We interrupt your regularly-scheduled programming for some frightening news from SAF@MH:
How many times over the years have you heard about how classy the Chiefs organization is?
Tradition, blah blah, great fans, blah blah, first-class owners, blah blah...
You know what all that has gotten them?
Zero playoff wins in 18 years. No SB appearances since their victory following the 1969 season.
A 25-34 record against the Broncos since the arrival of John Elway in 1983.
Raiders eyeing long-snapper
Travis Tripucka just Tweeted that he is headed to Oakland, presumably for a workout as a potential replacement for injured long-snapper Jon Condo.
“Oakland California, here I come!” Tripucka said in a Tweet. “Another opportunity. Couldn’t be happier! Raider Nation better be ready for the lunchmeat.”
Frank Tripucka's number 18 was one of only three retired by the Broncos (along with John Elway's 7 and Floyd Little's 44), before he graciously allowed the team to unretire it for Peyton Manning's use in March. Surely this was accompanied by a promise to re-retire the number whenever Peyton's time in Denver is up.
But the Broncos may want to consider not giving it back.
After all, Oakland's new long snapper is Frank's grandson, Travis. Imagine if the kid ends up snapping the kick that...never mind. This is just wrong on so many levels.
A new way of playing offense has come to Denver, one that’s new to us, anyway. When they went without a huddle Sunday night, the Broncos became unstoppable.
When you combine the brilliance of Peyton Manning with the altitude of Denver, you’re cooking with gas when you can sustain no-huddle drives. I’m not in complete agreement with Doug’s article from Monday, and I want to give you a slightly different take. First, I want to clarify the no-huddle, and second, I want to touch on some strategic offensive thinking.
I want everybody to understand the no-huddle better than it’s presented to them by the average talking head on TV. There’s a significant amount of misunderstanding about the no-huddle, so let’s start with three key points, to level-set the discussion:
1. The no-huddle offense is not the same thing as the hurry-up offense. Going without a huddle allows an offense to snap the ball quickly, but it doesn’t require it to do so. When an offense plays hurry-up, it will usually go without a huddle, but going without a huddle gives the QB wide latitude on when to snap the ball. Peyton Manning often waits until the play clock runs down, and I’ll explain why shortly.
Broncos corner Tracy Porter was named the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week for his season-opening performance against the Steelers.
The fifth-year player was credited with eight tackles (one for loss), five passes defensed, and his late interception of Ben Roethlisberger and subsequent TD return sealed the 31-19 victory for Denver.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! DP colleagues Lindsay Jones and Jeff Legwold agree that Denver going no-huddle has to include a dose of runs, but of course, the decision of whether to huddle up has nothing to do with the choice of passing or running.
It's all about substitutions, for both the Denver offense and opposing defense.
There's nothing wrong with Peyton Manning audibling to a run play (or changing the type of run), as he often does at the line of scrimmage. If opponents want to invite Peyton to run the ball, guess what? He's not Dan Marino; he'll run the ball 50 times and throw 20 times, if that's what makes sense.
Tracy Porter's interception of Ben Roethlisberger in Week 1 reminiscent of his Super Bowl pick
In camp, I asked Porter if he’d had a moment yet to talk to Manning about Memory Lane, about that night in South Florida when Manning, on his way to becoming a two-time Super Bowl champ, threw a pass that will live in Colts infamy.
“No,’’ he said. “I mean, we’re both professionals. It’d be sort of rookie-ish to mention it. If he wants to talk about it one day, we will, but that’s not the kind of thing I’d ever bring up to him.’‘
On Sunday night, I asked if it had come up yet with Manning.
“No,” he said.
You do not talk about your SB 44-clinching pick-six.
The second rule of playing with Peyton Manning is: You do not talk about your SB 44-clinching pick-six.
Of course, Manning's Colts were already down by a touchdown at the time of Porter's game-ender, but don't let that get in the way of a good narrative, Peter.
Peyton Manning Measures Up In Broncos Debut
Manning was above his own lofty career average in every notable passing statistic outside of raw passing yardage; out of 188 total games, Sunday’s ranked fifth in WPA, fourth in success rate, 40th in AYPA, 31st in EPA/P, 44th in EPA and 53rd in completion percentage—at least in the top 28% of Manning’s best games (note: Advanced NFL Stats’s numbers don’t go back far enough to include Manning’s first two seasons).
It's easy to say that Peyton Manning answered questions about whether he'd be back to form in the affirmative. However, it's important to keep in mind that as these numbers show, Peyton will not typically be as good as he was the other night, relative to efficiency and game impact.
Steelers @ Broncos, Week 1
When Roethlisberger wasn’t blitzed, he had a quarterback rating of 113.7. When he was blitzed, his quarterback rating was down to 28.6.
HEED! BLITZ! NOW!