Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's been a while since we've heard from Woody Paige, but he checks in today with a doozie, and we mean that in the kindest terms.
Woody sat down with John Fox earlier in the week to discuss his fainthearted decisions against Baltimore.
Fox claims he'd still choose to kneel it out at the end of regulation, with one rather telling quote...
Too many bad things could happen. Remember, we had a pick-six earlier in the game.
You know, this is the biggest problem with Fox's ilk; it's a loser's mindset. People like Fox only choose to picture the worst possibility in their mind's eye.
He sounds like a baseball player who doesn't want to swing, out of a fear of missing.
Imagine if Tiger Woods were to step to the tee on the 72nd hole of a major and have only a snap hook into the trees on his mind?
Or Michael Jordan at the free-throw line, picturing a brick?
They don't even consider the possibility.
Granted, it is a coach's job to at least weigh the potential consequences of his own decisions. That includes the negative ones.
But it's one thing to measure the risk/reward, and it's another to allow the slightest chance of disaster to rule the day.
Some coaches - Mike Shanahan for example - think, "We could win the game right here."
Others - like Fox - think, "We could throw a pick-six here, since those happen to Peyton Manning so often." [/sarcasm]
However, there is some hope, fans of winning football - a crack in the ultra-conservative foundation of John Fox's football mind, if you will.
Fox now admits the team took the weak-kneed approach when it ran Ronnie Hillman up the middle for five straight carries during Denver's penultimate possession of regulation, and he rues the decision to do so on third-and-7.
But is the sly Fox laying that decision at the feet of Mike McCoy?
There's no quote to suggest that, but why else would Woody write the following when discussing the situation (emphasis mine)?
Here's what's going on: The Ravens knew the Broncos would run, based on the time and the offensive package (a running back and a fullback, two blocking tights end, a third tackle and only one receiver). So the defense jammed eight players, with two more defensive backs attacking the line at the handoff.
Fox doesn't call plays. Former offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, with input from current coordinator Adam Gase, ran the offense.
Kind of reads like a Well, McCoy called that one, but don't put that one on the record, amirite?
Fox claims he'd have called "something that would pick up a first down."
But wouldn't that have opened the door for bad things to happen? You know, like pick-sixes?
Which is it, Foxy?
Of course, it's not just the losses which provide fodder for introspection. As we documented here throughout the 2012 season, Fox's meek choices turned several blowouts into one-score games whose outcomes hinged upon the recovery of an onside kick.
Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods, and Michael Jordan reached the mountaintop not by resting on the laurels of their W/L records, but by seeking to improve every facet of their games. Tiger rebuilt his swing shortly after dismantling both Augusta National (where Fox, Elway, and Manning recently played) and the field. Three years later, he held the trophies for all four majors in his hands.
That's what can happen when greatness, perfectionism, and a focus on what could be (rather than what couldn't be) direct an athlete, or coach.
We'll see if Fox learned his lesson.
Mike Adams says he would have welcomed competition in the form of Charles Woodson (yeah, right), but that he's looking to be more aggressive in coverage this year after missing several interceptions in 2012. Not sure that's a good thing...
Jeff Legwold anticipates the Broncos will report on July 24 and open training camp on the 25th.
Mark Kiszla, who wrote that Denver should sign Brian Urlacher (no thanks) in recent months, now admits the middle linebacker position isn't as important as it used to be.
As is often the case, whoever writes Kiszla's headlines seems to want an opinion column of their own, as the title for Kiszla's latest mailbag matches neither the sentiment of the opening question nor the answer.
Looks like Sacco mixed some turpentine in with his coffee yesterday...
Some have inferred Tom Nalen was a dirty player. He was not. I infer that his critics know very little about how game is played...naturally, those critics wish you to believe that they know everything about inside football. Do not get suckered in...you know the game as well as almost all of them...a short list of true experts, mostly decades veteran sportswriters...and former players who are now broadcasters.
I have high respect for all who read a lot of different blogs, contribute...and open to opinions and ideas. The Broncos won 46 games and 2 WC from 1996-98, 2nd best all time---tough, within the rules...and Nalen a big part of that as a Hall if Fame candidate center...observers do very best they can observing from outside the game, and their efforts are tireless, worthy of praise...and I hope everyone can take a break from the keyboards and microphones long enough to reflect and celebrate a bit this weekend...USA, USA--a chant paid for in blood.
May We Never Forget.
WTF?! (h/t Neil Purt)
John Clayton checks in on the mostly disastrous 2009 Draft class, although the scary numbers he provides as evidence would be more useful if there were data from other years to provide context. When he says only 60 players are still with their original teams, he needs to tell us how many 2008 draftees were still with their teams a year ago, and so forth. The Broncos and their oft-criticized class still have three players from that draft (Knowshon Moreno, Robert Ayers, David Bruton), but they also ended up with two first-rounders, three second-rounders, and two fourth-rounders.
Gary Myers says the LOLJets are sick and tired of Buttfumble's turnovers, but he cautions that the Giants were once ready to give up on Phil Simms, as the Chargers did with Drew Brees.
In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei says the Texans have several options to complement Andre Johnson this year at wideout, and not just first-rounder De'Andre Hopkins.
Former Jags TE Pete Mitchell has a pretty hilarious method for signing autographs.
Increasing rights fees to broadcast live sporting events are likely behind recent layoffs at the Worldwide Leader, which faces new competition from NBC and Fox.
If you delight in Notre Dame schadenfreude as much as we do, you'll chuckle at the departure of starting QB Everett Golson over an academic violation.
Although we make fun of Clayton quite a bit here, we have to admit he has a laudable sense of humor about himself, as proven again by this video about his preparation for throwing out the first pitch at a Mariners game:
And, doesn't it look he's got some highlights mixed into his combover?