Good Morning, Broncos fans! Unfortunately it seems there's another dark side to the disastrous game Niners return man Kyle Williams had on Sunday, and we're not even talking about the death threats. As Giants LB Jacquian Williams tells it, his team's strategy was to focus on Kyle Williams and his history of concussions:
Had the Giants noticed something about Kyle Williams's technique, some weakness in the 49ers punt-return scheme? "Nah," Williams said. "The thing is, we knew he had four concussions, so that was our biggest thing, was to take him outta the game."
Barry Petchesky reacts:
NY Mag wonders if the fact that no beat writers are talking about it means that it's a commonplace tactic. I don't know if anyone would admit it in so many words, but it would be dumb to think otherwise...And it's naive to pretend that players have some sort of ethical obligation not to target the soft spongy neural tissue of others. They've already shown they play with no regard for their own long-term health, so to expect them to look out for each other is asking too much...This is football, and the players and fans have a silent bargain that we're going to live with this and not talk about it more than we have to.
Joe Gibbs likes what he sees in Tim Tebow
So when the conversation Monday turned from racing to the popular Denver Broncos quarterback, the Hall of Fame coach couldn’t say enough good things. It had nothing to do with Tebow’s outward expression of his faith, something Gibbs doesn’t hesitate to share with others. It wasn’t an attempt to be a part of the so-called Tebow bandwagon.
Gibbs genuinely is impressed. “I think he’s a player,” Gibbs said of Tebow as he took a break from racing to talk football. “Everybody is talking about his throwing motion and all of that. I can’t tell you how many guys up there have bad throwing motions.”
Gibbs laughed at the suggestion that NFL coaches can change the Heisman Trophy winner’s throwing motion. “Anybody that starts telling you they’re going to change somebody’s throwing motion when he spent 16 years playing football and throwing that way is kidding you,” he said. “What you see is what you get.”
Tice will not interview for Raiders job
Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice will not interview for the Oakland Raiders vacant head coaching job as originally planned. Tice had been scheduled to meet with Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. But the Bears said Monday that interview won’t take place because the Raiders have moved onto the “second phase’’ of their interview process.
The Raiders have been tightlipped about the search, but McKenzie told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area that a hiring could come this week. McKenzie is at the Senior Bowl scouting for the draft. McKenzie has already interviewed Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles, New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and Green Bay linebackers coach Winston Moss for the job. ESPN reported Monday that Allen would get a second interview, which is expected to be held this week at the Senior Bowl.
Kyle Williams Death Threats: 49ers Returner Threatened On Twitter After Loss To Giants
After Jacquian Williams knocked the ball from his grasp and the Giants recovered at the 24-yard line, Kyle Williams was the scapegoat in San Francisco. The 23-year-old’s name quickly started trending on Twitter—partly because some 49ers fans lent their support, but mostly because he was the subject of hateful messages, several openly rooting for his death.
Someone, presumably a 49ers fan based on his profile image, tweeted that he hopes Williams and his family dies. Another wished Williams died in his sleep Sunday night. And when another tweeted that he’s not sure Williams deserves to be receiving death threats, someone said that notion was “debatable.”
Bill Buckner was lucky Twitter didn't exist back in 1986, that's all I'm saying.
I'd like to think Broncos fans would be above something like, but I'm not so sure there aren't bad apples in every bunch--even the orange and blue variety.
Pro Football Weekly’s All-Rookie Team came out this past week. Everyone knew that Von Miller would be on it. What people didn’t expect was that undrafted nickelback Chris Harris would be joining him. I’ve talked a lot about Miller, so I’ll pass for today - but what do you know about Chris Harris, other than his coming out of ‘nowhere’ and nailing down the starting nickel corner position after ripping it out of the hands of veteran Jonathan Wilhite?
The Broncos not only went from 4-12 to 8-8 and from the bottom of the division to the top this season, but they had a lot of players who got some well-deserved recognition for their play at season’s end. There have been no shortage of awards and compliments, and it’s been a while since that’s been true. The one that I got the most enjoyment from is probably the one that no one saw coming, and that was Harris' honor. A supposedly too-short (at 5’9 and a quarter inch but 192 chiseled lb.) cornerback who has been talked about as a free safety out of Kansas, even a brief glance through his college record makes the fact that the Combine overlooked him even stranger.
Dennis Allen, Raiders to talk again
Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen has been invited to interview a second time for the Oakland Raiders’ head coaching vacancy, according to league sources.
The Raiders also are said to be considering another coach, but the fact that Allen is thought to be the first candidate asked to interview a second time is a sign he is one of the favorites, if not the favorite, for the job.
Allen’s second interview with the Raiders is expected to take place this week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
No idea whether Allen will make for a good head coach, but we already know he's a terrific DC, and that's only after one season in the position. So as much as it would sting for him to end up in Oakland, who knows how he'd do there. What is certain here is that losing him would hurt the Broncos in a big way. (h/t RSH, Esq)
Meanwhile, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie says the team could name a new head coach as soon as Saturday.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Two hard-fought, physical games ended with special teams gaffes last night, first the Patriots surviving a last-minute drive by the Ravens after Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard FG which would have sent the 23-20 game into overtime. Only moments prior, Ravens WR Lee Evans had a potential game-winning TD catch knocked out of his mitts; he actually had the ball with both feet on the ground, but Sterling Moore knocked it away at what was probably the last possible instant before the play would have been ruled a catch.
New England's opponent in the Super Bowl will be the Giants, who defeated the Niners 20-17 in overtime after being given the ball on the 49er 22-yard line when Kyle Williams fumbled a punt return for the second time in the game.
It will be the first Super Bowl rematch since the Cowboys pummelled the Bills in Supes 28 and 29, and the two teams got there in much the same manner as when the 10-6 Giants took down the 16-0 Patriots four years ago. These overdog Patriots won 13 games and took home-field advantage, while the Giants again overcame a sluggish start to their season and rumors of Tom Coughlin being on the hot seat before taking down both of the NFC's top seeds. However, this time the Pats open as three-point favorites instead of the 12-point line which preceded SB 42.
Enjoy the games, everyone!
In the Deadspin column TJ cited the other day, Drew Magary called out Scott Pioli and Josh McDaniels for ruining the "Patriots Way" by their own actions. It’s true that neither Pioli nor McDaniels have found the nearly instant success that marked the rise of the New England Patriots, and this has been true of others who achieved well with Belichick too, although Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff has been successful away from him.
That fact led to a spirited (and polite) discussion here of how people relate to Belichick and the NE success. It ranged from a stated personal hatred of Belichick and a perception of him as a failed coach and a less than brilliant man who has gotten lucky to the possibility that he’s very talented. The fact that Belichick hasn’t won a Super Bowl in several years was brought up, and the fact that BB "got lucky" on Tom Brady and the possibility that he has ridden Brady’s coat tails was also mentioned. There were also folks who defended him, in various degrees. The discussion ranged the full gamut on how people feel about Belichick. It was a good thread, not that long, but with lots of ideas and perspectives.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his column today, Woody Paige revisits his relationship with the late ex-owner of the Broncos, Edgar Kaiser Jr. It's an interesting read, especially when noting how the NFL has changed in the past thirty years, from what sounds like a whimsical hobby of billionaires to the serious moneymaker it is today. As Kaiser told Paige, his purchase of the franchise from the Phipps family was completed "in a matter of hours," and then-Colts owner Robert Irsay apparently chose Denver as John Elway's trade destination because Irsay had befriended the young Broncos owner.
Franchises swapping hands and moving cities on flip decisions, owners agreeing to trade star players and directing their GMs to do so; sure, it all seems quite haphazard in retrospect - but will the game ever be as fun as it was back then?