The Handshake Haley Era is over in Kansas City, as the Chiefs have fired him after the 37-14 beatdown suffered at the hands of the Jets yesterday. Haley's Chiefs were 19-27 during his tumultuous tenure, winning the AFC West last season but losing to Baltimore in the first round of the playoffs. Let the Josh McDaniels speculation begin in earnest...
Meanwhile, word out of Miami is that Tony Sparano will be canned at the end of the season, but GM Jeff Ireland will be spared.
Stars align on key sequence as Broncos get sixth straight win
Denver had played its way into prime time, and Denver owner Pat Bowlen, a member of the NFL’s Broadcast Committee, agreed. He wanted the game in prime time…CBS, on the other hand, wanted to keep the game because of the Tebow factor and made its case to keep the game…I can tell you this: The NFL would have moved Denver-New England to prime time if Jacksonville beat San Diego last Monday…An afternoon game in Mountain Time means the Patriots would get back to New England at about 2 a.m. If the game had been moved, their charter would return at about 6 a.m. Monday. With a Saturday afternoon game looming the following weekend, obviously the Patriots’ preference would have been to play in the afternoon. I’m told two things reliably: Yes, Kraft did tell the league he wanted the game kept in the afternoon. No, Kraft did not strongarm the league in any way about it.
Personally, I'll appreciate the extra few hours of sleep. But Broncos/Pats is clearly the most interesting matchup of the week, and the football-watching nation deserves to see it.
Run by Tebow, Broncos gets harder to explain
But I also believe in Tim Tebow because there is no scientific explanation for what is happening to the Denver Broncos. There is no other plausible way to make sense of these games and the amazing, miraculous way with which they win week after week…But as to how Tim Tebow made this latest comeback happen from nothing? It would be easier to define the Northern Lights (a collision of charged particles and atoms) or St. Elmo’s Fire (air particles that are ionized)...Players will use words like “resilience” and “character” and “toughness” to assess both their quarterback and themselves but none of it makes much logical sense. Nothing explains 50 minutes of dreadful football transforming into brilliance at the snap of a finger. Or perhaps a clap of thunder.
10 Things We Learned: Thrilling Week 14 Edition
If Denver makes the playoffs, it will probably be as the No. 4 seed. New England will probably be No. 1 or No. 2, with Baltimore or Pittsburgh the other home-field team and the other at No. 5. So, the road reads like this: host BAL/PIT, at BAL/PIT/NE, at BAL/PIT/NE, then vs. Green Bay in the Super Bowl. All four teams will be at least 12-4, and the Packers will probably be unbeaten. All four teams have Super Bowl history, experience aplenty, great coaches, great players. And then there are the Broncos, owners of the worst defense in the NFL a year ago by any measure, a team that started the season with Kyle Orton at QB and were the only sure non-winner in the AFC West, a team that was 1-4 and thinking about the Suck For Luck sweepstakes just two months ago.
But, you know something's bound to happen, don't you? Even I do...
Good Morning, Broncos fans! What's there to say anymore? Well, aside from the fact that Denver is now alone in first place after yet another needle-in-a-haystack win? The Broncos beat the Bears 13-10 in overtime thanks largely in part to the powerful right leg of Matt Prater and the apparent desire of Marion Barber to toss the game. First, Barber inexplicably ran out of bounds as the Bears were trying to run out the clock on Denver, instead giving Tim Tebow & Co. an extra 30 or 40 seconds with which to work with (rather than the 56 seconds they ended up getting) before they tied the game on a 59-yard blast from Prater.
Then, while running for what looked to be the game-winning TD in the extra session, Barber incredibly coughed up the ball on the Denver 33-yard line, and Chicago wouldn't get the ball back. Instead, Prater ended the game with a 51-yard no-doubter, and the Broncos are now 8-5 and a full game ahead of the Raiders, who got blasted 46-16 in Green Bay as expected.
As for the rest of the game, it was Week 7 in Miami all over again, again. 55 minutes of pure, unadulterated offensive suckitude. Only the most devoted of Tim's devoted fans saw an NFL quarterback wearing #15 for the first 92% of the game, but at this point what does it matter? Denver is now 7-1 since Tebow made his 2011 starting debut in identical fashion against the Dolphins, and they're likely headed to an AFC West division title and a home playoff game unless they slip up in Buffalo or at home against Kansas City in Week 17. Incredible, truly.
Words can't describe what just happened.
I have nothing of use to write tonight as I sit here in stunned silence.
How else can one describe this game? I've seen an elephant fly.
I am as emotionally drained and exhausted as I've ever been after a Broncos game.
That was one of the greatest wins in the organization's history.
If you don't believe this team can make it to the Super Bowl after tonight, then you will never believe in anything.
Some Coloradan soul has gone to the trouble of creating a limited run of 1,000 of these bad boys so get them while they’re hot (Five for $15). Once they’re gone, they’re gone! Unless…no that’s not for a few more months still.
I'm holding out for a Tebow tree topper...
Broncos may avoid 1st-round QB
If Tim Tebow continues to show improvement and leads the Broncos to the playoffs, the franchise is likely to commit to him as its starting quarterback in 2012 and not automatically use a first-round draft pick on another quarterback, according to team sources. Any commitment to Tebow as a starter does not mean the Broncos will ignore the quarterback position in the offseason because Denver only has Tebow and rookie Adam Weber under contract beyond this season. If Denver commits to Tebow as a starter, the Broncos will “draft the best player available” regardless of position, a source said, whereas the organization and executive vice president of football operations John Elway had expected to use a first-round pick on a quarterback in April’s draft.
Enjoy the games everyone, and Go Broncos! Inactive for Denver are WR Eddie Royal, FB Quinn Johnson, LB Mike Mohamed, G Manny Ramirez, T Tony Hills, TE Julius Thomas, and DE Derrick Harvey, while Chicago will be without QB Jay Cutler, QB Nathan Enderle, RB Matt Forte, S Major Wright, G Ricky Henry, TE Andre Smith, and DT Anthony Adams.
This means Von Miller, Willis McGahee and Ryan Clady should all play despite their respective injuries. Julius Thomas continues to be in street clothes despite glowing reports during training camp.
Although the Broncos are favored today, the ratings say there's a 51% chance they lose.
What does Jeff Sagarin know that we don't? Nothing really, it's a glitch in his model that hasn't accounted for both Jay Cutler and Matt Forte going down in recent weeks. It's the same glitch that took weeks for the Colts to work their crappiness through the statistical system.
So look for a Broncos win.
Enjoy the games, everyone!