He’ll Be Damned If He Does And Damned If He Doesn’t …. !
By tophatal ……
It will most certainly be the most anticipated game in NFL postseason history in recent years when the New England Patriots play hosts to the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium , in Foxboro’ , Massachusetts , this upcoming Saturday . The the eagerly anticipated match-up brings together one hero looking to set himself apart and further define his heroics of the regular season as well as this postseason . That’s what many of us hope that we may well see from Tim Tebow while his counterpart Tom Brady will seek to do what so many other opposing quarterbacks have failed to in recent weeks against the player . And that is to <b< win a defining game with some ease while playing to their very own strengths. From my own perspective I felt that far too many of the opposing coaches who faced the Denver Broncos this season were lulled into that false sense of security by simply underestimating the Tim Tebow’s zeal to win ! Instead of attacking the player’s weaknesses they simply allowed him to gain confidence during the games in question.
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To add further intrigue to this all , with Patriots’ team owner Robert Kraft and the front office granting their blessing, the team’s offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien will be leaving to the organization to become the new head coach of Penn State . With that turn of events New England’s head coach Bill Belichick has rehired his former assistant and one time head coach of the Denver Broncos Josh McDaniels . Nothing says …. ironic , than this specific and most certainly deliberate of actions by the Patriots’ head coach . If you simply want to get ahead , then why not hire the guy who was John Fox’s predecessor . Asides from that , McDaniels was also the coach who made the gamble of drafting Tim Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft which at the time many people had began to question . In spite of it all , with his detractors the quarterback despite the many flaws in his game has now become the unsung hero and an inspiration to many across the nation , as well to the now passionate Denver Broncos’ fans.
Clearly with so much at stake , with the winner moving on to the AFC championship game neither team at this juncture can be complacent . Most certainly not the New England Patriots , who will no doubt be viewed as the oddsmakers’ favorite in this game. The one resounding flaw that has plagued Bill Belichick’s team this season has been the inconsistency of the defense which has been mirrored repeatedly throughout the course of the season as they have remained seated in the bottom half of this specific category within the NFL . If this game should remain close in the dying moments of regulation then it would not surprise me at all to see the Denver Broncos pull of a major upset by derailing the Patriots’ ambition of hosting the AFC championship game ! Tebow and the likes of Willis McGahee , DeMaryius Thomas and the rest of the Broncos’ players after their exploits against the Pittsburgh Steelers would like nothing better than to blow the lid off the Patriots’ panache`.
Now while many will continue to mock and deplore the defense of the New England Patriots you simply cannot deny the explosive offensive capabilities of the team . With so many weapons at his disposal Tom Brady should be able to carve away at what can be at times a rather stingy Broncos’ defense . The likes of Justin Edelman , Aaron Hernandez , Danny Woodhead , Rob Gronkowski and Benjarvus Green-Ellis have to be looking forward to facing their AFC counterparts at Gillette Stadium . If not , then why the hell bother to turn up for such an important event ?
Now a great deal has been asked of Tim Tebow this season and whether or not you are in agreement with the assumptions and other prognostications made , there will be continued questions as to whether or not the player has what it takes to be a successful quarterback within this league (NFL) . Granted , his year long statistics don’t seem to mirror what he has achieved as a player for the team , which is simply to go out there and win . And clearly with the Denver Broncos somehow having won the AFC West not necessarily by default but to my mind the divisional title was simply gifted to them by the woeful ineptitude shown by the likes of the Kansas City Chiefs , San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders , The latter of whom for some thought or another has seen fit to fire head coach Hue Jackson for some inexplicable reason that escapes me completely ! But that’s simply another story for another day , as trying to explain that move would be like trying to count the infinitesimal amounts of grains of sand that can be found on a beach . Way too complicated and boring an exercise to undertake at this moment in time ! . Better yet try to find a passionate Oakland Raiders’ fan to explain that mea-culpa by the Raiders’ front office ? Chances are , they’re just as befuddled by team owner Mark Davis’ decision as the rest of us are . And you know what …… it would not surprise me if the organization were to announce that they are about to rehire Jon Gruden to take over coaching the team ! The former Raiders’ coach may well have been sitting on the sidelines whilst in the employ of ESPN and who at this juncture is still being paid by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . What better way than for Gruden to make his :”big splash” and ” comeback” to the NFL than to once again take the reins of the organization that he actually set on the right direction before abruptly leaving due to his differences with the late Al Davis .
I am sure at this juncture Broncos’ President of Football Operations John Elway and team GM Brian Xanders couldn’t be happier men . At the same time team owner Pat Bowlen has to be feeling mightily pleased with himself ,albeit , that having fired Josh McDaniels , he may well of been of the opinion as to whether or not Tim Tebow was worth retaining on the team’s roster . Well given the stark contrast between what Tebow’s predecessor Kyle Orton was able to achieve and the incumbent’s quarterback’s own rise to the top of the NFL water cooler topics of interest . I would say that no one at this juncture could be happier than the members of the Denver Broncos’ front office ! Needless to say , should the Broncos lose Sunday’s game then Tim Tebow’s detractors will be saying ………. ” I told you so ” ! At the same time it is not as if Tebow is earning a king’s ransom while leading the team to what appears to be improbable success over the course of the season . The Denver Broncos at present are in a win , win , situation , no matter which way you care to dissect this argument .
Josh McDaniels for his part will be asked to bring whatever insight he can as to the inner workings of the Denver Broncos and the team’s overall strategies and tendencies . Things will most certainly have changed since he was relieved of his duties . Either the former Broncos’ head coach has something up his sleeve to surprise his former employer or he is simply back within the fold with the New England Patriots because no one else was vying for his services . At this juncture much of that will now be down to pure conjecture and speculation .
As for John Fox he is a seasoned NFL head coach who knows what it takes to make a playoff caliber team . That being said at the core of this squad is a very young roster with some seasoned veterans there to keep this vessel afloat with their leadership qualities . And that is where the likes of Brian Dawkins , .. Champ Bailey , Elvis Dumervil and Willis McGahee will come into play. If they can lead by example with Tim Tebow simply playing what one hopes will be an error free game on his part then this match-up could prove to be far more thrilling than many of us would have believed . If not , then look for the New England Patriots to simply make it clear that the Broncos’ exploits with Tebow at the helm must now come to an end .
Josh McDaniels and Tim Tebow will be as such be the central characters in this weekend’s yet to unfold drama and I would dare say that each has a great deal to prove . In the case of Tebow it will be to once again prove his doubter wrong . Whereas , for McDaniels it will simply be about payback even in light of his character flaws during his brief tenure as the Denver Broncos’ head coach . Spygate II brought to courtesy of Josh McDaniels and a Broncos’ team video-grapher , goes to show that the apple simply didn’t fall that far from the tree ! And that is in spite of the denials of any wrongdoing on the part of the then Broncos’ coach . There were a number of patrons within this forum who suggested to me that the practice of taping the signals of the opposing team wasn’t widespread around the NFL ? It is being done repeatedly but we tend to only hear about the idiots who get caught ! Never mind the fact that the league hierarchy tends to punish with impunity those they seek fit to in order that their actions are seen as a deterrent to others .
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How do you as a fan see this AFC match-up being played out in front of a national television audience as well as those in attendance at Gillette Stadium , in Foxboro’ , Massachusetts ? Simply leave a comment as to your thoughts on the subject matter and that of the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.
(1) Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) watches a drill during practice, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Englewood, Colo. The Broncos are scheduled to play an NFL divisional playoff football game against the New England Patriots on Saturday, Jan. 14th 2012. AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez …
(2) Denver Broncos’ D.J. Williams (55) and Champ Bailey (24) head into practice, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Englewood, Colo. The Broncos are scheduled to play an NFL divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots on Saturday, Jan. 14. AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez ………
(3) (3) Denver Broncos head coach John Fox heads into practice, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Englewood, Colo. The Broncos are scheduled to play an NFL divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots on Saturday, Jan. 14. AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez …..
(4) New England Patriots quarterbacks Tom Brady, left, and Brian Hoyer , right, talk while performing field drills during a team practice at the NFL football team’s facility, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots are scheduled to play the Denver Broncos in an AFC divisional playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14 in Foxborough. AP Photo/Steven Senne ….
(5) New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick enters a media availability at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. New England takes on the Denver Broncos in an NFL divisional playoff game on Saturday, Jan. 14. AP Photo/Winslow Townson …..
(6) New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, shares a laugh with Josh McDaniels during practice at the their training facility in Foxborough, Mass. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. AP Photo/Winslow Townson …….