Happy Friday, Broncos fans! So, turns out that the UT™ didn't actually demand out of the LOLJets Wildcat package, thus preserving his reputation as someone who would never tell a lie. Neat little trick by the Tebow camp:
One last word on what was effectively a Tim Tebow mutiny. A source close to the situation explained that Tebow didn't say directly to coach Rex Ryan that he would no longer play in the wildcat after learning he was being passed over for Greg McElroy. But this fact was definitely conveyed to the Jets from a member of the Tebow camp -- with Tebow's knowledge -- to the Jets.
Tebow is a good human being. There's no question about that, but there's also no question this was blatant insubordination. It doesn't matter if Tebow later came to his senses and told Ryan he would do whatever the team needed. It was too late.
If almost any other player had pulled a stunt like this, they'd be pilloried by fans. The same should happen to Tebow.
Yeah, we know - Timmy played hard for the Broncos in 2011. Big whoop. Does that mean the other 52 guys on the roster didn't?
Why was it okay to call all summer long for D.J. Williams's head while excusing everything from the UT™? Did D.J. - who was the team's leading tackler and third-leading sack man - not play hard last year too? Can anyone really be sure the Broncos would have made the playoffs without D.J.?
Chris Kuper made a limited return to practice, while Trindon Holliday (ankle) and Tracy Porter (concussion) again did not practice due to their injuries.
Demaryius Thomas admits he's disappointed he didn't make the PB team, while Elvis Dumervil says Wesley Woodyard is deserving too; Keith Brooking says his perspective has changed regarding being on a playoff team since his younger days.
The first big signing of John Elway's tenure, Champ acknowledges it's even sweeter being part of the Broncos' turnaround after having endured the disaster that was the 2010 season.
Ah, nothing like two straight weeks of Dan Fouts and Ian Eagle calling a Broncos game. At least come playoff time we'll potentially get the A team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms! Oh, wait....
Several key players, including C Ryan Lilja and tackles Branden Albert and Donald Stephenson (who started in Albert's place during the teams' meeting in KC), did not practice. The team could also be without TE Tony Moeaki, who did not practice, and coach Romeo Crennel may work from the pressbox Sunday due to a knee problem that has him on crutches.
Doug Farrar agrees with TJ that Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson are deserving Pro Bowlers, and that Eric Berry isn't, but he also thinks CB Brandon Flowers should have made the squad.
Sam Mellinger thinks KC should have had no more than two or three Pro Bowlers, he sees a roster in trouble with the looming departures of Albert and WR Dwayne Bowe, and he's pinning the team's hopes on the trivial matter that most years, there's a decent QB to be found somewhere. Even if that's true this year, that doesn't mean the Chiefs personnel department is capable of finding that guy...
Seahawks CB Richard Sherman won his PED suspension appeal on an irregularity in the sampling procedure, much in the same way Brewers LF Ryan Braun won his.
Rams RB Steven Jackson says he's pondering retirement after this season at the age of 29.
2009 SEC Champ Greg McElroy hid symptoms of a concussion from the LOLJets medical staff until yesterday morning, prompting Sexy Rexy to once again bypass the Ultimate Teammate™ in favor of Buttfumble, who will start Sunday against Buffalo. Rexy has essentially issued Sticks Johnson an ultimatum that he either spend money to overhaul the offense, or fire him.
After reviewing tape of the game in question, Andy Barall doesn't buy Lomas Brown's story in which he claims to have intentionally allowed Lions QB Scott Mitchell to have gotten hurt. Gee, could it be that someone under the employ of the Worldwide Leader made something stupid up, just to gain attention?
Mike Tanier and Benjamin Hoffman preview the week's games; Tanier isn't psyched for the 2013 Pro Bowl featuring the Kansas City Chiefs, while Hoffman notes that Peyton has a chance to set a new personal mark for passing yards in a season, which none of us could ever have expected.
Alex Marvez thinks Tennessee and a chance to groom QB Jake Locker might make sense as a HC gig for Mike McCoy, and he says the 33-year-old Mini Shanny should at least take some interviews to experience the process.
John Clayton measures the impact Manning has had on both the Broncos and the AFC's Super Bowl chances while naming the QB and Von Miller to his All-Pro team.
In his film study, Pete Prisco finds plenty of reason to vouch for Tony Romo as one of the league's better QBs, and he says the play of neighboring passer Matt Schaub has slipped as the year's gone on.
Here are the draft prospects Bucky Brooks will be watching for over the next few days.