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watermock
10-13-2009, 05:14 AM
Replay: McDaniels' Marshall plan bearing fruit for Broncos
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Brandon Marshall has scored four touchdowns in the past three games for Josh McDaniels' Denver Broncos.



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1. New Broncos coach Josh McDaniels made the right moves in keeping Brandon Marshall, while dumping Jay Cutler and moving on with Kyle Orton. Marshall, who demanded a new contract and then sought an offseason trade, scored two TDs in the comeback victory against New England that kept the surprising Broncos undefeated. With four TDs in the last three games, it's evident the playmaker has found his groove since his preseason suspension. Orton, meanwhile, looks like he's in the right place at the right time under McDaniels' scheming. A la Elway, Orton coolly led Denver on a crucial 98-yard TD drive in the fourth quarter against the Patriots. That's after directing a 90-yard TD drive earlier. It was chic to second-guess McDaniels before the season for his handling of the Cutler and Marshall situations, but not now.

2. No one deserved a game ball like Mike Zimmer. The Bengals' classy defensive coordinator lost his wife, Vikki, on Thursday. In the midst of grieving, he opted to work — making the defensive calls in the key upset victory at Baltimore on Sunday. The pressure-packed game might have given Zimmer a psychological boost, allowing him to engage in normal activity while dealing with his personal tragedy. Authorities, ruling out foul play or an accident, have said Vikki died of natural causes. She wasn't a stranger to the team. She often baked cookies for the players, who mobbed Zimmer as he received a game ball from coach Marvin Lewis after the dramatic comeback victory. And by the way, since joining Lewis' staff last season, Zimmer has sparkled in developing an emerging unit that has helped change the image of a downtrodden team that suddenly sits in first place.

3. There are a few more layers of the Wildcat offense to trip up NFL defenses. Heading into Monday night's game, it figured that Jets coach Rex Ryan would unplug Miami's exotic schemes. In two games as Ravens D-coordinator last year, including a playoff opener, Ryan unhinged the scheme as Baltimore forced six turnovers and surrendered just two. But this time, Miami had the answers, starting with Ronnie Brown, the Swiss Army knife of a weapon who might be the NFL's most underrated running back. Brown rushed for 74 rushing yards, with two TDs, including the game-winner from the Wildcat with 6 seconds on the clock. He caught three passes and had a 21-yard completion on his first throw this season from the formation. Add Ricky Williams, cool young quarterback Chad Henne (whose 130.4 passer rating was best against the Jets' aggressive D this season) and rookie Pat White surprisingly coming off the bench cold during crunch time in the fourth quarter, and the headaches for opposing defenses are adding up as Miami tightened the screws on the AFC East race. Ryan called his defense's performance "horrendous" after it allowed 413 yards and didn't register a sack, but he also pointed the finger at himself as Miami neutralized Jets blitzes with heavy use of two-tight end formations from the Wildcat.

4. To make the playoffs (maybe), the Titans have to run the tables. Tennessee, which was the AFC's top playoff seed last season, fell to 0-5 in getting shredded by Peyton Manning on Sunday night. From here, they can play for pride, plan for the future and become a terror of a spoiler. Even if Tennessee suddenly came to life with an ultra-hot streak and finished the regular season at 11-5, there's still no guarantee that record would be good enough to make the playoffs with so many good teams at the top of the AFC pecking order. New England, remember, was 11-5 last season ... and missed the playoffs. Vince Young? Although Kerry Collins isn't the cause of the Titans meltdown, coach Jeff Fisher will have quite a few more opportunities to find out more about whether Young is a long-term option.

5. Owen Schmitt should re-evaluate methods for firing himself up on game day. The Seahawks fullback suffered a huge gash in his forehead after emerging from the tunnel during pre-game introductions repeatedly slamming his helmet into his head. This has become a ritual for the former West Virginia plugger. Getting stitches during the national anthem to close the wound, however, would not be advisable on a weekly basis.

THE AWARDS

• Stud of the week: Miles Austin. Terrell who? The Cowboys got a big-play day from a former T.O. understudy, who scorched the Chiefs with a 60-yard game-winning TD in OT that capped a 10-catch, franchise-record 250-yard statement. In his incredible first NFL start, Austin also had a 59-yard, fourth-quarter TD. Just think of all the great receivers in Cowboys history: Bob Hayes. Drew Pearson. Michael Irvin. None ever put up as many yards in a game as Austin, who broke into the league in 2006 as a rookie free agent from Monmouth.

• Defensive player of the week: Jared Allen. Six days after a monster, 4½-sack, one-safety outing vs. Green Bay, the Vikings' relentless defensive end had enough in his tank to produce big-play impact in the victory at St. Louis. He recovered two fumbles — one of which he returned 52 yards for the first defensive touchdown of his six-year career. Not bad for a short week.

• Special teamer of the week: Dave Zastudil. With swirling winds producing gusts of 34 miles per hour at Buffalo, the Browns punter averaged 42.9 yards with a 42.1-yard net and had seven of his nine punts downed inside the 20 — and three inside the 5. His final punt, with three minutes remaining, had enough bounce and spin that Roscoe Parrish muffed it, allowing for the Blake Constanzo recovery at the Bills 16 that set up Billy Cundiff's game-winning field goal.

• Rookie of the week: Jeremy Maclin. In his first pro start, subbing for an injured Kevin Curtis, the fast first-rounder from Missouri gave Donovan McNabb a bonus as the quarterback returned from the fractured rib that sidelined him since Week 1: Reliable hands. Maclin caught six passes for 142 yards with two long-distance TDs. He's just the fifth rookie since 1970 to have his first two career TDs cover at least 40 yards in the same game.

• Comeback player of the week: Matt Hasselbeck. The Seahawks quarterback came back from a fractured rib, too, and sparkled with four TD passes in the romp against the Jaguars. Hasselbeck, out since Week 2, juiced a no-huddle attack that provided a fast-paced rhythm, completing 18 of 30 passes for 241 yards, without a pick.

• Unsung hero of the week: Jacob Lacey. The rookie free agent cornerback made his first pro start at Tennessee for a Colts secondary playing without injured starters Kelvin Hayden, Marlin Jackson and Bob Sanders. Lacey had seven tackles and three pass breakups. With another rookie starting at the other corner post, third-rounder Jerraud Powers, the Colts allowed just 245 yards and held then-NFL rushing leader Chris Johnson to 34 ground yards.

• This week's surprise: Not only did the Bengals claim first place in the AFC North in stunning fashion with their victory at Baltimore, running back Cedric Benson (27 rushes, 120 yards, a 28-yard TD) became the first rusher to crack 100 yards against the Ravens in 40 games — snapping what was the NFL's longest such current streak.

• This week's genius: Josh McDaniels. Denver's 33-year-old rookie coach beat his mentor, Bill Belichick, as his squad continued to turn heads as the NFL's most surprising unbeaten team. To quote old-school rapper Kool Moe Dee, "How ya like me now?"

• Bonehead blunder of the week: After picking off a Matt Ryan pass, 49ers cornerback Dre' Bly didn't forget to showboat as he accelerated downfield on a 21-yard return in the third quarter of what was already a blowout defeat. He struck a pose as he ran and the hot-dogging cost him — and his team. After propping one hand behind his head, Bly carelessly dangled the ball with the other hand and was stripped. The Falcons recovered, turning one turnover into another. In a classic move, coach Mike Singletary brought Bly to his press conference on Monday — allowing Bly the opportunity to issue a public apology.

• Did you notice?Julius Peppers, the NFL's highest-salaried player, had two sacks and a safety against the Redskins to help Carolina post its first victory. Peppers entered the game with just one sack and two tackles. Meanwhile, reigning NFL sack champ DeMarcus Ware collected his first two sacks of the season for Dallas at Kansas City.

• Stat of the week: The Browns, who have scored an AFC-low 55 points and league-low three offensive TDs, became the first NFL team since 2000 to win a game by completing two or fewer p

Mr.Meanie
10-13-2009, 07:41 AM
Don't you mean Beavis' plan?

Dagmar
10-13-2009, 08:17 AM
Don't you mean Beavis' plan?

ROFL!LOLHilarious!^5

OBF1
10-13-2009, 10:54 AM
drinking early I see

HAT
10-13-2009, 11:10 AM
drinking early I see

You say that like it's a bad thing D? A drinking Mock is an entertaining Mock.

Bottom's up brother. :griese:

oubronco
10-13-2009, 11:14 AM
5. Owen Schmitt should re-evaluate methods for firing himself up on game day. The Seahawks fullback suffered a huge gash in his forehead after emerging from the tunnel during pre-game introductions repeatedly slamming his helmet into his head. This has become a ritual for the former West Virginia plugger. Getting stitches during the national anthem to close the wound, however, would not be advisable on a weekly basis.


thats some funny stuff

OBF1
10-13-2009, 11:52 AM
You say that like it's a bad thing D? A drinking Mock is an entertaining Mock.

Bottom's up brother. :griese:

I am all for Mock drinking and posting, Problem is I need a drink or 2 to understand what in the world he is trying to say. :spit:

Don Flamenco
10-13-2009, 12:11 PM
Mock hasn't been the same since he abandoned beezlebub. My late nights on the Mane will never be the same

baja
10-13-2009, 12:14 PM
Did you read this part Mock?

This week's genius: Josh McDaniels. Denver's 33-year-old rookie coach beat his mentor, Bill Belichick, as his squad continued to turn heads as the NFL's most surprising unbeaten team. To quote old-school rapper Kool Moe Dee, "How ya like me now?" ;D

Tombstone RJ
10-13-2009, 12:17 PM
Owen Schmitt... what a maroon. So glad the Broncos took Hillis instead of this cupcake. He's so hell bent on proving how tuff he is that he's gonna knock his own damn self out, before the game! Way to go Owen!

rastaman
10-13-2009, 12:33 PM
Bmarsh is now realizing the NFL is a business and will hopefully keep himself out of trouble off the field. He's showing off his natural God Given Talent in the hopes he lands that big Larry Fitzerald type contract as one of the highest paid WR's in the NFL either from Denver or another team.

Question is, will Bowlen and McDaniel's agree to sign Marshall for that kind of money after two years of consecutively Franchise Tagging him are over?

Rohirrim
10-13-2009, 12:36 PM
Mock has been through some tough times. Give him a break.

Popps
10-13-2009, 12:39 PM
It was chic to second-guess McDaniels before the season for his handling of the Cutler and Marshall situations, but not now.


Of course, a lot of us never thought it was so "chic" in the first place....

http://www.orangemane.com/BB/showthread.php?t=83742

CEH
10-13-2009, 12:49 PM
BOSTON — Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said Josh McDaniels is maturing into the head coach he expected him to be and that WR Brandon Marshall is playing himself into a “significant raise.”

“Brandon understands that he’s got a year left on his present deal, but if he keeps playing the way he is, he’s going to get a very significant raise — a much better contract,” Bowlen said Tuesday at the NFL Fall League Meeting. “That’s the way it goes, and Brandon has accepted that.”

Marshall, who asked to be traded and later was suspended because of insubordinate behavior at a preseason practice, has played well the past two weeks for the 5-0 Broncos. At least publicly, Marshall has shown a more amicable attitude toward McDaniels after a contentious offseason.

As for McDaniels and his team’s hot start, Bowlen said, “Things couldn’t be any better.”

Bowlen went on: “We took some early criticism hiring a young coach — he was 32 years old at the time — and were questioned about what he was going to be able to do. He’s been terrific. It’s been extremely important as we got into the process of him being a head coach, that the way he’s handled particular situations was well beyond his years. He’s proven he is ready.”

Bowlen singled out the way McDaniels singularly absorbed the criticism for trading Pro Bowl QB Jay Cutler to the Bears in exchange for Kyle Orton and draft picks, although it was an organizational decision.

missingnumber7
10-14-2009, 09:28 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd-4CbVuFtI

Owen Schmitt video

DenverBrit
10-14-2009, 10:11 AM
Why did we ever get rid of Dre? Ha!



• Bonehead blunder of the week: After picking off a Matt Ryan pass, 49ers cornerback Dre' Bly didn't forget to showboat as he accelerated downfield on a 21-yard return in the third quarter of what was already a blowout defeat. He struck a pose as he ran and the hot-dogging cost him — and his team. After propping one hand behind his head, Bly carelessly dangled the ball with the other hand and was stripped. The Falcons recovered, turning one turnover into another. In a classic move, coach Mike Singletary brought Bly to his press conference on Monday — allowing Bly the opportunity to issue a public apology.