While Elway specifically declined to comment on Manning’s polarizing predecessor, current New York Jets backup Tim Tebow, it’s clear from his comments that he believes the quarterback transition has been transformative. Whereas Tebow routinely delivered errant balls in practice, literally putting some of them in the trees bordering the fenced-off fields at the team’s training facility, Manning is fitting most of his throws into tight windows.
For young receivers such as Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, that’s not an insignificant change. “They’re gonna be a lot more refined, and they’ve got hope,” Elway says. “Because they know if they run the right routes at the right depth, the ball’s going to be there waiting for them when it’s supposed to. They got really sloppy at the end of last year, because the ball never came out on time.”
I knew I should have checked the trees last year at Dove Valley for souvenirs. I could have auctioned one of those balls off to a church group for some gambling and strip-club, girl money.
Elway's sentiments seem to agree with our own Doug Lee's last year when he speculated that one reason the receivers were having trouble was Tebow's inconsistent ball placement and timing from practice to games--even between quarters.
Elvis Dumervil: “I Haven’t Felt like this in Three Years”
On if he learned anything from the incident:
“Absolutely. Number one, don’t blow your horn when somebody get in front of you. … Just one of those situations, kind of really just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I think anything in life you gotta learn from it, can’t ignore it. Even though I didn’t do anything, but it’s something you can try to learn from it. So I just try to humble myself and try to learn from any situation.”
I think I speak for everyone when I say there are certain lessons in life we should impart upon our children (our most precious resource, if you haven't heard). Two immediately come to mind:
The wisdom of Elvis Dumervil reveals yet another. Simply put: don't blow.
Give it some time to sink in--that's it. Ruminate. Meditate. You'll find the advice applies to everything in life.
“If he wins two more championships, he’ll be, without a doubt, the greatest quarterback ever to play the game. So when I said that, for me, what I meant, that’s about winning world championships. He’s got the numbers, he has the stats, those will never change, they’ll just get better and better.
But for us to make Peyton the greatest quarterback that’s ever played, what will separate him, because now he’s in the conversation, if he wins a couple more before he’s done, then he’ll be right at the top of the list.”
So, Peyton Manning with three rings > Joe Montana with four, and Tom Brady with three? Certainly worth debating, and of course QBs shouldn't be measured solely by championships, else Terry Bradshaw be in this discussion.
But it's still a window into how John Elway perceives Montana, and he also gets in the obligatory implied swipe at Dan Reeves for not surrounding him with better talent earlier in his own career.
“I’m not afraid about him getting hit. I’m really not,” Elway said. “Everybody’s worried about whether he can take a hit or not, he wouldn’t be on that football field if he couldn’t take a hit. If our doctors were worried, we wouldn’t have done anything on him a long time ago. I wanna see him get out there, get the rust off, complete a couple balls, and see how everyone reacts underneath the pressure and how we can do some different things and getting him under the bullets to where some things we do at the line of scrimmage, if he wants to change some things around and how we react to it.”
So, the Duke has spoken. What about you? Does Peyton's neck concern you at all?
Reflecting on training camp travels
Thinking about the Broncos’ backup situation: The Broncos have the quarterback of the present in Peyton Manning and the quarterback of the future in Brock Osweiler. The current backup is Caleb Hanie. From watching practice, you get the idea that Osweiler, though listed No. 3, might end up beating out Hanie for the backup job. That might be a big gamble to have him as a backup. I could see the Broncos signing Matt Moore if he’s cut by the Dolphins. Moore has a good background with Broncos coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy from their days in Carolina. There is a good chance David Garrard will beat out Moore, which puts the Dolphins in a position to decide if they want Moore or Ryan Tannehill as their backup.
Matt Moore is frustrated in Miami. John Fox and Mike McCoy once coached Moore. And Brock Osweiler may end up beating out Caleb Hanie. Are these three connections enough to think the Broncos would sign Moore in favor of Hanie?
It probably depends on your view of Matt Moore. Moore's career rating is 80.1 in 35 appearances compared to Hanie's 61.7 in 11 appearances--if you're into the numbers.
Source: Travis Henry reinstated
Travis Henry has been given the green light from the NFL to pursue a comeback, if he can find a team willing to give him a chance. The 33-year-old running back, who hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2007, has been reinstated from the suspended list, a source confirmed with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The source said Henry, whose reinstatement had been earlier reported by Scout.com, is not expected to sign with a team…
...His income gone, Henry turned to the drug trade in part to cover mounting child support payments, according to court documents and testimony. Henry has said that at the time of his arrest, he was struggling to keep up with child support payments. He has 11 children with 10 women.
It's good to see Travis Henry ready for the bump and grind of the NFL game yet again. It's been a few years since he's hammered a first down or even scored. We can only imagine what he's going through right now imagining hitting it--meaning the field. But we're quick to warn Mr. Henry: getting back to the NFL requires humping it every single day and recognizing the in and out of each situation. In order to make it, you've got to plant the seed of dedication, probe your strenths and weaknesses, and ride it out. Thread the needle if you have to, but always--and we do mean always--smash through the hole. But only if you've figured out if it's the A or the B gap.
Kill the legend of Tim Tebow. I’ve heard this from several players. It’s not said with animosity or jealousy but there is a segment of the team, not a small one, that felt Tebow was all about Tebow and both he and the media forgot that other segments of the team (emphasis on team) helped push the Broncos to the playoffs. The players who say this aren’t naïve. They know that if the Broncos win, Manning will get the credit. But to them, Manning is a Hall of Famer who can actually, well, throw the ball. And has a track record of greatness.
Let's see if I've got this: Teebs was all about the Teebs--brought to you sin animosidad.
Peyton Manning has Broncos abuzz
McGahee turns 31 in October, which is ancient for a running back. Since college, McGahee has conquered doubts, and he has an answer this year. He dedicated himself to the weight room and arrived in camp a muscular 245 pounds, about 10 pounds heavier than last year. His upper body is ripped. His body fat dropped to 9 percent.
Today's public service announcement: do not f#!@ with Willis McGahee.
Broncos sign five-time Pro Bowl veteran LB Keith Brooking
The Broncos took another plunge into the free agent-market Monday, signing veteran linebacker Keith Brooking…Brooking started three games for the Cowboys last season after a 97-tackle season in 2010 and a 106-tackle season in 2009.
It was only a few minutes ago (okay an hour, but minutes seems more dramatic) that we surmised the Broncos weren't set at linebacker.
Does Brooking still have any gas in the tank? The Broncos aim to find out. It would appear his days as a starter are over, however.
We can be sure of one thing. The Broncos haven't had a middle linebacker who gets as fired up as Brooking since Al Wilson. Check out this pregame Hulk Hogan. And for good measure, here's another. Finally, here's the original, reminding you little Bronco maniacs to take your vitamins, say your prayers, and drink your protein shakes.
(H/t: Steve Williams)
Chargers won’t sign autographs at FanFest
Fanfest note: No team auto session this year. Has become too big; too many kids going away bummed w/o autos. Still great day with your team.
MDS suggests this is a proper solution to memorabilia sellers loading up on merch, but why not just set an age and/or item limit for autographs (ie 15 and under, one item each)?
You stay classy, San Diego.