Tag:Denver Broncos
Posted on: January 14, 2012 7:55 pm
 

Patriots' Mankins, Chung active vs. Broncos


After an impressive overtime win over the Steelers last week, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos will face off against the New England Patriots on Saturday. Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan have the preview. Watch the game on CBS at 8 PM ET. 

By Ryan Wilson

One of the benefits to having a first-round bye: injured players have two weeks to get healthy, and for the Patriots, that means left guard Logan Mankins and safety Patrick Chung will be available Saturday against the Broncos. Both players have been declared active, according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Greg Bedard who adds that "Chung is more of a key to the team's success in this game because of the weakness of the defense. The Patriots could get by without Mankins [because] the Broncos don't have much of an interior line."

Which might explain why tackle Sebastian Vollmer is down. Rookie Nate Solder will start in his place.

In addition to Mankins and Chung, wide receiver Wes Welker (questionable) and linebacker Brandon Spikes also will play.

Other New England inactives: Ryan Mallett, Nate Jones, Shane Vereen, Gary Guyton, Donald Thomas and Ron Brace.

And for the Broncos, the inactives include: Eric Decker, Brian Dawkins, Lonie Paxton, Julius Thomas, Ryan Harris, Derrick Harvey, and Mike Mohamed.

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Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Chad Ochocinco flies Twitter fan to Pats game

Ocho and the Pats hooked a Twitter follower up. (Twitter.com)
By Will Brinson

Two weeks ago, we talked to Chad Ochocinco about a number of different things. One was how he stayed so popular on Twitter in an increasingly saturated social media market.

"Nah, no strategy," Ochocinco said at the time. "Just having no filter. No filter is what makes it what it is."

Ochocinco's latest unfiltered move is just bananas though: he flew one of his Twitter followers to Foxboro for the New England/Denver Divisional Round tilt on Sunday.

The fan, a college student named Victor Gonzalez,

"Been tweeting you for two years and have not ever gotten a response," Gonzalez tweeted at Ocho recently.

"Damn 2 years? My bad," Ocho replied. "Want to come to the game saturday?"

Victor couldn't, because he lives in Florida, so he joked with Chad about flying him to the game. Which, naturally Chad did. What resulted was easily the experience of Victor's young life, as he went out to dinner with Ochocinco, toured Gillette Stadium and picked up a ton of swag from the Patriots store (see: above).

Ocho's gotten ripped at times this year because of his low production, and plenty of people lament his off-field behavior at times, but, man, it's hard to stay too angry at a guy who's this in touch with his fans.

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Posted on: January 14, 2012 3:24 pm
 

Report: NFL to look at coaches swapping teams

The NFL could keep teams from grabbing coaches midseason. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Josh McDaniels, who will reportedly be working from the coaches' box on Saturday, switched teams "midseason" this year when the Patriots hired him to replace departing offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien.

This didn't sit well with a number of teams and Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the NFL will look at restricting movement of coaches from one team to another during the same league year.

The Broncos, in particular, didn't appreciate the swap, considering that McDaniels, who has intimate knowledge of their roster and personnel, spent all week helping the Pats prepare to play Denver again. (Probably not helping things: Tom Brady's assertion that McD has "inside information.")

Mortensen reports that "a few clubs lodged complaints" about McDaniels transfer and such complaints could be impetus for a rule preventing coaches from swapping teams midseason.

Implementing such a rule would be a logical move, even if the Patriots have several sound excuses -- O'Brien's already moving towards Penn State, and McDaniels will eventually be the full-time OC -- for bringing in McDaniels right away.

It's clear that having McDaniels on staff gives the Patriots some advantage and it's an unfair leg up on an opponent. It's also a gateway for some team down the road to temporarily hire a fired coach simply for a playoff or late-season matchup.

And that's why the NFL would be wise to nip it in the bud before it becomes a more serious issue.

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Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:36 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 1:58 pm
 

Report: McDaniels to sit in Pats coaching booth

Josh McDaniels is back where it all started: New England. (AP)

By Ryan Wilson

After nearly three years, Josh McDaniels has returned to the Patriots. The former New England offensive coordinator's meteoric rise coincided with the team's record-setting performance during the 2007 season, and in 2009 he was named the Broncos head coach. That lasted less than two seasons and McDaniels served as the offensive coordinator of a punchless Rams team in 2011. But now he's returned to Foxboro where it all started.

Will McDaniels make a difference? (Getty Images)
And on Saturday night, when the Patriots host the Broncos, McDaniels, who has been with the team for a week, will watch the game from the Pats' coaching booth, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

That doesn't seem like a particularly controversial proposition … and yet it is.

When New England hired McDaniels last weekend, the immediate reaction from critics went something like this: "Wait, doesn't this give the Pats an unfair advantage? McDaniels has already faced the Steelers, Bengals and Ravens and he drafted Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas?!"

Of course, the Rams were winless against the AFC North teams mentioned above (and were blown out by Baltimore and Pittsburgh), and the reason McDaniels isn't in Denver is because he wasn't very good at his job. Not only that, but the Patriots stomped the Broncos in Week 15, 41-23, without McDaniels.

One more thing: NFL rules don't prohibit teams from hiring assistants at any point during the season. And if the Rams wanted to keep McDaniels in St. Louis, or at the very, least weren't interested in New England grabbing him in time for the playoffs, they could've denied the Pats the opportunity to talk to him. They didn't.

And now McDaniels is free to share all the "inside information" he's collected with New England as they try to stop Air Tebow.

This is a joke. Belichick doesn't need advice from the guy responsible for wrecking the Broncos from the inside. Not only that, the Pats' current offensive coordinator, Bill O'Brien, is still with the team, and he will be on the sidelines calling plays just as he has been on 16 previous occasions this season.


After an impressive overtime win over the Steelers last week, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos will face off against the New England Patriots on Saturday. Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan have the preview. Watch the game on CBS at 8 PM ET. 

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Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:07 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 3:03 pm
 

Tim Tebow, 1.4M fans embrace Facebook's Timeline

Tebow's embraces Facebook's 'Timeline' and so do his fans. (Facebook.com)
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By Will Brinson

Tim Tebow is, in many walks of life, conservative. His demeanor at press conferences, his religious beliefs, and his on-field football behavior can all be classified as such. But when it comes to social media, the Broncos quarterback is as progressive as they come, and he's one of the first celebrities to use Facebook's newly-launched "Timeline" feature.

He's also one of Facebook's fastest-growing celebrity profiles, thanks in large part to his recent success on the field.

Broncos vs. Patriots: Tebowmania

Tebow has 1,463,732 subscribers (and growing, natch) on his profile page right now; nearly 500,000 of those have subscribed (subscribe is the new "like") in the past month since Tebow debuted his Timeline.

His most recent post, a celebratory reaction to the Broncos win over Pittsburgh last weekend, currently has 240,345 likes, nearly 30,000 comments and over 7,300 shares.

But here's the cool thing about Timeline, and how it works for an athlete: Tebow's last post came January 9, but his page doesn't feel stagnant in the slightest. The Broncos win is still fresh in everyone's mind, and the cover photo, with Tebow's arms pointed skyward, is a pretty timeless representation of precisely who Tebow is and what he does.

"The profile page you’ve had is really good at representing the present, and it’s really terrible at representing the past," Facebook spokesperson Meredith Chin said at the Timeline launch in December. "Social media is very much about right now, but the story of who people are isn’t just the present."

Scroll down Tebow's page (or that of any active Timeline user) and it's clear how Timeline can change the way people interact with famous users (and their friends): Tebow has a photo of his graduation from Florida in 2009, "The Promise" in 2008, his first jump-pass touchdown in 2006, and even a picture of a toothless Tim in 1993.

If you didn't know who Tim Tebow is (no, really, there are actually still people like this in the world) and you wanted to find out, Facebook is now truly a one-stop shop for a biographical recap of all things Tebow.

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:01 pm
 

James Harrison not fined for hit on Tim Tebow

Moral victory: His team loses but Harrison avoids fine in final game of the year. (AP/Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

It took a week, but the Steelers finally have some good news to report. First, safety Troy Polamalu won his appeal for the $10,000 fine he faced for using a cell phone during a game back in October. And now it looks like linebacker James Harrison won't be any lighter in the wallet for his roughing-the-passer penalty on Tim Tebow during Sunday's playoff game.

For folks even half-paying attention to the NFL, Harrison's name is synonymous with words like "dirty" and "suspension." He was fined $100,000 in 2010 for various illegal hits on unsuspecting opponents, and he the league finally suspended him in 2011 after he knocked Browns quarterback Colt McCoy silly.

But we'd like to think that even Harrison's harshest critics can agree that the flag he received for shoving a 250-pound Tebow in the back was taking things a bit far, even for NFL's Public Enemy No. 1.

Of course, no game involving Harrison would be complete if he didn't do something controversial. In the first quarter, the Steelers linebacker went low on Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker. A perfectly legal hit and probably an attempt by Harrison to live within the rules laid down by the league: stay away from the heads and shoulders of defenseless receivers. The only problem: Decker suffered a knee injury, had to be helped from the field, and he won't play this weekend, either.

Still, even Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway didn't have an issue with Harrison's play.

"Because of the fact that he's been fined so often, [Harrison] really had no other option. ... I don't think he intended to hurt Eric. But obviously because of the situations he's been in, he had to go low and stay away from the head. And it ended up costing an MCL sprain for Eric."

So while the officials may have wrongly penalized Harrison for his hit on Tebow, they also missed at least two facemask penalties committed against the Dever quarterback. Ultimately, it didn't matter. The Broncos' from-outta-nowhere high-powered aerial assault wasn't fazed by a couple no-calls or, for that matter, fancy new overtime rules. Next up: the New England Patriots who, if we're being honest, would've much rather faced the Steelers this weekend.
 
In other "hey, we aren't getting fined?!" news, the NFL confirmed to ProFootballTalk.com that Cincinnati’s Reggie Nelson, Houston’s Antonio Smith, Detroit’s Amari Spievey and the New York GiantsJacquian Williams, all flagged for personal-foul penalties last weekend, won't be required to write the league a check for their actions.


After an impressive overtime win over the Steelers last week, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos will face off against the New England Patriots on Saturday. Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan have the preview. Watch the game on CBS at 8 PM ET. 

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:31 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 1:47 pm
 

Tiger Woods and Tim Tebow paired at AT&T Pro-Am?

Tiger Woods and Tim Tebow playing golf together?(US Presswire)
By Will Brinson

Tim Tebow's done his best to break the bastion of evil known as the Internet, via incredible comebacks and whatnot, but Al Gore's invention has stood the test of Tebow thus far. However if the rumor about Tiger Woods and Tim Tebow being paired together at the AT&T Pro-Am in Pebble Beach comes to fruition, you better lock down your servers.

Global Golf Post reports that the pairing is a possibility, citing a "highly placed source" within the tournament who says the tourney "is strongly considering issuing an invitation" to Tebow.

As CBSSports.com's Steve Elling wrote recently, Woods will make his 2012 American debut at Pebble on February 9.

"It's always been one of my favorite spots," Woods said. "It might be the prettiest place on earth."

It's one of our favorite spots too, and not just because the tournament's shown on CBS. (What? We like synergy.) But it might not look quite as pretty if Woods is paired with Tebow, because the galleries, which are typically reduced for an event like a Pro-Am, will be absolutely ridiculous.

A few things have to go down for this to happen, of course. The tournament has to invite Tebow, Tebow has to accept and Woods, per Global Golf Post, would need to "approve the pairing."

But Tiger probably would, because, well it would be good for everyone involved. Oh, and also because Tebow's a pretty good golfer: he played with Jack Nicklaus and Kenny G at the 2011 Honda Classic Pro-Am and, as you can see below, has a Phll Mickelson-like swing:



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Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:21 am
Edited on: January 13, 2012 11:01 am
 

VIDEO: Jimmy Fallon sings 'Tebowie' skit

By Will Brinson

We've never been huge Jimmy Fallon fans, but some of the stuff he does is absolutely knock-down, drag-out hilarious. Like "Tebowie," which is a Tim Tebow-related skit that Fallon busted out on Thursday night.

This may seem obvious, but we'll set it up anyway: Fallon's doing a David Bowie impersonation. But his version of Bowie is crossbred with Tebow, creating some sort of classic-rock monster.

Fallon sings "Space Oddity" (you may know it as "Ground Control to Major Tom"?) with the lyrics swapped up to focus on the Broncos quarterback.

Kudos to Fallon for his patience: waiting one night gave him the best Tebow skit of all the late-night shows.



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