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Shanny as confident as he’s ever been

Mike Shanahan has “no doubt” he’ll return to Redskins
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

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.

This sure beats a centaur tattoo

Did Floyd Mayweather Jr. bet $1 million against Tim Tebow?
latimesblogs.latimes.com

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.

Another reason to hate Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw

Time for Orton to get even vs. Broncos
msn.foxsports.com

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.

Update on Dawkins, Carter, and Harris

Dawkins held out but Carter, Harris practice as Broncos prepare for Kyle Orton’s return
www.washingtonpost.com

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.

Tim Tebow is either minty fresh or a poor version of a dog playing basketball

NFL Neglects Tim Tebow for Pro Bowl Pick
www.christianpost.com

“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.”

Tebow’s pick now a fumble, but still worth six points to the Bills

One Tebow interception changed to fumble
blogs.denverpost.com

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.

NFL players usually don’t talk quarterbacks, but when they do, they prefer Cam Newton

Sporting News player poll: It's Newton over Tebow in a landslide
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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?

RESULTS
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.

Would a division title now be good for the Broncos in the long term?

Broncos Win By Losing
dailydickpunch.com

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?

Fifty Million Evangelicals Can Be Wrong

Tebow has ways to go to win respect as QB from fellow players
www.nfl.com

It should be noted, by the way, that Tebow’s most recent falter against the Bills, which included four interceptions, occurred after the Pro Bowl vote. Tebow’s season was instead judged on his seven wins and two losses (to playoff teams Detroit and New England). 

While he might forever muster a respectable portion of the fan vote (which accounts for one-third of the overall selection process), attaining the vote of the players and coaches (which each also account for one-third) will be a different story.

Surprise, Romeo Crennel wants to win

Romeo Crennel to use Chiefs' starters
espn.go.com

Few people outside Oakland would begrudge the Chiefs for taking it easy against Denver. Crennel doesn’t expect that to be the case, though. He plans to put his best team on the field rather than get some young players in for the experience, guys like rookie quarterback Ricky Stanzi who have spent the majority of the season on the practice squad or the sideline.

“Every game that you play, the guy has to look in the mirror and know he’s giving his best effort to try to win the game,” Crennel said. “I think that’s the case Sunday with Denver, every guy on the team, the coaches included. Like I said, it’s never one guy.”

It's wishful thinking to suggest that Romeo Crennel approach Week 17 against the Broncos as if it doesn't matter. 

It's also comical.  Hey Romeo, um, listen, would you mind playing your practice squad quarterback this game, you know, for experience?  We know you want to coach again in this league and want to win bad, but let's pull back on that fire a bit and let Ricky Stanzi play this thing out.  He could be the real deal.