Leaderboards Added
Did you know that Emmitt Smith has the most career playoff rushing yards? How about Aaron Rodgers owning the highest career playoff passer rating? What about Larry Fitzgerald with the most receiving yards in a single playoffs? You can find out all these & more at our new list of NFL playoffs leaders!
On the day that TD gets snubbed by the HOF votes for the sixth straight time, it's rather appropriate to remind everyone that Davis was the greatest postseason runner in history, and the only eligible player not in the HOF who was the best player on two SB-winning teams.
Peyton Manning's failed suitors suffer
The Arizona Cardinals, who hosted a visit with Manning but could not sign him, fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves.
The Philadelphia Eagles, who could not get so much as a visit with Manning despite their efforts, fired head coach Andy Reid.
The New York Jets, who also could not get so much as a visit with Manning despite their calls, fired general manager Mike Tannenbaum.
The Kansas City Chiefs, who tried but failed to get an audience with Manning, fired head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli.
The Tennessee Titans, finalists for Manning before losing out on his services, fired chief operating officer and head of football operations Mike Reinfeldt.
The Miami Dolphins, who never advanced very far in their pursuit of Manning, didn’t reach the postseason after drafting quarterback Ryan Tannehill with their first-round pick.
Shudder to think where the Broncos and their sack of topsoil would be right now...
Doug Pederson, Bob Sutton reportedly new Chiefs coordinators
The Chiefs reportedly have hired Bob Sutton as their new defensive coordinator and Doug Pederson as their new offensive coordinator.
The 61-year-old Sutton has spent the last 13 seasons with the New York Jets, 10 as linebackers coach.
Pederson, 44, was an NFL quarterback for 12 seasons and has been an offensive assistant with Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles for the past four years.
Reid interviewed Brad Childress about a non-coordinator position earlier in the week, while Ray Farmer and John Dorsey auditioned for the GM vacancy.
Lovie Smith to interview with San Diego Chargers
Former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith will interview with the San Diego Chargers on Friday.
New GM Tom Telesco may also meet with Colts OC Bruce Arians, who says he's interested in the San Diego gig.
Finalists for Class of 2013
Four first-year eligible nominees – Larry Allen, Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp, and Michael Strahan – are among the 15 modern-era finalists who will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the Hall’s Selection Committee meets in New Orleans, La. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.
Terrell Davis, Steve Atwater, Karl Mecklenburg, and John Lynch didn't make the cut. This was Lynch's first year of eligibility; Davis has been a semifinalist for six straight years but never went beyond that, while Mecklenburg and Atwater's hall bids have been cut short here for the second year in a row.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! After long being expected to land one of the biggest names among potential candidates, whether Nick Saban or Chip Kelly, the Browns went for the surprise move by hiring Rob Chudzinski.
Chudzinski, an Ohio native who grew up rooting for the Browns, had previously been an assistant on two Cleveland staffs, coaching tight ends for Butch Davis, and working as Romeo Crennel's OC.
Prior to his recent stint directing the Panthers offense and guiding Cam Newton to an unprecedented career start, Chudzinski was the assistant head coach/tight ends for two seasons under Norv Turner in San Diego. With Carolina, Turner's son Scott was on Chudzinski's staff, and why are we discussing the Chudzinski/Turner connection?
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."
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.