Good Morning, Broncos fans! I hope you're enjoying your weekend so far. If you are, perhaps you should skip past the DP links today. This is not about positivity versus negativity - all three of TJ, Doc and myself can each make a case that McDaniels should move on. We just don't think those cases are strong enough at this point to warrant his firing. But someone over at the DP most definitely wants Josh McDaniels canned - all you need is to glance at the headlines, quite frankly. So, continue on - at your own peril. If you'd rather not, just skip ahead to Andrew Mason's entry.
Despite the crushing loss to the Rams this week, the Fat Man microphones were there as usual.
Here are a few things we heard.
There's no way that Peter King Thought to Think These Things:
Good Morning, Broncos fans! All four players who were on the injury report this week are out tomorrow - Brian Dawkins, Darcel McBath, Andre' Goodman and Demaryius Thomas.
To everyone who still thinks winning football games is about running the ball and controlling the clock, Brian Burke has some more evidence to the contrary. For all those who are still upset about the Broncos' having spent several high picks on their (passing) offense over the past two years, it's a must read...
Teams should invest in draft picks and free-agents who can consistently get large chunks of yards, and invest in the practice time needed to perfect deep routes. And if you already are one of those teams who can throw deep, you should probably do it more often.
Note: This is the conclusion of a three-part series on the history of the spread offense. Part 1 appeared Wednesday, and Part 2 came yesterday. Special thanks to TJ for providing the play diagrams that appear throughout this series.
Jack Neumeier had always been a smashmouth kind of coach. When there was a fight at practice, he made the combatants remove their jerseys and pads and duke it out without protection (that suddenly cut down on the fighting). He believed in the ‘3 yards and a cloud of dust’ kind of offense, one that just dominated the individual matchups and made your opponent fear you. He was the head coach of Granada Hills HS in the San Fernando Valley, and he had a bone-deep belief that ‘tough’ was the only way to win at football. It was a belief that he drummed into every player who came through his program.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Darcel McBath returned to practice yesterday, albeit in limited fashion. Andre' Goodman, Demaryius Thomas and Brian Dawkins did not practice and are out for Sunday's game in KC.
Later today, the finale of Doc's series on the spread - including the answer to just who Coach Joe is...
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.
You wanna roll your way into the semis? You want a toe--with nail polish--by 3 o'clock?
Drop TJ your question: email@example.com.
(NOTE: No marmots were harmed in the writing of this revue)
TJ, what are the chances that Todd Haley shakes Josh McDaniels' hand this time around? What are the chances that McDaniels doesn't shake Haley's? Haley is such a loon. They should put a straitjacket on that guy.
--Dr. Harleen F. Quinzel, New York City
Note: This is the second of a three-part series on the history of the spread offense. Part 1 appeared yesterday, and the series will conclude tomorrow with Part 3. Special thanks to TJ for providing the play diagrams that appear throughout this series.
Some coaches have argued that the development of the spread offense was inevitable. That’s not an unreasonable perspective - if the trend in football is to stack your big guys together defensively, some offensive coordinator or head coach is going to spread out their guys to force you to respond, and they’re going to use those open spaces to fling the ball right down your throat. Even so, it took both a tiger and a mouse to really bring the spread into the modern lexicon. The specific form that it took may not have survived in its early form - none of them do, really - but its influence on the game hasn’t slowed, whatever directions it may have taken. While there is nothing truly new under the football sun, Glenn Ellison challenged that axiom, and the way he went about it changed the face of football for all time.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Brian Dawkins, Darcel McBath, Demaryius Thomas and Andre' Goodman did not practice yesterday; all are expected to miss the trip to KC. As mentioned last night, we've now all got a glimpse at what Kenny McKinley was facing prior to his suicide - mounting gambling debts, child support and the fear that his NFL career was over. Plus, we learned that his death has likely taken a greater toll on his ex-teammates beyond the loss of a friend and teammate - especially so for Tom Brandstater and Jabar Gaffney. Our thoughts go out to those two men as well, today.
Later today, Part 2 of Doc's series on the Elways and the spread offense, and The Dude's Mail Revue.
An AP report shares details of an investigation by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department into the death of former Broncos WR Kenny McKinley. McKinley apparently had significant gambling debts and owed former teammate Tom Brandstater $65,000 when he committed suicide in September using a gun purchased from Broncos WR Jabar Gaffney. McKinley's family, friends and the Broncos organization were reportedly all aware of his financial troubles and he had mentioned suicide to three friends, including Brandstater.
How many video operations directors does it take to change a light bulb?
Who knows? But it takes a whole hell of a lot of them to make the Broncos' stats look good.
After a few weeks on the sideline, The Stats That Don't Lie are back.
Unfortunately for the Broncos, they haven't made a triumphant return.
As you'll see, these stats can't be made to make the Broncos look good under any circumstance.
The good news? You can change your own light bulb.