• Nick
    • Carsonic

      What’s that all about?

      • bradley

        64 (Incognito) was apparently throwing racial slurs around during the game.
        But what a weird place the Twitter world is.

        • DCJ1

          Twitter seems to be a bar stool in a sports car: a perfect amalgam of people spouting incoherent drunken ramblings while attempting to share their extensive collection of obscene Italian hand gestures.

          • Yahmule

            Some people are just garbage.

            January 8, 2018

            Go fuck yourself, TJ.

      • RSH
        • Yahmule

          Well, here’s a surprise. Meanwhile, let’s all take a moment to be thankful that Jonathan Martin got run out of the league. No place for a guy like that.

          • Tyler

            Didn’t he get a chance with the 49ers but couldn’t make the cut?

    • Sparks

      I’m sure he didn’t mean it this way, but the way it reads, 30% of the other Black players are not proud of their African heritage. Fun with numbers.

      • bradley

        Certainly a strange comment.

  • Nick

    This was posted late yesterday, so I’ll repost it here:

    https://twitter.com/Jason_OTC/status/950143999616135169

    • Jeremy

      He list us as potential landing spots for kenum and Bradford, but not cousins or the other big name free agents.

      Good read.

      • Jason

        The Bridgewater association was interesting too.

        • ohiobronco

          I’d be open to him, particularly at the RG3 Cleveland contract level Jason puts him at.

        • Dennis

          I’d really happy with Bridgewater, provided his knees aren’t remade out of glass.

          • Drewredux

            Bridgewater really impressed me against the ’15 Broncos. He played smart, tough and within himself.

            He is my favorite option if that knee checks out.

    • ohiobronco

      The Vikings QBs look like they are kind of in a sweet spot where you can say you’ve upgraded the position but you’re options are still open in the draft. Except with Bradford, he can’t be your only upgrade at the position because he won’t last the year. At the level Jason puts him at I would be open to him in a role of easing in a rookie, knowing the rookie will probably be on the field by October.

    • RSH

      https://twitter.com/NFL_NDaily/status/950357647915544583

      Which team is the best fit for Tyrod Taylor in 2018?

      Bowen: Denver Broncos. They have a win-now defense with pass-rushers and aggressive coverage corners. But they need a QB who can establish some offensive consistency and protect the ball. Given Taylor’s ability to create outside of the pocket, and his low turnover rate, he could be a fit as the starter in ’18 if the Broncos cater to his talent with scheme and game plan.

      Clay: Broncos. Alex Smith to the Cardinals makes too much sense, and I believe the Jaguars will add a rookie to compete with Bortles, which opens the door for a Taylor/first-round rookie competition in Denver. The window is closing on the Demaryius Thomas/Emmanuel Sanders duo, and the Broncos’ defense is still one of the league’s best. This is a team that can make a playoff run with a few savvy offseason moves and by adding a quarterback who will protect the ball. Taylor, who sports the best interception rate in NFL history at 1.4 percent, fits the bill and adds value with his legs.

      Graziano: Broncos. They still need to address the position long-term, and they could draft a QB, as well. But Taylor isn’t a guy you’d worry about standing in the way of a prospect who came more quickly than you expected. Denver seems to be determined to prove it can win with adequate QB play, and Taylor can certainly give them that.

      • ohiobronco

        “Denver seems to be determined to prove it can win with adequate QB play”

        • DCJ1

          Thing is, I think they can. It just takes above adequate play elsewhere (like on the OL). I could see bringing in Taylor and beefing up the OL as a viable solution. This kicks the long-term QB solution down the road a bit, allowing you to continue to look for QBs.

          • ohiobronco

            I would hate to see them kick the can down the road on the a long-term with a stopgap in a year that is the rare confluence of high pick and strong QB class. I don’t think the Giants, Steelers and Chargers look back at the 2004 draft and say gosh we really could have used a lineman.

          • DCJ1

            Not saying that they ignore the QB situation; just that they don’t have to Go into another season with 4 QBs that have 3 years starter experience between them. Pick up Tyrod, draft one of the top 5 QBs, concentrate on OL for the rest of the draft. Get what you can for TS and/or Lynch, day thanks and goodbye to BO, go into the season with Rookie, Tyrod, and Kelly.

      • Nick

        It’s pretty telling that there’s not one reporter in that group that believes Taylor will be back with the Bills in 2018.

        • Yahmule

          They can tell they’ve been covering a franchise that makes enough stupid decisions that you can go from zygote to licensed driver in between playoff appearances.

        • Steven_Searls

          McDermott wants his own QB. And by drafting one he gets a little more job security.

      • Drewredux

        There’d be a certain elegance to pairing Tyrod with a Lamar Jackson pick, if they were to like Lamar Jackson.

        • Royalwithcheese

          The Broncos could trade for Taylor and Cordy Glenn, draft Nelson in the first and Jackson in the second.

          • Drewredux

            I imagine Top 10 is the sweet spot for Jackson. His upside is too intoxicating.

          • Sparks

            I would think Jackson would be rated higher as well, but it seems virtually no one (national pundits) has him in their top 5 QB’s (see Millen’s big board as an example linked above). Heck, some see him as a WR in the NFL. If that truly is the case then a 2nd-3rd round grade would be about right for the 6th QB taken.

            https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/ncaafb/bill-polian-thinks-lamar-jackson-may-be-a-receiver-in-the-nfl/ar-AArYWmS

            BTW, welcome back Drew.

          • ohiobronco

            I think teams may rate him higher than the media. There is history of guys like him being taken 1 or 2 overall and having some NFL success. He’ll be pushed down some because there are a lot of TWG’s (Tall White Guys) this year but I don’t think he’ll fall much further than Watson. Especially considering what Watson did last year.

          • Sparks

            I would like to think you’re right but I have a feeling he may slip into Rd 2. I, personally, would have a Rd 1 grade on him and currently have him as my #3 QB, behind Mayfield and Rosen. It’ll be interesting to see what comes of his pro days and the combine. A guy with his physical attributes should just kill it at the combine. He’ll have to do well at the whiteboard, however, to move up the board.

          • ohiobronco

            He’ll need a strong interview process like Watson had. He won’t get the benefit of the doubt on intangibles for reasons that go without saying.

          • Sparks

            That and Watson also had a shiny National Championship Trophy to point to as well. Being able to perform on that stage in back-to-back years really benefitted him.

          • Yahmule

            Having Dabo surround him with a galaxy of five star recruits didn’t hurt on that account. Jackson is likely to be very similar to Watson in that he will probably blow shit up right away and everybody who passed will be kicking themselves.

          • Sparks

            Oh, certainly the team was responsible but as you and I know, the QB gets more than their fair share of the spoils as well as the blame. Clemson has been regularly churning out NFL ready WR’s but not many were credited with leading the team to a National Championship like Watson was.

            Also, in the National Championship game they won, Watson went 36-56-64%-420 yds and 3 TD’s on one of the best defenses in the nation. He chipped in another 43 on the ground with 1 td, just 3 yards shy of being their top runner in that game as well. 5 star teammates or not, that was one hell of a game.

            Agree that Jackson will fall further than he’s supposed to and will make a mark early if he goes to the right team – one that will develop an offense around him.

          • Yahmule

            I readily admit I didn’t expect Watson to be this good this fast, but I expected the Bears to take him.

          • Drewredux

            I read the same stuff one place, but then I read an ananymous NFL exec qoute another place contradicting it, so I don’t know what is true. My gut says more than enough FO’s will see Michael in the rock and fall head over heals with the idea of him.

            Personally, Wentz’s exit soured me on the idea of the whole phenotype. There is too much catastrophic downside to the QB who invites punishment.

          • Steven_Searls

            True. Andrew Luck is another example. Cam too, though he seems to have avoided career threatening injuries. What you want is a guy like Russ Wilson or Aaron Rodgers who run effectively but protect themselves, and always keep looking downfield to pass first.

          • RSH

            If Rico stays in Buffalo and a trade is made with the Bills this offseason, Trevor Siemian would be a logical piece to move in such a transaction.

          • PiperAR

            I *could* sleep with the setter on the Husker volleyball team but since she isn’t interested, that deal is dead.

            Fans of other teams are probably saying we could trade for Von Miller and our pass rush problems are solved.

          • Royalwithcheese

            Taylor and Glenn are both likely to be available, and they just so happen to be at positions of need. Getting both of them might be unlikely, but I think getting one of them is a real possibility.

            And you’re giving up on the setter, just like that?

          • PiperAR

            What is the idea that Glenn is likely to be available based on?

          • Nick

            That Dion Dawkins has played well in his stead at LT while he was on IR.

            But I don’t see why the Bills just don’t move him to RT to replace Jordan Mills, especially since some here think the Broncos should do the same via trading for him.

          • Royalwithcheese

            Because Mills is younger and cheaper and the Bills can spend that money elsewhere.

          • Nick

            But I’ll make the same point to the Bills that I made the Broncos just now in my road map: you don’t jettison proven talent if you can help it. The Bills have more cap space than the Broncos do and can gain even more to pursue a quarterback by cutting Taylor. I just don’t see why it makes sense for them to take a step back on their roster at the same time they’re trying to take a step forward, which is why I remain skeptical that Glenn will even be available for the Broncos to trade for.

          • Royalwithcheese

            That’s possible. And if he’s not available, I still say they should dump Watson and take a tackle in the first two rounds.

        • Yahmule

          This would certainly make a ton of sense. Not sure Tyrod would love having his replacement breathing down his neck from day one, but that’s his problem.

          • ohiobronco

            He’ll have that anywhere.

          • Yahmule

            I don’t think that’s necessarily true. I would be fine with going into next season with him and two from the Siemian/Lynch/Kelly grab bag.

          • Drewredux

            Mayfield could handle many of the same offensive concepts, too. Obviously, he isn’t a pure duel threat, but the base structure of the offense would be similar.

          • Nick

            Obviously, he isn’t a pure duel threat

            Neither was Alexander Hamilton. : )

      • Yahmule

        Taylor has played for seven offensive coordinators in his career. In his three seasons in Buffalo, he has played for three OC’s, three head coaches and two terrible owners.

  • Nick

    A highly enjoyable Baldy Breakdown of the comeback in Kansas City. Nice to see NFL Network’s helping him out more in the technology department.

    http://a.video.nfl.com/films/vodzilla/126708/180107_baldy_anatomy_of_titans_NEW-20180107_152511190_5000k.mp4

    • Jason

      Great block by Mariota.

      • Jeremy

        Defensive players become so timid when a qb tries to block. I don’t get it

        • ohiobronco

          They probably think that even though the QB isn’t in a protected situation that they are still more likely to draw a flag, which is probably true. Maybe they also think that the QB is going to put up a weak attempt and they are not worth engaging.

    • Carsonic

      That was awesome. I’d really also like to see the anatomy of a collapse. What were the key plays/decisions that kept the Chiefs offense from staying on top? I guess that would call for some speculation, but would still be interesting.

  • Nick

    https://i.imgur.com/fDXMuPo.png

    Don’t let your Monday morning distract you from the fact that the Chiefs blew an 18 point lead at home in the playoffs.

    • Nick

      Does this mean Parcells wouldn’t have taken Peyton Manning first overall had he declared for the NFL a year earlier?

    • ohiobronco

      Paxton Lynch met all of these requirements except he wasn’t a Senior and he only had 22 wins. He did graduate.

      • Yahmule

        Also, he’s a real good dancer.

    • Royalwithcheese

      Bill was evaluating QBs in what might as well have been the Dark Ages.

    • Yahmule

      Ability to have the question, “WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING,” screamed at you in front of hundreds of people on a practice field without flinching too much.

  • Nick

    It took me longer to write this year’s road map than I thought, but here it is:

    https://in-thinair.com/2018/01/08/2018-broncos-offseason-road-map/

  • RSH
  • Royalwithcheese
    • Yahmule

      1 Saquon Barkley Penn State
      2 Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama
      3 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame
      4 Roquan Smith Georgia
      5 Josh Rosen UCLA
      6 Bradley Chubb NC State

      I think you can put the first three in any order, but move Chubb to fifth and I think you have the top players in the draft right here regardless of position.

  • Nick

    Belichick getting feisty.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0742056799829496090-4

    Bill Belichick on if he was “furious and demoralized” after Jimmy Garoppolo trade: “First of all, I don’t really know what you’re talking about; I haven’t read the article. I don’t know what that refers to. Look, Mike, I know we’re been through this before. I know you want to report on things that are inaccurate and un-attributable. I’m not really interested in responding to all those random, and I would say in a lot of cases, baseless comments.”

    • Yahmule

      Keep prodding him.

    • Jeremy

      Interesting how he didn’t read the article but knows it’s all baseless comments within it.

      I love how defensive they get

      • Nick
        • Jeremy

          Like just say, “no, I was not furious.”

          Don’t go into this whole I don’t even know what you are talking about spiel. Unless you were furious, in which case I guess getting wound up like this is as good of a response as any.

  • Nick

    The scavenging of the Chiefs’ staff begins.

    https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/950411622790651905

    • Yahmule

      Too bad. Was rooting for them to do right by Vic Fangio this time.

      Good call here, Canfora. I guess that grizzled front office exec (football gods, give me strength) was wrong this time.

      “I reached out to several current and former NFL execs — including many who have been involved in coaching searches — and they all agreed that the Chiefs’ debacle Saturday night is a massive setback for their coordinator, Matt Nagy. The young play-caller was part of blowing an 18-point lead at home to a middling opponent with no passing game of its own, and systematically ignoring the league’s leading rusher in the process. “You can’t hire him now,” one grizzled front office exec said. “No way.” Nagy had meetings with the Bears and Colts this weekend. My money in Chicago is on a different young offensive coach, John DeFilippo, the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach, who is the kind of guy who won’t give newly empowered general manager Ryan Pace too much pushback. They are all about finding their guy to get the best out of Mitch Trubisky. Pace should try to move the moon and the stars to keep Vic Fangio as his defensive coordinator.”

      https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/coach-searches-come-into-focus-as-teams-wait-on-patriots-panthers-more-notes/

      • pubkeeper

        I could see laying the blame for that debacle at the coordinators feet if it weren’t for the fact that this has been Andy Reid’s MO for how long? I’m as sure that Nagy called the plays as I am that Reid was in his ear the whole time telling him to throw it.

    • Nick
      • Alaskan

        That would be nice for a guy who (like many RB coaches)has put in his time.
        I don’t know if it was Eric’s fault that CU sucked beyond comprehending while he was OC.
        But sometimes the stars are just totally misaligned. Everybody went down with that ship.
        The best deckhand on the Titanic still went for a swim.

        • Yahmule

          I always felt like Khalil Mack’s DPOY selection over Von Miller was like honoring the best deck hand on the Titanic.

    • RSH
  • Nick

    Since there’s been a lot of conjecture about possibly trading for Cordy Glenn, I thought I’d set out the financial facts with him. In 2018 he’s due an unguaranteed $9.25 million in base salary, as well as a $2 million roster bonus. I don’t know when that roster bonus is due, but if it’s soon after the league year starts then the Bills have to make a quick decision on him like they have to do with Taylor.

    This means that the Broncos have to have $11.25M in cap space to be able to trade for him. (Ignore the prorated bonuses, the Bills already paid those and are stuck with them.) Obviously, if they do trade for Glenn then they’ll cut Menelik Watson at the same time, and using a post-June 1 designation on him will eventually gain $6.125M in 2018 cap space. That means the net cap cost to get Glenn will be $5.125M.

    https://overthecap.com/player/cordy-glenn/222/

    • Royalwithcheese

      Not a bad price to pay for a massive upgrade at RT.

      • Nick

        But that’s also $5.125M less to get a quarterback.

        • Royalwithcheese

          See ya, CJ.

  • Nick
    • Sparks

      Well, I wasn’t at Starbucks this morning so it must have been Yahmule. 🙂

      • Yahmule

        Nicki is getting really bad with the eavesdropping.

  • Nick

    This is exactly why the NFL tries to stay apolitical, because it risks pissing off people on both sides of a debate.

    https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl/status/950418537851494400

    • Yahmule

      This was an internet poll by Survey Monkey, not exactly Gallup, and 28% of respondent identified as non-football fans. Make what you will of that information.

      I could go to the VFW today and conduct this poll and walk over to the college and conduct the same poll. The numbers are going to be wildly disparate.

      • Nick

        Sure, but it also fits my intuition of the situation.

        • Yahmule

          Except the rating decline predated this controversy and the number of people boycotting the league over it is negligible.

        • Jeremy

          I was surprised people I work with actually decided not to watch football because of players kneeling. Seemed ridiculous to me but important to realize people on this site are a small piece of the populous

          • RSH

            I have met various individuals who completely abstained from watching the NFL for the majority of this season. A friend of mine who lives in the Denver area and was a lifelong Broncos’ fan had no idea that the Broncos finished in last place or that the Bills had qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1999 this season until I informed him of such yesterday afternoon.

          • Yahmule

            The ratings decline has been going on for a while. It’s not even just about the NFL. The ratings for the four networks were down a collective 8% in prime time this year, which is worse than the 5% drop the NFL saw.

            People also began pulling away from the NFL over concussions and the League’s cover-up of the problem. Ray Rice and the way the league handled it didn’t help them, either. The young people and women who they lost simply didn’t make as much noise as the older white demographic that’s pretending to be so pissed off about this.

          • masonjar

            Ratings decline is due to numerous dependent and independent circumstances but I personally feel that product dilution is a major cause, and not because of over saturation. Rather, I see the distribution across so many viewing platforms, many behind paywalls, that make it difficult to follow teams and generate interest in the football product. There is NFL Sunday ticket, Amazon Prime Thursday, NFL network, CBS/Fox, NBC Sunday online, ESPN….

          • ohiobronco

            I think a lot more people said they stopped watching than actually stopped watching.

          • Jeremy

            Could be. I’m guessing there were some number of people who didn’t completely stop watching, but watch less because they are either fed up with it or offended by it.

          • ohiobronco

            I think quality of play, particularly on offense, is a bigger factor. The NFL isn’t fun to watch when your team can’t get a first down. It’s not fun to watch a neutral game that’s all punts and false starts.

          • Nick

            A good part of me is still amazed as to why people even give a shit about who stands and who kneels.

          • Hank Mardukis

            It’s all paid patriotism by the department of defense anyway. Just furthering jingoism in the name of “supporting the troops.”

          • Nick

            The NFL did away with that in 2016, but yes that was very problematic when they were doing that.

          • Jeremy

            I am as well. I remember when it happened getting annoyed at the news notifications when it happened and every time someone commented on it.

            Little did I know that would only be the tip of the iceberg.

            I still stand by the suggestion that someone should have stood on their head in September during the national anthem to show the ridiculousness of the whole situation

        • OnionKnight

          There is also NFL and Football fatigue in general, its on too much.

      • cjfarls

        And the sum of the 2 polls would probably be kinda accurate. SurveyMonkey actually does a decent job with their polling. There is always error, but they are doing scientific polls/population weighting and probably aren’t that much less accurate than traditional phone polls. As more and more folks screen their phones, they might even be more accurate at times.

        • DCJ1

          FiveThirtyEight had a polling methodology evaluation. Basically polls that rely upon a single technology are age biased: phone polls can only call land lines, so they are skewed toward older people, while on line polls are skewed toward younger people. And all polls are biased toward people who have time to spend taking polls.

          • Sparks

            I like your last line. Right or wrong, whether I’m for or against whatever issue is being protested, my first thought when I see a group of protesters is “Don’t any of those folks have jobs? Who has the time to protest on a Tuesday morning?” 🙂

    • Hank Mardukis

      Exactly. Why stand up for right or wrong when money is involved. .

      • Yahmule

        Kaepernick forfeited tens of millions of dollars and provoked the wrath of every frothing racist in the country, apparently because he hates the troops.

    • BlackKnigh

      I talked to a former Pats fan who stopped following them when she found Brady was a fan of Trump. I sympathize with her. I was pissed when I found that Elway had written a letter supporting Gorsuch for the Supreme court. Not ready to dump football however. That is in my soul….

    • SteveS

      I think they stopped watching because nobody knows what a catch is anymore.

  • RSH

    I hate the Seahawks, but this play from a 7-9 playoff team was nothing short of amazing.

    https://twitter.com/NFL/status/950427142826831872

    • Yahmule

      It was the play that created the legend, but that was still horrifically bad tackling.

    • WhoShotBobbyHumphrey

      I was at that game in the same end zone where it happened. The noise was deafening. That was before I hated the Seahawks. I’ve probably been to more of their games than the average “12th Man” has.

  • Sparks

    So, Dawgs or Tide tonight?

    • Yahmule

      I would take Georgia +4 since I think it will go down to the wire, but this game is a coin flip for me.

    • Hank Mardukis

      Neither. As a college football fan I have SEC fatigue.

      • Sparks

        You won’t be watching then?

      • Alaskan

        I’m with you, Hank. Hard to see why a team that did not win its own conference or even its division deserves to play for a national title.

      • RSH

        I cannot stand the SEC, but for some reason, I have always been able to tolerate and sometimes cheer for Georgia.

        • Nick

          My best friend in grade school was born in Atlanta and thus a UGA fan, so that puts them a little higher on my picking order. I also seem to know several people who went to or root for LSU, so that’s another one.

        • Sparks

          The school that spawned TD gets a pass, even if it’s a small pass.

          • RSH

            As well as Knowshon Moreno, Olandis Gary, and George Foster. Trigger alert for Isaiah McKenzie. I still think McKenzie is redeemable, however, even if many have written him off.

          • Sparks

            Following the McKenzie thread here…but what gives you hope on McKenzie? For the record, I was one of the ones who thought he should have been cut, would have easily passed waivers and then been put on the PS. So, I haven’t written him off just yet, but I see him as little more than PS material right now.

            I thought the fumbles were bad but then the last play at the end of the first half of the WAS game where he decides to cut inside instead of go out of bounds was just incomprehensible. Down 10-3, on WAS 23 yrd line and he cuts in with 16 seconds left? And IIRC, he had a pretty bad drop in the 2nd KC game.

            FTR, I hope you’re right and he turns into some kind of serviceable player. I just haven’t seen it yet.

          • RSH

            He has the raw talent, including speed and elusiveness to be a great returner. That was evident from his college games played in the NCAA’s best conference and showcased in training camp and the preseason. He needs to mature. And he needs to better coached.

            Dave Logan interviewed McKenzie today on his radio show. I was impressed with McKenzie taking responsibility for his mistakes. He admitted that he was too intent on making big plays that fundamentals were lost in the process. He also stated that he does not know if any of the veteran players on the time were directly or indirectly referencing him as being entitled or not hardworking enough, but he plans to be more disciplined and focused this offseason and next season.

            https://twitter.com/OrangeBlue760/status/950465209134669826

          • Sparks

            He’s saying the right things but words are cheap. Hopefully, they aren’t hollow as well and he follows through on the things he says he will. And I agree the talent is there, but the NFL’s dead pile is littered with players who had talent. No amount of speed or elusiveness will help him catch or carry the ball any better or to make better decisions on the field. It doesn’t take an elite level of football knowledge to know going out of bounds was the only acceptable play at that point in time.

            I truly wonder if his small frame hinders him from holding on to the ball? His short arms seem to barely cover the rock.

            In a way, he kind of reminds me of Darius Watts. The guy had a decent rookie season (31-385 and 1 TD) but was inactive mid way through his 2nd year and gone by his 3rd. The guy was uncoverable. He was always open and multi-talented. His problem – he couldn’t catch a thing. For every spectacular catch he had 3-4 mind numbing drops. Is the home run threat potential of McKenzie worth the fear induction every time he goes to field a punt on whether he’ll field it cleanly or not? I don’t know. As an aside, I learned that Darius is the head coach at Metro State in Denver. Good for him.

            I totally agree he needs better coaching. The entire ST’s unit could use some better coaching. IMO, the PR job is Sunshine’s to lose, though, and it should take some serious flashes to get McKenzie back in there again.

          • RSH

            I agree that words are cheap, but for now, that is all that he or any player can do to address past problems that we are privy to. I guess that he could post social media videos of himself fielding punts. I am certain that McKenzie will be given very little slack next season if the critical mistakes continue.

          • Yahmule

            Let’s draft Christian Kirk and forget about everybody between him and Upchurch.

          • Sparks

            I hope you’re right – on both what you think McKenzie can become and the short leash.

          • Carsonic

            I feel 100% the same way.
            Of course, I was 100% certain Siemian would show everyone how deserving he was of getting a 2nd chance to start at QB, so I’m much more prepared to be wrong this time.

          • Nick
          • RSH

            How the hell did I forget the Champ?! My apologies to everyone!

        • OnionKnight

          Its because as far as the SEC goes, they’ve always been the bridesmaid to Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, and Alabama as far as SEC Championships; National Championships. So you know their in it, always competitive, but never dominate enough to hate.

    • Royalwithcheese

      Tide’s gonna win. I think Hurts will do just enough, and Fromm will struggle against that defense.

      • Sparks

        Interesting. Do you think the Chubb/Michel 1-2 punch will help offset Fromm’s struggles?

        • Royalwithcheese

          To an extent. I think the injuries to Alabama’s LBs give Georgia a chance. But just look at what they did to Clemson’s QB and running game. They just couldn’t move the ball.

          I don’t see the same talent level, outside of Roquan, on Georgia’s defense that Clemson has, and Bama will just pound the ball with Harris and Scarborough. If Hurts is able to make some plays with his feet, that will be the difference.

    • RSH

      Go Dawgs! (Alabama will probably win, however.)

  • Royalwithcheese
    • Yahmule

      Seems a lot longer than seven years ago. I guess because this team has had so many different incarnations in such a short span.

      • Rob Rooney

        It was only 6 years ago, and yes it feels like a decade. I was fortunate enough to be there sitting next to three Steeler fans who then made a hasty retreat. I had just texted the wife to say we were in OT and I might be later than I expected.

        • Yahmule

          Six years. Amazing. Peyton Manning; the best defense in team history; Super Bowl loss; Super Bowl win; quarterback controversy; coaching changes. What a wild ride.

          I was hugging total strangers in the crowd as DT hit the goal line. Unfortunately, I had to catch a plane, so we couldn’t stick around and celebrate with all the Bronco fans. My wife and I walked out of the stadium with primarily demoralized Steelers fans.

          • Rob Rooney

            Another great thing about that is that it is a ‘name game’. All you have to say is it was ‘The Tebow Game’ and everybody knows exactly what you are talking about. Especially Steeler fans. That was Hines Ward’s final game and the next game at Mile High was against Pitt with Manning.

            And you are right, it has been one wild and amazing ride. The last 7 seasons (I include 2011) have had their downs but so many incredible ups that from a karmic standpoint they could never win another game and you would still be ahead.

            Nothing but house money!!

    • Drewredux
      • Sparks

        That one never gets old, does it?

        • Drewredux

          I love it. I don’t know why, other than even if you have to wait decades between these types of moments, all the rest is totally worth it.

        • second best Bronco game I’ve ever been to. Was also my wife’s first playoff game.

          • Sparks

            And the 1st was…?

          • Drive II. Elway VS Moon. First ever NFL game. That was magical. Old Mile High, 76k fans chanting “Elway! Elway!” on the way out.

        • Jason

          Not a bit. That stiff arm and ensuing foot race were epic. Every time someone questions DTs worth they should have to watch that 50 times.

    • Russ

      Maybe the greatest finish to a game I’ve ever witnessed live.

  • Yahmule

    I think McDaniels is going to take a job somewhere else and I think he should. The situation in New England has the potential to grow even more toxic.

    • Steven_Searls

      Someone has to make him an offer first don’t they? I wonder if they will look at him and consider how fortunate he was to be Brady’s OC.

      • For a long time I have maintained that his agent does a wonderful job getting his name out there each hiring cycle but no owner/GM is really going to take the plunge. I could be wrong, but he was such a prick in Denver that the entire league took notice.

      • Yahmule

        He has drawn interest, but he’s been cautious since his Denver implosion.

  • RSH

    This was a really good interview.

    https://twitter.com/OrangeBlue760/status/950459594689662976

    In fact, the full hour of Dave Logan’s radio show from today is worth listening to when you have some time. Logan and Terrell Davis both mentioned how important is for coaches to be teachers and to be more focused on fundamentals and technique rather than scheme, particularly with the proliferation of the spread offense in college football where very few teams run traditional pro style offenses with down hill running as a staple concept. Logan and Davis also both lamented coaches who are married to their own systems rather than tailoring schemes and game plans to what their personnel does best.

  • Nick

    Ooh, very happy the Raiders didn’t get him.

    https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/950468556755480576

    • Sparks

      Opening the door for John Fox in Detroit. 🙂

    • RSH

      One less defensive coordinator opening for JDR.

      • Sparks

        He’ll be Fox’s DC in Detroit.

        • RSH

          Do you really think that the Lions will hire John Fox? I think that job is Matt Patricia’s if he wants it.

          • Nick

            Agreed, I’d be stunned if Fox got a 4th head coaching opportunity in the NFL, and my guess is that he sits out 2018, and perhaps even retires.

          • RSH
          • Sparks

            #2018Fox2Detroit It’s real until it isn’t. Where’s Rhett at?

          • Sparks

            No. It was a joke related to a comment I made last week. Someone had asked what will become of JDR and I said he’ll become Fox’s new DC in a place like Detroit. It was really more of a joke of those 2 reuniting again. Having said that, I wouldn’t be near as surprised as our good friend Nick here if he does get another HC opportunity. The guy did take 2 different teams to the SB and owners love stability. The guy took a Tebow led team to the playoffs – and actually won a game. I could see him retiring though if he doesn’t get another HC gig, as Nick opines.

    • Carsonic

      At first I was like, “how can Teryl Austin be the DC for both the Bengals and the Lions, and agree to terms with both of them?” #UnclearWriting #OrPossiblyMyNapTime

      • RSH

        Agreed. I had to read that tweet three times before I finally understood.

        • Carsonic

          Better and more compact: “Lions DC Teryl Austin agrees to terms with Bengals, is their new DC.”

          • FarAwayBroncoFan

            “Lions DC Teryl Austin quits, takes same position with Bengals.”

          • RSH

            “Former Lions’ DC Teryl Austin is now the Bengals’ DC.”

          • FarAwayBroncoFan

            Nice and succinct.

          • Carsonic

            This is definitely the best. (I was just trying to use his same wording, but clearer.)

          • FarAwayBroncoFan

            I edit a lot of reports at work. Brevity is key. You’re hired!

    • Yahmule

      I guess Austin just gave up on being a head coach. Nine interviews in three years must have been enough for him.

      • Or he figures that he’ll get Marvin Lewis’ job in a couple yrs. Lewis can’t possibly get another extension after two decades with 0 playoff wins?! Interesting that Austin was deciding b/t Cincy DC and Oakland secondary coach/asst. HC. Glad he chose Cincy.

  • Kyle Milligan
  • Nick

    I wonder if The Other Brandon Marshall was the vote for Central Florida.

    https://twitter.com/MikeMcCartney7/status/950536195930558464

  • Yahmule

    Riley Ridley is outshining his more heralded older brother so far tonight. In fairness, Calvin has been open a few times but they’re not getting him the football.

  • OnionKnight

    These college refs are just as bad as the NFL ones.

  • Yahmule

    Jalen Hurts will be transferring this summer.

    The lefthanded quarterback is not dead!

    http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Alabama+v+Auburn+pSRaZl1XkTZx.jpg

  • Yahmule

    Good call. You can’t overturn that.

    • Laces Out

      Kuddos to CB for the quick ACCURATE review

  • Yahmule

    Hand gets hit in the head and the Tide gets the ball.

  • OnionKnight

    Roquan Smith is a beast

    • Yahmule

      He’s terrific. A more experienced quarterback would have audibled away from him on 3rd and three.

      • OnionKnight

        He dodged that pick play and upended that RB.

  • Yahmule

    Sony Michel runs plenty tough.

  • OnionKnight

    Sony Michel in the 2nd Round is a play I’m beginning to believe is an alright thing.

    • OnionKnight

      That Bama defense is loaded with future NFL players and he’s cutting through it like buttah

  • Yahmule

    Impressed by this Georgia line getting inside movement against those huge Bama DT’s.

  • OnionKnight

    They move the QB out; Bama brings everyone up thinking its a run. Georgia runs it up the middle? They needed two, I don’t get the play. Just hand the ball off to their backs; stop getting cute.

    • Laces Out

      The Gap was there the d-tackle just made a play

  • Laces Out

    Alabama is dominating the right side of the field with this left-handed quarterback

  • RSH

    Damn Updykes.

  • Laces Out

    Just the latest victims of a team thats offense goes into a shell after they used it all night and it worked.

    Get a lead, get scared, get beat.

  • Yahmule

    Oh he missed the shit out of it. Poor kid.

    • Laces Out

      I know I feel bad for him too had lightning in his veins right before that kick

  • Nick

    https://t00.deviantart.net/m5TSideP0vcRowRPNA5940aOCec=/300×200/filters:fixed_height(100,100):origin()/pre00/9e51/th/pre/f/2009/295/2/3/hip_hop_anonymous_by_oneavatarnation.jpg

    • Laces Out

      Hahaha

  • Yahmule

    The Dawgs had the elation of a 16 yard sack and a few seconds later it was all over. Unreal.

    • Nick

      Just think what a Falcons/UGA fan has had to deal with within the last 12 months, ugh.

    • Laces Out

      That freshman was legit at QB

      • John

        I don’t think he was all that impressive. He was luckier than good. Georgia’s D just must not be that good. Mayfield hung a bunch of points on them last week.

        • Royalwithcheese

          For a freshman QB, coming in off the bench and doing what he did, I’d say that’s pretty damn impressive.

        • Laces Out

          Must not have seen how he held that safety on the last play of the game and then threw it over there perfectly on target with his left hand to the left side of the field to win the game? Also that anticipated Falling Away touchdown that tied the game was incredible with two gigantic Georgia defenders in his face

  • Royalwithcheese

    Like I said, Hurts’ feet will be the difference.