Prime Cuts

Slices of great NFL content from around the web

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
espn.go.com

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
twitter.com

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
twitter.com

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.

Dawkins may retire, but not because of neck injury

Dolphins expected to seek pass rusher to pair with Wake
www.profootballweekly.com

SS Brian Dawkins’ neck injury has limited his playing time in recent weeks, but the veteran doesn’t believe it will force him to retire when the Broncos’ playoff run is over. A team source told PFW that the safety feels that he has recovered from worse injuries and that the injury will not impact his decision to return or not in 2012. He may retire, per the source, but it will not be because of the neck issue.

Let's just hope Dawk makes the correct decision for his long-term health, whatever that may be.

Steelers C Pouncey won’t play; RB coach badly burned in house fire

Steelers Pouncey won't play Sunday
www.post-gazette.com

Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey, who aggravated his injured left ankle against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday and again in practice on Wednesday, will not play in Sunday’s wild-card playoff game in Denver, the Post-Gazette has learned.

Guard Doug Legursky, who is returning after missing the previous game with a left shoulder separation, will start at center. Former starter Chris Kemoeatu will replace Legursky at left guard.

Obviously, the absence of Pouncey has the potential to be a boon to Denver. Meanwhile, our thoughts go out to Steelers RB coach Kirby Wilson, who was seriously injured in a fire at his home early this morning.