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Martyball could return

Bucs, Marty Schottenheimer to talk
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Marty Schottenheimer, whose last season in the NFL ended with his firing in 2007 after a 14-2 record in 2006 as coach of the San Diego Chargers, will interview Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their head coaching vacancy, according to league sources.

Dean Spanos fires Marty after a 14-win season, keeps Norv after his team underachieves, wins 17 total games, and misses the playoffs two straight years. How so many crappy retread guys have gotten jobs in these intervening years over Marty is beyond me.

Silver: Tebow pulled himself from the brink

Broncos given no choice but to embrace Tebow
sports.yahoo.com

In the aftermath of his dreadful, 6-for-22, 60-yard outing against the Chiefs, Tebow’s bosses – Elway, Fox and other powerbrokers in the organization – were in full-fledged panic mode. A couple of weeks earlier, they’d considered him their unquestioned starter heading into the 2012 season. Now, even that was open for reassessment.

Last Monday, as preparations began for the Steelers game, some radical short-term alternatives were considered. One, according to two organizational sources, involved playing Tebow only on first downs and inserting his backup, Brady Quinn, for second- and third-down plays. Another plan called for Tebow to be benched in favor of Quinn if he were to struggle early.

Silver also thinks the league shouldn't have allowed New England to hire Josh McDaniels before the Pats are out of the playoffs. He writes:

The 2011 season should be treated as a separate entity, and if a coach such as McDaniels wants to line up a new gig, it should be effective after the team in question’s final game of this season. That’s certainly the spirit of the rule that applies to players, who are saddled with a mid-October trade deadline and, after that, are at the mercy of their employers’ kind-heartedness (as Kyle Orton was in surprisingly securing his Broncos release from Elway) and a waiver system before choosing their same-season relocation scenario.

I continue to disagree with this sentiment - the Pats are free to sign Kyle McCarthy and Quan Cosby, whom Denver recently cut; the Broncos could likewise sign ex-Pats DE Eric Moore if they so desire. Why should it be any different for coaches?

Crennel officially Chiefs HC; Jackson’s status murky

It's done: Crennel is Chiefs new coach
chiefsblog.kansascity.com

The worst kept secret in Kansas City is now official: Romeo Crennel is officially the new head coach of the Chiefs.

The talk out of Oakland is that new GM Reggie McKenzie may prefer a handpicked HC, which would make sense considering the amount of powre Hue Jackson wielded this season, especially following the death of Al Davis.

Tebow cashes in; McCoy’s Jags interview will be rescheduled

Source: Tim Tebow earns $250K bonus
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Tebow has an escalator of $250,000 in his contract for each playoff win and 70 percent playtime during the requisite season, according to an NFL source. Being that he played 73 percent of the plays this season, Tebow cashed in on a quarter-million salary escalator for Sunday’s 29-23 overtime victory and could earn another $250,000 with another victory Saturday night at New England against the Patriots.

McCoy was scheduled to interview in Jacksonville on Monday for the Jaguars’ head coaching job if Denver had lost Sunday, according to an NFL source. But now that interview will have to be rescheduled. McCoy is allowed to talk with the Jaguars this week but it will be challenging with the Broncos’ short week of preparation for Saturday’s game.

Hopefully McCoy's interview won't hamper his preparations this week; presumably the Jaguars' brass can come to Denver and make it a quickie?

Tebow > Steelers

Tim Tebow Is No Good. Except for When He’s Great.
fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com

So on Tebow’s first three passes, he was 0 for 3 and in danger of being pulled. On his next three he was 3 for 3 for 139 yards and a touchdown. Then he bulled his way up the middle for an 8-yard touchdown run. The stadium shook.

Talent evaluators everywhere shook their heads, the pro-Tebow ones knowingly, the anti-Tebow ones incredulously.

What a second quarter!

HOF finalists announced; no Broncos on list

Class of 2012 Finalists
www.profootballhof.com

15 modern finalists for 2012 Hall of Fame being announced on NFL Network: Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, Cortez Kennedy, Charles Haley, Bill Parcells, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Aeneas Williams, Jerome Bettis, Curtis Martin, Dermontti Dawson, Willie Roaf, Will Shields, Chris Doleman and Kevin Greene.

Oh well, it's wait til next year for Terrell Davis, Karl Mecklenburg and Steve Atwater...

Mort reporting Colts have already decided to draft Luck

Twitter
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As @mortreport reported on Sat edition of NFL Countdown, Colts plan to use the No. 1 pick on Stanford QB Andrew Luck.

Not sure what the point of this is, especially before Jim Irsay hires a new GM. It's not like any trades can happen now, if Irsay wants to drum up interest, and if the intention is to draft and keep Luck, this serves to make things unnecessarily awkward for Peyton Manning.

Florio, Darlington engaging in Twitter cat fight

Twitter
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Darlington: Quinn joked that maybe if I quote him as “anonymous player,” you’ll be more likely to believe it. A player making a journalism joke…nice!

Florio: Quinn has zero incentive to be honest about this.

Darlington: What about his incentive to maintain my trust?

Florio: Seriously Jeff?

This is pretty amusing, especially Darlington's take. Does he really think the Broncos and Brady Quinn are more concerned about what Darlington thinks of them than they are about trying to win tomorrow's game and potentially not tip off their strategy? Even if Darlington has this story correct, he obviously has quite a bit of self-importance to him.

Fox: Fans demanding more passes should keep their day jobs

Spoiler Alert: John Fox Says The Broncos Aren’t Going To Pass It Much
deadspin.com

I don’t really understand what that means unless they say pass it a lot more. If you look at our stats whenever we have thrown it 35 or 45 times it’s been very lopsided, so I’d say they gotta stick to what they do because they know that better than they know this.

Tebow’s worst nightmare

Source: Brady Quinn gets some first-team snaps in practice
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Earlier this week, Rodney Harrison questioned my sanity and/or sobriety when I suggested, both in our weekly One-on-One segment and on NBC SportsTalk, that the Broncos should get quarterback Brady Quinn ready to play, in the event that starter Tim Tebow continues to play like he has played in the last three games he has played.

Apparently, Rodney also needs to question the sanity and/or sobriety of Broncos coach John Fox and/or Broncos V.P. of football operations John Elway.  Per a league source, Quinn has been getting roughly half the first-team reps in practice this week.

It’s unknown whether Quinn actually will play on Sunday against Pittsburgh, either as a replacement for Tebow (if he fails to “pull the trigger”) or an unexpected change-of-pace insertion.  Either way, the use of Quinn could throw a wrench into the Steelers’ Tebow-specific game plan.

OMG alert!  OMG alert!

Update: Andrew Mason is reporting that this report is false.  The same goes for our buddy Cecil Lammey.  OMG!  Who is right?  I can't catch my breath, y'all.

Double Trouble Update:  Jeff Darlington says Quinn told him he didn't get more reps via text. OMG, I need to calm down and take a deep breath.

Triple Dawg Dare Update: Florio is standing by what he reported, saying Quinn doesn't want to let the cat out of the bag--Tebow's potential benching.  ZOMG!

Quadruple Diggy Dawg Dare Update: Florio swears they have special packages for Quinn now that he's checked with his source yet again.