Open Thread & Cutler/Marshall Schadenfreude: MNF Week 7 - Lions @ Bears

Brandon Marshall, self-proclaimed student of the game:

Five years ago, I didn’t know what conference I was in, probably. When you go back that far, the game was different. It was definitely different for me. I was seeing a lot of one-on-one coverages and we were out there just throwing it all over the place. Now, we have to be smarter. The looks that we’re getting, the disguises, you have to be a student of the game. It doesn’t matter how talented you are, if you’re not a student of the game, you’re definitely going to fail. I think the things you guys are hearing from me is just a maturity — learning the game more, learning the business and understanding the business more — so it’s also refreshing to me to see the growth in myself and the guys around me.

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Dumb, but fun “stat” of the day

In Peter King's weekly shameless SNF promotion, he notes that Denver has 26 pass plays of 20+ yards so far this season, second only to their upcoming opponents, the Saints.

We have the word stat in quote marks because really, this amounts to trivia (why 20-yard plays, and not 19-yard plays?). 20 yards is a totally arbitrary threshold for a play to become labeled as explosive, and it's not the sort of figure you can correlate to winning or losing. More appropriate would be to just measure yards per attempt, and then figure in the effect of touchdowns, interceptions, and sacks - as we did last week.

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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.

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