1. The Pats are driving deep, early on, and Ravens DE Paul Kruger sacks NE QB Tom Brady off the right tackle edge. The announcer said that he got RT Nate Solder leaning forward, but that wasn’t it - I went back several times to watch it because I love trench fighting. Kruger used fast stutter-steps, ala basketball, to get Solder flat-footed for a quick moment, and when that happened he punched hard with his right hand (legally) as he brought his left arm over and in front of himself in a swim move: he just flew past Nate. If you want to see a great pass rushing move, this one works fine. I know that Von Miller has struggled a times with Solder, who’s a fine young RT. He may want to work this move in.
2. Patriots NT Vince Wilfork was unstoppable against Denver, but I think that he was even meaner against the Ravens. It takes Denver center J.D. Walton off the hook a little - not a lot, but a little. Wilfork seems to be playing at his highest level in a long time - congratulations to the big fella.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Jeff Legwold says Denver LB coach Richard Smith and former Jags HC Jack Del Rio are the most likely replacements for Dennis Allen, who left to take the head job in Oakland. Meanwhile, Andrew Mason adds ex-Rams DC Ken Flajole, Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac and Cowboys DL coach Brian Baker as possible candidates; all had coached on John Fox's defensive staff with the Panthers.
Although the glitziest name (by far) among these options, it's worth noting that Del Rio would presumably only take an assistant position as a precursor to lining himself up for another head gig elsewhere. So even if he were to take the job that Mason suggests could be "his to turn down," were Del Rio to be successful in Denver, he'd likely be out the door shortly thereafter. What's the priority for Fox? Get the best man for the job, period? Or, the best man for the job who is also likely to stick around beyond one year? Of course, it could be that Fox believes he can always refill the position with a qualified coach, and one can never know when a coach will get called upon for a promotion - after all, the presumption in this space had been that Allen's youth and relative inexperience would keep him in Denver for at least another year. So much for that.
Thanks, Dennis Allen, for returning the Broncos defense to respectability - it was no minor task. May you have many a second-place finish in your future.
The Broncos have lost defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to Oakland, where he will take over as their new head coach. Denver will again be searching for someone new to run their defense and will start the 2012 season with their seventh DC in as many seasons. Allen had been an assistant for the Saints under DC Gregg Williams before John Fox made him a coordinator for the first time, and like Williams he showed himself a confident and aggressive coach unafraid to dictate terms to opposing offenses.
There's been some speculation that ex-Jags coach Jack Del Rio is a possibility, and Dave Krieger says current Denver LB coach Richard Smith is another option. Del Rio was the Carolina DC for one season under Fox in 2002 before taking the head job in Jacksonville, while Smith has been a DC in Miami (2005) and Houston (2006-08).
McKenzie to interview Denver's Allen tonight, could offer job
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said he will meet with Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen tonight to discuss the Raiders’ coaching vacancy. McKenzie also told CSNCalifornia.com that no job has been offered to Allen, nor are they in any “negotiations,” as reported elsewhere.
“I will meet with Dennis Allen tonight,” McKenzie said during the South team’s Senior Bowl workout at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. “And after tonight, depending on our conversation …that’s when.” Meaning, that’s when McKenzie will decide whether or not to offer the job to Allen.
“There’s no negotiations (right now),” he said. So Allen, who will be interviewing for the second time with McKenzie, could lock the job up tonight? “He could,” McKenzie said. “Depends. He’s got a lot of stuff he needs to answer. Nah, it’s not a lock, irregardless of other people’s reports.”
SOURCE: RAIDERS' COACHING SEARCH AT 3
The Raiders have narrowed their coaching search to three candidates— Winston Moss, Dennis Allen, and a third “mystery candidate,” according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. are no longer in the running, according to the same source. Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice removed himself from consideration Monday night, according to reports out of Chicago.
Denver dodged a bullet when Miami passed over on Mike McCoy; will they do so again here? (via ESPN)
Raiders, Dennis Allen negotiating
The Oakland Raiders have identified Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as the leading candidate to become their next head coach, according to multiple league sources.
Other Raiders head coaching candidates, including Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, already have been informed that Oakland has found its man and they are no longer under consideration, according to sources.
Allen is meeting Tuesday with Raiders officials to see whether the two sides can take the final steps they need to come to an agreement.
It appears the revolving door continues to spin for Denver at defensive coordinator, as Dennis Allen is reportedly nearing employment with the enemy. Allen's potential departure would mean the seventh different DC in as many seasons for the Broncos, although Allen would be the first to leave under happy circumstances (for him) following the ignominious exits of Larry Coyer, Jim Bates, Bob Slowik, Mike Nolan and Don Martindale.
That Allen's competition has already been notified they're out of the running says that whatever's left to decide between Oakland and Allen's reps is a mere formality.
Led by Allen's creative playcalling, the additions of Von Miller and Brodrick Bunkley, and the return to health of Elvis Dumervil, Denver' defense ranked 24th in points and 20th in yards a year after ranking 32nd (dead last) in both categories. This was Allen's first year as a coordinator after several years as an assistant with the Saints.
Giants DE Dave Tollefson Is A True Momma's Boy
Before every game, the Giants’ defensive end heads to a secluded area of the locker room to call his mother. But this isn’t your normal don’t-get-hurt speech. Tollefson’s mom gives him a loud, bombastic, fire-and-brimstone pep talk, reported the New York Times.
Tollefson has Giants equipment manager Ed Wagner scout out a quiet part of every locker room. Tollefson first calls his wife, Megan, before mom delivers her Al Pacino-like speech. Wagner says “she rips into him” and basically tells him not to be a “coward” while using “a lot of curse words.”
What does Tollefson’s mother have to say about all this? “I’m not going to talk to him like a mom and say, ‘Be careful and don’t hurt anybody,’” Debi Crocker told the Times. “That’s not going to get him pumped up. I would say it’s basically potty-mouth, smash-mouth-football-type talk.”
Some men are born tough, some achieve toughness, and some have toughness thrust upon them by their mom through the use of f-bombs.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Unfortunately it seems there's another dark side to the disastrous game Niners return man Kyle Williams had on Sunday, and we're not even talking about the death threats. As Giants LB Jacquian Williams tells it, his team's strategy was to focus on Kyle Williams and his history of concussions:
Had the Giants noticed something about Kyle Williams's technique, some weakness in the 49ers punt-return scheme? "Nah," Williams said. "The thing is, we knew he had four concussions, so that was our biggest thing, was to take him outta the game."
Barry Petchesky reacts:
NY Mag wonders if the fact that no beat writers are talking about it means that it's a commonplace tactic. I don't know if anyone would admit it in so many words, but it would be dumb to think otherwise...And it's naive to pretend that players have some sort of ethical obligation not to target the soft spongy neural tissue of others. They've already shown they play with no regard for their own long-term health, so to expect them to look out for each other is asking too much...This is football, and the players and fans have a silent bargain that we're going to live with this and not talk about it more than we have to.
Joe Gibbs likes what he sees in Tim Tebow
So when the conversation Monday turned from racing to the popular Denver Broncos quarterback, the Hall of Fame coach couldn’t say enough good things. It had nothing to do with Tebow’s outward expression of his faith, something Gibbs doesn’t hesitate to share with others. It wasn’t an attempt to be a part of the so-called Tebow bandwagon.
Gibbs genuinely is impressed. “I think he’s a player,” Gibbs said of Tebow as he took a break from racing to talk football. “Everybody is talking about his throwing motion and all of that. I can’t tell you how many guys up there have bad throwing motions.”
Gibbs laughed at the suggestion that NFL coaches can change the Heisman Trophy winner’s throwing motion. “Anybody that starts telling you they’re going to change somebody’s throwing motion when he spent 16 years playing football and throwing that way is kidding you,” he said. “What you see is what you get.”
Tice will not interview for Raiders job
Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice will not interview for the Oakland Raiders vacant head coaching job as originally planned. Tice had been scheduled to meet with Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. But the Bears said Monday that interview won’t take place because the Raiders have moved onto the “second phase’’ of their interview process.
The Raiders have been tightlipped about the search, but McKenzie told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area that a hiring could come this week. McKenzie is at the Senior Bowl scouting for the draft. McKenzie has already interviewed Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles, New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and Green Bay linebackers coach Winston Moss for the job. ESPN reported Monday that Allen would get a second interview, which is expected to be held this week at the Senior Bowl.