Wednesday Musings - Won’t forget Demaryius again; progress on the offensive line

It won’t happen again.

Not the part about Denver coming from behind to win another game - not only will it, but that’s becoming essentially de rigeur. Not the huge catches for Demaryius Thomas - I’d suspect that those will become pretty common too. No, it was the quote that Thomas left behind himself in the wake of his four-catch, 144-yard, two-TD performance.

They were playing cover 2. One safety would cover Deck on top because he's been our big receiver. They kind of forgot about me.

That’s a mistake that isn’t likely to come around again any time soon.

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Reilly: Blah, blah, interesting nugget, blah, blah

Fox has Broncos in the hunt
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Fox got permission to take his team in to most road games two days early, where players bond and howl and dream together, with no distractions. “Cost us a fortune, but John thought it was important,” says one Broncos insider. “You get to know a teammate better, you play harder for him.”

Fox picks one player to address the team before each game, a way of getting player buy-in. This is where Tebow made his famous “As iron sharpens iron, men sharpen men” pregame speech. (After which, Denver went out and fell behind 10-0).

Fox is real, blue collar and funny.

“The other day, before the Minnesota game, we were in the tunnel, about to come out,” says Broncos punter Britton Colquitt. “And somebody farted. It was bad. And Coach Fox goes, ‘Man, I guess somebody’s nervous!’ It just broke us all up, got us loose. That’s what he’s like. … I just met him this year and I feel like I’ve known him 20 years.”

Rick Reilly's stuff sucks with the combined power of 10 million Dysons, so don't bother to read the article, and just go with the blurb I've put above. 

The interesting takeaway is that Fox convinced the Broncos to spend significant money for team bonding purposes, which goes to refute fears that Pat Bowlen is getting cheap in his old age.  That, and the fact that the Broncos think farting is funny.

Cirque du Tebow

Set your clocks: It’s Tebow Time at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on SportsCenter
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FR: When was the last time SportsCenter devoted an entire hour to one person?
MS: Whenever we have major breaking news or events a good portion of SportsCenter will be devoted to that particular topic. This past July, the day after the baseball All-Star game (traditionally a slow sports news day), we devoted a good portion of a block of SportsCenter to examining the growing role of Twitter in sports and journalism. Today will be unique in devoting a large portion of SC to Tim Tebow without it being based on breaking news.

Michael Shiffman's (ESPN producer) answer to this question tells you everything you need to know about what the Denver Broncos are about to become.

Lombardi: The spread is here to stay

Newton, Tebow prove spread option will work in the NFL
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But in reality, few run the spread with the quarterback being a major ball carrier like they do in Denver, Carolina and to some extent Philadelphia. That added dimension is something I could see becoming a new trend in the league…I hate hearing the rhetoric that defenses will catch up to Newton or Tebow. They won’t, because their speed makes the plays effective…The Broncos tried running a conventional offense with Kyle Orton and it failed…The spread is here to stay. GMs and coaches must embrace it. In fact, both Denver and Carolina need to acquire backup quarterbacks who can play a similar style to Newton and Tebow so they don’t have to change their offense should either QB miss a play or a game.

Of course, some guy named Ted Bartlett has been saying this for years...

Archie Manning goes lawnmower parent again

Archie Manning doubts Luck, Peyton want to be teammates
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Archie Manning was asked on FOXSports radio Tuesday if Indianapolis should draft Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the top pick next spring.

“I don’t think it’d necessarily be great for either one,” he said regarding Peyton and Luck. “I think Andrew’s the type of mature player ... he can walk right in (and play).”...“Peyton’s always tried to help Andrew and kind of be a friend. (But) I doubt if either one of them want to play on the same team.”

Okay, so let's see if I've got this right:

  1. Archie Manning is Peyton's father.
  2. Archie talks to Oliver Luck frequently.
  3. Archie suddenly appears on a radio show to tell everyone he doubts Manning and Luck want to play together.

You get the hint, Bill Polian?  Or does Archie Manning have to "smooth" things over for you a little more?

UPDATE: Archie went on the Dan Patrick show a few hours ago and tried to backpedal, saying he wasn't a GM, but a "daddy."  That's the point, Lawnmower Man.

Me So Horny, Jon Gruden

How Jon Gruden became America’s football coach.
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But Gruden abhors the “stats sluts” who try to replace the judgments of a trained eye with mathematical formulas. He says, “You know what I hate, man? Guys that you know haven’t seen the film: they just quote a bunch of statistical bullshit.” Of course, there’s something absurd about a man who loves data railing against “statistical bullshit.” As Gruden demonstrates every Monday night, it’s not possible to assess football without statistics. If anything, his voluminous appetite for game film suggests that football needs more and better statistics: a way to measure all the things that Gruden notices when he is watching and rewatching plays.

I used to be a "stats slut" myself, but I'm fighting my addiction.

My problem now?  I watch so much game film, I've got hair on my palms.

(h/t SportsGrid)

Von Miller is a sore loser

Great expectations: Von Miller living up to the hype as a rookie
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By the time the loss was complete, the rookie linebacker was beside himself. Elvis Dumervil tried to approach his Broncos teammate the following day, but Miller responded with the silent treatment. The two sat together in a team meeting room, and while Miller stared at the greaseboard and video screen, he ignored Dumervil’s attempts to engage him.

Practice time arrived, and Dumervil finally took it upon himself to end this nonsense. “I was like, ‘Are you mad at me?’ “

Miller explained that, yes, he was peeved — intensely so. After all, he wasn’t used to coming out on the short end in a matchup on “Madden NFL 12.”

Man, this kid is Elway/MJ-like in his competitiveness.

Karlos Dansby: Come-to-Tebow moment was come-to-Jesus moment for Dolphins players

Karlos Dansby: Tim Tebow Beating Dolphins Was the Work of God
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“The young man is blessed. The young man has a special anointing on him. For God to show himself in the game the way He did, through the guy He did it through, it opened a lot of guys’ eyes on our team. It brought a lot of guys closer to God. Everything happens for a reason. That was something that we couldn’t control, and it was out of our control. My hat goes off to Tim, and God working through him like that. It opened up a lot of eyes. He’s a blessed young man, and I wish him much success the rest of his career.”

Tim Tebow, saving people's souls through his play on the field. Incredible.

Tim Tebow is the new Brett Favre

Tebow takes over SportsCenter on Wednesday
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ESPN is dedicating a full hour to non-stop Tebow coverage on its flagship show, SportsCenter, from noon-1 p.m. MST on Wednesday.

First, we had Peter King turning his MMQB into a Tebow-laden slobberfest. And now that Tebow is winning, the Worldwide Leader wants to make sure it doesn't get outdone by NFLN in the Relentless Tim Tebow Coverage department. Plus, they probably need to overcompensate for the criticism of Tebow's play by their own Merril Hoge and Trent Dilfer.

Poor Aaron Rodgers. He just manages to get out from under the shadow of Favre, he's leading the Pack to an undefeated season and is amidst perhaps the greatest season ever by a QB. Yet, all everyone wants to talk about is Tebow...and Favre.

The Daily Lard 12-7-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! How anxious is Matt Forte to get back onto the field for the Bears? Well, he's already turned to PRP injections (platelet-rich plasma) to help heal his sprained right knee, if that tells you anything. There's basically no chance Forte suit up on Sunday in Denver; so the Broncos will be facing the fearsome backfield duo of Caleb Hanie and either Marion Barber or Kahlil Bell, who's spent more time in scout-team duty than actually playing in Chicago's offense.

Quite a downgrade from Jay Cutler and Matt Forte, huh? Just goes to show that when looking at a fearsome schedule months in advance, any multitude of events can change its complexion when the games actually roll up. Just two months ago, Denver's schedule looked like a largely-winless gauntlet with the Broncos headed back for another top-five draft choice in April. But, an improved running game, the defense stepping up in a huge way (even last week, some key takeaways were mixed into the poor play) and the mostly turnover-free play of Tim Tebow, and a slew of opponents injuries has the Broncos appearing headed for the playoffs. But it's not just the Broncos' fortunes that have changed so drastically, as Chase Stuart points out. Remember how the Bills and Shanny were each back to relevance? Oops...

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