Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tom Brady responds to Terrance Knighton's remarks on Super Bowl

Earlier this week, Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton created some buzz in the football world when he "guaranteed" a Broncos Super Bowl appearance—and victory.

Guarantee is used in quotation marks because Pot Roast alleges that his quotes were taken out of context. Here's what he told the Denver Post's Mark Kiszla:

"It doesn't matter what happens. At the end of the year, we're hoisting that trophy . . . I don't care if New England doesn't lose again. I don't care where we have to play. I don't care who our opponent is. We're not going to be satisfied until we hoist that trophy."

It seems that Knighton inadvertently replaced "our goal is" with "we are" going to win the Super Bowl. Judging from Knighton's follow-up tweet on Monday, that's likely the case:
Regardless of if it was a guarantee or simply a stated goal, Knighton's words created a firestorm.

On Monday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady responded to Pot Roast's remarks.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Demaryius Thomas willing to give Broncos a "hometown discount"

Keeping star receiver Demaryius Thomas in Denver beyond 2014 may not prove to be as difficult as anticipated.

Thomas (6'-3", 229 lbs.) ranks second in the NFL with 1,255 receiving yards and is tied for third with 10 touchdowns this season. A two-time Pro Bowler, Thomas is playing in the final year of his rookie contract with a base salary of $3.27 million.

In an interview with NFL Network's Dan Hellie, Thomas was asked if he would be willing to take a hometown discount from the Broncos. His response:

"Of course, why not?" Thomas asked, via NFL.com. "Peyton is one of the best in the game, and I've been blessed to have him as my quarterback. I learned so much of him. Denver, of course I gotta take my hats off to them, because they took a chance of drafting me in the first round."

Just how much of a "discount" Thomas is willing to take remains to be seen.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Secondary market Broncos tickets are pricey this week

Guest post by TiqIQ:

The Denver Broncos have just one blemish on their 2014 record and outside of losing to the defending Super Bowl champs in Seattle, have looked as good as advertised. They get their second true test of the year in Week 7, as the San Francisco 49ers migrate over from the NFC West to try to hand Denver loss number two on the year.

It’s a worthy opponent and a hyped battle, easily making it the most expensive game of the week, the most expensive of the season for the Broncos and the most expensive regular season game in Denver on the secondary market since at least 2010. The average price for Broncos vs 49ers tickets is currently $544.96, 66% above the remaining season average for Broncos tickets at home. Even the get-in price is expensive with the cheapest available ticket on the secondary market coming at $213.

The value is there when it comes to a terrific matchup between two conference powerhouses, but will that value equate to a Broncos win in Week 7, is the question. Peyton Manning has looked rather sharp this year regardless of the defense he’s facing, and so far no one has been able to account for all of his potent weapons in the passing game. If there was a weak link going into this matchup, it’s Denver’s ground game, but Ronnie Hillman seems to have resurrected that the past two weeks, especially after topping 100 yards rushing in week six.

San Francisco tends to stop the run well, but an already injury-ravaged Niners unit could be down one more big name, as stud inside linebacker Patrick Willis (toe) may not be available for this one. On top of hurting the run defense, no Willis could hamper the 49ers’ ability to stop athletic tight end Julius Thomas. The Niners had done a good job against opposing tight ends leading into this battle, but without Willis they could have their work cut out for them.

Even worse, a rookie may have to pick up the slack. Wisconsin alum Chris Borland may get called upon to help shore up the run defense, and he could be a player to attack for the Broncos. While Denver has the matchup edge, the 49ers aren’t a cakewalk on the other end. Colin Kaepernick represents a dual threat challenge few teams are well equipped to defend, and a somewhat leaky Broncos defense might fall in line with those that could struggle.

The Broncos are still the favorites at home in this one, but if Kap brings the offense ready for a shootout and can work magic with his legs, Denver may be in for a close contest.