Evans and Klatt hour 3 1/2/13
On the attitude of this year’s team:
“That’s the thing about training at this level. It’s called being a professional…we’ve got an unlimited amount of professionals on this team that just get it done each and every week. Every day as far as the film room; as far as the field; as far as doing the extra treatment. Guys are willing to put in the extra miles. It’s been great to be a part of this team.”
On getting the #1 Seed:
“I think it matters a lot. We’d much rather people have to come up here to Mile High and play in this altitude and play at our home field because we’ve got great fans out here in Denver so I definitely think it matters a lot.
Orlando Franklin will maul you at sea level.
At altitude, and in the 4th quarter, you might as well just give up and play dead.
Mike Klis participated in some mailbaggery today for the DP, and was asked the following question:
I have followed Peyton Manning closely since his freshman year at Tennessee. Against Cleveland was the first time in Peyton's career he has ever worn a glove. Is this a result of his nerve injury and inability to grip the ball in cold weather? As an aside, notice how even with a new offense, he doesn't need a play-calling cheat sheet on his wrist. A testament to his unparalleled football acumen, something even Brady can't claim.
--Rodney, Asheville, N.C
Klis went on to answer this dude, and I don't want to quote him directly that much, because the DP has a history of being overzealous about Fair Use, to the point where you paste any of their content, they now give you this as an added bonus:
Read more:Broncos Mailbag: Peyton Manning's glove and why it's so important - The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/broncosmailbag/ci_22296666/broncos-mailbag-peyton-mannings-glove-and-why-its#ixzz2GqhZBw8m
Thanks for that, guys. To paraphrase, here's the gist of Klis's answer:
Happy New Year, friends. As we finish up our third regular season of operation, it occurs to me that we had a pretty good year of advancing football knowledge, and of getting stuff right. In my Navy days, we’d have an annual performance evaluation, and a key part of the process was what’s called the brag sheet. The sailor being graded would list his/her accomplishments during the year, so that the evaluator wouldn’t forget anything, and could consider everything the sailor thought should be appraised.
We believe in accountability here at IAOFM, and when we get something wrong, we readily admit it. When we get things right, though, it seems appropriate to be proud of that, and to make sure that those successes make it into our assessment, such as it is.
This is our 2012 brag sheet. It's like the "best of" articles that other blogs are running, but it's different in our IAOFM way. I’m writing it, because I have no pretense of false humility, and we all know that. When we kick ass, I’ll say it, and when we fall short, I’ll be just as quick to admit it. In general, I’m just as humble as my record says I should be.
We believe that we’ve been the best source of Broncos information and analysis anywhere, and we hope you agree. These are in no particular order, and in fact, I kind of spaced them out haphazardly, so that you'd read the whole thing. Check it out, look back at the year of IAOFM with us, and tell a friend.
Ray Lewis to retire after season
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said Wednesday he plans to retire as the end of this season.
He told the team Wednesday that, “this is my last ride.’‘
Amazing player. May have covered up a murder.
For the second time this season, Peyton Manning has been named the AFC's Offensive POW, for his 304-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Chiefs Sunday. Manning also received the honor after leading the Broncos to their 35-24 comeback win at San Diego, and he was named the AFC's best offensive player for the month of October.
For Peyton, it's the 23rd weekly award of his career, tying him with Tom Brady for the most ever. As a team, the Broncos racked up eight such honors, and Von Miller also took home the AFC's defensive player award for November.
Koetter signs extension with Falcons
A source told FOXSports.com the Atlanta Falcons have signed offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to a contract extension that will keep him off the market until the 2014 offseason.
This is a rather bizarre development, unless Koetter - who interviewed with the Broncos in 2011 - was convinced he didn't have a real shot at any of the openings he was scheduled to interview for. He met with the Chiefs yesterday about their vacancy, was scheduled to meet with the Eagles and Browns, and will forego both opportunities to stay put in Atlanta.
For Mike McCoy, that's one fewer competitor for him to fend off for the Philly gig.
Update 10:50am ET - Koetter had also interviewed with the Bears, so he also drops out of the competition with McCoy for that job.
Just as we've finished sorting through the Twitter slapfight between Jason La Canfora and Mike Florio over who reports the least tainted information, here comes a stunning development in the courtship of Andy Reid, one which might suggest that these agents know precisely what they're doing:
Plot thickens: Before arriving in Arizona tonight, Andy Reid will interview today in Philadelphia with the KC Chiefs, via @mortreport.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 2, 2013
We'll likely never know if the Chiefs have jumped into the Reid sweeps because they heard the Cards were "95%" likely to hire the former Eagles coach, but it's safe to say that Bob LaMonte is playing the game well.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The coaching and GM carousel is awhirl, with news and rumors flying every which way.
And as tends to happen in these situations - much like the start of free agency each year - information is rushed, out of a desire to be the first to break a story, prompting rival reporters to question journalistic standards and the quality of others' sources. What we get are catfights between folks like Mike Florio and Jason La Canfora, who cannot agree on when Andy Reid will take his interview with the Cardinals.
La Canfora reported that Reid would meet with Arizona today, while NFLN's Ian Rapoport said the interview would occur tomorrow. That's when Florio jumped in, backing Rapoport's report while also accusing La Canfora of operating as a mouthpiece for Bob LaMonte, the agent for Reid.
Report: Cardinals “very close” to hiring Andy Reid as head coach
Tim Ring, the sports director at KTVK-TV in Arizona, is reporting that the Cardinals are very close to hiring Reid as their next head coach.
As quickly as Mike McCoy's list of suitors had grown to three with the addition of Buffalo, it will apparently be pared to two again shortly, as Andy Reid is expected to become the man in Arizona. If the Cards do end up hiring Reid, that would reunite him with Kevin Kolb, the backup QB he'd dealt to Arizona just a year and a half ago.
Still, the Bears gig remains the best one available in our eyes, and there's always the chance that McCoy hears from more interested parties in the coming days.
Update - 5:50pm ET - In addition to Kolb, Reid would apparently be reconvening with familiar faces Pat Shurmur, Tom Heckert, Brad Childress, and Juan Castillo.
As expected, the list of teams interested in Broncos OC Mike McCoy is growing. McCoy will already be interviewing with the Bears and Cardinals this weekend, and the Bills have thrown their hat into the ring by requesting permission from the Broncos to meet with him.
John Elway & Co. have already established that any suitors must come to the Denver area to interview McCoy, so presumably they'll be playing by that same rule. It's hard to imagine the Broncos not granting Buffalo's request.