Dear loyal reader(s): I haven’t had consistent internet access and thus I apologize for not posting more enthralling bits of writing about football using $5 words.
But I’m sitting here watching the Josh McDaniels Show on channel 11-2, and reflecting on different conversations I’ve had with random people about football. The host asked McDaniels about Kansas City OLB Tamba Hali, and McDaniels said all the stupid things coaches always say, “he’s a great player, we need to block him to be successful,” yada yada yada. I’m glad the host brought Hali to his attention. You might not know much about the man named Tamba, but he’s quietly become one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. Two weeks ago, they failed to focus on San Francisco’s best linebacker, Patrick Willis. I hope they don’t make the same mistake again.
Rewatching the San Francisco game, I noticed a theme. When Willis was out of the play, the Broncos offense was successful. When they let Willis near the play, the Broncos offense was quite unsuccessful. Willis seemed to me in man coverage on Knowshon Moreno most of the time, and the Broncos were running a lot of play-action and sending Moreno on a decoy route to one side of the field, then throwing to the other. They would begin nice drives, and then they would run a couple plays right at Willis, who stuffed them every time, and they would punt.
Also, the Broncos have the worst running game in the league. Why did the 49ers keep biting on the play-action? Is their head coach stupid or something? Nevermind.
I have the same prediction for every Broncos game this year: the Broncos offense will move the ball down the field all game, then McDaniels will start calling different plays and drives will stall, but they’ll still hit 2-3 big plays to set up touchdowns. The defense will make 6 or 7 impressive plays and right when you think that maybe they have a little talent, the other team will have 31 points and you will be scratching your head.
I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend the game at Mile High stadium tomorrow. God, please don’t force me to watch Tim Tebow score a touchdown!
Side note: Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams got a DUI Friday night. As much as I feel bad for any citizen who has to deal with the police, a multimillionaire NFL player has no excuse to be getting a DUI. Every team in the NFL has DUI awareness training. Most teams offer a free driver on-call every night to take players home from bars specifically to avoid this kind of public embarrassment. Lame, D.J., lame. The team says they “levied the heaviest fines possible for conduct detrimental to the club under the terms of the league’s CBA… his status as a team captain has been stripped for the rest of the season.” This seems totally fair, and revoking his captain status is a nice touch. Howerver, “they also announced he will not start Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.” Now, beyond the punishments listed above, which seem fair and sufficient, the Broncos are punishing their fans, too. Now we are deprived from watching one of our favorite players, and we may be deprived of watching a Broncos victory against the Chiefs.
The NFL needs to keep its best players in the games. The job of the commissioner is to do what’s best for the game as a whole. Roger Goodell’s “guilty if accused” crime-and-punishment policies are bad for football and ought to be abolished. FREE THE END ZONE CELEBRATIONS! PUT THE FUN BACK IN FOOTBALL!