Gut Reactions

Immediate analysis of NFL games and news

Gut Reaction: Terrance Knighton heads to Washington

Terrance Knighton is off to Washington on a one-year, $4M deal, according to Josina Anderson. It's a far cry from the figures floated by Mike Klis and Troy Renck in recent months, but we're talking about a guy who plays limited snaps and doesn't generate much of a pass rush.

Per Troy Renck, the defensive tackle had also drawn interest from New England, Indy, and San Diego. Seattle and Baltimore may also have been involved. As noted by Lindsay Jones, Knighton will team up with onetime Broncos tackle Chris Baker; the two grew up together in Windsor, CT.

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It looks like the Broncos are hiring Mitch Tanney as head of analytics

If a since deleted entry on the official site is any indication, it appears the Broncos are about to hire Mitch Tanney as their first ever director of analytics:

I don't have a tweet or anything, so there's a little screengrab from my RSS reader just so you (I) know this isn't some figment of my imagination. Also, screengrabs are fun.

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Gut Reaction: Terrell Davis snubbed again by HOF voters

The 2015 HOF class has been announced, and sadly, albeit not surprisingly, Terrell Davis was not included. That's Terrell Davis, Greatest Postseason Runner in NFL History, NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP, 2,000-yard rusher, and best player on two SB-winning teams. Yes, that Terrell Davis, the one who for a period of time was as great a running back as the NFL has ever seen, but apparently wasn't good enough for these HOF voters.

And yet, some guy who played a really long time and averaged 3.9 yards per attempt is in. According to PFR, the player whose career was most similar to this new HOFer's career is one Corey Dillon. Does anyone think Corey Dillon was an NFL HOFer? Meaning, aside from in that one game we don't want to talk about?

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Gut Reaction: Broncos hire Gary Kubiak

Tomorrow, the Denver Broncos will introduce Gary Kubiak as their new (and improved) head coach. Rejoice, Broncos fans.

Kubiak, who makes Jake Plummer cry and Joel Dreessen heroic, will officially be the Broncos' new sensitive hero.

By all accounts, Kubiak is one class act. Unlike John Fox, who was planning his escape the morning of the Broncos' divisional playoff game, Kubiak handled his dismissal from Houston two years ago with respect, dignity, and humility. So, make no mistake about it, the Broncos are getting a great human being.

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Gut Reaction: Seahawks beat Packers to return to Super Bowl

As much as I want to blame luck for the Seahawks' win over the Packers today, there's a better suspect.

The guilty party? Field goals.

Don't settle for field goals, or you are asking for trouble. Don't settle for field goals if you're playing to win (rather than simply to not lose). Finally, don't settle for field goals on the road, in the loudest stadium in the league.

John Elway would say that's not kicking and screaming. We disagree. It's kicking, but the wrong kind, and with a whimper.

Gut Reaction: The Broncos divorce John Fox

Suddenly, a record of 12-4 seems a lot like 4-12. A day after pissing John Elway off, the Denver Broncos are a team in transition.

Normally, this sort of territory is only reserved for the San Diego Chargers and Marty Schottenheimer, but angering The Duke comes with consequences.

Let me get this out of the way: losing John Fox is not a tragedy. It wouldn't have been a tragedy to keep him either. He's just another guy. As I showed in an article I penned almost four years ago, entitled, "A rabbit's foot and a hoodie," even randomness can produce a good coach for a period of four years. It can also make a good coach look really bad.

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Gut Reaction: Divisional Playoffs - Colts 24, Broncos 13

For the last month, the Denver Broncos just weren’t themselves.

Something wasn’t right. And as much as we didn’t want to talk about it, that something was Peyton Manning. Balls weren’t as accurate. Balls floated just a little more. Finally, the best decision maker in the history of the league was suddenly making poor choices.

It seemed like the Broncos went from AC/DC to Winger almost overnight.

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Gut Reaction: Week 17 - Broncos 47, Raiders 14

There’s never a bad time to face the Oakland Raiders.

Looking for a win? Looking to get in (the playoffs)? Looking to send Mark Davis to the looney bin?

Play Oakland.

In every restroom wall from the Rockies to the horse pens of Oakland, it has been written, for a good time, and if you want to finish 12-4, call the Silver and Black.

Let’s not get too carried away, though. The Oakland Raiders aren’t in the playoffs. This Broncos team is beaten up, from quarterback to wide receiver to stable boy.

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Gut Reaction: Week 16 - Bengals 37, Broncos 28

The Denver Broncos need a BFF.

Is it the running game? Is it the passing game? It sure as hell isn’t their special teams or offensive line. Nothing seems to be working at this point.

Who will text them on the regular? OMG--who will calm their insecurities? Most importantly, who will stand with them when they have to travel to New England for the playoffs? That’s if they travel to New England for the playoffs.

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Gut Reaction: Week 15 - Broncos 22, Chargers 10

Sometimes even Batman has to throw up at halftime.

Perhaps, as Bruce Wayne, he ate a tainted Double Bacon 6Cheese™. Perhaps he couldn’t fit the Batmobile into the parking lot at Walgreens during flu shot week. Perhaps the thought of running the ball so much made him sick.

At the end of the day, it didn’t matter. The AFC West is the villain that always gets it in the end. The Jokers, the Riddlers, and the Penguins (or Chargers, Chiefs, and Raiders, if you prefer) all go down.

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