Rejoice, football dorks! The NFL evidently rolled out its Game Rewind 2012 today and announced that there’ll be real full-game-length All-22 film in there. This is big…
...Now, we’ll know for sure which defensive back got beat on a given play, and we’ll know for sure which lineman on the left side gave up the pressure. We’ll have a much better sense of the coverages and blocking schemes teams run, because writers will distill all of this for us and publish it. (You won’t have to watch the game tape, and lucky you, because it’s captured in 4:3—not HD-friendly—and without sound.)
It took a few years, but the NFL listened. Giving anyone--even addicts like me--access to the coaches film is like putting a Taco John's next to a hash bar. It's good for business. Really good.
What does it mean for Woody Paige? Let's just say that while Woody is picking out his next jacket, we'll be watching film.
Broncos Have One of a Kind Sellout Streak
When fans go to a game,they want to see their team win. And they don’t want to see their team lose.
Jim Saccomano: drinking tiger's blood since 1978.
Philip Rivers is Excited about San Diego’s New Faces, Will Work on “Taking Care of the Football”
On what he’s noticed thus far in offseason practices:
“First thing that stands out is we’re fast. I think we’ve gotten faster. Fast maybe not the word but speed. There’s gonna be a lot of quickness and speed, maybe more than we’ve had. We’ve always been a fast team but that’s the first thing that pops out to me.”
On Eddie Royal:
“He jumped out to me these first few OTAs. He’s kind of an added dimension that we hadn’t had here maybe since the Sproles type. … Just that dimension of a guy who’s got some of that jitter bug, but can also take a punt back.”
We think what Rivers meant to say here is that there's a difference between quickness and outright speed; further, that with the addition of Eddie Royal, the Chargers will be a bit quicker. Instead, Rivers threw a synonym party, which we should point out is much different than a party in your pocket ( and I know you're gonna rock it).
The loss of Eddie Royal has largely been overshadowed by the Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning dramas, and the comparison to Sproles is probably a bit of a stretch. However, it gives us some insight as to why Royal drew so much free-agent interest prior to the draft.
It's also worth asking the important question: just what the f$%! am I supposed to do with my Eddie Royal jersey now?
Peyton quickly working off the rust as Broncos kick off their minicamp
Manning recently put on the Broncos uniform for the first time for a DirecTV photo shoot with his brother, Eli Manning. He also put it on Tuesday for some television shots. Was it weird?
“I didn’t take a moment to reflect,” Manning said. “I just enjoy being back out on the field. I really haven’t been too nostalgic about it. I have so much on my plate. My rehab. New plays. New receivers. We could have 45 of these [minicamp practices] and I would take them. There is so much to do.”
Peyton tells Pete Prisco he's been watching more film of his own throwing than he used to, to ensure that he's avoiding any inadvertent compensations in his mechanics. He also says retirement was never a consideration, thanks to his doctors' assessments of his neck.
Wrapping up Denver's day
Manning’s former offensive coordinator Tom Moore made it clear Tuesday he was simply visiting camp and has no plans to join the team as a consultant. Moore was on the Pittsburgh staff with Fox in 1989. Moore, 73, said he is interested in coaching again in 2013.
Earlier today, the official site put up a 35-image gallery of today's minicamp with a shot of Tom Moore visiting and wearing a Broncos windbreaker. I was going to write something but decided it was too speculative/Bleacherish.
Now, Moore says he's sitting out the year but may return to coaching in 2013, when he will turn 75 midseason. Meanwhile, that photo is now gone, leaving only 34 images in the slideshow. Odd.
Silverman: Lovie’s A Top 10 Coach, But Not Elite
7. John Fox, Denver – Somehow Fox found a way for the Denver Broncos to win the AFC West last season with a quarterback in Tim Tebow who could not throw the ball straight. They even won a playoff game against the Steelers. Fox’s strength is his ability to work with a defense and put that unit in a position to succeed. He also understands motivation and the human condition. Remember, he took the Panthers to the Super Bowl and now he’s got Peyton Manning on his side. It could be a year to remember in the Rockies.
Silverman ranks these coaches going into 2012, so one assumes a lot of this has to do with 2011's results.
It's hard to tell, though. He also has Mike Shanahan ranked #10 on the list and writes: "This is largely based on what he did in his previous coaching tenure in Denver and that is now ancient history."
John Fox says DJ Williams’ playbook Tweet won’t damage defense
Broncos head coach John Fox said Tuesday he isn’t worried about any secret information that may have leaked because linebacker D.J. Williams posted an image from the team’s digital playbook on Twitter late last week.
“Not very much,” Fox said, when asked if the “breach” would affect the Broncos’ defense.
Now he's free to focus on what we all do each and every day: work, and submitting human urine samples.
Happy Anniversary, Tebows
Forty-one years ago today, the sports world as we know it began to change. Bob and Pam Tebow were married on June 12, 1971. The bride skipped her graduation ceremony at the University of Florida to instead say “I do,” to Bob.
Their youngest has become both the most popular, and second-most criticized (behind LeBron) athlete in the United States. So raise those bottled waters everybody. Here’s to the Tebows!
We've all seen it: the girl so desperate for a relationship, she's willing to not only have a threesome with the guy's ex-girlfriend, but prematurely tries to meet the guy's parents just so she can place her lips directly on the parents' unblemished (or so they'll tell the world) asses.
Welcome to Mike Klis's world--one in which acce$$ and (metaphorically) fluffing athletes, owners, and executives is more important than objectivity or a healthy skepticism of those who slather themselves with gallons of self-interest lotion.
ESPN is doubling down on a good bet, in other words. But is it really a good bet? A look at the Nielsens over the past few months tells a different story about First Take and perhaps about the value of the new “debate” format. And behind the scenes, a source tells us, ESPN executives have begun to worry about the show, which seemed like found money not so long ago but which might turn out to be only fool’s gold…
...Bayless went all-in on Tebow very early. He became the chief exponent of the kind of priestly mystification and intellectual dishonesty that would eventually go by the name Tebowmania—the unending talk of intangibles, “all he does is win,” etc. Horowitz built a lot of the show’s identity around Bayless’s mindless devotion to the quarterback, and from there the Tebow story was pure teevee conjuring. Bayless and First Take helped create the distorted phenomenon the rest of ESPN was obliged to cover, which gave Bayless and First Take more to talk about, which created a bigger and even more distorted phenomenon, which ESPN was obliged to cover, which is how we got this viral atrocity racking up more than 3.6 million pageviews on YouTube. Tebowmania was the perfect, and perfectly hideous, marriage of format and circumstance…
...But what happens if there isn’t a significant ratings bump from Skip Bayless’s delivering himself of his Very Controversial Opinions about LeBron James? What happens if Tebow really does just become a Wildcat and special teams specialist and the Tebow-Sanchez controversy never materializes? What if the show’s ratings really have stagnated?
Last month, I stopped following Bayless on Twitter; the next week, I stopped watching First Take. I don't have a real explaination as to why. It just felt right--like the time I touched myself at band camp.
It appears as if I'm not the only one who stopped staring at the bearded lady.
Will enough people tune out to see Bayless west bound and down? Probably not. Too many people like to watch things burn.
Newsbreak: Woman files suit against Cox and Thomas
A woman who accused former Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox of sexual assault has filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages against Cox and current Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.
The woman’s lawyer, Craig Silverman, says he filed the lawsuit electronically Sunday. A jury in March acquitted Cox of all charges and Cox then signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Silverman says the lawsuit allows the woman to “prosecute” the allegations in court.
Civil lawsuits have a lower threshold of proof, as opposed to a “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard in criminal proceedings. The woman became pregnant after visiting Cox’s apartment following a night of partying in 2010. In his lawsuit, Silverman says the woman was drugged at a downtown nightclub then sexually assaulted at Cox’s suburban apartment.
The IAOFM community includes several lawyers, so I'll save explanation of the difference between a civil and criminal case. What I will say, however, is neither is good publicity for Demaryius Thomas.