Should’ve been #WhenSkipMeetsTebowAgain

Scandal! Did Skip Bayless Meet Tim Tebow Before #WhenSkipMeetsTebow???
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Each and every day there is a new topic (or topics, God forbid) for Skip Bayless to pantomime fear/shock/ecstasy in defending Tebow against evil hoardes of apocalyptic monsters.  Wash.  Rinse.  Repeat…The hoopla surrounding the interview was that it was billed as the “first meeting” between Tebow and his biggest cheerleader, Bayless. Supposedly, Skip had refused to meet Tebow to keep his journalistic integrity.  (I’ll give you a second to stop laughing.)

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Freeman: Elway, the football boss with a conscience

Ten-Point Stance: Broncos made the right move by cutting Orton loose
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It’s been presented by some in the media that the Denver Broncos released Kyle Orton as a way of giving Tim Tebow a nice vote of support. Well, not quite…He didn’t brood or turn into a crappy teammate, but privately became increasingly frustrated with his position as bench warmer. When a rash of injuries hit the quarterback position around the NFL—from Chicago to Kansas City—the Orton camp went to general manager John Elway and begged for his release. I’m told the argument was made to Elway about the fairness to Orton sitting on the bench when there were teams with openings that could claim him off waivers. Elway was sympathetic and released him…So, good for Orton. He begins a new future and for the first time in a long time someone in football did the compassionate thing.

Jim Litke: Elway should zip it

Elway Looking for QB in the Wrong Places
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Picking a fight with a fan favorite when he’s on a roll isn’t just bad timing. Foolish as it sounded, that was Elway’s way of letting Tebow know he’s never going to be Denver’s franchise quarterback, no matter how well the rest of the season goes…[Releaseing Orton] was the organization’s way of signaling that the rebuilding effort can’t begin soon enough, even though Tebow has pulled the Broncos back to within a game of the Raiders for the top spot in the AFC West. The only people who don’t seem to have gotten the message are Tebow, his teammates and his fans…Elway doesn’t have to like it, but he has to learn to keep quiet. Or better still, say a few nice things about his QB and the surprising run his team is on, and even less about the college quarterbacks he’s still scouting.

The Daily Lard 11-23-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Just some quick math to clean up Kyle Orton's contract info (not because you care, but because I'm a little OCD about making sure I get this right) - Denver paid him a $1.5M roster bonus at the end of July, and 11/17 of his $7.379M salary works out to $4,774,647.06 - so Denver has paid Kyle $6,274,647.06 and $2,604,352.94 remains. Should Chicago or KC claim him, the Broncos will be off the hook for that latter amount, Kyle gets to play rather than sit behind Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn, and perhaps he gets to go back to the playoffs with the Bears. It's a win/win for everyone, unless of course he comes back to Denver and beats the Broncos with either team. Remember how dramatic it appeared a Cutler/Orton or Cutler/Tebow might be? Well, Tebow/Orton is even better - at least as far as Denver fans are concerned.

Jeff Darlington lays out the list of teams that could put in a claim for Kyle, including perhaps Atlanta to block Chicago from getting him. Andrew Mason and Jeff Legwold detail Orton's release and his rough season, while Lindsay Jones tracks the muddled outcome of the Jay Cutler trade, which essentially netted Denver Robert Ayers and parts of Demaryius Thomas, Tebow and Eric Decker. Meanwhile, Dave Krieger thinks the whole thing seems a little fishy and wonders why Denver didn't cut Orton loose weeks ago. Well for one, what if the team had instead gone 1-4 with Tebow? And, prior to the injuries to Cutler and Matt Cassel, they were probably certain that no team would put in a claim for Kyle, and they'd be left holding the bag on his remaining salary. So as usual, it's all about the Benjamins.

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Bears will grab Orton if KC doesn’t

Report: Bears will claim Orton
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Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears will attempt to claim Kyle Orton off waivers. Actually, McClure said he was confirming Jay Glazer’s report.  But Glazer never actually reported anything; he just said the Chiefs or Bears “could” claim Orton and it took a life of its own.

We already know Houston won't nab Orton.  Should get interesting real soon. It's looking likely that Orton will return to Denver one more time this season, either as a member of the Chiefs or Bears.

Three Broncos greats roll their way into the semis

Three Broncos Named HOF Semifinalists
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Atwater was voted to a franchise record-tying seven consecutive Pro Bowls during his career, serving as a defensive leader on the Broncos’ back-to-back Super Bowl championship teams.

Davis rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons, including his 2,008-yard season in 1998 when he earned league MVP honors. He also was part of the Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII squads.

Mecklenburg spent 12 seasons with the Broncos, starting 141 career games, a total that includes all 16 games in a year during five different campaigns. He played in six Pro Bowls and helped the Broncos reach the postseason seven times, including three Super Bowl berths.

All three players are Broncos Ring of Famers.

Best news of the day.  My personal favorite from this group has always been Steve Atwater, although the old timers can easily make an argument for Meck.

And what about T.D.?  If Gale Sayers is in, it's a no brainer.

(Interesting side note:  I once published a story in a literary journal about an out-of-luck fry cook who becomes obsessed with Mecklenburg after watching a Broncos games on TV.)

Broncos waive Kyle Orton

According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos have parted ways with Kyle Orton today. Pure speculation, but my first thoughts are either that Orton requested his release or was vocally unsupportive of Tim Tebow and/or the coaching staff, or maybe this was done as a favor so Kyle could sign on with a team in need of a QB? Say, Kubes and the Texans? Back to Chicago?

As it turns out, Mike Klis reports that Orton and his agent approached the Denver FO about a possible release after Jay Cutler broke his thumb, an injury which will require surgery tomorrow to repair and could keep Cutler out for as long as 6-8 weeks.

There are now were conflicting reports out there on how much of Orton's $7.379M base salary is unpaid at this point, as Albert Breer says the amount is $1.324M, while but as Klis says, it's around $2.58M.

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Goodell: More Thursday games likely next year

NFL might expand Thursday night package as soon as 2012
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Asked if the NFL would eventually begin playing games on other days of the week than the Sunday-Monday-Thursday rotation, he said he doubted it. “I don’t [see it],” Goodell said. “I think we like being special. I think we like having a day where you anticipate having football. I think when you have games every night of the week, as an example, it takes away from that uniqueness and that special nature of our game.”

Barnwell: Von is the real Mr. Clutch, McGahee not so much

The Fabulous & the Flops of Week 11
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His stat line is impressive enough: 10 tackles, 1.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, four knockdowns of Mark Sanchez, a pass defensed, and a forced fumble. Where those plays happened, though, was remarkable. His first sack, the half-sack with Elvis Dumervil, came on a third-and-4 that shut down the Jets’ first drive of the game. His second sack was on a third-and-10 on the final Jets drive, forcing them to take a crucial timeout and into a fourth-and-ridiculous. Miller’s pass breakup was on a slant to Santonio Holmes inside his own 5-yard line that would have otherwise gone for a touchdown.

Jason Cole: Luck to enter NFL Draft

Sources: Luck not expected to re-enroll at Stanford
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Two people close to Luck said the Stanford quarterback is not expected to take classes next quarter. Instead, Luck is expected to declare and focus on preparing for the 2012 NFL draft, in which he is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick.

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