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The delusion of The Patriot Way

The Patriot Way Is Now A Load Of S%^@
deadspin.com

When Sports Illustrated takes a poll and finds that 97 percent of retired players or whatever have no regret about their playing days despite missing three functional limbs and half a brain, that should be a signal to you that most players in the league are just as passionate about football as supposedly MEGA-PASSIONATE players like Tim Tebow (drafted by Josh McDaniels). If you saw Mike Vick play this season, you know that he nearly killed himself trying to get the Eagles back to .500. Michael Vick really likes playing football. And yet, Tebow gets held up as some kind gold standard for WANTING TO WIN, as if his desire somehow far outstrips everyone else’s in the sport. It doesn’t…

...In fact, McDaniels and Pioli took the Patriot Way and distorted it into something far more ineffective and idiotic. Belichick signs players that he believes will be able to fill a specific role and do so at a reasonable price. That’s why he gambled and signed Albert Haynesworth this offseason. Haynesworth is no one’s idea of a motivated football player, but Belichick thought he could do a certain job at a good value. Haynesworth failed to do this, of course, because he’s a piece of S#!t. But that signing was about finding the right person for the task, not about trying to build a team of magical super-character chemistry unicorns.

...Pioli, on the other hand, is making those bull#@%! “intangibles” the centerpiece of his drafting strategy, which is the precise opposite of how a pro sports team should be run in the 21st century. Throwing away the stats and choosing guys who were captains of their college teams is only a good idea if you’re THE OLDEST WHITE SPORTSWRITER ALIVE. It’s a complete regression. It’s like putting Colin Cowherd in charge of your team. “Screw his 40 time. What I want to know is ... who’s his daddy?” The Chiefs are f#$@ed, and so is any team that thinks it can replicate the Patriot Way without realizing what it really is, and without the best coach in football running the show.

Tebow hits the Cirque

TIM TEBOW Gets a Taste of Sin City
www.tmz.com

The Denver Broncos quarterback was spotted strolling through the Bellagio hotel last night along with his brother and a friend ... after catching a performance of the Cirque du Soleil show, “O.”...

...We asked how Tebow would be spending his first free weekend in months ... and the rep told us, “He’s looking forward to going to church.”

Forget torn cartilage.  Forget a bruised rib.  Forget rehab.  When I'm feeling down, I'm hitting the mother#$!^ing aquatic theater, you beotches.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I need about five minues of alone time.  Actually, make that two minutes.  I just noticed the sirens in the body suits.

Yeah, it's a slow day until we hear about Mike McCoy.

McCoy snubbed Oakland because he’s confident he’s got the Miami job

McCoy believes himself the leading candidate
miamiherald.typepad.com

According to a source, McCoy considers himself the front-runner in the Miami job and is so confident of this status, he took his name out of consideration for the vacant Oakland Raiders job. McCoy was scheduled to interview for that Raiders opening in Denver on Wednesday but ultimately declined.  The source, who requested anonymity, said the Raiders were not thrilled with the apparent snub but were made to understand that McCoy believes himself the front-runner in Miami and he didn’t want to do anything to hinder that status.

One source asked why the Dolphins would be so enamored with McCoy as to give him a second interview, noting that the Broncos started the season on a 1-4 slide and ended the season on a 1-4 slide. In fairness, the Broncos did win the AFC West title.  But even that title was getting shot down by sources partial to the other candidates. One of those noted that the only reason the Broncos won the AFC West is because since-fired Dolphins coach Tony Sparano opted for a two-point conversation against the Broncos early in the fourth quarter of their October 23 game. The conversion failed, giving the Dolphins a 12-0 lead instead of a 13-0 or 14-0 lead. Had Sparano kicked the extra point, the Dolphins might have withstood a breakneck Denver comeback and still won the game 16-15 in regulation instead of losing 18-15 in overtime.

It looks like it's amost a foregone conclusion at this point--the Denver Broncos will indeed be in the market for a new offensive coordinator tomorrow.

The Raiders weren't thrilled.  I find that thrilling.

McCoy closer to Miami job

Broncos' McCoy says no to Raiders, seeks Dolphins job
www.denverpost.com

Turns out a second chance to state his case to be the Miami Dolphins’ next head coach had Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on another airplane today.

McCoy took his name off the Oakland Raiders’ list, canceling his scheduled interview in Denver with newly-hired Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie to board a flight to New York.

McCoy doesn't cancel with the Raiders unless one of two things has happened:

  1. He's got the gig in Miami
  2. He's come to his senses

I'm going with #1.

Adam Schefter gets scooped by Rob Lowe

Unimpeachable source Rob Lowe says Peyton Manning is retiring
sports.yahoo.com

The actor sent two more tweets in the following minutes, one to NFL Network’s Rich Eisen asking if the news was true (actual motive: making sure someone in the know saw the tweet) and another saying that he hopes he’s wrong, even though he usually isn’t (actual motive: covering his bases).

This beats the hell out of sitting next to Boomer Esiason

KARINA SMIRNOFF OF ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ WANTS TIM TEBOW AS HER NEXT PARTNER
www.sportressofblogitude.com

“All I want for my birthday is for Tim Tebow to dance on Dancing with the Stars,” she said Saturday, not long after Tebow and his Broncos team were ousted from the NFL playoffs by Tom Brady and his Patriots. “Tim is a very talented athlete, that was clear when we saw his performance this past season with Denver.”

I know the Broncos want Tebow to do less "stuff" in the offseason and concentrate on football, but bluntly, this chick gets me sprung.  I think Tebow ought to consider it.

Tim could win this thing.  He already knows how to John Fox Trot (Ba Dum Tsssh).  Thank you, I'll be here all week.

Simms: Tebow lovers and haters, please. Shut up.

Jungle Highlights
www.jimrome.com

Phil Simms: If New England plays the same defense and dares Joe Flacco to throw it outside…he’ll throw it outside…What do people want John Elway to say? “Tim Tebow’s gonna be our QB for the next five years no matter what”? I think that’s what the group on Tim Tebow’s side wants, and you just can’t do that…There’s still some unanswered questions…Kansas City the second time around held him to three; New England, second time around - you know, a defense none of us look upon as great - look what they did.

Jim Rome: The second thing I hear from Tebow fans is, “If the team would just turn him loose, he’d be fine.”

Phil Simms: Well, you know…they turned him loose - I don’t know what else they want the Broncos to do…what’s gonna have to change is the execution - the passing game. The option game that everybody talks about, from start to finish, let’s be honest: IT DID NOT WORK. What worked, is they just lined it up and they could run over you. That worked. Yeah, he had some runs, and he had some scrambles. But the option game overall…it was negative yards.

I come out of the games, the Tim Tebow haters say to me, “You’re too easy on him.” But then the Tim Tebow people go, “You’re way too hard on him,” and I go, “Oh my gosh, all of you. Please. Shut up.” I am definitely not biased about it. He is a terrific kid - it is true. His work habits are, even by NFL standards, especially at quarterback - they are tremendous. I give him all that. I can’t wait to see him next year. I want to see a different thrower next year than the guy I saw this year.

Well, now. I've been hitting Simms pretty hard here of late for likening Tim Tebow to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, but I have to give him credit. When he's not calling games and presumably worrying about Nielson ratings, he doesn't pull punches. But at the same time, shouldn't we be insulted? Does CBS not think we want honest commentary during games like Simms provided to Jim Rome here? Guess not...

Big Al: Eddie Royal dissatisfied with offense

The Drive hour 2 1/17/12
www.1043thefan.com

Darren McKee: “You think Eddie Royal is dissatisfied and will go somewhere else?”
Alfred Williams: “I don’t think Eddie is dissatisfied. I know Eddie is dissatisfied.”
Darren McKee: “You talked to Eddie about it?”
Alfred Williams: “I did not.”
Darren McKee: “Okay, well, how do you know he’s dissatisfied.”
Alfred Williams: “Let’s just say, I know.”

I thought this exchange between Williams and McKee this afternoon on The Drive was interesting because, in theory, it provides some insight into Eddie Royal.  When pressed, Big Al said that he had visited Rod Smith just today and Smith told him that it would have been hard to play receiver with Tim Tebow because of the inconsistency, and that staying disciplined in routes would be hard because one would rarely be rewarded with the ball.  Williams then went on to relate this story back to Eddie being frustrated.  

We'd had reports during the Brandon Lloyd trade speculation that Royal wanted out of Denver as well.  Now that he's a free agent--if we believe Big Al and Rod Smith--Royal has likely played his last game in a Broncos uniform.  

On a side note, I'd been wondering all year what Rod Smith thought of Tebow as a quarterback, because in my world, Rod Smith is both God and the orignal hardest working guy in football.

If you want to hear the exchange, forward to 28:25 of Hour 2.  By the way, Big Al thinks the Broncos are going with QB Nick Foles from Arizona as their first-round draft pick. Big Al accurately predicted the Broncos would draft Von Miller last year months before anyone else.

This girl doesn’t believe it’s just a game

Stop Whatever You’re Doing, And Watch This Sad Drunk Lady Cry About The Packers Loss
deadspin.com

The video:

I tried not to laugh at this.  Then, a few seconds later, I stopped trying.

Vic Lombardi: Broncos want Tebow to keep it on the down low

Expectations Are Going To Change For Broncos
denver.cbslocal.com

I can tell you this: I know a lot of people want him - CBS wants him on their pregame show next week. Privately, the Broncos really want him to lay low this offseason and work on his game - and that would be the smart thing to do.

Tebow has openly said that football isn't everything, and that his career provides a platform for his personal and philanthropic endeavors. Granted, he presumably won't be going on a nationwide book tour this offseason, but Tebow still has responsibilities to Nike, Jockey and FRS. It will be interesting to see how he balances all of this with the acknowledged need to improve as a passer over the coming months.

Update 4:05pm ET: In between Mike Klis doing a complete 180 on his assessment of Tebow to help sell copies of his new book fulfill a New Year's resolution, Tim tersely told Klis that he won't be doing the pregame show (in even fewer words). It's probably the most abrupt response we've ever read/heard from the normally sunny and gracious Tebow. Here's Chris Chase's take for SC.