Brian Dawkins and Andre' Goodman were both back at practice today for Denver, pretty much a prerequisite for the Broncos to have any chance at winning Sunday.
Meanwhile, plenty of news involving old friends - PFW is hearing Josh McDaniels is the current frontrunner to replace Handshake Haley in Kansas City, it appears that Kyle Orton will be starting for the Chiefs on Sunday, and Wade Phillips had surgery on his kidney and gall bladder.
Obviously, McDaniels ending up in KC would be a perpetual fountain of storylines - Denver's most emphatic victory of last season came at the Chiefs' expense and ended in the infamous non-handshake, the rematch in KC three weeks later would be McDaniels' final game as Denver's coach, and of course his pursuit of Matt Cassel led to the trade of Jay Cutler in return for Orton and the draft picks that would eventually be part of Denver acquiring Tim Tebow.
Lastly, this Sam Hurd story is only going to get more and more interesting - not only was Hurd apparently one of the biggest dealers in Chi-town, but the police have a list of fellow NFL players Hurd dealt to.
Did the Packers untying Ndamukong Suh’s shoes set him off?
Was Ndamukong Suh’s Thanksgiving outburst caused by a juvenile prank ordered by a Green Bay Packers coach? According to former Packers offensive lineman Matt Brock, that’s exactly what happened. Brock was being interviewed on KXTG in Portland, Ore., when he floated the theory that his former teammate, current offensive line coach James Campen, may have told Evan Dietrich-Smith to untie Ndamukong Suh’s shoes during the game as a way of getting under the skin of the volatile Detroit Lions star.
Jockey offering $1 million in prizes if Tim Tebow wins Super Bowl
Jockey® is putting over $1 million on the line in favor of Denver winning football’s championship game on February 5, 2012. If Tim Tebow’s team wins, 1 lucky winner will take home a $15,000 Grand Prize. All other entrants will receive a $25 Jockey® gift card.
You know, protecting use of logos is one thing, but to keep companies from even putting Denver and Broncos together or from calling the ultimate professional football contest the Super Bowl is just too much.
NO! ATHLETES AT N.Y. HIGH SCHOOL SUSPENDED FOR TEBOWING IN SCHOOL HALLWAY
A group of athletes at a Long Island high school have been suspended — no, not for completely inappropriate and disgusting hazing rituals or for drug and alcohol use — for the heinous act of Tebowing.
Kids these day, just no concept of right/wrong. Seriously though, WTF?!
Hi, folks. Thanks to some fast repair work on my computer system, I’m able to dictate a little ahead of schedule and I just wanted to share a vignette with you. After the Broncos took over first place in the division with yet another late-game surge, It may help to put the hiring of John Fox and the way the team is coming together into a little more perspective.
You see, with regard to all of the things that people are excited about concerning the Broncos (and most teams), the head coach frequently ranks up there with leftover oatmeal and strep throat. It’s hardly an uncommon feeling in football cities around the league - few cities don’t have groups that publicly dislike the coach, from the many websites I’ve visited, and coaches go from icons to idiots as quickly as Champ Bailey can sneak a hand onto an incoming pass. It just goes with the territory.
What happens Sunday if the coaches must again tell Quinn to get ready? How does he prepare to be the next man up in an offense designed specifically for another very distinct man?...While the Broncos continue to implement their unique offense, Quinn is in the bizarre position of trying to self-scout a defense that Tebow will never face…If the Broncos stick with Tebow, the team’s current setup at quarterback makes it pretty clear they’ll need to focus on acquiring someone similar to Tebow’s skill set.
Quinn says he'd love to return to Denver next year, but it'll be a shock to not see him heading out of town, along with Eddie Royal.
Top Ten with a Twist: Why Broncos will beat Pats
If I had to bet my mortgage on the outcome of this game, I’d put my money on the Patriots. But … it’s possible Denver somehow pulls off the win, especially given its amazing run during the past eight games. Thus, in this week’s Top Ten (with a Twist), I’ve come up with 10 reasons why the Broncos will win. Sure, Denver will probably need to play the perfect game while catching New England on one of its lesser days in order to pull off the upset, but as we’ve seen, you always should believe in the power of Tebow.
It's not that crazy...
Week 15 N.F.L. Game Probabilities: Explaining Tebow
Perhaps opposing defenses are playing too soft with their fourth-quarter leads. Maybe Tebow plays too tight until the necessity and urgency of trailing in the fourth quarter allow him to play with abandon, a theory that is bolstered by fact that Tebow has played relatively poorly in his three overtimes this season. Is it by design? Perhaps the Broncos’ plan is to minimize errors and wait for opportunities for big plays while relying on their defense to keep the game close. Then in the fourth quarter, they roll the dice and become aggressive. My hunch is that it’s some combination of the above.
According to the federal complaint, Hurd was arrested Wednesday after meeting with an undercover agent at a Chicago restaurant. The complaint said Hurd told the agent that he was interested in buying five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week for distribution in the Chicago area.
Man, Nate's got nothing on this guy. We're talking half a ton PER WEEK. If you're wondering, Hurd signed a three-year deal with Chicago in July which included a $1.35M signing bonus and a $685K salary for 2011 (via Rotoworld). Apparently, Hurd told the undercover agent that he was already responsible for the distribution of four kilos of cocaine per week, but that he needed more supply.