Good Morning, Broncos fans! Let's lead off with a phenomenal quote from Von Miller (via Jeff Legwold) about being taken off the field during Denver's Week 5 home loss to the Chargers. Keep in mind, Von is only 22 years old (he'll turn 23 in March):
Something like that had never happened to me before. They took me off the field, and I had to watch other people play because of my mistakes. I felt like I was better than that and that it would make me stronger, but right then you kind of think you weren't ready. But they want to see how you do with that too. You can't just fold up. You have to be strong. I was determined to be strong and show the coaches and my teammates that I'm a guy they can rely on.
That's a remarkable bit of self-awareness and perspective, especially from an elite young athlete. One has to figure the Broncos didn't need to think long about whether to draft Von after seeing his tape and interviewing him at the Senior Bowl.
Brian Xanders told Mark Kiszla, "It's the precision on the passing, it's the accuracy, the footwork, the mechanics, the rhythm, the timing, the quickness, the release. Everything," that Tim Tebow needs to improve upon this offseason. Whew, that's quite a list. Meanwhile, Kiszla floats the idea of Peyton Manning coming to Denver, if he were healthy. Of course it sure doesn't sound like he will be anytime soon.
Meanwhile, Mike Klis bumped into Kurt Warner, who said of Tebow's chances of lasting success, "I don't know. He's going to have to improve, let's say that. I think you saw at the end of the season that he's going to have to pass better. I think he will get better because he'll work at it. But I don't know — it's tough for a running quarterback to become a passing quarterback."
Legwold lists the Broncos' 22 pending unrestricted and restricted free agents.
In a surprising turn, the NFL will spend a minute of its own commercial time addressing player safety on Sunday.
Doug Farrar says Vince Wilfork stands out amidst a lackluster Pats defense.
Over at PFF, Sam Monson analyzes the matchup between the Giants offense and Pats defense, Ben Stockwell breaks down a few key plays from New England's season, and a repost of Steve Palazzolo's recap of the teams' Week 9 meeting.
Scott Kacsmar digs into the statistical oddity that is the Patriots defense this season.
JJ Cooper times the sacks taken by QBs so far in the playoffs.
The NY rags have been trying to make Tom Brady's mild comments at the team's fan rally out to be trash talk.
If you're thinking of going to the game, you'd better be prepared to pay up in a big way - $900 for a $55 hotel room, $500 for a parking spot, and of course, plenty more for a flight and game ticket.
Bill Barnwell probes the depths of the prop bets available this week.
Pats WR Tiquan Underwood is rocking quite the 'do for the game.
Madden '12 predicts a Giants victory.
Video of Dennis Allen's introductory presser in Oakland and a transcript of the comments by Allen, owner Mark Davis and GM Reggie McKenzie. Jerry McDonald, Steve Corkran and Vittorio Tafur detail the presser, while Monte Poole, Tim Kawakami and Scott Ostler react; Allen has reportedly offered the Raiders OC gig to Texans QB coach Greg Knapp.
Ricky Williams says he'll be back for another season with the Ravens.
Of course, Shanny would be interested if Peyton Manning were healthy and available, along with the Dolphins and Jets; add some Titans fans to that list. Meanwhile, Jim Irsay claims he's not talking this week about Peyton, whose brother Cooper says there's no predicting whether he'll play again. Mike Silver and Matt Bowen say the Peyton story is bigger than the Super Bowl at this point.
Former Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles is the Eagles' new secondary coach, while Philly DC Juan Castillo will retain his position in 2012; Bowles apparently turned down an offer to join Dennis Allen's staff.
LB coach Keith Butler got a new deal with the Steelers, so he passed on interviewing for the Colts DC job; Pittsburgh may now be considering Handshake Haley to run their offense.
Player agent David Cornwell sent an 11-page letter around to fellow agents, railing against the job being done by NFLPA De Smith, whose contract is up for renewal in March.
Judy Battista thinks the Pro Bowl would be more entertaining with some sort of skills competition. Bill Barnwell presents some more ideas to improve the game, while Andrew Brandt explores the financial aspects of it for players and agents.
Here's what Chris Brown has been reading.
Wes Bunting has Denver taking Georgia TE Orson Charles at #25 in his latest mock.
Of course, Drew Magary went to town on yesterday's nauseating MMQB.