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Gut Reactions - Week 17, Broncos-Chargers

Despite all of the excitement late in today's game, the Denver Broncos just finished the season a woeful 4-12.  This was their worst finish since the War of 1812.

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So what do the Broncos do now besides pick 2nd in next year's draft?  Bring in their own war veteran, John Elway.

Good luck, John.  I know you're about the closest thing to Chuck Norris the Broncos have ever seen, but the NFL you left a dozen years ago isn't the NFL you're about to re-enter.

You once drove 98 yards while being pelted with dog biscuits.  That's going to seem like a cakewalk compared to what you're getting into now.

Your owner wants to win now; the boss' right-hand man is a guy who measures success by dollars spent per box seat; your general manager is a guy who just said that the ideal way to win in the NFL is to run the ball half the time;  after you find a head coach, your other order of business it to try and figure out who is going to be the franchise's quarterback for the next decade.

Oh, and the fans?  They've seen so much drama in the last two years, they'd prefer an re-run of Lost to yet another Broncos front-office change.

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A Second Helping of…Brian Xanders

Call off the bloodhounds.  It appears as if the search for a general manager was over before it even began. 

At least you'll have a shiny new John Elway doll to distract you.

Enter Brian Xanders...stage bereft.

According to multiple reports, Pat Bowlen, Joe Ellis, and John Elway will make it their first order of business to give Xanders full control of personnel decisions next week.  For an organization set to have one of its worst records in franchise history, this seems a little rash.

Right now the NFL is teeming with hungry and talented GM candidates, but the Broncos already have their inside man.

Within one week of ending the season?

If only the Rooney Rule applied to the search for a general manager.  It would at least force the Broncos to interview candidates for the job.

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The Playbook Abides - Tebow’s encore

Last week we took a look at all 16 throws Tim Tebow made in his debut as the Broncos' starting QB.

The verdict?  This cat is an NFL quarterback.

I'm happy to report that I reached that conclusion before Christmas, so you can't accuse me of pounding too much egg nog.

This week in The Playbook Abides, we're putting up for your review four of Tebow's passes from Sunday.  Each one of them is instructive in its own little way, and helps us to chart Tebow's growth as the Broncos' signal caller.

(Note:  I don't believe I need to convince you of Tebow's inherent leadership abilities, but if so, don't take my word for it.  Champ Bailey and Jabar Gaffney can tell you).

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The Really, Really Blind Side: Chia Pets

This week we're introducing a new video series giving you insights into the intriguing and mysterious happenings at Dove Valley.  

We're pulling back the curtain to see just what is happening as the Broncos search for a new general manager.   

This one is called "Chia Pets," and stars Joe Ellis and Brian Xanders.

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Gut Reactions - Week 16, Broncos-Texans

ralphie And God said, "Let there be two halves."

How could the Broncos look so bad in the 1st half and so good in the 2nd?

They let their quarterback play one on TV.

The first half was one of screens (slip, bubble, running back, silver?).  The Broncos' coaching staff either didn't trust their young quarterback or they simply wanted to continue to take his development as slowly as possible.  Did they realize they were facing the league's worst defense in the Houston Texans?

The 17-0 deficit was actually a blessing in disguise.  It forced the Broncos' coaches to finally unleash the Tebow.  In the 2nd half, they had no other choice.    

Tim Tebow may be a lot of things (young, inexperienced, and still under development), but there's one thing he's not--boring.  He gave the Broncos energy today.  Energy to burn.  

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The Playbook Abides: Tebow(etheus) Unbound - Part 4

Broncos, Gators, and Tebow fans of the world, unite!  This is our final installment of Tebow(etheus) Unbound.

Today we're looking at Tebow's final four throws (13-16) from Sunday's game.

You can go back and read Part 1Part 2, and Part 3 if you'd like.  Or jump right into today's breakdance breakdown.  At the end of today's piece, as an added bonus, I gathered my summary thoughts on Tebow.  I thought it was time to finally take a stand on him.

For those Raiders fans who can't read wait until the end, I'll put it this way:  I think the guy can play.

Yes, after watching all of his throws from last Sunday dozens and dozens of times, I'm pushing all of my chips to the center of the table and I'm betting on Tebow.  Sure, he didn't play with more than a quarter of the playbook.  Sure, the sample size was small.  Sure, he's going to struggle like other rookies have.  And sure, the easiest thing to do is to sit on the fence so that I can later claim I was right about Tebow, no matter what direction the Broncos go.  But after watching each of these throws dozens of times, I'm confident in his abilities to be the Broncos' quarterback of the future.

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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 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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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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Gut Reactions - Week 15, Broncos-Raiders

Bill Walsh, the original gangsta of QB evaluation, once wrote:

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"He [the quarterback] must be courageous and intensely competitive. He will be the one on the field who is running the team. His teammates must believe in him or it may not matter how much physical ability he has. If he is courageous and intensely competitive, then other players will know and respect that. This will be a foundation for becoming a leader."

Today, Tim Tebow proved he's a leader.  He made plays; he was intensely competitive; he was courageous as hell.  I think most would agree that the foundation that Walsh spoke of is there in the Broncos' first-round draft pick.

But we ought not confuse intensity with the passing tree.

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