Defending the zone-read: athleticism and the “scrape-exchange”
Defenses began reacting by using a technique called a “scrape exchange” to mess up the read. With this defensive adjustment, the defensive end always crashes for the running back, while the linebacker “scrapes” over to take the quarterback…But let’s step back from scheme: what else can a defense do? One answer, is just to get more athletic.
Source: Matt Schaub out for year
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Poor Kubes. After five middling seasons leading the Texans, old friend Gary Kubiak had finally moved himself off the proverbial hot seat and his team into serious contention thanks to some help from another old friend, Wade Phillips. Now, with his QB likely done for the year, Kubes is apparently stuck hanging Houston's hopes on the left arm of the underwhelming Matt Leinart.
Update 3:32pm ET: As expected, the Broncos have promoted RB Jeremiah Johnson from their practice squad to take the place of Knowshon Moreno, who was lost for the year with a torn ACL. Additionally, the team signed RB Xavier Omon to the PS to take Johnson's spot there. Johnson had suited up for the Broncos' Week 2 victory over Cincinnati, the first NFL game of his career. Omon is a 26-year old back out of NW Missouri State and has spent time with the Browns and Bills, where he played under current Denver RB coach Eric Studesville.
On Veterans Day weekend, Decker penalized for saluting troops
What it does care about is protecting its image, no matter the cost. The league is fine with honoring, remembering and supporting causes, so long as it’s done the NFL’s way. Wear league-approved pink shoes and towels to support breast cancer awareness month, don’t pull out a ribbon from your sock to honor your aunt with the disease after scoring a touchdown
Tebow gets Taiwanese animation treatment, again
When the folks at Next Media Animation decided to do a second video on Tebow in the past month, though, it puts him into “full-blown internet superstar” territory. Or something.
The IAOFM staff discuss the Denver Broncos' 17-10 Week 10 victory over the Chiefs in Kansas City
Doug: I wish there weren't so many 1pm games today, but at least there's some good ones later
Ted: Yeah,there's a ton of them. Macatee and Tasker today... that's not so bad. If the Broncos win today, all four teams will be 2-2 in the division. That really makes it anybody's to take. I think maybe Tasker doesn't get how the Zone Read works. The defense always makes the choice for the QB. That's the whole idea. According to Vic Lombardi, Quinn is the #2 QB today, for whatever interest that's worth. Look at Prater wearing sleeves on a 67 degree day. Kickers! Cassel runs at the first sign of pressure
TJ: I forget how mobile Cassel is sometimes
Ted: Where have we heard that? Ugh... Ron Winter is the ref. This is the most ticky-tack crew in the NFL. Von!
TJ: Just relentless beating of the double team
I’m not on the Denver bandwagon just yet, because most NFL teams are better than the Chiefs. There’s no way to win with this scheme without at least minimal efficacy from the pass game, and Tebow—who is completing 46 percent of his passes—doesn’t seem like a great bet to meet even that threshold…If nothing else, the rest of the Broncos’ season will be a fascinating controlled experiment in whether these types of schemes can work in the NFL.
Broncos’ Elway: Game vs. Kansas City dictated heavy rushing attack
“Tim’s going to have to throw the ball the rest of the year, there’s no question,” Elway said. “We want Tim to be able to throw from the pocket, (but) we’re not trying to make him a pocket passer.”
The Dejected Faces Of Mark Sanchez
The one thing that did bring great joy was the body language of Mark Sanchez, whose moods ranged from misery to dejection to bike-pedaling, sisyphean existential despair.
This Game of Inches
For all his struggles as a passer, Tebow is a wildly effective and efficient runner, and we know from past research that running quarterbacks increase the yards per carry garnered by their running backs. Good coaches put their personnel in situations that highlight their abilities and hide their weaknesses, and that’s exactly what the Broncos are doing with Tim Tebow and their offense. And since they’re playing Darrelle Revis and the Jets this Thursday, it makes sense for them to stick with the super-heavy rushing attack.