It’s All Orange, Fat Man: 03/22/16

NFL News

TE Josh Hill, albeit a RFA from the Saints, visited the Bears.

– A new series called “All or Nothing” will follow around the Arizona Cardinals in an ultimate behind-the-scenes look behind an popular sports franchise. Think of this as general sports Hard Knocks.

T Kelvin Beachum and former 2nd overall pick T Luke Joeckel will compete for the LT spot on the Jaguars.

– Texans team president Bob McNair states that QB Brock Osweiler can become a real hero in Houston. He also said the QB wanted to get out of Peyton Manning and John Elway’s shadow.

– LB Ryan Shazier’s hit on RB Giovani Bernard in the playoffs will now be considered a penalty via new league rules.

– According to the Bills GM, even though WR Percy Harvin has experienced major hip and knee injuries, he still wants to continue playing football.

– No Broncos fans, the Bengals won’t trade QB AJ McCarron.

– QB Drew Brees hope$ for many more year$ a$ a New Orlean$ $aint.

– Drew Rosenhaus’ first move as Johnny Manziel’s agent is to declare there are teams interested in signing him.

– After Superbowl 48, the New York area wants to host another Superbowl.

– The Cowboys do not want to retain DE Greg Hardy.

WR Jeremy Kerley signs with the Detroit Lions.

– The Packers promote two within their own organization: Eliot Wolf is their new DFO and Brian Gutekunst is their new DPP.

The Jaguars have hired the great Monte Kiffin as their defensive assistant. Which essentially means they are getting a great football mind for the salary of an intern.

– Suspended Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has released an apology for his actions off of the field.

– Owner Woody Johnson has asked QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to come back to the Jets.

DE J.J Watt flew over 20 of his teammates up to his cabin in Wisconsin.

– Adam Gase, one of the coaches that was primarily responsible for Brock Osweiler’s development in Denver, told media that the QB had work ethic off the charts and was mature for a young kid.

NFL Analysis

– ESPN goes over some immediate impact free-agent signings for all 32 teams.

Jeff Dooley gives his draft replacement options for five big free-agency departures. DE Robert Nkemdiche and DE Adolphus Washington are his suggested replacements for DE Malik Jackson.

– Sam Monson releases his free agency grades for every NFC East team.

– According to Chase Stuart, Calvin Johnson played on the most pass-happy teams in NFL history.

– Chris from Smart Football attended one of Jim Harbaugh’s coaching clinics and recorded some really good notes.

– Cian Fahey breaks down the play of TE Martellus Bennett and how it will translate in NE’s offense.

– Peter King talks about the new rule changes in the NFL in his weekly MMQB.

Broncos

– According to Troy Renck, the Broncos are trying to ink a deal with LB Von Miller and are trying to create more competition at QB. He also states that LB Brandon Marshall could be a long-term keeper at the Mike.

– Jeff Legwold confirms that the Broncos will have very little cap room until they can move T Ryan Clady.

Southies and Spuckies!

Tom Brady and Giesele are vegans.

– An NFL source said that there is zero chance that the Patriots will get their pick back from the Deflategate ordeal. This is most likely due to the fact Robert Kraft didn’t appeal it as soon as possible but instead, waited to write a letter to the commissioner only to have it turned down.

– If TE Rob Gronkowski is unhappy about his contract, Robert Kraft is unaware that is the case.

Preach!

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  • Brian

    Just saw on ESPN that Justin Houston had ACL surgery a”in February and is out 6-12 mos

    • Yahmule

      I was wondering why they waited until February to operate when a knee injury ended his season in November. Apparently his ACL wasn’t torn, but Dr James Andrews said it was “functioning properly” after looking at an MRI. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of this before.

    • Jeremy

      That’s quite the range. Either he’ll be back in time for the end of training camp, or he’ll miss the entire season.

      • ohiobronco

        February to September seems pretty quick for an interior player who is going to incur a lot of contact.

        • Jeremy

          Von, who basically plays the same position, had his surgery I’m guessing around the first week in January (he went down 12/22), and he was pretty close to ready by the start of training camp, less than 7 months later.

          Chris Harris went down 1/12, and he played in the season opener, almost exactly 8 months later, although he did only play about half the snaps.

          If his surgery was done early February, I could see him only missing a couple games if everything goes well. If his surgery was done late February, that would push things back 4 weeks/games.

          • ohiobronco

            Von is a good comparison.

    • Rileyrott
  • Making the Shazier hit a penalty will lead to one more category of call that is wildly inconsistent. It was bad enough the play was blown dead and the return TD was nullified but imagine if the Steelers would have been penalized 15 yds. instead of getting the turnover… that will happen sometimes and others not. It will turn into the fiasco the catch rule has become.

  • ohiobronco

    Summary of QB related comments from this mornings Kubiak availability:
    http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Gary-Kubiak-May-the-best-man-win-at-QB/9a8eab38-7555-4ed3-b70b-0d6d86bcd805?utm_content=bufferd3908&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/15040545/robert-griffin-iii-part-conversation-qb-denver-broncos-gary-kubiak-says

    -Offensive verbiage same for Sanchez at USC as Kubiak’s system
    -Broncos have evaluated RG3, can’t talk publicly about Kap because he’s under contract
    -Doesn’t like pushing rookie QBs too much, will push Siemian more in second year and look for growth
    -“now it’s time for us to find the next Brock Osweiler”
    -Would be comfortable with Sanchez, Siemian and a draft pick if that’s how it works out

      • Royalwithcheese

        In other words, let’s see how the draft falls and if we still need a TE, we’ll give him a call.

        • ohiobronco

          Or if someone gets hurt.

    • The Color Orange

      “now it’s time for us to find the next Brock Osweiler.”
      I’m hoping we set our sights a little higher than that.

      • Jeremy

        Seems like a weird quote. I guess it’s to try and calm down people freaking out thinking we lost the best QB ever in Oz.

    • drewthorn

      Dang, I was hoping Kubes was going to announce that he was checking himself in for some sensitivity training. Everybody knows that what sets a guy like Bill Belichick apart is that at crucial moments in games and seasons, he pauses to consider and attend to the the emotional health and self image of his players, all the while being mindful that trying to win a crucial game is reckless and irresponsible if, in doing so, he bruises a player’s pride in a way that could cause long term complications.

      Of course, even if Belichick somehow blundered into such a reckless act of player mismanagement, he certainly wouldn’t have ever doubled down by completely over reacting to the sudden and overwhelming improvement in the performance of his team. Unfortunately, that type of innate instinct cannot be taught or trained.

      Call me silly, but I still hoped something good could somehow rise out of Kubiak’s darkest hour.

      • RSH, Esq.
        • gobroncos

          Ha!

          Simms: “I said: ‘Get your fat ass off the field….'” presumably to a player from the other team or a ref.
          Parcells: “Shut up Simms! Now don’t be a mumbmble player!”

          Love seeing Simms get chewed out.

          • RSH, Esq.

            I think Parcells yelled, “Now, don’t be a no class player!”

          • gobroncos

            Yeah, it was hard to understand. Thanks!

  • Yahmule

    I hope I read about Percy Harvin living under a bridge some day.

    • Yahmule

      Still way too lenient, but not the sick joke it was before.

  • The Color Orange

    Andrew Mason ‏@MaseDenver 4h4 hours ago

    Kubiak said Joe DeCamillis was out on the road, looking for new long snappers.

    But, why, Gary? Why? That’s what everyone wants to know.

    • Lonestar47

      Still have to wonder why they cut the one we had, as he had a very cap friendly contract.

    • InSiemianWeTrust

      Aaron was the ringleader in a sports betting scam involving guessing the number of drops DT would have per game. DT was in on the game, but his deadweight cost is too high. Aaron had to go.

      • Lonestar47

        If that is the case then DT should be fined big time for being in on it.

    • GMik – Broncologist

      First – he was part of that crew in Dallas 2 years ago (w/ Bolden and Hillman) that got suspended for partying on the road. I’m sure they warned him plenty not to let it happen again. Then, during Super Bowl week, he was (allegedly) legendarily partying his tail off. Clearly it didn’t affect his play so you can certainly argue big deal but I think for his position on the team Kubiak and the FO just didn’t want to deal with it anymore. That’s the story at least. And it certainly makes sense when nothing else would.

      Edit: Was not aware of ISWT’s story but could have played in to it if true.

      • Jeremy

        I don’t remember any of this. Sources?

        And if that’s the case why’d they give him a front loaded contract a year ago?

        • drewthorn

          Problem drinkers/users that escalate to bonafide addiction usually go off a cliff at some point. The descent to the next, more destructive phase, if that is how it’s going to go, isn’t usually gradual. A lot of 20 somethings go through the problem/”irresponsible” drinking phase. Some to a higher degree than others. Most don’t ever escalate to full blown addiction. They “grow up” or have some sort of consequence, and reel it in. Perhaps Brewer went off the cliff.

          • GMik – Broncologist

            I think he is very comfortable on that cliff. Some guys can handle it. Maybe it will catch up to him some day but it hasn’t seemed to have any negative effect to date. Dude has been perfect.

          • drewthorn

            From a Human Resources perspective, it’s probably better to catch and address such issues before they cause any obvious harm to the larger organization.

            Besides, if this is the reason, Brewer has officially met his cliff. Losing an insanely high paying job for reasons unrelated to performance is not usually a positive development.

        • SterlingMalloryArcher

          Alfred Williams and Chad Brown were talking about it on the radio last week.

      • Broncos777

        Yes, Alfred Williams said that a source with the team told him that Brewer’s partying was out of control to the point that the team decided to move on.

      • InSiemianWeTrust

        Mine was a total joke. I blame the Internet for my failed sarcasm.

        • ohiobronco

          Stupid internet.

        • Jeremy

          It wasn’t a fail. I’m amazed anyone thought you were serious. Players get banned for life for betting on the game, not kept because their dead money hits are too high.

        • GMik – Broncologist

          I got catfished!!!!

          • bradley

            Always remember what Abe Lincoln said: “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.”

          • GMik – Broncologist

            He was so progressive for his time!

        • Rhett Rothberg

          You have to use Sarcasm font, 12-point, bold italics…

      • SterlingMalloryArcher

        That was Kayvon Webster and Ronnie Hillman, not Omar Bolden. I heard Big Al and Chad Brown speaking somewhat cryptically about that on the radio last week. Al just kept saying “He (Brewer) was gettin’ it in! He was gettin’ it in!” which I guess means hard partying.

        Brown made the interesting comment that while Webster and Hillman ended up in the hospital, Brewer didn’t because he can handle his hallucinogens.

  • Lonestar47

    Poor Oz could not handle the pressure of being in the shadows of Goats.

    Sound like his balls puckered to the point of non exaistance.

    IMO Not the guy I want in a huge games behind center.

    Guess it is easier to play behind hoyer.

    • InSiemianWeTrust

      Brock knew he would be cut after 2 years if he wasn’t the next Aaron Rodgers. He saw Foxy and Gase get cut after runs that other franchises can only dream of. He saw himself get pulled for the errors of others. Yeah, expectations are damn high at Mile High. He made the right move for himself, his family, and his scrotum. So yes, his chance for “success” is higher in Texas. Best of luck to him, although I will be rooting against him. Not because I dislike him, but because the homer in me sure hopes Elway didn’t make a mistake.

      • Jeremy

        “He saw himself get pulled for the errors of others”

        Correction: He was held accountable for the success of the offense

        • GMik – Broncologist

          So do you think he would have been pulled if Sanders hadn’t fumbled that ball? Semantics.

          • Jeremy

            Hard to say if one play would have changed the situation, or if they would have faltered in the redzone like they had been and only gotten a FG.

            But if the Broncos weren’t losing to one of the worst teams in football at home in a must win game, than no I don’t think he gets pulled.

            It could go the other way too. If on the 2nd play of the game, DT doesn’t take a 6 yard completion and break a bunch of arm tackles and go for a TD, than Oz could have been pulled before halftime. Or maybe that would have allowed the offense to find a rhythm, and Oz would have played great, and we’d have gotten bounced in the 2nd round of the playoffs. Or maybe Oz would have carried us all the way and we would have just payed him 22 mil/year.

          • GMik – Broncologist

            Bottom line he was apparently pulled for his leadership, not his play. You can’t fault Kubiak for the decision – the results are in and we have our 3rd Super Bowl. What we do know is that Manning wasn’t prepared/ expecting to play, and this was pretty much out of left field. That said, this could be a blessing if we see Brock fail in Texas. Hopefully we find our next great guy regardless of his success/failures.

          • drewthorn

            I really highly doubt that the decision came out of left field, or that if it did, it would have stood. Kubiak has a boss who fired his pretty successful predecessor largely because, according to Elway, he made decisions or did things that he couldn’t or wouldn’t explain.

          • GMik – Broncologist

            Manning hadn’t taken snaps all week long. I’m sure you and I and most Bronco fans believed the position was Os’ moving forward and that Manning wasn’t getting it back. Then came a horrid first half and opening possession offensive performance and the chance we wouldn’t get by San Diego to secure homefield advantage and Kubiak made a call he didn’t expect to make. That’s all I meant by left field – which maybe just sounded worse than what I meant.

            Manning’s leadership very well could have made the difference in that game but I don’t think that was the plan. The offense under Osweiller was simply better than under Manning last year. And it was more Kubiak’s offense.

          • Lonestar47

            Yes OZs numbers were better than An injured Manning.

            But the entire team picked up it play the second Manning stepped on the field.

            Kind of like they knew that the sheriff would not allow lousy play.
            There is more to the QB spot than big numbers.

        • Kyle Milligan

          Agree with both interpretations. He may have been benched at the fault of his team mates. But you know what? The sad truth is a qb will always get too much of the praise when their team succeeds and too much of the blame when it falters. Something the dudes just have to deal with.

    • PiperAR

      Sour grapes are sour.

    • GMik – Broncologist

      Let’s look at facts not conjecture – I would say he handled the pressure just fine this past year. Coming back against NE and Cinci isn’t something just any old QB can do. And he was down 14 so let’s not give the Defense the credit. Gase’s comments tell me the guy isn’t puckering up over anything; he’s going to prepare his ass off.

      The truth is we didn’t go strong after Os until it was too late. Maybe Kubiak and Elway don’t have confidence in him but then why offer him $16m? I am a big supporter and proponent of what our FO has done but that doesn’t mean they’re perfect. They needed to show him more love after benching him if they wanted him resigned.

      As for your – and McNair’s comments. They were likely the owner’s opinion as much as anything and I’m sure they used that when recruiting him to Texas. I highly doubt that was a major factor in Osweiller’s decision but either way WE WOULD NOT have won a Super Bowl without him so say what you want…

      • ohiobronco

        I agree with a lot of the positive comments about him. After following him for 4 years, I’m a little disappointed we didn’t get to see what he could do as the full time starter. Elway probably slow played things too much. If he had made something close to his final offer before Bradford, there’s a good chance it gets done. Time to move on though, it’s not like there is only one promising young QB on the planet.

        • Kyle Milligan

          I will be cheering for him outside the Houston@Denver game this year. I really want him to do well, he seems like a hard worker and to have the fortitude to do this job.

          But I really want him to temporarily second guess his decision to leave the broncos where Peyton was “just glad to be on the same team as that defense.”

          EDIT: I second the idea of insemianwetrust about wanting elway to have made the right choice

      • drewthorn

        If I was Oz, I’d ask my friends and supporters to stop with the helpful and sympathetic insights. Oz came off a lot better when it was just a stone cold money grab.

        • GMik – Broncologist

          These aren’t his quotes. Though I agree with what you’re saying.

          • drewthorn

            Some dude at MHR says there is some tie between McNair and Oz’s parents and suggests that Oz to Houston has been inevitable for his entire career.

          • T. Jensen

            Wait I thought Jack Elway and Oz were best friends and Oz was going to play at league minimum because he wants Elway to look super successful.

          • GMik – Broncologist

            Lol. There may be a tie but if it was inevitable they would have drafted him 4 years ago. We had the inside track to resign him and we either: didn’t want him that bad or made a mess of his resigning.

            Either way I wish him well. I’m not in any way saying we should have paid him $18M. It was a tough call and it’s nice to have the cap space. But we do need a QB!!!!

          • drewthorn

            I didn’t say I believed the guy, but four years of shameless tampering would make for a great offseason scandal.

          • Kyle Milligan

            $18 is a gamble.

            You can’t offer someone $16 and at the same time have doubts about his outlook.

            You also don’t get to the NFL and not have enough self-confidence to think that you’re worth top dollar.

            I personally think that the idea of a fresh start would entice many.
            Bob seems to think that the Texans are a couple of pieces from being a contender, so to Oz it could be that he doesn’t see the two organizations being that different.

      • Rhett Rothberg

        I love a good voice of reason….thanks.

        PS – If you line up at QB in the NFL and lead a SB team to some success, you have more balls than the rest of us here….so….there’s that.

    • PiperAR

      Being the QB to follow a Hall Of Fame predecessor in Denver is a thankless job. Just ask Brian Griese. I don’t blame Osweiler at all if he doesn’t want it. Whatever his reasons for going to Houston, be in money, an offense he prefers, or a lower bar for QB success, that’s his business. And Mark Sanchez seems like the perfect person for a thankless job.

  • ohiobronco
    • Jeremy

      Wonder what prompted the Delay of game timeout rule. I thought you just weren’t granted a time out. Now do they give you a time out, a 5 yard penalty, and a possible 10 second run off?

      • Nick

        The officials should ignore such a timeout request, but they’re human like anyone else and might inadvertently blow the whistle. Makes sense to make it a penalty if the officials get fooled.

        • Jeremy

          Fair enough.

        • Also, officials can sometimes lose track of how many time outs a team has. They’re only human. The rule change basically prevents a team from taking advantage if a referee does forget.

      • ohiobronco

        I wonder how they are going to handle potential intentional uses of this rule. Such as a long completion with no timeouts.

        • Jeremy

          I presume it comes with a 10 second run off, which would make it pretty hard to pull off. 10 seconds is about how long it takes to run up to the line and get set.

    • GMik – Broncologist

      Is our blocking scheme out the window?!? ALL CHOP BLOCKS ILLEGAL. Am I misreading this, no one has commented?

  • bradley

    Kubiak: “C.J. is just getting started.”

  • RSH, Esq.
  • RSH, Esq.
    • gobroncos

      Huh?

      • GrizzlyB

        I don’t see it either, but I’d guess he’s talking about an apparent proposal to put touchbacks on the 25-yard line.

        • Nick

          It’s a tweet from Adam Schefter that was deleted. I don’t know what it was either, but if you’re correct, Brandon McManus had the correct retort:

          https://twitter.com/thekidmcmanus/status/710534172524355585

          • RSH, Esq.

            Which assumes that by kicking the ball short of the end zone, this will allow the kicking team to tackle the kick returner prior to his advancement to the 25 or greater yard line.

          • Jeremy

            Even when teams were kicking off from the 30 this was typical. Now teams will be 5 yards closer to the returner, and the kickers will be able to kick the ball higher, as they try to maximize hang time rather than maximize distance. Add in the fact that kickers have improved pretty drastically and I think most teams will try and implement the strategy.

          • RSH, Esq.

            And what about player safety?

          • GrizzlyB

            If this passes, the NFL will just have to find some other way to pretend to care about that.

          • Nick

            If the NFL really wants to eliminate kickoff returns, then I’ve advocated converting the kickoff to a puntoff. Greg Schiano offered up one way it could be done:

            http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000107256/article/greg-schiano-explains-idea-on-replacing-nfl-kickoffs

            Schiano proposes that after a touchdown or field goal, the scoring team retains
            possession, getting the football on its own 30, facing fourth-and-15.
            The team either can go for it or punt it away. In effect, punts would
            replace kickoffs.

          • Jeremy

            Exactly. Which is why Brandon McManus and others think the rule will do more harm than good for player safety.

          • Yahmule

            Good one, RSH, Esq.