Happy Friday, Broncos fans! It's going to be a cold one in Foxborough tomorrow night, with a gametime temperature of 22º F and a feel of 13º F when factoring in wind chill. As the game goes on, the temperature is expected to drop a few degrees (by both measures).
Along those lines, Brian Burke expanded upon his look into how weather affects game play, and there are some rays of hope for the Broncos which may be conducive to Foxball. Burke finds that extreme (for the NFL) temperatures tend to reduce both passing efficiency and the number of plays run on offense. And, we all know by now how difficult it is to contain the Patriots passing offense, so obviously the Broncos will appreciate any help from Mother Nature. Let's all
pray hope for cold and wind!
Tim Tebow: 'Lot of crazy polls out there'
After what transpired last week, I will not be surprised if Tim Tebow asks for a trade once this is over no matter how it turns out…win, lose, or draw…I will encourage him to ask for a trade, maybe even to demand a trade…cause what happened last week…that locker room turned into a snake pit for Tim Tebow…not only did the veteran players turn on him after Kyle Orton returned to Denver and won that game, but the coaching staff sold out on him quickly.
The article beneath the video is actually very interesting, but, of course, it's the video that makes the news.
Skip Bayless was asked about Tebow's future after Ed Werder reported that Tebow was annoyed by the special packages that Brady Quinn had last week. As you might expect, Bayless was livid that the Broncos would even think about not playing Tebow under any circumstance.
Where does Bayless think Tebow should demand to be shipped to? Jacksonville, naturally.
Perhaps Von Miller should demand a trade, too, since Mario Haggan has been playing for Miller on running downs.
The real reason Jackson's gone
My takeaway was that Hue-bris was playing a high-stakes game of racial politics. You see, Reggie McKenzie and Hue-bris Jackson are both black. Mark Davis, Al’s son, is white. If McKenzie fired Hue-bris, it’s extremely difficult to argue that Hue-bris was a victim of some sort of racial injustice. But, if Mark Davis escorted Hue-bris out of the building after one mediocre, injury-riddled 8-8 season, then Hue-bris, in his mind, has every right to subtly fan the flames of racial injustice…
...My takeaway is that within the Raiders organization there are a lot of beaten-down, worthless Al Davis flunkies who are scared McKenzie has been given the autonomy to scrub the place clean of beaten-down, worthless Al Davis flunkies.
All Huebris Jackson and the Raiders had to do was win their last game of the season. Had they done that, Mark "Tommy Boy" Davis wouldn't have been able to do any of this, and Huebris would have had another year with his pet, Carson Palmer. Sometimes, one game does a season make.
Burn, Oakland. Burn.
POLL: 43% OF PEOPLE BELIEVE TIM TEBOW’S SUCCESS IS A RESULT OF DIVINE INTERVENTION
According to a poll of 1,076 registered voters conducted on Jan. 8 by Poll Position (hey, just like the old arcade game, only spelled differently!), 756 (a sizable 43.3%) of those questioned who are aware of Tim Tebow and what he has been accomplishing believe that Divine Intervention might be in play as a means to explain the uncanny and unlikely success of the Denver Broncos quarterback.. To flesh out the results of the poll, 42% didn’t agree and 14% had no opinion. The margin error in the results is a +/- 3%.
In 1882, philosopher Friedrich Nietzche wrote the now famous lines, "God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him."
Nietzche never met Tim Tebow. Had he, he might have revised those lines to read, "God was dead. We killed him. Then we replaced him with football." After all, moral authority has to come from somewhere. It might as well be from Roger Goodell.
Of course, had Nietzche hung out with Tebow, he might not have contracted syphilis, either. Oh, well, them's the breaks.
Playoff Preview: Broncos at Patriots
Sure, Brady vs. Tebow is a great storyline. Just make sure you’re ready for Chung vs. Bruton, too…Chung is one of the few above-average players on the New England defense when he’s healthy, so his presence should be a huge upgrade for Belichick & Co…The team was also without middle linebacker Brandon Spikes for that game, and Spikes could also play a huge role in improving the defense’s performance.
[Aaron Hernandez] finished with a team-high nine catches, 11 targets, and 129 yards. Denver will have to make a difficult choice this weekend: Do they let Hernandez do that to them again? Or do they try to eliminate him from the game and do their best with Gronkowski instead?...A lot of the factors that led us to lean toward a possible upset last week for Denver are gone. This week, they’re the team with more injuries.
Barnwell, of course, was one of the few analysts to rightly predict a Denver victory last week, for what that's worth.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his analysis of the Denver/New England matchup, Andy Benoit thinks Tim Tebow will again be given enough time to make some throws against the Pats' Cover 3 defense. As for the running game, Benoit thinks the key will be how well J.D. Walton holds up in his one-on-one matchups with Vince Wilfork, against whom Walton thrived in their Week 15 meeting.
On the other side, Benoit thinks the Broncos will again have trouble covering both Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez; his guess is they'll place Chris Harris on Hernandez duty and again utilize D.J. Williams and Wesley Woodyard to disrupt Gronkoski's release at the LOS. Benoit says New England's likely response of putting Gronkowski in the slot and forcing a matchup with someone like Jonathan Wilhite could cause serious issues for Denver.
Meanwhile, Pat Kirwan thinks this rematch will be closer than the first meeting was, and that the Pats' lack of playmakers like Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu and James Harrison may allow Denver to put up a bunch of points. On defense, Kirwan figures the Broncos will have a tougher time rushing Tom Brady than they did against Big Ben, and he strangely thinks the Broncos have more distractions despite having nothing to lose and New England's coaching changes.
As the incandescence of the Broncos victory fades to a warming glow, I wanted to take some time to talk about the OL’s performance in the Pittsburgh game. Simply put - it was remarkable. You have to keep in mind that by some fairly sophisticated measures, this is the ‘worst’ offensive line in the NFL. If you keep cumulative stats, it’s fair to say that their average ranking in some important categories was fairly poor. They were asked to learn an offense which is different from last year’s, then to throw that out and run an offense that some of the players had never run before. They capped off their season to date by shutting down the pass rush of a very good Pittsburgh team. I’ve said it before and will again here - I wish that Pittsburgh had been healthier, because on that day, I don’t think they could have beaten the Broncos. Denver was too focused, too tired of losing and too tired of hearing that they didn’t have a chance. There are times when being the underdog is the way to find the inner fire that can consume the other team, leaving only the taste of ashes in its wake.
Without the performance of the OL - in both the running and passing games - having picked up both systems, including a right tackle who topped off his rookie newness by taking on a position that he’d never played before, but who stepped into his first playoff game like a seasoned pro - neither the outcome of this game nor that of the season that preceded it. It’s true that there were some rough games for the OL. It’s just as true that there were a lot more good ones - enough to get a somewhat shaky ship into the advanced harbor of the playoffs. The harbor may be mined, but Denver negotiated the first leg of it well. The line played a big role in that.
Ten-Point Stance: I was wrong about Tebow (and I'm far from alone)
A first-round pick at quarterback is supposed to be a franchise player. We still don’t know if Tebow is that, but if McDaniels had stayed as coach, he likely would have designed a similar offense (and maybe a better one) for Tebow some time ago. In other words, the offense we see Tebow running might have been run at the beginning of this season or even last season.
McDaniels likely would have allowed Tebow to throw the ball more, coached him better, and believed in him more—because he drafted Tebow.
Obviously it's pointless, but still interesting to wonder what if - what if Tebow was still being coached up by Josh and Ben McDaniels, two people who presumably had unwavering belief in the guy? Instead, it's been quite clear that John Elway and John Fox have hemmed and hawed on Tim all year long (not that that wasn't understandable).
Hitler finds out that Tim Tebow beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC playoffs in OT and he’s not too happy about it.