The knuckleheads who stole a Super Bowl 50 ring with DeMarcus Ware’s name on it might be the dumbest crooks caught on video since “Home Alone” hit your neighborhood movie theater more than 25 years ago.
Earlier this week, Ware returned to his Cherry Creek home after the Broncos beat Houston to discover thieves had messed with his stuff and carried away a 100-pound safe. Denver police have apprehended the suspects, whose naively unsuspecting faces were captured on a surveillance camera during the burglary.
It’s probably best for all concerned that the cops caught the criminal mastermind who thought it was a brilliant idea to take Ware’s ring, because if a 250-pound linebacker had walked in on the crime, it would not have been pretty. “I’m just glad I wasn’t in there when he was in there. I would have sacked him,” Ware said.
Don’t mess with DeMarcus Ware.
He’s angry now. And that’s bad news for the NFL.
Out of uniform since fracturing a bone in his forearm against the Indianapolis Colts during the second week of the season, Ware has returned to practice with the Broncos. It’s not yet 100 percent certain he will play Sunday against AFC West rival San Diego. But Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers better hope Ware does not suit up.
“He adds that fear factor. The O-linemen, they’re scared of D-Ware,” Broncos cornerback Chris Harris said. “There’s a big fear factor. O-linemen get scared when they see D-Ware.”
Nice piece atop Albert Breer's column this week, an interview with Elway about the offseason and the continued success of the team. He addresses a bunch of stuff we obsessed over for a while:
So while Elway fought all the offseason battles, Kubiak had no blood on his hands, and the chemistry the team had in getting to a world title in February remained unscathed. That meant Miller’s return to the roster was seamless. And it meant the quarterback switch wasn’t as big a deal internally as we made it externally. And it meant the Talib drama was a total non-issue on the club’s ground level.
I asked Elway for his synopsis of each of those situations:
• Quarterbacks: “If you look at way we won as a football team last year, we relied so heavily on the defense that we figured we still had some time to fix the quarterback position. You lose a guy like Peyton and you lose a lot of leadership, so that’s tough. And losing Brock, it was another bump in the road and one where we weren’t sure how it was going to go. We didn’t know who else was interested in him, but you only need one other suitor to make it tough and obviously Houston was out there. At that point, it was to continue to get better offensive-line wise, focus on the draft, getting a quarterback there. And (Mark) Sanchez allowed us a little leeway there. And the great thing is Trevor (Siemian) has come on, and we liked him last year when we drafted him in the seventh. He’s done a tremendous job.”
• Von Miller: “I would’ve told you, from my point of view, that thing was gonna get worked out, period. You’re right, it didn’t go the way we wanted it to. But the bottom line is I had a relationship with Von. I knew Von. And I knew soon as I got a chance to sit down with
Interesting article on how the Broncos have two coaches specifically designated to look for an opponent's tendencies on film:
The Broncos employ two unheralded assistant coaches whose job descriptions are a closely-held secret. It boils down to this: Find the tells. Does a certain offensive tackle divulge run or pass with the placement of his feet? Or does a quarterback tip a play with a simple hand gesture? If so, Kubiak would like his players to know about it.
That sort of thinking excites guys like DeMarcus Ware, who had long been the lone preacher and parishioner of his own church of football thinking. Over nine years with the Dallas Cowboys, he developed this theory that NFL teams ought to spend way more time studying and informing players of the individual bad habits of opposing players. Ware wanted to know these things, and he wanted coaches to study them and teach the individual tendencies, not just the standard personnel and situational team tendencies taught around the league. His pearls of wisdom were met with pushback year after year.
“When the center points, or the quarterback says something, they’re telling you everything, so why not use it?” Ware says incredulously. “Every team should do it; the Dallas coaches would say, ‘You can't go off of somebody’s tendencies.’ And I would say, ‘Well, this guy on the other team has been doing this one thing for nine years and he hasn’t stopped doing it.’
Bogardus and Rauscher pore over hours and hours of film, and not just the silent,
Gary Kubiak’s preferred spot is between the hash marks on the 50-yard line of the Broncos’ east practice field at their Englewood training facility. Sometimes he stands with a coordinator at his side as they watch the quarterbacks throw and the running backs run. Oftentimes he stands alone, quietly observing in garb typically fit for 20 degrees cooler.
This is the spot where Kubiak processes and teaches, where he listens and delegates. It’s a routine born of habit and success since 1983, when he was a backup to John Elway, a role he had for nine seasons, and later evolved with his various stops as an NFL coach.
Over the past 23 years, Kubiak has earned a reputation as a quarterback whisperer of sorts with his ability to develop young talent such as Trevor Siemian, Brian Griese and Brock Osweiler, get the best out of veterans such as Jake Plummer, Matt Schaub and Joe Flacco, and win the trust of (and Super Bowl rings with) late-career legends such as Steve Young, Elway and Peyton Manning.
This morning I was listening to Sirius/XM NFL just like pretty much every day during the football season, and a caller got Mike Nolan and Jeff Rickard to talking Broncos, and the trade of Cutler & letting Osweiler go in free agency, which inevitably turned the conversation to Elway. Nolan had high, high praise for Elway's handling of the team.
So, Rickard asks, "Is there any other city, besides maybe San Francisco, who so strongly identifies with one star athlete?" A fun topic in it's own right, but he mentioned that growing up in Denver that during the 1987 season, in which Elway had his first trip to the SB, a parody was made of the old Randy Newman song, "I Love L.A.", named "I Love Elway".
Now I was a huge fan already at age 13, but growing up in Western Kansas, missed seeing this because it was on local, Denver television. So, I hunted it down. Maybe someone else has a better version, but this is great!