4 BITS: Tebow, Starks, Schottenheimer, Speights

1 » Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow set a number of football records on Sunday, but he also wound up making headlines in some off-the-field statistics, too. According to the Sports Business Journal, the Denver-Pittsburgh games registered a 25.9 overnight rating for CBS, which slates it as the largest-viewed AFC Wild Card game since 1988. Additionally, the final quarter-hour of the game (8-8:15 p.m.) pulled in a whopping 31.6 overnight rating. Tebow also made history on Twitter, setting a new sports tweets-per-second record with 9,420. CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell points out that Tebow’s tweets-per-second on Sunday shattered the previous sports record, which had the 2011 Women’s World Cup final game at 7,196 tweets/second. Other comparisons Rovell provided were Steve Jobs’s death (6,049 t/s), the Osama Bin Laden raid (5,106 t/s) and last year’s Super Bowl (4,064 t/s).

2 » Another happening from Sunday night’s game, albeit an unfortunate one, is that the injury to Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks knee appears to be a bad one. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Starks has an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament that is believed to be a tear. If he did indeed suffer a torn ACL, Starks will begin the 2012 season like he did this year – unemployed – and will have to try and work his way onto a NFL roster as he begins to heal. Starks was a free agent heading into the 2011 season but was signed by the Steelers as the team’s offensive line became decimated with injuries. Center Maurkice Pouncey, who was named to his second Pro Bowl this year and earned his first Associated Press All-Pro honor, missed Sunday’s game with a high-ankle sprain.

3 » Before NFL action began Sunday, a tweet from ESPN insider Adam Schefter got some Gators fans buzzing: “Brian Schottenheimer never withdrew his name from consideration for the Florida OC job.” Schottenheimer, the current offensive coordinator of the New York Jets, was previously thrown around as a name to consider for UF’s opening. However, the New York Daily News reported last week that he had withdrawn his name from consideration and was not a possibility for Florida. At the time there were no reports that the school had even reached out to him as a potential candidate. A former backup quarterback for Danny Wuerffel with the Gators under head coach Steve Spurrier, Schottenheimer has very little college coaching and recruiting experience (1999-2000). He has worked mostly as a NFL coach since 1997 and has been a quarterbacks coach since 2011, holding the role of offensive coordinator for New York since 2006.

4 » Maybe playing time really will do new Memphis Grizzlies center Marreese Speights well. Traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to Memphis on Jan. 4, Speights saw six minutes of action in his second game with his new team. However, the Grizzlies put Speights in for 29 minutes on Sunday and he responded with 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. It remains to be seen how Speights will perform the rest of the season, but he said last year that consistent minutes are what he needs to take his game to the next level.

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10 Responses to “4 BITS: Tebow, Starks, Schottenheimer, Speights”

  1. CeeThree says:

    if Schottenheimer is named the OC.. I’m going to be so embarrassed, I won’t be able to show my face in public for a week. That’d be a sign of how far we’ve fallen, and the beginning of the end for Will.

  2. g8ter27 says:

    Man I hope we don;t get him either. Damn, keep looking for some good news and then all I see is bad today, Salt has de-committed and Auburn has hired the Falcons D-Coordinator…..guess the Falcons will try to hire Quinn now….kidding, but I do hope not.

  3. Nick says:

    Yo Adam, what is up with Visesio Salt decommitting?

  4. Mr2Bits says:

    Salt wanted to be closer to home as he said he had been away from his family for the last 4 years and Jenkins shocked the nation as everyone thought it was a two pony race between us and Bama. Then again every time he had a ov scheduled to UF he’d cancel so go figure!

    • g8ter27 says:

      I thought it was a 2 horse race too, between us and Bama. But according to him. it was a 2 horse race, but between Bama and Georgia.

  5. Mr2Bits says:

    Adam, twitter going crazy over Peas being announced as our new OC….. If true at least it shInes a light on today’s rough recruiting day!

  6. Mr2Bits says:

    Maybee not crazy but allot of talk….

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