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Their new coach is a class act, but Raiders fans are still Raiders fans

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Shanny on what to look for in a QB

2012 Senior Bowl Blog
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I asked Washington Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan what qualities he looks for in a quarterback and this was his answer:

“I’m asked that all the time and it is really hard to pinpoint it. Cause there is so many things you look for. A guy’s gotta be competitive, very competitive. A guy’s gotta be bright, extremely bright. You’d like a guy that is an athlete that can make plays on his own sometimes. Usually if he doesn’t have that athletic ability he’s got to be a little bit taller because he can see and be able to dump the ball off instead of using his feet. But at the end of the day there is so many things you look for and it’s always hard to find the prototype guy and a lot of times you have to adjust your offense to the type of quarterback you do have.”

Tebow and homeschooling hit the stage yet again

‘Tim Tebow homeschool law’ gains momentum in Virginia
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There are three bills in the Virginia legislature that are modeled after a Florida law informally known as the “Tim Tebow law,” which was passed in 1996 and gave the homeschooled Tebow a chance to play for local private and public schools on his way to an NFL career. Similar legislation has failed in Virginia in previous years. But now Republicans control the governorship and the General Assembly; the recent change in control in the Senate makes it more likely that some form of this law could pass in the state. McDonnell said earlier this month that he would support it. He expressed the view of those who support it by saying on a radio show: “Home-school parents pay taxes like everybody else. It’s just fair.”

But opponents don’t see it that way…The Virginia Association of School Superintendents is opposed, as is the Virginia Education Association, which represents more than 60,000 public school teachers. Another foe is the chairman of the House Education Committee, a Republican from Virginia Beach named Robert Tata, who was a successful high school coach and a University of Virginia athlete who played briefly for the NFL’s Detroit Lions, the Associated Press reported. Tata opposes allowing homeschooled students to play on local sports teams in part because he worries that coaches will game the system by recruiting top players. Other opponents say that allowing homeschoolers to play for local teams would devastate eligibility and participation requirements and would be unfair to full-time students and teachers.

Homeschooling and sports is one of those gray and nuanced areas in which, depending on your standing, you can make a case either way.  So, have at it.

Fox: I’ll get to it eventually

John Fox in no rush to find Broncos defensive coordinator
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“I don’t really have a direction set, not yet,” Fox said. “We’ll sit down as a staff as we get away from the Senior Bowl and put a plan together.”

“I guess I’d like to have someone in place some time before next season, that’s the deadline,” Fox said, laughing. “More than likely, we’ll feel good about it when we make a move. But we’ll do what think would be the best fit and we’ll keep trying to make the kind of progress we want on that side of the ball.”

That's what I like about The Marlboro Man: he's so cool, he's not on anyone's timeline but his own.

Tebow out of Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Tim Tebow backing out of AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am due to injury: report
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It looks like America will have to wait to see if Tim Tebow’s drives off the tee are as erratic as his throws on the football field.

The Denver Broncos quarterback has reportedly backed out of next month’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am due to injuries he suffered in the Broncos’ AFC Divisional playoff loss to the New England Patriots a little over two weeks ago.

McKenzie: There’s no negotiations (with Allen)

McKenzie to interview Denver's Allen tonight, could offer job
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Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said he will meet with Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen tonight to discuss the Raiders’ coaching vacancy. McKenzie also told CSNCalifornia.com that no job has been offered to Allen, nor are they in any “negotiations,” as reported elsewhere.

“I will meet with Dennis Allen tonight,” McKenzie said during the South team’s Senior Bowl workout at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. “And after tonight, depending on our conversation …that’s when.” Meaning, that’s when McKenzie will decide whether or not to offer the job to Allen.

“There’s no negotiations (right now),” he said. So Allen, who will be interviewing for the second time with McKenzie, could lock the job up tonight? “He could,” McKenzie said. “Depends. He’s got a lot of stuff he needs to answer. Nah, it’s not a lock, irregardless of other people’s reports.”

Hope floats: Allen not only candidate for Oakland job

SOURCE: RAIDERS' COACHING SEARCH AT 3
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The Raiders have narrowed their coaching search to three candidates— Winston Moss, Dennis Allen, and a third “mystery candidate,” according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. are no longer in the running, according to the same source.  Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice removed himself from consideration Monday night, according to reports out of Chicago.

Denver dodged a bullet when Miami passed over on Mike McCoy; will they do so again here? (via ESPN)

Dennis Allen is Raiders’ top choice for HC

Raiders, Dennis Allen negotiating
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The Oakland Raiders have identified Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as the leading candidate to become their next head coach, according to multiple league sources.

Other Raiders head coaching candidates, including Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, already have been informed that Oakland has found its man and they are no longer under consideration, according to sources.

Allen is meeting Tuesday with Raiders officials to see whether the two sides can take the final steps they need to come to an agreement.

It appears the revolving door continues to spin for Denver at defensive coordinator, as Dennis Allen is reportedly nearing employment with the enemy. Allen's potential departure would mean the seventh different DC in as many seasons for the Broncos, although Allen would be the first to leave under happy circumstances (for him) following the ignominious exits of Larry Coyer, Jim Bates, Bob Slowik, Mike Nolan and Don Martindale.

That Allen's competition has already been notified they're out of the running says that whatever's left to decide between Oakland and Allen's reps is a mere formality.

Led by Allen's creative playcalling, the additions of Von Miller and Brodrick Bunkley, and the return to health of Elvis Dumervil, Denver' defense ranked 24th in points and 20th in yards a year after ranking 32nd (dead last) in both categories. This was Allen's first year as a coordinator after several years as an assistant with the Saints.

Mom always did know the best cuss words

Giants DE Dave Tollefson Is A True Momma's Boy
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Before every game, the Giants’ defensive end heads to a secluded area of the locker room to call his mother. But this isn’t your normal don’t-get-hurt speech. Tollefson’s mom gives him a loud, bombastic, fire-and-brimstone pep talk, reported the New York Times.

Tollefson has Giants equipment manager Ed Wagner scout out a quiet part of every locker room. Tollefson first calls his wife, Megan, before mom delivers her Al Pacino-like speech. Wagner says “she rips into him” and basically tells him not to be a “coward” while using “a lot of curse words.”

What does Tollefson’s mother have to say about all this? “I’m not going to talk to him like a mom and say, ‘Be careful and don’t hurt anybody,’” Debi Crocker told the Times. “That’s not going to get him pumped up. I would say it’s basically potty-mouth, smash-mouth-football-type talk.”

Some men are born tough, some achieve toughness, and some have toughness thrust upon them by their mom through the use of f-bombs. 

Gibbs: you can’t change Tebow’s throwing motion, but it ain’t no thang

Joe Gibbs likes what he sees in Tim Tebow
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So when the conversation Monday turned from racing to the popular Denver Broncos quarterback, the Hall of Fame coach couldn’t say enough good things. It had nothing to do with Tebow’s outward expression of his faith, something Gibbs doesn’t hesitate to share with others. It wasn’t an attempt to be a part of the so-called Tebow bandwagon.

Gibbs genuinely is impressed. “I think he’s a player,” Gibbs said of Tebow as he took a break from racing to talk football. “Everybody is talking about his throwing motion and all of that. I can’t tell you how many guys up there have bad throwing motions.”

Gibbs laughed at the suggestion that NFL coaches can change the Heisman Trophy winner’s throwing motion. “Anybody that starts telling you they’re going to change somebody’s throwing motion when he spent 16 years playing football and throwing that way is kidding you,” he said. “What you see is what you get.”