On Thursday we covered Tim Tebow's stats through Week 13; today let's examine the full team's numbers and how they match up with the Bears. Of course, Chicago's offense will be without Jay Cutler and Matt Forte, who have been responsible for 82.1% of the Bears' net offensive yardage but just 57% of their touchdowns. Chicago has also scored a combined six touchdowns on interceptions and Devin Hester's punt and kick returns. Marion Barber (five rushing scores) and Cutler's backup Caleb Hanie (two TD passes) round out their scoring. The absence of Cutler and Forte is sure to loom large tomorrow, but keep in mind that the following numbers were achieved largely on their broad shoulders.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Willis McGahee and Eddie Royal have been listed as questionable for tomorrow's game, while Ryan Clady, Von Miller and several others are listed as probable; only Royal is unlikely to play among that quartet. S Major Wright is out for Chicago as expected.
Naturally, the first matchup Chris Benson considers is that between the Bears' woeful offensive line and Denver's elite edge rushers (Von and Doom officially have 17 sacks, but PFF cites them as having combined for 20 - it's not a typo, but a disagreement between the official scoring and PFF's tracking), and he points out that too much attention paid to the Dynamic Duo could result in sacks for guys like Ryan McBean and D.J. Williams.
Benson wonders if the Broncos can win if/when their running game is completely shut down and reminds that last week was not an example of that, as much as the current narrative says Tebow beat the Vikings by airing it out. He thinks tomorrow could be the day we find out, thanks to the Bears' fine run defense.
Goodman peaking along with the Broncos
New head coach John Fox and his staff had done some housecleaning. Holdovers like Renaldo Hill, Nate Jones and Perrish Cox - all members of last year’s secondary - were cut. Goodman survived in part because of his deep resume as a cover corner and because Broncos staff went back to the 2009 tape, when he played his second straight 16-game season, to get a better read on his abilities.
“Obviously just watching him in camp, without having an offseason, I think all of our guys were a little rusty coming in initially,’’ Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said. “But I think probably about halfway through camp you realized he still had the ability to cover and he was getting his legs back under him.’‘
Those legs spent much of the offseason on the track, as Goodman ran countless sprints and did endurance work to try to strengthen the muscles that had failed him the previous season.
An increase in man-to-man coverage helped him rediscover his comfort zone.
Show me a corner that doesn't want more man-to-man coverage, and I'll show you a safety.
Sprint-interval training. It does a body good.
Barkley to Bears on Tebow: 'Stop the madness'
“I want to make a personal plea to Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher, Mr. [Julius] Peppers, please stop the madness,” Barkley said Friday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “I’m just so tired ... I like Tim Tebow. He seems like a good kid, and I wish him success, but I am Tebowed out. So this is my personal plea for you three guys, please stop this madness.”
Barkley also said he believes Tebow’s only getting run in the media because people like to argue about whether or not Tebow is a good quarterback. (Or something like that.)
“It’s clearly a media-drive story,” Barkley said. “They just want you to argue about Tim Tebow. Dude, let the kid play. If he can play, good. If he can’t play it will show. But to have this argument every single day after five or six games is just ridiculous.”
Everyone says they are Tebowed out, yet the numbers tell a different story.
ESPN knows it. The Denver Post knows it. And yes, we know it. We see the numbers, too.
Why do you think I just ran a story about what Charles Barkley thinks about Tim Tebow? I try to tell myself I'm above this every day. I desperately want to write about things like the prevent defense and the zone biltz.
Ndukwe released following practice fight
The Chargers have released offensive lineman Ikechuku Ndukwe following a fight in practice on Thursday. According to sources, Ndukwe became upset with defensive end Vaughn Martin and dropped Martin with a punch and then kicked him. Ndukwe was upset with how Martin had been bull rushing him and had told him to stop.
You stay classy, San Diego.
Tebow evokes "Tortoise and the Hare"
Page 2 proudly puts its own spin on the classic children’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare.”
Parents across the country will surely be printing this one out for the little Tebowites...
Vonn Finds Winning Form Despite Tumult Off Slopes
While everything is going so well on the hill, away from it she’s dealing with a divorce from her husband of four years and persistent rumors over whom she’s dating…Recent gossip had her linked with Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, whose brother, Robby, showed up to watch Vonn race in Beaver Creek. “I am single. I’m not with anyone,” she said. “I’ve heard a lot of rumors and a lot of reports…Just because I ‘Tebow,’ doesn’t mean I’m dating him. I said that if I won in Colorado, I would ‘Tebow’ because I admire what he’s doing.”
Tim Tebow as home wrecker? That would definitely create some problems with the persona, don't you think?
Damage may be caused as much or more by the low-level, or subconcussive, blows to the heads as by the big hits replayed on the highlight shows that leave a player wobbly.
“It’s the total brain trauma. Tens of thousands of subconcussive blows all add up,” [Dr. Robert] Cantu told The Associated Press. “You can’t draw a line between number of concussions and risk for CTE. You have to factor in the subconcussive trauma. It’s equally — if not more — important.”
Frightening, to say the least. As more research comes out, it becomes more and more feasible that linemen are someday banned from utilizing three-point stances and/or the size of the neutral zone increased, for the sake of avoiding what are today inevitable helmet-to-helmet strikes on virtually every play from scrimmage.
Can Tim Tebow Keep It Up?
In all, despite winning all those games with Tebow as the starter this year, the Broncos have actually been outscored by a total of two points in those games…So, in other words, the fact that Tebow’s started his career winning seven of his first ten starts shouldn’t tell us very much about what he’s likely to do going forward, but the fact that he’s done so while being outscored isn’t exactly a great sign…That jibes with our research that a team’s record in those close games from year-to-year is basically random and will revolve around the mean (a .500 record).
The numbers suggest that Tebow is exhibiting a sign of future professional viability, but even if he makes it as a professional quarterback, he’s been lucky to avoid those picks so far. He will have to pay the interception piper eventually…The bad news for Tebow is that a player’s completion percentage—unlike his interception rate—tends to stay pretty consistent as he gets more NFL experience.
Tim Tebow probably can’t win 70 percent of the time or pick up victories in 85 percent of his close games, but maybe he can sustain an incredibly low interception rate or win with an embarrassing completion percentage in a way that other players can’t. At the very least, it’s certainly going to be a lot of fun to see him try to pull it off.
The most encouraging part of Barnwell's piece is that Tebow has good company as far as low early INT rates go - other QBs who have started out with so few picks have eventually had much higher INT rates, but they also have gone on to have lengthy and successful careers. As for the point differential, we were just talking about that this morning and yesterday, and last week we covered the fact that low completion rates tend to be accompanied by high interception rates (comment 24). But of course, there's always the chance Tebow becomes the Black Swan of NFL quarterbacks.
Roethlisberger's foot injury raises playoff concerns in tight AFC North
Tim Tebow trying for 7-1. Amazing, isn’t it? Tebowing has become a national kneel, and when you blow a late lead in sports, you’ve gotten Tebowed. The Bears are next. With a bad quarterback situation.
Guy's the most well-known football writer in the country. Amazing, isn't it?