The Daily Lard 10-10-11

Good Morning, and welcome to Confirmation Bias Week, Broncos fans! I know, I know. We finally had something to get excited about and I'm Mr. Wet Towel. But step back from the hyperbole machine - yesterday did not prove that Tim Tebow is going to be a great NFL QB, nor that he's a flat out winner - and that doesn't even consider the fact that Denver actually lost the game, 29-24 (box score). For those hoping to see Tebow fail, the botched snaps from under center and the bounced throws at receivers' feet are likewise not proof that Tebow will not be an NFL success.

It's practically a foregone conclusion that Tebow will be named the starter for the balance of the season, as well he should be. Kyle Orton has clearly played his way out of the starting job, with more turnovers (nine) than touchdowns this year (eight) and a 6.3 YPA which ties him with rookie Blaine Gabbert for 28th in the league. And to be honest, it's better this way - because however Tebow does going forward, there will be no pressure to put Orton back in, and it's such an obvious choice that the locker room will likely support the move fully.

There were some encouraging signs of progress from Tebow yesterday, including a bit more patience in reading his progressions rather than tucking and running at the first sign of trouble or with his first read covered. Let's see if that continues to improve, if his pocket presence becomes a bit less frenetic (he looked nervous yesterday), and if those snap and accuracy problems are softened over the rest of the season and with first-team snaps. We've got eleven games left in the season - let's see what he's got.


Highlights of the game from Broncos TV and NFLN, plus video of John Fox, Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and several others speaking after the game.

Mike Klis recaps the game and expects that Fox will name Tebow the starting QB tomorrow.

Champ Bailey says his hamstring was no worse off for having played yesterday, while Brian Dawkins suffered a neck injury in the first quarter and did not return.

Von Miller struggled yesterday in pass coverage and was replaced in the base defense by Mario Haggan.

Andrew Mason, Woody Paige and Dave Krieger all agree that Denver should go with Tebow, although as Krieger points out, things may look a little different once teams have game planned to face Tebow rather than Orton, as the Chargers had for yesterday.

Doug Farrar evaluates Tebow's performance and says Orton has been so bad that there is no QB controversy.

Matt Bowen agrees that there's no turning back to Orton at this point.

Notes from the DP, including a reminder that the Broncos should have a full complement of wide receivers after the bye as Eddie Royal and Demaryius Thomas are expected back from injury.

Andrew Mason goes over some numbers from the game and focuses on Orlando Franklin, who played yesterday while mourning the loss of his younger brother.

LJ on the fine performance of Willis McGahee, who piled up 125 rushing yards on just 16 carries.

Max Henson recaps the game and Kenny Legan shares postgame comments from Fox and Tebow for the official site.


Oakland held on to beat Houston 25-20 as Michael Huff intercepted a pass from Matt Schaub in the end zone as time expired.

The Chiefs rallied from down 24-7 to stun the winless Colts behind four TD passes by Matt Cassel.

Buffalo got 196 yards from Fred Jackson and four picks of Michael Vick to help them take down Philly 31-24.

Drew Brees and Cam Newton each threw two TD passes and Newton ran for another as the Saints scored late to beat the Panthers 30-27. All four of Carolina's losses are by a touchdown or less.

Cincy scored 17 fourth-quarter points and coverted a late 4th-and-6 to come back and beat the Jags 30-20.

Minnesota finally built a lead even they couldn't relinquish, going up 28-0 in the first quarter on their way to beating Arizona 34-10.

Seattle shocked the Giants 36-25 as Eli "I'm not a 25-interception QB" Manning turned it over four times including a late 94-yard pick-six to put the game away.

Pittsburgh got five TD passes from the hobbled Ben Roethlisberger to smack down the upstart Titans 38-17.

San Fran annihilated Tampa Bay 48-3 as YGS All-Star Alex Smith notched three TD passes among his 11 completions.

New England outgained the Jets 446 to 255 in yards and handed the "SB or Bust" Green & White their third loss in a row, 30-21 at Foxboro.

Green Bay spotted Atlanta 14 points early before easily defeating them 25-14 as Aaron Rodgers passed for 396 yards and two TDs.


Pat Kirwan, Matt Bowen, Nolan Nawrocki, Peter King, John ClaytonJason Cole and Clark Judge all review yesterday's action and think the Broncos should just go with Tebow.

Mike Silver, Eric Edholm and Don Banks react to the day's games, plus MJD's most and least valuable players of the day.

Matt Bowen wonders what's wrong with Philly's defense; how about having a defensive coordinator who was your O-line coach a year ago? Think maybe that has something to do with it?

On the same day Eric Seminara wrote about how meaningless extra points were, one was blocked and another missed.

More reaction to the passing of Al Davis from Nancy Gay, Chris Brown and Jack Bechta.

As Judy Battista points out, the NCAA is now the true No Fun League, what with their taunting penalty that wipes out scoring plays.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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