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McCoy, Manning solve grandmaster of defense

Sports GeekJeff SauerGlenwood Springs, Colorado CO
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Dick LeBeau is the best in the biz.The iconic Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator, who looks closer to 50 years old than his actual age of 75, has been wreaking havoc on NFL offenses forever with his elaborate blitz packages, overloads and disguises.The Denver Broncos have a couple of cerebral football minds of their own in offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and quarterback Peyton Manning.Matching wits with LeBeau and company is risky business, but this time the Broncos got the best of it on Sunday Night Football, thanks to some clever play calling by McCoy and timely audibles by Manning, who seemed to know exactly when to pull the trigger during the season opener.Considering that the Broncos offense “took a knee” on two of their nine possessions and lost the overall battle to control the clock, Manning made the best of his seven short stints on the field, scoring points on four consecutive drives with the game on the line while racking up an impressive 129.2 passer rating against last year’s top-ranked defense.Pretty decent first day back at the office for a guy who’s been out of work for a year.Bottom line: If McCoy can turn last year’s offensive squad into a playoff-caliber team, imagine what he’s capable of doing with Manning.McCoy and Manning. The new M & M connection in Denver.Great minds think alike.

He’s the franchise.Would you let him play out the final three weeks of a meaningless season if you owned the team?I get the part about Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki wanting to gain some confidence and not having to linger around all winter with doubts about his recovery from surgery.Still, I wouldn’t let him play. He’s injury-prone enough as it is. There’s no sense in risking re-aggravating the injury. Besides, MLB rosters look more and more like NFL rosters these days, with all of the freakish injuries taking place, and the risk far outweighs any reward gained in this case. The Rockies have added him to their expanded September roster, and he may play this week.

Square pools, knockout pools, pick ’em pools, sit ’em, start ’em, flex ’em, trade ’em, marry ’em, dump ’em or date ’em … I’ve officially reached the point of no return.And that’s just football. Throw in a 75-player fantasy golf league, baseball, hockey … and, well, you get the picture.What I need is a new phone app to pull this off somehow. One that combines Yahoo and ESPN fantasy leagues, like Monster Pro does, but also keeps tabs on my weekly picks in the office pool, the Post Independent picks, knockout pool selections and, by and large, gives me piece of mind throughout the day instead of painstakingly geeking me out with stat overload.Or maybe it’s just time to scrap the plan altogether next fall in favor of just enjoying watching the games for a change.Nah.What would I do with my fantasy keeper league players?Jeff Sauer is a longtime western Colorado resident and former Roaring Fork Valley resident. He can be reached at soprisjeff@yahoo.com.


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