Happy Thanksgiving, Broncos fans! I'd just like to take a moment to selfishly give some IAOFM-related thanks - I'm thankful that TJ came up with the idea to pursue this project, that Doc was all for it from Day 1, and that Ted rounded out our writing crew back in January. I'm thankful to be able to legitimately call Ted, Doc and TJ my friends, guys that I can talk to daily about life just as much as football. I'm thankful that my great pal David was willing to usher us four noobs into the world of running a website, especially when he's so busy with a demanding day job, a young family, and a humongous site of his own.
Of course, I'm thankful that all of you choose to spend so much of your valuable time reading our work and sharing your opinions and reactions, even when we don't see eye-to-eye on things. It's your readership that makes this all worthwhile, and we appreciate each and every one of you. So, on behalf of the five of us, I'd like to wish all of you a wonderful holiday - enjoy the great eats and football, and please drive safely.
Digital Dads NFL Pre-Game: Week 12
I’m not making any picks this week. Instead, I’m cooking a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, 16 different and tasty dishes, laid out on the table for you to enjoy. So grab a fork, grab some peppermint schnapps and a glass of cheap ass wine. It’s time for Thanksgiving dinner!
I'll give you a semi-spoiler: the Broncos game is the Pumpkin Pie and my beloved Jay Cutler-less Bears are the Turkey.
I'm sure this won't be the only Thanksgiving-theme post. We'll try and not be too punny.
It would be absolutely wonderful for the Denver Broncos and Denver Broncos fans if Tim Tebow could become that franchise guy. I wish I had that crystal ball to be able to say that he absolutely is or—I don’t want to say he’s not because I don’t believe that. But it’s hard to say if Tim Tebow is absolutely that guy. We’re very hopeful that he is. When you look at Tim, you know he has all the intangibles. For any quarterback to really succeed in this league, you have to be consistent throwing the football and you have to be consistently on target. Those are the things that we know and Tim knows. He’ll continue to get better this season, but a lot of the work will come in the offseason. When you’re getting ready and prepared for an upcoming game, it’s difficult to spend time on the technique work because you’re spending so much mental time with the game plan. The work we’re going to have to see is going to be coming in the offseason.
After probably realizing he said too much to his boy Mike Silver (or getting tired of the rabid tweets being sent his way), John Elway hit the airwaves to do some damage control tonight. However, his words to Dave Logan and Dave Krieger on KOA don't exactly contrast with either the quotes presented by Silver or Elway's conversation with Vic & Gary on Monday, except to say he's pulling for Tebow.
Robert Griffin III vs. Matt Barkley
Overall, when looking at the two prospects what you have is case of a higher upside and more naturally talented prospect in Robert Griffin III vs. a higher floor guy in Matt Barkley who is more limited physically…I still think both guys are future starting NFL quarterbacks. I just feel there are some physical limitations surrounding a prospect like Barkley that would keep me from giving him the same type of grade as Griffin III. Basically with Barkley I worry about his lacking athleticism and foot quickness in the pocket. Too often he seems to struggle to quickly collect his footing, which directly corresponds with his accuracy problems. Griffin III on the other hand is much more fleet of feet, is a more fluid/natural thrower of the football and displays better overall touch/accuracy in my view vertically down the field.
Fred Jackson put on IR; out for year
The Buffalo Bills’ season took a major turn for the worse today with the news that star running back Fred Jackson is out for the year with a fracture to his fibula bone in his lower right leg.
Jackson has accounted for 40 percent of the Bills’ offense this season. The Jets’ defense ranks seventh in the NFL in yards allowed and shut down the Bills’ attack three weeks ago in a 27-11 New York victory.
The Broncos have been pretty lucky with their own injury situation this season, all things considered, and they keep getting lucky as key players for their stretch-run opponents get hurt. Jackson joins Jay Cutler and Matt Cassel, as well as a bunch of Chargers who are hurt. Could all that prayer be helping? I'm not saying, I'm just saying...
Anyway, I'll be in Buffalo for the December 24th Bills game, and this makes it more likely that I'll leave happy.
Per Adam Schefter, the Kansas City Chiefs have claimed Kyle Orton off of waivers.
What does this mean for the Broncos? Stay tuned. Kyle Orton says he may not report. I have a feeling he will find a way to get motivated. There are a few million reasons.
Either way, it clears some dough off Denver's back.
UPDATE 3:53PM MST: Orton is reporting to KC by Thursday it appears.
For those that care, officially, the Chiefs, Cowboy, and Bears all put claims in for the services of Mr. Orton.
No charges filed against Broncos’ Ryan McBean
The Denver District Attorney’s office decided not to file charges against Broncos defensive tackle Ryan McBean, who was arrested Oct. 14 on a stalking allegation and was released the next morning after posting a $50,000 bond.
McBean’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, was none too pleased that his client had to endure the embarrassment in the first place.
Great news for the Broncos. McBean has been flat piledriving running backs lately. He's been a valuable asset to the Broncos (did I just say that out loud?) during their recent defensive run.
Given that the Broncos are facing a divisional rival this weekend and are still, almost impossibly, in the hunt for the division title, I thought that I’d chime in on the SD contest and why the Bears/Chargers game mattered to the Broncos (other than the race for the division). There were some points I wanted to cover from that game that bear on both teams’ upcoming battles with the Broncos. It was a good chance to get a preview of each, although Chicago’s new QB (whether Caleb Hanie or Kyle Orton) may change some things.
The SD/Chicago game was both a preview of the Broncos' following opponent, and of Chicago, who comes to Mile High on December 11 and has struggles of its own, despite a winning streak that was prompted by a combination of Mike Martz making some changes to help out his QB and the Bears' excellent defensive play. Lance Briggs had a monster game against SD, and he’s playing at a very high level - as well as a very good streak by Jay Cutler which was ended by a broken thumb late in Sunday's game. San Diego didn’t help themselves, having two fumbles from RB Ryan Mathews (with one of them lost) and two INT from Philip Rivers. Chicago had a single INT, and the old adage about turnovers winning games held in this one.
Orton has no say in his next destination
Rosenthal pointed out earlier today that John Clayton of ESPN has said that quarterback Kyle Orton is trying to make it known that he wouldn’t report to the Chiefs, if the Chiefs claim him on waivers. But Orton really has no say in the matter. For starters, he’d forfeit the balance of his $4.5 million salary in 2011. Also, he’d be subject to an attack on any remaining signing bonus allocation for 2011. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Orton could jeopardize his shot at free agency in 2012.
I suspect Florio meant $2.58 million instead of $4.5 million, but what's two million dollars, eh?
The drama continues...
Belief of Elway’s commitment to Tebow overstated
In most cases, the semi-encouraging early results – along with the extreme popularity of the quarterback in question – would create enough momentum that the move toward Tebow as long-term starter had already begun. I don’t think that’s the case here, and I’m skeptical that it will ever happen, even if the Broncos win the division…I feel this way because Elway is running the show, and he possesses both the standing to tune out fan-generated hysteria and the unsurpassed knowledge of what a true franchise quarterback looks like…The Tebowites may be vocal, and they may be feisty, but they won’t intimidate him…So yes, Elway is dubious, and it’s quite possible he’ll try to trade Tebow after the season and go after one of the many enticing quarterbacks who’ll be available in the draft. If the Tebowites want to view this as a sign of Elway’s devotion to the current starter, that’s their prerogative – but that assessment would be as inaccurate as most of their hero’s medium-range passes.
If it wasn't already apparent that the anonymous source for Mike Silver's August 23 column was John Elway rather than the team's cook, perhaps his article today will make it sufficiently clear. This cannot be stressed enough: If Silver were fabricating any part of that earlier piece, John would not be granting him further access to Dove Valley. But as TJ has been saying for months, Silver and Elway are tighter than
a Tebow an Aaron Rodgers-thrown spiral. At least half of Silver's column today reads as if he were quoting John verbatim, and it's painfully obvious that The Duke is not about to stake his legacy running the Broncos to a QB who can't throw. Even the cook can see that much...