John Elway says he's taking a big-picture view of Broncos' playoff berth
Elway said that he saw progress from Tebow in the 11 games since Tebow replaced Kyle Orton as starting quarterback.
“For Tim and his youth, and number of starts he’s had, Tim has done a good job this year,” Elway said.
Among other issues Elway addressed:
**On if Brady Quinn could get a chance to play quarterback if Tebow continues to struggle: “I don’t think so, but you never know. I think the coaches are looking at it right now,” Elway said. “We’re in the playoffs, and the coaching staff is going to do anything they can to help us win this football game.”
Denver has signed LB Brian Iwuh and released S Kyle McCarthy to create a spot for him. Iwuh is an ex-CU Buff who was a top special teams player for the Bears but was unexpectedly released on November 29th at a time Chicago was considering extending his contract. Iwuh is in his sixth NFL season, having spent his first four years with Jacksonville before joining the Bears in 2010, and has been credited with 115 tackles, one sack and three forced fumbles in his career. At the time of his release by the Bears, he was their leading special teams tackle with 14.
Terrell Suggs on Tim Tebow, Broncos: We Don’t Need God on Our Sideline
Naturally, Tebow believes it is God’s will that allowed the Broncos to reach the postseason. Terrell Suggs would agree with that, but he also believes that unlike the Ravens, the Broncos need God’s help to win. “With all due respect, we don’t need God on our sideline,” Suggs said Tuesday morning on ESPN First Take. “Once again God had to save Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. Tebow couldnt even give them two drives? Seven to three (KC-Denver score)?”
A quick bit of advice to all the kids out there--when someone begins a sentence with the phrase, "With all due respect," it means they are about to disrespect you.
Of course the Ravens don't need God. They've got Joe Flacco. Have you seen that guy's Fu Manchu?
Chargers to retain Turner, Smith
The Chargers have announced that head coach Norv Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith will return in 2012.
“Bottom line, I believe these two men give us the best chance to get back to the playoffs,” club President Dean Spanos said in a statement posted on the team’s website. “A.J. Smith is the best man to improve our roster, and Norv Turner is the best man to lead that roster on the field.
THANK YOU, Dean Spanos!
Meanwhile, Mike Martz has resigned as the Bears OC. Perhaps Jay Cutler will be reunited with his BFF Bubble Screen Bates.
One won the Iowa straw poll five months ago and is now trending in single digits on the day of that state’s caucus vote. The other made the playoffs despite a three-game losing streak to end the regular season with a .500 record. See? They’re exactly the same!
We decided not to do Chewing the Fat on Sunday, as New Year’s Eve recovery efforts remained underway at 4:15 PM ET. I went out of my way not to overdrink on Saturday night, so I’m pretty spry, and I decided to do a running diary of both the Broncos game and the one between the Raiders and Chargers. I’m hoping for simultaneous excitement that comes across as compelling writing. If the games disappoint, at least you’ll get my on-the-fly thoughts on both games.
Step into my man-cave:
Ryan Clark won’t play in Denver, Mike Tomlin says
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark will not play in the team’s wild-card playoff game against the Broncos in Denver because of the adverse effects playing at a high altitude has on a condition Clark has. “I met with him and informed him I am not going to allow him to play in the game,” Tomlin said. “It was an easy decision for us. When looking at all of our data, we came to the determination he is at more risk so we are not going to play him. It’s that simple.” Clark has sickle cell trait, a condition that caused serious problems for him when the Steelers played in Colorado in 2007. Because his major organs were deprived of oxygen, Clark ended up losing his spleen and gall bladder.
During the Broncos' winning streak, belief began to matter more than game plans. Here at IAOFM, we're happy to bring it back:
Captain Comeback Week 17: 2011 Regular Season Review
But Sunday’s game at home against rival Kansas City, with the division on the line, was most troubling.
When does “he just wins” come to an end? How does a four-game losing streak sound? That might just be the motive John Elway was hoping for all year to go another direction next year.
Maybe Denver can pull off the upset, which would only blow up Tebow-mania to a new fever pitch, and send Elway into a tizzy from the press box as he begrudgingly displays his approval
If you had to pick a game from the Wild Card schedule to show up in next week’s Captain Comeback, this would be the one, right?
Wild-Card Games: What the Film Says
This could be a surprisingly tough matchup for the Steeler offense, and not because running back Rashard Mendenhall is out (ACL)...No chance the Steeler offensive tackles hold up one-on-one against Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil.
The Steelers are more of a zone defense, although corner Ike Taylor is a world-class press-man defender (expect him to hold Demaryius Thomas to under four catches) and William Gay, Keenan Lewis and Bryant McFadden are capable of handling untalented wideouts man-to-man. Whatever coverage the Steelers choose will work…The Broncos will have trouble breaking 200 yards of total offense.
Tracking Tebow, Week 17: Stuck in reverse
Tebowmania reached a crescendo last month, after the Broncos went from 1-4 to 8-5, but now that the new-car smell has worn off and Tebow apparently doesn’t possess otherworldly powers, reality has set in…We’ve talked about it previously, but the concern with Denver’s read-option offensive philosophy was that eventually, defenses would catch up to it, as was the case with the wildcat several seasons ago. Unlike the wildcat, however, teams appear to have figured out the option in weeks instead of months.
The result: the Broncos conventional rushing attack, headed by Willis McGahee, is as good as ever. But with each game, Tebow become less a factor in the running game. When you couple that with his erratic passing skills, that makes him something less than one dimensional.