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RIP Chester McGlockton, 1969-2011

Chester McGlockton dies at 42
espn.go.com

Chester McGlockton, a four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders who played 12 seasons in the NFL, died early Wednesday morning. He was 42. The announcement was made by Stanford University, where McGlockton was in his second season as a defensive assistant.

People said he (no, not him) couldn’t…

Under-the-radar coaches have teams rising (mostly) from obscurity
www.cbssports.com

People said he couldn’t win with Tim Tebow as his quarterback; that all he was doing by playing the former Florida star was allowing Tebow to demonstrate why he can’t make it in the NFL. Yeah, sure, and 6-foot quarterbacks like Drew Brees can’t, either. It’s not just that Fox had the courage to make the move; it’s what he did with it. After the Broncos were shredded at home by Detroit, he decided he could keep losing with Tebow in a conventional offense or tailor his attack to suit his quarterback’s unique skills.

If these qualify as “small” contributions…

Miller's small contributions having big impact on Broncos
www.nfl.com

Whether Miller realized it or not, he did have a major impact on the missed attempt. It was his effort (by tackling Mike Tolbert in the backfield) that added 4 yards more onto Novak’s 53-yard kick…Miller’s play was called “single strong,” and it called for the rookie to blitz from the outside…Miller’s outlook on the play actually symbolizes his effort this season: He is simply going about his business with no desire to take the credit…Miller isn’t just one of the best rookies this year—he’s one of the best defensive players overall.

Von Miller, Defensive Player of the Year?

Race for Rookie of the Year: Miller by a Mile
www.profootballfocus.com

In fact, there’s a legitimate case to be made that Miller, the all-around excellent player specializing in terrorizing quarterbacks, is the Defensive Player of the Year…He not only has the most QB knockdowns of any player (11 sacks and 18 hits), he also leads all 4-3 OLB’s with his +19.3 run defense grade. Throw in a positive grade in coverage, and I’m asking myself one question. If he’s this good already, how good will he be with a full offseason under his belt? Note to everyone voting for rookie of the year, if your ballot doesn’t read Von Miller (with some exclamation marks) then you have failed football.

What happens at SAFaMH…lights up your backyard?

Neighbors not happy about 'mini Las Vegas' at Mile High
www.9news.com

Some neighbors living near Sports Authority Field at Mile High are concerned about a proposal to place three large bright logos on the side of the stadium. The Sports Authority logos are about 10 feet tall and 120 feet wide. People who live near the stadium say the logos will be too distracting and make their community look like a “mini Las Vegas.” On top of that, the logos will be lit up at all hours of the night.

h/t RSH

Cole: Broncos’ winning ways unsustainable

Tebow, Broncos defying odds with close wins
sports.yahoo.com

If Tebow and Denver are going to use this nice run to become better, they can’t buy into the hype that it has created. The beauty of Tebow’s winning is that it gives him more chances to develop his passing skills, which he will need if the Broncos are going to transition to being a true contender. Otherwise, this is just a blip, an anomaly that will not hold up over the long-term.

Hey Clayton - forget the name Dennis Allen, mmmmkay?

Jacksonville gets a head start
espn.go.com

Among the offensive assistants the Jags might consider are Rob Chudzinski of the Panthers, Jay Gruden of the Bengals and Brian Schottenheimer of the Jets. Some defensive considerations are Chuck Pagano of the Ravens, Dennis Allen of the Broncos, Mike Zimmer of the Bengals,Winston Moss of the Packers and Jerry Gray of the Titans.

The Professor needs to stick to teaching students at Bonita's Institute of Toupee Design.  Hopefully, Allen's name doesn't get too common in these speculation pieces this year.

A Stats Guy Who Likes Tebow? ZOMG

Tebow's success due to production and protection, not magic
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

There are two underlying reasons why Tebow is so effective, two reasons that explain his impressive Real Quarterback Rating week after week.

1. He gets the ball in the end zone more often than any QB in football today
2. He protects the football better than any QB in football today

The Broncos clearly have not scored a lot of points with Tebow at quarterback. In fact, Denver has averaged just 19.3 points per game in Tebow’s six starts and has scored 18 points or fewer in five of those games. And clearly, the defense has improved dramatically in recent weeks, either purely as coincidence or as a by-product of the fact that Tebow has helped the team improve in all areas by protecting the football.

Hat tip to Acemagoo2001 for sharing this. This dovetails nicely with my YGS article that will be running in awhile, so I wanted to get this wider visibility.  What do you think?

Fake Orton is a smash

Faux Kyle Orton Says Goodbye To Denver Broncos In Spoof Sketch
www.huffingtonpost.com

Faux Kyle Orton Says Goodbye To Denver Broncos In Spoof Sketch

Besides being a dead ringer for Kyle Orton, this cat is funny.  He manages to work in the neckbeard, the billboards, and several hilarious Tebow references.

Best line: "If I knew that all I'd have to do as a quarterback was hand off the ball, then...I would've...just...handed off the ball."

Colts 0-11 and it’s apparently Larry Coyer’s fault

Colts fire defensive coordinator Larry Coyer
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

In a statement released by the team, Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said, “The move was made to improve communication and production.”

Just as the 2011 Broncos as led by Dennis Allen are starting remind folks of the early-season 2006 Broncos, the architect of that cometlike defense (26 points allowed over a five-week stretch) has become the first scapegoat for the Colts' winless season. Never mind that Jim Irsay handed Peyton Manning over $26M without knowing if the guy would play this year, and Bill Polian failed to provide the team with a better backup than the legendary Curtis Painter. Yeah, it's all Coyer's doing...