Happy Tuesday, friends. I re-watched the Lions-Broncos game on Monday night, and then I started feeling ill. I’m not saying that one thing caused the other, but a case could definitely be made that it did. Anyway, I normally write my 5,000ish word articles on Monday night, and that fits into a very tightly scheduled week that has no slack in it. (People sometimes ask how I fit my writing here in with my day job and my MBA program – that’s how; schedule the hell out of it, and stay on schedule.)
Because I ended up going to sleep pretty early on Monday night and had nothing substantial written, I’m up early on Tuesday morning before work to deliver something. (I’m feeling better now.) It’s not going to be the typical YGS, but something is better than nothing, right?
I’ve decided that TJ is right, and I’m not going to fight it anymore. It’s not about football evaluation, it’s about recognizing an organizational decision. Tim Tebow won’t be the starting QB of the Denver Broncos next season, and I’m okay with that. As I’ve said a number of times, I’ve always been okay with that, even if I don’t find it preferable.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Thankfully, we don't have to bother speculating on who will play QB on Sunday, because John Fox confirmed it will be Tim Tebow, although he didn't commit beyond that.
Meanwhile, Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports' Eye on Football reviews all of Tebow's throws, and he writes,
Tebow continues to struggle with identifying coverages, going through his progressions, and getting the ball out of his hands on time. Couple that with average arm strength, poor mechanics and inaccuracy issues, and you get a lot of bad football.
You knew this was coming, didn't you?
The Kyle Orton billboards have arrived. Orton never got any love in Denver.
Funny how a move to backup quarterback can suddenly increase a guy's popularity.
Enjoy, and please remember to take your blood-pressure medication if you don't have a funny bone, bleed orange and blue, or if you simply have high blood pressure.
The IAOFM staff discuss the Denver Broncos' 45-10 loss to the Detroit Lions
Doc: Should be a nice homecoming for Tebow. I hope he steps up into it.
Ted: I'll be curious to see what they do with the offense. The reports had it being completely overhauled, but I don't think Jay Glazer would be qualified to speak on that.
Doug: I also don't think anyone would be telegraphing this kind of stuff
Ted: No, definitely not. I have suspected that there would be some tactical changes, but you can't change everything in one week.
Doc: What do you make of Fox's comment on using college plays?
Ted: I don't know if that's what he said, or if that's Glazer's characterization of what he said.
Doug: So, not only is Denver only dressing two halfbacks, but only one fullback - Quinn Johnson inactive
Happy Halloween, Broncos fans! Unfortunately, it seems Tim Tebow & Co. got all their treats a week early, because yesterday was just one big trick - and the Lions just weren't fooled by Tim's winner costume in their 45-10 victory (box score). In fact, Detroit didn't follow the script properly at all, because their Scooby Doo-style unveiling of Tebow as a fraud came way too early in the show. Or, was it that Tebow turned into a pumpkin when struck by a more talented team? Because really, the Broncos looked like a bunch of headless horsemen yesterday.
Okay, no more Halloween puns. Last week we got 55 minutes of ugly from Denver, and yesterday wasn't really any better. Granted, Tebow for much of the game looked better than he had in Miami, but that's hardly saying anything at all. We can pin it on the coaches, on the offensive line, the receivers, the defense. But this is the NFL, and it's all about the quarterback - or wouldn't this team have started out 4-1 or 5-0 had Tebow been the QB from Week 1?
A day before Halloween, the Broncos dressed in orange.
They got smashed like pumpkins.
We knew ahead of the game that John Fox was going to feed his Frankenstein and implement a mish mash of several college offenses to attack the Lions and unleash the Tebow.
Instead he unleashed a nightmare. He got the same ugly first half as last week. It sent children screaming into the night.
The second half wasn't any better--no miracle catches, no onside kick recoveries, and no mental errors by the other team. Nada de nada.
Does it matter? Detroit brought guns. The Broncos got murdered.
Happy Helloween, Denver.
Enjoy the games everyone, and Go Broncos! Inactive for Denver are Brady Quinn, Willis McGahee, Rafael Bush, Quinn Johnson, Manny Ramirez, Tony Hills, and Derrick Harvey. For Detroit, QB Drew Stanton, DB Don Carey, RB Jahvid Best, T Jason Fox, WR Rashied Davis, DT Nick Fairley, and S Chris Harris are out.
Check here for the rest of the day's inactives.
With ten minutes remaining before the first game today, here are the picks.
Sorry it took so long to get these out.
I was busy watching college football into the wee hours of the night.
Today's games feature a lot of big favorites. That means we should see a lot of blowouts, right?
I highly doubt it.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver has interestingly foregone the option to add another running back to the active roster today, so only Knowshon Moreno and Lance Ball will suit up in the absence of Willis McGahee. Obviously, Tim Tebow's running skills (on both designed and improvised plays) are a factor, and the team does have two fullbacks in Spencer Larsen and Quinn Johnson, who dressed last week in Miami after having been claimed on waivers from Tennessee three weeks ago. Presumably one of the fullbacks would fill in at halfback should Knowshon and Ball suffer injuries, and TE Dante Rosario has seen action at FB as a Bronco. Denver has one tailback on the practice squad: Jeremiah Johnson, who had been activated for the Week 2 victory over Cincinnati.
Tomorrow's game features two young quarterbacks who still have a lot to prove.
For Matt Stafford, it's if he can stay healthy. For Tim Tebow, it's if he can play quarterback at all. A lot has been said about Tebow's mechanics, decision-making abilities, and abilities in the pocket. Most of it comes in the form of generalities. This includes heaping portions of the words "intangibles" and "pocket awareness."
The two quarterbacks are separated by about 600 throws in the NFL. That's the rough equivalent a full season. As I scouted the Lions for tomorrow, what kept coming up over and over again was just how Matthew Stafford had improved in his presnap reads, getting the ball out on his drops quickly, and trusting his instincts.
If Stafford is what Tebow want to aspire to, then what exactly does he need to do to improve?
Let's remove the hype and the emotion; let's remove the stats; let's simply see.
Perhaps then we can find agreement.