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Posted 13 Jan 2015
QuoteBreaking Down the Dead Cap
The $5 million in restructure dollars over 2015-16 represent the only current dead cap on the contract. However, if Peyton is on the Broncos roster when the 2014 league year ends (March 10th at 4:00PM EST), the $19 million salary for 2015 becomes fully guaranteed.
If Released Before March 10th, 2015
If the Broncos decide to cut ties with Manning, they’ll do so prior to March 10th (when the salary guarantee kicks in). In doing so, they’ll incur $5 million in dead cap ($2.5 million in 2015, and $2.5 million in 2016). Peyton will be owed no additional salary and will be free to sign with any team immediately.
If Released After March 10th, 2015
It’s extremely unlikely, but should the Broncos part ways with Manning once the new league year starts, they’ll be on the hook for the entire $19 million salary + the $5 million in unallocated bonus, a total of $24 million in dead cap. This number splits into $21.5 million in 2015, and $2.5 million in 2016.
If He Retires
If Peyton does decide to call it a career, the Broncos will be on the hook for just the $5 million dead cap (split $2.5M over the next two seasons each).
If Traded this Offseason
Should the Broncos find a trade partner for Manning, they’ll incur the same dead cap as previously noted ($2.5 million in 2015, $2.5 million in 2016). The contract with his new team will be extremely simple:
Posted 8 Jan 2015
QuoteOriginally published September 2, 2014 at 3:43 PM | Page modified September 2, 2014 at 10:41
Defense 101: Understanding how the Seahawks play
Pete Carroll’s defensive strategies were formed nearly four decades ago when he was a graduate
assistant coach at Arkansas.
By Bob Condotta
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON – The Seahawks rode the best defense in the NFL last season to their first Super Bowl
En route to a 133 record, Seattle allowed the fewest points (14.4) and yards (273.6) in the NFL
(both numbers were team records) and forced a leaguehigh 39 turnovers.
Then came the coup de grace, a 438 Super Bowl putdown of a Denver team that had shattered
NFL offensive records (notably, scoring 606 points during the regular season, most in league
As Seattle prepares to defend that Super Bowl title, it seemed a refresher on exactly what the
Seahawks do defensively was in order. Call it Seahawks Defense 101.
Secondyear defensive coordinator Dan Quinn — a rising star who many think will be a head coach
next year — is happy to oblige the request for a crash course.
“Ithink it’s important’’ fans have a better understanding of what they are seeing, he says.
Like all NFL teams, the Seahawks run a variety of defenses out of a number of formations based on
game situation and the scheme and tendencies of the opponent.
But the core of Seattle’s defense is what is generally called a “43 Under’’ front, using four
defensive linemen and three linebackers. Under means the four linemen are typically aligned away
from the offense’s strong side (where the tight end lines up) with a linebacker stationed on the line
of scrimmage on the strong side.
The secondary, meanwhile, relies heavily on what is called “Cover Three” or threedeep zone —
three defensive backs splitting coverage into three sections.
Essentially, the cornerbacks cover the sides of the field outside the hash marks with free safety Earl
Thomas responsible for the area between the hash marks (this has the advantage of allowing strong
safety Kam Chancellor to play closer to the line of scrimmage).
Seattle uses many tweaks and variations. But the basic philosophy — specifically, the 43 Under
front — has been with coach Pete Carroll since a stint as a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 1977under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
Carroll says he doesn’t remember any Eureka! moment when he decided this was the defense for
him. Instead, the longer he coached it and worked with Kiffin (he was defensive coordinator at
North Carolina State from 198082 when Kiffin was head coach), it just began to make sense.
“Everything that we do is exactly the same for as long as I can remember,’’ Carroll said recently.
“We have adapted to our personnel, we have adapted to what the game calls for now. But it’s
always come out of the same notebook that basically started back in the day in Arkansas.’’
Up front, the Seahawks try to get the best of both worlds.
While Seattle uses a base 43, it also incorporates many elements of the 34.
As Quinn puts it, “We happen to have lots of 34 looks, but we are a 43 team.’’
The Seahawks use a smaller defensive end who is primarily a pass rusher, a position the Seahawks
call LEO. (The term, by the way, doesn’t really mean anything. When Carroll worked for the 49ers
they had a similar position called Elephant and Carroll later changed it to LEO.)
The objective is to have three big players who can stuff the run, and faster players on the outside
who can rush the passer, or at times drop back in coverage.
The front four are defined as two defensive ends (Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett are the starters) a
defensive tackle (Tony McDaniel) and a nose tackle (Brandon Mebane).
Mebane lines up over the center, McDaniel between a guard and tackle on the weak side (this is also
often referred to as a “threetechnique tackle’’ because of the gap over which he lines up). Bennett
lines up over a tackle on the strong side (or “fivetechnique”). Avril, meanwhile, is the LEO, lining
up outside McDaniel on the weak side.
When the Seahawks know the opponent is in a passing situation, they go to their nickel defense (a
term, uh, coined for its use of five defensive backs) when they often sub out one of the bigger
linemen for a smaller one who might be better at rushing the passer.
“Our end and nose and tackle are our three big guys,’’ Quinn said. “So we are half 43, half 34.
They have to be big enough and stout enough to play the run, and then when we go into nickel is
when we move a guy like Bennett to defensive tackle or Bruce (Irvin) to a defensive end spot.’’
Seattle’s ability to adapt its defense to its personnel was evident last year in a role created for Red
Bryant, who in 2010 was moved from tackle to the fivetechnique end spot, tasked primarily with
blowing up running plays on early downs. With Bryant gone, the Seahawks figure to also use
McDaniel and veteran free agent Kevin Williams in that role.
Seattle’s line typically plays what is called a onegap technique, meaning they aggressively rush to
defend the hole immediately in front of them. In a twogap scheme, linemen often wait and decide
to go one way or the other, based on the play.
As is customary in a 43, Seattle’s defense incorporates middle, weakside and strongside
linebackers. You will often hear players and coaches refer to these positions as the Mike (middle),
Will (weak side) and Sam (strong side). They are terms that originated for the ease of describing
the positions — the ability to communicate simply and effectively is a key in an often chaotic sport.
The strongside linebacker, as referenced earlier, typically is aligned on the line of scrimmage, a role
usually played by Irvin or Malcolm Smith.The Sam backer has a key role in containing outside running plays while also being called on to rush
the passer, or at times cover. “He has to be long enough to take on a tackle, a tight end or a back
and turn the ball back and he could be a blitzer where he has enough rush skills so that he’s closer
to a defensive end,’’ Quinn said.
The middle linebacker (Bobby Wagner) has the added responsibilities of calling signals and making
sure everyone is aligned correctly. The weakside linebacker (K.J. Wright) lines up next to Wagner,
but on the side of the field opposite the tight end (if there are two tight ends, matchups dictate who
goes where). Each has to play the run but also has to be able to turn quickly and drop into man or
zone pass coverage, covering the middle of the field between the hashes, which is often referred to
as the “hook.’’
“Our Mike and our Will are linebackers who generally align behind the ball for us,’’ Quinn said.
“They are most of the of the time insidegap control players in the run game and ... they are hook
players a lot of the time in the pass game. They have to have speed, and one of the things K.J. and
Bobby have is that kind of speed.’’
Unlike teams that try to align their cornerbacks to a specific personnel matchup, the Seahawks
usually assign their corners to a side — Richard Sherman to the left and Byron Maxwell to the right
— and cover whichever receiver is there.
The fact the Seahawks don’t go out of their way to have Sherman shadow an opponent’s best
receiver is something that is occasionally used against him in the debate over which cornerback is
the best in the NFL.
Quinn smiles and says, “They can deflect that back on me. Richard can go and cover whoever. He
can play inside and outside if we wanted him to.’’
Quinn said keeping players primarily in one spot allows them to play better.
“The style that we play I don’t think warrants us just constantly matching up against a player,’’ he
said. “Now, in certain packages we might. But I really like our system — Ithink they play well in it
because they understand it.’’
As for the roles of the free safety (Thomas) and strong safety (Chancellor)?
Quinn: “Our strong safety is one who, more often than not, when we play our three deep, he is the
one that’s down (near the line). So we blitz him some ... he takes the flat, he plays the tight end
mantoman a lot.
“Our free safety is more often back, and so for us it’s middlefield player and (Thomas) has the rare
ability to play that way.
“Our threedeep is important for us because our corners, they stay on top (of the receivers) so if a
receiver is going that way ... we have to have underneath players who (can cover), as well as a
middlefield safety who can haul ass either way.’’
All the way to the Super Bowl, as it turned out.
A look at the progress of the Seattle defense under coach Pete Carroll:
Year Points allowed (NFL rank) Yards allowed (NFL rank)
2010 25.4 (25th) 368.6 (27th)
2011 19.7 (7th) 332.2 (9th)2012 15.3 (1st) 306.2 (4th)
2013 14.4 (1st) 273.6 (1st)
Posted 23 Dec 2014
QuoteCalvin Pryor: Jets are 'The best 3-12 team in the history of football'
The Jets lost a 17-16 heartbreaker to the Patriots on Sunday that dropped New York to 3-12 on the season.
The one-point loss marks the second time this year that the Jets have almost knocked off the AFC's No. 1 team. New York also almost beat the Patriots in Week 7, a game that ended in a 27-25 Jets loss.
Close losses have pretty much been the story of the Jets season. Of New York's 12 losses in 2014, seven of them have come by one score or less.
So what does all of this mean? It means that the Jets are the best 3-12 in football history, at least according to safety Calvin Pryor.
"If you look at our season, besides two or three games, we've been in every game," Pryor said, via CSNNE.com. "You can cut it and slice it how you want to. I think we're -- what are we, 3-12? -- I think we're the best 3-12 team in the history of football. No doubt about it."
The Jets definitely have an argument for being the best 3-12 team in 2014. There's only two other 3-12 teams (Raiders, Jaguars) and New York is 1-0 against them.
Another Jets safety, Dawan Landry, believes the team should be 10-5 or 11-4 at this point.
"The record doesn't dictate the team that we are," Landry said. "We played a lot of close games that could've gone either way. We could've easily had 10-11 wins. Easily. It just hasn't been our year. We got one more game, we're gonna try to finish it off on a high note."
That potential high note would happen in Miami. If the Jets can beat the Dolphins in Week 17, they could finish the season as the best 4-12 team in football history.
Posted 17 Dec 2014
QuoteFLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Frustrated fans have again taken to the air against the Jets.
Another banner-toting plane calling for the ouster of embattled New York general manager John Idzik circled the field during practice for several minutes Wednesday.
The banner, which appeared during the early portion of practice, read: ''PENALTY FLAG DAY 12/21 FIREJOHNIDZIK.COM'' in 5-foot capital red letters. The message was a reminder that the fan site has been issuing about 10,000 yellow towels - deemed ''penalty flags'' - at New York- and New Jersey-area bars, urging owner Woody Johnson to ''clean house'' by firing Idzik, team president Neil Glat and senior personnel executive Terry Bradway.
Fans are expected to bring the towels to the Jets' home finale Sunday against New England at MetLife Stadium.
None of the men mentioned on the towels appeared to be at practice while reporters watched the plane.
Idzik has received the majority of criticism for his personnel decisions during his two years as general manager. Bradway has been heavily involved with personnel for the Jets since 2001, when he was hired as the team's GM before being reassigned in 2006. Glat has been the team president since 2012, dealing with the business operations and not player moves or personnel.
On Nov. 5, a plane with a banner paid for by a fan that read ''FIRE JOHN IDZIK'' circled Jets practice for 20 minutes. The team playfully responded the next day when coach Rex Ryan sent up a toy helicopter at the beginning of practice at the indoor facility with a small banner that read: ''Go Jets.''
115 really bankrolling this fire idzik initiative
Posted 8 Dec 2014
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