Re-Focused – Jets @ Broncos, Week 11
It may leave John Elway with a bitter taste in his mouth as the unconventional QB keeps winning, but for now the Broncos have stumbled on a formula that works, so credit to John Fox for making the necessary adjustments to make his team win now…Coming out of this game there are plenty of stories to talk about, but one that is likely to get overlooked is the simply fantastic performance of Brodrick Bunkley…Someone should tell Von Miller (+8.7) about a little thing called the rookie wall. Instead of slumping the Bronco linebacker is getting stronger and stronger as the season wears on, with his latest victim being Hunter.
Did Jets make the right call blitzing Tebow?
Why do I like the call? Look at the game situation. 3rd and medium, protecting a 3-point lead in a two-minute drill. As a defense, you want to take away the 3-step game (slant, hitch, smash, option) and force the QB to make quick decisions in the pocket…Bottom line: you can’t let him break contain, escape the pocket and make a play. A simple technique that is taught back in training camp gets the Jets beat.
Tebow defies NFL conventional wisdom
Somehow, in the 2011 NFL universe, down is up, ugly is beautiful and impossibly inaccurate is damn straight. As football purists everywhere wince, Tebow is plowing, chucking and willing his way to success…Everything we’ve learned as a football-watching public for the past half-century suggests that there’s no way such a limited attack can flourish over a sustained basis… If it makes the Tebow fanatics feel any better, he is hardly the first accuracy-challenged, running-inclined person in his position to be stigmatized as unfit for long-term NFL success…Perhaps Tebow will evolve, as [Steve] Young did, and we’ll look back at his early days of grit and grind-it-out grotesqueness as a charming relic of the past.
Tim Tebow's magic doesn't make sense
As Elway all but sprinted through the winning locker room, his chest bursting through his suit jacket, he said, “Just give him a chance to win the game.” Asked what it was like to watch Tebow perform an endgame act he himself had mastered, Elway said, “It was great. Awesome.”
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen was heading for a different exit door when he stopped long enough to declare that Tebow would be his man for many moons to come.
“He’s a quarterback, and believe me he’s going to learn,” Bowlen said. “I believe he’ll be a great one. Better keep him around.”
I have to admit that this quote stood out among all the coachspeak last night.
He may not have control of all his mental faculties all the time, but Bowlen has never NOT said something he didn't mean.
Don't you love it when I blow your mind with double negatives? It's like a Tebow comeback. Deal with it.
No lack of drama in the Tebow Show
Not only that, but in his explanation of what happened on the last play of the drive, when he broke the 20-yard touchdown run against the Jets’ blitz, he basically gave a course on how to read defenses. It was too long of an answer to put here, but he said, “They were playing the corners pretty hard off, and we ran a three-vertical concept against them. I saw (safety Eric Smith) coming off the left side, and he came and he hugged tight . . .”
Because there is never a wrong time to take a shot at Dan Marino...
Tebow believes in miracles, and maybe he’s right
When Tebow led his Denver Broncos to an improbable 17-13 win over the New York Jets on Thursday night in the Mile High City, the syntax finally felt right. People have been far too quick to attribute too much or too little credit to Tebow for the Broncos’ recent success based on their own feelings for the hype, but it was Tebow who set the Broncos on course for a game-winning 95-yard drive…The detractors will say that he has very limited ability at the quarterback position, especially when you consider what’s generally required at the NFL level. And in completing just nine passes in 20 attempts for 104 yards, he showed once again that he’s not near where he needs to be as a pure passer…At the very least, Tebow certainly extended the argument.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Hard to believe it, but after beating the tired and bumbling Jets 17-13 (box score), the Denver Broncos are 5-5 and a half-game behind the Raiders for first place in the AFC West, pending this weekend's games. That makes three straight wins and four out of five, and the formula remains the same: dominant play from Von Miller and timely, fortuitous plays on both defense and special teams.
I mean, how else do you win a game in which your offense generates 10 points, 229 net yards (134 before the 95-yard game-winning drive), 4.1 yards per play, 11 first downs, nine pass completions, eight possessions of three plays or fewer, and eight punts? At this point, maybe it's just best not to ask why, and roll with it. Because
Andrew Lady Luck is most definitely on Denver's side right now, and you're not supposed to look John Elway in the mouth or you may find that lady is really Sexy Rexy singing, right? BTW, you know who else was on the Broncos' side last night? The NFL schedulers, who did the Jets (SNF game followed by a Thursday game at altitude) like they did the Chargers (three games in 11 days).
When you are winning a war, almost everything can be claimed to be right and wise.
John Fox is the wisest man in the land tonight.
I really am at a loss for words right now, but I swear I saw this film in Miami.
Can we save Broncos fans the drama and just throw out the first fifty minutes of each game?
I prefer to watch the good stuff, if you don't mind.
Let's rewire Tim Tebow's internal clock.
It was a great win by the Broncos. Look out, Oakland. The Broncos are coming. And Von Miller hits hard.
The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL Pick
What happens if Denver falls behind? How will it make up the points? How will it score in this game, period? And shouldn’t it matter that a pretty good Jets team is coming off an embarrassing loss and can’t possibly afford to fall to 5-5 right now? May God and Tebow both forgive me …
Plus, Pat Kirwan discusses the matchup for CBS Sports, and he predicts a late comeback victory for the Jets.
Enjoy the game, everyone - and Go Broncos! RB Willis McGahee is active tonight, while the inactives are WR Quan Cosby, S Rafael Bush, FB Quinn Johnson, G Manny Ramirez, TE Julius Thomas, OT Tony Hills and DE Derrick Harvey. The absence of Cosby means that Eddie Royal is likely to handle the PR duties, with Eric Decker also available for returns. The other surprise is Orange Julius, who had been listed as probable with an ankle injury. For the Jets, WR Jeremy Kerley, RB LaDainian Tomlinson, S Brodney Pool, TE Shawn Nelson, CB Ellis Lankster, QB Kevin O'Connell and DT Martin Tevaseu.