To a man, the Broncos believe this. They can’t explain the Tebow phenomenon, why he is having success despite such unorthodox mechanics. Backup wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said Denver’s season changed when coach John Fox pivoted from Kyle Orton to Tebow during a Week 4 loss to San Diego. Thomas was on the sideline injured, and said that when Tebow went in the game, “I just felt a spark.”
Sunday will be Tebow’s first visit to Minnesota, but, if my suspicions are correct, I believe that Tebow would be making approximately his 10th Metrodome start if Josh McDaniels hadn’t have jumped in the way.
Will the lockout provide another excuse for Favre to return to the NFL?
Still, with this lockout shortening the time players such as Jake Locker, Cam Newton and Andy Dalton have to prepare (no mention of Christian Ponder because the Vikings wouldn’t dare go there again with Favre), having a guy to serve as “nursemaid” is a viable option. Favre’s career ended with him standing on the sideline in street clothes because of a concussion. Not quite a storybook ending.
By defeating the St. Louis Rams Sunday night, the Seattle Seahawks qualified for the N.F.L. playoffs in spite of having lost nine games and won only seven.
They are not, technically speaking, the first N.F.L. team to have reached the playoffs with a losing record: in its strike-shortened 1982 season, the league temporarily expanded its post-season to include 16 teams, and the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns each advanced with 4-5 records.
But they are almost certainly the worst. The Seahawks are not any garden-variety 7-9 team: they are an incredibly bad 7-9 team.