Tebow and homeschooling hit the stage yet again

‘Tim Tebow homeschool law’ gains momentum in Virginia
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There are three bills in the Virginia legislature that are modeled after a Florida law informally known as the “Tim Tebow law,” which was passed in 1996 and gave the homeschooled Tebow a chance to play for local private and public schools on his way to an NFL career. Similar legislation has failed in Virginia in previous years. But now Republicans control the governorship and the General Assembly; the recent change in control in the Senate makes it more likely that some form of this law could pass in the state. McDonnell said earlier this month that he would support it. He expressed the view of those who support it by saying on a radio show: “Home-school parents pay taxes like everybody else. It’s just fair.”

But opponents don’t see it that way…The Virginia Association of School Superintendents is opposed, as is the Virginia Education Association, which represents more than 60,000 public school teachers. Another foe is the chairman of the House Education Committee, a Republican from Virginia Beach named Robert Tata, who was a successful high school coach and a University of Virginia athlete who played briefly for the NFL’s Detroit Lions, the Associated Press reported. Tata opposes allowing homeschooled students to play on local sports teams in part because he worries that coaches will game the system by recruiting top players. Other opponents say that allowing homeschoolers to play for local teams would devastate eligibility and participation requirements and would be unfair to full-time students and teachers.

Homeschooling and sports is one of those gray and nuanced areas in which, depending on your standing, you can make a case either way.  So, have at it.

The Daily Lard 1-26-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The self-appointed Grand Poobah of Denver sports has proclaimed:

  1. Denver should go with Richard Smith at DC, because Woody likes the job he did with the linebackers this year.
  2. For some reason, Woody thinks Chuck Pagano (who took the Colts job) was a possibility, even though he was already a DC in Baltimore. Really, this is just some mental masturbation so that after Pagano has success in Indy, Woodrow can say he wanted Denver to hire him.
  3. He says Eddie Royal "really wants to return" and even posits that he "probably will." Yeah, right.
  4. Who else but Woody would have the chutzpah to apply the "bust" label to a seventh-round pick who played in 15 games (three starts) like he did with Virgil Green? Paige even says Green and fellow rookie Julius Thomas need to "get a clue."
  5. He expects the Broncos to trade out of the first round. This is called throwing $#!t against the wall in hopes of it sticking.
  6. Woody doesn't expect the Broncos to draft a QB, and of course he doesn't think they should.
  7. He actually extends an olive branch out to Mike McCoy and praises the stellar work he did this year. Let's see if his minions do the same...
  8. And, to top it all off, Woody says John Elway got too much credit for his comeback wins just as Tim Tebow does. And, wait for it...wait for it...John Elway was never a pure pocket passer. Only the greatest QB prospect in perhaps the history of the sport, but he was just an earlier version of Tebow. They're basically the same guy!

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Fox: I’ll get to it eventually

John Fox in no rush to find Broncos defensive coordinator
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“I don’t really have a direction set, not yet,” Fox said. “We’ll sit down as a staff as we get away from the Senior Bowl and put a plan together.”

“I guess I’d like to have someone in place some time before next season, that’s the deadline,” Fox said, laughing. “More than likely, we’ll feel good about it when we make a move. But we’ll do what think would be the best fit and we’ll keep trying to make the kind of progress we want on that side of the ball.”

That's what I like about The Marlboro Man: he's so cool, he's not on anyone's timeline but his own.

Tebow out of Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Tim Tebow backing out of AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am due to injury: report
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It looks like America will have to wait to see if Tim Tebow’s drives off the tee are as erratic as his throws on the football field.

The Denver Broncos quarterback has reportedly backed out of next month’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am due to injuries he suffered in the Broncos’ AFC Divisional playoff loss to the New England Patriots a little over two weeks ago.

Ten thoughts from the AFC championship game

1. The Pats are driving deep, early on, and Ravens DE Paul Kruger sacks NE QB Tom Brady off the right tackle edge. The announcer said that he got RT Nate Solder leaning forward, but that wasn’t it - I went back several times to watch it because I love trench fighting. Kruger used fast stutter-steps, ala basketball, to get Solder flat-footed for a quick moment, and when that happened he punched hard with his right hand (legally) as he brought his left arm over and in front of himself in a swim move: he just flew past Nate. If you want to see a great pass rushing move, this one works fine. I know that Von Miller has struggled a times with Solder, who’s a fine young RT. He may want to work this move in.

2.  Patriots NT Vince Wilfork was unstoppable against Denver, but I think that he was even meaner against the Ravens. It takes Denver center J.D. Walton off the hook a little - not a lot, but a little. Wilfork seems to be playing at his highest level in a long time - congratulations to the big fella.

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The Daily Lard 1-25-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Jeff Legwold says Denver LB coach Richard Smith and former Jags HC Jack Del Rio are the most likely replacements for Dennis Allen, who left to take the head job in Oakland. Meanwhile, Andrew Mason adds ex-Rams DC Ken Flajole, Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac and Cowboys DL coach Brian Baker as possible candidates; all had coached on John Fox's defensive staff with the Panthers.

Although the glitziest name (by far) among these options, it's worth noting that Del Rio would presumably only take an assistant position as a precursor to lining himself up for another head gig elsewhere. So even if he were to take the job that Mason suggests could be "his to turn down," were Del Rio to be successful in Denver, he'd likely be out the door shortly thereafter. What's the priority for Fox? Get the best man for the job, period? Or, the best man for the job who is also likely to stick around beyond one year? Of course, it could be that Fox believes he can always refill the position with a qualified coach, and one can never know when a coach will get called upon for a promotion - after all, the presumption in this space had been that Allen's youth and relative inexperience would keep him in Denver for at least another year. So much for that.

Thanks, Dennis Allen, for returning the Broncos defense to respectability - it was no minor task. May you have many a second-place finish in your future.

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Raiders to hire Dennis Allen as head coach

The Broncos have lost defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to Oakland, where he will take over as their new head coach. Denver will again be searching for someone new to run their defense and will start the 2012 season with their seventh DC in  as many seasons. Allen had been an assistant for the Saints under DC Gregg Williams before John Fox made him a coordinator for the first time, and like Williams he showed himself a confident and aggressive coach unafraid to dictate terms to opposing offenses.

There's been some speculation that ex-Jags coach Jack Del Rio is a possibility, and Dave Krieger says current Denver LB coach Richard Smith is another option. Del Rio was the Carolina DC for one season under Fox in 2002 before taking the head job in Jacksonville, while Smith has been a DC in Miami (2005) and Houston (2006-08).

McKenzie: There’s no negotiations (with Allen)

McKenzie to interview Denver's Allen tonight, could offer job
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Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said he will meet with Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen tonight to discuss the Raiders’ coaching vacancy. McKenzie also told CSNCalifornia.com that no job has been offered to Allen, nor are they in any “negotiations,” as reported elsewhere.

“I will meet with Dennis Allen tonight,” McKenzie said during the South team’s Senior Bowl workout at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. “And after tonight, depending on our conversation …that’s when.” Meaning, that’s when McKenzie will decide whether or not to offer the job to Allen.

“There’s no negotiations (right now),” he said. So Allen, who will be interviewing for the second time with McKenzie, could lock the job up tonight? “He could,” McKenzie said. “Depends. He’s got a lot of stuff he needs to answer. Nah, it’s not a lock, irregardless of other people’s reports.”

Hope floats: Allen not only candidate for Oakland job

SOURCE: RAIDERS' COACHING SEARCH AT 3
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The Raiders have narrowed their coaching search to three candidates— Winston Moss, Dennis Allen, and a third “mystery candidate,” according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. are no longer in the running, according to the same source.  Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice removed himself from consideration Monday night, according to reports out of Chicago.

Denver dodged a bullet when Miami passed over on Mike McCoy; will they do so again here? (via ESPN)

Dennis Allen is Raiders’ top choice for HC

Raiders, Dennis Allen negotiating
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The Oakland Raiders have identified Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as the leading candidate to become their next head coach, according to multiple league sources.

Other Raiders head coaching candidates, including Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, already have been informed that Oakland has found its man and they are no longer under consideration, according to sources.

Allen is meeting Tuesday with Raiders officials to see whether the two sides can take the final steps they need to come to an agreement.

It appears the revolving door continues to spin for Denver at defensive coordinator, as Dennis Allen is reportedly nearing employment with the enemy. Allen's potential departure would mean the seventh different DC in as many seasons for the Broncos, although Allen would be the first to leave under happy circumstances (for him) following the ignominious exits of Larry Coyer, Jim Bates, Bob Slowik, Mike Nolan and Don Martindale.

That Allen's competition has already been notified they're out of the running says that whatever's left to decide between Oakland and Allen's reps is a mere formality.

Led by Allen's creative playcalling, the additions of Von Miller and Brodrick Bunkley, and the return to health of Elvis Dumervil, Denver' defense ranked 24th in points and 20th in yards a year after ranking 32nd (dead last) in both categories. This was Allen's first year as a coordinator after several years as an assistant with the Saints.

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