On Thursday, March 15 of 2012, Denver jumped into the free agent pool and came out clutching veteran free safety Mike Adams in its hooves. Was it the money or the atmosphere that brought him into the Broncos fold? According to Gray Caldwell, Michael ‘Pops’ Adams began by saying, “Nice to be here: the weather’s nice.”
It was your basic 70-degree March day in Denver. Happily, the Broncos signed him before the next traditional spring snowstorm rolled on in (and I’m sorry to hear about the late drought along the front range - all the best to those who were or are displaced by the forest fires that are plaguing that area). Regardless - one of the things that clinched his decision was the warmth within the facility, far more than the weather without. The coaching of John Fox went a long way toward greasing the wheels to a mutual agreement.
According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos re-signed punter Britton Colquitt, who is entering his third season with the team. Colquitt was an exclusive-rights free agent tendered last month at $540K, so this was a simple formality of Britton signing his tender.
Barring an unlikely extension, the 27-year-old member of the Colquitt family of punters will be a restricted free agent after the 2012 season.
Britton's 101 punts ranked second in the league in 2011, and his average of 47.4 yards per kick was seventh-best.
I'm a bit puzzled by the negative reaction to Seattle's new uniforms. Their most recent ones were incredibly boring and ugly, especially the all-blue ones. Mike Tanier says there's talk of more uniform changes related to color and style in 2013.
You know what has to be the dumbest habit of all relating to draft analysis? It's not the 40 mocks per writer, it's noting that Denver has the #25 pick, and then looking at every #25 pick in history as if that indicates some sort of precedent for what players can be found there. Here's an entire column devoted to precisely that sort of garbage. Look, Tom Brady was a sixth-rounder, while JaMarcus Russell was taken first overall. What else needs to be said?
Happy Tuesday, friends, and welcome to Part 4 of the ongoing series about the Peyton Manning offense. Today we’ll take our first step into the passing game, beginning with the key concepts that make up the three-step game. If you’ve missed any of the prior installments of the series, please feel free to catch up by following the appropriate links:
Every team runs some key three-step passing plays, which accomplish the goal of getting the ball in the hands of players in space by way of high-percentage completions. With an excellent QB like Peyton Manning, the three-step game is especially effective, because he’s so quick at identifying the best receiver to throw the ball to and then put it on the guy’s upfield shoulder, which allows him to immediately begin running after securing the catch.
Nike unveiled the new NFL jerseys for the 2012 season at an event in Brooklyn today. As expected, the Broncos will be switching back to orange as their primary uniform color, and the necklines of their jerseys also received a minor tweak (as did several other teams, it appears). Seattle was the only team whose uniforms underwent a significant overhaul.
Peyton Manning's fitness did not concern Mike Shanahan
“I don’t think anybody is convinced until he’s ready to go,” Shanahan said when asked his belief about Manning’s health. “Knowing him, knowing his work ethic, knowing his passion for the game, I would be shocked if he’s not ready to go – just knowing him and how he prepares and how hard he works…
...“It was kind of just interesting, fun to sit down and talk football for a number of hours,” Mike Shanahan said. “At the end I had a feeling what direction he may go, especially with our situation with the cap – which I can’t talk about in detail. We had a good conversation.”
The Mastermind. I guess he knew all along and just didn't tell us.
With a great base tan comes great responsibility.
Broncs bomber: How Denver will transition from Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning
Peyton is not an offensive coordinator, nor does he want to be one. That’s a pure misconception. He’ll give his input on McCoy’s playbook, and he’ll certainly have the ability to call multiple plays in the huddle and audible at the line. But Peyton always worked within a system in Indianapolis, and he’ll do the same in Denver.
To dispel another misconception about Peyton, he actually likes to rely on the running game. Our most successful offensive play in Indianapolis was a play-action pass off a stretch play, which worked only when we were picking up yards on the ground from the actual stretch play.
Overall, I’d expect Denver’s offense to be a work in progress as everyone adjusts to a new quarterback and a new system. But I’d bet that the offense will take off in the second half of the season, making the Broncos legitimate championship contenders.
These quotes are from an ESPN Insider/Mag column by former Colts GM Bill Polian; the rest is mostly the typical "Peyton works really hard" and "Peyton is brilliant" stuff, plus Polian reiterates his high opinion of Denver's line (probably since the one he himself put together for Indy was so poor in recent years) and expects new tight ends Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen to light it up in the early going.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest column over at CHFF, Scott Kacsmar does his usual bang-up research job in examining the wide-ranging impact of Tim Tebow on the 2011 NFL season and the rest of the league going forward.
As Kacsmar tells it, Tebow's influence resulted in:
Okay, so perhaps some of it is a reach, but it's a typically informative and entertaining read from Kacsmar, who even manages to tie the bounty scandal into the story.
HELENA, Mont.—Two days after posting bail for drug and burglary charges, former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been arrested a second time in Montana…
...Hickman says the new charges stem from a burglary on Sunday—two days after Leaf was arrested and charged with burglarizing an acquaintance’s home for prescription painkillers.
This story was only slightly amusing the first time. Now it's just sad.
The guy needs help.
After TJ cited Peyton Manning’s radio appearance on 104.3 last week, I spent some time thinking about what Manning had said. There’s no other way for me to put it - I feel like you've got to love Peyton’s approach in all of this. This is what other, lesser QBs should have brought to the table over the years - the unshakable desire to win, and a willing acceptance of their role in making it happen.
He's spoken of as one of the best of the best among QBs - and he is. He’ll be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, yet he’s essentially a soft-spoken man and he has a remarkable natural kindness to his mannerisms. He gives me the feeling that he’s someone who grew up in a good home and who has, himself, an unusual level of maturity. I’ve been privileged to have friends who have adult children like this, and the apples didn’t fall far from the tree. Simply put, the man has something that’s in unsettlingly short supply in our country of late - good manners. He's also both humble and incredibly hard working, yet he has the big ring to prove just how talented he is. He's a living antonym of the star player syndrome that is, at times, too easily present in the league and too often praised and cheered on in the community.