Matt Stafford’s Status Uncertain For Sunday Night

Via Kyle Meinke of MLive:

The Detroit Lions quarterback was brutalized by the Vikings defense in a 26-16 loss, and underwent X-rays at TCF Bank Stadium after the game. A day later, coach Jim Caldwell is declining to say whether anything’s broken.


When asked whether he would play Sunday night against Denver, Caldwell said: “We’ll see. Like I said, he’s very, very sore. There’s no question about that. He was hit far too many times.”

Meinke notes that “far too many times” translated into one sack, eight official hits and two unofficial ones.  Given the play of the Broncos’ pass rush so far, Stafford could be in for another rough outing even if he does play.  Something to certainly keep an eye on.

Broncos at Chiefs: The 10 Things I Liked and the 10 Things I Didn’t

I apologize on the delay of this post. Unfortunately, I didn’t have access to view the game for a few days afterwards. One observation I made throughout the game was the formation differences in the first half verses the second half. In the first half we saw a mix of a hybrid offense with some I-formations and Run N Shoot formations (or what many call Manning’s offense). The second half primarily consisted of the Run N Shoot formation and we saw a lot less pressure on Manning. However, I don’t expect we’ll drop the hybrid offense in the future as the offensive line is still growing and we’re still developing. Moving on, then:

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PFF: Broncos New O Is Hybrid Of Several Things

Pro Football Focus’ Neil Hornsby gives his impressions of what’s going on with the Denver Broncos offense.

This isn’t Kubiak’s offense—it’s a hybrid between what he wants, what Peyton would like, and the personnel he has at his disposal.

So the real problem for Denver is an offense that’s neither one thing nor the other, behind an offensive line that is still going through its growing pains.

That’s somewhat along the lines of what I was getting at in my discussion about last night’s game. Kubiak is trying to do a few things to take the load off Peyton, but things haven’t clicked yet, in part because of the offensive line.

Compensating For Peyton And Other Post-Game Thoughts

Earlier today, I shared a writeup from Bill Barnwell about Peyton Manning and what may be contributing to his decline.

Let me start by saying that, while it’s understandable that the Peyton alarmists are annoying, we don’t respond to alarmists with “nothing to see here, move on” or “it’s not just Peyton,” even if the latter statement holds some truth. Instead, it’s better to take the approach Barnwell took by dispelling obvious myths while figuring out what may be the bigger issue.
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Bill Barnwell: Manning’s Issues Aren’t About Arm Strength

Grantland’s Bill Barnwell discusses his observations about Peyton Manning’s play the first two games of this season, but makes clear that Manning’s arm strength isn’t the issue.

If you’re working off the premise that Manning is finished because his arm is zapped and he’s thrown two pick-sixes in two games, that is a flawed conclusion. I don’t think either of those interceptions should be chalked up to Manning’s arm strength. The pick-six by Jimmy Smith last week actually would have been an easier interception if Manning had thrown the ball harder, because Smith would have been able to get a clean jump on the throw. Instead, because the throw was late, Smith had to delay his jump.

Barnwell says it has more to do with Manning’s accuracy in general and what Manning is doing to compensate for his limitations.

I’ll have more thoughts about last night’s game later this afternoon, but Barnwell’s column is worth a read.

Chris Harris Jr. Could Have A Nice Career In The Media After Football

Don’t Call Me Underrated“, written directly by Harris at The Players’ Tribune, recently founded my Peyton Manning confidante Derek Jeter:

There’s a huge stigma to going undrafted. Not a lot of people talk about it, but there is. For a guy who’s drafted, and in particular drafted high, you’re allowed to make so many more mistakes. People want you to succeed, and any shortcomings you have are viewed as temporary. An “adjustment phase.”

When you’re undrafted, you just don’t have that same margin for error. You have to go above and beyond — and then above and beyond that.

I’m not sure if Harris has the persona that TV executives are looking for, but if this article is any indication the written form could be perfect for him.

Football Outsiders: The Broncos O-Line

Ben Muth at Football Outsiders gives his analysis of how the Denver Broncos offensive line performed in Sunday’s game against the Ravens.

Muth’s main criticisms were regarding Matt Paradis, who he said struggled the entire game. He recognized that Ty Sambrailo struggled early but settled down as the game continued, while Evan Mathis didn’t have a good outing but expects him to get better.

Overall, though, Muth believes that, even though the line struggled, there are signs that the line can improve. He’s not a fan of Paradis, though.

If you’re a Denver fan reading this column, there wasn’t a ton on the surface from the offensive line to be encouraged about, but I wouldn’t hit the panic button yet either. Your left tackle looked young, but didn’t go down the tank mentally after a bad start, made adjustments to help himself throughout the game, and looks like an athlete. Your left guard looks more rusty than washed up. The right side of your line already looks fine. And, well, the only positive I can think of for the center is that it’s only one game and it was his first start.