COMMENTARY | The Denver Broncos didn’t lose the AFC Divisional Round game against Baltimore because they lack a star running back (RB), but that type of player could have won the game. Defensive breakdowns and questionable coaching decisions had more to do with Denver’s loss, but a star RB could have contributed at key times of the game to help Denver salt away the win.
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Offseason Needs: Broncos Need a Big-time RB to Reach the Next Level (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
Last week, former NFL general manager Ted Sundquist told Rich Cimini of ESPN New York that during his recent interview for the then-vacant New York Jets general manager post, owner Woody Johnson said that trading for quarterback Tim Tebow was something was ” forced ” on himself and team president Neil Glatt. Johnson denied that was case , but is now receiving a mulligan of sorts from former GM Mike Tannenbaum, who tells Cimini that acquiring Tebow from the Denver Broncos was his idea . “I’m disappointed it didn’t work out, just like I’m disappointed when certain draft choices don’t work out,” Tannenbaum told ESPNNewYork.com Tuesday. “We put in a lot of time and effort. We had a rationale for it. At the end of the day, it didn’t go as we had planned. “Once we met on it and talked about it, ultimately that was my decision to trade for Tim,” Tannenbaum said. The Jets traded picks in the fourth- and sixth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft for Tebow and agreed to repay the Broncos a prorated portion ($2.53 million, $1.53 million of which is due in 2013) of a salary advance that Tebow received in 2011. Tebow could not unseat Mark Sanchez from the top spot on the quarterback depth chart and was primarily used as a personal punt protector on special teams. According to official playing-time documents, Tebow logged just 73 plays on offense, 59 plays on special teams and when head coach Rex Ryan decided to bench an ineffective Sanchez for a Week 16 game with the San Diego Chargers, he named 2011 seventh-round pick Greg McElroy the starter, bypassing Tebow, who then declined to participate in “Wildcat” plays designed for him in what turned out to be a 27-17 loss.
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Former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum takes responsibility for decision to acquire Tim Tebow (Shutdown Corner)
In late December, I participated in an ESPN.com vote for the NFL executive of the year. I voted for Denver’s John Elway. In that poll, he was edged b…
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Elway’s award defeat is understandable
NFL Network passed along an interesting nugget saying that the camp of Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco is aiming for him to be paid more than Peyton …
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Is Flacco disrespecting Peyton Manning?
It’s another Super Bowl week, and another Super Bowl without an AFC West participant. The division has not been represented in the Super Bowl since O…
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Poll: Next Super Bowl team
Ayanbadejo has taken on social causes while simultaneously enjoying an improbable NFL career.
Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo awaits son’s heart surgery, advocates for gay-marriage rights (Yahoo! Sports)
I’ve seen several mock drafts that have the Denver Broncos linked to Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te’o with the No. 28 pick in the first round. …
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Manti Te’o a Bronco? They should hope
Joe Flacco might soon cash in on his Super Bowl run.
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Reports: Flacco wants $20 million per year (The SportsXchange)
NEW ORLEANS — The shoulder injury suffered by Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady turned out to be significant.
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Broncos’ Clady set for shoulder surgery
DENVER (CBS4) – Though new Colorado manager Walt Weiss used to play for the Rockies, he grew up in Suffern, N.Y. and also has lived in many other areas of the U.S. But when he retired from baseball, he needed a place to settle down with his family. “At that point in time I started to bounce around a little bit in my career. So when I came here to play, it seemed like a nice enough place,” Weiss said on Xfinity Monday Live! “I’d never been here before, but we settled in more because of the timing. But it didn’t take long to figure out this was the place.” Weiss made the huge jump from high school manager of his son Brody’s team at Regis Jesuit High School to the majors. CBS4′s Vic Lombardi asked Weiss how he’s going to make the transition. “Well, we’re going to find out. I don’t think there’s a blueprint for that one,” Weiss responded. “My year in high school as a head coach was a lot of fun. I didn’t take that high school job to prepare myself to manage in the big leagues. It just happened to work out that way. “To be honest with you, the principals are very similar. You’ve got to lead a group of men, albeit younger, in high school. You’ve got to create a team concept and go out and win games.” Weiss admitted, however, he will lean more on his experience playing in the majors. Weiss was still playing for the Rockies when future star Todd Helton came to the team. Lombardi wondered, how will he manage an old teammate? “He’ll be pretty easy. He’s on autopilot by now,” Weiss said. “This will be a special year for Todd … most likely his last year and we want it to be a good one.” With pitchers and catchers reporting in less than two weeks, Weiss has had to scramble a little to get prepared. He said he’s reached out for some advice from former managers. “I’ve leaned on a few guys who I’ve played for and I’ve had some conversations with Tony LaRussa. I learned a lot from Tony and I’ll probably be shooting him some texts in the middle of the night at certain times,” Weiss said. Weiss said he’s mainly just trying to get familiar with his club. “So when we get down to Scottsdale we hit the ground running.” The Rockies pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 10. – By Matthew J. Buettner, CBSDenver.com Watch more of the video with Walt Weiss in the Xfinity Monday Live! section .
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First-Year Rockies Manager Walt Weiss Has Leaned On Tony LaRussa