Klis: Carolina should think Xanders

Carolina Panthers should place call to Brian Xanders
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Brian Xanders should be on their short-list of candidates. This is a guy who knows the inner front-office systems of three teams — the Atlanta Falcons, Broncos and New England Patriots (through his time with Josh McDaniels). Xanders has worked nearly NFL job, from coach to salary cap manager to talent evaluator to general manager…Panthers owner Jerry Richardson should give Xanders a call.

When considering any candidate for a position of power and influence, it's good to do your research.  For example, how good will he be with the media?  We suggest our Brian Xanders Random Quote Generator as a good starting place.  Some of our favorite Xanders quotes of all time include the following:

  • "It's a great opportunity for myself."
  • "I have a vast background in football."
  • "I don't want to go revisionist's history."
  • "Mostly, I want fans to understand that the draft is vitally important to us on how we build this team into the future."
  • "There was never a question that we wouldn't have him."
  • "90% of my job now is watching tape."
  • "We all get along together."
  • "We are going to have our college scouts start cross-checking the players in February, instead of later in the process in January."
  • "We researched their personal character and their football character…we never want the character grade to bleed into the football grade..."

Other "stuff," like Xanders's role in drafting Tim Tebow and whether Xanders really did prefer Clay Matthews to Robert Ayers are just minor things.

AFCW News: It’s Quotidian Quinn in Kansas City!

Perhaps it doesn't have the ring of Peytonpalooza, or of Tebow Time, but the Brady Quinn Era will continue indefinitely in Kansas City, according to Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel.

Quinn had started in place of the injured Matt Cassel in KC's Week 6 blowout loss to Tampa Bay, and Cassel, who's in the fourth season of a six-year, $63M contract, has been cleared to play this week.

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Was Nolan Nawrocki right about Cam Newton?

Coming out of college, I had the impression that Cam Newton had impressive mental toughness.  It came out in the middle of Auburn's season that his dad had tried to get paid for sending him to a college, and Cam seemed to ignore it, and just keep dominating.

Last year, he flashed really impressive talent, and some huge plays as a rookie.  It seemed like he was the next big thing in NFL Quarterbacking.

The 2012 season is going terribly for Cam, though, and for the Panthers, who just fired their longtime GM Marty Hurney.

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AFCW tightens (sort of) Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The AFCW got nominally more bunched yesterday, after the Raiders rallied for an overtime win over the decimated Jaguars.

Oakland is now 2-4 and one game behind Denver and San Diego after they overcame a 20-6 deficit for a 26-23 victory. Jacksonville lost Maurice Jones-Drew and Blaine Gabbert to injury, and then backup QB Chad Henne showed exactly why the Jags hadn't yanked Gabbert yet. The ex-Dolphin was 9 for 20 for a woeful 71 yards, and was sacked three times for 26 yards - 45 net passing yards on 23 dropbacks. These are numbers that remind us of...oh, never mind.

Jacksonville wideout Cecil Shorts fumbled on the opening possession of overtime, and Sebastian Janikowski ended the game with a 40-yard kick.

As for Carson Palmer, who does he think he is? Jake Plummer?

Oakland's next game will be Sunday at Arrowhead against the 1-5 Chiefs, who were idle this week. Mark your calendars - should be a good...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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Chargers may have cheated, but got beat anyway

Early this afternoon, Jay Glazer reported that the San Diego Chargers were being investigated by the league for using a substance likened to Stickum during their loss to the Broncos last Monday.  Per Glazer :

NFL Security has already begun investigation as SD equipment man was hiding illegal sticky substance and giving to players. Line judge saw it and had it confiscated and sent to broncos and league.

Surprise--NFL teams are trying to find any advantage they can get.   The only surprise here is the Chargers so poorly hid their cheating. 

This does give us the opportunity to remind everyone this whole cheating-with-Stickum thing orginated with an Oakland Raider, Lester "The Molester" Hayes.    

Open Thread: Sunday Week 7

Here are the day's inactive lists. Enjoy the games, and Go Jaguars!

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Skip Bayless works hard at his craft; is that a good thing? Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Here we are, bye week Sunday.

While it's always great for the players to rest up in both a physical and mental sense, it sure does make for an empty-ish football feeling for us fans, right?

Granted, there are some great matchups we'll be watching - namely Houston/Baltimore and Washington/G-Men.

How will you spend your second straight Sunday off from Broncos football?

Whatever you do, enjoy it, and as always, thanks for reading.

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The debate is over: Tebow is Tom Brady

Rex says Tebow played Brady on scout team, gave tips on McDaniels
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According to Jets coach Rex Ryan, Tebow has already done valuable work in practice this week: Tebow played the role of Tom Brady for the Jets’ scout team to prepare the defense, and Tebow also provided information about the play-calling tendencies of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who coached Tebow in Denver.

Asked whether picking Tebow’s brain for intelligence about McDaniels was part of his preparation, Ryan confirmed that it was.  “Absolutely, we did that with Tim,” Ryan said.

For all you doubters, remember, Tebow said this about Josh McDaniels:

I was jacked leaving that room. I didn't even want to visit another room. It was not enough time. We were excited, we were enthusiastic. There was passion. It was just intense, and it was ball, and it was juice. The juice level in that room was high, and it was awesome.

Juicy.

Raiders have ‘em right where they want ‘em

Oakland Raiders see opportunity to get back in AFC West race
www.insidebayarea.com

“What I wanted our guys to understand is that even though we haven’t started the way we wanted to, that everything we set out at the beginning of the year is still right in front of us,’’ Allen said. “Sometimes when you start off 1-4, you feel like things are lost, and that’s not necessarily the case.’’ The Denver Broncos started 1-4 last season, with Allen as defensive coordinator, and ended up winning the AFC West on the final weekend of the season with an 8-8 record.

Strong side linebacker Philip Wheeler said: “He might have thought that we were down and saying we’re out of it, but we’re not out of it. We’re not out of anything. We can still make our own destiny.’‘

The one problem?  The Raiders don't have Tim Tebow to run the veer option, and for as good as Sebastian Janikowski has been over the years, he's no Matt Prater.   

With all due respect to Dennis Allen, the Raiders will be lucky to win seven games.

Who cares what athletes put in their bodies?

Happy endings rare in sports
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Do you think anyone cares what Kobe Bryant does to get his knees ready for an 82-game NBA season? You think David Stern and the league’s television partners care? The same could be said of Peyton Manning’s neck and Ray Lewis’ triceps.

I hope Kobe plays forever (as long as he’s never perceived as a better player than Magic Johnson). Kobe is entertaining, compelling and fun to analyze. So are Manning, Lewis and A-Rod. My position on PEDs has been pretty consistent for quite some time. Athletes are entertainers, the same as musicians. I don’t much care what drugs Led Zeppelin, Guns N Roses or Marvin Gaye used to make good music. I don’t care what athletes do to take the field.

Although it's a minority position to take in American sports, I agree with Whitlock on this one.  I don't care what athletes put in their bodies as long as they know the associated risks; further, he's right to call football entertainment.  It may be more enduring than hot-oil wrestling (although I know where I'd rather be during a 4th-quarter blowout), and Roger Goodell would have you believe it's as American as the Boy Scouts, apple pie, and a Tim Tebow speaking engagement (that will be $30,000, thanks), but at the end of the day, it's just another way to occupy your leisure time--you know, like composing showtunes, masturbation, or watching reality TV.  As long as you are consuming something, you contribute to a Keynesian multiplier

Now, fire up that plasma TV and drink something that has caffeine or alcohol (preferably both)--two substances the NFL hasn't banned.   

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