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Jim Litke: Elway should zip it

Elway Looking for QB in the Wrong Places
www.nytimes.com

Picking a fight with a fan favorite when he’s on a roll isn’t just bad timing. Foolish as it sounded, that was Elway’s way of letting Tebow know he’s never going to be Denver’s franchise quarterback, no matter how well the rest of the season goes…[Releaseing Orton] was the organization’s way of signaling that the rebuilding effort can’t begin soon enough, even though Tebow has pulled the Broncos back to within a game of the Raiders for the top spot in the AFC West. The only people who don’t seem to have gotten the message are Tebow, his teammates and his fans…Elway doesn’t have to like it, but he has to learn to keep quiet. Or better still, say a few nice things about his QB and the surprising run his team is on, and even less about the college quarterbacks he’s still scouting.

Bears will grab Orton if KC doesn’t

Report: Bears will claim Orton
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears will attempt to claim Kyle Orton off waivers. Actually, McClure said he was confirming Jay Glazer’s report.  But Glazer never actually reported anything; he just said the Chiefs or Bears “could” claim Orton and it took a life of its own.

We already know Houston won't nab Orton.  Should get interesting real soon. It's looking likely that Orton will return to Denver one more time this season, either as a member of the Chiefs or Bears.

Three Broncos greats roll their way into the semis

Three Broncos Named HOF Semifinalists
blog.denverbroncos.com

Atwater was voted to a franchise record-tying seven consecutive Pro Bowls during his career, serving as a defensive leader on the Broncos’ back-to-back Super Bowl championship teams.

Davis rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons, including his 2,008-yard season in 1998 when he earned league MVP honors. He also was part of the Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII squads.

Mecklenburg spent 12 seasons with the Broncos, starting 141 career games, a total that includes all 16 games in a year during five different campaigns. He played in six Pro Bowls and helped the Broncos reach the postseason seven times, including three Super Bowl berths.

All three players are Broncos Ring of Famers.

Best news of the day.  My personal favorite from this group has always been Steve Atwater, although the old timers can easily make an argument for Meck.

And what about T.D.?  If Gale Sayers is in, it's a no brainer.

(Interesting side note:  I once published a story in a literary journal about an out-of-luck fry cook who becomes obsessed with Mecklenburg after watching a Broncos games on TV.)

Goodell: More Thursday games likely next year

NFL might expand Thursday night package as soon as 2012
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Asked if the NFL would eventually begin playing games on other days of the week than the Sunday-Monday-Thursday rotation, he said he doubted it. “I don’t [see it],” Goodell said. “I think we like being special. I think we like having a day where you anticipate having football. I think when you have games every night of the week, as an example, it takes away from that uniqueness and that special nature of our game.”

Barnwell: Von is the real Mr. Clutch, McGahee not so much

The Fabulous & the Flops of Week 11
www.grantland.com

His stat line is impressive enough: 10 tackles, 1.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, four knockdowns of Mark Sanchez, a pass defensed, and a forced fumble. Where those plays happened, though, was remarkable. His first sack, the half-sack with Elvis Dumervil, came on a third-and-4 that shut down the Jets’ first drive of the game. His second sack was on a third-and-10 on the final Jets drive, forcing them to take a crucial timeout and into a fourth-and-ridiculous. Miller’s pass breakup was on a slant to Santonio Holmes inside his own 5-yard line that would have otherwise gone for a touchdown.

Jason Cole: Luck to enter NFL Draft

Sources: Luck not expected to re-enroll at Stanford
sports.yahoo.com

Two people close to Luck said the Stanford quarterback is not expected to take classes next quarter. Instead, Luck is expected to declare and focus on preparing for the 2012 NFL draft, in which he is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick.

Tebow is the Grinch that stole NY’s football Christmas

A City Now Haunted by Tim and DeSean
online.wsj.com

Yes, at least they’re not the Jets. It already seems like 11 years ago that Rex Ryan’s Frisky Burlesque fell at Mile High to Tebow and the Broncos. How did that happen again? Football loves celebrating itself as a complicated game requiring genius-level strategizing and coaches sleeping on office cots, and it often is. But occasionally a game comes down to something as simple as Stop That Dude. And the Jets failed to Stop That Dude.

Awwwww, poor Jets... (h/t JVill)

Tebow: Whatever it takes

Tebow takes on Bayless, First Take
blogs.denverpost.com

- 4th quarter comebacks: Tebow said he learned from Urban Meyer that to be successful at the end of games you must have “competitive greatness,” Tebow said. “We’ve been able to find different ways to win. More than anything going out there and having fun,” Tebow said. “The mindset is to do whatever it takes.”

Saw this interview this morning. I felt like Bayless was going out of his way to ask difficult questions so that he would appear as if he wasn't a Tebow fanboy.

In other words, the interview seemed all about Bayless, which, of course, is what one would expect from him.

As I said in my Gut Reaction from last week, Tebow is smart in not taking any of the bait that reporters throw his way.

Kacsmar: Tebow does it differently than Elway did

Captain Comeback Week 11: The Old College Try
www.coldhardfootballfacts.com

How do you even describe watching a quarterback go to an empty backfield and just run the ball all over a defense for a 95-yard drive to win the game? Inconceivable! Tebow’s drive was the most run-heavy for a quarterback for any fourth quarter game-tying or go-ahead drive we’ve seen in the last 30 years…Comparisons to John Elway are always going to be there as long as Tebow is in Denver, and this drive features many…Elway was known to use his legs, but he usually used them to escape and throw the ball. Despite 49 fourth quarter wins, Elway never had a drive where he used his feet the way Tebow did.

Tim Tebow is thankful for so very many things in this time for giving thanks

WHAT TIM TEBOW IS SAYING WHILE HE’S TEBOWING
kissingsuzykolber.uproxx.com

I would also like to thank You for Ed, the groundskeeper, a simple and humble man who maintains the grass and is fighting off the liver cancer You gave him the best he can…And I’d like to thank you for glazed walnuts, which brighten up any salad, particularly when mixed in with dried cranberries. In fact, if a salad consisted of NOTHING but those two things, I think I might be committing a sin!...Sometimes, the moon will come out during the day and I almost feel like You’re overdoing it, but I know that You are just showing me Your Greatness, which is greater than even the greatness of a good Joel Osteen audiobook.