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Are you scared to take the Tebow mirror challenge?

In Tim Tebow, sports world gets needed role model — and he's hated
www.orlandosentinel.com

Tebow’s a challenging mirror to peer into. “We want to know at the end of the day that guy is one of us,” says Leslie Seppinni, a Beverly Hills psychotherapist. “In Tim Tebow’s reflection, we are threatened by our own laziness to do the work, our self-centeredness, and our unwillingness to take a risk.” It’s easier to hope he face-plants into the Mt. Everest of coke than rise to his public example.

How sad.

Another Tebow is a better human than you and you should be ashamed of yourself column, complete with Mike Vick dog fighting comps.

Yet there is some wisdom in the psychobabble above. Taking a risk in life is hard, requires thousands of hours of hard work, and it exposes you to criticism and failure. But Tebow--without even bringing into the discussion religion and politics--does pull the trigger on going for his dream. It's completely admirable.

Most people, on the other hand, whether they are evangelicals or not, live lives of quiet desperation, as Henry David Thoreau once said. They simply prefer to watch from the couch and either hope Tebow takes a dive or invest themselves emotionally in his success. In fact, the more of these lazy bastards there are out there, the better for Roger Goodell and his band of merry men. After all, the margins on jersey sales don't just create themselves, now, do they?

McCoy believes his DC preference cost him Dolphins job

Bowles as DC might have worked against McCoy
miamiherald.typepad.com

McCoy, as I reported earlier in this space, was confident he was going to get the Dolphins job. At 39 years old, he was the only one of the finalists that fit into Stephen Ross’s desire to hire “a young Don Shula.”

But that’s not the reason McCoy was so confident. Turns out he was reading signs from the team. He gauged their enthusiasm following his first meeting with them Monday. And he was even more confident after flying to New York for a Thursday interview because that went a full eight hours—nine hours if you count the meal—and afterward general manager Jeff Ireland told McCoy that if things went as expected, the team would send a plane for McCoy and the family to bring them from Denver back to South Florida on Friday.  But it never got to that point and McCoy thinks he knows the reason.

Seems during the McCoy interview, the topic of defensive coordinator came up. And the Dolphins told McCoy they really liked Todd Bowles and would like him to hire Bowles as the defensive coordinator.

At any rate, McCoy didn’t agree to hiring Bowles as his defensive coordinator. He told the Dolphins that as a first time head coach, and an offensive-minded coach at that, he’d like to hire an experienced defensive coordinator. He told the Dolphins he’d like someone that had done the job and succeeded in the job previously so he could concentrate more on upgrading the Miami offense.

Mike McCoy--flexible enough to change his entire offensive system, but apparently not flexible when it comes to defensive coordinators.

Anybody got an extra hundo laying around?

For Sale On eBay: ‘Tebowing’ Grilled Cheese
denver.cbslocal.com

A burnt grilled cheese sandwich featuring the now-unmistakable image of the Denver quarterback kneeling in prayer, or “Tebowing,” is up for auction on eBay. Since the auction started Jan. 14, bidding has reached $85 – as of this posting — with 46 separate bids being made on the bumbled lunch-turned-must-have eBay item of the moment.

As of the time of this post, only $100.99 for a bite of Tebowmania! And only 33 minutes left to bid!

McCoy has support of Jeff Ireland, but still waiting for final decision on Dolphins job

Time has come for Miami Dolphins’ final coaching decision
www.miamiherald.com

None of the candidates had been informed of a decision as of Thursday evening.

...there were indications Thursday that it remained a tight race between the two offensive coordinators, with Bowles a fallback option if Ross cannot decide between Philbin and McCoy.

The Dolphins were impressed by McCoy, and he reportedly has the support of Ireland, whose opinions carry significant weight with Ross.  But Ross also thinks very highly of Philbin, according to associates.

If Ireland is supporting McCoy, I have a hard time believing McCoy is going to finish as the runner up.  Dolphins owner Steve Ross really does put a lot of trust in Ireland.  You may recall that Ireland is the same guy who received little more than a wrist slap after asking Dez Bryant if his mom was a prostitute.

Mile High Sports: McCoy departure would be followed by Scherer hiring

PLAN B: The Broncos are prepared for Mike McCoy’s departure
www.milehighsports.com

Multiple sources have confirmed that the Dolphins were blown away by McCoy’s performance in his initial interview. Couple that with the fact that McCoy has a solid relationship with current Miami quarterback Matt Moore from their days together in Carolina and McCoy has an advantage over other coaching candidates…

The Broncos have requested to speak with Colorado Buffaloes assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer. Multiple sources have told me that if McCoy does in fact leave the Broncos, Scherer is a 100 percent lock to join the Broncos staff…The ones that I have talked to believe that if and when Scherer joins the staff, it is more likely that he will come on as the quarterbacks coach and that the man currently in that position, Adam Gase, would move to offensive coordinator, something that many Broncos fans might not want to hear.

Brandon Spano says Adam Gase would likely be elevated to OC should Mike McCoy head out of town, but he also suggests that many Broncos fans might be unhappy with such a development. Obviously, he's referring to the segment that bizarrely called for McCoy's ouster for his perceived lack of turning Tebow loose, as Phil Simms put it the other evening.

That aside, a promotion of Gase makes all the sense in the world, most especially for...none other than Tim Tebow. Retaining Gase and handing him the reins to the offense is the only move that would maintain some measure of continuity for Tim, and what could be more important for a young QB with such a crucial offseason ahead of him? Even if hiring Scherer would mean Tebow's third QB coach in his three years (after Ben McDaniels and Gase himself), Gase's unmatched familiarity among exisiting staff with Tebow and the progress he has made, his strengths and weaknesses, is a commodity the Broncos could not afford to lose if McCoy were to move on.

The other thing to consider is that if the team were to import a new OC from outside the organization, that coach would undoubtedly desire to put his own stamp on the offense. And let's be honest - with the deficiencies in Tebow's passing skills, how likely is he to stand much of a chance to win a QB competition within the framework of some outsider's offense? Tim has enough on his plate these next few months - acclimating himself to a new offense, nomenclature, and developing a relationship with a new OC? It would be an unmitigated disaster. (h/t RSH, Esq)

The delusion of The Patriot Way

The Patriot Way Is Now A Load Of S%^@
deadspin.com

When Sports Illustrated takes a poll and finds that 97 percent of retired players or whatever have no regret about their playing days despite missing three functional limbs and half a brain, that should be a signal to you that most players in the league are just as passionate about football as supposedly MEGA-PASSIONATE players like Tim Tebow (drafted by Josh McDaniels). If you saw Mike Vick play this season, you know that he nearly killed himself trying to get the Eagles back to .500. Michael Vick really likes playing football. And yet, Tebow gets held up as some kind gold standard for WANTING TO WIN, as if his desire somehow far outstrips everyone else’s in the sport. It doesn’t…

...In fact, McDaniels and Pioli took the Patriot Way and distorted it into something far more ineffective and idiotic. Belichick signs players that he believes will be able to fill a specific role and do so at a reasonable price. That’s why he gambled and signed Albert Haynesworth this offseason. Haynesworth is no one’s idea of a motivated football player, but Belichick thought he could do a certain job at a good value. Haynesworth failed to do this, of course, because he’s a piece of S#!t. But that signing was about finding the right person for the task, not about trying to build a team of magical super-character chemistry unicorns.

...Pioli, on the other hand, is making those bull#@%! “intangibles” the centerpiece of his drafting strategy, which is the precise opposite of how a pro sports team should be run in the 21st century. Throwing away the stats and choosing guys who were captains of their college teams is only a good idea if you’re THE OLDEST WHITE SPORTSWRITER ALIVE. It’s a complete regression. It’s like putting Colin Cowherd in charge of your team. “Screw his 40 time. What I want to know is ... who’s his daddy?” The Chiefs are f#$@ed, and so is any team that thinks it can replicate the Patriot Way without realizing what it really is, and without the best coach in football running the show.

Tebow hits the Cirque

TIM TEBOW Gets a Taste of Sin City
www.tmz.com

The Denver Broncos quarterback was spotted strolling through the Bellagio hotel last night along with his brother and a friend ... after catching a performance of the Cirque du Soleil show, “O.”...

...We asked how Tebow would be spending his first free weekend in months ... and the rep told us, “He’s looking forward to going to church.”

Forget torn cartilage.  Forget a bruised rib.  Forget rehab.  When I'm feeling down, I'm hitting the mother#$!^ing aquatic theater, you beotches.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I need about five minues of alone time.  Actually, make that two minutes.  I just noticed the sirens in the body suits.

Yeah, it's a slow day until we hear about Mike McCoy.

McCoy snubbed Oakland because he’s confident he’s got the Miami job

McCoy believes himself the leading candidate
miamiherald.typepad.com

According to a source, McCoy considers himself the front-runner in the Miami job and is so confident of this status, he took his name out of consideration for the vacant Oakland Raiders job. McCoy was scheduled to interview for that Raiders opening in Denver on Wednesday but ultimately declined.  The source, who requested anonymity, said the Raiders were not thrilled with the apparent snub but were made to understand that McCoy believes himself the front-runner in Miami and he didn’t want to do anything to hinder that status.

One source asked why the Dolphins would be so enamored with McCoy as to give him a second interview, noting that the Broncos started the season on a 1-4 slide and ended the season on a 1-4 slide. In fairness, the Broncos did win the AFC West title.  But even that title was getting shot down by sources partial to the other candidates. One of those noted that the only reason the Broncos won the AFC West is because since-fired Dolphins coach Tony Sparano opted for a two-point conversation against the Broncos early in the fourth quarter of their October 23 game. The conversion failed, giving the Dolphins a 12-0 lead instead of a 13-0 or 14-0 lead. Had Sparano kicked the extra point, the Dolphins might have withstood a breakneck Denver comeback and still won the game 16-15 in regulation instead of losing 18-15 in overtime.

It looks like it's amost a foregone conclusion at this point--the Denver Broncos will indeed be in the market for a new offensive coordinator tomorrow.

The Raiders weren't thrilled.  I find that thrilling.

McCoy closer to Miami job

Broncos' McCoy says no to Raiders, seeks Dolphins job
www.denverpost.com

Turns out a second chance to state his case to be the Miami Dolphins’ next head coach had Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on another airplane today.

McCoy took his name off the Oakland Raiders’ list, canceling his scheduled interview in Denver with newly-hired Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie to board a flight to New York.

McCoy doesn't cancel with the Raiders unless one of two things has happened:

  1. He's got the gig in Miami
  2. He's come to his senses

I'm going with #1.

Adam Schefter gets scooped by Rob Lowe

Unimpeachable source Rob Lowe says Peyton Manning is retiring
sports.yahoo.com

The actor sent two more tweets in the following minutes, one to NFL Network’s Rich Eisen asking if the news was true (actual motive: making sure someone in the know saw the tweet) and another saying that he hopes he’s wrong, even though he usually isn’t (actual motive: covering his bases).