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Demaryius Thomas: Route tree is back in vogue

For Demaryius Thomas, the Arrival of Peyton Manning Means it’s Time to Run Routes Again
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On having to run more routes with Manning at quarterback:

“You’re gonna have to run the whole route tree now. The comebacks, the slants, the posts, the ins. And I didn’t have to do that much when I was my first couple of years in the league.”

For those who don't remember what it looks like:

 

Peytonpalooza > Tebowmania

Broncos May Renovate Stadium Thanks To Manning
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Of the Broncos’ 130 total suites, the team tries to lease 115 each season, leaving 15 to sell on a game-by-game basis. Last season, the Broncos left more than five additional suites unleased because they couldn’t find anyone willing to buy the leases, which cost an average of $115,000 per season.

But the Broncos are so confident that they will be able to sell suite leases for the upcoming season that they are planning to convert two 32-person party suites, which are sold on a game-by game basis for $15,000, into six to eight mini suites, which they would lease on a seasonal basis for $60,000. The renovations would allow the team to generate an extra $276,000 of revenue per season from the same amount of square feet in their stadium, according to Ryan Barefoot, the Broncos’ senior director of premium seating.

In related news, the team announced today that single-game tickets will go on sale July 23.

It’s not a BMarsh interview without someone going under the bus

Marshallisms: Bears WR on Cutler, anger, Twitter, fans and more
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On receivers coaches:

“To be honest (when I arrived in Miami) I was like, ‘You know, I need some coaching. Right now I’m coming off my natural ability. I want a coach who’s played the position or played the game before, who knows and understands the receivers position. So they can take me and my world to a whole other level.’ I haven’t had a good coach as far as that receiving position since I’ve been in the NFL .... As far as technique and someone who understands the game, the last time I had a good receiving coach was DJ McCarthy in college.”

He's already dumped on every QB he's played with save Cutler, so might as well move on to WR coaches, right? Marshall's position coaches in Denver were Adam Gase (2009), Jedd Fisch (08), and Steve Watson (06-07), who of course played nine seasons with the Broncos, despite BMarsh's suggestion that none of his coaches possessed firsthand knowledge of the position.

Brandon also provides some insight to the supposed genius of Jeremy Bates, who apparently had Cutler and Marshall play sandlot football in Denver.

Tomlinson pondered Denver before retirement

Tomlinson considered continuing career in -- gasp! -- Denver
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“The only team I really gave a thought to was the Broncos, because of Peyton,” Tomlinson said Saturday, referring, of course, to Denver’s signing of quarterback Peyton Manning. “We talked. Tom (Condon, Tomlinson’s agent) talked with them ... It made me pause a little (and think), ‘Was this what I really want to do?’ … I said, ‘They got Peyton, they have a good defense already; they went deep in the playoffs with Tim Tebow, what are they going to do with Peyton?’ I seriously thought about it.”

“That was the only reason I considered Denver,” he said. “At the same time, I thought, ‘How much is a Super Bowl ring really going to do for you at this point?’ Because it’s not with the team I really wanted to do it with.”

It's impossible to discern from Kevin Acee's story whether it was the Broncos or Tomlinson's agent, Tom Condon, who initiated contact between the two sides. Also unclear is whether discussions went any further than a preliminary feeler; Condon, of course, also represents Peyton Manning. But however much Tomlinson might have left in the tank, one thirtysomething running back would seem enough for Denver's roster, so it's hard to imagine the Broncos would have been willing to offer any guaranteed money to add the NFL's fifth all-time leading rusher.

Warren Sapp sort of apologizes, but wants world to know T-levels are tip top

Warren Sapp on Claiming Jeremy Shockey was the Bounty Snitch: “I’m Not a Reporter. My Boss made that Clear to me”
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On if he and Shockey have worked things out:

“I saw Jeremy about a week after it all went down at a Heat game … and I told him, I said, ‘I apologize for putting it on the street level and making it derogatory towards you.’ The information that was passed to me, I stand by my source, but I hate that I put it on a level, that wasn’t the way it should be. … That’s what I apologized for, because I put it on a way lower level than it should’ve been. It was something serious that never shoulda went on and stuff like that. So that’s the problem I have with myself and what I said to him.”

On if Shockey is OK with him:

“The two times I’ve seen him I haven’t had a problem with him, but if he does we can go out in the grass and get it over with. … I don’t have a problem with getting my knuckles a little scarred up.”

Up next week in the World According to Sapp? How to hide your Championship rings before declaring bankrupcty and being forced to liquidate assets.

Apocalypse Now: Chris Berman and Trent Dilfer in the booth together

Sports by Brooks learns Chris Berman will do play-by-play
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SbB has learned Chris Berman will do the play-by-play for ESPN’s Sept. 10 Monday Night Chargers-Raiders game.  Berman will also do play-by-play for one ESPN NFL preseason game. Trent Dilfer will be the color analyst for both games.

Yikes! Looks like ESPN is stumbling, bumbling, and mumbling on this one.

No one circles the (funny) wagons like ESPN.

(H/t: Awful Announcing)

Going for the jugular to prevent concussions

Can Science See Inside An NFL Player’s Skull Before It’s Too Late?
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Think of it this way: In a collision, the brain is basically driving without a seatbelt or an airbag. While better helmets and the banning of helmet-to-helmet detonations might help keep your skull intact, they would do nothing to stop the brain from smashing into the windshield in even minor collisions.

Bailes’s answer to this brain slosh amounts to stuffing the whole car full of packing peanuts. His newest research takes groups of rats and puts a small, circular device around their necks, compressing their internal jugular veins. That increases the volume of blood in the skull, which creates added pressure on the brain, locking it in place. In theory, that should keep the brain’s movement inside the skull more in line with the skull’s own movement, allowing all the new space-age helmets to do their jobs.

So far, Bailes’s team has seen a 30 percent increase in cranial pressure, and, after concussing the rats and examining the resulting computer models, an 80 percent drop in the precursors to amyloid protein. “This was only a proof-of-concept pilot study, and it hasn’t been proven in humans, but we think the theory is sound,” he said. “If it moves forward, we’re going to expand to a broader group of patients, and we hope to do that sooner rather than later.”

If the research can be replicated and no unforeseen safety concerns pop up—neither of which is guaranteed in research like this—there are already people and players volunteering as test subjects. Why wouldn’t there be? If a simple necklace could reduce the accumulation of brain injury, and there is virtually no downside to wearing it, isn’t that worth whatever minor discomfort it causes and a few hours a year of testing?

Concussed rats and jugular veins.  Who knew?

If Manning wins, Norv Turner and The Head are collateral damage

Peyton Manning, Norv Turner, Eagles under pressure in 2012
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There’s a reason it feels like Turner always starts the season on the hot seat: He does. Under Turner, the Chargers haven’t won a playoff game since the 2008 season and the San Diego fan base is more than a little restless. Despite having two years left on his contract, it was widely thought that Turner’s failure to make the playoffs for the second straight season in 2011 would result in his dismissal. However, team president Dean Spanos decided to stay the course with both Turner and general manager A.J. Smith. I can’t imagine they will be as fortunate if they fail to make the playoffs this season.

...Most of the pressure on Manning will be the result of his past production. His résumé is ridiculous: He’s a four-time MVP and 11-time Pro Bowl selection. And he’s thrown for more than 4,000 yards an amazing 11 times! Not counting last year, he’s never tossed fewer than 26 touchdowns in a season. To put that in perspective, the Broncos haven’t had a quarterback throw that many touchdown passes since Jake Plummer did it in 2004.

It's positively delicious that Peyton Manning could drive the nail in Turner's powder blue coffin while at the same time popping the hot-air ballon that is AJ Smith's head.

No, I won't mention that quarterback stat. I'm going to close my eyes and pretend I didn't read it.

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack do a defensive magic trick

Jack Del Rio Calls Broncos’ Defensive Coordinator Turnaround ‘Unusual’
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“We want to be Top 5 in everything that we do, and so that’s what we’ve set our goals for,” he said. “We’ve got a ways to go.”

Del Rio had some of the best defensive lines when he coached in Jacksonville, and he said he’s not at all worried about the Broncos’ defensive line. “I’m not worried about it, I’m working it; and that’s what we have to do,” he said. “We’ve got to work to fix whatever problems we have. Obviously last year the defensive tackle position here went the entire year without a sack. That’s going to change.”

He said having Ty Warren healthy and drafting Derek Wolfe is going to help the cause.

Recall previously that Del Rio had said the Broncos want to be a top-10 defense.  It appears as if those numbers have adjusted in the right direction.

Do you hear what I hear?  Why, it's the sound of Del Rio's brass balls clanking together as he walks.

Peyton Manning is kind of a big deal

Mayweather Tops List Of The World's 100 Highest-Paid Athletes
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Peyton Manning is the NFL’s highest-paid player with earnings of $42.4 million, which ranks 10th overall. The Indianapolis Colts paid Manning $26.4 million in 2011 even though he missed the season recovering from neck surgery. Manning joined the Denver Broncos as a free agent in March, when he inked a five-year, $96 million contract that paid him a $6 million advance on his 2012 Broncos’ salary. Manning continues to be the NFL’s top pitchman, earning $10 million annually off the field from Reebok, Gatorade, Sony, DirecTV, Wheaties and Papa John’s.

Here's the PMFM entry on Forbes's latest abusive slideshow which makes you click 100 times to read a single list. Thanks to the folks at NowPublic for posting it in its entirety and sparing us all.