Tim Tebow working with QB guru
The Broncos cannot work with him yet, but Tebow has gotten a jump on his improvement plan. Bruce Feldman of CBS tweeted that Tebow is in Los Angles (sic) this week to work with new UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone on his mechanics.
Mazzone is considered one of the premier quarterback coaches in the college ranks.
Once the Broncos can work with Tebow in the spring, Tebow is going to work closely with the coaching staff and John Elway. He has said several times he will work with Tebow, concentrating on his foot work.
Why something like this didn't happen last year is a great mystery, but hey - better late than never.
Mazzone has been the college OC for several future NFL QBs: Philip Rivers during the Chargers QB's senior year at NC State (2003), Derek Anderson at Oregon State in 2002, Jason Campbell at Auburn in 2001, and most recently ASU QB Brock Osweiler for the past two seasons. Mazzone joined Jim Mora's staff at UCLA in January.
Whatchall know about that scrilla? I decided to follow the front page of the IAOFM site from Monday, and play off of the article that Doug referenced yesterday that put the Broncos on $50 million of cap room. I’ve been thinking a lot about the Broncos' finances lately, and some other tangential thoughts. It’s all part of being a football-thinking accountant, I guess.
Let’s start out with a provocative thought, right off the top. It’s unquestionable that the Broncos were better off making the playoffs in 2011 than not. I know that some of you disagree with that, and I’m here to tell you, you’re wrong. That doesn’t make you a bad person, and in recognition of that fact, I’m going to explain what I mean by “unquestionable.”
First, let’s do away with the Draft Fallacy. That’s the one that says that because the Broncos were 12th out of 12 playoff teams in talent, that they handicapped their future by making it too soon. You see, say these people, the Broncos would have picked 17th in the Draft, and by making the playoffs, the best they could do was 21st. By winning a playoff game (the horror!) they ended up at 25th.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! There's perhaps a bit of disconnect between the title and the article, but Mike Klis says there's a good chance Denver will use its franchise tag on K Matt Prater this offseason. The title says the team is "likely" to do so, while Klis simply writes that "Prater is the strongest candidate" to be tagged, so it's unclear how much of this is based upon something out of Dove Valley and how much is simply Klis speculating.
Either way, it's kind of a no-brainer if the team were unable to agree to a long-term deal with Prater, as according to Klis, tagging a kicker is like to only cost a team around $2.6M for the 2013 season. Plus, the tag is often used by teams to buy more time to agree to a longer contract.
None of Denver's other free agents figure to be tag-worthy, as placing the restriction on Brodrick Bunkley or Marcus Thomas would require overpaying either of them with a $7.9M salary; Wesley Woodyard would get $8.8M, and Eddie Royal would command $9.4M - it's pretty safe to say the Broncos will not be shelling out anything close to those amounts on a one-year contract for any of those players.
Report: Goodell's salary to 'double' up to $20M
Roger Goodell recently received a five-year contract extension from the NFL, and according to a report, his salary will “double” up to $20 million annually by the end of the deal…
MLB commissioner Bud Selig made $18.35 million in 2007, per Kaplan, and has since received two contract extensions. It is a logical assumption that Selig is paid more than $20 million annually at this point…
And while the response from NFL players on Twitter—Falcons wide receiver Roddy White wondered “How in the hell can [you] pay a man this much money that cant run tackle or catch”—hasn’t been ideal, it’s difficult to get too angry at what Goodell’s bringing in.
In an era of downsizing, layoffs, and record budget deficits, there's one guy who has managed to do alright for himself. His name is Roger Goodell. Like our good buddy Joe Ellis, Goodell managed to pull himself up from his bootstraps into the corporate leader he is today. If only we all had boots that went all the way up to our asses so we didn't have to reach too far.
Hey, we all have to start somewhere, right? Patrick Willis' mother abandoned him as a kid and his father beat the living snot out of him, and he made it, so I can't be too hard on Goodell for pursuing his own American dream as the son of a United States Senator. And who the hell am I to question $20 million for a guy who successfully limited the rookie pay scale?
Congratulations, Roger Goodell. You deserve every penny. And unlike Patrick Willis, you don't have to actually take the concussions to make a lot of dough off of football.
Plenty of (cap) room to improve
The Houston Texans and San Diego Chargers didn’t have enough remaining room to push money over into 2012, so Houston has $3.3 million of cap space and San Diego has $9.2 million. The Kansas City Chiefs have $62.995 million after budgeting $24.014 million from the 2011 season. The 2011 playoff teams in good shape are the Denver Broncos ($50.735 million of cap room), San Francisco 49ers ($39.33 million), Atlanta Falcons ($30.6 million) and New England Patriots ($20 million). To get to the $50 million mark, the Broncos carried over $26 million of unused cap.
Four teams still have to get under the salary cap by March 13. They are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have redone three contracts to be $11.7 million over, the Oakland Raiders ($11 million over), the Carolina Panthers ($9.6 million over) and the New York Giants ($7.3 million over).
This week, one of the players that was heavily on fans’ minds for Denver in the 2009 Draft was again arrested: Ray Maualuga. The first time it was in 2010 in Kentucky, on a drunken driving charge that warranted a seven-day suspended jail sentence, a suspension of his license suspended for 90 days, and participation in a drug and alcohol rehab program. This time, booze is involved again - he allegedly punched a bar manager in the face early on Saturday morning.
Maualuga had a substantial number of black marks against him for childish and errant behavior prior to the draft, and he dropped from the 1st to the 2nd round. He played in all games in 2009 and ‘10 and started 13 games this past year as well. He’s been a decent player for the Bengals - not the huge impact Mike that was predicted, but a fair quality of play, without question. Still, he had four QB pressures but neither a sack nor a QB hit last season. He had 86 tackles and notched 43 stops, but those were tempered by a glaring 12 missed tackles. Over his three years with Cincinnati he has had two sacks in total and three interceptions - not huge stats, just decent ones. Part of production is system-based.
Randy Moss celebrated his 35th birthday on Monday by announcing the end of his short-lived retirement. “I just wanna go to a team and play some football,” Moss said on a video posted at the website Ustream.tv, according to ProFootballTalk.com. He said Monday he retired because of issues he needed to address off the field, but his family has since told him, “It’s fine, whatever you wanna do.”
“Faith, family and football, that’s my M.O., bro,” Moss said in the video. “Your boy be back for the upcoming season.” The next question becomes what kind of interest the veteran will receive on the open market.
Interest from the Broncos? It would be shocking. Moss never saw a blocking assignment from which he did not recoil. And the Broncos' wide receivers always block.
This announcement does give us an excuse to watch this hilarious DJ Porter mix:
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Andrew Mason summarized the issues facing Broncos this offseason for the Sporting News, first pointing out the team had the second-worst point differential of any playoff team in NFL history. Mason says Denver is fond of Nate Irving's potential, and he wouldn't be surprised to see Irving end up the starting Mike in 2012. Obviously, Mason is in possession of some inaccurate information and/or hasn't checked in with überscout and Denver pulse-reader Woody Paige, who says Irving "didn't wow anybody."
According to Mason, both starting DTs Marcus Thomas and Brodrick Bunkley would like to return via free agency, although of course the team will be looking to improve its inside pass rush - the duo combined for a minus-16.8 pass rush grade which tempered their stellar plus-39.0 score against the run (31.2 of which was credited to Bunkley).
If Brian Dawkins should retire, Mason suggests ex-Panthers S Chris Harris as a possible replacement as a veteran presence to aid the progress of Quinton Carter and Rahim Moore. However, this would not be advisable since it would be really f#$%ing confusing to have two Chris Harrises. NFL.com is already unable to handle the problem, as the Bronco's profile is adorned with a photo of the recent Lion.
As for Tim Tebow, Mason thinks the team will likely telegraph their intentions by virtue of what veteran QB they sign to either back up or compete with Tim.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! RIP, Whitney Houston.
(Note: This is the third part in
an Epic a mini ten-part series on the Worst Moves of 2011; we'll also be doing a ten-part mini on the Ten Best Moves of 2011. If you want to see #10: Trading Jabar Gaffney, click here; #9: The Duke Takes on Twitter, click here.)
As Tom Nalen said earlier in the week, it's all Josh McDaniels' fault.
Last time we hooked up, dear readers, I pointed out John Elway's mishaps into social media. I speculated that because of the previous regime, one in which Josh McDaniels went all WW2 propaganda on everyone (loose lips sink ships, y'all), the Denver Broncos were set on making 2011 one in which there were multiple points of contact, interviews were as easy to come by as substance abuse in Oakland, and the organization was open and transparent as a Knowshown Moreno personalized license plate.