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Broncos won’t commit to Von Miller long term

Broncos want to focus only on 2011 with Tebow
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

“A lot is made of the quarterback position. It’s really hard to sit here and answer. We don’t talk about the middle linebacker or the left corner position,’’ Fox said. “I think, right now, just enjoy the moment. It’s a team game, and we’re doing well as a team. I don’t like speaking too much of the future. I’m happy for each day.’’ When a reporter jokingly retorted with a question about whether star rookie Von Miller had done enough to be the strongside linebacker in 2012, Fox cracked: “Exactly. He’s the strongside linebacker now. We’re in the now.’‘

Of course, this quote from Fox is ridiculous.  The Broncos are committed to Von Miller for 2012, 2013, and beyond; everyone knows it. Saying so, however, would force them to give a concrete answer on the Tebow questions. Or perhaps Fox is being serious and he's of the same opinion as Rod Smith always was: no one is safe, every position is a competition, and the team is always looking to upgrade at every position.

Which then begs the question, if the Broncos believe they can upgrade at quarterback in 2012, why would that be any different than, let's say, cornerback or long snapper?

My good friend Doug Lee takes a lot of grief for supposedly being biased against Tim Tebow, while my other buddy,Ted Bartlett, is lauded weekly for being in support of Tebow.  All I see, though, are two guys who simply disagree on the fundamental issue of the ugrade at the position of quarterback.  One thinks they can upgrade in 2012; the other does not.  If they were having this disagreement about Andre' Goodman, no one would care much, if at all.

John "Sam Elliott" Fox is correct--a lot is made of the quarterback position.

A collection of Tebow-inspired YouTube songs

SINGING HIS PRAISE: A LOOK AT YOUTUBE’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH TIM TEBOW
withleather.uproxx.com

Now, while we wait for news that the Westboro Baptist Church plans to spend the rest of eternity protesting the Denver Broncos – or maybe they’ll just say, F*ck it and start worshipping Tim Tebow, too – I dug up the Interweb’s latest offerings of YouTube tributes to the man who is 7-1 as the Denver Broncos’ quarterback. Consider it our donation to the Cult of Tebow. Enjoy your Kool-Aid, friends.

Will there be a Rebecca Black Tebow song? Please???

Tim Tebow. Sigh!

TIM TEBOW RECEIVES HOLLYWOOD HEARTTHROB TREATMENT FROM ‘PEOPLE’ IN ‘PHOTO SPECIAL’
www.sportressofblogitude.com

Rocking a basic white tee to perfection, it’s no surprise Jockey chose the clean-cut quarterback to be the spokesperson for their Staycool collection this spring. Sigh! Now we know what he wears under his Denver Broncos uniform!

“I am not better than anyone else just because I play football,” says the humble quarterback, despite his effortless ability to turn heads for his sporting prowess and his rugged good looks while training in Denver in August.

Pitino: Jesus comes out of the sky, and he’s hitting everything

Louisville’s Rick Pitino Urges “All You Atheists Out There” To Watch Tim Tebow
www.sportsgrid.com

“All you atheists out there, watch Tim Tebow and you’ll believe. … You watch him out there, and he can’t complete a pass. Then, Jesus comes out of the sky, and he’s hitting everything.”

I can't wait for Mike Tyson to throw his .02 in.

The Tim Tebow memorabilia world, growing daily

Someone On Craigslist Denver Is Selling Envelopes Postmarked The Day Tebow Was Born
deadspin.com

These four items are from the actual date that Tim Tebow was born, which was August 14, 1987. Two of them also synchronize in, by some wonderful serendipity, with key aspects of the life he has lived in the decades since.

Only ninety dollars? Damn, they're practically giving this stuff away!

And growing... (via DP)

Young: Urlacher got Tebowed, needs to own it

Steve Young to Brian Urlacher: ‘You got Tebowed, just take it like a man!’
sports.yahoo.com

“I thought it was so cheap of Brian Urlacher to [talk about] how he lost to a running back,” Young said. To me … he did it to you. He Tebowed you. Just take it like a man and walk away. You lost your shot.” Young then talked about the Broncos-Patriots matchup this upcoming Sunday that will be televised in an estimated 5,000 percent of American homes. “Next up, Patriots — and I can tell you, the NFL royalty now coming into this fray — Bill Belichick and Tom Brady — I’m sure they’re saying to themselves, ‘No way are we going to be part of this story. No way.’”

What's better than a sport that can reduce monstrous tough guys like Brian Urlacher to snivelling sore losers?

Freeman: Tebow has changed perceptions of Josh McDaniels

The Daily Shoutout: Josh McDaniels in new light
mike-freeman.blogs.cbssports.com

Tebow has evolved into a star and McDaniels is now getting a second look from teams looking for a head coach. Now, McDaniels isn’t a hot candidate. He is, after all, the offensive coordinator on a team that has maybe the worst offense in modern freaking football history. But that Tebow thing…I can tell you teams compiling head coaching lists have him as a person of interest and it’s all because of Tebow. What was once considered a farce of a pick has for obvious reasons put McDaniels in a different place, a better place.

It seems like yesterday folks were saying McDaniels the personnel guy got McDaniels the football coach fired, ala Mike Shanahan. Yet in retrospect and with the on-field success of Tim Tebow and the futility of the Rams offense, it's now the opposite. What a funny game.

Kacsmar: Tebow fastest to six fourth-quarter comebacks

Captain Comeback Week 14: Eli Does Dallas Edition
www.coldhardfootballfacts.com

A quarterback that can’t be stopped late, a defense that makes huge plays, and a kicker that just doesn’t miss. It doesn’t matter they’ve trailed at the two-minute warning the last four weeks. Tebow threw 40 passes and turned it over twice. Didn’t matter. They were down 10-0 in the final minutes. Didn’t matter. Perhaps the most unlikely 6-game winning streak in NFL history rolls on. Denver’s now won three overtime games this season. The only team to ever win more was the 2003 Carolina Panthers (4). Who coached them? John Fox, the same guy that coaches these Broncos.

One thing’s for sure: Tim Tebow is the fastest to 6 fourth quarter comebacks and 6 game-winning drives, doing it in 11 starts.

Harrison suspended for McCoy hit

James Harrison suspended 1 game
espn.go.com

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
www.nfl.com

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.