Aldon Smith wants Von Miller to know who leads the league in sacks
Miller is a phenomenal player who was last year’s defensive rookie of the year, but Smith is making a strong case that he’s the premier pass rusher from last year’s draft. Smith had 14 sacks last year to Miller’s 11.5, and Smith’s total of 29 sacks in his first 26 NFL games are the most any player has ever had in the first 26 games of his career.
Whether Smith or Miller is the better player may boil down to a matter of personal preference. Suffice to say, both the 49ers and the Broncos are very pleased with their first-round draft picks from last year.
Personal preference - or a willingness to look beyond the simple comfort of a traditional stat - as we were just discussing with our friends Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera.
By PFF's accounting, Von has 61 pressures (13 sacks, 11 hits, 37 hurries) in 663 snaps (9.2%), while Smith has 43 pressures (15 sacks, 9 hits, 19 hurries) in 618 snaps 7.0%). It's not exactly a close call. The site's grades say the same thing - they have Von at +60.1, and Smith at +14.6.
According to Brian Burke, Von also beats Smith in WPA (1.10 to 0.70), EPA (48.0 to 34.5), and Success Count (44 to 37).
So, sure. Miller versus Smith is a matter of personal preference. Or, of thinking versus not thinking.
Elway still on a Rocky Mountain high
Elway said he believes moving on from Tebow to a more traditional quarterback was the right move.
“I believe that there are Tebow fans, and there are Broncos fans,” he said. “My responsibility is to the Broncos fans, and my responsibility is to (owner) Pat Bowlen and what he wants to do, and that’s win championships. “
Thank you, John Elway.
If, for some reason, you don't go to heaven, we'd be happy to join you in your blue and orange hell.
Roethlisberger told reporters on Wednesday that the injury could kill him by pressing against his aorta and puncturing his lung. So that’s not good.
His rib is partially dislocated. Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com and NFL Network passes along word from Roethlisberger that his pain level is at a 9 on a scale of 1-10. He’s only sleeping four hours a night. Ed Bouchette of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn’t expect Roethlisberger to play for a while.
This morning I got a paper cut that I would describe as a 6, so one only imagines what would make Roethlisberger dole out a 9.
Some things are more important than football. A man's aorta (along with his testicles) happens to be one of those.
The Steelers can wait--even if they have to wait until next year.
NFL quarterback Tim Tebow teams up with TiVo
TiVo is getting Tebowed. The DVR pioneer, on the comeback trail after losing subscribers in recent years, is turning to the NFL’s Tim Tebow to spread the company gospel. TiVo hired the famous backup quarterback of the New York Jets as its brand ambassador — and not just because of the similar sound to their names…
...What Tebow likes about TiVo: Because he spends a lot of time on airplanes, he relishes catching up on favorite shows Revenge and Castle. “Plus, TiVo learns me.” He says he’ll give the Showtime series Homeland a try based on a TiVo recommendation.
We couldn't be happier for the Ultimate Teammate™. As they say, you've got to strike while the iron is hot, even if behind the "aw shucks" persona, you plan to plant the iron squarely across the face of Mark Sanchez.
I still think Sanchez's days are numbered, but, as we found out this morning, The Ultimate Teammate™ isn't exactly inspiring his fellow players in New Jersey the way he did in Denver. In fact, they seem more than happy to rip him--anonymously, of course. Perhaps they saw what happened when Demaryius Thomas dared to defy the zombie horde.
What the Jets really need is a PR guy like Jim Saccomano--you know, someone who keeps his thumb over the local media (and its access) so only the good stuff gets out. We're not so sure, though, that even the mighty Sacco--the guy in the arena, don't you forget it--could hold down the New York media.
What does that make Tebow? A total media creation. Honestly, I’m glad Tebow is an athletic, white quarterback so we don’t have to hear whining about how racist it is that the Jets don’t like Tebow...Tebow is Vince Young, a great college QB who can’t cut it in the pros.
Broncos LB Von Miller: If I sack Cam, I'm doing 'Superman'
If Miller, the Broncos’ bespectacled outside linebacker, sacks Carolina quarterback Cam Newton on Sunday, he’ll forgo the dance he calls the DeSoto Shuffle in favor of something else far more recognizable: The Superman – Newton’s signature touchdown celebration.
Miller, tied for second in the NFL with nine sacks, is already envisioning himself pretending to rip off his white Denver jersey, just like Newton does.
“That would be great,” Miller told USA TODAY Sports Thursday afternoon. “I hope I get a chance to do it.”
Von Miller: obnoxious glory boy, or respectful competitor with a sense of humor? Discuss...
Amendments don't change leagues' stances on marijuana
Though voters in those states approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday legalizing recreational marijuana, the drug remains illegal under the NFL’s and NBA’s substance abuse policies, league spokesmen said. “The NFL’s policy is collectively bargained and will continue to apply in the same manner it has for decades,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA TODAY Sports Wednesday morning. “Marijuana remains prohibited under the NFL substance abuse program.”
And here I was hoping the Broncos could use the marijuana angle for player recruitment.
Oh well, you can't win them all. Take solace in the fact that there's still alcohol (and the ad revenues that come with it indirectly to the NFL). After all, who wouldn't prefer this to a guy craving Doritos:
Two thumbs up for not vomiting!
Holliday Earns Weekly Honor
On Wednesday, the NFL named Holliday its AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, marking the first time the second-year player has earned that honor.
Holliday becomes the 23rd all-time AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Broncos history, and the second this season after Matt Prater took home the honor for Week 4.
The award is the fifth individual weekly accolade for the Broncos this season, as following each of the team’s wins, someone on the roster has earned an individual weekly honor.
A Broncos player has now taken one of these awards for each of Denver's five wins this season. Certainly not a bad thing.
Romeo Crennel removes himself as the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator
In an effort to fix some of the many problems ailing the 1-7 Chiefs, head coach Romeo Crennel announced today that he has giving up his duties as the defensive coordinator, handing them over to linebackers coach Gary Gibbs.
The Chiefs also released starting cornerback Stanford Routt, signed last winter as a free agent, and signed defensive lineman Shaun Smith, a former Chief.
You may recall that Routt got $20M in guarantees from Oakland in February 2011, and the Raiders cut him following the season. This past February, the Chiefs gave Routt $6M in guarantees, and he lasted seven games with Kansas City; that's $26M for 23 games in a year and a half.
FWIW, the eighth-year corner has graded out at minus-5.7 this season according to PFF, which is 87th among corners. Last season, he was 84th at his position with a minus-4.8 grade. As for where Routt will continue his tour of salary-cap destruction, the Chargers and Raiders could each use a cornerback...
Broncos rule CB Tracy Porter out for Sunday
Denver Broncos CB Tracy Porter will miss a third consecutive game because of symptoms that in August were a precursor to a seizure…
...“We’re still regulating the medication,” Broncos coach John Fox said. “Not that it was a setback, but there was a little bit of an issue, and we’ll evaluate that moving forward. His safety is what’s the utmost concern right now.”
While this move has to be frustrating for Porter, it's hard to fault the Broncos for playing this one ultra-conversatively.
Broncos LB D.J. Williams Q+A: full interview
If there’s one message you have for the fans, what is it?
I’m the ultimate team player and I’m willing to do whatever to win. At the end of the day, that’s the most important thing to me. I love playing football. I’ve been playing football since I was seven. I’ve been playing 23 years. I actually played football two years early because I weighed enough. I’ve never had any job but this job. So for somebody to think that football is not important to me, if it wasn’t important – I’m on my second contract, I have money. If football wasn’t important to me, why would I stop playing now and just go live the ‘Dyme Lyfe?’ I think people try to make ‘Dyme Lyfe’ seem like it has been pulling away from my football career. No, it hasn’t. It actually hasn’t, at all.
If it were up to you, would you retire as a Bronco?
Yes. That’s actually my plan, to retire as a Bronco. The crazy thing about it, when I was up for my second contract (in 2008), I spoke to (then-head coach Mike) Shanahan. He said, ‘Hey, I’m going to be honest with you. You’re probably not going to be the highest-paid guy in your position, but we’ll do the best we can to get you as close to that, and we’ll treat you right.’ And since I’ve been here, the Broncos organization – with whatever coach has been here – I’ve been treated fairly and I’ve been treated well. I enjoy the city. I like the fans. I like how the whole organization as a whole treats me, so if it was up to me, I would retire as a Bronco. I’m close friends with Rod Smith, and to see how he went through his career and his life, and the relationships that he built, I want to have the same thing.
In a wide-ranging interview, D.J. Williams opens up on several subjects, including Buddhism, working out, the so-called "Dyme Lyfe," his dislike for some media members, and serving his time for doing his crime.
One topic that wasn't covered by Chris Bianchi, though: D.J.'s non-human urine sample.