Happy Tuesday, friends. I’ve gotten some requests to do a Digesting piece on the Broncos, and I decided that I’d do one today. I’m in the process of writing a very lengthy paper for my marketing class that’s due on Wednesday, so I need something
a bit shorter than usual (not so much, as it turned out) for the site today. I figure that I can go short medium-to-long, and still make some people happy. Ready… BEGIN!!
I’ve obviously watched every snap that the Broncos have taken this year, at least three times. Where I can get a good sense of an opponent by watching a game or two, I would hope that I have a great sense of the Broncos. Here goes.
Captain Comeback Week 13: Ready for the Fourth Quarter
Denver continues to win by the slimmest of margins, and always with 10 pass completions or less. Every week you think it’d be harder to document Tebow’s rise (for He has risen), but it’s actually not. There are plenty more nuggets to dig out of this odyssey of success…This is only the 3rd time the Broncos have had 3 consecutive fourth quarter comeback wins in their team’s history…This current third streak [is] the only time Denver has done it in the same season and with the same QB (Tebow).
How did Tebow beat the Vikings Cover 2?
Today, let’s talk Denver vs. Minnesota from this past Sunday, take a look at the Broncos’ “4 Verticals” route shceme and break down why this coverage was a bust that led to Tim Tebow’s TD pass to Demaryius Thomas…We talk about matchups all of the time and this route scheme is no different. With Thomas (X) getting a free release vs. a rolled-up CB to the open side of the formation, the Broncos have created a 2-on-1 situation vs. the FS in the deep half. Test his discipline to stay square in his backpedal to play over the top of two vertical routes…What do we have now? A busted coverage due to the route concept. With the FS driving to the middle of the field, the open side deep half (highlighted in white) is wide open. Too easy for Tebow and Thomas. Can’t let that happen in the NFL.
Tracking Tebow, Week 13: The Tebolution continues
We can chuckle all we want about Tim Tebow, glorified H-back, but the Chiefs and Bears would love to have him right now. Nothing he does on the football field is pretty but there’s no denying that he’s efficient. No one—not even Tom Brady, former 199th pick who cries when he’s reminded of his draft-day free fall—gets more out of their abilities. Because, realistically, Tebow should be a blocking back. He should be playing on the coverage and return units. He should be on the roster bubble every preseason. And yet here he is, doing what he’s done since high school: winning.
I was expecting to see more talk of wide open receivers, but perhaps that'll come later in the week...
While Tebow, the son of missionaries, lives the evangelical Christian life, the Steelers star said in an interview that he's cautious not to push his religious beliefs onto strangers. “It can lead to resentment, and that is not what you want,” Polamalu said. "There is also a sense of arrogance sometimes when people are really hearty, evangelizers, and that is opposite of what faith is. Like, ‘I know this better than you.’ There are a lot of pitfalls to that."
Good Morning, Broncos fans! In our CTF from Sunday’s game, Ted pointed out that Eric Decker was sporting some epic sideburns. Well, it turns out that Decker wasn’t alone in Mutton Chop Land. Apparently several Broncos did a no-shave November in support of men’s cancer awareness, and Britton Colquitt (A la Souvarov), Decker (The Winnfield), Adam Weber (Franz Josef) and Matt Prater (Friendly Mutton Chops) each reprised a classic moustache/beard style.
If this team does end up making a playoff run, it would be pretty neat for the whole squad to be sporting some epic facial hair, coaches included. John Fox could go with the C. Everett Koop, and someone would have to do a Dali. We’ve already seen Champ Bailey rocking the Old Dutch; how great would it be to see a French Fork or Sparrow from him?
Through grief, former Broncos quarterback creates a home
Judi Griese died when Brian was 12 years old. He remembers his mom as someone who was always finding a way to help others. Brian Griese had a hard time accepting her death.
“The thing that I don’t think people realize is when you lose somebody it impacts you in a way that is so powerful, that it doesn’t leave, ever,” he said.
Unable to properly grieve his mother’s death as a child, Griese says he became introverted as an adult. When faced with criticism on the football field, he isolated himself even more.
He explained it like this: “I didn’t have anywhere to turn, so I had to figure out a way on my own. And that became my survival mechanism, and unfortunately, kind of painted the career that I had for the Broncos.”
I still consider Brian Griese a Denver Bronco. I always will. The same goes with Jake Plummer. In fact, any quarterback that leads the Broncos to the playoffs makes my list of great Broncos quarterbacks (I've got my eyes on you, Tebow). Thankfully, I don't have to claim Jay Cutler.
Griese once suffered a third-degree separated shoulder in the first quarter of a game against the Raiders in 2000. He remained in the game and led the Broncos to a comeback victory. It was so freaking epic, I remember getting goosebumps watching him play with that much pain.
Throughout his five seasons as a Bronco, Griese fought the "aloof" moniker. Here's the thing--it was true. Griese has spoken about his time in Denver before, but in this piece, he comes right out and admits his introverted nature--as a result of his mother's death--came to define his time in Denver.
Most of the article talks about Griese's work with his foundation, but I continue to love Griese's honesty and the insight into his career as a Bronco.
The IAOFM staff discuss the Denver Broncos' 35-32 victory over the Minnesota Vikings
Ted: Happy Sunday, guys. I'm watching Fox NFL Sunday, and somebody apparently decided that Strahan should go all Bob Costas, and do essay-style monologues about a selected topic. It's a bad, bad choice
TJ: Oh my, it's bad news with Costas, so it's a nightmare with Strahan
Ted: "It's hard to know when to retire, because all football players have ever done is play football"
TJ: Perhaps he'll talk about politics, religion, Sandusky, et. al. I always preferred Emmitt Smith, at least I could always count on a laugh - he was good for some grammar lessons
Ted: #FootballSunday is a really long hashtag that Fox is using... not real economical for Twitter
TJ: White RB alert! Toby! Toby! Toby! Griese on Toby: "he's workman like" - that's code for: white boy