The IAOFM staff discuss the Denver Broncos' 17-13 Week 11 victory over the Jets
Ted: Happy football Thursday
TJ: Hey, dudes - and I mean that in the old school way. Really old school
Doug: I’m not excited about staying up so late haha
Ted: I'm up till 1 AM most nights - I'm used to it
TJ: The MBA, Ted? Or you just like Zombie movies a LOT!
Ted: I thought kickoff was at 8. WTF?
Doug: Nah, it’s 8:20
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Hard to believe it, but after beating the tired and bumbling Jets 17-13 (box score), the Denver Broncos are 5-5 and a half-game behind the Raiders for first place in the AFC West, pending this weekend's games. That makes three straight wins and four out of five, and the formula remains the same: dominant play from Von Miller and timely, fortuitous plays on both defense and special teams.
I mean, how else do you win a game in which your offense generates 10 points, 229 net yards (134 before the 95-yard game-winning drive), 4.1 yards per play, 11 first downs, nine pass completions, eight possessions of three plays or fewer, and eight punts? At this point, maybe it's just best not to ask why, and roll with it. Because
Andrew Lady Luck is most definitely on Denver's side right now, and you're not supposed to look John Elway in the mouth or you may find that lady is really Sexy Rexy singing, right? BTW, you know who else was on the Broncos' side last night? The NFL schedulers, who did the Jets (SNF game followed by a Thursday game at altitude) like they did the Chargers (three games in 11 days).
When you are winning a war, almost everything can be claimed to be right and wise.
John Fox is the wisest man in the land tonight.
I really am at a loss for words right now, but I swear I saw this film in Miami.
Can we save Broncos fans the drama and just throw out the first fifty minutes of each game?
I prefer to watch the good stuff, if you don't mind.
Let's rewire Tim Tebow's internal clock.
It was a great win by the Broncos. Look out, Oakland. The Broncos are coming. And Von Miller hits hard.
Enjoy the game, everyone - and Go Broncos! RB Willis McGahee is active tonight, while the inactives are WR Quan Cosby, S Rafael Bush, FB Quinn Johnson, G Manny Ramirez, TE Julius Thomas, OT Tony Hills and DE Derrick Harvey. The absence of Cosby means that Eddie Royal is likely to handle the PR duties, with Eric Decker also available for returns. The other surprise is Orange Julius, who had been listed as probable with an ankle injury. For the Jets, WR Jeremy Kerley, RB LaDainian Tomlinson, S Brodney Pool, TE Shawn Nelson, CB Ellis Lankster, QB Kevin O'Connell and DT Martin Tevaseu.
The Broncos and Jets open Week 11 tonight, and the rest of the country will get its first look at Tim Tebow as a starting NFL QB. What will they get? Three yards and a cloud of dust from both teams, with the defenses and punters as the stars of the show? Or will Sexy Rexy's defense dare Tebow to air it out and find a willing adversary? Some are suggesting that Rexy's D won't allow the Broncos to run the ball with any sort of success, while the extra-short week (the Jets played Sunday night) and travel across two time zones and up to altitude could help to level any talent deficit Denver may be facing. Let's see if the Stats That Don't Lie will offer any hints:
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Tonight's game should be fascinating if speculation about Denver seeing a Cover 0 from the Jets is true.
The thinking is that in order to stop the Broncos' running attack, Rex Ryan is going to go to the Cover 0 more often than not.
If that's the case, it won't be boring. Exciting football is dangerous football, in which the defense operates on the razor's edge of risk and reward.
The Cover Zero says, Throw at us, we dare you.
Let's take a quick peek at what it looks like:
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Greg Cosell was likely speculating when he suggested during his weekly podcast with Doug Farrar that Rex Ryan's Jets might keep nine men in the box and run Cover-0 with Darrelle Revis and OctoDad. Because as Ryan Wilson pointed out in a post yesterday, Sexy Rexy's book Coaching Football's 46 Defense has an entire chapter devoted to defending the option, and as part of the lead-in to the chapter, he writes:
As a DC, you should avoid rigging a "special" defensive plan versus the option. Every defensive scheme can be manipulated to meet the demands of stopping an explosive option attack. Generally, it is a bad idea and an unsound premise to structure a special defense for the option. With the 46 pressure defense, you don't need a special plan or a gimmick, you only need practice at the sound strategies available inside the package...The 46 allows you to plan various strategies to attack the option. These looks are accomplished through varying the individual responsibilities of your perimeter and second-level players...Just as the DE can be assigned different responsiblities, so can the free safety and linebacker.
I think you get the picture, but if not then sign into your Amazon account, click on Search inside this book, submit option and you'll find that Rexy devotes more than eight pages to the weakside option. Hopefully Mike McCoy or one of his assistants brushed up on this chapter, because frankly they'll need some creative wrinkles to outscheme a guy who literally wrote a book on defense. Either that, or they'll need to have superior personnel or out-execute the Jets defense, which is tied with Denver for eighth-best in terms of yards per rush allowed. Which one do you think the Broncos are counting on accomplishing?
Week 10, Arrowhead Stadium. What a long, strange game it was.
Actually, it wasn’t that long - it only went 3 hours and 3 minutes. Strange? Unusual, at the very least. Keeping the clock running while you gash your way down the field, slicing off chunks of yardage like carving a Thanksgiving turkey with play after running play, forcing the Chiefs to retreat further and deeper into their own territory and all without a viable way to stop it - it takes the heart right out of a team.
There was more finesse to it than we often think - the smoothness of Von Miller, slicing past the center and the running back as if they were mere phantoms before embossing the #58 on his jersey’s shoulder onto Matt Cassel’s ribcage was particularly memorable. Enjoying watching Knowshon Moreno relive his college days in vaulting a defender, and the sadness of seeing him go down to injury. DT Brodrick Bunkley was a Houdini in disengaging with the right guard as if he were just a minor annoyance; Bunkley then launched himself at the running back, pulling him down from behind. And, on the other side, LG Zane Beadles displaying those light feet that make him such an effective pulling guard as he cleared the route for Tim Tebow to run for his TD. It was a very strange game, but for trench-hounds like me, it was the Bolshoi Ballet.
I'm not offended by the Tebow-as-Jesus jersey; in fact, I find it liberating. If some cat wants to spend a few hundred dollars of their hard-earned money outside of a strip club, who am I to judge?
Escapism is the American way. Some folks get addicted to gambling. Some folks get addicted to drugs. Some folks buy another man's replica jersey. Raiders fans do all three.
The point is that dudes that played Dungeons and Dragons have to grow up someday. And when they grow up, they wear jerseys.
So I came up with a few jerseys of my own that all Broncos fans can get behind.
Even the nerds.