Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel says the Dolphins are expected to announce their head coaching decision this morning, with Mike McCoy still considered the frontrunner by several sources. As Jeff Legwold notes, superagent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents several Dolphins, hit the airwaves yesterday saying he believes McCoy will be the choice. Meanwhile, Dave Hyde is reminding Miami fans that the team's most high profile coaching hires haven't worked out, so he suggests that hiring a lesser known coach like McCoy or Joe Philbin is perhaps preferable.
As for the Broncos, it will be interesting to see how McCoy structures his staff should he get the gig; usually departing coordinators are allowed to take an assistant or two from their old team with them. This is pure speculation, but one might figure the guys John Fox brought with him from Carolina would stick around, while any of Brian Callahan (quality control, offense), Clancy Barone (tight ends) or Eric Studesville (running backs), who were all hired by Josh McDaniels, could be more likely to go with McCoy. We've already heard that QB coach Adam Gase would likely become the new OC, with Buffs assistant Rip Scherer taking the QB coaching spot.
Time has come for Miami Dolphins’ final coaching decision
None of the candidates had been informed of a decision as of Thursday evening.
...there were indications Thursday that it remained a tight race between the two offensive coordinators, with Bowles a fallback option if Ross cannot decide between Philbin and McCoy.
The Dolphins were impressed by McCoy, and he reportedly has the support of Ireland, whose opinions carry significant weight with Ross. But Ross also thinks very highly of Philbin, according to associates.
If Ireland is supporting McCoy, I have a hard time believing McCoy is going to finish as the runner up. Dolphins owner Steve Ross really does put a lot of trust in Ireland. You may recall that Ireland is the same guy who received little more than a wrist slap after asking Dez Bryant if his mom was a prostitute.
PLAN B: The Broncos are prepared for Mike McCoy’s departure
Multiple sources have confirmed that the Dolphins were blown away by McCoy’s performance in his initial interview. Couple that with the fact that McCoy has a solid relationship with current Miami quarterback Matt Moore from their days together in Carolina and McCoy has an advantage over other coaching candidates…
The Broncos have requested to speak with Colorado Buffaloes assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer. Multiple sources have told me that if McCoy does in fact leave the Broncos, Scherer is a 100 percent lock to join the Broncos staff…The ones that I have talked to believe that if and when Scherer joins the staff, it is more likely that he will come on as the quarterbacks coach and that the man currently in that position, Adam Gase, would move to offensive coordinator, something that many Broncos fans might not want to hear.
Brandon Spano says Adam Gase would likely be elevated to OC should Mike McCoy head out of town, but he also suggests that many Broncos fans might be unhappy with such a development. Obviously, he's referring to the segment that bizarrely called for McCoy's ouster for his perceived lack of turning Tebow loose, as Phil Simms put it the other evening.
That aside, a promotion of Gase makes all the sense in the world, most especially for...none other than Tim Tebow. Retaining Gase and handing him the reins to the offense is the only move that would maintain some measure of continuity for Tim, and what could be more important for a young QB with such a crucial offseason ahead of him? Even if hiring Scherer would mean Tebow's third QB coach in his three years (after Ben McDaniels and Gase himself), Gase's unmatched familiarity among exisiting staff with Tebow and the progress he has made, his strengths and weaknesses, is a commodity the Broncos could not afford to lose if McCoy were to move on.
The other thing to consider is that if the team were to import a new OC from outside the organization, that coach would undoubtedly desire to put his own stamp on the offense. And let's be honest - with the deficiencies in Tebow's passing skills, how likely is he to stand much of a chance to win a QB competition within the framework of some outsider's offense? Tim has enough on his plate these next few months - acclimating himself to a new offense, nomenclature, and developing a relationship with a new OC? It would be an unmitigated disaster. (h/t RSH, Esq)
The Patriot Way Is Now A Load Of S%^@
When Sports Illustrated takes a poll and finds that 97 percent of retired players or whatever have no regret about their playing days despite missing three functional limbs and half a brain, that should be a signal to you that most players in the league are just as passionate about football as supposedly MEGA-PASSIONATE players like Tim Tebow (drafted by Josh McDaniels). If you saw Mike Vick play this season, you know that he nearly killed himself trying to get the Eagles back to .500. Michael Vick really likes playing football. And yet, Tebow gets held up as some kind gold standard for WANTING TO WIN, as if his desire somehow far outstrips everyone else’s in the sport. It doesn’t…
...In fact, McDaniels and Pioli took the Patriot Way and distorted it into something far more ineffective and idiotic. Belichick signs players that he believes will be able to fill a specific role and do so at a reasonable price. That’s why he gambled and signed Albert Haynesworth this offseason. Haynesworth is no one’s idea of a motivated football player, but Belichick thought he could do a certain job at a good value. Haynesworth failed to do this, of course, because he’s a piece of S#!t. But that signing was about finding the right person for the task, not about trying to build a team of magical super-character chemistry unicorns.
...Pioli, on the other hand, is making those bull#@%! “intangibles” the centerpiece of his drafting strategy, which is the precise opposite of how a pro sports team should be run in the 21st century. Throwing away the stats and choosing guys who were captains of their college teams is only a good idea if you’re THE OLDEST WHITE SPORTSWRITER ALIVE. It’s a complete regression. It’s like putting Colin Cowherd in charge of your team. “Screw his 40 time. What I want to know is ... who’s his daddy?” The Chiefs are f#$@ed, and so is any team that thinks it can replicate the Patriot Way without realizing what it really is, and without the best coach in football running the show.
TIM TEBOW Gets a Taste of Sin City
The Denver Broncos quarterback was spotted strolling through the Bellagio hotel last night along with his brother and a friend ... after catching a performance of the Cirque du Soleil show, “O.”...
...We asked how Tebow would be spending his first free weekend in months ... and the rep told us, “He’s looking forward to going to church.”
Forget torn cartilage. Forget a bruised rib. Forget rehab. When I'm feeling down, I'm hitting the mother#$!^ing aquatic theater, you beotches.
And now, if you'll excuse me, I need about five minues of alone time. Actually, make that two minutes. I just noticed the sirens in the body suits.
Yeah, it's a slow day until we hear about Mike McCoy.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Word is that Tim Tebow's injuries from Saturday night would likely have kept him out of the AFC title game had the Broncos won; Barry Petchesky considers how Tebow and the Broncos should deal with this going forward. There were some comments yesterday noting that Tebow's injury occurred in the pocket, and so his being a running QB shouldn't mean he's more prone to injury than any other QB. But this is about Tim's style of play inviting more contact than other QBs take, because he is more often a runner without the in-the-pocket QB protections. He's just going to take more hits than other quarterbacks. Add in the ridiculous hype that surrounds him, and just like guys supposedly want to play harder for him? His opponents surely relish taking him down too - they also have extra motivation. Obviously, his size, strength and toughness help, but eventually the multitude of hits he takes will cost him.
What about Cam Newton? Well, the same can be said for him too, although Cam has a much better chance of success should the Panthers ever decide to put a rein on his running. And, who cares? Whatever the Panthers do with Cam Newton has nothing to do with whether Tebow can can survive the punishment.
McCoy believes himself the leading candidate
According to a source, McCoy considers himself the front-runner in the Miami job and is so confident of this status, he took his name out of consideration for the vacant Oakland Raiders job. McCoy was scheduled to interview for that Raiders opening in Denver on Wednesday but ultimately declined. The source, who requested anonymity, said the Raiders were not thrilled with the apparent snub but were made to understand that McCoy believes himself the front-runner in Miami and he didn’t want to do anything to hinder that status.
One source asked why the Dolphins would be so enamored with McCoy as to give him a second interview, noting that the Broncos started the season on a 1-4 slide and ended the season on a 1-4 slide. In fairness, the Broncos did win the AFC West title. But even that title was getting shot down by sources partial to the other candidates. One of those noted that the only reason the Broncos won the AFC West is because since-fired Dolphins coach Tony Sparano opted for a two-point conversation against the Broncos early in the fourth quarter of their October 23 game. The conversion failed, giving the Dolphins a 12-0 lead instead of a 13-0 or 14-0 lead. Had Sparano kicked the extra point, the Dolphins might have withstood a breakneck Denver comeback and still won the game 16-15 in regulation instead of losing 18-15 in overtime.
It looks like it's amost a foregone conclusion at this point--the Denver Broncos will indeed be in the market for a new offensive coordinator tomorrow.
The Raiders weren't thrilled. I find that thrilling.
Broncos' McCoy says no to Raiders, seeks Dolphins job
Turns out a second chance to state his case to be the Miami Dolphins’ next head coach had Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on another airplane today.
McCoy took his name off the Oakland Raiders’ list, canceling his scheduled interview in Denver with newly-hired Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie to board a flight to New York.
McCoy doesn't cancel with the Raiders unless one of two things has happened:
I'm going with #1.
Unimpeachable source Rob Lowe says Peyton Manning is retiring
The actor sent two more tweets in the following minutes, one to NFL Network’s Rich Eisen asking if the news was true (actual motive: making sure someone in the know saw the tweet) and another saying that he hopes he’s wrong, even though he usually isn’t (actual motive: covering his bases).
This is the second of a multi-part series on Broncos star linebacker Von Miller; Part 1 originally appeared on January 5
If you ask why a player who’s only 6’2 and 210 lb could be playing in the middle/nose guard slot under Paul Brown, it had to do with three things. It was a long time ago, so size and heft weren’t quite the same factors they are now. Because of that, speed at the snap is the number one skill needed for a pass rusher. The sudden blast from a neutral start to full speed in a moment’s time - and it’s something that Von Miller has in spades, just as Bill Willis did under Paul Brown - is the single most important quality for that role. Miller had 7.5 of his sacks in 2.5 seconds or less - they’re starting to gauge ‘quick sacks’ by that measure, and while OL mistakes can play into it, the most important thing it gauges over a season is how fast the player can explode off the LOS. Miller nudges the land-speed record there. In a couple of seasons, he may be pushing to break it.
Leverage is second, another absolute key to the job as a pass rusher. Just ask Elvis Dumervil - or an offensive lineman. Actually, Zane Beadles already weighed in on this. He’s been on the receiving end of this one enough times:
In the simplest terms, the lower man wins. "If a player like Von is able to get down and he's flexible — and it's the same with Elvis — he gets underneath guys and is able to separate with his arms. That's difficult for an offensive lineman. You're not going to win many of those no matter the weight difference."