Wednesday Musings: A strange win, but still a win

Week 10, Arrowhead Stadium. What a long, strange game it was.

Actually, it wasn’t that long - it only went 3 hours and 3 minutes. Strange? Unusual, at the very least.  Keeping the clock running while you gash your way down the field, slicing off chunks of yardage like carving a Thanksgiving turkey with play after running play, forcing the Chiefs to retreat further and deeper into their own territory and all without a viable way to stop it - it takes the heart right out of a team.

There was more finesse to it than we often think - the smoothness of Von Miller, slicing past the center and the running back as if they were mere phantoms before embossing the #58 on his jersey’s shoulder onto Matt Cassel’s ribcage was particularly memorable. Enjoying watching Knowshon Moreno relive his college days in vaulting a defender, and the sadness of seeing him go down to injury.  DT Brodrick Bunkley was a Houdini in disengaging with the right guard as if he were just a minor annoyance;  Bunkley then launched himself at the running back, pulling him down from behind. And, on the other side, LG Zane Beadles displaying those light feet that make him such an effective pulling guard as he cleared the route for Tim Tebow to run for his TD. It was a very strange game, but for trench-hounds like me, it was the Bolshoi Ballet.

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Tebow > Team

Tim Tebow Is The 21st-Ranked Team In The NFL, According To The NFL
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From NFL.com’s weekly power rankings, where some poor editor got so sick of the Tim Tebow media frenzy that he ironically ranked him ahead of eleven NFL teams. If I’m not mistaken, this means: Tebow > the Chiefs, Browns, Jaguars, Vikings, Cardinals, Panthers, Rams, Dolphins, Seahawks, Redskins, and Colts.

What do you get when you combine the religious fervor of tens of millions of evangelical Tebow fans with the ardent criticism of mainstream media types like Cris Carter and Merril Hoge?  One giant cluster#$!*, that's what.  Tim Tebow, as we guessed all along, is now greater than the sum of the entire Broncos organization.  Chris Berman took to calling the Broncos the Denver Tebows several weeks ago.  Why stop there?  Just eliminate "Denver" from the name, too.

Still more Von Miller praise from PFF

Five Analysts, Five Questions, Week 10
www.profootballfocus.com

Tim Tebow may get all the ink in Denver but someone had to stop the Chiefs getting more than 17 points at home and no one did more in that regard than Von Miller. A sack, four hits and three hurries on 33 rushes. Don’t think defensive rookie of the year – think All-Pro…He was utterly destructive against the Chiefs and is the primary reason you’re now hearing about Matt Cassel missing time injured down the stretch.

The jersey makes the man

I'm not offended by the Tebow-as-Jesus jersey; in fact, I find it liberating. If some cat wants to spend a few hundred dollars of their hard-earned money outside of a strip club, who am I to judge?

Escapism is the American way. Some folks get addicted to gambling. Some folks get addicted to drugs. Some folks buy another man's replica jersey. Raiders fans do all three.

The point is that dudes that played Dungeons and Dragons have to grow up someday.  And when they grow up, they wear jerseys.

So I came up with a few jerseys of my own that all Broncos fans can get behind.

Even the nerds.

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The Daily Lard 11-16-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Ted pointed out yesterday, Tim Tebow and the Broncos continue to affirm inclinations all over Broncos Country - so much so that Confirmation Bias Week has stretched for over a month now, and there's no sign of it ending anytime soon. It's been a perfect recipe, as the Broncos are 3-1 with Tebow as their starting QB thus far, and he's been exceptional running the ball while rather inept at throwing the ball during that stretch. So, Tim's "just a winner" who will obviously continue to do so, and work so hard that he'll become a 60% passer someday - because all of this winning will buy him the time to do so. A reader even wrote something to the effect of, "Tebow is already almost a 50% passer" last week in our comment section. Of course, the other side of the debate (since there are only two, right?) is that Tim is so far from being a legitimate NFL thrower of the football that the Broncos, John Elway and John Fox aren't long enough time or political capital (yes, even Elway) to wait for that to happen.

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Is John Elway willing to stake his legacy on the zone read and option?

Podcast: 104.3 The Fan - The Drive (Hour 1)
www.1043thefan.com

We’re looking at John Elway, the President of Football Operations, HOF quarterback, and one of the quickest releases in all of football history, one of the most accurate quarterbacks in NFL history, and could do all the things, really, that Tim Tebow is doing now, on top of throwing the football…you think that’s the way he’s looking at it?

Alfred Williams posed the question tonight on his radio show (forward to about the 8:45 mark in the podcast for the quote).  Will Elway stake his NFL legacy on revolution?

If you think the answer is yes, then you've got to go out and draft or sign one or two additional 15-like quarterbacks.  Do you waste a fourth-round draft pick? A fifth? Both?

If the answer is no, then, you know where this 15 story ends. 15 is traded or he accepts a nice little career as an H-back for the orange and blue. 

And, Al, did you say Elway was one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the NFL?  Just checking, my man.

Darrelle Revis doesn’t think Tim Tebow is Mike Vick

Darrelle Revis not sold on Tim Tebow
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Revis sees Tebow as a bigger threat as a runner than passer, but he wouldn’t go so far as to say the Denver Broncos can maintain long-term success with the read-option offense. He believes it takes a special player to run that system in the NFL. “Yeah, if you have Michael Vick and, I don’t know, Chris Johnson at running back,” he said. “Yeah, it can work. Those are probably the two fastest guys that can probably get out on the edge on you.” But not Tebow, according to Revis. “No, not for a whole season, because we know what they’re doing, and we feel comfortable in our game plan,” he said.

Mark Brunell playing part of Tebow at Jets practice

41-year-old Brunell plays part of Tebow decoy for Jets
sports.yahoo.com

When the New York Jets need to simulate Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, the responsibility falls to a man old enough to be his father. Well, at least Mark Brunell is left-handed just like Tebow.

PFF’s Chris Benson reviews Broncos/Chiefs

Re-Focused – Broncos @ Chiefs, Week 10
www.profootballfocus.com

Indeed, it was the Denver defense that won this game for the Broncos, with the help of another 200+ yard team rushing effort despite early injuries to Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno (+1.3)...I really wanted to avoid discussing Von Miller (+7.5) yet again (he’s turning into PFF’s Tebow) but while we keep waiting for his performances to level off and him to hit the rookie wall, he continues to improve while turning in dominant efforts…For a defense that was as bad as Denver was last year, it must feel good to influence a game positively instead of negatively…This defense hit Cassel 13 times over the course of the game, and defensive performances like that will give any team a great chance to win.

Tomlinson reportedly out for Jets; McGahee iffy for Denver

Source: LaDainian Tomlinson won't play against Broncos due to MCL sprain
www.nydailynews.com

Although [Rex] Ryan remained uncertain about Tomlinson’s availability for Thursday’s game against the Broncos, The News has learned that Tomlinson won’t play in Denver.

The status of Willis McGahee, who was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, remains unclear.

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