The Daily Lard 11-22-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis again makes the case for Denver to draft Baylor's Robert Griffin III, claiming that Griffin can thrive on the same running plays that Tim Tebow does but is also pass better. He also suggests that the key to improving Tebow's accuracy is in sharpening his footwork, rather than his long and slow throwing motion. Klis isn't so sure that Tim tends to throw catchable passes, and that instead his delivery may hide the ball from receivers' eyes, he throws a "heavy" ball, and his passes often rise or dive in the air.

Klis believes Wesley Woodyard's role in the NFL will continue to be as a nickel linebacker who can fill in as an occasional starter but isn't bulky enough to play on first and second down regularly. He also foresees the Broncos trying to re-sign both Brodrick Bunkley and Marcus Thomas, who are currently playing on one-year deals, although no negotiations have begun with either player. At the safety position, Klis thinks it's realistic to imagine both Rahim Moore and Quinton Carter starting next season.

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Tebow among inaugural inductees to Trent Dilfer Club

Introducing The Trent Dilfer Club
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So, how is Tebow winning?  Mostly on Defense.  In his 4 wins, the Broncos defense has a -.89 WPA.  Tebow personally lost the Detroit game and would have lost the Miami, Oakland and New York games, had it not been for the Broncos solid defense and some late game heroics.

Open Thread - MNF Week 11

Enjoy the game everyone, and Go Pats! Mike TanierMatt Bowen and Erik Frenz of CHFF share their thoughts on the matchup.

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Phil Simms: Tebow just needs to take a chill pill

Phil Simms: Tim Tebow has to stop worrying about throwing INTs
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Dan Patrick: Would you want him as the QB of your franchise?

Phil Simms: Well, not now, no…He is throwing it better, and to me his biggest problem throwing is, he’s more worried about throwing an interception than he is completing the pass. He’s being so careful when he lets it go; I know he’s not gonna miss some of these 10-yard routes that are out there in front of him. But he’s neurotic about making sure it’s not going to be intercepted. If he stops that, he’s going to start completing more, and it’s going to look a lot better to everybody’s eye.

Starts around 7:38 of the podcast. (h/t tom3565)

The revolution is starting!

Bears' Urlacher selling Tebow Time, but Lovie isn't buying
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“[Caleb Hanie’s] going to be able to move around in the pocket a little bit—maybe a little (Tim) Tebow offense,” Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune on Monday.

Don’t bank on it. Coach Lovie Smith wasted no time Monday pumping the brakes on ripping pages out of Denver’s radioactive read-option playbook.

If it's going to sweep the NFL, it's gotta start somewhere, right? So what that it's only in Brian Urlacher's head...

Passing > Running, still

Running For Three Yards Is Like Going Backwards
deadspin.com

The cliché that it’s a passing league is truer than we realize. Advanced stats that can account for sacks, turnovers, penalties, and everything else show that the average running play is a setback…And what of the Denver Tebows, who have won three of their last four games with an offensive heavily tilted toward the run?...As hard as it is to believe, the Broncos won because they were the more efficient passing team. Tebow threw for 5.0 net yards per attempt, while Mark Sanchez averaged a net 4.4 yards per attempt, adjusted for his three sacks and an interception. So long as the other quarterback plays worse than Tebow, the Broncos can win. Unfortunately for Denver, that’s not going to happen very often.

What’s next, Tebowing in outer space?

Machu Picchu: The Apex Of Tebowing
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“AFTER A 12000 FOOT SUMMIT I HAD TO TEBOW ONCE I COMPLETED MY JOURNEY…” That is somewhat understandable, Scott.

Does Gregg Doyel mean Most Valuable Prayer?

Hear me out: Tebow a legit MVP looker -- not winner, but candidate
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If Denver does keep winning, and keeps winning the way it has been winning…How could anyone deny Tebow’s viable candidacy?...It’s not only that he plays quarterback for a team that has won four of its past five games. Tebow should be a legit MVP candidate—if this keeps up—because of the way the Broncos are winning these games. They’re winning because of Tebow. Or rather, Tebow is winning these games.

John Elway wants less sucking on 3rd downs

The John Elway Show (Part 1)
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“I think that obviously he’s making progress week in and week out, and so I think that, you know, when you look at our third-down numbers, those have to improve, I mean, and that’s the bottom line…we can’t go 3 for 13 and win a world championship…Tim Tebow did exactly what we thought he could do on Thursday night, that when we get in tough situations, he’s a guy that’s going to be able to make those plays, he’s got the will and the competitiveness to do the things, you know, you can’t coach…and that’s exactly what he did on Thursday night…now if you look at that thing, the bottom line is defensively we played great defensively and the special teams were good because we were in the football game.”

There are a hundred ways to interpret and parse this interview (and I'm sure both sides will), but after listening to the tone of Elway's voice and the language he's using here, I came away with the distinct impression that John Elway doesn't care if Tebowmania is running wild.  John, a little part of a million evangelicals just died this morning, buddy.  I hope you can look at yourself in the mirror, pal.

Elway was asked directly if he is any closer to knowing who is quarterback of the future is.  His response: "No."

He did confirm a bias of mine, though.  When a team is less than 40% on third down, turn the lights out.  The party's over.

Thanks to my boy, magster, for pointing me to this interview this morning.

Jabar Gaffney tells Cowboys fan to kill themself

Jabar Gaffney downplays tweets
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On Monday, Gaffney said: “It’s something that got took out of ‘text. Cowboy fans, that’s how they are. I was just telling the dude: ‘Y’all won. All right, leave me alone. Don’t talk to me.’ And that’s all it was.”

You know, probably not the kind of thing you should say when you're the guy who sold the gun which your teammate used to commit suicide. Love ya Gaff, but come on...

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