I suppose that each week, at least a simple statement is warranted on the OL. Before the KC game, they had exactly eight regular season games together under their belts - one half of a single season. Many of the best lines in football have been together for several years, so when I talk about the fact that every player has visibly improved, it’s more than just a good sign. It fits with the other facts about the line. Denver’s OL has the signs of it turning into being a serious group. The run-heavy offense seems to excite and fit the players, although there’s been an emotional factor at work. But four of the five starters have been improving both statistically and on film, and when the Broncos look at their OL this offseason, I tend to doubt that there will be any major surprises. I don’t see them making many changes, but that, like all specifics, should wait for after the season.
They took the beating they received in Week 1 from the Raiders quite personally, and everyone got to see the outcome of that one when they played again in Oakland. I like seeing a team that feels like it has something to prove: It almost always shows. It wins games, too. John Elway called the OL ‘unsung heroes’ last week - I guess he isn’t a Fat Man convert yet. We’ll work on him: around IAOFM, the OL sings the body electric, as Ray Bradbury once wrote: there’s an electrifying current of strength coming from these young men. They’ve bought into the offense, and Tebow has bought into them - he trusts his guys, and they earn it. Just ask the Jets.
Good Morning (barely), Broncos fans! If there's one game for Denver fans to narrow in on tomorrow, it's the Chargers at Bears at 415pm ET. Denver heads to San Diego next Sunday (Week 12) and hosts Jay Cutler & Co two weeks after that. So aside from scouting Denver's future opponents, a Bears victory would put San Diego a full game behind the Broncos in the AFC West standings and give Denver the opportunity to go up two games on Phil Rivers and the Bolts with a win next week.
PFF's Rodney Hart is interested to see how the Chargers' offensive tackles fare against pass rusher Julius Peppers, which of course will suggest how they'll contain (or not) Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil. Looks like a brutal pair of Sundays for Marcus McNeil/Brandyn Dombrowski and Jeromey Clary. Vincent Jackson also draws some tough assignments, as he'll be up against Bears CB Charles Tillman on Sunday and Champ Bailey a week later. Finally, Hart is interested to see how San Diego manages Devin Hester and the Bears' kick return game; as we all recall not so fondly, Hester torched Denver in the teams' last meeting to the tune of two TDs - one on a punt and the other on a kickoff.
Tracking Tebow, Week 11: Now do you believe?
You know how announcers will sometimes say “(Typical NFL quarterback) has a clock in his head and he knows the ball has to be out of his hands after 2.5 seconds”? Tebow has no such clock (and no pocket awareness to speak of). Instead, his alarm sounds after 55 minutes of horrific football, signifying that now it matters, now it’s time to play…Lost amid all the post-game revelry and Tebowing is…the real MVP of the game was rookie linebacker Von Miller…Denver has as legit shot to win the AFC West because it’s a weak division, but also because through Tebow, all things are possible.
The Sports Guy's Week 11 Picks
Tim Tebow is Frank the Tank from Old School. Most of the time, he’s fun to watch because of all the terrible things he does: overthrow or short-hop a wide open receiver … or scramble around like a chicken with his head cut off…But once or twice a game he has a “Frank during the debate” moment when he blacks out and pulls something spectacularly perfect out of his ass…I think Tim Tebow is a lot like the movie/Broadway show “The Producers”. Elway and Fox are the producers, Bialystock and Bloom. Tim Tebow is “Springtime for Hitler”. Elway and Fox think that if they put Tebow out there, he’s going to flop and make them look good and they’ll be able to draft a new QB. BUT, he’s winning even though he still sucks, so Elway and Fox are stuck with this clown until who knows when. Thoughts?
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Vince Young, Tim Tebow have winning reputations
Young hit the NFL with the same rap as Tebow. He was considered a great college quarterback who would struggle playing the position at the next level. Young still isn’t as comfortable as he could be in the Eagles’ system. They’ve been running some of the same plays over and over to get them just right. If Young gets the nod Sunday and Cooper starts in place of Jeremy Maclin, who is nursing shoulder and hamstring injuries, you can expect a at least a small handful of connections.
Not exactly news, but amusing nonetheless.
How to you get your fans excited at the prospects of starting Vince "Dream Team" Young in place of an injured Mike Vick this Sunday?
Compare him to Tim Tebow. Vince Young went 30-17 as a Titan. Tebow is 5-3.
Close enough. Naturally, Riley Cooper will go off.
Redefining Excellence, One Handoff at a Time
Watching Tebow play quarterback is like watching a television psychic perform a cold reading. He flails about, trying this strategy and that, looking lost and a little silly. Then suddenly, someone shouts, “That voice from the spirit world you are hearing whose first name begins with a J is my great-uncle Jasper!” Everyone gasps in awe and cheers wildly as Jasper delivers his otherworldly message of vagueness, and any skeptic who dares to point out the absurdity of it all is branded a hateful killjoy.
But quarterbacks with the “winner” label always cause headaches for the rational people among us. Fans eager to embrace a new hero apply the post hoc fallacy: the team won, therefore the quarterback must have done something wonderful. They mix in a little confirmation bias: those three good plays are a sign of greatness, so we can ignore the 53 bad ones. Communal reinforcement — even the guys on the talk radio show agree! — serves as a chaser. There is nothing wrong with any of this because fandom is about hope and emotional connections to players and teams, not rational thought. But to cut through the rhetoric and analyze and evaluate these quarterbacks, you are better off consulting the noted skeptics James Randi and Michael Shermer than the gang at ESPN.
As opinions shift faster than sands through an hourglass, Mike Tanier isn't budging one bit.
I'm just pissed because he got to work in the words "communal reinforcement" before I did.
And I was planning to get real kinky, too.
Broncos' Fox regrets comments about Tim Tebow he made to NFL.com
“I screwed up,” Fox said today at his news conference. “What bothers me about that is I love Tim Tebow. How can you not? I’m his biggest fan.”
Quick, what's the best thing to do after Pat Bowlen says the Broncos are keeping Tim Tebow?
Beg for forgiveness, that's what.
We're still missing one thing, though.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I GIVE YOU: THE SACRED TIM TEBOW BLANKET (PHOTO)
...not everyone is granted the honor of adorning themselves in holy vestments such as the frock which is draped upon her. She is probably an ordained priest in the Church or something. I only pray that it is not a Snuggie or Forever Lazy. That would be sacrilege.
I'm not quite sure who has more passion for Tebow. The guys who buy the Jesus/Tebow jerseys or this girl.
I suppose you can excuse a 15-year old girl for going all Tiger Beat on Tebow. He's the Justin Bieber of the NFL
Tebow slanket anyone?
All Hail the Freshmen
Of the rookies we’ve mentioned, Miller is the one who actually deserves to make the Pro Bowl this year as one of the best players at his position of any vintage…Only one player accrued more than 9.5 sacks during his first 10 games as a pro, and it’s superstar Bears end Julius Peppers, who picked up 11 in 10 games and finished his rookie year with 12 sacks. And only one player matched that 9.5-sack figure in his first 10 games. That defender is late Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas, who Miller has patterned himself after as a player.
The IAOFM staff discuss the Denver Broncos' 17-13 Week 11 victory over the Jets
Ted: Happy football Thursday
TJ: Hey, dudes - and I mean that in the old school way. Really old school
Doug: I’m not excited about staying up so late haha
Ted: I'm up till 1 AM most nights - I'm used to it
TJ: The MBA, Ted? Or you just like Zombie movies a LOT!
Ted: I thought kickoff was at 8. WTF?
Doug: Nah, it’s 8:20