Good Morning, Broncos fans! Well, the Broncos haven't come out and said it yet, but it sure seems like Tim Tebow is about to get his first start. Kyle Orton's rib injury has been perfect cover for Tebow to get a full week of first-team reps under the guise that Orton would make it back in time to play. Personally, I think this was the way to go, rather than throwing the kid to the wolves in the middle of a game after having spent the week with the scout team and getting minimal reps working within Denver's playbook. Of course, we likely won't find out until later today or perhaps even tomorrow whether Tebow or Orton is starting. But Denver has managed to avoid the potential avalanche of attention that would have come with announcing it earlier in the week.
As for injuries, the Broncos have listed Brian Dawkins, Demaryius Thomas and Matt Prater as out. Yes, that means another week of Steven Hauschka. David Bruton, Darcel McBath and Orton are questionable, while five players are listed as probable.
Eric Studesville met with the press yesterday.
Broncos TV previews the game.
Mike Lombardi says Josh McDaniels is already in high demand for an OC position next year. Plus, he also says Kyle Orton is screwed without McDaniels. Finally, he says the simplicity of Jokeland's defensive scheme makes it the perfect time for Tim Tebow to get his feet wet.
Arnie on the awkward position of QB coach Ben McDaniels, who is still tutoring Tim Tebow after his brother was canned.
Mason on the QB situation.
Klis on the murky future of Brian Xanders.
Dan Frosch surveys all that's gone wrong in Denver.
Notes on the Broncos from John Ingold.
Legwold on Ben McDaniels.
Rick Reilly shows his true colors.
Andrew Mason on what John Fox would bring to Denver. Personally, I think he's a terrific coach but would be a terrible fit with the Broncos.
Patrick Saunders of the DP wants you to email him and tell him how the Broncos can be fixed. Personally, I think Pat Bowlen and Joe Ellis should stop reading the Denver Post, for starters.
Corkran's notes on Jokeland.
McDonald on Jokeland's anticipation that Tebow will play a lot tomorrow.
Tafur with more of the same.
Dolts P Mike Scifres made a fool of himself trying to tackle Ted Ginn on Thursday.
Antonio Gates will probably not return during the regular season.
Teicher says the Chefs are basically facing a playoff game.
Notes on the Chefs, who are apparently making a game-time decision at QB tomorrow.
Donovan McNabb, he of the contract that agent mouthpiece Jason La Canfora reported as including $40 million in guarantees, has been benched in favor of Rex Grossman for the rest of the season. In fact, McNabb is now the teams #3 QB! What in the name of Shanny is going on?!?!
Matt Bowen says Shanny has created an unnecessary divide.
The week's best quotes, via FO.
Mike Silver previews the weekend.
PK previews the week, criticizes Shanny, and predicts the number of catches and yards Dustin Keller will gain on Sunday. At least he didn't predict the number of targets this time.
Bill Simmons is laying the (6.5) points and taking Jokeland.
Tanier is going with Jokeland in his weekly picks.
Here's what Brian Burke's been reading.
Like Doc, Chris Brown recommends reading Tim Layden's book, along with a few others.
CHFF on the value of Troy Polamalu.
Aaron Schatz on the passing of a sports stats legend.
Doug Farrar on the rookie success of Pats CB Devin McCourty.
Andrew Brandt on rookie contracts.