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Should Tebow do more yoga and less tire flipping?

Brian Billick recommends that Tim Tebow shed some of that muscle
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Obviously, a lot of things can and should change about how Tim Tebow throws the football, and maybe the muscle mass isn’t helping him. But surely, there are about 30 other things he can work on before he starts to worry about that: where he holds the ball, where he starts the throwing motion, making everything more compact, getting his feet right. When he gets those things down, and he still can’t throw the ball, then maybe we put him on the “Christian Bale before The Fighter” weight loss plan.

And if you take the muscle off of Tebow, doesn’t he break fewer tackles, get sacked more easily and lose a lot of his ability to keep a play alive? And if Tim Tebow can’t do those things, is he still Tim Tebow?

I think what you’d be left with is a guy who looks more like a prototypical quarterback, but would still have major issues with throwing accuracy, and he wouldn’t be a spectacular runner, either. Congratulations. You’ve created Mark Sanchez.

I do not like it, Sam I am

Raiders will interview both Broncos coordinators
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The Oakland Raiders want to talk to both of the coordinators on the team that won their division.

The Raiders have received permission to interview Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for their head coaching vacancy, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting.

It’s an interesting strategy from Raiders owner Mark Davis and G.M. Reggie McKenzie. It makes sense from a competitive standpoint to consider bringing in coaches from the team ahead of them in the standings, but it may also be a tactic designed at gathering intelligence on a division rival.

If that’s what it is, it sounds like a strategy that Al Davis would love.

Mark Davis, your haircut still sucks, no matter how many of our coordinators you interview.

Morrissey details facing the zombie horde

Worship more like hardship
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A certain sports columnist from Chicago — we’ll call him “Rick Morrissey” — writes that Tim Tebow isn’t a good quarterback and that God doesn’t care whether the Broncos win a football game…The columnist then gets inundated with emails from Broncos fans, Tebow fans and, for some reason, what seems to be most of the white population of Oklahoma…

...I don’t think I’ve seen a bigger emotional investment in whether one player wins a football game. People see a Tebow victory as proof of all sorts of things, mostly that God is squarely on his side…

...There was an assumption in many of the emails I received that if you’re not on board with the Tebow movement, you must be anti-religion, pro-abortion, anti-gun rights, Obama-loving and in all likelihood attracted to farm animals. And you know this about me because I don’t think Tebow is a particularly good quarterback? I also got the sense that being a practicing Catholic is not quite Christian enough for some of you. I’ll have to work on that.

I can’t tell you how many emails I received that included the terms “Michael Vick,’’ “thugs” and “end zone celebrations.’’ As in, would you rather have that than Tebow’s overt religious enthusiasm? If I recall, Vick served prison time for his dog-fighting cruelty. And if I’m not mistaken, we’re called to forgive one another. Apparently, there’s something in the fine print about Vick that excludes forgiveness.

That sliver-sized space for absolution is what worries me about Tebow’s future. People have constructed a world for him in which there is no room for mistakes, only perfection. And if he should stumble? What then? It’s frightening how much belief followers have put in a 24-year-old. I feel sorry for him. I feel sorry for the woman who marries him. I can’t imagine the glare of the spotlight and the pressure to be sinless. Tebow seems like a very nice guy with a very big heart. It’s the people who worship him, rather than just admire him, who make my skin crawl.

Bailey does his best John Elway

Patriots Stop Tim Tebow: Why He Will Be Missed
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Denver’s defense lost this game, but Tebow was still pretty terrible: he completed just 9 of 26 passes, for 136 yards. (John 1:36 – “When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!’”)  One 3rd-and-19 pass late in the third quarter was so wobbly and off the mark that Denver chose to kick a field goal rather than go for it on fourth down, trailing 42-7. The message was clear: Denver coach John Fox had no faith that Tebow could convert.

After the game, Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey was asked if Tebow should be the starter next season. Bailey looked the other way, providing no answer.

Champ has hedged his QB bet several times this year.  First he was in the Orton camp.  Then he switched to Tebow's.  After the KC loss, he was neutral.  With the win against Pittsburgh, it was safe to leave the house again.

Now, mum's the word. Can't say I blame him.  It's best to declare after the fact so you're on the right side of history.

Tom Kensler had a different version of events, though.

Team player, or Team Tebow player?

Tebow Performs Better in Sideshow
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Soon they were all praying together, while a protective cocoon of Tebow’s people formed around the pair, getting huffy when a couple of reporters stopped to observe. “Private family time,” one said, which was strange, since the scene was a hard-to-miss public spectacle, like so much of the Tebowing phenomenon, and it lasted considerably longer than any Denver drive.

He comes off as exceedingly earnest and sincere, though his religious invocations can have the same repetitive effect of those uttered during a Miss America pageant. Being uncomfortable with them doesn’t make one a hater or a heathen, just one of many who wonder if there is an appropriate time and place and if the football environment doesn’t always have to be one of them. Maybe as part of the growth process Tebow will figure that out.

As he always does, he thanked his teammates for their support and effort immediately after praising God. But one was left to surmise that he, the Broncos’ purported leader, should have been with them late Saturday night instead of in the corridor tending to his own personal business, no matter how giving it was. There are times when duty to team has to come first. Surely one of them is in the wake of lopsided and season-ending defeat.

Scott Pioli may have gone all Dick Nixon on Handshake Haley

Arrowhead anxiety: Turnover off the field causes concern
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Looking up toward the ceiling, he darted into a back hallway before hesitating. Then he turned around, going back through a door and stopping again. Haley suspected that many rooms at the team facility were bugged so that team administrators could monitor employees’ conversations. Stopping finally in a conference room, Haley said he believed his personal cellphone, a line he used before being hired by the Chiefs in 2009, had been tampered with.

Paranoid? The Chiefs have adamantly denied that they tap phones or listen in on conversations. But as the team enters another period of transition after elevating defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel last week to head coach, interviews with more than two dozen current and former employees suggest that intimidation and secrecy are among the Chiefs’ principal management styles — and that Haley wasn’t the only one with paranoid thoughts.

“When you’re mentally abused, you eventually lose it, too,” one former longtime Chiefs executive said.

Wow.  Just wow.  What's more fun, watching Oakland pinch off Hue-bris Jackson or Scott Pioli act like he's dropping acid?  Quick, Scott, get down, I think I just saw the walls breathing. 

Tebow goes biblical

Tebow urges Denver’s Davids to conquer Goliath
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

As if there weren’t enough religious references and images enveloping the Denver Broncos and quarterback Tim Tebow, Jay Glazer of FOX reports that Tebow delivered a speech to his teammates on Saturday morning urging the team to play the role of David, against the Goliaths known as the Patriots.  Glazer says Tebow received a standing ovation for his passionate remarks.  In a few hours, we’ll find out whether it pushes the Broncos toward another postseason victory.

I always did think Tom "Goliath" Brady stood six cubits and a span, which is the bible's way of saying almost ten feet tall. That guy can really see over his linemen.

Rick Reilly just realized Tim Tebow is a nice guy

I believe in Tim Tebow
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I’ve come to believe in Tim Tebow, but not for what he does on a football field, which is still three parts Dr. Jekyll and two parts Mr. Hyde. No, I’ve come to believe in Tim Tebow for what he does off a football field, which is represent the best parts of us, the parts I want to be and so rarely am.

Who among us is this selfless?

Every week, Tebow picks out someone who is suffering, or who is dying, or who is injured, flies them and their families to the Broncos game, rents them a car, puts them up in a nice hotel, buys them dinner (usually at a Dave and Buster’s), gets them and their families pregame passes, visits with them just before kickoff (!), gets them 30-yard line tickets down low, visits with them after the game (sometimes for an hour), has them walk him to his car, and sends them off with a basket of gifts.

Home or road, win or lose, hero or goat.

Apparently, there were a few stragglers left who didn't buy into the idea that Tebow was a good person off the field.  Reilly, it appears, has just come around to the idea.

Either that or he just needed to lay down a word count in order to keep up his end of his contract with ESPN.  

Who among us has been living in a cave, Rick?

Lombardi: Tebowmania is a motivational gift to Belichick, Brady

Brady, Pats will flourish in the face of Tebowmania; notes
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When has Tom Brady not been the main story? Brady is a Hall of Fame player and a huge celebrity off the field, but even he has to take a back seat when Tebowmania comes to town. And with Tebow getting all the attention, something tells me that Brady will play his best.

With the Tebow story running wild, this year’s Patriots should be fully tuned in to their coach’s message.

It's not often that a 13.5-point dog gets all of the attention, but that is the power of Tebow. Hopefully, the Broncos aren't buying into the hype, and they still see themselves as underdogs.

Double, double toil and Tebow

Salem sorcesses in Brady's corner, but won't hex Tebow
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The group plans to gather Friday (the 13th, mind you) to nullify any curses associated with Brady being splashed on the cover of past issues of Sports Illustrated. No Tim Tebow hexes are planned—these are nice witches, with jobs and email addresses—but the ladies are heavily into Patriots football and not afraid to toy with the outcome.

We always knew Belichick had some dark arts on his side...