All Hail the Freshmen
Of the rookies we’ve mentioned, Miller is the one who actually deserves to make the Pro Bowl this year as one of the best players at his position of any vintage…Only one player accrued more than 9.5 sacks during his first 10 games as a pro, and it’s superstar Bears end Julius Peppers, who picked up 11 in 10 games and finished his rookie year with 12 sacks. And only one player matched that 9.5-sack figure in his first 10 games. That defender is late Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas, who Miller has patterned himself after as a player.
The IAOFM staff discuss the Denver Broncos' 17-13 Week 11 victory over the Jets
Ted: Happy football Thursday
TJ: Hey, dudes - and I mean that in the old school way. Really old school
Doug: I’m not excited about staying up so late haha
Ted: I'm up till 1 AM most nights - I'm used to it
TJ: The MBA, Ted? Or you just like Zombie movies a LOT!
Ted: I thought kickoff was at 8. WTF?
Doug: Nah, it’s 8:20
Under Pressure: Tebow's Throws
It’s not fair to say that Tim Tebow is a quarterback unlike any other. There were plenty of quarterbacks like Tebow, they just haven’t played in pro football since the 1940s. Back in 1947, quarterback Spec Sanders, a New York Yankee in the All-American Football Conference, rushed for 1,432 yards while leading the league in rushing attempts and rushing yards. He also threw for 1,442 yards. Unfortunately for him, the Cleveland Browns held him in check in the championship game for their second of four consecutive AAFC titles…
...Yes, much of what makes Tebow stand out are the things you wouldn’t really want in a quarterback—he’s more comfortable running the ball than throwing it, for instance. But as he piles up win after win, he’s also becoming even more of a flash point between the casual fan’s “all he does is win games” theory and the analytical fan’s realization that long-term, a running quarterback doesn’t really have a chance to take a team very far.
Ah, yes, the obligatory Spec Sanders reference.
The Football Outsiders--so far outside, they're sometimes obscure.
I say we start filming Broncos games in black and white.
Tebow will steal the highlights and get most of the praise for the win, but the real hero of the game was the Broncos defense…[Miller’s] play will remind some of Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas of the Chiefs, but Miller plays with more power and just as much speed…Everyone in the Mile High City has Tebow fever. Can he lead them to the AFC West title? I would never rule that out, but if the Broncos are to win the West, it will have to be in the style they won Thursday night—effective, but not pretty.
Re-Focused – Jets @ Broncos, Week 11
It may leave John Elway with a bitter taste in his mouth as the unconventional QB keeps winning, but for now the Broncos have stumbled on a formula that works, so credit to John Fox for making the necessary adjustments to make his team win now…Coming out of this game there are plenty of stories to talk about, but one that is likely to get overlooked is the simply fantastic performance of Brodrick Bunkley…Someone should tell Von Miller (+8.7) about a little thing called the rookie wall. Instead of slumping the Bronco linebacker is getting stronger and stronger as the season wears on, with his latest victim being Hunter.
Did Jets make the right call blitzing Tebow?
Why do I like the call? Look at the game situation. 3rd and medium, protecting a 3-point lead in a two-minute drill. As a defense, you want to take away the 3-step game (slant, hitch, smash, option) and force the QB to make quick decisions in the pocket…Bottom line: you can’t let him break contain, escape the pocket and make a play. A simple technique that is taught back in training camp gets the Jets beat.
Tebow defies NFL conventional wisdom
Somehow, in the 2011 NFL universe, down is up, ugly is beautiful and impossibly inaccurate is damn straight. As football purists everywhere wince, Tebow is plowing, chucking and willing his way to success…Everything we’ve learned as a football-watching public for the past half-century suggests that there’s no way such a limited attack can flourish over a sustained basis… If it makes the Tebow fanatics feel any better, he is hardly the first accuracy-challenged, running-inclined person in his position to be stigmatized as unfit for long-term NFL success…Perhaps Tebow will evolve, as [Steve] Young did, and we’ll look back at his early days of grit and grind-it-out grotesqueness as a charming relic of the past.
Tim Tebow's magic doesn't make sense
As Elway all but sprinted through the winning locker room, his chest bursting through his suit jacket, he said, “Just give him a chance to win the game.” Asked what it was like to watch Tebow perform an endgame act he himself had mastered, Elway said, “It was great. Awesome.”
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen was heading for a different exit door when he stopped long enough to declare that Tebow would be his man for many moons to come.
“He’s a quarterback, and believe me he’s going to learn,” Bowlen said. “I believe he’ll be a great one. Better keep him around.”
I have to admit that this quote stood out among all the coachspeak last night.
He may not have control of all his mental faculties all the time, but Bowlen has never NOT said something he didn't mean.
Don't you love it when I blow your mind with double negatives? It's like a Tebow comeback. Deal with it.
No lack of drama in the Tebow Show
Not only that, but in his explanation of what happened on the last play of the drive, when he broke the 20-yard touchdown run against the Jets’ blitz, he basically gave a course on how to read defenses. It was too long of an answer to put here, but he said, “They were playing the corners pretty hard off, and we ran a three-vertical concept against them. I saw (safety Eric Smith) coming off the left side, and he came and he hugged tight . . .”
Because there is never a wrong time to take a shot at Dan Marino...
Tebow believes in miracles, and maybe he’s right
When Tebow led his Denver Broncos to an improbable 17-13 win over the New York Jets on Thursday night in the Mile High City, the syntax finally felt right. People have been far too quick to attribute too much or too little credit to Tebow for the Broncos’ recent success based on their own feelings for the hype, but it was Tebow who set the Broncos on course for a game-winning 95-yard drive…The detractors will say that he has very limited ability at the quarterback position, especially when you consider what’s generally required at the NFL level. And in completing just nine passes in 20 attempts for 104 yards, he showed once again that he’s not near where he needs to be as a pure passer…At the very least, Tebow certainly extended the argument.