You Got Served

You Got Served by Ted Bartlett

You Got Served: Day 1 of Free Agency

Happy Wednesday, friends. Today I have a serving for you about the beginning of the annual free agency shopping spree. Coming off a Super Bowl loss, the Broncos are reloading in a resounding manner, and it obviously deserves some analysis.

Beyond the big early names, I also have ideas on some second-wave bargain shopping that I think the Broncos can do.

I think that the market is about to get much more conservative when it comes to paying veterans, and quality guys are going to be available on the cheap, like Shaun Phillips was last year.

Continue reading "You Got Served: Day 1 of Free Agency"

You Got Served: Rosterbation and the NFL Draft

Happy Tuesday, friends. I had some time over the weekend to look at some combine footage, and I’ve generally been thinking about the go-forward state of affairs for the Broncos.

I thought we’d do a little bit of rosterbation, and that I’d also share some thoughts about the draft class.

Can we take ‘em to the bridge? Yeah, let’s kick it old school one time. Ready…BEGIN!!

Continue reading "You Got Served: Rosterbation and the NFL Draft"

You Got Served: A Super Bowl ten pack

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, friends. I was going to kick it old-school, and do a Digesting the Seahawks article, but others have pretty much covered that ground by now.

Instead, I’m going to just get a little scattershot with it, and fire off some quick Super Bowl thoughts.

Follow me across the jump, and we’ll get it going.

Continue reading "You Got Served: A Super Bowl ten pack"

You Got Served: The Seahawks’ tempo problem

Happy Monday, friends. Obviously, I've been thinking a lot about Sunday's game, and over the weekend, I promised a few commenters that I'd dig deep into some Seahawks film.

I did so, and as the result of that work, there will be several articles this week. I had an interesting thought as part of the exercise.

Which game could I watch to see how well the Seahawks defended against a no-huddle offense? It seemed to be a really important question, but when I looked at their schedule, I was left scratching my head. None of the teams they played struck me as a very up-tempo team off the top of my head. Hmmm.

Continue reading "You Got Served: The Seahawks’ tempo problem"

You Got Served: Seattle doesn’t have a great running game

Happy Sunday, friends. Have you heard the one about how the Seahawks have a dominant rushing offense?

It's basically common knowledge at this point, and from there, the prevailing notion exists that Seattle holds a big edge if the weather is bad next Sunday. Everybody knows this

There's only one problem, though.

Seattle's rushing offense is actually nothing special. Today, we'll look at why that is, and we'll return this conversation to reality.

Continue reading "You Got Served: Seattle doesn’t have a great running game"

You Got Served: Don’t make pronouncements about coaching hires

Happy Friday, friends. I wanted to share some thoughts today about the coaching “carousel.” First, though, two questions –

1. What lame-ass reporter coined that term?

2. Does he get all proud every time somebody uses it, and tell his grandkids “Your clever old pop came up with that?”

Anyway, some vacancies have been filled, and others remain open, so I thought I’d weigh in generally on coaching hires, and how we tend to think and talk about them, which is to say, stupidly. As an accompaniment to this article, I suggest you re-read this article I wrote back in July about the nature of coaching football in the NFL. Peruse it, and then come back to this article, after the jump. We’ll wait.

Continue reading "You Got Served: Don’t make pronouncements about coaching hires"

You Got Served: Defense and diss tracks

Merry Christmas, friends! As I write this opening, it actually is the afternoon of December 25, so, rest assured, I’m not being one of those passive-aggressiveWar on Christmasmorons in saying so. I hope you have had a nice holiday season, whatever holiday(s) you may celebrate. By the time you read this, Kwanzaa will be well underway, so accordingly, Happy Kwanzaa!

You know, since I can’t just say Happy Holidays, and include both Christmas and Kwanzaa (and Hanukkah!) into one generic seasonal greeting. Because that oppresses people, or something.

Having just ended the ridiculously busy part of my accounting year (which lasted from July to December), I’ve been meaning to write an article about the Broncos defense for a few weeks, and the opportunity hadn’t presented itself until now. 

Continue reading "You Got Served: Defense and diss tracks"

You Got Served: How many times have the Pats been screwed by the refs this year?

Happy Friday, friends. I’ve been in Las Vegas this week attending some mergers & acquisitions training, and it’s a new and interesting experience being here for business. None of my buddies are here, and I have to get up and work each day, so the Vegas stimuli are confusing to my mind and body.

The lights and the music and the tables are saying party, but when I get back to my room, all I have are draft audited financial statements to review. Next time I’m here, I’ll party it up; for this week, it’s business.

I got a question on Twitter a few days ago from reader Jessica Deva about the Patriots.

Continue reading "You Got Served: How many times have the Pats been screwed by the refs this year?"

You Got Served: Not all two-deep coverage is the same

Happy Wednesday, friends. I watched the film of the Kansas City game Tuesday night, and I was pretty surprised by what I saw in the All-22 view, because it went against the notion I had from watching the TV feed in real-time.

That is, I thought the Chiefs played a lot of single-high safety with an eighth man in the box to stop the run, and crowd short routes. You can't see the alignment of the safeties very well on the live view, and the outcome of the game (lots of deep passing by the Broncos, limited success running the ball) supported my thinking.

After all, the previous week, the Patriots stayed in two-deep all game, and contested every short route in front of it, trying to beat up the Broncos' receivers. That's how you get Knowshon Moreno running 37 times for 224 yards; the offense takes what the defense is giving it.

Continue reading "You Got Served: Not all two-deep coverage is the same"

You Got Served: Some observations on the Patriots

Happy Sunday, friends. I had some time materialize on my calendar yesterday, so I used it to watch the Patriots’ last two games.

In Week 9, they hung a franchise-worst 55 points on the Steelers, and won 55-31, and in Week 11, they lost a hard-fought game to the Panthers, on what was frankly a screwjob call by the officials as the clock expired.

The Steelers game was a clear outlier among a ragged group of offensive performances this season, and everything worked well in that game, as they had for Patriots teams of past years. Against the better Panthers defense, the Patriots had a harder time stringing together the drives they had two weeks earlier.

Continue reading "You Got Served: Some observations on the Patriots"