Tebow hits the Cirque

TIM TEBOW Gets a Taste of Sin City
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The Denver Broncos quarterback was spotted strolling through the Bellagio hotel last night along with his brother and a friend ... after catching a performance of the Cirque du Soleil show, “O.”...

...We asked how Tebow would be spending his first free weekend in months ... and the rep told us, “He’s looking forward to going to church.”

Forget torn cartilage.  Forget a bruised rib.  Forget rehab.  When I'm feeling down, I'm hitting the mother#$!^ing aquatic theater, you beotches.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I need about five minues of alone time.  Actually, make that two minutes.  I just noticed the sirens in the body suits.

Yeah, it's a slow day until we hear about Mike McCoy.

The Daily Lard 1-19-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Word is that Tim Tebow's injuries from Saturday night would likely have kept him out of the AFC title game had the Broncos won; Barry Petchesky considers how Tebow and the Broncos should deal with this going forward. There were some comments yesterday noting that Tebow's injury occurred in the pocket, and so his being a running QB shouldn't mean he's more prone to injury than any other QB. But this is about Tim's style of play inviting more contact than other QBs take, because he is more often a runner without the in-the-pocket QB protections. He's just going to take more hits than other quarterbacks. Add in the ridiculous hype that surrounds him, and just like guys supposedly want to play harder for him? His opponents surely relish taking him down too - they also have extra motivation. Obviously, his size, strength and toughness help, but eventually the multitude of hits he takes will cost him.

What about Cam Newton? Well, the same can be said for him too, although Cam has a much better chance of success should the Panthers ever decide to put a rein on his running. And, who cares? Whatever the Panthers do with Cam Newton has nothing to do with whether Tebow can can survive the punishment.

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McCoy snubbed Oakland because he’s confident he’s got the Miami job

McCoy believes himself the leading candidate
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According to a source, McCoy considers himself the front-runner in the Miami job and is so confident of this status, he took his name out of consideration for the vacant Oakland Raiders job. McCoy was scheduled to interview for that Raiders opening in Denver on Wednesday but ultimately declined.  The source, who requested anonymity, said the Raiders were not thrilled with the apparent snub but were made to understand that McCoy believes himself the front-runner in Miami and he didn’t want to do anything to hinder that status.

One source asked why the Dolphins would be so enamored with McCoy as to give him a second interview, noting that the Broncos started the season on a 1-4 slide and ended the season on a 1-4 slide. In fairness, the Broncos did win the AFC West title.  But even that title was getting shot down by sources partial to the other candidates. One of those noted that the only reason the Broncos won the AFC West is because since-fired Dolphins coach Tony Sparano opted for a two-point conversation against the Broncos early in the fourth quarter of their October 23 game. The conversion failed, giving the Dolphins a 12-0 lead instead of a 13-0 or 14-0 lead. Had Sparano kicked the extra point, the Dolphins might have withstood a breakneck Denver comeback and still won the game 16-15 in regulation instead of losing 18-15 in overtime.

It looks like it's amost a foregone conclusion at this point--the Denver Broncos will indeed be in the market for a new offensive coordinator tomorrow.

The Raiders weren't thrilled.  I find that thrilling.

McCoy closer to Miami job

Broncos' McCoy says no to Raiders, seeks Dolphins job
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Turns out a second chance to state his case to be the Miami Dolphins’ next head coach had Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on another airplane today.

McCoy took his name off the Oakland Raiders’ list, canceling his scheduled interview in Denver with newly-hired Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie to board a flight to New York.

McCoy doesn't cancel with the Raiders unless one of two things has happened:

  1. He's got the gig in Miami
  2. He's come to his senses

I'm going with #1.

Adam Schefter gets scooped by Rob Lowe

Unimpeachable source Rob Lowe says Peyton Manning is retiring
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The actor sent two more tweets in the following minutes, one to NFL Network’s Rich Eisen asking if the news was true (actual motive: making sure someone in the know saw the tweet) and another saying that he hopes he’s wrong, even though he usually isn’t (actual motive: covering his bases).

Von Miller and the shooting linebacker, Part 2

This is the second of a multi-part series on Broncos star linebacker Von Miller; Part 1 originally appeared on January 5

If you ask why a player who’s only 6’2 and 210 lb could be playing in the middle/nose guard slot under Paul Brown, it had to do with three things. It was a long time ago, so size and heft weren’t quite the same factors they are now. Because of that, speed at the snap is the number one skill needed for a pass rusher. The sudden blast from a neutral start to full speed in a moment’s time - and it’s something that Von Miller has in spades, just as Bill Willis did under Paul Brown - is the single most important quality for that role. Miller had 7.5 of his sacks in 2.5 seconds or less - they’re starting to gauge ‘quick sacks’ by that measure, and while OL mistakes can play into it, the most important thing it gauges over a season is how fast the player can explode off the LOS. Miller nudges the land-speed record there.  In a couple of seasons, he may be pushing to break it.

Leverage is second, another absolute key to the job as a pass rusher. Just ask Elvis Dumervil - or an offensive lineman. Actually, Zane Beadles already weighed in on this. He’s been on the receiving end of this one enough times:

In the simplest terms, the lower man wins. "If a player like Von is able to get down and he's flexible — and it's the same with Elvis — he gets underneath guys and is able to separate with his arms. That's difficult for an offensive lineman. You're not going to win many of those no matter the weight difference."

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Elway: Timmy, do or do not - there is no ‘try’

Okay, so John Elway didn't quite put it that way, but he said Timmy needs to get better at passing the football.  How is that going to happen?  John Elway needs to become mother#$@!ing Yoda, that's how:

This beats the hell out of sitting next to Boomer Esiason

KARINA SMIRNOFF OF ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ WANTS TIM TEBOW AS HER NEXT PARTNER
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“All I want for my birthday is for Tim Tebow to dance on Dancing with the Stars,” she said Saturday, not long after Tebow and his Broncos team were ousted from the NFL playoffs by Tom Brady and his Patriots. “Tim is a very talented athlete, that was clear when we saw his performance this past season with Denver.”

I know the Broncos want Tebow to do less "stuff" in the offseason and concentrate on football, but bluntly, this chick gets me sprung.  I think Tebow ought to consider it.

Tim could win this thing.  He already knows how to John Fox Trot (Ba Dum Tsssh).  Thank you, I'll be here all week.

Tebow played through torn rib cartilage, bruised lung

Adam Schefter is reporting that Tim Tebow suffered the following injuries early in the third quarter of Saturday's loss at New England:

Tebow tore cartilage on his first rib where it attaches to his sternum, bruised his lung and had fluid buildup in the plural space of his chest

Three Four reactions:

  1. We knew this already, but it bears repeating: Tebow is a tough bastard.
  2. The culmination of all of Tebow's rushing attempts and sacks was bound to levy a toll on his body, and his ribs were the most likely location of such an injury.
  3. Should he have remained in the game? Granted, it was largely over before halftime, but is an injured Tebow better than a healthy Brady Quinn in a playoff game where there is no next week without a victory?
  4. This is another reason why the Broncos must de-emphasize Tebow's role in the running game, no matter how tough and strong he may be. His style of play invites contact, and outside the pocket he will not receive QB-specific protections from officials, and sometimes even within the pocket, as shown by the multiple facemask non-calls we all witnessed this season.

The Daily Lard 1-18-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Jason La Canfora's latest update, Mike McCoy and Miami interim coach Todd Bowles are the finalists for the Dolphins head job, although Adam Schefter is hearing that Packers OC Joe Phlbin will also get a second meeting (and interview with the Bucs too); Bengals DC Mike Zimmer had been in the mix earlier. Additionally, John Clayton says the Colts will look to hire an offensive-minded HC after firing Jim Caldwell yesterday, and he says McCoy could be a candidate for Indy. Of course, McCoy will also meet with new Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie today, as will Dennis Allen.

Now, the Broncos offense next season will probably be dissimilar to the one we saw this year with Tim Tebow; not only did opposing defenses appear to figure out the zone read, but the big hits on Tebow seemed to multiply with each passing week - and as Phil Simms pointed out, the defenses that saw Tebow a second time this season didn't have trouble containing him. As has been mentioned countless times, most notably by John Elway, Tebow is going to have to learn to win games from the pocket, and that is likely to be reflected in the offensive structure going forward. And as Ryan Wilson notes in his final Tracking Tebow column of the season,

If the organization is truly committed to him (and we're not convinced they are long term) then that means building the entire offense around one person, right down to a backup quarterback proficient at running Tebow's brand of option football.

If it seems extreme, think of it this way: what happens if Tebow goes down? Denver's offense suddenly reverts to its pre-Tebow playbook? And the remaining starters -- all of whom have spent months practicing the option offense, will suddenly be expected to run a conventional offense? In the middle of a game? That ain't happening.

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