“I kind of think everybody’s got a weakness,” Thomas said. He wouldn’t reveal what that weakness was however, and when he was asked what he will have to do [to] exploit it, Thomas said, “You’ll have to see come Sunday.”
This is certainly mild as far as trash talk and bulletin board material go, but it's still something. Did anyone expect Demaryius to fire the first verbal shot?
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie may retire if Broncos win Super Bowl
Now Rodgers-Cromartie is nearing the completion of year No. 6, and he said Monday that if his Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl, it would likely be his last.
Following Sunday's comments from Peyton Manning and Champ Bailey, we thought we were past retirement talk here in Broncos Land. Apparently, not so.
At the very least, this might suggest that the Broncos could re-sign DRC to another team-friendly (read: one- or two-year) contract, if he decides he's not quite in the retiring mood.
Garafolo: John Elway's preseason tirade set Broncos' course
And so, as several Broncos players told FOX Sports last week, an agitated executive vice president of football operations gave a rare, honest, critical and emotional speech that day to make it clear a performance like that was well below the standards of an organization with its sights on playing into February.
Not that anyone's forgetting or anything, but here's a reminder that these Broncos are led by not just one of the greatest and most competitive players in NFL history, but two of them. (h/t SammyDEEEEEE)
“We hold each other accountable — make sure guys are watching film, doing the extra work, taking care of their bodies,” Knighton said. Around the third preseason game, coaches came to Knighton and asked him to lose 25 pounds. By Week 1, he had, and it has made all the difference.
Knighton's yearly grades from PFF - 2009: +1.3; 2010: +5.5; 2011: +2.0; 2012: +4.2; 2013: +31.9 (through 18 games). It will be interesting to see whether Elway & Co. allow the 27-year-old to play out the final year of his two-year contract or sign him to an extension sooner.
‘To Those Who Would Call Me a Thug or Worse …’
I threw a choking sign at 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Why? Because he decided he was going to try the guy he was avoiding all game, because, I don’t know, he’s probably not paying attention for the game-winning play. C’mon, you’re better than that…
...The Broncos stand in our way, and it’s a large obstacle. They’ve got the smartest quarterback in football and receivers who are large (mostly), explosive with the football and run great routes. Wes Welker is quick and elusive, Eric Decker is a great receiver with hands and speed, and Demaryius Thomas is as strong as they come. And Peyton knows how to get each of them in spots.
Last week, before the Chargers game, I did my best to explain how merely good quarterbacks make plays, but great quarterbacks exploit matchup advantages. Here, Richard Sherman contrasts Colin Kaepernick and Peyton Manning in exactly that way.
Welcome to New York
“I really like Gase,” Manning said. “It’s a compliment to him. I like playing for guys that are smarter than me and work as hard as me. Gase is there before I get there in the morning.”
“He and I have a rule,” Manning said. “We can’t talk after practice on Friday. We say, ‘We’re not talking Friday once we leave, we’re going to our families.’ And so he said on Friday, ‘Call me if you get a chance. I have a good thought for a play around the 5[-yard line]. But I said, ‘I’m not calling you. You email me your idea, and I’ll voice-memo you whether I like it or not.”
This, from Peter King, offers a terrific window into the working relationship between Peyton Manning and Adam Gase. Let's just hope Gase really does want to stick around for another year.
“I was asked about the hit on Talib, and I feel badly for Aqib,” Belichick said. “The way that play turned out, I went back and watched it, which I didn’t have a chance to do yesterday. It was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib. No attempt to get open, and I’ll let the league handle the discipline on that play. It’s not for me to decide, but it’s one of the worst plays I’ve seen. That’s all I’ll say about that.”
Was it a pick play? Of course it was, and every team runs them, as Belichick later acknowledged. But intent to injure? That's ludicrous.
Jack Del Rio is one step from backing up Von Miller's Broncos promise
“After we lost in San Diego (in early December) the defense got together right here in this spot and we just decided to air everything out, say what you have to say,” said Broncos standout defensive tackle Terrance Knighton. “Right here. We said it’s time to get this thing rolling. It’s time to peak.”
Through that Week 15 loss, Denver allowed 26.6 points and 371.5 yards per game; in the four games since, they've cut those numbers down to just 15 and 268.5, respectively.
According to VegasInsider, Wynn casino in Las Vegas and William Hill sports books opened up the Seahawks as a one-point favorite over Denver. The MGM Mirage opened the game as Seahawks by a point-and-a-half and LVH in Las Vegas opened the game with Seattle as two-point favorites. Cantor Gaming’s books have the game as a pick ‘em.
Word in league circles is that agent Bob LaMonte has been telling folks that Gase, 35, might need another season as coordinator before taking a head job. What’s more, he thinks Gase will have multiple opportunities next year, especially after one more season with Manning, who’s playing the best ball of his career under Gase.
Question is, will the Browns still conduct the interview if they get the sense that Gase is having reservations? At least one league source questions if the interview will actually even take place.
We agree with LaMonte - another year working with Manning will only make Gase an even more attractive candidate. Besides, who wants to coach in Cleveland, anyway?