Prater placed on IR; Moreno back to practice

Another day, another Bronco hits IR - this time, it's kicker Matt Prater. Steven Hauschka will continue to perform Denver's kicking duties. Six players were limited participants in practice today for the Broncos, including Knowshon Moreno, who had not practiced yesterday.

The Playbook Abides: Tebow(etheus) Unbound - Part 3

If you've made it this far, congratulations.  You are one of three types of people:

1) You love Tim Tebow;

2) You love NFL playbooks;

3) You typed in "Woody Paige Is Fat" into Google.  

Here at It's All Over, Fat Man! we'll take all three.  We have no prejudices--unless you count our almost psychopathic leanings towards zone blitzing.

If you're just stumbling upon this series, you can always go back and get Part 1 & Part 2 first.  Or you can just go commando and read this third installment of Tebow(etheus) Unbound.  Today we'll be looking at throws 9-12, in which Tebow looked like a NFL-caliber quarterback.  

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The Daily Lard 12-23-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his column yesterday, TJ wrote that he thought perhaps Tim Tebow could thrive in a WCO ala Steve Young. Meanwhile, Mike Lombardi considered the Broncos' situation with Tebow and suggested that Denver actually needs to stick with an offensive-oriented HC to continue the young QB's development. His choice? Why, none other than Gary Kubiak - although Lombardi says the zone-blocking offense has become somewhat obsolete with its smaller linemen, he thinks it could be an ideal scheme for Tebow to operate within.

Knowshon Moreno and Matt Prater did not practice yesterday, while Brian Dawkins, Demaryius Thomas and Darcel McBath returned in limited fashion. As mentioned yesterday, Spencer Larsen was placed on IR and replaced on the active roster by Stanley Daniels. To fill Daniels' spot on the practice squad, Denver signed LB Dominic Douglas.

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Tebow to start in Week 17; Larsen to IR

Kyle Orton has been told that Tim Tebow will remain the Broncos' starting QB for their Week 17 home matchup versus San Diego, even if Orton is healthy enough to play. While he admitted to being disappointed by the decision, Orton said,

I understand that as an organization you have a lot invested in a first-round draft pick and you want to see him play, so that's how it goes.

During his press conference today, Denver interim coach Eric Studesville announced that FB Spencer Larsen had been placed on IR with an ankle injury he suffered during Sunday's game. Taking Larsen's place on the roster will be G Stanley Daniels, who was promoted from the practice squad and had started the season's first four games at left guard.

The Playbook Abides: Tebow(etheus) Unbound - Part 2

Yesterday, in Part 1 of Tebow(etheus) Unbound, we took a look at Tim Tebow's first four throws against the Pirates of Penzance Raiders last Sunday.

We saw how, during the early part of the game, the Broncos were intent on keeping Tebow in some run-heavy sets, while simplifying his throws.   

Today, we'll be looking at throws 5-8, which included the long touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd.  

Here, we're going to see what happened when the Broncos gave Tebow a little more leeway.

We present to you Tebow(etheus) Unbound, Part Deux.

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Only Six Picks Lard 12-22-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! While you're finishing your shopping, I'm getting all worked up about stupid media narratives. The latest? That the Broncos only have six draft picks in 2011, because Joseph Stalin Josh McDaniels is a terrible person and an even worse handler of draft choices. Plus, he wasted all those picks on the guy that everyone now thinks is going to save humanity the franchise from what was a few days ago impending doom. Let's take a quick peek at the 2010 Draft, shall we? Denver entered the selection party with 7 choices, including one 1st-rounder, two 2nd-rounders, a third and so on. Thanks to Brian Xanders and McDaniels' deft movement down and up the draft board (really, it was brilliant - don't let anyone tell you otherwise), Denver ended up with two 1st-rounders, a 2nd-rounder and two 3rd-rounders without giving up any other choices.

So, the Broncos started out with four choices in the first three rounds, and they ended up with five choices. According to the draft chart that Jimmy Johnson pulled out of his ass everyone goes by, the Broncos went from 2,360 points down to 2,295 points, a slippage of 65 points (one mid-4th-rounder). Football Outsiders' draft chart, which uses real actual data to assign values to each pick, says the Broncos went from 6,565 points up to 7,560 points, a gain of 995 points (a high 3rd-rounder). Call me crazy, but ending up with two 1st-rounders and one 2nd-rounder is a heck of a lot better than the one 1st-rounder and two 2nd-rounders Denver had started out with. Oh, and and extra third-rounder to boot? Why yes, thank you much.

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The Playbook Abides: Tebow(etheus) Unbound - Part 1

A day after Tim Tebow made his first start, heaven and earth are still divided.

Can the guy play quarterback or not?

Woody Paige thinks so.  Colin Cowherd disagrees.  Charles Robinson thinks he won't survive with his style of play.  Furthermore, he thinks fans of Tebow border on zealotry.

That's a bit much, and not fair at all to real zealots like Peyton Hillis' fans.

Rather than rely on a guy who rambles (Paige), a guy with a funny haircut (Cowherd), and a guy who probably gets carded before he hits a McDonald's Playland, let's take a look for ourselves.

Tebow threw sixteen times during the game.  Over the next four days, we'll be looking at each and every throw.

Let's start out today by examining the first four. I present to you Tebow(etheus) unbound, Part 1.  If the literary reference of the title escapes you, you just might be a Hillis fan redneck.  

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More Tebow Lard 12-21-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Eric Studesville announced yesterday that Tim Tebow will start again on Sunday at home against Houston. Denver also claimed CB Chevis Jackson from New England; apparently there's still a hoarder of ex-Patriots in the Broncos' midst - he must be found and fired! LB Kevin Alexander was released by the team, not long after being arrested on charges of domestic violence - according to the team, pure coincidence.

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Tebow to start versus Texans

In his Monday presser (audio), Broncos interim coach Eric Studesville announced that Tim Tebow will start next Sunday at home versus Houston. According to Studesville, Kyle Orton has not progressed in recovering from the rib injury he suffered last week against Arizona. Studesville said the Broncos "have more information about Tim" and will thus be able to utilize more of the playbook against the Texans.

Studesville also announced that Denver had claimed CB Chevis Jackson off waivers from New England and released LB Kevin Alexander to make room for him. Jackson was originally a third-round choice in the 2008 Draft by Atlanta, where he spent the first two seasons of his career.

Broncos vs. Raiders aftermath

The first stage of the Tim Tebow experiment went well for the Broncos. Tebow brought much of the emotion, running and mobility that trademarked his college career and threw a touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd that was tipped before Lloyd made a spectacular catch on it. Tebow achieved his longest run of the game by mistakenly believing that the call was a Q draw instead of a handoff to Correll Buckhalter, suggesting, between the two plays, that Denver’s best chances come when even they don’t know what they’re going to do. A second half marked by repetitive playcalling that didn’t fool anyone affirmed that to be true.

While fans and writers alike talked about the ‘bubble wrap’ approach that Denver took to using Tebow, there are good reasons for much of it. Ideally, a team wants to introduce a rookie quarterback when there is a solid offensive line, decent receivers, a working running game and a solid defense. Of them, Denver has decent receivers. Tebow has already been injured once this season (ribs, in a TD run) and exposing him to too much in his first game - especially against a team that Denver matches up poorly against - wouldn’t have been sensible. While you always hope to win the game, right now it’s equally important to protect the Broncos’ investment.

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