Thoughts on the Patriots game

Happy Friday, friends.  I’ve spent all week (9 to 5 every day) in an SAP workshop that’s part of my MBA program, and it’s had me busy day and night.  (I don’t know why I expected different, but I did.)  As such, I haven’t had much time to write or watch film lately.  I haven’t seen any Patriots stuff since they played the Broncos, so I don’t have any great new insight to offer on that front.  What I was thinking I’d do is share some strategy thoughts for tomorrow night’s game, heavily leveraging what I saw four weeks ago and what I’ve seen lately from the Broncos.  Something is better than nothing, right?  For more detail, you can refer to my Digesting piece from a month ago.

The Broncos finally hit some throws against heavy boxes against Pittsburgh, and it won them the game, obviously.  I didn’t expect Pittsburgh to play the Broncos any differently than they play anybody else, but they did.  They played a lot of nine in the box, and they played their CBs in man coverage, which isn’t their strength.  I don’t think that Dick LeBeau had a particularly good plan, and I think that Mike McCoy had a very good plan.

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Broncos to be without Paxton, Decker; Fisher takes Rams job

It turns out the Broncos will be without LS Lonie Paxton tomorrow for their divisional playoff game against New England. Word had been that despite missing practice this week due to personal reasons, Paxton would be present tomorrow. Denver doesn't list a backup long snapper on its depth chart, but Arnie Stapleton says Russ Hochstein is likely to fill in for Paxton. According to PFW, the Broncos worked out two long snappers yesterday: Jason Kyle and Andrew Schulze.

I was going to insert a spy joke here, but obviously something rather serious is going on in his life. Whatever Lonie's dealing with, our thoughts go out to him and his family.

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Rick Reilly just realized Tim Tebow is a nice guy

I believe in Tim Tebow
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I’ve come to believe in Tim Tebow, but not for what he does on a football field, which is still three parts Dr. Jekyll and two parts Mr. Hyde. No, I’ve come to believe in Tim Tebow for what he does off a football field, which is represent the best parts of us, the parts I want to be and so rarely am.

Who among us is this selfless?

Every week, Tebow picks out someone who is suffering, or who is dying, or who is injured, flies them and their families to the Broncos game, rents them a car, puts them up in a nice hotel, buys them dinner (usually at a Dave and Buster’s), gets them and their families pregame passes, visits with them just before kickoff (!), gets them 30-yard line tickets down low, visits with them after the game (sometimes for an hour), has them walk him to his car, and sends them off with a basket of gifts.

Home or road, win or lose, hero or goat.

Apparently, there were a few stragglers left who didn't buy into the idea that Tebow was a good person off the field.  Reilly, it appears, has just come around to the idea.

Either that or he just needed to lay down a word count in order to keep up his end of his contract with ESPN.  

Who among us has been living in a cave, Rick?

Lombardi: Tebowmania is a motivational gift to Belichick, Brady

Brady, Pats will flourish in the face of Tebowmania; notes
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When has Tom Brady not been the main story? Brady is a Hall of Fame player and a huge celebrity off the field, but even he has to take a back seat when Tebowmania comes to town. And with Tebow getting all the attention, something tells me that Brady will play his best.

With the Tebow story running wild, this year’s Patriots should be fully tuned in to their coach’s message.

It's not often that a 13.5-point dog gets all of the attention, but that is the power of Tebow. Hopefully, the Broncos aren't buying into the hype, and they still see themselves as underdogs.

Double, double toil and Tebow

Salem sorcesses in Brady's corner, but won't hex Tebow
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The group plans to gather Friday (the 13th, mind you) to nullify any curses associated with Brady being splashed on the cover of past issues of Sports Illustrated. No Tim Tebow hexes are planned—these are nice witches, with jobs and email addresses—but the ladies are heavily into Patriots football and not afraid to toy with the outcome.

We always knew Belichick had some dark arts on his side...

Jimmy Fallon: Timmy Stardust

VIDEO: Jimmy Fallon sings 'Tebowie' skit
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Tim Tebow to Jesus Christ,
Can’t win by myself but with your help I might.
Tim Tebow to Jesus Christ,
Commencing fourth down hut hut hike.
Snap the football and may God’s love be with me…

Tebow to hit the clubs with Tiger?

Pebble Pro-Am Pairing Made In Heaven: Tebow, Woods
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A highly placed source at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am confirmed Thursday that the tournament is strongly considering issuing an invitation to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. The source also told Global Golf Post that if Tebow accepts, the tournament’s first choice as a partner for Tebow will be Tiger Woods.

Don't worry, we're not talking about those clubs. Get your mind out of the gutter! (via Waggle Room)

The Daily Lard 1-13-12

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! It's going to be a cold one in Foxborough tomorrow night, with a gametime temperature of 22º F and a feel of 13º F when factoring in wind chill. As the game goes on, the temperature is expected to drop a few degrees (by both measures).

Along those lines, Brian Burke expanded upon his look into how weather affects game play, and there are some rays of hope for the Broncos which may be conducive to Foxball. Burke finds that extreme (for the NFL) temperatures tend to reduce both passing efficiency and the number of plays run on offense. And, we all know by now how difficult it is to contain the Patriots passing offense, so obviously the Broncos will appreciate any help from Mother Nature. Let's all pray hope for cold and wind!

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Bayless: Tebow should demand a trade

Tim Tebow: 'Lot of crazy polls out there'
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After what transpired last week, I will not be surprised if Tim Tebow asks for a trade once this is over no matter how it turns out…win, lose, or draw…I will encourage him to ask for a trade, maybe even to demand a trade…cause what happened last week…that locker room turned into a snake pit for Tim Tebow…not only did the veteran players turn on him after Kyle Orton returned to Denver and won that game, but the coaching staff sold out on him quickly.

The article beneath the video is actually very interesting, but, of course, it's the video that makes the news.  

Skip Bayless was asked about Tebow's future after Ed Werder reported that Tebow was annoyed by the special packages that Brady Quinn had last week.  As you might expect, Bayless was livid that the Broncos would even think about not playing Tebow under any circumstance.  

Where does Bayless think Tebow should demand to be shipped to?  Jacksonville, naturally.

Perhaps Von Miller should demand a trade, too, since Mario Haggan has been playing for Miller on running downs.  

Sitting on the dock of the bay, watching Oakland burn away

The real reason Jackson's gone
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My takeaway was that Hue-bris was playing a high-stakes game of racial politics. You see, Reggie McKenzie and Hue-bris Jackson are both black. Mark Davis, Al’s son, is white. If McKenzie fired Hue-bris, it’s extremely difficult to argue that Hue-bris was a victim of some sort of racial injustice. But, if Mark Davis escorted Hue-bris out of the building after one mediocre, injury-riddled 8-8 season, then Hue-bris, in his mind, has every right to subtly fan the flames of racial injustice…

...My takeaway is that within the Raiders organization there are a lot of beaten-down, worthless Al Davis flunkies who are scared McKenzie has been given the autonomy to scrub the place clean of beaten-down, worthless Al Davis flunkies.

All Huebris Jackson and the Raiders had to do was win their last game of the season.  Had they done that, Mark "Tommy Boy" Davis wouldn't have been able to do any of this, and Huebris would have had another year with his pet, Carson Palmer.  Sometimes, one game does a season make.

Burn, Oakland.  Burn.  

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