Jake Plummer on with Vic and Gary
“I can think back to when I was a kid watching sports, I mean, me and my brothers were big sports fans. It always seemed to kind of trivialize that importance of a relationship of that sorts, you know, that people have with their…with Jesus Christ or their God, whatever it was, it seemed an inappropriate place to bring it up after a football game or whatever, but…I’m not dissing the guy for his beliefs, you know, he’s obviously a good kid, he’s got a lot of strong morals and values, it’s just…you know, I’ll TiVo it, then I’ll mute it.”
A few weeks ago, my friend Ted Bartlett wrote that Tebow brought a side of religious zealotry with his main course as quarterback of the Denver Broncos.
The side dish seems to be getting larger and larger and larger. I don't think you have to be an oracle to see where all of this is heading--only five games in and now we have the talking heads discussing the idiocy of mentioning your wife after every touchdown as a substitute for mentioning Jesus Christ.
Wait until the media starts pinning Tebow down on his gay marriage positions, etc, which he has refused to discuss. Oh, wait, you think this sort of thing is going to die down ten games in? Sure it will.
John Elway thought he was evaluating quarterbacks. As it turns out, he's also got to decide if the circus generates more money or distraction.
Broncos Bet with House Money
Based on the events of last weekend, the Denver Broncos made a $2.6 million bet Tuesday with house money…The Broncos saw injuries Sunday to Matt Cassel, Matt Schaub and, most importantly, Jay Cutler. These events—along with a nudge from Orton’s agent David Dunn—gave them confidence they could save $2.6 million for a player that was not going to play for them again this season.
So, let's say that Orton does in fact end up on KC or Chicago. That would be about $2.6M saved versus whatever likelihood Orton adds to his new team beating the Broncos. Some might say he's not adding much, and even if he were, isn't that worth $2.6M saved? I'd say yes...being 5-5 and a game out of first place doesn't alter the fact that the Broncos are in the second year of a rebuild.
VON MILLER NAMED AFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Denver Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller will be named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, the National Football League informed the Broncos on Wednesday…He is the first Broncos player to win the award since cornerback Champ Bailey received the honor in 2009 (Week 4). Since the award was initiated by the NFL in 1984, a total of 22 Broncos players, including Miller, have been honored.
Scandal! Did Skip Bayless Meet Tim Tebow Before #WhenSkipMeetsTebow???
Each and every day there is a new topic (or topics, God forbid) for Skip Bayless to pantomime fear/shock/ecstasy in defending Tebow against evil hoardes of apocalyptic monsters. Wash. Rinse. Repeat…The hoopla surrounding the interview was that it was billed as the “first meeting” between Tebow and his biggest cheerleader, Bayless. Supposedly, Skip had refused to meet Tebow to keep his journalistic integrity. (I’ll give you a second to stop laughing.)
That's what makes them the Worldwide Leader...
Ten-Point Stance: Broncos made the right move by cutting Orton loose
It’s been presented by some in the media that the Denver Broncos released Kyle Orton as a way of giving Tim Tebow a nice vote of support. Well, not quite…He didn’t brood or turn into a crappy teammate, but privately became increasingly frustrated with his position as bench warmer. When a rash of injuries hit the quarterback position around the NFL—from Chicago to Kansas City—the Orton camp went to general manager John Elway and begged for his release. I’m told the argument was made to Elway about the fairness to Orton sitting on the bench when there were teams with openings that could claim him off waivers. Elway was sympathetic and released him…So, good for Orton. He begins a new future and for the first time in a long time someone in football did the compassionate thing.
Elway Looking for QB in the Wrong Places
Picking a fight with a fan favorite when he’s on a roll isn’t just bad timing. Foolish as it sounded, that was Elway’s way of letting Tebow know he’s never going to be Denver’s franchise quarterback, no matter how well the rest of the season goes…[Releaseing Orton] was the organization’s way of signaling that the rebuilding effort can’t begin soon enough, even though Tebow has pulled the Broncos back to within a game of the Raiders for the top spot in the AFC West. The only people who don’t seem to have gotten the message are Tebow, his teammates and his fans…Elway doesn’t have to like it, but he has to learn to keep quiet. Or better still, say a few nice things about his QB and the surprising run his team is on, and even less about the college quarterbacks he’s still scouting.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Just some quick math to clean up Kyle Orton's contract info (not because you care, but because I'm a little OCD about making sure I get this right) - Denver paid him a $1.5M roster bonus at the end of July, and 11/17 of his $7.379M salary works out to $4,774,647.06 - so Denver has paid Kyle $6,274,647.06 and $2,604,352.94 remains. Should Chicago or KC claim him, the Broncos will be off the hook for that latter amount, Kyle gets to play rather than sit behind Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn, and perhaps he gets to go back to the playoffs with the Bears. It's a win/win for everyone, unless of course he comes back to Denver and beats the Broncos with either team. Remember how dramatic it appeared a Cutler/Orton or Cutler/Tebow might be? Well, Tebow/Orton is even better - at least as far as Denver fans are concerned.
Jeff Darlington lays out the list of teams that could put in a claim for Kyle, including perhaps Atlanta to block Chicago from getting him. Andrew Mason and Jeff Legwold detail Orton's release and his rough season, while Lindsay Jones tracks the muddled outcome of the Jay Cutler trade, which essentially netted Denver Robert Ayers and parts of Demaryius Thomas, Tebow and Eric Decker. Meanwhile, Dave Krieger thinks the whole thing seems a little fishy and wonders why Denver didn't cut Orton loose weeks ago. Well for one, what if the team had instead gone 1-4 with Tebow? And, prior to the injuries to Cutler and Matt Cassel, they were probably certain that no team would put in a claim for Kyle, and they'd be left holding the bag on his remaining salary. So as usual, it's all about the Benjamins.
Report: Bears will claim Orton
Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears will attempt to claim Kyle Orton off waivers. Actually, McClure said he was confirming Jay Glazer’s report. But Glazer never actually reported anything; he just said the Chiefs or Bears “could” claim Orton and it took a life of its own.
We already know Houston won't nab Orton. Should get interesting real soon. It's looking likely that Orton will return to Denver one more time this season, either as a member of the Chiefs or Bears.
Three Broncos Named HOF Semifinalists
Atwater was voted to a franchise record-tying seven consecutive Pro Bowls during his career, serving as a defensive leader on the Broncos’ back-to-back Super Bowl championship teams.
Davis rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons, including his 2,008-yard season in 1998 when he earned league MVP honors. He also was part of the Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII squads.
Mecklenburg spent 12 seasons with the Broncos, starting 141 career games, a total that includes all 16 games in a year during five different campaigns. He played in six Pro Bowls and helped the Broncos reach the postseason seven times, including three Super Bowl berths.
All three players are Broncos Ring of Famers.
Best news of the day. My personal favorite from this group has always been Steve Atwater, although the old timers can easily make an argument for Meck.
And what about T.D.? If Gale Sayers is in, it's a no brainer.
(Interesting side note: I once published a story in a literary journal about an out-of-luck fry cook who becomes obsessed with Mecklenburg after watching a Broncos games on TV.)
According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos have parted ways with Kyle Orton today. Pure speculation, but my first thoughts are either that Orton requested his release
or was vocally unsupportive of Tim Tebow and/or the coaching staff, or maybe this was done as a favor so Kyle could sign on with a team in need of a QB? Say, Kubes and the Texans? Back to Chicago?
As it turns out, Mike Klis reports that Orton and his agent approached the Denver FO about a possible release after Jay Cutler broke his thumb, an injury which will require surgery tomorrow to repair and could keep Cutler out for as long as 6-8 weeks.
are now were conflicting reports out there on how much of Orton's $7.379M base salary is unpaid at this point, as Albert Breer says the amount is $1.324M, while but as Klis says, it's around $2.58M.