Good Morning, Broncos fans! Chris Harris again missed practice yesterday, and John Fox is calling him a game-time decision.
If Harris is limited or unable to play on Monday, that will mean more playing time for Tony Carter, who was something of a surprise as Denver's #4 corner after final cuts. Should Harris not suit up, the team would be left with just four cornerbacks, and none to promote from the practice squad.
Jeff Legwold expects Denver would use Carter on the outside, and shift either Champ Bailey or Tracy Porter inside.
Any further injuries would force some of the team's five safeties down into coverage, with Rahim Moore and Mike Adams the likeliest candidates for such a shift.
Moore was fined $21K for the helmet-to-helmet hit he was flagged for against Pittsburgh wideout Emmanuel Sanders; the youngster says it was unintentional, but still a mistake.
Archie Manning likes what he sees in Peyton's arm strength
“We’ve all been saying it for 50 years, but you can tell about a quarterback on a deep sideline throw,’’ said Archie, the former longtime NFL quarterback. “And he made one late in the game to No. 12. I believe that’s [Matt] Willis. See, I don’t even know all the players yet. But that was a good measurement [of arm strength]. And then he had to make a throw out to [tight end Jacob] Tamme, and he was under some pressure and had to throw it out there without any step into it. It wasn’t a bullet by any means, but I think if you’re really limited you can’t even get that ball out there. Because it was all arm. It’s a tough game and you don’t want to play with limitations, but I think he feels like he can still make the throws.’‘
One thing I've never been a fan of is Archie Manning's constant appearances in the press. But I guess you can't blame the media for seeking him out. Archie isn't some Pop Warner parent who played a little quarterback in high school. Who else in the United States played professional football and has two sons who currently play quarterback in the NFL?
It will probably get annoying by year's end, but that's the price you pay for having PMFM as your quarterback. We can all afford the sacrifice, can't we?
Happy Friday, friends. We've been telling you for a while how awesome access to all-22 coaches film would be, and I can now confirm, it's pretty awesome.
For those who aren't subscribers, allow me to briefly explain how it works. There's no sound, and for each play, you get a high sideline view that includes all 22 players. Following that, you get a tight view from behind the QB.
What that allows you to do is to watch the downfield action of a play (receivers and secondary), and then watch the backfield action (pass rushers, QB, RB) for the same play. So, if I want to gauge the effectiveness of the passing scheme, I can watch the route combination against the coverage for a play, and then watch the protection for the same play.
In the Steelers game, I was impressed with how well the Broncos protected Peyton Manning, and I was interested to see the difference in methodology from last season. With Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow (a slow mover and a slow thinker), the Broncos almost always used at least six men in protection, and often, it was seven. With Manning, the Broncos mostly kept five men in, and sent five men out into the pattern. The use of extra blockers was quite limited, actually, and it speaks to their confidence in Manning recognizing the rush scheme, and getting the ball out quickly to the open player.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Things were supposed to be different for the Bears and Jay Cutler.
He had his BFFs Brandon Marshall and Jeremy Bates back, an OC in Mike Tice who was willing to protect him with more than five blockers, and he had become a father. Jay was all grown up, and the Cutler/Marshall/Bates trio would finally get to recreate the offensive magic they supposedly crafted in 2008 when they were 16th in the league in scoring.
Waxing the NFL's worst team of 2011 in their opener on Sunday (they beat the Colts 41-21) had Jay and Brandon confident enough to talk trash about a Packers team that had beaten Chicago four straight times and physically punished the ex-Broncos passer.
Chicago will be without WR Dane Sanzenbacher, TE Kyle Adams, OT Jonathan Scott, G/C Edwin Williams, DT Matt Toeania, DT Nate Collins, and S Jeremy Jones tonight; inactive for the Packers are RB James Starks, WR Greg Jennings, WR Jarrett Boykin, DE C.J. Wilson, CB Davon House, S M.D. Jennings, and S Sean Richardson.
There were several brilliant performances by the Denver Broncos on Sunday night - from Peyton Manning, the defensive line, Von Miller, and Wesley Woodyard, among others. But despite the abundance of bright spots, the play of Tracy Porter still stands out.
I watched film of Porter from 2010 and 2011 and understood the one-year contract Denver gave him. He was very slender - skinny, really. He didn’t have the power or form to tackle right - often as not, he threw himself at opponents' ankles and hoped for the best. He struggled with run support and had to battle in press coverage.
This year, he looks like a different player physically. His positives from earlier were that he has a textbook backpedal, was and is cheetah fast, flips his hips beautifully, and takes smart gambles. Those attributes are still present, and Jack Del Rio and defensive backs coach Ron Milus have him wrapping up, driving upward, and tackling hard. They haven’t tried to pull him back when it’s time to gamble, either.
Like other quarterbacks will do, Ben Roethlisberger appeared to make a concerted effort to throw against Porter in man coverage, and only threw to Champ Bailey's side when the Broncos used a zone defense. It’s exactly what Denver brought Porter in to do. They needed an experienced NFL cornerback with an aggressive attitude and a short memory - every CB gets beaten. You can’t let it affect you.
According to Mike Klis, the Broncos worked out three veteran defensive tackles on Tuesday.
Brian Price was a 2010 second-round pick of the Bucs, who traded him to the Bears in July for a seventh-rounder. Price had 24 tackles and three sacks in 15 games (14 starts) for Tampa bay last season. He was cut by Chicago when they signed Amobi Okoye, who himself had left Chicago for Tampa Bay as a free agent in April.
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We interrupt your regularly-scheduled programming for some frightening news from SAF@MH:
How many times over the years have you heard about how classy the Chiefs organization is?
Tradition, blah blah, great fans, blah blah, first-class owners, blah blah...
You know what all that has gotten them?
Zero playoff wins in 18 years. No SB appearances since their victory following the 1969 season.
A 25-34 record against the Broncos since the arrival of John Elway in 1983.
Raiders eyeing long-snapper
Travis Tripucka just Tweeted that he is headed to Oakland, presumably for a workout as a potential replacement for injured long-snapper Jon Condo.
“Oakland California, here I come!” Tripucka said in a Tweet. “Another opportunity. Couldn’t be happier! Raider Nation better be ready for the lunchmeat.”
Frank Tripucka's number 18 was one of only three retired by the Broncos (along with John Elway's 7 and Floyd Little's 44), before he graciously allowed the team to unretire it for Peyton Manning's use in March. Surely this was accompanied by a promise to re-retire the number whenever Peyton's time in Denver is up.
But the Broncos may want to consider not giving it back.
After all, Oakland's new long snapper is Frank's grandson, Travis. Imagine if the kid ends up snapping the kick that...never mind. This is just wrong on so many levels.