Good Morning, Broncos fans! Last night was another encouraging one, and not just because of the 24-10 final score (box) in Denver's favor. On offense, both Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn were quite sharp and efficient, Knowshon Moreno ran well, and all of the backs were effective weapons within the passing game. Mike McCoy attacked the Bills' defense all night long with his play calling, and John Fox even went for it on 4th-and-1 in plus territory (Don't get too excited - Fox only went for it 111 times in 9 seasons in Carolina, and 43 of those instances came during the past two years when the Panthers won a combined 10 games. Bill Belichick has gone for it 161 times during that same 9-year period.)
Now if you are looking for something to be excited about, Denver's pass rush was exceptional - harrassing the Buffalo QBs all night long. Even if they only had one sack and one takeaway, the defense held the Bills to just 21 of 40 for 188 yards of net passing. Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil and Brodrick Bunkley brought tons of pressure, Cassius Vaughn was stellar in coverage, and Britton Colquitt lived up to his family name in a big way. Reason for concern? As TJ mentioned in the Gut Reactions, the Broncos' defense was quite vulnerable to screen plays. But overall, it was a very good night for the Broncos, even if they were only playing the Bills.
Marcell Dareus wanted to make the Broncos pay for not taking him with the second-overall pick in April.
Perhaps another day, big guy.
Tonight, it was Von Miller who brought the punishment. Miller showed why he's been compared to Derrick Thomas. His first step is supersonic.
He broke the speed of sound (and the ankles of the right tackle) several times tonight in the Broncos' 24-10 victory over the Bills.
Both Miller and the missile known as Rahim Moore made it clear that the Broncos did not miss with their first two draft picks. They were part of a defense that, for the second straight week, kept the opposing offense from doing any noticeable damage.
This defense--even without Ty Warren--will make things interesting this season. If they can get to third down quickly, they might even be more than interesting.
They might be finger-licking good.
Enjoy the game everyone, and Go Broncos!
The Fat Man readers have spoken. Baxter McLove doesn't suck.
At least, he doesn't suck that bad.
The overwhelming support he received last week was a pleasant surprise.
As always at Fat Man, we try to inform, keep things light, and suck a little less each day.
So we decided to keep him. Here's another addition of Fat Guys in Cleats.
Enjoy it, and tonight's game!
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Woody Paige says the QB competition is officially over, and that there is nothing either Tim Tebow or Brady Quinn can do to supplant Kyle Orton as the starter at this point. However, Woodrow believes that eventually Tebow will take over the starting job, albeit again late in the year - his guess is December 11 when the Bears and Jay Cutler come to town.
Meanwhile, Mike Klis says to expect Orton and the other first-teamers to play most if not all of the first half, and he and Andrew Mason both point out that John Fox has not announced which QB will follow Orton tonight. Now while there may be uncertainty surrounding the QB rotation tonight, you can count on this - TJ will be bringing a double-whammy of Baxter McLove during the day and his Gut Reactions once the game is over, and as always we'll have an open thread during the game and a Chewing the Fat tomorrow.
Happy Friday, friends. With Game 2 of the preseason happening tomorrow night, I decided to share some thoughts on what I’ll be looking for in the game. I think we learned some stuff in Game 1, at least at a cursory level, and that we’ll have a good opportunity to learn and evaluate more tomorrow.
1. Does personnel grouping on offense still seem to follow the QB? Last week, Kyle Orton played with a lot of 21 and 22 personnel, while Tim Tebow had a lot of 11 personnel, and Brady Quinn had a lot of 12 personnel. It will be interesting to see if those concepts continue.
The implications are that when Orton is on the field, the offensive staff sees itself as a running/play action operation, and that to some extent, Quinn follows that. Tebow’s typical package places more of a premium on spreading out the defense with the formation, ostensibly to create running lanes for Tebow, and angles for the kinds of throws that he makes the best.
Tebow has a different skill-set than Orton or Quinn, so it’s no surprise that they’d have different play-calling. I wonder if this recent media push to claim that Quinn is #2 stems from thinking within the coaching staff that any in-game change at the position is best handled by a player who is more well-suited to running the same game plan as the starter. In that case, I could still see Tebow getting some snaps in games using specialty packages, even as the nominal #3 QB, while Quinn sits behind Orton, waiting for an injury or ineffectiveness in a game.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Hmm. Now that The Professor has floated nationally the thought that Brady Quinn may function as the Broncos' #2 QB heading into the season rather than Tim Tebow, the local scribes figure it's safe to do the same. In fact, Mike Klis and Jeff Legwold are concurrently doing so today, not that we can blame them for wanting to share the spreading of that message. After all, even if it's the truth (at this point, why isn't it to be believed - this probably comes from the top), anyone who writes such a story is going to face the flaming wrath of Tebow's most ardent fans, right?
Legwold cleverly snuck this notion in while responding to a question of whether the Broncos would trade a QB for a DT in light of the recent injuries to Ty Warren and Marcus Thomas, while Klis makes his all about the vast progress Quinn has apparently made since a year ago. But as much as we love to bash these reporters when they try to become analysts, this Quinn as #2 QB storyline is not so much opinion as it is what appears to be the front office putting the word out as gently as they know how. Now, let's see how things go tomorrow night...
By now everyone has weighed in on ESPN's new Total Quarterback Rating (TQR) metric.
Most of the critiques have centered on the following perceived shortcomings of the model:
Since I waited two fulls weeks to react, I didn't want to beat the same drums. Better stats people than I had already contributed to these discussions.
Instead, I decided to take a different angle altogether. I simply decided to look and see if TQR correlated to winning.
Football is more than--as Lawrence Taylor once said--a bunch of crazed dogs.
It's a bunch of crazed dogs defending territory.
This territory is represented by gaps and techniques, both of which we are going to explore today.
If you've ever wondered what a 5-tech is, or if you've been mystified by the term gap responsibility, never fear. You've come to the right place.
After today, the crazed dogs will seem a little less chaotic. Additionally, you won't find yourself zoning out when players, coaches, and coordinators speak of gaps and techs. Finally, since we use a lot of this terminology here at IAOFM, your level of appreciation for our work will also increase (we hope).
Most important, however, is that you can impress your father-in-law on Sunday by saying some gibberish like, "The callside end played the 9-tech, but didn't maintain his D-gap responsibiity on that play. That's why they gave up the big run."
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver got a bit of help for their ailing defensive tackle corps by claiming DeMario Pressley off waivers from the Colts yesterday. Pressley (6-3, 301) was a fifth-round choice out of NC State by New Orleans in 2008 and was a part of the Saints' Super Bowl-winning team the following year, recording 15 tackles in seven games. Of course, that means Pressley is familiar with DC Dennis Allen, who was the Saints' secondary coach during the player's two seasons there. The 25-year-old tackle was stashed on the Saints' practice squad last season before the Texans signed him to their active roster in December. The Colts claimed Pressley after Houston waived him in February; here are his profiles from the Colts and Texans' official sites.
Meanwhile, Ty Warren is scheduled for surgery to repair his triceps injury and will not as of yet be placed on IR, as the Broncos are holding out hope that he'll be able to return at some point late in the season. Of course, they can always put him on IR at a later point;
if he is placed on the PUP list, Warren would have to start practicing by Week 9 and be activiated by Week 12, or else remain on the PUP list for the entirety of the year.*
*Warren cannot be placed on the PUP list, as he had participated in training camp practices