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Tim Tebow Refuses To Drop Pants For Jockey Underwear Campaign
www.huffingtonpost.com

NFL golden boy Tim Tebow is the newest face of Jockey. But unlike David Beckham and those who came before him, Tebow isn’t willing to drop his trousers to sell a few pairs of underwear…An underwear-clad Tebow was briefly displayed on the company’s website, but has since been replaced with an image of the Denver Broncos player fully clothed.

Marketing expert Stephen Bender agrees: “If you’re not going to show the product, then how is the campaign going to work? You are either selling underwear or you’re not.”

But Michael Kleinmann, editor-in-chief of The Underwear Expert, said it’s the public’s discomfort with a man in underwear that has kept Tebow zipped up.  “Tebow should have dropped his pants,” Kleinmann told me. “I don’t know why everyone is so scared of men in underwear. Choosing a guy that people can relate to—a man’s man—is good, but even he walks around his house in his underwear… People just need to relax and stop being afraid.”

I was reminded of Acts 18:9: One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent, but put some clothes on, would ya?  For my sake, I can see yer Johnson."

Salisbury a little too excited to work with Tebow

Tebow has big fan in Sean Salisbury
blogs.denverpost.com

“”Tim Tebow has got what I can’t teach: A winner and leader,” said former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Sean Salisbury. “”We’ve got enough buttheads in this league who don’t know how to grab somebody by the throat and tell him to play. This kid does. Now, his mechanics are awful. Whoever taught him to yank his (front) arm through _ I know it wasn’t Denver _ did him a great disservice. It’s like trying to swim upstream. But I can promise you this: Give me four months with that kid and he’ll complete 60 percent of his passes next year. Because he wants to work. He’s one of those guys who stays the course.’’

Not sure that I trust Sean Salisbury as a QB guru.  His career accuracy percentage is 55.1%.  And then there's the anger management and sexting thing, after which Salisbury was suspened from ESPN.  Recently, Salisbury was dropped by parted ways with the Lingerie Football League.  Without the connections to women's lingerie, what good is he, really?

You're dead to me, Sean Salisbury.

Super Brady better than Super Elway

The QB Files: Tom Brady Vs. John Elway
fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com

As the only other quarterback to start five Super Bowls, John Elway seems like the perfect place to start when evaluating Tom Brady’s Super Bowl legacy.

The story of Elway in the Super Bowl is essentially a tale of two quarterbacks. The young and inexperienced raw talent that helped his team to three Super Bowls in his first seven seasons (taking a beating in each) and the wily veteran who rode Terrell Davis to a career-capping pair of victories.

This one was not particularly close. Elway was an all-time great, and the two Super Bowls victories to end his career were a tremendous story, but on the biggest stage he cannot match Brady’s resume.

Tough (impossible?) to find fault with this one. During Brady's first three Super Bowls, he was complemented by very few offensive stars (Corey Dillon had one big year in 2004), just like Elway was during his early SB trips. The body of work from Brady's SB performances has simply been better than Elway's, and that's without even getting into the rings.

Blocked! Broncos give Dennis Allen his first tiny defeat

Broncos deny Raiders from talking to Smith
espn.go.com

The nice play is over in the AFC West. It didn’t last long.

When Dennis Allen was hired to be the Oakland Raiders’ head coach last week, his former boss John Fox wished Allen well. And, now, Allen is on his own.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Broncos have denied the Raiders permission to speak to linebackers coach Richard Smith for the Oakland defensive job.

Go ahead and chuckle. After losing Dennis Allen, you deserve it. The serious part of this move, though, is that it tells you how much the Broncos value Richard Smith. Let's say Del Rio leaves after one year?  Who do the Broncos turn to? I think we've got our answer. (h/t, RSH)

Big time doubt that Peyton Manning plays again

Sources fearful over Manning’s ability to return
sports.yahoo.com

The nerves in Manning’s arm are not healing as quickly as hoped and, worse, don’t appear to be progressing at enough of a rate to indicate that he will play again, according to two sources with knowledge of Manning’s rehabilitation from neck surgery. The vertebrae in his neck that were fused have healed as expected and Manning began throwing in December. But he hasn’t shown improvement in velocity on his passes, and the two sources fear he likely never will again.

In addition, two league-affiliated doctors with experience in spinal fusion surgery said it could take up to a year before Manning knows if he can return. Both said the risk is too great for Manning to play again and, because of the timeline, neither would recommend the Colts pay Manning the $28 million bonus he is owed in March.

The lesson here?  When Rob Lowe tweets, you better damn well listen.

Del Rio: I’m fired up to be here

Del Rio Introductory Conference Call
www.denverbroncos.com

I’m all in…I’m fired up to be here.

There wasn't a lot of wow factor to Jack Del Rio's introductory press conference earlier today, but his passion for football came through loud and clear.  Del Rio could have taken a year off and waited for another opportunity, but in his own words, he was "chomping at the bit."  

Del Rio talked very little scheme and gave a lot of big-picture answers.  One can hardly blame him.  He hasn't had a chance yet to watch the Broncos' defense on film.

A few interesting tidbits from the conference call were as follows:

  1. Del Rio said that during the 2010 Draft, Tim Tebow came off the board earlier than the Jaguars had him ranked.
  2. The new strength and conditioning coach, Luke Richesson was "out of the box" and into the latest training technologies and exercise science.
  3. Del Rio said he wasn't even thinking about future opportunities as a head coach and was simply glad for the opportunity to be a member of John Fox's staff.

Other than these points, Del Rio said he wants the Broncos to create turnovers, be aggressive, and get to the quarterback.  He failed to mention ripping out the quarterback's spleen, but we'll assume it was implied.

Raiders so bad, they need military assistance

Allen declares 'new day' in Raiders history
www.csnbayarea.com

Perhaps most relevant, however, is Allen’s purported penchant for military-like discipline after the Raiders set single-season standards for penalties (163) and penalty yardage (1,358) last season. The Broncos, meanwhile, were flagged 101 times for 842 yards en route to winning the AFC West with an 8-8 record.

We knew the Raiders were the dumbest team in the league.  What we didn't know is that it's going to take a real hard ass to make them smart.  Good luck, Dennis Allen. You're going to need it.

Revisiting “The Helicopter” from SB 32

Inside a Moment in Time - Spin Move
espn.go.com

As soon as Elway stood up, he turned to his teammates. “I knew that was going to give us the momentum to win the game because I looked at our sideline and [everybody] was going nuts,” Elway said.

“When he got up, his eyes were so big that you could see all he could think about was getting that first down. Once he got it—and I saw the relief in his eyes—I knew it was over,” (Rod) Smith said.

Wow, either these guys were just more confident in the heat of battle than us fans were (certainly possible), or this is what they say in retrospect. Because really, how many Denver fans (especially  those who had been through the prior three Broncos Super Bowls) "knew" the game was over before the fourth quarter had even started? Even when John Mobley knocked down that final fourth-down pass, I can't say I believed what I had seen...

McGahee pwns Ravens fan at Pro Bowl

Zing Of The Year: Willis McGahee Fires Back At Ravens Fan Who Makes Fun Of Tim Tebow
www.sportsgrid.com

“If you get a better quarterback you’d beat more people,” the man in the Ravens jersey, who surely thought he’d gotten one over on a Pro Bowler, said to McGahee.

McGahee was a good sport and all, but didn’t miss a beat.

“That’s not nice. That’s like saying if you had a better kicker, you’d have won.”

Willis McGahee, razor sharp off the field too...

Richard Smith a candidate for Raiders DC job

Raiders defensive coordinator update
espn.go.com

Among the potential candidates to become the Raiders’ next defensive coordinator could be Denver linebackers coach Richard Smith, New Orleans defensive line coach Bill Johnson and San Francisco secondary coach Ed Donatell. Broncos coach Dennis Allen has coached with all three men. Smith and Donatell both have coordinating experience. Johnson coached Allen at Texas A&M and worked with him in New Orleans and Atlanta.

As is customary in the NFL, it's a strong likelihood Allen will be allowed to take at least one or two assistants with him, even if it's to Oakland.