Just when you think it's safe to turn out the lights, Brian Xanders scares the hell out of you.
Like most Broncos fans, I was beginning to accept that Joe Ellis, John Elway, and Brian Xanders simply won't discuss what Xanders did or didn't do under Josh McDaniels' reign of fire. Despite the fact that Elway and Ellis are now presenting the Broncos as an open choose-your-own-adventure book--complete with Twitter requests for head-coaching candidates--I was beginning to move on with the understanding that the fans are supposed to readily accept that the search for a general manager wasn't going any farther than Arvada. I was even prepared to drink some Xanders-laced Kool-Aid. He can't possibly screw up the 2nd-overall pick, I thought.
But then came freaky Friday.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! John Fox interviewed Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen yesterday in Charlotte, NC for Denver's vacant DC position. Meanwhile, current Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac, who was Fox's DC in Carolina from 2003-08, said yesterday that he would hear out the Broncos' interest in him. The 51-year-old Trgovac said a "huge factor" for his choice of where to work in 2011 is that his daughter will be a senior in high school and their move to Wisconsin already forced her to switch high schools. Trgovac likewise explained his reasoning for taking a lesser position to leave Carolina two years ago and stressed that his relationship with Fox "was great" and that they still remain close.
Happy Friday, y’all, and welcome to Fat Camp. What I’m envisioning for this series is a weekly short-form essay on the football topic of my choosing. It’s intended to be pretty focused, unlike You Got Served, where I always reserve the right to meander into whatever topic I feel like writing about, whether it be the quality of college basketball game analysis, or my aversion to epaulets in men’s clothing. I hope you learn something each week, or, at least, think about a topic in a different way.
A football topic which has always interested me is clock (and by extension, timeout) management. Everybody likes to opine about it, but it’s one of the most poorly-understood football concepts, and as a result, a lot of smart tactics get criticized, and a lot of dumb ones get commended.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! As reported yesterday afternoon, the Broncos have received permission from the Saints to speak with their secondary coach Dennis Allen. Allen is expected in Denver to speak with
the trainer team officials for parts of today and tomorrow, and he is then scheduled to interview with the Eagles for the remainder of the weekend. Saints head coach Sean Payton said of Allen,
"He's extremely talented, and another thing about him, he's an extremely hard-working guy...He has done a very good job. He's extremely well thought of within this building."
Apparently, "extremely" is to Sean Payton what "outstanding" is to Jon Gruden...
Update 7:13PM ET - Adam Gase has decided to remain with the Broncos, but as previously speculated upon, he will switch from coaching the team's wide receivers to tutoring its quarterbacks. As expected, the team also hired Jeff Rodgers to coach their special teams; Rodgers had filled the same role in Carolina under head coach John Fox.
Gase has worked as a QB coach before, for the Lions in 2007 when Mike Martz was running Detroit's offense. 2011 will mark Gase's seventh season as an NFL coach, following three years in Detroit, one in San Francisco and the past two years in Denver as the Broncos' WR coach.
Rodgers is the younger brother of new Broncos defensive quality control coach Jay Rodgers and has coached in the NFL for seven seasons, including five seasons in San Francisco.
Fat Man blogger TJ “The Dude” Johnson posts The Dude’s Mail Revue on Thursdays, in which he takes your questions and gets your opinion about the state of the Denver Broncos.
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(NOTE: No marmots were harmed in the writing of this revue)
TJ, I'm laughing all the way to the NFC Championship game, while the Broncos are saddled with the #2 draft pick. Thanks, Broncos fans, for giving us the franchise quarterback we needed here in Chicago. I noticed your silly post the other day on Cutler. Do you really believe that garbage? Rick Reilly is a complete hack as are you. Both of you obviously have had a problem with Jay Cutler from day one. And even if that stuff is true, who really cares, idiot? Since when does listening to John Elway mean jack? You're just jealous we're heading to the Super Bowl, while you're stuck with a guy who still can't even take a snap from center and spends more time with the bible than he does his playbook.
--CutlerBearsFan, Aurora, Colorado
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Mike Klis suggests that Jim Mora's decision not to coach next season was financially motivated, as he is entering the last year of his contract from his HC gig in Seattle. Not sure what the logic behind Klis' thinking is, since Mike Shanahan and Josh McDaniels are still getting paid quite a bit to not coach the Broncos. But perhaps there's some unique stipulation in Mora's contract. Either way, he's not going to be the Broncos' DC, and it seems just as well - was anyone actually excited by the prospect of his hire? For now, the remaining candidates are apparently Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac and incumbent DC Wink Martindale - it should be noted that Green Bay is not compelled to allow Denver permission to speak with Trgovac once their season has ended. Perhaps some new names will pop up over the next week or two.
Plenty of hackery today - so much that I had to include it in the title. Thankfully, TJ will be around with some Mail Revue to make our brains hurt less...
UPDATE 5:57PM ET - According to Jay Glazer via Twitter, Jim Mora has decided not to take the DC position in either Denver or Philadelphia. And in case you didn't know, Jay Glazer is a very important person - how's that for a multi-functional tweet - reporting news and name dropping within the confines of a 140-character message! (Thanks, Gristle)
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Jim Mora apparently left Denver without a job offer last night, although LJ says Mora is still John Fox's top choice for the vacant defensive coordinator position at this point. To correct my own assertion from two mornings ago (and LJ's in the linked article), Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac will only be available once Green Bay's season is over. Assistant coaches on current playoff teams may only interview for head coaching positions - not for any other job (p. 8), promotion or not. I'm sorry for any confusion I may have caused you.
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Have you noticed how NFL Insider has become a job title in sports journalism? Adam Schefter is the NFL Insider for ESPN.com. Adam Schein is the Jets Insider for SNY. With the popularity of reality TV, it seems like everybody wants to be inside the thought processes, and backstories of every event. Even the normally mundane events, like a car ride from DIA to Dove Valley for a coaching interview, are getting shared with fans. In that spirit of transparency, and reader-friendliness, I granted an interview to an intrepid journalist, who wanted to know about my Decision to join IAOFM.