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Analysis Notebook: Week 10
www.profootballfocus.com

Whatever you think about Tim Tebow as an NFL quarterback / media circus, you can’t deny it’s great to watch the Broncos break out a college offense for him to run against the Chiefs…This is a far cry from the complex reads NFL quarterbacks are expected to master and it is rarely used much at this level because it converts the quarterback into just another ball carrier, one open to all the full-force hits like any other runner. In short, you’re paying your quarterback far too much money to expose him to that kind of beating on a regular basis, but Tim Tebow is something of a different player, isn’t he?

Broncos 22nd in success rate running; 6th-best at stopping run

Analyzing NFL running games through 10 weeks
smartfootball.com

As teams — and by extension, their opponents — become more prolific at passing, the opportunity cost of not passing increases…The Falcons and Broncos have been surprisingly difficult to run on in 2011. In Denver, rookie of the year candidate Von Miller has been an absolute monster not just at getting to the quarterback but at frustrating opposing running games.

Kevin Braig, the new favorite writer of Broncos fans everywhere

Is Tebow a legitimate (triple) option?
www.coldhardfootballfacts.com

Can Tebow succeed in the NFL running the option?...He is a big, tough runner who does not turn the ball over, can use the option’s leverage to exploit overly aggressive pass-rushing defenses, and can withstand the physical pounding that accompanies the life of any person brave enough to regularly run the ball in the NFL…Tebow’s productive career might not last much longer than Mark Stevens’ career.But the QuantCoach has seen enough in the last two weeks to predict that, using the leverage derived from his unconventional option, Tebow will deliver the 2011 AFC West title to Denver.

Lynch a believer in Tebow

Jets must take away Tebow's options
msn.foxsports.com

I think if you had a chance to spend some time with Tebow, you would see what I’ve seen. I’m telling you, there’s something special about this player. He has an aura, a special presence, if you will. I was in Denver a few weeks ago and did an interview with Tebow for the NFL on FOX pregame show. I talked to a few of his teammates, and it was really interesting what Champ Bailey told me. Bailey’s a guy who has been in the league for 13 years, and he told me that Tebow has this enthusiasm that makes you want to play harder, makes you want to win. He said Tebow’s positive attitude was contagious.

Lynch has made similar statements before, but it's worth repeating: Champ Bailey says he plays harder for Tebow.

I'm generally a skeptic of statements like this because they imply somehow that Bailey didn't play as hard for, say, Jake Plummer.

Then I think about Jay Cutler.  Was his positive attitude contagious?  

Oops, I did it again.  I managed to take a swipe at Jay Cutler.  But I also warmed to the idea that Tebow brings something to the table.

Two birds.  One stone.  And that's how you blog, my friends.  

Tebow overcomes critics again

Broncos' Tim Tebow not judging fans with Jesus jerseys
www.denverpost.com

“I don’t know what to think about that because I don’t know where people’s hearts are,” Tebow said today. “It’s important to not judge without knowing their hearts. If their heart is to honor the Lord, then it’s a good thing. Only God can judge because only God knows what’s truly in a person’s heart.”

They said I couldn't win a Heisman.

They said I couldn't be a 1st-round draft pick.

They said I wasn't Jesus Christ.

'ppreciate that. 

Dios mio, man, as my Spanish-speaking friends might say.  

Tanier thinks Broncos’ run of good fortune ends tomorrow night

Thursday Matchup: Jets at Broncos
fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com

It takes some warping of reality and splintering of rational thought to watch a team hand off to an ex-linebacker almost as often as it passes the ball, surrender on nearly every third down and score 17 points against an awful opponent, and reinterpret all of this as a sign of its quarterback’s singular greatness…Of course, there’s a chance that the simplest solution is the correct one: the Broncos have gutted out close wins against bad opponents but they will collapse against a strong defense, and option-style gadget plays have a limited N.F.L. shelf life. But then, even Occam’s razor may be no match for Tebow Mania.

Nate Jackson strapped five-pounders to his ankles to make weight for Shanny’s Broncos

The Perils And Pleasures Of Life As A 220-Pound Tight End
deadspin.com

My tight-end pass-catching career did not pan out like I’d hoped…It turned into hand-to-hand combat on a daily basis with men who were much bigger and stronger than me…We had weigh-ins every week, so on the mornings I had to hit the scale I would walk to my locker, put on my sweats, then walk into the training room and grab two five-pound ankle weights to strap on under my sweats. Nobody ever caught on. 232.

Greg Gabriel impressed by Von Miller and Quinton Carter

NFP Week 10 Rookie Report: Broncos-Chiefs
www.nationalfootballpost.com

Miller has all the tools to be an outstanding player in the league. He has great size with long arms to go along with very good speed and athleticism…To be a complete player he has to be adequate in coverage but the real reason he’s there is to rush the passer and he shows outstanding skill in that area…Carter got the start at safety versus Kansas City and did some nice things. He has good size and strength and showed that in his run support. He is quick to come up and shows good shedding skills along with fairly good tackling skills.

McGahee questionable, Tomlinson out

Broncos/Jets Injury Report
twitter.com

#Broncos injury report: Questionable: McGahee; Probable: Clady, Clark, Dawkins, Vaughn, Woodyard and J. Thomas. #Jets injury report: Out: B. Pool, J. Kerley, S. Nelson, L. Tomlinson; Probable: P. Turner, D. Revis, P. Burress, M. Dixon, D. Harris; Probable: M. Devito, K. Ellis, N. Mangold, J. Mauga, J. McKnight, C. Pace, M. Slauson, I. Trufant.

The Denver Tebows get their new logo

Page 2 rebrands NFL logos for 2011
espn.go.com

As we move into the crux of the 2011 NFL season, it’s time for Page 2 to assess all 32 teams and rebrand their logos based on their performances on the field.

Plus, don't miss Washington's new logo which honors Shanny's tanning bed. (Thanks, RSH!)