Happy Victory Tuesday, friends. Are you getting used to Victory Tuesdays, yet? I kind of like them, personally. Those of you who had your hearts set on a Top-5 pick may not, but football is funny. Players and coaches like to win, and they try really hard to make that happen, and sometimes they get it done, even if some find it to be strategically unpreferable. In this space, we’re always pro-#winning, so deal with it. Ready… BEGIN!!
1. Today, I want to share some thoughts about why the Broncos are winning, and why it has seemed like a tale of two seasons. There are a number of reasons for it, and it qualifies as a confluence of all of those reasons. I’m one guy with an opinion, but here’s my list:
a. It took a little while, but the team has taken very well to the new defensive scheme. The Broncos tried to use even-front players in a Fairbanks-Bullough 3-4 scheme for two seasons and didn’t have great results. This staff came in and installed an aggressive 4-3 that has a very simple and sound approach to gap control.
Tebow's success due to production and protection, not magic
There are two underlying reasons why Tebow is so effective, two reasons that explain his impressive Real Quarterback Rating week after week.
1. He gets the ball in the end zone more often than any QB in football today
2. He protects the football better than any QB in football today
The Broncos clearly have not scored a lot of points with Tebow at quarterback. In fact, Denver has averaged just 19.3 points per game in Tebow’s six starts and has scored 18 points or fewer in five of those games. And clearly, the defense has improved dramatically in recent weeks, either purely as coincidence or as a by-product of the fact that Tebow has helped the team improve in all areas by protecting the football.
Hat tip to Acemagoo2001 for sharing this. This dovetails nicely with my YGS article that will be running in awhile, so I wanted to get this wider visibility. What do you think?
Faux Kyle Orton Says Goodbye To Denver Broncos In Spoof Sketch
Faux Kyle Orton Says Goodbye To Denver Broncos In Spoof Sketch
Besides being a dead ringer for Kyle Orton, this cat is funny. He manages to work in the neckbeard, the billboards, and several hilarious Tebow references.
Best line: "If I knew that all I'd have to do as a quarterback was hand off the ball, then...I would've...just...handed off the ball."
Colts fire defensive coordinator Larry Coyer
In a statement released by the team, Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said, “The move was made to improve communication and production.”
Just as the 2011 Broncos as led by Dennis Allen are starting remind folks of the early-season 2006 Broncos, the architect of that cometlike defense (26 points allowed over a five-week stretch) has become the first scapegoat for the Colts' winless season. Never mind that Jim Irsay handed Peyton Manning over $26M without knowing if the guy would play this year, and Bill Polian failed to provide the team with a better backup than the legendary Curtis Painter. Yeah, it's all Coyer's doing...
Vic Lombardi, Gary Miller lose radio sports talk show on The Ticket
The decision is tied to the move of ESPN radio programming from 1600 AM to 102.3 FM, effective Jan. 1, according to Tom Manoogian, head of Front Range Sports Network. Under The Ticket’s new schedule, ESPN’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” will air from 5-9 a.m., followed by “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” (9 a.m.-noon)...The decision to drop Lombardi and Miller represents a change of direction by Front Range. Earlier, Manoogian announced Front Range would continue to program The Ticket with local talent and broadcast ESPN programming on a second station — possibly 105.5 FM (Jack) or an outlet Front Range would purchase.
Just in case you wanted yet another Denver metro radio station to carry the Worldwide Leader's toxic waste in the mornings, you've got it. I'm sure "Mike and Mike" will now make local coverage of the Broncos a top priority.
In other news, "The Man" is now searching to round up Vic Lombardi and Gary Miller, tie them up, and force them to listen to Chris Berman's lame-ass catch phrases.
Pakistani-born entrepreneur and auto-parts mogul Shahid Khan will buy the franchise, according to a source with knowledge of the situation…The news of the team’s sale comes on the heels of coach Jack Del Rio’s firing after eight-plus seasons with the team…In other Jaguars news, general manager Gene Smith has received a three-year contract extension, according to a league source.
Makes total sense, right? BTW, Smith had apparently turned down a contract extension over the offseason.
Tracking Tebow, Week 12: Iron sharpens iron
More improbable scenarios are hard to fathom but the lesson, at least for now, is Tebow has redefined what it means to win ugly, which is certainly preferable to the alternative reality playing out with Orton under center: losing ugly…Can Denver win out and go 11-5? Seems impossible, but is that any more unlikely than Tebow being 5-1? Clearly, we’re dealing with forces beyond the football field.
Captain Comeback Week 12: One large week to digest
Another fourth quarter comeback. Another game-winning drive. Another 10-point comeback for the game. Another unorthodox offensive performance. Another Tebow miracle. Actually, the story on Tebow is just wrong. It’s not about winning, it’s not about his religion or Tebowing. The story should be how if you cover up his flaws and keep the game close, the guy is uncanny at putting the ugliness behind him and delivering scoring drives to win the game.
Granted, Schroeder did benefit from being plugged into an semi-dynastic team, and he did finish his career with a 61-38 record as a starter, for what that's worth. If Tebow can be 61-38 over 99 games, I think we'd all be quite happy - really, I just thought it would be a funny title...
The NFL's Week 12 Unsung Heroes
Punter Britton Colquitt pinned the Chargers inside their own 10 yard line in three of his nine punts Sunday, while allowing virtually zero return yards all day. In fact, San Diego’s Patrick Crayton totaled just 15 yards on three returns in nine opportunities…If not for a big day by Colquitt and Prater, Tebow-Mania is probably running a little less wild today.
Sources: Jags fire Jack Del Rio
Jack Del Rio has been fired as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to team sources. The Jaguars, who are 3-8 heading into a Monday night game with the San Diego Chargers, plan to announce the move at noon Tuesday.
Not that the Chargers are expected to axe Norv this week, but how do you suppose the Worldwide Leader would spend the 18-hour pregame show next Monday with two interim coaches making their debuts? Don't you want to find out?