Like the oil stains on a driveway in which people claim to see the face of the Virgin Mary, or the mold on the front of a refrigerator that others say shows the face of Jesus, Virgil Green seems to be the kind of young player that scouts and pundits can see in whatever they want to. From the performance that he’d given at Nevada, scouting reports ranked him anywhere from a third-round pick to an undrafted free agent. Depending on the source, he’s either a tough blocker with substantial receiving skills, or a half-baked blocker who rounds off his routes, has tight hips and won’t be able to make the jump to the NFL. As is often the case, there are reasons for each of those interpretations. Statistics only tell a limited version of the truth, but looking at Green’s does explain some of the width of the spectrum of opinion on him. I also had some Nevada full game film on hand to watch, and it was revealing.
After redshirting his freshman year, Green became a favorite target for quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He also spent long hours in the weight room, building his body from the 210-pound frame that he took onto the Wolf Pack’s 2007 team into the 250-pound force that head coach Chris Ault trusted to pave the way for his rushing game. Meanwhile, Green's timely receptions helped the Wolf Pack win the WAC and claim their first victory over Boise State in 10 years.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Adam Schefter, Tim Tebow flew Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney and Britt Davis to Jacksonville last week, put them up in a hotel, and the quartet spent the week working out together. Unable to make the trip were Eric Decker (his own charity event back in Minnesota), Demaryius Thomas and Eddie Royal (still recovering from their surgeries). Schefter says the group will soon meet again - this time in Arizona - to spend another two weeks working out together.
Happy Memorial Day, friends. My craziness around moving and traveling is mostly over, but I still have to spend a good part of today cleaning my old place, which is just the worst part of moving. I've been too busy to write anything in awhile, though, and I wanted to take a few minutes to get something out today.
Unfortunately, we remain in a world where the NFL is locked out despite the fact that the NFLPA decertified as a union and disavowed any interest in collective bargaining on behalf of NFL players. In the wake of the decertification, several class action antitrust lawsuits have ensued, and the merits are clearly with the players, even if time isn't on their side. The Eighth Circuit ruled for a stay of Judge Susan Nelson's injunction against the lockout, by basically surmising that the Norris-LaGuardia Act doesn't allow federal judges to enjoin labor actions.
Interestingly, that law was passed in 1932 to prevent judges from trying to force unions back to work. Now, it's being used as a technicality to temporarily extend an illegal lockout of a non-organized workforce. I've been repeatedly seeing idiotic commentary lately, that opines that "the players" should come back to the bargaining table. "The players" want to litigate, rather than negotiate. The owners made the last offer, so "the players" should make one now.
Happy Memorial Day, Broncos fans! As always, many thanks to all those who serve and have served, along with their families. We are all greatly appreciative for your/their sacrifices. Have a safe and happy holiday, enjoy plenty of smoked and/or grilled meats and your beverages of choice, and please don't drink and drive.
UPDATE 9:30AM ET - Jim Tressel has resigned as head coach of the Buckeyes
For months I had been working on a new men's cologne called Elway.
The name was just local color.
My true intention was combining the pungent smell of the Broncos' locker room with the grassy aroma of the Mile High turf
Originally, the name of the cologne was going to be Johnson 9-5 on account of the fact that it took about an hour for you to work up enough sweat so that your female coworkers could get a whiff of your "natural" pheromones.
The name Elway just sounds better. I don't anticipate it will help sales in the least. My lawyer told me to say that, but in my heart, I believe it.
The strong scent was guaranteed; the results with your female coworkers were not.
Now that I've received a letter from some NFL quarterback telling me to cease and desist with this cologne, I'm guess I'll just write some limericks wrapping up this week's most interesting news.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei shares a quote from John Elway about the Broncos' decision to draft Von Miller over Marcell Dareus:
Dareus is a very solid, tough defensive tackle who will have a long career in this league. But the difference is Von’s ability to be a game changer. That’s what swung us to Von. Obviously we needed help inside, but we were looking for a game changer.
I'm not a huge NBA fan, but this story about Scottie Pippen drew my attention yesterday.
It seems Pippen made a comment that LeBron James might eventually be the greatest player in NBA history--greater even than Michael Jordan.
That's not the interesting part of the story. If Pippen believes LeBron is that good, he's certainly entitled to it. What's more interesting is what he tweeted to fans who disagreed with his assessment:
For all of you that don't know I played the game you keep watching and cheering.
Here we go again--another former athlete who thinks that just because they played the game, their ability to evaluate talent is far superior to the ability of anyone else. Further, they think everyone else should just shut up.
Pippen could have easily been a former NFL player saying the same thing. Ryan Leaf famously remarked that only players could really understand.
The antichrist to this view is, of course, Matt Millen. A Pro Bowler and NFL champion four times over, Millen was, at best, a below average talent evaluator. One NFL executive even remarked that Millen had made more draft mistakes than anyone else had in two centuries.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Woody Paige spoke at length with John Elway, who talked of having a three-year plan to bring the Broncos back to winning division titles and more. Regarding the DT position, Elway says "everybody knows" the team needs to get one, but the Broncos' rebuilding status forced them to accumulate and keep picks rather than move up for Nick Fairley. And although we were all focused on Denver potentially nabbing Marvin Austin or Stephen Paea in the second round, the FO was apparently more interested in Clemson's Jarvis Jenkins, who went to Washington a few picks before the Broncos settled on Rahim Moore and Orlando Franklin.
Paige writes that Elway is in talks with a pair of ex-Broncos about bringing them back into the organization, perhaps from among Randy Gradishar, Louis Wright, Terrell Davis, Rod Smith and Dave Studdard. Elway reiterated that the offense as run by Mike McCoy will remain largely the same, with wholesale changes on defense. Surely the McHaters are going to be complaining about that former concept over the next several months, but if Tim Tebow is to have anything in the way of success in 2011 - stunted offseason or not - it's clearly best he not be forced to learn a new offensive system.
We haven't done one of these in quite a while - over two months, in fact. Since the focus at this point is on if/when the games will be played, (still, it's only May) then how about we think of the guys who spent the most time actually playing for the Broncos? Turns out there are
58 63 players who have played in 100 or more games for Denver, while there are several notable ones who fell just short, including Lyle Alzado, Otis Armstrong, Romo and Lionel Taylor. As always, feel free to discuss your scores and the answers in the comments. Guesses do not need to be made in order, and last names will suffice. Anyone who whiffs on the top #2 answer will have their Broncos fanship revoked...
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Can you name the Players who have appeared in 100+ games for the Broncos?
Update 12:53PM ET: Sorry everyone, as Cody and Chuck pointed out, I whiffed on the kickers and punters - so there are actually 63 players, not 58. The game has been updated.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Well, this has got to be one of the uncoolest John Elway-related articles I've ever read: There's a punk band in Fort Collins that changed their name last November to "Elway" and now the Broncos legend wants them to change it again. Elway's lawyers sent an email to the band requesting that they do so, although apparently the letter fell short of threatening suit or legal action. Of course, the band released a statement saying they have no intention of discarding the Elway name, and let's hope they stand strong on this.
Granted, the band is now probably getting more attention than they ever did when they were called 10-4 Eleanor, so perhaps this was all part of the plan, but still! I'm sure there are plenty of Coloradans who named their kids after The Greatest Ever in some way, and is it really a surprise that a bunch of them decided to name a band after the guy? Heck, they're probably not even the first to do so. Lighten up, John - nobody in their right mind is going to think you are associated with this band...