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Harrison suspended for McCoy hit

James Harrison suspended 1 game

The NFL suspended Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison one game without pay for his helmet-to-helmet hit Thursday night on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy…Harrison becomes the first player to be suspended for a helmet-to-helmet hit at a time when the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has attempted to enforce enhanced player safety rules.

They should probably suspend the Browns medical and coaching staffs too...

Brooks: Fox best coach for having made Broncos, Tebow winners

Tebow just part of why Fox should be Coach of the Year

The NFL’s best coaches are willing to cater their schemes to fit the strengths of their personnel, and Fox has certainly demonstrated adaptability in building the Broncos offense around the talents of Tim Tebow…Part of (Tebow’s) late-game success can be attributed to the Broncos’ increased utilization of an up-tempo approach in those situations. Game circumstances certainly contributed to the increased urgency, but the clever mixing of formations and play calls sets the table for Tebow’s brilliance in the clutch.

Fox has successfully implemented a slow-down strategy that reduces the number of overall possessions in a game. This tactic requires each of the three phases—offense, defense and kicking game—to work in unison to make the game a fourth-quarter affair…Finally, it has been his reliance on his superb kicking game that has helped the Broncos surge to the top of the AFC West. They have consistently won the field position battle with excellent kicks and coverage, and produced enough yards in the return game to tip the scales.

It may often be boring for 55 minutes, but there's no doubt that Foxball has been a winning formula.

Sparano Done

Miami Dolphins fire coach Tony Sparano

Sources close to the situation reiterated that owner Stephen Ross would like to hire a big name coach, a proven winner who would get fans excited. If he cannot — if he has to settle for a lower profile coach — then there is sentiment internally toward hiring an offensive-minded coach with a record of success developing quarterbacks. But the priority is hiring a star coach, regardless of what side of the ball is his specialty. And money will not be an impediment, an associate said.  Though Bill Cowher said Oct. 30 on CBS that he does not plan to coach next season, the Dolphins are not convinced that he’s adamant about that and are expected to contact him once the job is open, according to an associate of Ross. If Cowher declines Miami’s overtures, Ross is expected to turn his attention to ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, former Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher and former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick. Gruden won a Super Bowl in Tampa, Billick won one in Baltimore and Fisher lost one with Tennessee.

Cowher? Gruden? Fisher?  

My guess would be Gruden, but the right move would probably be Fisher--unless someone in Miami wants to sign Vince Young.   

Broncos literally defy the odds

The improbability of Tim Tebow's streak

Multiplying out the Broncos’ lowest chances in each game of the win streak, Denver’s probability to win all six games was 0.0007 percent, approximately one in 137,000. The odds are better that a flipped coin comes up heads 17 consecutive times.

That microscopic number doesn’t even consider Denver’s most unlikely comeback, which came in Tebow’s first start of the season. With 5:50 remaining in Miami, the Dolphins led 15-0 and had 1st-and-10 from their own 33-yard line. At this point, the Broncos’ win probability was only 1.9 percent.

I flipped a coin once and it landed on heads twenty times in a row.  Of course, it was a double-sided coin.

Keep trying, math geeks.  It gets funnier each week--especially when you apply the point of "lowest" probability each time for full effect.

Something Idiotic This Way Comes

TIM TEBOW'S PASTOR God Is Saving the Broncos

Pastor Wayne Hanson—who runs Summit Church in Castle Rock, CO where Tim’s dad often speaks—tells TMZ God is actively intervening in Denver Broncos football games ... and aiding Tim on the field because of his strong faith. Hanson tells us, “It’s not luck. Luck isn’t winning 6 games in a row. It’s favor. God’s favor.” We asked Hanson if Tebow would be winning games if he wasn’t such a strong believer—and the pastor replied, “No, of course not.”

Pastor Wayne Hanson, you are a #$@!ing imbecile.

Thank God we didn't have Pastor Wayne around when Muhammad Ali was winning boxing matches.  I'm sure he'd have one hell of a quote ready for us all.

Just when I thought it was safe to talk about Tim Tebow the football player and humanitarian.

God Bless, Wayne Hanson.  You obviously need it (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7).

Dan Wetzel and Chris Chase chime in on the same...

Tim Tebow, more entrenched as the new Brett Favre weekly


Tebow. TEE-bow. Verb. To defeat an opponent while overcoming a major impediment.

In this case, the impediment being 7,000 credentials media members storming onto the field to get a signed glove from their new crush.

Tebow, in the fourth quarter and overtime: 18 of 24, 191 yards, one touchdown, no picks. His late-game heroics — there’s really no logical explanation.

Other than that HE PLAYS VERY WELL LATE IN GAMES. That’s an actual, real-world explanation, and it fits all the symptoms of TEBOWMANIA OF TEBOWVILLE. But no, be the lazy kind of $@#%head who just throws his hands up and is like, “You can’t explain this kind of stuff! I’m not saying it’s the hand of Jesus at work, but let’s just assume it is because that’s fun!”

Tebow and Bayless get the Steve Porter treatment

Tim Tebow - "All He Does Is Win"

DJ Steve Porter mashes up First Take’s Skip Bayless to create the ultimate Tim Tebow tribute…“All He Does Is Win”

If Tebow has the power to make Skip Bayless a popular figure in Denver, maybe there really is something to all of this... (h/t magster)

Tim Tebow, Eli Manning, and the power of belief

Leading Off: Comebacks Are All in the Believing

Eli Manning would not be king of a saved Giants season had Jason Pierre-Paul not blocked a field goal attempt in the final second that would have sent the Cowboys to overtime, and Tim Tebow would not be doing another victory/prayer lap had Matt Prater not kicked a 59-yarder to get the Broncos to overtime. But then, maybe those things happened precisely because of Manning and Tebow. Comebacks, you see, are all in the believing. This is what the Broncos and the Giants each have: a quarterback they totally, unfailingly, devotedly believe in. It’s the magic quality that the best ones have, the thing you can’t discover in a scouting combine or measure with statistics. Manning and Tebow might have nothing else in common other than their position, but they’ve got that.

Lombardi: Broncos create their own luck; yesterday should establish Tebow as 2012 starter

Broncos’ luck is residue of Tebow’s design; more on Week 14

A few weeks ago, I was talking with a high-level NFL executive who told me, based on talking directly with the Broncos, that the team’s original plan was to play Tebow a few weeks for the fans, and then start with the rebuilding process. Tebow was former coach Josh McDaniels’ pick and the Broncos, according to this executive, wanted to move on…Each week, Tebow has done more in the passing game to prove that he can lead a team to victory with more than just his feet. And Sunday’s performance had to seal his fate as the Broncos quarterback for 2012 and on.

I also found it interesting that Lombardi is the lone voice stating that Chicago did the right thing in softening their defense late yesterday:

The last thing the Bears wanted to have happen was what happened to the Jets, when Tebow broke containment, and ran untouched to the end zone as the defenders were covering their own man, not watching Tebow.

I'd agree with Lombardi as far as the game-tying drive goes, but not the prior one where the Bears held a 10-point advantage.

‘Tebowing’ reportedly recognized as word by scammish website

'Tebowing' becomes officially recognized as a word

It appears “Tebowing” is here to stay. The Global Language Monitor website says it acknowledges that the word Tebowing—the act of taking a knee in prayer during an athletic contest—is now part of the English language. In today’s online world, that’s practically the equivalent of gaining acceptance to Webster’s Dictionary.

I can't actually find this on the GLM website, but who cares? Let's go with it - Tebowing, now a real word! (h/t LBS)

Update 3:23pm ET - As it turns out, this is in fact a bunch of hogwash.