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The Playbook Abides - Man coverage at your own risk

Good cover corners are worth their weight in cap space.

That's because in today's pass-happy NFL, in which cornerbacks must play a significant amount of man-to-man, you can't afford to be without one--or five.

Cover corners can make the difference between the simple incompletion you forget as part of the opponent's completion percentage and a made-for-ESPN highlight.  This is especially true when facing an elite quarterback like Philip Rivers.

As we'll see in this week's version of The Playbook Abides, Rivers exposed the potential danger of playing man coverage in the Chargers' victory on Monday night.

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5 Things Peter King Didn’t Think to Think - Week 11

Rain or Shine.  Victory or blowout loss.  Fat Man's microphones catch it all.

The Broncos weren't saying too much this week.

Enjoy!

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Gut Reactions - Week 11, Broncos-Chargers

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

Unless you forget to take the second.  Then you simply fall on your ass.

Tonight the Broncos started fast.  Once the Chargers adjusted, however (putting more guys in the box), Denver's excellent adventure turned bogus.

And we didn't even get a cameo from Keanu Reeves.  Damn, dude.  

What started as a fake punt quickly turned into a nightmare of missed tackles, blown assignments, penalties, dropped passes, and desperate gadget calls.  In other words, outside of a few good weeks, more of the same.

Last week the Broncos were the ones who had two weeks to prepare for their opponent.  This week, it was the Chargers who had the additional time.  Honestly, though, they didn't need it, so I hope they spent at least half of that time prepping for the Colts.  

Time didn't beat the Broncos.  As we've seen again and again, the Broncos beat themselves. 

Get your mock drafts ready.  

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5 More Things Peter King Didn’t Think to Think - Week 10

Due to the immense popularity of our first installment of 5 Things Peter King Didn't Think to Think, we decided to let you in on a few more sound bites our microphones caught last week against the Chiefs.

So here are 5 More Things Peter King Didn't Think to Think.

Yes, five plus five equals ten.

But Peter King doesn't know that.

Enjoy.

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The Dude’s Mail Revue: Waterboarding the Black Hole

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Fat Man blogger TJ “The Dude” Johnson posts The Dude’s Mail Revue on Thursdays, in which he takes your questions and gets your opinion about the state of the Denver Broncos.

You wanna roll your way into the semis? You want a toe--with nail polish--by 3 o'clock?

Drop TJ your question @ tjthedudejohnson@gmail.com.

(NOTE: No marmots were harmed in the writing of this revue)

Dude, since we crushed the Chiefs last week, has the Curse of Brett Kern been lifted?  Did the limerick work?  I tweeted him three times since last week, but he has yet to respond.  Your thoughts?  That cat really needs to get out and party.

—Mitchell S. Berger, Vancouver, British Columbia 

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The Playbook Abides - KC’s goal line pick route

After looking at a lot of game tape on the Chiefs, one thing strikes you immediately about this team.

Charlie Weis is an excellent offensive coordinator.

After spending hours watching game film on the Chiefs, it was hard to discern many patterns--believe me, I looked.

In one game, Weis opened up out of the shotgun.  In the next he ran a lot of two-back sets and play action. Then the next game there was a lot of shifting and motion out of the backfield and with the tight ends. He runs out of power formations and the max-protection shotgun.  In short, Weis keeps his opponents off balance.

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The Dude’s Mail Revue: The Phonz, the Brett Kern limerick, and the dog crap

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Fat Man blogger TJ “The Dude” Johnson posts The Dude’s Mail Revue on Thursdays, in which he takes your questions and gets your opinion about the state of the Denver Broncos.

You wanna roll your way into the semis?  You want a toe--with nail polish--by 3 o'clock?

Drop TJ your question @ tjthedudejohnson@gmail.com.

TJ, I love the new site, but it's a little bare for me.  Are you guys planning to spruce it up a bit?  Also, I was wondering if you might give me your thoughts on the Alphonso Smith trade.  Everyone keeps talking about Peyton Hillis, but it's not like we had a lot invested in him.  He was a 5th-rounder.  Smith on the other hand was basically a 1st-round guy from Wake Forest.  Did we give up on him too soon?  It's strange because he's doing so well in Detroit now, it's like he's another player entirely.  What did the Broncos do wrong?

—T. Duncan, San Antonio, Texas

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The Curse of Brett Kern

I’m not sure about you, but I don’t believe in curses.

Which is exactly why we need to remove the current curse that has afflicted our Denver Broncos.

Perhaps you’ve hear the folklore by now, but if not, let me bring you up to speed on the legend.  Last season, the Broncos started the season 6-0.  But they probably didn’t deserve this record.  In the opener, they needed a miraculous last-minute tipped touchdown pass from Kyle Orton to Brandon Stokley to pull out the win.  In week five against Dallas, Champ Bailey made two miracle plays in the last minute of the game to preserve the victory.  But there they were—a glorious 6-0 start.  All the little Broncomaniacs were taking their vitamins and falling asleep at night with visions of the playoffs dancing through their heads. 

It appeared as if rookie head coach Josh McDaniels had been blessed with some outstanding karma.  You’d think that he would have taken that karma and retired for a few days to spend time with his family.

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The Dude’s Mail Revue, Week 8: The Kool-Aid, the TD birthday salute, and rockin’ the bye week

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Fat Man blogger TJ “The Dude” Johnson posts The Dude’s Mail Revue on Thursdays, in which he takes your questions about the state of the Denver Broncos. Got a titillating question? Put a dollar bill into the Dude’s G-String and he might answer it—after bowling practice.

Hey, TJ:  The reason I like you is that I can’t tell if you are a Kool Aid drinker or not.  Just when I think you are about to call for the firing of McDaniels, you talk about the need for patience and on the job training.  Then, when I think you are on the Josh McDaniels Love Train, you show the Broncos’ stats on penalties, fumbles, and field position, which are some of the worst I’ve seen.  If that’s not a reason to really examine Josh’s contract at the end of the year (or now!), I don’t know what is.  You seem like a pretty levelheaded guy, but where do you stand exactly?  I think you need to get on the record. It’s a LOT easier for people to take shots at you on message boards that way.  Too bad you don’t have a time machine so you can go back and change your position if needed.
—Martin McFly, Hil Valley, California

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The Dude’s Mail Revue: Ankle bracelets, Atwater’s greatest hits, and the Halloween frights

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Fat Man blogger TJ "The Dude" Johnson posts The Dude's Mail Revue on Thursdays, in which he takes your questions about the state of the Denver Broncos. Got a titillating question? Put a dollar bill into the Dude's G-String and he might answer your question--after bowling practice.

Hahahahaha, TJ. Last weekend was the greatest single weekend of my life. They removed my electronic ankle bracelet on Saturday, and then on Sunday, my Raiders lit up the Donks for 59 points. Me and my girl just ate so much pizza we let our guts hang out and didn't leave the couch. Who'd want to? You could go another 50 years and not see that again. The Broncos will never live that loss down. You guys are lucky Tom Cable held back in the 4th quarter or we would have been talking the all-time record. Do me a favor and tell us how good we look from the bottom of the division after we catch the Chiefs in a few weeks. See you later, sucker! --Raider Mike, Oak-Town, California

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