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Sitting on the dock of the bay, watching Oakland burn away

The real reason Jackson's gone
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My takeaway was that Hue-bris was playing a high-stakes game of racial politics. You see, Reggie McKenzie and Hue-bris Jackson are both black. Mark Davis, Al’s son, is white. If McKenzie fired Hue-bris, it’s extremely difficult to argue that Hue-bris was a victim of some sort of racial injustice. But, if Mark Davis escorted Hue-bris out of the building after one mediocre, injury-riddled 8-8 season, then Hue-bris, in his mind, has every right to subtly fan the flames of racial injustice…

...My takeaway is that within the Raiders organization there are a lot of beaten-down, worthless Al Davis flunkies who are scared McKenzie has been given the autonomy to scrub the place clean of beaten-down, worthless Al Davis flunkies.

All Huebris Jackson and the Raiders had to do was win their last game of the season.  Had they done that, Mark "Tommy Boy" Davis wouldn't have been able to do any of this, and Huebris would have had another year with his pet, Carson Palmer.  Sometimes, one game does a season make.

Burn, Oakland.  Burn.  

57% of people are totally misguided

POLL: 43% OF PEOPLE BELIEVE TIM TEBOW’S SUCCESS IS A RESULT OF DIVINE INTERVENTION
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According to a poll of 1,076 registered voters conducted on Jan. 8 by Poll Position (hey, just like the old arcade game, only spelled differently!), 756 (a sizable 43.3%) of those questioned who are aware of Tim Tebow and what he has been accomplishing believe that Divine Intervention might be in play as a means to explain the uncanny and unlikely success of the Denver Broncos quarterback.. To flesh out the results of the poll, 42% didn’t agree and 14% had no opinion. The margin error in the results is a +/- 3%.

In 1882, philosopher Friedrich Nietzche wrote the now famous lines, "God is dead.  God remains dead.  And we have killed him."

Nietzche never met Tim Tebow.  Had he, he might have revised those lines to read, "God was dead.  We killed him.  Then we replaced him with football."  After all, moral authority has to come from somewhere.  It might as well be from Roger Goodell.

Of course, had Nietzche hung out with Tebow, he might not have contracted syphilis, either. Oh, well, them's the breaks. 

Barnwell: Things not lining up for Denver as well as last week

Playoff Preview: Broncos at Patriots
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Sure, Brady vs. Tebow is a great storyline. Just make sure you’re ready for Chung vs. Bruton, too…Chung is one of the few above-average players on the New England defense when he’s healthy, so his presence should be a huge upgrade for Belichick & Co…The team was also without middle linebacker Brandon Spikes for that game, and Spikes could also play a huge role in improving the defense’s performance.

[Aaron Hernandez] finished with a team-high nine catches, 11 targets, and 129 yards. Denver will have to make a difficult choice this weekend: Do they let Hernandez do that to them again? Or do they try to eliminate him from the game and do their best with Gronkowski instead?...A lot of the factors that led us to lean toward a possible upset last week for Denver are gone. This week, they’re the team with more injuries.

Barnwell, of course, was one of the few analysts to rightly predict a Denver victory last week, for what that's worth.

Freeman: What if McDaniels were still around?

Ten-Point Stance: I was wrong about Tebow (and I'm far from alone)
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A first-round pick at quarterback is supposed to be a franchise player. We still don’t know if Tebow is that, but if McDaniels had stayed as coach, he likely would have designed a similar offense (and maybe a better one) for Tebow some time ago. In other words, the offense we see Tebow running might have been run at the beginning of this season or even last season.

McDaniels likely would have allowed Tebow to throw the ball more, coached him better, and believed in him more—because he drafted Tebow.

Obviously it's pointless, but still interesting to wonder what if - what if Tebow was still being coached up by Josh and Ben McDaniels, two people who presumably had unwavering belief in the guy? Instead, it's been quite clear that John Elway and John Fox have hemmed and hawed on Tim all year long (not that that wasn't understandable).

Why Tim Tebow is exactly like Microsoft and Rebecca Black

Hitler reacts to Tim Tebow beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC playoffs
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Hitler finds out that Tim Tebow beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC playoffs in OT and he’s not too happy about it.

Wilson: Tebow defies logic, physics

Tracking Tebow: wild, wild, wild-card weekend
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But in typical Tebow fashion, defying logic and physics along the way, he proved that above all else, he’s a winner. The Steelers were successful in what they sought out to do: shut down the league’s best rushing game. It’s just that they didn’t account for Tebow’s sudden mastery of the deep ball, nor did they expect cornerback Ike Taylor to have the the worst game of his career.

We joked about it on the most recent episode of the Pick-6 Podcast, but nobody—Tebow, his family members, Urban Meyer, his high school coach, Thomas—figured he’d be stroking it like he was Jeff George playing a pick-up game against a bunch of middle schoolers.

Plummer: Tebow can continue to improve

Jake Plummer on Tim Tebow’s Passing Performance against Steelers: “If you can’t complete those, you shouldn’t be playing quarterback in the NFL.”
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They took out…from what I could tell they were getting a lot more 1-on-1′s outside, which is what happens when you run the ball a lot like they do. Asking him to throw to some spots, and he was hitting routes that aren’t as hard to complete. Like curl routes or back shoulder stop route. If you can’t complete those, you really shouldn’t be playing quarterback in the NFL. But he made the throws he needed to make.

So with more reps, more practice, another offseason to continue to learn, I don’t see why he couldn’t continue to become a better passer. But what I see him do that kind of throws me off, is he doesn’t anticipate down-field throws. They were saying on one…I can’t remember when it was, but it was later in the game…he didn’t make the down-field throw on a deep in route. And then the very next drive, Roethlisberger did it with ease. If he’s going to make it in this league for a long time, he’s going to have to start making those throws. It’s not forcing them, it’s just taking them when they appear. And that’s part of becoming a top-level QB, so I don’t know. He might struggle with that as far as throwing goes. But he can win, and that’s all that matters in the league.

Plummer is referring to Phil Simms' fluffery of Tebow as pointed out by Josh Levin.

Steal this jersey

Burglars snatch Tebow jersey during Denver-area break-in
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The owner of The Fast Frame sports memorabilia shop says his Denver store was burglarized early Sunday after someone threw a bottle through a window. Two men grabbed two signed jerseys and took off. The other jersey was from John Elway. According to KMGH-TV, the two jerseys were being sold for $2,300 each.

I realize I'm perpetuating the silliness by posting this, but what a time we're in when this is the sort of story that hits NFL.com, and that John Elway's jersey in Denver is a mere footnote...

Rams to interview Allen

Broncos' Dennis Allen drawing interest from St. Louis Rams in coaching search
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The Broncos’ unexpected success in 2011 has helped their coordinators become hot head coaching candidates. According to a league source, the St. Louis Rams formally asked the Broncos’ permission today to interview Dennis Allen, Denver’s first-year defensive coordinator.

With the Broncos preparing for their second-round AFC playoff game Saturday at New England, the team has said Allen and McCoy can be interviewed for the head coaching positions, but not until Thursday afternoon.

Uh oh. How long does John Fox want to be a head coach?

Barnwell: Tebow was tangibly great yesterday

Tim Tebow Silences All
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Well, on Sunday Tebow delivered one of the finest performances a quarterback has delivered in recent memory. Not in some intangible quality — leadership, heart, grit, you name it, whatever — but an actual quantifiably great game.

One game doesn’t make a career. For all we know, we might have just seen the best passing performance of Tim Tebow’s life, a fleeting glimpse into what could happen if Tebow got to play backup free safeties with excellent pass protection every week. With that being said, if any other rookie quarterback from the past three years put up numbers similar to what Tebow did against anything resembling the Steelers pass defense in the playoffs, we would be falling all over ourselves to describe it as the first big sign that a new franchise quarterback had arrived on the scene.