Good Morning, Broncos fans! Ben Stockwell went over each of Tim Tebow's pass attempts Sunday for PFF, and he calls it "Step 1 in Tebow’s maturation as a passer" but cautions not to overstate the quality of his performance. By "Step 1" he means that Minnesota sold out to stop Tebow's run threat and gave him just two or three different looks to decipher in the passing game, and of course that didn't work out so well.
Stockwell also writes that Tebow & Co. have become a tough group to game plan for in just a week's time, and he suggests that, provided Tebow is the QB next year, opponents having had a full offseason to cook up a defensive strategy for Tim could make for a different story. Either way, it's obviously great to see Denver described as a matchup problem offensively - something they haven't been in a very long time.
Every "Tebow" Uttered On ESPN’s "TebowCenter" Today
In what was either a rare act of self-awareness or a complete lack thereof on behalf of the Worldwide Leader, ESPN dedicated an entire hour of SportsCenter today to Tim Tebow, managing to mention the Denver quarterback’s name no fewer than 88 times in the process—all of which were painstakingly edited together for your pleasure above.
Fan’s ‘Tebow Time’ Tattoo Has Tim Tebow as Bronco-Centaur (Picture)
An artist named Gabe, who did the tattoo, said the man in question showed up with the drawing and said he wanted to get the tattoo done. Normally the shop does all the designs themselves, but this guy really wanted his personally-designed Tebow Time tattoo, so they allowed it. Gabe says they asked the man if he had lost a bet, but he wouldn’t tell them. Apparently he left the shop pleased and loved the tattoo.
Hey, whatever floats your boat. I just have two questions: Why does Tebow have no face or head within his helmet, and What's with the flowery handwriting?
Joe Theismann on Tim Tebow’s Success: Enjoy the Circus While it’s in Town
“I think what we all ought to do is enjoy the circus while it’s in town…What makes 2011 so unique is we have seen quarterback play in this league at such a high extreme and in Tim’s case, the bottom rung when it comes to completions…That defense is as good as any in football right now. The offense doesn’t turn the ball over. There’s been one interception in seven games. I say this tongue-in-cheek: The way Tim throws the ball sometimes, nobody has a shot at getting it, his guy, the defenders. It’s either bounce it in the ground or throw it in the third row.”
Does Theismann know he already missed the weekly meeting of the Hoge/Dilfer/Esiason/Young-chaired Tim Tebow Sucks Club? Maybe he's just trying to start the backlash to the "I give up, he just wins" backlash?
Or, maybe Von Miller reminds Joe too much of Lawrence Taylor, and his blood pressure is rising...
CBS and Robert Kraft won the battle to keep the Week 15 matchup between the Broncos and Pats at SAFaMH from being flexed to SNF. Instead, the country will be stuck watching Chargers/Ravens. Meanwhile, the team is without Ryan Clady, Willis McGahee and Eddie Royal today, while Von Miller has returned to practice.
It won’t happen again.
Not the part about Denver coming from behind to win another game - not only will it, but that’s becoming essentially de rigeur. Not the huge catches for Demaryius Thomas - I’d suspect that those will become pretty common too. No, it was the quote that Thomas left behind himself in the wake of his four-catch, 144-yard, two-TD performance.
They were playing cover 2. One safety would cover Deck on top because he's been our big receiver. They kind of forgot about me.
That’s a mistake that isn’t likely to come around again any time soon.
Fox has Broncos in the hunt
Fox got permission to take his team in to most road games two days early, where players bond and howl and dream together, with no distractions. “Cost us a fortune, but John thought it was important,” says one Broncos insider. “You get to know a teammate better, you play harder for him.”
Fox picks one player to address the team before each game, a way of getting player buy-in. This is where Tebow made his famous “As iron sharpens iron, men sharpen men” pregame speech. (After which, Denver went out and fell behind 10-0).
Fox is real, blue collar and funny.
“The other day, before the Minnesota game, we were in the tunnel, about to come out,” says Broncos punter Britton Colquitt. “And somebody farted. It was bad. And Coach Fox goes, ‘Man, I guess somebody’s nervous!’ It just broke us all up, got us loose. That’s what he’s like. … I just met him this year and I feel like I’ve known him 20 years.”
Rick Reilly's stuff sucks with the combined power of 10 million Dysons, so don't bother to read the article, and just go with the blurb I've put above.
The interesting takeaway is that Fox convinced the Broncos to spend significant money for team bonding purposes, which goes to refute fears that Pat Bowlen is getting cheap in his old age. That, and the fact that the Broncos think farting is funny.
Set your clocks: It’s Tebow Time at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on SportsCenter
FR: When was the last time SportsCenter devoted an entire hour to one person?
MS: Whenever we have major breaking news or events a good portion of SportsCenter will be devoted to that particular topic. This past July, the day after the baseball All-Star game (traditionally a slow sports news day), we devoted a good portion of a block of SportsCenter to examining the growing role of Twitter in sports and journalism. Today will be unique in devoting a large portion of SC to Tim Tebow without it being based on breaking news.
Michael Shiffman's (ESPN producer) answer to this question tells you everything you need to know about what the Denver Broncos are about to become.
But in reality, few run the spread with the quarterback being a major ball carrier like they do in Denver, Carolina and to some extent Philadelphia. That added dimension is something I could see becoming a new trend in the league…I hate hearing the rhetoric that defenses will catch up to Newton or Tebow. They won’t, because their speed makes the plays effective…The Broncos tried running a conventional offense with Kyle Orton and it failed…The spread is here to stay. GMs and coaches must embrace it. In fact, both Denver and Carolina need to acquire backup quarterbacks who can play a similar style to Newton and Tebow so they don’t have to change their offense should either QB miss a play or a game.
Of course, some guy named Ted Bartlett has been saying this for years...
Archie Manning doubts Luck, Peyton want to be teammates
Archie Manning was asked on FOXSports radio Tuesday if Indianapolis should draft Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the top pick next spring.
“I don’t think it’d necessarily be great for either one,” he said regarding Peyton and Luck. “I think Andrew’s the type of mature player ... he can walk right in (and play).”...“Peyton’s always tried to help Andrew and kind of be a friend. (But) I doubt if either one of them want to play on the same team.”
Okay, so let's see if I've got this right:
You get the hint, Bill Polian? Or does Archie Manning have to "smooth" things over for you a little more?
UPDATE: Archie went on the Dan Patrick show a few hours ago and tried to backpedal, saying he wasn't a GM, but a "daddy." That's the point, Lawnmower Man.