Huge Decision of the Week - Jacksonville, Week 1

Football, like just about anything in life (work, travel, choosing between a Vixen and Ratt concert), presents us with tough decisions.  Often these decisions are complicated by different risks and rewards that we must evaluate side-by-side.  Even more often, and without the necessary time to weigh all of our options, we simply go with what feels right at the time.  If we are lucky, we try to have our cake and eat it too (Vixen opening for Ratt?).  Usually, however, these decisions are mutually exclusive.  In other words, it’s one option or the other.

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A Second Helping of…Tim Tebow

*Note* We had a bit of a glitch with this one, so I’m placing this post above Lard to make sure folks don’t miss it - Doug

Each week we’ll bring you an extra look at a player the Broncos used in a creative or interesting way during the previous game.  This week, we’re getting a 2nd plate of Tim Tebow.

After the 2010 Draft, everyone suspected it was coming.  Josh McDaniels was going to use Tim Tebow in some sort of fancy Wild Horses package.  He had months of scheming and dreaming.  Jack Del Rio and the Jaguars read the papers, too.  So they spent part of their week preparing for Tebow.

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Three-way tie for second place!! Lard 9-14-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! I’m a little tired and my ears are still ringing from seeing Spoon last night, so this may not be one of the more smoothly flowing Lards. Is that yucky imagery? Sorry, haha. I’m going to borrow something from my favorite Mets blog, Amazin’ Avenue over at SBN. As you all know, athletes, coaches and especially announcers, tend to make comments that could be interpreted in a suggestive and hilarious (or gross depending upon your interpretation) manner. At AA they call it the “unintentionally sexual quote of the game,” and at least for now I’ll call it the “Big Fat Innuendo of the Day.” Clearly, this will not be a daily thing, as I don’t plan on searching out these instances. They just tend to um, pop up…

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Face mask x 2 = 30 Lard 9-13-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans. Clearly, that was not the start we’d hoped for, as the schedule is about to get very scary after next week’s home opener versus Seattle. It wasn’t a horrible performance, but a familiar early-season Florida road trip dud. The kick coverage units made Tiquan Underwood look like Dante Hall or Devin Hester. Well, practically. Ryan McBean and Richard Quinn drew some serious McD rage as the former racked up two unnecessary face-mask penalties on Jacksonville’s game-winning drive, and the latter caused the Broncos to waste a timeout with 12:58 remaining in the game as he seemingly forgot the play call. David Garrard was the picture of efficiency, with 3 TDs on just 21 throws, while MJD had a solid 98 rushing yards against a poor Denver run D. Meanwhile, Kyle Orton looked pretty good but gave the Jags a bit too much time to reach him on all three of their sacks, and threw a few would-be interceptions. On the brightest of sides, Robert Ayers finally got off the schneid with his first NFL sack, Brandon Lloyd made several of his signature circus catches, and the Eddie Royal who can actually get open reappeared…

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Gut Reactions - Jaguars down Broncos 24-17

It’s never smart to overreact to an opening-day loss, but there are plenty of takeaways from today’s game.  First, let’s start with the positives:

1. Eddie Royal.  As advertised, he’s much stronger this year.  And it was good to see how many yards he picked up after the catch.  It’s clear that his move to the slot will pay dividends for Denver. Royal had 8 catches for 98 yards.

2. D. J. Williams.  Williams was flying all over the field in both run and pass.  Williams had 10 tackles today.

3. Kyle Orton.  Although Orton took two sacks that he could have probably avoided by throwing the ball away, overall, Orton looked very mature in the pocket. 

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Week 1 Open Thread, Broncos @ Jaguars

As I haven’t solved that DirecTV riddle yet, I personally won’t be around to contribute. Let’s just call this an experiment, as frankly we hadn’t discussed this option until Dennis brought it up (Thanks, DM!). If it’s a popular item, we’ll continue it. So, here goes - enjoy the game folks, and Go Broncos!!!!!

Schefter says Tebow will play today

FWIW, Adam Schefter is reporting that TT will be the Broncos’ backup QB today as part of the 45-man game day roster and will actually play…

Sources: Tim Tebow is No. 2 QB

Beating Jacksonville 2010

The Jags, once the team that broke the Broncos’ hearts in the playoffs (and stiffened their resolve, leading to two Super Bowl wins in a row) with an unexpected post-season victory, have tended to be mired in mediocrity, trying many ways to get better, but rarely succeeding. However, this is a road game for the Broncos, its opening week, and the Broncos are changing a couple of time zones. Why that’s as much of a factor as it has proven to be remains a bit of a mystery to me, but those who research that kind of thing have made the point on several occasions. The Broncos have to charge out of the gate. Yes, it’s early, but they need to put a couple of wins on the board if they are going to have a successful season.

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2010 kickoff Lard 9-12-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you’ll stay awhile. Well, here it is, what we’ve all been waiting so anxiously for - to see if Tim Tebow comes up with precisely the stats that PK predicted for him! Okay, maybe that’s not why you’ll be tuning in - but whatever you’re excited about, we’re only a few hours away from kickoff. For my money, it’s time to really start seeing how the McXanderization of the Broncos’ roster fares - whether Jamal Williams can help plug up that gaping hole in our D-Line (with no youngster being groomed behind him), if Robert Ayers can make an impact and be a quality 3-down player, and if an O-Line with three new starters (at least today) can jell quickly enough to keep Kyle Orton alive. Then there’s Knowshon, Eddie, DT, Hunter…unfortunately the list goes on. Yes, there are uncertainties galore.

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Fat Man’s Big Fat Stat Preview - Week 1, Jacksonville

Fool Me Once.  Shame On You.

Fool Me Twice.  Shame On Me.

Fool me Thrice.  Shame on the defensive coordinator. 

Don “Wink” Martindale, here’s a stat you’ve not heard mentioned this week. The Jacksonville Jaguars ran the ball up the middle 250 times in 2009.  That put them at #1 in the league in rushing attempts up the middle (the Broncos were 10th, with 135 attempts).  On those 250 attempts, they averaged a very respectable 4.27 yards per attempt.

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