PFF: Von Miller, most dominant rookie since Randy Moss

Stories of the Season: Miller Much More Than the ROY
www.profootballfocus.com

It’s time we forgot talk of best rookie and started to think in terms of Pro-Bowl, All-Pro, maybe even Defensive Player of the Year. It sounds crazy, but there may not be a better candidate than Miller right now…Focusing only on his play as a run defender and in coverage, he is still having an All-Pro caliber season…Miller is also the only linebacker in the league with more than 25 tackles that has yet to miss one…The scary part is that when most rookies are running into the metaphorical wall, Miller seems to be getting stronger. His past four games have been his strongest four, and at the moment he is proving to be an adversary that right tackles can’t contain…This might be the most dominant season from a rookie since Randy Moss defined the word ‘uncoverable’ in his first year with a chip on his shoulder in 1998.

Miller was just named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month

The Daily Lard 12-1-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! I've just sat here for the past 40 minutes trying to respond to complaints about my tone of late, but I've actually run out of time. So, I'm going to get myself to work and finish up my thoughts later when I get a chance. Worst Lard intro ever, I know. More of the self-referencing garbage that I so intently try to avoid - that makes 10 uses of I/me/my/myself, or 10 more than this writer would like to use each day. Sorry, folks - enjoy the links and have a great day!

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When you make $9.5 million a year, you don’t need to pay for taxis - just ask Brandon Marshall

DOLPHINS' MARSHALL BRIEFLY DETAINED OVER FARE
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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall was handcuffed and briefly detained by Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies after he was accused of fleeing to evade paying a $142 cab fare…Peterson Pierre, a driver for Miami Springs Taxi Company, picked him up at the resort and, after first going to Miami International Airport, they eventually ended up at the Fort Lauderdale airport. “He didn’t know where he wanted to go,” Pierre told South Florida Times on Monday. “When I woke him up and told him he had to pay, he said he wasn’t and started arguing for me to take him home.”...He entered the airport lobby and then Pierre saw him leave through a different exit and jump into another cab…McGuire said Marshall “was simply getting someone to help translate.”

"McGuire" would be Brandon's agent Kennard - you know, the same guy who advised Peyton Hillis not to play because he had a sore throat.

Did Tebow’s success lead to Del Rio’s ouster in Jacksonville?

A Counterfactual History Of Tim Tebow As A Jacksonville Jaguar
deadspin.com

A popular storyline goes that Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver got fed up with watching Jacksonville’s native son win in Denver while the Jags’ callow quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, stunk it up. Weaver, who sold the team on the same day that he gave Del Rio the boot, had other reasons to dismiss the coach, like the fact that he’s the only coach in NFL history to serve for nine years without winning a division title. But the Tebow story is more interesting and probably at least partially true.

Jeremy Stahl says No, emphatically.

Tim Tebow and Nick Novak walk into a bar

Peebowing.com
www.peebowing.com

/pē/ - /bō/ - /iNG/

Verb: Randomly peeing on things in public. Like Nick Novak does. It helps if a friend holds a towel for you.

h/t Deadspin

All Tim Tebow does is win, and sing about it (we wish)

VIDEO: Tim Tebow, 'All I Do Is Win'
eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com

h/t @PTRagonetti

Jay Cutler, still unwilling to look off his first read

Kristin Cavallari Has Finally Accepted Jay Cutler’s Second Offer Of Marriage
deadspin.com

Breathe, everyone. We’ll all be safe here. Cut-Cav 4eva.

RIP Chester McGlockton, 1969-2011

Chester McGlockton dies at 42
espn.go.com

Chester McGlockton, a four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders who played 12 seasons in the NFL, died early Wednesday morning. He was 42. The announcement was made by Stanford University, where McGlockton was in his second season as a defensive assistant.

Miller had thumb surgery, could miss game

Update: 3:01pm ET - Turns out Vic Lombardi was right about Von Miller having had surgery this week - it was to repair torn thumb ligaments yesterday, and both Miller and Eddie Royal (ankle) might miss Sunday's game in Minnesota.

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Kerry Byrne can cherry-pick with the best of them

Yesterday we again decried ESPN's attempts to paint their own Total QBR as a revolutionary passing metric. Another day, another gross instance of statistical malfeasance, this time delivered by CHFF's Kerry Byrne in a column for SI. It's pretty bad, quite frankly - virtually a page out of the playbook for how to misinterpret and overstate stats and their meaning.

The spirit of what Byrne and CHFF are trying to do (factor rushing into a QB rating) is excellent, and in full disclosure it's something I've also been working on since last year myself. Yet, the manner in which Byrne is presenting the data for Tebow's 2011 starts is completely self-serving and ignores some crucial context. Let's examine some of the more glaring fallacies of Byrne's column:

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