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Last laugh Super for former Jaguar Jeremy Mincey

Posted: January 28, 2014 - 10:34pm  |  Updated: January 28, 2014 - 10:54pm
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Broncos defensive end Jeremy Mincey sacks San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers during an AFC divisional playoff game on Jan. 12 in Denver.   Jack Dempsey/Associated Press
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Broncos defensive end Jeremy Mincey sacks San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers during an AFC divisional playoff game on Jan. 12 in Denver.


When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

TV: Fox.



“I heard he did six great minutes — some comedians make a career off that.”

Pete Carroll

Seahawks coach, on the mandatory media day appearance for running back Marshawn Lynch


$15.8 billion: Net worth of Seahawks owner Paul Allen, easily the highest among the NFL owners (St. Louis’ Stan Kroenke is second at $5.3 billion).

$92,000/$46,000: What the players on the winning and losing teams will make Sunday night.


How many times will Peyton Manning say “Omaha”?

Over-under: 27.5 times.

What will Bruno Mars be wearing on his head at halftime?

Fedora 2/3

No hat 2/1

Fur hat 5-1

Tuque 8-1



When Denver’s No. 1 offense (yards/points per game) faces Seattle’s No. 1 defense (fewest yards/points allowed) on Sunday, it will mark the fifth such matchup in Super Bowl history. Each day, we’ll look at one of the four previous games:


San Francisco (top defense) vs. Miami (top offense)

Score: 49ers 38-16.

MVP: 49ers quarterback Joe Montana.

Site: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, Calif.

Closing line: 49ers by 3.

The game: Future Pro Football Hall of Fame members abound in this game, from the coaches (Don Shula and Bill Walsh) to the quarterbacks (Dan Marino and Joe Montana). But it was Walsh-Montana who prevailed, thanks to a 21-point second quarter. Montana was 24-of-35 passing for 331 yards and three touchdowns. Marino was 29-of-50 passing for 318 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.


Highlights — and lowlights — from Tuesday’s Super Bowl media day.

Up: It was inside. The temperature outside the media hotel when the buses loaded at 7:30 a.m. was 13 degrees.

Down: It was in a hockey arena. In a football stadium, the quarters are cramped because of the number of media who attend. At the Prudential Center, it was standing room only.

Up: I saw broadcasting luminary Regis Philbin.

Down: A Bruce Springsteen cover band — Tramps Like Us — performed between the sessions. That’s just wrong on so many levels.

Up: A guy dressed as Waldo.

Down: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll being asked, “Is this a must-win game?”

NEWARK, N.J. — After he was cut by the Jaguars on Dec. 14, Jeremy Mincey became a punch-line.

If a player or coach would appear late for a media obligation, they were told they had just pulled a “Mincey.”

Laughs would immediately follow — consistent tardiness was the primary reason why Mincey was dropped with two games left in the season.

Now, Mincey is laughing, too … at the Super Bowl.

The first time he played Seattle, Mincey was on the wrong end of the Jaguars’ 45-17 loss in Week 3.

This time against Seattle, Mincey is expected to play a reserve defensive line role for the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos signed Mincey three days after he walked out of EverBank Field — his belongings still in the locker room — after being late for a Friday morning meeting. It was the final straw for coach Gus Bradley, who had made Mincey inactive in Weeks 12-13 for the same type of transgression.

“I didn’t think I’d be here this year, but I’m here now,” Mincey said Tuesday at Super Bowl media day. “I’m just enjoying the moment. It’s a blessing.”

Just as he did following his initial discipline, Mincey wasn’t critical of the Jaguars when discussing his departure.

“I was lacking a little focus,” he said. “I’ll never [say anything bad] about Coach Gus. He’s a great person and a great coach who stood by his philosophy. He made a decision, and I had to live with it.”

Mincey went from the 4-9 Jaguars to the 11-3 Broncos. He expected to be insurance, and the policy was cashed in when Derek Wolfe was placed on injured reserve Jan. 14.

Mincey played in two regular-season games (one tackle) and two playoff games (two tackles and one sack). The postseason action was Mincey’s first since he was a rookie for the Jaguars in 2007.

“I didn’t expect to actually be in the mix the way I am, but they threw me in the fire. I responded, and we’re here,” he said.

Said Broncos defensive line coach Jay Rodgers: “When [Wolfe] went down, we needed a guy in that spot, and he’s filled in. I know Jack [Del Rio] had a high regard for him when they were in Jacksonville. The opportunity to get him was a good match for both of us.”

The Broncos were a natural fit because Del Rio, Denver’s defensive coordinator, was Mincey’s first coach with the Jaguars.

“He was a veteran guy and a guy that I know comes with great energy every day,” Del Rio said. “We appreciated him stepping in and being a guy that we can count on as we’ve come down the stretch.”

Del Rio said Mincey had become a different player since the two were last together.

“He’s kind of grown himself into a bigger-body guy,” Del Rio said. “He’s gotten a little bigger and stronger, and now we can play him a little bit at the end and tackle spots. His role has changed since we last had him.”

Mincey’s stay in Denver could a short one. He will be a free agent after the season, and his late-season performance could buoy his market value.

“I think so,” he said. “I’m just trying to bust my butt and make every play.”

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revivedteal 01/30/14 - 10:07 am
Premium Member

Mincey lucked

Mincey lucked out....leveraged an offer from the bears and signed a big deal here beyond his skill set and did nothing since. Focused on his record company. Really. Performance so bad and inability to even try for a coach who unanimously is one of the most positive in the league. He got lucky with Denver, now he is a mediocre player on a good defense. Good riddance. Now if we could somehow get rid of thesaint.

Timber8 01/29/14 - 03:55 pm

If one were ask themselves,

If one were ask themselves, "are the Jaguars a better football team with Knighton and Mincey?" The answer is obviously yes. Money/attitude aside.

At the very least both will get AFC Championhip rings.

Lake11 01/29/14 - 10:53 am
Premium Member

Yeah you players better be on

Yeah you players better be on time from now on or we'll cut you off this lousy bottom-dwelling team and make you play in the Super Bowl! ... on second thought maybe we should start putting out some tea and cookies and maybe throw out a few door prizes. ... Couldn't have worked out better for Mincey had he planned it ...

BuddyBob 01/29/14 - 10:38 am
Premium Member

@Ryan said: "Mincey’s stay in

@Ryan said:

"Mincey’s stay in Denver could a short one." you may want to correct that, but I am sure everyone understood what you meant, as he is a free agent.

I also understood what you meant with the "last laugh" thing, as in who would not be laughing all the way to the Super Bowl!

I am glad for Pot Roast too! He was causing havoc on New England's run game in the AFC Championship Game, and I think he will do much of the same against the Seattle run game too.

While many will be watching the Broncos offense and Seattle defense going head-on, this game will likely be won or lost on the otherside of the ball.


mcaswell 01/29/14 - 09:27 am
Premium Member

You shouldn't have to

You shouldn't have to motivate anyone to show up on time. Just like anything else it's a choice. However, it takes on more of an obligation and seriousness when it comes to a job especailly one where you're getting paid to play a sport for the type of money these guys are making. Yeah I know some of us with "regular" 9 to 5's are a little less motivated at times at being on time especially if it maybe somewhere that we may not wanna be or if we're having certain issues where we are BUT count your blessings and thanks be to God that you are working AGAIN especially when you getting paid good money to play a sport! I'd definitely have my behind on time :)

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