Lombardi: Broncos create their own luck; yesterday should establish Tebow as 2012 starter

Broncos’ luck is residue of Tebow’s design; more on Week 14
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A few weeks ago, I was talking with a high-level NFL executive who told me, based on talking directly with the Broncos, that the team’s original plan was to play Tebow a few weeks for the fans, and then start with the rebuilding process. Tebow was former coach Josh McDaniels’ pick and the Broncos, according to this executive, wanted to move on…Each week, Tebow has done more in the passing game to prove that he can lead a team to victory with more than just his feet. And Sunday’s performance had to seal his fate as the Broncos quarterback for 2012 and on.

I also found it interesting that Lombardi is the lone voice stating that Chicago did the right thing in softening their defense late yesterday:

The last thing the Bears wanted to have happen was what happened to the Jets, when Tebow broke containment, and ran untouched to the end zone as the defenders were covering their own man, not watching Tebow.

I'd agree with Lombardi as far as the game-tying drive goes, but not the prior one where the Bears held a 10-point advantage.

‘Tebowing’ reportedly recognized as word by scammish website

'Tebowing' becomes officially recognized as a word
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It appears “Tebowing” is here to stay. The Global Language Monitor website says it acknowledges that the word Tebowing—the act of taking a knee in prayer during an athletic contest—is now part of the English language. In today’s online world, that’s practically the equivalent of gaining acceptance to Webster’s Dictionary.

I can't actually find this on the GLM website, but who cares? Let's go with it - Tebowing, now a real word! (h/t LBS)

Update 3:23pm ET - As it turns out, this is in fact a bunch of hogwash.

Barnwell: Tebow is turning the corner as an NFL passer

Passing Around the Blame in Dallas
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It’s also worth noting that, for whatever weaknesses he has as a passer, Tebow is playing with arguably the worst group of receivers in football…In fact, Tebow’s begun to turn the corner from gimmick quarterback to something resembling a legitimate NFL passer…Tebow is getting better at improvising when plays break down as he develops a rapport with his receivers, and as those bonds get stronger, he should be even more improved when he gets out of the pocket…As bad as his receivers are, secondaries can’t cover them for eight or nine seconds while also worrying about the possibility of a Tebow scramble…Tebow deserves a ton of credit for the drives he pulled off after those two Barber mistakes, but as a team, Denver was handed two miracles that had nothing to do with Tebow whatsoever.

Tebow’s biggest doubter trucks himself

Merril Hoge - Mike and Mike in the Morning
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“My analyst’s eyes have been clouded.”

“I’ve been wrong on a lot of levels with him.  I’ve lost the ability…the opportunity…to shed some light on what an amazing story on..how he’s worked persevered…all those things that you try to teach young people.”

“I’m become now a huge fan in watching the Broncos play and Tim Tebow play.”

I thought Hoge was going to get emotional early in this interview.  He's clearly switched sides on this "Tebow thing."

'ppreciate it, Merril.  Seriously, though, listen to the first part of this interview when Hoge talks about his own life.  I enjoyed it, no matter his opinion of Tebow.

Chiefs fire Haley, Sparano may be next on firing line

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.

PK: Bowlen wanted Broncos/Pats flexed to SNF, Kraft did not

Stars align on key sequence as Broncos get sixth straight win
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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.

Tebow farther beyond comprehension than the stars

Run by Tebow, Broncos gets harder to explain
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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.

Comey: Broncos likely to face playoff gauntlet

10 Things We Learned: Thrilling Week 14 Edition
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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...

The Daily Lard 12-12-11

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.

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Gut Reaction: Week 14 - Broncos vs Bears

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.

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