Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Jeff Legwold spoke with Jeff Fisher, Leslie Frazier and Mike Shanahan about the problems Peyton Manning creates for defenses. The best quotes come via Fisher, whose Titans played Manning twice yearly for nine years, plus once in the 1999 playoffs (a Tennessee victory that included a !15-yard! rushing TD by Peyton). Said Fisher:
He'll raise the offense to a level where they are consistent week after week after week. He eliminates a lot of mistakes, and they'll score a lot of points week after week after week. He kind of changes the defensive philosophy (the Broncos) will face because all of a sudden (defenses) aren't rushing the passer against Denver or protecting a lead.
We've always said it's like preparing for one of those quarterbacks in a video game. You just can't fool him. He'll move fast and get the ball to the right people.
He's going to get up under center, scan the field and he knows what you're doing," Fisher said. "It may look like you're doing something else, but he knows what you're doing. It goes beyond staring into the eyes of the safeties. He understands presnap looks, the signals, the communication. He just knows all that.
Sound good to you?
Tim Tebow has fallen into sin, Tiger Woods is adequate again, and the Mets are questionable for opening day, but Doc Brooks and Kenny Kennedy still hate each other. It’s GOOMF!
The Onion: taking the craziest conversations we've ever had, adding crack, and making it a positive for Tim Tebow's game.
If you're not familiar with The Onion (really?): NSFW language, if the title hasn't hinted enough at that. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably shouldn't bother watching either.
If we did pretend to take this seriously for a moment: given the Mark Sanchez-Kate Upton rumors, I'm not sure how he could up his game, but to each his own.
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and general manager Jeff Ireland joined the Browns and 21 teams to watch Tannehill perform. Mayock believes Tannehill will not escape the top 10.
“If he doesn’t go at four,” Mayock said, “Miami has to take him at eight, and don’t be surprised if somebody trades up to three, where Minnesota is, or seven, where Jacksonville is, to get a chance at this kid.”
Has the world gone mad? Ryan Tannehill at #3?
Only Jeff (F)Ireland.
Peyton Manning good to go for Broncos, says QB coach David Cutcliffe
“He could play a game. We’ve done it, we’ve simulated games, and he’s done well. He’s going to do nothing but get stronger and going to play up to his standards,” Cutcliffe said Thursday in a phone interview with The Denver Post. “I know that’s his goal, and there isn’t any reason, there is no indicator otherwise…”
“...He can make all the throws, his release times are perfect, and we pay a lot of attention to that. It’s arm speed and getting rid of it. His velocity is good. It’s just a matter of, like any other NFL football player, you’ve got to feel good,” Cutcliffe said. “He’s in great shape. Not good shape, great shape, and that’s part of what we did here as well.”
Add Cutcliffe to the list of people who think Manning is ready to lace them up this second. That list also includes Manning himself.
A list of two? Good enough for me.
Broncos re-sign DE Hunter
The Broncos have re-signed defensive end Jason Hunter, the team announced Thursday.
Hunter had been an unrestricted free agent after playing for the Broncos the last two seasons. He previously played for Green Bay and Detroit.
Right now the Broncos are trying to re-sign Marcus Thomas and have an interest in Amobi Okoye.
What's the common trait between the two?
Both play the 3-technique (often known as an under tackle). Most teams expect the 3-tech to be a penetrator and a disruptive force, and further, to create at least a little bit of havoc in the pass rush. For a quick refresher on gaps and techniques, you can always click here. Suffice to say, your 3-tech needs to be active.
Thomas played well last year (25 stops ain't too shabby), but wasn't a huge factor in the pass rush. He ended up with zero sacks, one QB hit, three QB pressures, and one batted pass.
Okoye by contrast had four sacks, six QB hits, 21 QB pressures, and a batted pass. He was less of a factor in the running game, however. He ended up with 15 stops.
Who should Denver sign? Right now, either will do. The free agents left on the market at defensive tackle are growing thin. So they don't have a ton of wiggle room. Should Denver sign either one, it will bring a sigh of relief--the Broncos will have at least plugged one of their gaps at defensive tackle.
We started a little fire with our original Tebow billboards.
Then, we added some kindling in part 2.
Finally, we poured on the gasoline and gave Kyle Orton his own set of billboards.
Now that Peyton Manning is coming to Denver, we decided to simply burn the house down.
It's billboard time.
Keep your eyes open as you're driving the Denver-metro area for these.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! John Elway provided some insight into how the Denver and Manning offenses will be melded, and what he said wasn't much of a surprise: Peyton will get to use the verbiage he's familiar with when making calls at the line.
Obviously, this will require all of his new teammates to adjust to him rather than vice versa, but it makes sense. Since the players cannot work out at Dove Valley or under coaches' supervision, they can get to learning right away, and since Manning is already organizing workouts, there's a good chance they've already started the process.
Besides, they probably all forgot what it's like to change a play at the line anyway...so what's the difference?
The Drive hour 1 3/28/12
“I’ve pretty much been sleeping over here at the complex the past week and an half trying to study this playbook and trying to get on the same page as these receivers…I haven’t left here since I signed last Tuesday. I plan on being here all off season.”
Peyton Manning didn't tell us too much in the way of news in this interview, but it's still a good listen if you get the chance. Among other things, Manning said:
Manning moved his rehab to Denver’s facility immediately after signing, and has done all he can—which is very limited at this point, due to the new offseason rules—to get ready for the 2012 season, his first in the NFL in colors other than the Colts’ blue and white.
“It’s great to have him there, and obviously he’s full of knowledge,” Broncos executive vice president John Elway told NFL Network. “But he’s still going through his rehab process and working hard. With the new rules, we can only do so much, but he’s working hard on rehabbing his arm. And he’s been working out, throwing with the guys, and that’s the kind of guy he is. He’s got our playbook, so he’s had his head in the playbook trying to learn, and kind of combine what he’s used and what we do.”
Just in case you didn't know, Manning is also sleeping at the Broncos' facility. It's safe to assume he's living and breathing Broncos football during his waking hours. During those hours in which he is trying to get some sleep, he's probably not counting sheep, but instead the number of Raiders it would take to screw in a light bulb.
As we've written before--some guys in the NFL work hard. Then there's Peyton Manning.