Doggone it. We may not like the off-field antics of linebacker D.J. Williams. But we all really want one goal: to see the Broncos win a Super Bowl. Geez, Michael Vick took part in the killing of dogs and gets a pass? Can we do less for D.J.? He is, without a doubt, a top-notch football player. Cheer him when he comes on the field. Are we so perfect we haven't screwed up?
David, backing the LB
Kiz: Here at Kickin' It Headquarters, football might be religion, but it's not a test of human decency. So we have zero problem with Williams being back in a Broncos uniform. But it might be a stretch to compare D.J. to Vick. The only pass Vick received for his cruelty to animals was a card that sent him directly to prison for 21 months.
Bye-bye, D.J. You guys in the media have overrated Williams too long. He's so stupid, he gave away plays with his iPad and you want to forgive him. We have the linebacking crew the Broncos need. Cut Williams and let's move on.
Todd, Fort Worth
Kiz:If I'm known for anything, it's being too generous with my praise for Denver athletes. So on that note, let me add: Cast a vote on behalf of Wesley Wood-yard for the Pro Bowl. Wood is good.
Jets' mess. As I watched Tim Tebow being interviewed from the New York Jets locker room on television, I was reminded how happy I am he's out of Denver. Tebow is (unintentionally) a distraction for his team. Broncos executive John Elway, among many others at Dove Valley, saw it. If the Jets aren't careful, Tebow will (again, unintentionally) become more than a distraction; he'll become a virus. Mark Sanchez has become the new Kyle Orton. The guy is a mental mess. Although Tebow says all the right things, New York players know the real story. Tebow is a wedge in the middle of the team. Perhaps we can pray the Jets send Tebow off to Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New England or, even better, Houston. These successful, well-run organizations could use a little pot-stirring to make the Broncos' road to the Super Bowl a bit easier.
Kiz: The Jets invited the circus to town and now complain about getting run over by the clown car. Why did players criticize Tebow? Because it takes far less guts than declaring your general manager a knucklehead.
Know way. With Willis McGahee's case of fumble-itis, perhaps it's time to give Knowshon Moreno a shot at running back. Moreno is fresh. Maybe sitting on the pine will give McGahee the wake-up call he needs.
Kiz: No. 'Nuff said.
Weiss? Why? Although the thoroughly disgusting record of failure of the Rockies is a factor that would deter some MLB managers of experience, it would also draw some who relish a challenge, just as there are many CEOs in the business world who specialize exclusively in failing companies (Lee Iacocca at Chrysler, for example). In terms of major-league managers, the late Billy Martin comes to mind. There is no excuse for hiring a person whose only managerial experience is at the high school level. I don't care if Walt Weiss previously taught players. Teaching and coaching are intrinsically different. Teachers impart knowledge and skills, then test to see if students regurgitate them correctly. A manager sets out a framework and gives orders, then watches, largely dispassionately, to apply either reward or consequence for appropriate success or incomplete mastery.
Kiz: This team figures to be a major turnaround project. No experienced, talented manager would accept such a big job on a one-year contract. Rockies owner Dick Monfort now treats managers the same way he regards starting pitchers: as disposable items.
Taking up arms. And today's parting shot demands to know if an old Blake Street Bomber could throw an inning or two of relief:
So the Rockies hire Dante Bichette as a hitting guru. This is great news. Hitting, however, wasn't the problem in the summer of 2012. What the Rockies really need is to find someone to teach the young pitchers how to throw a fastball for a strike.
Tim, Fremont County
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