Count this writer as an ex-Broncos fan
How do I tell my grandchildren that I am no longer a Denver Bronco fan? They are five years old and have a “jump up and down on the couch” excitement for Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. I helped make them that way. I was that loyal fan for 30 years through thick and through thin.
Now, my trust and belief in the organization is gone. It’s become apparent that the “head office” wanted to throw Tebow under the bus when they got the chance. Never mind that he rallied the Broncos to inspiring wins that revived the Bronco nation. The Pittsburgh overtime playoff (11 seconds — count them) is one of the best moments in NFL history. And Peyton Manning — he never would have signed with a losing Denver team.
So leaving the Broncos is an easy move for me. What’s not easy is trying to explain to my grandkids that football is not just a game. It’s much more. Elvis has left the building.
Poor Sonja. I'm not sure if I feel more sorry for her or for her grandchildren, since they probably need some ritalin for that jumping-up-and-down-on-the-couch issue.
I've heard different versions of this country song, but they always sing the same chorus: I've been such a loyal subject through the toughest of times, but now, I can't take it any more and I'm going home!
Give me a freakin' break, Sonja Black. The Denver Broncos are bigger than you. They're bigger than me. They're bigger than the whole of Wyoming, Colorado, and the Rocky Mountains for that matter. And yes, they are bigger than Tim Tebow (they might not be bigger than John Elway, though, after that sweet-ass Peyton Manning trade, you know what I'm sayin'?). The good news is with the NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, you can watch your precious each and every week in New York City.
Now, get the hell out of Dodge.
One final question. Is Sonja comparing herself to Elvis or is she saying that Tim Tebow is Elvis? Either way, we're going to need to bring in some fried peanut-butter and banana sandwiches pronto. Oh, and bring a shotgun. There's some TVs that need shot up--in Powell, Wyoming.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Jeff Legwold spoke with Jeff Fisher, Leslie Frazier and Mike Shanahan about the problems Peyton Manning creates for defenses. The best quotes come via Fisher, whose Titans played Manning twice yearly for nine years, plus once in the 1999 playoffs (a Tennessee victory that included a !15-yard! rushing TD by Peyton). Said Fisher:
He'll raise the offense to a level where they are consistent week after week after week. He eliminates a lot of mistakes, and they'll score a lot of points week after week after week. He kind of changes the defensive philosophy (the Broncos) will face because all of a sudden (defenses) aren't rushing the passer against Denver or protecting a lead.
We've always said it's like preparing for one of those quarterbacks in a video game. You just can't fool him. He'll move fast and get the ball to the right people.
He's going to get up under center, scan the field and he knows what you're doing," Fisher said. "It may look like you're doing something else, but he knows what you're doing. It goes beyond staring into the eyes of the safeties. He understands presnap looks, the signals, the communication. He just knows all that.
Sound good to you?
Tim Tebow has fallen into sin, Tiger Woods is adequate again, and the Mets are questionable for opening day, but Doc Brooks and Kenny Kennedy still hate each other. It’s GOOMF!
The Onion: taking the craziest conversations we've ever had, adding crack, and making it a positive for Tim Tebow's game.
If you're not familiar with The Onion (really?): NSFW language, if the title hasn't hinted enough at that. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably shouldn't bother watching either.
If we did pretend to take this seriously for a moment: given the Mark Sanchez-Kate Upton rumors, I'm not sure how he could up his game, but to each his own.
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and general manager Jeff Ireland joined the Browns and 21 teams to watch Tannehill perform. Mayock believes Tannehill will not escape the top 10.
“If he doesn’t go at four,” Mayock said, “Miami has to take him at eight, and don’t be surprised if somebody trades up to three, where Minnesota is, or seven, where Jacksonville is, to get a chance at this kid.”
Has the world gone mad? Ryan Tannehill at #3?
Only Jeff (F)Ireland.
Peyton Manning good to go for Broncos, says QB coach David Cutcliffe
“He could play a game. We’ve done it, we’ve simulated games, and he’s done well. He’s going to do nothing but get stronger and going to play up to his standards,” Cutcliffe said Thursday in a phone interview with The Denver Post. “I know that’s his goal, and there isn’t any reason, there is no indicator otherwise…”
“...He can make all the throws, his release times are perfect, and we pay a lot of attention to that. It’s arm speed and getting rid of it. His velocity is good. It’s just a matter of, like any other NFL football player, you’ve got to feel good,” Cutcliffe said. “He’s in great shape. Not good shape, great shape, and that’s part of what we did here as well.”
Add Cutcliffe to the list of people who think Manning is ready to lace them up this second. That list also includes Manning himself.
A list of two? Good enough for me.
Broncos re-sign DE Hunter
The Broncos have re-signed defensive end Jason Hunter, the team announced Thursday.
Hunter had been an unrestricted free agent after playing for the Broncos the last two seasons. He previously played for Green Bay and Detroit.
Right now the Broncos are trying to re-sign Marcus Thomas and have an interest in Amobi Okoye.
What's the common trait between the two?
Both play the 3-technique (often known as an under tackle). Most teams expect the 3-tech to be a penetrator and a disruptive force, and further, to create at least a little bit of havoc in the pass rush. For a quick refresher on gaps and techniques, you can always click here. Suffice to say, your 3-tech needs to be active.
Thomas played well last year (25 stops ain't too shabby), but wasn't a huge factor in the pass rush. He ended up with zero sacks, one QB hit, three QB pressures, and one batted pass.
Okoye by contrast had four sacks, six QB hits, 21 QB pressures, and a batted pass. He was less of a factor in the running game, however. He ended up with 15 stops.
Who should Denver sign? Right now, either will do. The free agents left on the market at defensive tackle are growing thin. So they don't have a ton of wiggle room. Should Denver sign either one, it will bring a sigh of relief--the Broncos will have at least plugged one of their gaps at defensive tackle.
We started a little fire with our original Tebow billboards.
Then, we added some kindling in part 2.
Finally, we poured on the gasoline and gave Kyle Orton his own set of billboards.
Now that Peyton Manning is coming to Denver, we decided to simply burn the house down.
It's billboard time.
Keep your eyes open as you're driving the Denver-metro area for these.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! John Elway provided some insight into how the Denver and Manning offenses will be melded, and what he said wasn't much of a surprise: Peyton will get to use the verbiage he's familiar with when making calls at the line.
Obviously, this will require all of his new teammates to adjust to him rather than vice versa, but it makes sense. Since the players cannot work out at Dove Valley or under coaches' supervision, they can get to learning right away, and since Manning is already organizing workouts, there's a good chance they've already started the process.
Besides, they probably all forgot what it's like to change a play at the line anyway...so what's the difference?
The Drive hour 1 3/28/12
“I’ve pretty much been sleeping over here at the complex the past week and an half trying to study this playbook and trying to get on the same page as these receivers…I haven’t left here since I signed last Tuesday. I plan on being here all off season.”
Peyton Manning didn't tell us too much in the way of news in this interview, but it's still a good listen if you get the chance. Among other things, Manning said: