The Daily Lard 12-13-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In reviewing Sunday's win for PFF, Trey Cunningham says it appears Tim Tebow "is continuing to mature as an NFL quarterback," and he says Tim's TD pass to Demaryius Thomas was an impressive play (it was, especially since Tebow was moving to his right at the time of the throw). He also points out that it was Tebow's first second multi-turnover game of the season, not necessarily a huge mark against him considering the Bears' penchant for taking the ball away.

As for the O-line, only Zane Beadles came away with a positive score in pass protection, and as Cunningham states, if not for Tebow's athleticism he likely would have been hit more and sacked more than the five times he was. Oh yeah, and of course there's praise for the defense, especially Von Miller and Brodrick Bunkley.


Notes from the DP: the availability of Andre' Goodman and David Bruton against the Pats is very much in doubt, while Demaryius Thomas says he short-armed the missed deep pass on Sunday.

Jeff Legwold points out that Denver is suddenly, if not hilariously, the most stable organization in the AFC West right now.

Mike Klis revisits each of the Broncos' wild victories on their 7-1 run with Tebow.

Legwold sees some lingering issues despite the winning streak, and he examines the pass-catching fundamentals of Demaryius Thomas.

In his latest mailbag, Klis suggests that Tebow would perhaps be the MVP if not for Aaron Rodgers.

Over at PFR, there's a page to discuss the HOF viability of Steve Atwater.

Tebow has lifted the Broncos from SB-winning odds of 150-1 all the way up to 22-1.

Video of John Fox's Monday presser and his conversation on NFLN, Matt Prater's appearance on NFLN, plus notes from Kenny Legan.

Partial transcripts of John Elway's weekly appearance with Vic & Gary from SRI and the DP.

Tim Tebow

Ryan Wilson says "it's clear that Tebow is evolving into a legitimate NFL passer" in his weekly Tracking Tebow column, calling him "A proper quarterback, who reads defenses, manipulates coverages, and gets the ball out accurately and on time."

PFW's Hub Arkush is flat-out disgusted by talk of divine intervention and of Tebow's winning ways being beyond comprehension, and he thinks Tebow and Caleb Hanie "set NFL quarterbacking back half a century" on Sunday.

As Brian Burke details, Tebow has been consistently poor in the first three quarters of games, but he's been electric in the fourth quarter. So, what gives? Is Tim too anxious before that, or is the defense playing him differently late, or both?

Over at Deadspin, Josh Levin says Tebow is better than fiction, while Tom Scocca sees a lot of Kordell Stewart in Tebow and reminds us that there have been plenty of "briefly unbeatable" guys in NFL history, including John Skelton in Arizona right now.

Jim Litke of the AP details Tebow's improbable ride.

Tebow talk on NFLN from Steve Mariucci, the Total Access crew, Mike Lombardi & Heath EvansBrian Billick & Dennis Green, and Brandon Krisztal of 104.3.

Maggie Hendricks shares her own perspective on Tebow after Sunday (as a Bears fan).

More talk of Tim and Lindsey Vonn, spurred on by her presence in the Tebows' box at SAFaMH and her own column in the DP going out of her way to say nothing is going on.


Here's the weekly opponent's home paper article on Tebow and religion, this time from John Powers of the Globe.

Tony Massarotti thinks Tom Brady's sideline outburst on Sunday shows a bit of Dan Marino-like hubris.

But, Brady did own up to it and say he was wrong.

Kevin Fishbain says the pressure's on for Tom Brady to carry the Pats.

Notes on the Pats from LJ.

Chase Stuart on the historical greatness of Rob Gronkowski's season.

Handshake Haley

Adam Teicher details the firing of Haley, who will be replaced on an interim basis by Romeo Crennel. Crennel, Kirk Ferentz, Josh McDaniels and Jeff Fisher are seen as potential candidates for the job next season.

Haley was reportedly thinking of resigning before he was fired, as his relationship with GM Scott Pioli had begun deteriorating as early as last year.

Here's a timeline of Haley's rocky tenure in KC.

Of course, Sam Mellinger says Pioli deserves plenty of blame for what's happened to his team.

Don Banks, Jason Cole and Alex Marvez react to Haley's firing.

Rich Gannon thinks the Chiefs should pass on McDaniels.


Seattle beat St. Louis 30-13 to notch their fourth win in five games.

Todd Bowles is the interim coach in Miami after the Dolphins whacked Tony Sparano, and Doug Farrar lays out the cases for and against the next guys on the firing line.

The NFL and NFLPA are looking into the Browns' haphazard handling of Colt McCoy's concussion. Naturally, James Harrison doesn't think he deserves any punishment for delivering the hit, and Mike Freeman would like to see opposing players take a public stance to discourage Harrison's dirty style of play.

Gee, Hue Jackson says the Raiders aren't giving up just yet, while Bill Romanowski is crazy and sees Oakland as a bunch of bacon shoppers.

Plenty of injury news this week, as the Jets confirmed S Jim Leonhard is done, the same fate appears to have befallen Titans RB Javon Ringer, and Eagles WR Steve Smith and Bengals G Bobbie Williams both hit IR. Meanwhile, Bills DL Torell Troup is having spine surgery, and the Cowboys may sign RB Sammy Morris after DeMarco Murray's season-ending injury. 

The FO crew discuss Sunday's action in their Audibles column.


Keith Goldner breaks down the Lions' decision to kick a late FG in their close win over the Vikes.

Matt Bowen hands out game balls and breaks down one of Julio Jones' TD catches from Sunday.

Chris Brown offers a detailed look at the Rocket Toss Sweep and how it can be incorporated into spread and pro-style offenses. Hmmm.

Wes Bunting considers the pro prospects of the Heisman finalists, while New Era focuses in on RG3.

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