Gut Reactions

Immediate analysis of NFL games and news

Gut Reaction - Wild Card Round: Broncos vs Steelers

The rumors of the fall of Tim Tebow have been greatly exaggerated.

In one of the biggest upset victories in Broncos history, Tebow did exactly what John Elway would have done--he pulled the trigger.

The game was electric; the pace was deadly; the results were amazing.

1998 never looked so good.

The defense was bend but don't break.  The offense was breakout.

Bring on the Patriots.  Stranger things have happened.

Today, I'm only giving Postives and nothing more. It's a playoff win, man!  Let it rip!  This one is for the readers.  Give us your thoughts on the first Broncos playoff win in six years!!!!!

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Gut Reaction: Week 17 - Broncos vs Chiefs

John Elway said he was willing to risk his Broncos legacy with a turn on the dance floor as Executive Vice President.

His headband and leotard were predominately orange, his leg warmers and wrist bands blue; he was ready to strut his stuff.

His decision to unload his previous dance partner, Kyle Orton, after Week 7 saved the Broncos $2.6 million.

Today that decision didn't matter much. The Broncos limped into the playoffs despite Elway's move.

In the street (and on the turf) a pitiful b-boy battle ensued between Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton. It was marked by some really bad quarterback play.  Kyle Orton hardly mattered.  Tim Tebow mattered even less.  In the end, however, it was an attempted headspin by the Oakland Raiders that won the day for the crew from Denver.  As it turns out, Hue Jackson's trade for Carson Palmer was one of the worst in history, not the best.  Palmer slipped badly on the linoleum.

Welcome to the real dance, Broncos fans--the NFL playoffs.  I guess we should be glad the Broncos fell backwards based on the third tiebreaker.  Somehow, right now, that's not comforting.  Perhaps the Steelers will lose their starting running back, starting QB, and, just perhaps, their first wide receiver. Then we can get excited.

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Gut Reaction: Week 16 - Broncos at Bills

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the team;

Not an offense (or defense or special teams) was stirring, not even a dream.

John Foxball requires good field position and a positive turnover ratio,

Neither of those things happened today.

It doesn't matter who is your quarterback; it doesn't matter how much you believe; it certainly doesn't how many times you kneel and pray.

Football is football--even the night before Christmas.

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Gut Reaction: Week 15 - Broncos vs Patriots

All winning streaks must come to an end.

We knew it wouldn't go on foreover. There's no shame in losing to a team like the Patriots.

Perhaps it's a blessing in disguise; this loss might just kick the Broncos back into reality.

They've got a little work to do.  This season is ultimately about running, tackling, and not turning the ball over.

Let's hope the Broncos stop ignoring all of the press they've been getting the last six weeks; let's hope they cast aside terms like magic, destiny, and miracle; let's hope they replace them with some better form tackling and ball control.

It will probably take them further into the playoffs.

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Gut Reaction: Week 14 - Broncos vs Bears

Words can't describe what just happened.  

I have nothing of use to write tonight as I sit here in stunned silence.

How else can one describe this game?  I've seen an elephant fly.

I am as emotionally drained and exhausted as I've ever been after a Broncos game.

That was one of the greatest wins in the organization's history.

If you don't believe this team can make it to the Super Bowl after tonight, then you will never believe in anything.

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Gut Reaction: Week 13 - Broncos at Vikings

Don't look now, Denver, but the Broncos are in first place!

This was a game the Broncos should have won, but who would have thunk it?

Like this?  Yeah, just like this.  The Broncos' high-octane offense put up 28 points on the road, my friends. 

Their offense was a second-half juggernaut.  It came at just the right time.

On a day in which the Broncos needed Tim Tebow to pass as well as he's been running the football, they got exactly what they needed. Tebow had his best passing day as a pro.

Their remaining schedule has them playing at home three out of four.

Do you believe? You'd better start.

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Gut Reaction: Week 12 - Broncos at Chargers

Quick, I know how we can settle this Broncos quarterback controversy very quickly.

Clone Von Miller.

Miller did a little bit of everything today except throw the football.  He got to the quarterback. He beat the double team.  He made the Chargers' offensive linemen look like they were on skates.  And when the Broncos needed him most, he slithered through the line and knocked the ballcarrier out of field goal range.  As a result, the Broncos won in overtime 16-13.

Miller is pure mayhem.  He changes games the way Lawrence Taylor did.  He's the single best draft pick of the 2011 draft class.

Watching Miller play requires you implant a swivel on your neck and suspend your belief that a linebacker can be out of this world against the run or the pass. He's turned the Broncos defense into a dominant force in a matter of months.

Before I prop up his candidacy for President of the United States, let me say one more thing.

It doesn't matter who the quarterback is as long as the Broncos have Miller in the game.

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Gut Reaction: Week 11 - Broncos vs Jets

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.

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Gut Reaction: Week 10 - Broncos at Chiefs

If today's game were a movie script, I'd pitch it as Nine Men In The Box meets Three Tight Ends and a Little Tebow.

The Broncos wrote a high low-concept treatment that included great field position, a run-stuffing defense, and a whole lot of ground game.

The theme of today's flick?  When the other team can't stop you from running, why stop running?

The Broncos attempted four pass plays in the first half, but were up 10-0.

That's one hell of a first act.  For their second and third, they gave more of the same.  On the day, the Broncos completed just two passes.

Is this John Fox football?  Mike McCoy madness?  Tim Tebow intangibles?

Whatever it is, it's enough to keep the Broncos one game out of first place.  And the game is over so fast, you've still got time to run Sunday errands.

Let's get to The Postives, The Negatives, and The Who The Heck Knows.

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Gut Reaction: Week 9 - Broncos at Raiders

There was a quarterback today who looked lost,  threw multiple interceptions, drowned in the pocket, and lost the confidence of his entire organizaton and city.

His name wasn't Tim Tebow.

Tebow was all but given up on a week ago; multiple reports had him walking the plank by halftime.

Those reports have been greatly exaggerated.

Yo, ho, ho, and a bottle of Broncos Kool-Aid.  Tim Tebow used the zone-read option to escort the Raiders dancing pirates to Davy Jones' Locker.

Avast, Broncos fans.  Tebowmania is back for another voyage.

Let's get to the Positive, the Negatives, and the Who the Heck Knows?

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