He’d appreciate if you didn’t remember the public missteps he had with Browns management about his contract renegotiations, the medical advice he took from his agent to skip a game when he was sick, and the closed-door meeting he had with teammates who reached out to the foundering running back. And please, most of all, don’t recall the many times Hillis proclaimed he doesn’t believe in the Madden Curse. Because he does.
“No doubt about it,” Hillis finally admitted Thursday. “Things haven’t worked to my favor this year. There’s a few things that happened that made me believe in curses. Ain’t no doubt about it.”
Oh, and here's what he said back in May about the Madden Curse:
Actually, I don’t even believe in curses. It’s really sad how many people believe in curses. This is football; everyone gets hurt. If you run the ball 40 times a game, you’re going to get banged around and get nicks and bruises here and there, but I don’t pay too much attention to that. I’ll let it take care of itself.
Definitive guide to Black Monday and the 2012 coaching carousel
Win or lose Sunday at Denver for Romeo Crennel (although a win and a 2-1 interim head coaching record makes the rationale a much easier sell), there’s a pretty good shot he gets elevated to the full-time gig. League sources then expect Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli to go out and hire Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to the same post in Kansas City, with the expectation that McDaniels will be let go when Spagnuolo is canned. Pioli will then have made his own locker room very happy with the retention of the popular Crennel, who he likes and greatly respects, but also will have put in a place a succession plan with the arrival of McDaniels, who could use another couple seasons to let the radioactivity from his failed Denver head coaching tenure die down. Crennel is 64, and gives Pioli a trusted short-term coaching option. McDaniels is 35, and gives Pioli a trusted long-term coaching option.
Mike Shanahan has “no doubt” he’ll return to Redskins
Mike Shanahan is the first Redskins coach to preside over back-to-back seasons with double-digit losses since Norv Turner in the mid-90s. Turner survived those seasons to stick around a while longer, but that was before Dan Snyder bought the team. Snyder has fired every one of his Redskins coaches in two years or less except for Joe Gibbs. That’s why it’s not that crazy to think Shanahan could be a surprise coach to lose his job at the end of this season. It would certainly surprise Shanahan. Shanahan said there is “no doubt” in his mind that he’ll be back next season. But he knows it’s not his decision to make.
Did Floyd Mayweather Jr. bet $1 million against Tim Tebow?
Floyd Mayweather is rumored to have wagered more money than some people make in a lifetime on a hunch that Tim Tebow’s luck had waned. The undefeated boxer is believed to have bet $1 million that Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos would lose to the New England Patriots on Dec. 18. If the reports around gambling circles are true, Mayweather added a pretty penny (or should we say silver nickel, to slightly mitigate the gross understatement) to his already vast fortune. The Broncos indeed lost, 41-23.
Time for Orton to get even vs. Broncos
Howie Long: I have never felt that Tebow was this team’s future. I simply don’t think that he’s John Elway’s vision of what a NFL quarterback is. But, how do they go about doing any of that like drafting another quarterback or looking for one through free agency?
Terry Bradshaw: Well, Tebow has been fun to watch. But I don’t think he’s the answer, either. But what do they do? Do they go after somebody else’s rejects? Like Oakland’s Jason Campbell. I don’t know if I would want to do that. But teams are always trying to convince themselves that they can make a player better than what he is by simply relocating him.
Dawkins held out but Carter, Harris practice as Broncos prepare for Kyle Orton’s return
Although Carter (hip) participated in the entire two-hour workout Wednesday, Dawkins was held out of the team’s final full-padded practice of the regular season because of a neck injury that has bothered him for much of the month.
NFL Neglects Tim Tebow for Pro Bowl Pick
“Even though he didn’t make the Pro Bowl’s main roster, it’s great seeing Tim Tebow make the cut as an alternate quarterback,” said Emilia Huneke-Bergquist, a Berthoud, Colo. native. “He’s still a fresh quarterback, especially in relation to the first-string quarterbacks selected.”
“Will Cousins, a Leominster, Mass. native and New England Patriots fan, said Tebow doesn’t belong in such circles, he argued, as fans overlook his playing ability for his personality and public displays of Christianity. “People like Tim Tebow’s story and he’s a great guy, but he’s not a good quarterback,” Cousins said. “Putting him in the Pro Bowl would be akin to the movie ‘Air Bud’ getting nominated for an Oscar. Everyone likes it, it’s inspirational but that doesn’t make it good. And at least in ‘Air Bud,’ the dog was good at basketball.”
One Tebow interception changed to fumble
Make that three picks Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow threw against the Buffalo Bills, not four. Tebow was whacked from behind on the arm by Bills linebacker Chris Kelsay. The ball popped straight in the air and was nabbed by Spencer Larsen who ran it in for a touchdown. After further review, the NFL stat men ruled the play should have been ruled a fumble _ and that is the way it looked _ that was returned for a TD.
Sporting News player poll: It's Newton over Tebow in a landslide
We asked one starting player from 30 teams (we didn’t pursue a vote from Carolina or Denver for obvious reasons) this question: Who will finish with more NFL victories in his career, Newton or Tebow?
Newton: 25 votes
Tebow: 5 votes
PRO-NEWTON: “Newton. He’s a way better player. Much, much better. Cam’s like 10 times better. Cam’s only going to get better. He’s scary as it is right now.” — NFC offensive player
PRO-TEBOW: “Tebow. It just seems that’s the way his life trend is going, man.” — NFC defensive player
Stay thirsty, Tebow fan boys.
Broncos Win By Losing
Well, it was a really fun ride. Stop laughing, I’m serious. It was a blast going 7-1 down that magical stretch when things just started falling into place for the Denver Broncos. Unfortunately every lucky streak — and that’s what it was, don’t kid yourself — must come to an end at some point. After the Patriots game I still thought that the Broncos would win out, make the playoffs, and could even win a playoff game at home. I see nothing. And if I’m being honest, I have no desire to see this version of this team playing an obviously superior Pittsburgh or New England in the “real season” of the playoffs.
I actually rooted for the Broncos to lose the season finale last year, and coming up short against San Diego likely made the difference between Denver landing Von Miller at #2 rather than someone else at #5 or #6. I'm more interested in sustained success and SB titles than a win here and there, so I can certainly see where Sam is coming from here. And, there's always the (likely) chance that the bar be set inappropriately high next year by both fans and punditry should the Broncos win the West:
They were a playoff team last year. Couple more pieces and they're contenders.
But Tebow carried them to the playoffs. Of course he's the future!
There is value in making the playoffs, especially in the form of experience for young players and cash in Mr. B's pockets. But what if the Broncos are just this year's version of the 2010 Chiefs? Would a division title now be more costly down the road?