It's Super Bowl XXXVII. Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers.
You're the head coach of the Denver Broncos and you are tied 17-17 with the defending champion Green Bay Packers.
The Broncos have the ball with three minutes left in the third quarter, and it's third and 6 on the Packers 12.
A first down would be great. A touchdown even better. But a turnover would be bad. Very bad.
What play are you going to call, coach?
Make your call and then check back next week to see what really happened.Last Week's Winning Call:
Down 21-16, Carolina Panthers QB Jake Delhomme went deep to WR Muhsin Muhammad for an 85 yard touchdown, which at the time was the longest offensive play in Super Bowl history.
The Panthers joy was short-lived, however, as the Patriots came back to win 32-29 on a dramatic game-winning FG by Adam Vinatieri.
After winning the Super Bowl in 2012, the Baltimore Ravens missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. As they did after winning the Super Bowl, general manager Ozzie Newsome shook up the roster this offseason. The Ravens had a great offseason given all of the players who had to leave and the team looks to rebound from a sub-par year and reach the playoffs in the weak AFC. The biggest storyline for the upcoming season is the arrival of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
The Texans have barely played for over a decade and have had very few coaches. The most successful was Kubiak. A former quarterback who was the backup to John Elway, Kubiak led Houston's offense for years and guided the team to multiple playoff appearances. He helped Andre Johnson be an elite player, made Matt Schaub a Pro Bowler, and at one time had the NFL's best ground game with Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Kubiak was fired midway through the 2013 season as the Texans finished with the worst record in the league, but Baltimore quickly added him in the offseason.
One of the reasons that the Ravens missed the playoffs last year was their offense. The running game, normally one of the best in the league, was the worst in the league at yards per carry. Kubiak will try to help get Ray Rice back to his top form and help him stay as one of the league's elite backs. Part of that will be solidifying the offensive line, which lost Michael Oher but added Jeremy Zuttah. Bernard Pierce had a poor second year as the backup and will face competition from some of the younger players added this offseason, such as rookie Lorenzo Talioferro.
Kubiak will have to show his expertise in the passing game to get Joe Flacco to show that he is somewhat worthy of his massive contract. Flacco had a career-high in interceptions and had more turnovers than touchdowns after getting a 120.6 million dollar contract after his Super Bowl win. Former Carolina Panther Steve Smith was added and will be a great possession receiver and veteran leader, while tight end Owen Daniels will bring over his experience with Houston. Jim Caldwell, the former offensive coordinator, made Flacco throw the ball far too many times. Kubiak will need to establish the running game and then let Flacco make throws that are not out of his range.
So far the Ravens' offense has been working well. Many players have already excelled in the new system and the players seem to like their third system in three years. There are still some questions about how the players will adapt, but from judging how the team has embraced the system Kubiak could lead the team back to the playoffs in 2014.
Long before he became their General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operations, John Elway led the Denver Broncos to six AFC Championship games and five Super Bowls, winning his last two.
How good was John Elway? At the time of his retirement, he had recorded the most victories by any starting quarterback in the history of the NFL. Yeah, he was pretty great!
Elway was drafted #1 overall in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts before being traded to the Denver Broncos. In 1987, he had one of the most clutch and iconic performances in NFL history, engineering a 98-yard, game-tying touchdown drive in the AFC Championship game against the Cleveland Browns. The moment is known in National Football League lore as "The Drive."
Elway and Denver won their first Super Bowl title by defeating the Green Bay Packers 31–24 in Super Bowl XXXII. The Broncos repeated as champions the following season in Super Bowl XXXIII by defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34–19. Elway was voted MVP of that Super Bowl, which was the last game of his career.
Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004 in his first year of eligibility.
What else was happening in 2004?
Thanks to Adam Vinatieri's 41-yard field goal with four seconds left, the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
The long-running TV series "Friends" came to an end.
George W Bush was re-elected to his second tern as President of the United States.
Usher's "Confessions" was the best-selling album of the year.
If you’re a fan of the no huddle offenses used by Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, then you can thank former Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly.
The Kelly-led Buffalo Bills of the late 1980s and early 1990s were high-powered offensive machines. Called the "K-Gun" offense for its no-huddle shotgun formations, Jim Kelly's offense became one of the greatest NFL scoring juggernauts of all-time.
The Buffalo Bills selected Jim Kelly with the 14th pick of the 1983 NFL Draft. This draft has been hailed as one of the all-time great quarterback drafts in NFL history, with six quarterbacks taken in the first round. Joining Kelly that year were Denver Bronco John Elway and Miami Dolphin Dan Marino, all three future Hall of Fame inductees.
Kelly’s career will always be known for his leading the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls, from 1991 to 1994. It will also be remembered for the fact that the Bills lost each of those games.
Kelly's jersey number 12 is the only number ever retired in Buffalo Bills' history. He finished his 11 NFL seasons with 2,874 completions in 4,779 attempts, for 35,467 yards and 237 touchdowns - all of which are Buffalo Bill franchise records.
Jim Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in his first year of eligibility.
What else was going on in 2002?
The New England Patriots defeated the Rams 20–17 in Super Bowl XXXVI thanks to Adam Vinatieri's game-winning 48-yard field goal as time expired.
The top video game was The Sims.
The three most searched-for singers on Google were Eminem, Shakira and Madonna.
The top TV show was The Simpsons.
A Beautiful Mind was the winner of the Oscar for Best Picture.
Peyton Manning is the Hall of Famer. Four-time NFL MVP. Super Bowl XLI Champion and MVP. NFL record-holder for most TD passes (55) and yards passing (5,477) in a season. He is the grand master who is looking for the final jewel to add to his incredible career. And his TV ads are pretty darn funny.
Russell Wilson is the new kid on the block. A pup, if you will. Many "experts" thought he was too small to play in the NFL. They were wrong. He is the only QB in NFL history to win 23 games his first two seasons. At 25 he will be the sixth youngest QB to start a Super Bowl, and just the sixth quarterback to start a Super Bowl in either his first or second NFL seasons. He doesn't have too many TV ads yet but that is certain to change soon.
An established all-time great versus a young winner. Despite their differences, both of these field generals are the unquestioned leaders of their teams.
On Super Bowl Sunday, one will be champion.
Super Bowl Fun Facts - Quarterbacks
John Elway (38) was the oldest QB to start a Super Bowl. He led the Denver Broncos to a win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII. Second oldest? Why that would be Peyton Manning on February 2.
Peyton Manning will join Kurt Warner (St. Louis, Arizona) and Craig Morton (Dallas, Denver) as the only QBs to start the Super Bowl for two different teams.
The five youngest QBs to start a Super Bowl game are: Dan Marino (23), Ben Roethlisberger (23), David Woodley (24), Tom Brady (24) and Drew Bledsoe (24).
The only QBs to win a Super Bowl in either his first or second seasons were Kurt Warner, Ben Roethlisberger, and Tom Brady.
Watch Super Bowl XLVIII at 6:30pm ET on Sunday, February 2nd on Fox.
The New England Patriots and QB Tom Brady clinched number two seed in the AFC Conference playoffs with a 34-20 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Brady now has 148 career wins and tied Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway for third on the all-time wins list among starting quarterbacks.
The starting quarterbacks with the most regular-season wins in NFL history
1. Brett Favre - 186
2. Peyton Manning -167
3. Tom Brady - 148
3. John Elway - 148
4. Dan Marino - 147
In 2013, the player that I am going to be keeping an eye on is Drew Brees, the QB of the New Orleans Saints.
I will be looking at how he leads his team to a winning season. Also how well he puts the offense back together since the head coach Sean Payton is back.
Drew Brees has already proven himself worthy of being one of the top rated quarterbacks of his time, now he isn't the next Joe Montana or John Elway, but he is in the race along with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
That is why I am going to be watching Drew Brees this season. Clearly, Drew Brees is someone who should be watched by America.
After leading the Denver Broncos to the playoffs and an overtime victory, Tim Tebow became one of the most popular players in the NFL in 2011. That offseason, John Elway, the Broncos owner, wanted another quarterback instead of Tim Tebow. He successfully attempted to sign quarterback Peyton Manning, who was coming off neck surgery. Later, Tim Tebow was traded to the New York Jets for a low draft pick. While the Broncos had a 13-3 season with Manning under center, the Jets rarely played Tebow, and missed the playoffs for a second-straight year. Now the Jets do not want Tebow, so they will likely cut him this offseason. Here are the teams that I think are the best suitors for Tebow.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
After a 2-14 season, the Kansas City Chiefs are in rebuilding mode, and new coach Andy Reid is searching for a new quarterback. Since the quarterbacks in this year's NFL Draft are not worthy of a top pick, the Chiefs can enhance their roster with other players, and then get Tebow for a low price. This could be a great move for the Chiefs, who have enough talent for Tebow to be successful quickly.
2. Arizona Cardinals
Like the Kansas City Chiefs, the Arizona Cardinals are in need of a quarterback for the future. Tim Tebow would be a perfect fit for the Cardinals, who have wide receivers Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald, but have a weak running game. Tebow is a reliable runner and has proven that he can make big plays at big times. Tebow is the spark the Cardinals need to be contenders in the NFC West.
3. Buffalo Bills
After the Bills signed Mario Williams, a star defensive end/linebacker, it seemed like a playoff spot was near. While running back CJ Spiller did exceptionally well, the rest of the team played poorly, and the Bills finished 2012 with a 6-10 season. Like the Chiefs and Cardinals, the Bills have a high draft pick, but they should not use it on a quarterback. Instead of getting a quarterback, they should fill some of their other needs like wide receiver and then get Tebow. With Tebow, the Bills can challenge the Patriots for the division crown.
If a team wants an exceptionally skilled quarterback and also wants to add other talented players, they should get Tebow.
NFLRUSH Kid Reporter
With the amazing season that QB Cam Newton has had this year all you need to do is review a couple highlights to come to the conclusion he’s had the best QB rookie season of all-time!
1. He’s already broken the rookie record for passing yards and if he throws for107 yards on Sunday he’ll have 4,000 for the season. To put that in perspective, look the rookie totals for the following Hall of Fame QB’s:
- Joe Namath: 2020 yards
- Dan Marino: 2210 yards
- Troy Aikman: 1749 yards
- John Elway: 1610 yards
2. What makes Cam so special is that he’s a double-threat to run and pass. He’s rushed for more touchdowns (14) then any quarterback in the history of the league. He current has a 5.6 per-carry average and a whopping, 674 total rushing yards for the season.
3. Despite the pressure of the skeptical public who was sure that he’d NOT live up to the hype, he’s turned around a hopeless franchise and has done all of this with a smile and the swagger of the budding superstar.
Can you even think of a better rookie QB? Let us know what you think!
|Here are 5 reasons why the Broncos could charge into the Super Bowl!
1. Von Haven
LB Von Miller might be the best line backer to enter the league since Clay Matthews.
2. High Flying
Did you know that the Broncos were 4th in the AFC in passing yards last year? No? Well, you do now!
3. In Tebow We Trust
The kids has got “It.” Don’t try to fight it and just jump on his bandwagon already!
4. Air Lloyd
WR Brandon Lloyd went off last season for 1,400 yards receiving with 11 touchdowns. There’s no reason to believe he can’t match those numbers this year.
5. Return of the Prodigal Son
Hall of famer, John Elway, is now the executive vice president of football operations. Everything’s going to be just fine now.
Will the Broncos charge their way into this years's Super Bowl? Who will take them there?Leave a comment and let us know what you think!
|"He will be one of the key factors to rebuilding the Broncos."||The Broncos knew not to waste their opportunity to select a potential Hall of Famer with their second pick in the 2011 Draft, and they approached the Draft with the right mentality, namely improving the defense.
Their first-round pick was former Texas A&M linebacker, Von Miller. The Broncos organization needs to get the Orange Crush defense back, and John Elway, Brian Xanders, and John Fox made a giant step toward that goal by picking Miller.
Von Miller is the guy that offenses need to specifically prepare for. He poses problems to both quarterbacks and running backs alike, one of the many reasons he was awarded the Butkus award at the end of the 2010 season given to the best linebacker in College Football.
He will be one of the key factors to rebuilding the Broncos. Keep your eye out for Von Miller and the Broncos this season.
Super Bowl XX MVP Richard Dent visited the NFLRZ Press Room! Here's what he had to say...
Coach: Welcome to the chat! Today we have a legendary player with us in the NFLRZ! He's the Super Bowl XX MVP and a 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee! Please welcome Richard Dent!
Coach: Welcome to the NFLRush Zone. We like to start every chat with the Rush 5. They are the 5 most popular questions submitted by NFLRush and NFLRZ fans.
Coach: What is your favorite meal?
Richard Dent: Chicken pot pie, made by my mother. It’s one of my favorites.
Coach: Who was your football hero growing up?
Richard Dent: Walter Payton and Claude Humphrey
Coach: What is your favorite pizza topping?
Richard Dent: Pepperoni
Coach: Which stadium has the loudest fans?
Richard Dent: Probably Minnesota, Redskins. My favorite places to play were Philly, NY, Green Bay
Coach: What is your greatest NFL moment?
Richard Dent: Winning the Championship game in Chicago, when it was snowing. Finally. Winning that game brought us to the Super Bowl!
Richard Dent: The snow came down, Fridge was there with no teeth, jumping around. The Chicago fans were the best!
underwearrules: how did it feel to be inducted into the hall of fame
Richard Dent: I haven't gotten there yet, look forward to the ceremony. Appreciate all the love. I am sure it will hit me when I get there in an emotional way
sonnerfootball: who is your favorite player today
Richard Dent: DeMarcus Ware is great to watch, seems to be a pretty good pass rusher
shadow4: how did it feel winning a superbowl and u the mvp
Richard Dent: Winning the Super Bowl was a dream. To be in it and win it, so Happy. I had a dream the night before I would win the MVP too.
Richard Dent: I played with a lot of great guys that helped me get that
froggy: Which team had the toughest offense that you ever faced?
Richard Dent: Probably Zimmerman from the Vikings, but practicing with Jimbo, on my team was the best. He was one of the best and everyone else didn't compare to him
peytonman2456: what advice do you have for young athletes that want to be like you?
Richard Dent: I use my name. D stands for dedication, E stands for Education, the game, school, N stands for name, your family. T stands for getting back up again to TRY. You take those things and nothing can stop you in anything in life.
pike360: What was your game day rituals?
Richard Dent: I had a waffle and sausages, hot tea and ginseng. Not eat too much, liked to be a little hungry on the edge. The pre-game meal was important for me.
leftcoast101: What has been your proudest moment since leaving the NFL?
Richard Dent: Proudest moment since retiring would be finally getting the vote into the Hall of Fame. It was great to be acknowledged for my career.
grahamman55: Comparing today and yesterday--- In the past you were a great football player but... how do you think you would play today if you were still in the NFL.
Richard Dent: I think that I would be able to dominate even MORE. Offensive lineman can reach out and grab. I was good with hands and speed.
Richard Dent: The game is a little softer, less aggressive. Than when I played
rumbler5: who helped you the most on your way to becoming a legend
Richard Dent: My college coach Joe Gillam Sr, who was the son of Joe Gillam Jr (steelers) taught me how to play and study the game. He got the best out of me
Richard Dent: He taught me a lot about life and football
lonestarsong: What advice would you give to the players who are going to be drafted on thursday?
Richard Dent: You know your life is going to change. Its important to not get mixed up in what round. You will walk out with more in your pocket than you walked in. This is a game.
Richard Dent: You will be able to prove what you are worth after you play. If you love what you do, its not about the money.
Richard Dent: I would have played for free but they were writing checks.
jennings28: Do you have a nick name
Richard Dent: I had plenty- in college they called me Dirty Dent (good players were Dirty)
Richard Dent: in the pros they called me the Colonel and then the Sack Man
Richard Dent: The colonel because I kept going upfield kept going and going upfield, then I would Sack the QB.
tcody63: what teams do u think will go to the super bowl this season
Richard Dent: So much parity in the league, but teams that were in the Championship and lost-- Chicago, the Jets or the Vikings might be there with a QB. Maybe Dallas can do it
Richard Dent: Teams that believe in their mission are the ones I am watching
pittsburghfa8: What would you do if you were not in NFL?
Richard Dent: I enjoyed helping others as a kid. Wanted to be someone that others respected, maybe restaurant or service business. FBI agent possibly or Politics
Richard Dent: You need to serve others, that's why we are here to help others
steelers1518: what was the hardest qb to sack?
Richard Dent: Dan Marino and John Elway. Elway in Denver especially cause the air was thin. Marino had a fast release, never knew if he had the ball when you hit him
froggy: Hey Richard, can you still do the Super Bowl shuffle?
Richard Dent: The dance or the song? Yes I can do the song.
Richard Dent: Here's a line from the Super Bowl Shuffle
Richard Dent: Cause the Sack man's coming, I'm your man Dent. if the Quarterbacks slow hes gonna get Dent/. I stop the run, i stop the pass. I like dumping QB's on their .....
Richard Dent: My turn to ask you guys a question. Does anyone know when I first started playing football as a kid?
peytonm11: 7 years old
macman33: 5 or 6 years old
tackledodger: when you were twelve
londin: when u was 5
pittsburghfa8: when you were 3 years old
miami009: 10 years old
cuteguy12349: when u were 4
alman934: 10 years old
asis600: when u were 11
Richard Dent: Thanks for guessing. I started playing football when I was a Junior in High School.
Richard Dent: Thanks for everything and chatting with me today. Work hard. Believe and be passionate about what you do. Go Bears!
Richard Dent: Thanks to all the fans. You have been great!!!
Coach: Thanks for coming to the chat guys! Richard will be in Bears land hanging out right after this. Here's a code to thank you for coming...ChatWithDent
I would LOVE to be drafted by the Broncos or the Patriots. I like the Broncos because I really admire John Elway and wonder what he has in store with the new coach, John Fox. I want to be on the Pats because they’re my favorite team. Also, I like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. I want to be coached by Mike Shanahan but play with Tom Brady.
After a great Week 1 of NFL football, the fans are ready for more great catches, runs and sacks. Are you ready to watch your favorite team win and your favorite player put up big stats? Here are some previews of the NFL games this week:
INDIANAPOLIS at TENNESEE
GREEN BAY at NEW YORK
SEATTLE at ARIZONA
SAN DIEGO at NEW ENGLAND
WASHINGTON at PHILADELPHIA
Football season is officially under way and there's already great action on the field! check out some of the highlights
PHILADELPHIA at GREEN BAY
In the battle between two great QBs - Eagles' Donovan McNabb and Packers' Brett Favre - Brett had the slight edge this game! The Packers won 16-13 on a last second field goal, by rookie kicker, Mason Crosby!
Not Their Best Game:
CHICAGO at SAN DIEGO
The Chargers tamed the Bears offense, winning 14-3 in San Diego. The Bears did not look like Super Bowl contenders as Chargers' superstars, LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates tore the place up!
Chargers:Running back, LaDainian Tomlinson threw a 17-yard TD pass to All-Pro tight end, Antonio Gates, in the third quarter. LaDainian then scored a rushing TD in the fourth quarter. Antonio caught 9 passes for 107 yards, including the TD pass from LaDainian!
Not Their Best Game:
NEW YORK at DALLAS
The Cowboys dominated the Giants, winning 45-35 in this high scoring game. Cowboy's QB Tony Romo had a career night beating Giants QB Eli Manning!
NEW ENGLAND at NEW YORK JETS
Tom Brady led his Patriots to a rout of the Jets, 38-14! This rivalry was one-sided - Patriots ruled!
Not Their Best Game:
DENVER AT BUFFALO
In an action-packed, close game that came down to the last play, the Broncos slipped past the Bills, winning 15-14. The Broncos won on a last second field goal, kicked by Jason Elam.
MIAMI AT WASHINGTON
The Redskins found a way to prevail over the Dolphins in a hard fought game that went into overtime. The Redskins won 16-13, as kicker Shaun Suisham kicked the game-winning field goal.
In Other games:
Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland: In the Steelers 34-7 win, Ben Roethlisberger threw 4 TD passes!
Atlanta vs. Minnesota: The Vikings romp, 24-3.
Tennessee vs. Jacksonville: The Titans won,13-10, as Vince Young threw and ran well.
Carolina vs. St. Louis: The Panthers trounced the Rams, 27-13. Steve Smith had 7 catches for 118 yards and 1 TD for Carolina!
Tampa Bay vs. Seattle: The Seahawks won, 20-6. Shaun Alexander is healthy and rushed for 105 yards and 1 TD!
Detroit vs. Oakland: The Lions took no prisoners and conquered Raider Nation, 36-21.
Houston vs. Kansas City: It was all Texans in this lopsided victory, 20-3.