Will Von Miller lose Defensive Rookie of the Year?

Miller's production has slipped after injury
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Miller, the No. 2 overall draft pick, needs three sacks Sunday at Kansas City to tie Jevon Kearse’s rookie record of 14.5 sacks, set in 1998. San Francisco’s Aldon Smith, the No. 7 overall draft pick, has 14 sacks. He has 6.5 sacks since Miller’s injury. It will be interesting to see who wins the NFL defensive rookie of the year award. Miller has been on the field more than Smith and has he had a bigger impact throughout the year, but Smith’s sacks numbers may be difficult to deny even though Miller has 29 more tackles than Smith.

Williamson raises a fair point that wouldn't have been even remotely possible three weeks ago.  As we know, and as John Elway confirmed this morning, Miller's hand injury has affected his sack totals.  But do sack numbers mean more than overall production?  Let's just quickly throw down the lines of both players"

Name Team  Snaps  QB Sacks  QB Hits  QB Pressures  Tackles  Assists  Stops 
 Aldon Smith SF 446 14 12 30 12 2 22
 Von Miller DEN 873 11.5 19 28 41 8 41

I could have easily turned all of these into rate stats (sacks/snap, etc.), but they would essentially show the same thing: Aldon Smith has been more productive as a pass rusher, while Miller has been more productive overall. We're clearly biased here at IAOFM. We think Miller is the next Derrick Thomas, but with the chops to also play the running game. Does that mean he's Defensive Rookie of the Year?  In our minds, it certainly does.

Maher breaks the first rule of satire

Bill Maher Slams Tim Tebow on Twitter
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On Saturday, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos had a very bad day as they lost to the Buffalo Bills 40 - 14.  That led so-called comedian Bill Maher to tweet: “Wow, Jesus just f****d #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler ‘Hey, Buffalo’s killing them.’
Fox News’ Eric Bolling responded:  “Bill Maher is disgusting vile trash. I can’t even repeat what he just tweeted about Tebow..on Christmas Eve. #straighttohellBill”

Eventually I'll learn not to dip my toe into these things, but until then, here we go.  I get satire; I get hyperbole; in fact, I engage in a fair amount of it myself. Sometimes, I'll even get a reader who emails me upset until I remind them that they shouldn't read every headline I write literally until reading the story.

When you're a young and impressionable man, they send you--cleanly shaven, of course--to Satire School. On the first day, before they assign you lockers, they write on the chalkboard the fundamental rule: No Hitler jokes.

John Elway: when you lose the rock, you lose the game

12-26 The John Elway Show Part 1
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“...turnovers kind of got to us again…we were in the football game, and the next thing we knew, we were kind of out of the football game…execution hasn’t been as good in the last couple weeks, but we haven’t done anything to help ourselves with turnovers.”

Elway said little of significance (as you'd expect) in this interview. He's probably just glad it's his last of the year with Vic and Gary.  Here are a few of the nuggets:

  • Regarding the release of Kyle Orton, he did note that hindsight is always 20/20, but also said, "It was the best move for the Denver Broncos."  When asked how much information Orton can provide the Chiefs on the Tebow offense: "There's not a whole lot Kyle can do to hurt us."  Elway further noted that the Broncos hardly use any audibles.
  • About the conservative play calling: "At times it may look conservative, but that's what has worked for us."
  • On Brian Dawkins: "We needed that leadership back there...when he's not back there, we're missing that leadership that he has."
  • On Von Miller: "When you take a pass rusher and put a cast on one hand, it's going to affect him. Von has been frustrated by that."
  • When Gary Miller asked Elway if he would give Tim Tebow some advice going into a big game, Elway said he would do what he could, but that "he's been in national title games before."

The biggest revelation to me from this interview is that the Broncos don't give Tim Tebow a lot of audibles. Elway also confirmed something we've suspected all along--Von Miller really doesn't like playing with a cast on his hand.

Although we poke a little fun at Vic and Gary from time to time, props to them for putting Elway on the spot. The Broncos said they wanted to be more transparent this year. Vic and Gary made them live up to that promise.

The Daily Lard 12-26-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Packers locked up home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs last night with a 35-21 victory over the Bears. Aaron Rodgers notched the first five TD pass game of his career, and the Bears' fifth straight loss polishes off their once promising playoff chances.

The elimination of Chicago also clinched a playoff spot for the Falcons, who need to beat the Saints tonight to remain in the running for the NFC South title. The final NFC playoff spot comes down to Cowboys at Giants Sunday night for the NFC East title - winner takes the division, loser is out.

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If these Broncos were an 80s video, what video would they be?

(Warning: This has very little to do with the Denver Broncos.  But it's midnight and it's the day after Christmas and I don't care one bit.)

People often come up to me on the street and say, "Dude, you're an expert on the Denver Broncos. Would you mind telling me what band from the 80s you think Tim Tebow is?"

Often, I'm so wrapped up in my life as a highly influencial facilitator of the powerful elite, I have little time for these sorts of trivialities.  

Until now.

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Screw StubHub, get out your guitar

Saints Tight End Jimmy Graham Grants Christmas Wish After Hearing Teen's Catchy Tune
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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has won many fans this season. But perhaps none greater than 16-year-old Alex Newman. The New Orleans native learned about football from her dad when she was only 8, and she was instantly hooked on her home team. Dad also taught her the guitar, and this Christmas, Alex decided to put those skills to use crafting a tribute to her favorite Saint. On Saturday morning, Stella woke her big sister to tell her some big news. The video made its way to Graham, who made sure the girls got tickets to Monday night’s game against the Falcons.

I'm totally jealous of this 16-year old girl. This never worked on Lita Ford or Dokken when I tried it on them back in the day.

This guy could teach sports fans a thing or two

After leg amputation, QB’s spirit inspires even Tebow
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“The doctors told me a couple times that I wasn’t going to get amputated, so I was feeling pretty good until Friday,” Rainey, who has received a signed, personalized Alabama jersey from Nick Saban, among other gifts, told the AP. “I don’t remember a lot, but I just remember them telling me it was going to get amputated and I was just like, `All right, well, that sucks.”’

This story has been out there a few days thanks to Tim Tebow.  Props to Tebow for taking an interest.

You've got to love the kid's reaction to his situation.  I've seen worse reactions (me included) to a Broncos loss.

Not only does this story keep sports in the proper perspective, it gives me a new mantra after the Broncos fall in a close game:  "All right, well, that sucks."

The Daily Lard 12-25-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The AFC West is set up for a wild finish next Sunday afternoon, as the Broncos host the Chiefs and the Raiders face the Chargers in Oakland. Denver's only path to the playoffs is via the division title, but they have three ways of claiming it: 1) beat KC; 2) tie KC, plus Oakland ties or loses to SD; 3) lose to KC, plus Oakland loses to SD. As for the AFC's final wild card spot, Oakland can nab it with a victory and some help, but Denver has no shot at it due to victories yesterday by Cincinnati (23-16 over the Cards) and Tennessee (23-17 over Jacksonville).

How did we get to this point? Well, the Broncos came up pretty small yesterday, especially the offense and special teams, which combined to allow 21 points to the defense's 19 in a 40-14 loss to Buffalo. The 21 came via a punt return TD by Leodis McKelvin and two fourth quarter pick-sixes by Tim Tebow, although one of those could be changed to a fumble. As for the defense, they struggled to keep the Bills outside the 20 but stiffened up once allowing them in (Buffalo was 1-6 in the red zone).

The Broncos lost the turnover battle (0-4) for the third straight week and have given the ball up nine times over that stretch (seven of them by Tebow). They also lost Chris Harris to a pinched nerve, Quinton Carter to a severe bruise on his lower back, and Brian Dawkins to a reaggravation of his neck injury which is feared could end his playing career.

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One of the coolest things you’ll ever see

Video: Bengals’ Jerome Simpson pulls off the TD flip of the decade
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Best flip since Gerald Willhite:

Hue Jackson wants you to believe Al Davis was a prophet

Monte Poole: Oakland Raiders find a way to 'win it in the end'
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It was enough for Jackson to invoke the late Al Davis, the man who 11 months ago promoted Hue from offensive coordinator to head coach. “The man told me, ‘Hue, we will win it in the end’ and I believe that,” Jackson said. “I don’t know how it’s going to happen. But I know this much: I truly believe in the guy who was my leader, who told me that before he passed.”

Not only do the Broncos have to contend with a pissed-off Kyle Orton, they've got Al Davis bringing his supernatural powers from beyond the grave. Since we're well versed in Davis' powers of prediction when he was alive (Jason Campbell and JaMarcus Russell immediately come to mind), it looks like a Broncos victory is in the cards.

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