Let me start of by saying that today's news from the great one on his injury is positive. I hope that they take precautions with his return to the field and use the best judgement with regards to actual on field playing time. It adds no value to put him out there Dec 22nd versus the leagues number 1 D desperate not only for a playoff bye but hoping to injure Peyton even more in preparation for next season. Besides we all know the Pollians will draft Andrew Luck anyway and keep Peyton, because of what we have been blessed to witness here with Peyton's career at the Colts. Thats what Irsay wants and that's what he will get if Luck doesn't engineer a trade.
But on to what i wanted to write about. "When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade". And no one exemplifies this more than John Fox. Look at the cards he was dealt with this season? No true number one receiver, a team in rebuild mode, their choice to start at QB wasn't effective, the deafening noise of a very restless fan base? Fox's ability to look at the big picture and admit that maybe they were wrong about Tebow vs Orton is what is most admirable. Fox and Elways willingness to cast all ego's aside and optimize what they had in front of them while remaining brutally honest about Tebow's & the teams weakness is also admirable. I think sometimes this is what BBW tries to convey on this board about the Colts FO but the message sometimes gets lost in his personal feeling for the FO & the Pollians.
Modifying the play book requires adjustments, tweaks & simplifications to the play calling. All made to accommodate his Full Back who plays QB. Remember the wildcat fad a few seasons ago. It gave a lot of teams nightmares because no one executed it like the 2008 Sparano Dolphins, they were so good at it that year the Bradyless pats missed the playoffs. Its a well known thing that NFL coaches look down on college or even high school plays. Once in a while the old evil genius Belichick and Sean Payton execute some hybrid plays out of college or high school offenses which work mainly because they catch the opposing defense by surprise because they haven't seen that look in film study.
The broncos coaches cast all egos aside and threw out all the complexity and converted the broncos offense to go with Tebow's strengths; which is a high dose of running plays mixed in with high percentage passing plays. Tebow is extremely paranoid about throwing INT's so he will not throw the ball if he even thinks there is a risk of a pick. He trusts his legs more than his hands and it is paying of. Somehow they're 5-1 and the AFC west is essential a 2 horse race now.
John Fox and the coaching staff had to adapt to what they have with their offense and if the Broncos somehow make the playoffs Fox has to be considered a front runner candidate for coach of the year. Both Fox and Elway have been painted as non believers, by football purists who believe in the traditional drop back QB. But with a defense that is average at best its bizarre how the broncos are winning. The Philip Rivers "What just happened face" after that tough loss to Denver says it all. Every time Denver wins a game with that high school offense, Jim Caldwell's seat gets a little hotter. With the very "Timid Larry Coyer" gone now they're really no more excuses for the defense. But i get the feeling that if Peyton's 100% healthy Caldwell may get a reprieve based on Bill Pollians logic that Caldwell went 26-9 in the last 2 seasons with a Superbowl appearance & this season is not a real measure of the Caldwell's coaching ability.