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Published on 01/09/2012 at Mon Jan 09 12:30.
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Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator Mike McCoy congratulates quarterback Tim Tebow  after Tebow scored the game-winning touchdown against the New York Giants in their NFL football game in Denver November 17, 2011. (REUTERS photo/Rick Wilking)

Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator Mike McCoy congratulates quarterback Tim Tebow after Tebow scored the game-winning touchdown against the New York Giants in their NFL football game in Denver November 17, 2011. (REUTERS photo/Rick Wilking)

We’re eagerly preparing to give out BT Game Balls soon — the first-ever Playoffs BT Game Balls, as it were — but I’m jumping the gun a little bit to give two key contributors to yesterday’s win a more appropriate due.

Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and quarterback Tim Tebow deserve a ton of credit for respectively preparing and executing a perfect gameplan against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. The way you hear The New York Times‘s Andy Benoit say it, McCoy was prophetic:

McCoy designed some very shrewd routes against the Steelers’ coverages. Instead of going with the tight bunches and myriad crossing patterns that most coaches use to beat man coverage, he went with a barrage of outside fly routes. Those patterns ensured one-on-one coverage – as safety help is irrelevant outside in man coverage – and allowed Tebow to heave the ball downfield rather than make precise, timing-based throws to moving targets through tight windows. When McCoy did go to crossing routes, he put in wrinkles like fly patterns up the seams off the crosses or deep hooks on the outside. The idea was to use Troy Polamalu’s aggressive decision-making against him. It worked masterfully.

Meanwhile Tebow, knowing the Steelers were not going to blitz him heavily (“that’s not the way you beat Tim Tebow, that’s the way he beats you,” we were all told), took advantage of his soft pockets to hit Demaryius Thomas for over 200 yards on only four completions. When trouble came knocking, he was able to get out of the pocket and make plays with his feet — often still behind the line of scrimmage, opening up the passing game.

The league’s worst passing offense just beat the league’s best passing defense, through the air. McCoy and Tebow each showed they have the talent needed to transform this offense into something that can compete with the best in the National Football League.

  • flbronc

    by halftime, i had already declared it mccoy’s best called game ever.  he deserves a ton of credit.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been extremely critical of McCoy but I tip my hat to him as he really opened things up this time. My only critique would be that we only passed twice on first down.

    Granted, we scored on the first play of OT because of it, but we really kept putting the offense in a hole running on every 1st down before that.

    Still, great job McCoy! You showed something I didn’t think you had in you and you proved me wrong this week.

    Now, do it again because I LOVE ME SOME CROW! :)

  • Dakota Fan

    Rightly or wrongly so, I’m thinking McCoy’s HC stock just rose a ton. He called a great game and Tebow understood the need to have a big game and have some CONFIDENCE. Even the Broncos haters are happy for me today (except the Steelers fans- they feel they got hosed).

    Screw ‘em…

    GO BRONCOS!!!!

  • TD30ismvp

    I moved to Pennsylvania in ’79 right in between Pittsburgh and Cleveland and clearly remember all the harrassment I took wearing my neon orange Broncos stuff…damn I love beating the Steelers…might still be working through some tramatic childhood stuff.

  • MSS67

    I love that Harrison took out Decker with a blow to the knees, that is what Goodell wants isn’t it. Great going Commish! great legal hit Harrison.

  • Anonymous

    Like we’ve seen many, many times, just because it’s “legal” doesn’t mean it isn’t “dirty”. Those 2 things are completely different. Harrison knew if he hit him low, it would be legal. Harrison also tried to injure Decker, which is why that hit was also dirty. He’s a dirty player who tries to injure people. That has no purpose in this league.

  • Anonymous

    Like we’ve seen many, many times, just because it’s “legal” doesn’t mean it isn’t “dirty”. Those 2 things are completely different. Harrison knew if he hit him low, it would be legal. Harrison also tried to injure Decker, which is why that hit was also dirty. He’s a dirty player who tries to injure people. That has no purpose in this league.

  • virginiabronco

    And Elway finally seemed genuinely happy.

  • Tom9798

    Great post, Monty.
     
    Sunday’s victory was huge.  Big Ben has two Superbowl rings and had the Steelers’ in the last one;  Brady had three rings; Brees has one, so do Rodgers and Manning.
     
    It is no doubt that we are in “rarified air” to be in the final eight.  What the Bronco’s have achieved this year is one of the great NFL stories of all time.
     
    I grew up on Long Island, NY.  I remember when I was twelve years old, meeting Joe Namath at the Schaefer Pavilion at the NY World’s Fair.  The Jet’s had just drafted him.
     
    The Jet’s had no chance to beat the Mighty Baltimore Colts in the Superbowl.  It was amazing that they even let them on the field with such “superior” talent.
     
    The rest is history.  Tebow and this year’s Broncos remind me of Namath and the Jets;
    mere David’s against the Goliaths.
     
    Whatever happens the rest of the way; Thank you to Tim Tebow, the Coaches, the team, for providing one of the most exhilarating seasons I can remember.

  • Tom9798

    As a side note . . . . 1969 was great year to be in New York for sports!
     
    I was working as a busboy in a seafood restaurant.  The bartender had $300 and his car bet on the Colts.  He said, “Baltimore can’t lose.” 
     
    In 1969, $300 was A LOT of money, and his 1962 white Chevy Impala convertible with the fender skirts was not too shabby either.
     
    The Jet’s beat the Colts for the NFL crown.  A couple months later, the NY Knicks beat the Baltimore Bullets for the NBA crown.  A couple months later, The “Amazing” New York Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series for the baseball crown.
     
    All three times, Baltimore took it on the face.  I guess Baltimore could lose.
     
    When sixty analysts picked the Steelers’ and said, “the can’t lose,” I thought to myself, “Yeah, I’ve heard that before!”

  • ejd_1ne

    I’m absolutely convinced the ‘Pull the Trigger’ comment was equally aimed at Tim Tebow and Mike McCoy.  The play calling was more creative yesterday even though they didnt throw on 1st downs.  

    John Elway was tired of watching his offense acting like a 15 year boy standing in a corner at the high school dance.  He wants his boy/offense to get out there and at least TRY to win the freaking game!

  • Bryan

    Sounds like we are/were living in the same area. 

    I too know how much flak a fan of a non-local team catches.  Getting picked on by both Steeler AND Browns fans, ughhh..beating both teams..priceless 

  • flbronc

    i didn’t think of it like that, but there is probably some truth to that. 

    i don’t get caught up on the we have to pass on first down… dance with what brought us.  we’re a running team.  running on first down in what helps lull the secondary to go over the top like we did on sunday.

  • Jack Furst

    I just wish for the love of God that Mike McCoy could be reunited with Tim Tebow by bringing him to San Diego. Tim Tebow & Mike McCoy seem a great fit, much like Tim’s connection with Urban Meyer in Florida. Hope to see that become a reality one day.