Nate Jackson: With Tim Tebow, Broncos defying NFL wisdom
John Elway is the Denver Broncos. If anyone will put his heart and his mind into the task at hand — winning football games — John can be trusted to do it. His reputation is on the line. When he said last week he wasn’t quite sure if Tim was the guy yet, he meant it with the objectivity of a man who is trying to do the job he has been hired to do. There is no conspiracy here. Behind closed doors, there are football men who are running a professional football team who are trying to win games. That’s it…But let’s not expect men who have spent their adult lives playing and coaching the game of professional football to so quickly turn their backs on the cornerstones of their trade…The Broncos defense and special teams are playing beautifully. It’s hard to tell exactly why, but it seems as if they are playing more passionately, more cohesively, more like a team.
Broncos’ Miller fined $25,000 for hit on Jets’ Sanchez
Miller was fined $25,000 for a hit on Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez in the Broncos’ Nov. 17 win over New York in in Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Hard to dispute this, as it was a blatant late hit on Sanchez, as we detailed in our CTF from the game.
Rookie Miller the quiet motor behind Broncos' recent success
Rookie linebacker Von Miller’s a keeper, and while the mania over Tim Tebow’s play is the talk of the Rocky Mountain region, the Miller-led Broncos defense is the real reason why they’ve been able to come back late in scintillating games…What those who have watched Miller all season have seen is the speed, the power and the effort…Paired with Elvis Dumervil, there aren’t many better bookend pass-rush tag-teams playing right now.
More from PK: "Elway looked like he was clapping for the unknown 298th graduate in his kid's 400-person graduating class when Tim Tebow led the Broncos to the winning score against the Jets eight nights ago. If I'm the CBS crew in San Diego Sunday, I've got a camera trained on Elway's seat any time Tebow gets in the red zone."
Digital Dads NFL Pre-Game: Week 12
I’m not making any picks this week. Instead, I’m cooking a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, 16 different and tasty dishes, laid out on the table for you to enjoy. So grab a fork, grab some peppermint schnapps and a glass of cheap ass wine. It’s time for Thanksgiving dinner!
I'll give you a semi-spoiler: the Broncos game is the Pumpkin Pie and my beloved Jay Cutler-less Bears are the Turkey.
I'm sure this won't be the only Thanksgiving-theme post. We'll try and not be too punny.
It would be absolutely wonderful for the Denver Broncos and Denver Broncos fans if Tim Tebow could become that franchise guy. I wish I had that crystal ball to be able to say that he absolutely is or—I don’t want to say he’s not because I don’t believe that. But it’s hard to say if Tim Tebow is absolutely that guy. We’re very hopeful that he is. When you look at Tim, you know he has all the intangibles. For any quarterback to really succeed in this league, you have to be consistent throwing the football and you have to be consistently on target. Those are the things that we know and Tim knows. He’ll continue to get better this season, but a lot of the work will come in the offseason. When you’re getting ready and prepared for an upcoming game, it’s difficult to spend time on the technique work because you’re spending so much mental time with the game plan. The work we’re going to have to see is going to be coming in the offseason.
After probably realizing he said too much to his boy Mike Silver (or getting tired of the rabid tweets being sent his way), John Elway hit the airwaves to do some damage control tonight. However, his words to Dave Logan and Dave Krieger on KOA don't exactly contrast with either the quotes presented by Silver or Elway's conversation with Vic & Gary on Monday, except to say he's pulling for Tebow.
Robert Griffin III vs. Matt Barkley
Overall, when looking at the two prospects what you have is case of a higher upside and more naturally talented prospect in Robert Griffin III vs. a higher floor guy in Matt Barkley who is more limited physically…I still think both guys are future starting NFL quarterbacks. I just feel there are some physical limitations surrounding a prospect like Barkley that would keep me from giving him the same type of grade as Griffin III. Basically with Barkley I worry about his lacking athleticism and foot quickness in the pocket. Too often he seems to struggle to quickly collect his footing, which directly corresponds with his accuracy problems. Griffin III on the other hand is much more fleet of feet, is a more fluid/natural thrower of the football and displays better overall touch/accuracy in my view vertically down the field.
Fred Jackson put on IR; out for year
The Buffalo Bills’ season took a major turn for the worse today with the news that star running back Fred Jackson is out for the year with a fracture to his fibula bone in his lower right leg.
Jackson has accounted for 40 percent of the Bills’ offense this season. The Jets’ defense ranks seventh in the NFL in yards allowed and shut down the Bills’ attack three weeks ago in a 27-11 New York victory.
The Broncos have been pretty lucky with their own injury situation this season, all things considered, and they keep getting lucky as key players for their stretch-run opponents get hurt. Jackson joins Jay Cutler and Matt Cassel, as well as a bunch of Chargers who are hurt. Could all that prayer be helping? I'm not saying, I'm just saying...
Anyway, I'll be in Buffalo for the December 24th Bills game, and this makes it more likely that I'll leave happy.
No charges filed against Broncos’ Ryan McBean
The Denver District Attorney’s office decided not to file charges against Broncos defensive tackle Ryan McBean, who was arrested Oct. 14 on a stalking allegation and was released the next morning after posting a $50,000 bond.
McBean’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, was none too pleased that his client had to endure the embarrassment in the first place.
Great news for the Broncos. McBean has been flat piledriving running backs lately. He's been a valuable asset to the Broncos (did I just say that out loud?) during their recent defensive run.
Orton has no say in his next destination
Rosenthal pointed out earlier today that John Clayton of ESPN has said that quarterback Kyle Orton is trying to make it known that he wouldn’t report to the Chiefs, if the Chiefs claim him on waivers. But Orton really has no say in the matter. For starters, he’d forfeit the balance of his $4.5 million salary in 2011. Also, he’d be subject to an attack on any remaining signing bonus allocation for 2011. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Orton could jeopardize his shot at free agency in 2012.
I suspect Florio meant $2.58 million instead of $4.5 million, but what's two million dollars, eh?
The drama continues...
Belief of Elway’s commitment to Tebow overstated
In most cases, the semi-encouraging early results – along with the extreme popularity of the quarterback in question – would create enough momentum that the move toward Tebow as long-term starter had already begun. I don’t think that’s the case here, and I’m skeptical that it will ever happen, even if the Broncos win the division…I feel this way because Elway is running the show, and he possesses both the standing to tune out fan-generated hysteria and the unsurpassed knowledge of what a true franchise quarterback looks like…The Tebowites may be vocal, and they may be feisty, but they won’t intimidate him…So yes, Elway is dubious, and it’s quite possible he’ll try to trade Tebow after the season and go after one of the many enticing quarterbacks who’ll be available in the draft. If the Tebowites want to view this as a sign of Elway’s devotion to the current starter, that’s their prerogative – but that assessment would be as inaccurate as most of their hero’s medium-range passes.
If it wasn't already apparent that the anonymous source for Mike Silver's August 23 column was John Elway rather than the team's cook, perhaps his article today will make it sufficiently clear. This cannot be stressed enough: If Silver were fabricating any part of that earlier piece, John would not be granting him further access to Dove Valley. But as TJ has been saying for months, Silver and Elway are tighter than
a Tebow an Aaron Rodgers-thrown spiral. At least half of Silver's column today reads as if he were quoting John verbatim, and it's painfully obvious that The Duke is not about to stake his legacy running the Broncos to a QB who can't throw. Even the cook can see that much...