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Kyle Williams Death Threats: 49ers Returner Threatened On Twitter After Loss To Giants
www.huffingtonpost.com

After Jacquian Williams knocked the ball from his grasp and the Giants recovered at the 24-yard line, Kyle Williams was the scapegoat in San Francisco. The 23-year-old’s name quickly started trending on Twitter—partly because some 49ers fans lent their support, but mostly because he was the subject of hateful messages, several openly rooting for his death.

Someone, presumably a 49ers fan based on his profile image, tweeted that he hopes Williams and his family dies. Another wished Williams died in his sleep Sunday night. And when another tweeted that he’s not sure Williams deserves to be receiving death threats, someone said that notion was “debatable.”

Bill Buckner was lucky Twitter didn't exist back in 1986, that's all I'm saying.

I'd like to think Broncos fans would be above something like, but I'm not so sure there aren't bad apples in every bunch--even the orange and blue variety.

Allen considered a leading candidate for Oakland job

Dennis Allen, Raiders to talk again
espn.go.com

Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen has been invited to interview a second time for the Oakland Raiders’ head coaching vacancy, according to league sources.

The Raiders also are said to be considering another coach, but the fact that Allen is thought to be the first candidate asked to interview a second time is a sign he is one of the favorites, if not the favorite, for the job.

Allen’s second interview with the Raiders is expected to take place this week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

No idea whether Allen will make for a good head coach, but we already know he's a terrific DC, and that's only after one season in the position. So as much as it would sting for him to end up in Oakland, who knows how he'd do there. What is certain here is that losing him would hurt the Broncos in a big way. (h/t RSH, Esq)

Meanwhile, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie says the team could name a new head coach as soon as Saturday.

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Will Tim Tebow be the Broncos starting QB in 2012?
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Two minutes of your life you can’t get back:

Are you scared to take the Tebow mirror challenge?

In Tim Tebow, sports world gets needed role model — and he's hated
www.orlandosentinel.com

Tebow’s a challenging mirror to peer into. “We want to know at the end of the day that guy is one of us,” says Leslie Seppinni, a Beverly Hills psychotherapist. “In Tim Tebow’s reflection, we are threatened by our own laziness to do the work, our self-centeredness, and our unwillingness to take a risk.” It’s easier to hope he face-plants into the Mt. Everest of coke than rise to his public example.

How sad.

Another Tebow is a better human than you and you should be ashamed of yourself column, complete with Mike Vick dog fighting comps.

Yet there is some wisdom in the psychobabble above. Taking a risk in life is hard, requires thousands of hours of hard work, and it exposes you to criticism and failure. But Tebow--without even bringing into the discussion religion and politics--does pull the trigger on going for his dream. It's completely admirable.

Most people, on the other hand, whether they are evangelicals or not, live lives of quiet desperation, as Henry David Thoreau once said. They simply prefer to watch from the couch and either hope Tebow takes a dive or invest themselves emotionally in his success. In fact, the more of these lazy bastards there are out there, the better for Roger Goodell and his band of merry men. After all, the margins on jersey sales don't just create themselves, now, do they?

McCoy believes his DC preference cost him Dolphins job

Bowles as DC might have worked against McCoy
miamiherald.typepad.com

McCoy, as I reported earlier in this space, was confident he was going to get the Dolphins job. At 39 years old, he was the only one of the finalists that fit into Stephen Ross’s desire to hire “a young Don Shula.”

But that’s not the reason McCoy was so confident. Turns out he was reading signs from the team. He gauged their enthusiasm following his first meeting with them Monday. And he was even more confident after flying to New York for a Thursday interview because that went a full eight hours—nine hours if you count the meal—and afterward general manager Jeff Ireland told McCoy that if things went as expected, the team would send a plane for McCoy and the family to bring them from Denver back to South Florida on Friday.  But it never got to that point and McCoy thinks he knows the reason.

Seems during the McCoy interview, the topic of defensive coordinator came up. And the Dolphins told McCoy they really liked Todd Bowles and would like him to hire Bowles as the defensive coordinator.

At any rate, McCoy didn’t agree to hiring Bowles as his defensive coordinator. He told the Dolphins that as a first time head coach, and an offensive-minded coach at that, he’d like to hire an experienced defensive coordinator. He told the Dolphins he’d like someone that had done the job and succeeded in the job previously so he could concentrate more on upgrading the Miami offense.

Mike McCoy--flexible enough to change his entire offensive system, but apparently not flexible when it comes to defensive coordinators.

Anybody got an extra hundo laying around?

For Sale On eBay: ‘Tebowing’ Grilled Cheese
denver.cbslocal.com

A burnt grilled cheese sandwich featuring the now-unmistakable image of the Denver quarterback kneeling in prayer, or “Tebowing,” is up for auction on eBay. Since the auction started Jan. 14, bidding has reached $85 – as of this posting — with 46 separate bids being made on the bumbled lunch-turned-must-have eBay item of the moment.

As of the time of this post, only $100.99 for a bite of Tebowmania! And only 33 minutes left to bid!

McCoy has support of Jeff Ireland, but still waiting for final decision on Dolphins job

Time has come for Miami Dolphins’ final coaching decision
www.miamiherald.com

None of the candidates had been informed of a decision as of Thursday evening.

...there were indications Thursday that it remained a tight race between the two offensive coordinators, with Bowles a fallback option if Ross cannot decide between Philbin and McCoy.

The Dolphins were impressed by McCoy, and he reportedly has the support of Ireland, whose opinions carry significant weight with Ross.  But Ross also thinks very highly of Philbin, according to associates.

If Ireland is supporting McCoy, I have a hard time believing McCoy is going to finish as the runner up.  Dolphins owner Steve Ross really does put a lot of trust in Ireland.  You may recall that Ireland is the same guy who received little more than a wrist slap after asking Dez Bryant if his mom was a prostitute.

Mile High Sports: McCoy departure would be followed by Scherer hiring

PLAN B: The Broncos are prepared for Mike McCoy’s departure
www.milehighsports.com

Multiple sources have confirmed that the Dolphins were blown away by McCoy’s performance in his initial interview. Couple that with the fact that McCoy has a solid relationship with current Miami quarterback Matt Moore from their days together in Carolina and McCoy has an advantage over other coaching candidates…

The Broncos have requested to speak with Colorado Buffaloes assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer. Multiple sources have told me that if McCoy does in fact leave the Broncos, Scherer is a 100 percent lock to join the Broncos staff…The ones that I have talked to believe that if and when Scherer joins the staff, it is more likely that he will come on as the quarterbacks coach and that the man currently in that position, Adam Gase, would move to offensive coordinator, something that many Broncos fans might not want to hear.

Brandon Spano says Adam Gase would likely be elevated to OC should Mike McCoy head out of town, but he also suggests that many Broncos fans might be unhappy with such a development. Obviously, he's referring to the segment that bizarrely called for McCoy's ouster for his perceived lack of turning Tebow loose, as Phil Simms put it the other evening.

That aside, a promotion of Gase makes all the sense in the world, most especially for...none other than Tim Tebow. Retaining Gase and handing him the reins to the offense is the only move that would maintain some measure of continuity for Tim, and what could be more important for a young QB with such a crucial offseason ahead of him? Even if hiring Scherer would mean Tebow's third QB coach in his three years (after Ben McDaniels and Gase himself), Gase's unmatched familiarity among exisiting staff with Tebow and the progress he has made, his strengths and weaknesses, is a commodity the Broncos could not afford to lose if McCoy were to move on.

The other thing to consider is that if the team were to import a new OC from outside the organization, that coach would undoubtedly desire to put his own stamp on the offense. And let's be honest - with the deficiencies in Tebow's passing skills, how likely is he to stand much of a chance to win a QB competition within the framework of some outsider's offense? Tim has enough on his plate these next few months - acclimating himself to a new offense, nomenclature, and developing a relationship with a new OC? It would be an unmitigated disaster. (h/t RSH, Esq)

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.