Good Morning, Broncos fans! We already noted yesterday that San Diego's head PR guy had waved his finger at naysaying Chargers fans, but Bill Johnston's words are so ridiculous that we must post a selection of them here:
Listening to some of you out there, you’d think Monday night was “win or go home” and the Chargers are now packing their bags.
Sometimes I think Twitter was invented to give people a chance to puff out their chests and talk big, saying things they never would say to someone’s face.
And talk radio … don’t get me started. The old adage your mom used to preach – “If you don’t have anything good say, don’t say anything” – seems to have evolved to “if you don’t have anything good to say, call sports talk radio.”
Time to take a chill pill.
If you want these players and coaches to succeed, then support them. Don’t tear them down. What you want and what we all want, including your team, is to know people believe in them.
Perhaps Johnston can dial up his buddy Jim Saccomano for some advice in how to better handle criticism. Or not.
The post-game handshake always gets a lot of attention, whether it's Bill Belichick and Eric Mangini, Josh McDaniels and Todd Haley, or more recently, Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz. But if you'd like to see the mother of all meltdowns, check out how Wyoming coach Dave Christensen treated Air Force coach Troy Calhoun after Air Force's comeback victory last week:
The irony? It was "Military Appreciation Day" for Wyoming. Somewhere, right now, Mitch Unrein has a sad face.
Happy Friday, friends. For years, even when it seemed like I was the only guy out in the wilderness, I’ve maintained that Alex Smith can play QB well enough to win a Super Bowl.
The last two seasons, as he’s had some consistency in coaching for the first time in his career, he’s looked a lot like I was right. Now, all of a sudden, after his only bad game in two seasons last week, and one ill-advised throw last night, people are starting to say it’s time to dump him in favor of Colin Kaepernick.
It’s a bye week for the Broncos, so I just decided to run with this topic, because I think it’s absurd. If you watched the game between Seattle and San Francisco last night, I’d question your grasp on reality if your takeaway was that Smith struggled. If you didn’t see the game, and you just looked at the numbers- sure, they’re pretty average looking.
7) The Denver Broncos really needs another defensive tackle, and they seem like a team that might be aggressive near the trading deadline, possibly one willing to give away a 2013 draft pick for a player who can solidify the middle of the defense. The potential trade partner would have to be a team out of postseason contention with a free agent-to-be. Would Sedrick Ellis of the New Orleans Saints qualify? Only if the Saints keep losing. How about Glenn Dorsey of the Kansas City Chiefs? Only if the Chiefs are not planning on bringing him back. With the deadline extended this season to the Tuesday after Week 8, these potential scenarios will get interesting.
What to make of Lombardi's comments? Lombardi is likely speculating on the actual names; it's unlikely the Broncos would allow those details to get out on the street. But there's probalby a kernel of truth to the idea the Broncos want to get stronger up the middle. It's not as if the idea would shock anyone. Even the most casual of fans have been advocating this strategy for the last five drafts. Selecting Derek Wolfe was just a drop in the bucket.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Unsurprisingly, San Francisco and Seattle waged quite the defensive battle last night.
The Niners emerged from the run-heavy physical matchup with a 13-7 victory which put them atop the surprisingly strong NFCW with a 5-2 record. The division, for many recent years the worst in the league, is currently the only one sporting four teams at or above .500, and no other division has three teams with winning records.
A pair of late decisions by San Francisco raised eyebrows: first, they ran the tentative Alex Smith on a draw while facing a 3rd-and-7 at the Seattle 13-yard line, which for some evinced a lack of confidence in the QB. The play gained just three yards, and the Niners kicked a short FG to extend their lead to 13-6.
Doug Farrar, Bucky Brooks, Gordon McGuinness, Benjamin Hoffman, Joe Fortenbaugh, and Dan Arkush preview the game, plus some notes on the matchup; Bill Simmons expects Seattle to win outright despite being seven-point dogs.
Mike Tanier analyzes the pistol formations Jim Harbaugh is utilizing with Colin Kaepernick but doesn't expect the Niners to transition from Alex Smith to their second-year QB. But Jason Cole thinks they should, and soon.
Enjoy the game!
Denver Dips Into the Old Colts Playbook for Some Vintage Peyton
At times this season it’s been clear that Denver head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy have been more focused on fitting Manning into their offense, with mixed results. Some of this has been because of Manning’s need to learn Denver’s terminology, while the rest of it has just been finding the right blend for the entire team. What we saw in the second half is something we’ve seen all year, namely the Broncos dipping into Manning’s old Colts playbook for plays he’s most comfortable with, and then succeeding with them.
During our in-game chats, I'm the all-caps guy pounding THROW THE BALL into my keyboard; Monday was no different. But I don't (usually) mean it literally.
Rather, run the ball when Peyton sees fit - based upon box count - and not because Mike McCoy wants to script a three-TE set into the opening series. We've been over it again and again - left in Peyton's hands, he's going to run the ball plenty - when the situation and defensive personnel/formation dictate it.
But leave him be with his no-huddle, stay-on-the-field 11 personnel; it worked more than fine in Indy for thirteen years. Sure, McCoy and Fox probably think they have some great new-fangled scheme that combines their own playbook with that of Indy's, and maybe they're right. But the time to mess around is when you're up by twenty or thirty - not on the way to a weekly twenty-point second-half deficit.
Snapshot: Run Stop Percentage, Linebackers
Touted as a Secret Superstar before last season, Joe Mays made us look like geniuses in 2011 with his superb play in limited snaps. However, 2012 has been a little more rocky. Mays has taken on more snaps in the Broncos’ defense and with that change he has been making fewer plays in the running game. Mays was tied with Bowman for the league lead in Run Stop Percentage in 2011 and his 46 stops were third among all linebackers. This year he has six stops, the worst Run Stop Percentage among qualifying middle linebackers, and an amazingly low nine solo tackles against the run. With the success he has had in the past, one can only expect Mays’ stats to get better as the season goes on.
He's not a candidate to move into the middle, and he does have two missed tackles (which is a lot), but interesting to see Wesley Woodyard among the leaders in RSP (eighth-best, at 13.5%). Also, as much as we've been pointing out the successes of Vontaze Burfict in Cincy, we'd be remiss to ignore his presence on the list of players with the worst RSP.
Broncos fan recovers after attack at Qualcomm Stadium
“Someone spilled their beer on me, and the next thing I noticed I woke up in a hospital the next day,” said Eric, a 22-year-old Broncos fan who didn’t want to give his last name.
Eric said Chargers fans began harassing him because he was wearing his Broncos jersey just before the start of the game. Within seconds someone hit him on the back of his head, and he fell to the ground and hit his head. He spent two days in the hospital. Wednesday, he returned home to begin the healing process.
No word yet as to whose jersey it was that caused San Diego fans to act like savages. A Terrell Davis? Rod Smith? Ashley Lelie? Personally, I'm hoping it was an Elway jersey. Elway spent years beating the hell out of the Chargers on the field. Now he's doing it off the field, too.
In the end, it doesn't really matter. Chargers fans will be Raiders fans. Or is it the other way around?
Stay classy, Chargers fans. Oh, and go #$@% yourselves. (via MHS)
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The team held a light and abridged practice yesterday before heading their separate ways for the bye week.
Tracy Porter, who was held out of Monday's game and did not make the trip to San Diego due to dizziness and lightheadedness (let's hope it's not concussion-related), was the only Bronco not to participate.
John Fox exhorted his players to stay out of trouble, telling them he only wants to read about them if they "win the lottery."
Not everyone will be able to get away, as Chris Harris will still be frequenting Dove Valley for treatment on the ankle injury that's bothered him for much of the season, and Derek Wolfe says his introduction to the NFL has him too beat up to go anywhere.