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A new definition of 'Tebowing'

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A new definition of 'Tebowing'

Tebowing is defined as the action of getting down on one knee and praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something different.

Avid Denver Broncos fan Jared Kleinstein coined the term after watching former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow spark another comeback victory over the Miami Dolphins in 2011. Tebow threw two touchdown passes and a two point conversion to force overtime. The Broncos prevailed in OT off the foot of kicker Matt Prater, who sealed the 18-15 victory. Kleinstein became a believer and launched tebowing.com the very next day.

However, when dissecting recent statements from wide receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, there seemed to have been a different definition of Tebowing formulating within the Broncos' locker room.

I will preface their comments with saying I personally witnessed Tim Tebow wear out his receiving core, just while playing catch prior to stretch in Denvers 2010 training camp. This happened before practices even began during Tebow's first rookie camp. One throw would be off the shoe strings, the next, three feet high, forcing the receiver to jump and make an acrobatic catch. I walked away thinking the Broncos receivers were working miracles during warm-ups alone. Tebow didnt get any better throughout the entire two and a half hour practice. It was ugly and painful to watch. Adding insult to injury, Broncos fans would boo receivers for not hauling in Cirque De Soleil receptions play after play.

Thomas recently appeared on SportsRadioInterviews.com after the trading of Tim Tebow to the New York Jets saying, I aint going to say I was sad because the only thing they remember is that pass.

Thomas was referring to the game winning touchdown pass Tebow threw to Thomas during the Broncos' overtime playoff victory against the Steelers last year.

You gotta go back and look at the rest of the games," Thomas said. "I wasnt getting no balls and you had to make some of these plays where some players were open and he is not making throws, but I dont want to talk bad about Tim. But hey, I am happy we got Peyton.

Thomas went on to say, You would have people calling him out saying, 'Tim you gotta make that throw. You gotta read the defenses better.'

Thomas' comments are about as damning as it gets from an NFL teammate.

I think many of us have experience dealing with co-workers failing to perform a task at hand. Overall, everyone just bites the bullet and picks up the slack through shear self preservation to get the job done. But former teammates of Tebow are not shy about their defining moments with him, as well as and what the future may hold with Broncos new quarterback and future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning.

Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker joined ESPNs Colin Cowherd to discuss how differently this offseason has been working with Manning so far. Decker described Peytons accuracy saying, Throwing it great, hitting you in the right spot.

With the subtle jabs by Thomas and Decker at their former quarterback, it seems to be their time to wear Tim Tebow out through the media.

Decker continued raving about Peyton Manning, stating, Hes such a perfectionist. If he hits you in the belly button, he gets mad at himself for not hitting you in the chest. Its unbelievable to be around a guy who has those standards for himself.

I am one who does believe the Broncos wide receivers' prayers have been answered.

Takeaways from Bears ‘18 coordinators: Mitch Trubisky affecting more than offense, kudos to hiring process

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Takeaways from Bears ‘18 coordinators: Mitch Trubisky affecting more than offense, kudos to hiring process

Head coach Matt Nagy conducted his first press conference on Thursday, introducing the coordinators for his three phases (Mark Helfrich, offense; Vic Fangio, defense; Chris Tabor, special teams). The session was predictably short on hard news, given that the hirings were just completed within the last several days, but some takeaways were there to be had, ranging from impressions to firmer indications of some directions the post-John Fox Bears may be trending:

Mitch Trubisky is going to be one seriously coached young quarterback.

Nagy is a former quarterback. Helfrich is a former quarterback. And the Bears are expected to bring back quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone, per Brad Biggs over at the Tribune; “Rags,” as his charges have dubbed him, is a former quarterback.

Forgive Trubisky is he develops neck problems nodding at all the advice he might be getting from three guys who by their quarterback training pretty much have had to know everything about their offenses. But it is a whole lotta QB mindset swirling around the young man.

The coaching corps is still sorting out exactly who does what, which will involve the hands-on coaching of Trubisky. “We’re finishing out the staff,” Helfrich said, “and once we have that, then we’ll start to kind of slot in those responsibilities.”

This kind of concentration of coaches from a similar background is actually a little unusual, the current vogue notwithstanding. Carson Wentz did bloom in his year two under a Philadelphia Eagles staff topped by former quarterbacks Doug Pederson, Frank Reich and John DeFilippo. And the Los Angeles Rams loosed Jared Goff’s talents with an all-former-quarterback triumvirate in Sean McVay, OC Matt LaFleur and QB coach Greg Olson.

But just for comparison’s sake, back in Kansas City, Nagy mentor Andy Reid was an offensive lineman at BYU. Down in New Orleans, Sean Payton is a former quarterback, but OC Pete Carmichael went through college on a baseball scholarship and QB coach Joe Lombardi was a college tight end, so Drew Brees hasn’t been info-swamped. Bill Belichick was a center and tight end, Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy was a college tight end and Case Keenum has flourished under former offensive lineman Pat Shurmur.

Helfrich has been on the job exactly one week and already has done some advanced evaluation of Trubisky, with an eye toward inevitable comparisons with Marcus Mariota, who starred at Oregon while Helfrich was a member of that staff.

“I see a lot [of similarities],” Helfrich said. “Mitchell has a tight release. He’s an accurate passer. They also have a couple things similar that makes them inaccurate. Their feet take them out of position. I sense from talking to a couple of offensive linemen, and this was unsolicited, when your offensive linemen are talking about how hard your quarterback works, that’s a great sign. So he needs to do that and continue to challenge himself and improve."

Football involves ego but not always to a fault

Keeping Vic Fangio as defensive coordinator may not rank yet with the organization retaining Buddy Ryan in that job when Mike Ditka was hired, but some intangibles make this a very big deal and reflect well on a spectrum of individuals.

GM Ryan Pace interviewed but didn’t elevate Fangio to the head-coaching slot. Yet whatever was said during the interview process didn’t alienate or create awkwardness for Fangio or whomever was hired ultimately. Point for Pace. Players made their feelings abundantly clear that they wanted Fangio back, and Fangio did not let a 20-year age difference between Nagy and himself ruin a good thing. Points to a lot of folks.

“I like our [players],” Fangio said. “I think I said it here during the season at a point that I really like coaching the group that we have. My favorite time during the week was being in front of them like I’m in front of you and going over practice watching the opponents’ tape, installing the plan for the week. I really liked being in front of our guys. They’re a good group collectively and as individuals and that part was appealing to me.”

And while Ditka and Ryan barely spoke, relationships in this administration have a different air.

“I am going to be in Vic’s office a lot,” Helfrich said. “He’s going to be annoyed by me trying to get in his head and know what might help me transition from college to the NFL. I would be an idiot if I didn’t walk 24 feet down and ask a guy like that.”

A “Trubisky factor” may be in the offing

Free agents have taken less money to sign elsewhere, as recently as last season. Alshon Jeffery wanted out of Chicago, not so much for the weather (Philadelphia is less than 2 degrees lower latitude than Chicago and not many degrees warmer on average) as for the Bears never getting quarterback and offensive consistency that could max out his talents.

Trubisky already has started to have a positive impact. “Mitchell is a part of the equation,” Fangio said of his own decision to return as coordinator. “Because I think he has a chance to be a really good player, regardless of who is coaching him. So that part was positive.”

And that’s from a defensive guy.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Fred Hoiberg the coach of the future?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Fred Hoiberg the coach of the future?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly) and Nick Friedell (ESPN.com) join Kap on the panel.  The Bears coordinators meet the media.  So how much will a new coaching staff improve the team?

Fred Hoiberg has the young Bulls playing hard.  So is he the coach of the future?

The Blackhawks are struggling to get their messaging right regarding Corey Crawford’s injury, John McDonough stands by Coach Q and Stan Bowman and Nick gives an impassioned defense of Sammy Sosa after Tom Ricketts says he needs to put everything on the table to be welcomed back to the Cubs.