The Daily Lard 11-30-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his YGS column yesterday, Ted addressed my own mentally masturbative claim from our CTF in which I suggested the Broncos would be "a legit team" with a league-average QB. I was not discounting Tebow's contributions to Denver's winning streak when I wrote that - we can't arbitrarily subtract his play from the past six weeks and say the Broncos would still be 5-1. It would be foolish and pointless to do so, actually - Tebow played a part in all five wins in varying degrees (IMO none more so than in San Diego). They didn't win in spite of Tim or his play. Obviously, Tim has a lot to do with how and why the Broncos have been so effective running the ball, and I have no problem accepting that they'd be far less devastating there (if even very good at all) with another QB.

My opinion was (and still is) that another QB (not necessarily Orton), given the quality of defense and special teams Tebow's been afforded these past six games, would do quite well, and that success would be sustainable (which is what I meant or should have written when I wrote legit). I don't think it's a far reach to say there are plenty of NFL QBs who would be scoring significantly more than the 16 points per game the Tebow-led offense has been accumulating. However you slice it, the abundance of one- and two-minute offensive possessions Denver's gotten in the past six weeks are pure defense killers.

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Cole: Broncos’ winning ways unsustainable

Tebow, Broncos defying odds with close wins

If Tebow and Denver are going to use this nice run to become better, they can’t buy into the hype that it has created. The beauty of Tebow’s winning is that it gives him more chances to develop his passing skills, which he will need if the Broncos are going to transition to being a true contender. Otherwise, this is just a blip, an anomaly that will not hold up over the long-term.

Hey Clayton - forget the name Dennis Allen, mmmmkay?

Jacksonville gets a head start

Among the offensive assistants the Jags might consider are Rob Chudzinski of the Panthers, Jay Gruden of the Bengals and Brian Schottenheimer of the Jets. Some defensive considerations are Chuck Pagano of the Ravens, Dennis Allen of the Broncos, Mike Zimmer of the Bengals,Winston Moss of the Packers and Jerry Gray of the Titans.

The Professor needs to stick to teaching students at Bonita's Institute of Toupee Design.  Hopefully, Allen's name doesn't get too common in these speculation pieces this year.

You Got Served: Why are the Broncos winning?

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.

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A Stats Guy Who Likes Tebow? ZOMG

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?

Fake Orton is a smash

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 0-11 and it’s apparently Larry Coyer’s fault

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 and Gary to be replaced by sludge

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.

All in a day’s work: fire the coach, extend the GM, sell the team

Jaguars franchise to be sold; Weaver wants team to stay in Fla.

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.

Wilson: Winning ugly with Tebow better than losing ugly with Orton

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.

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