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|Daye helps shut down Tebow|
Tim Tebow time never arrived for the Denver quarterback Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
Tebow finished 13-of-30 for 185 yards and the Bills picked off four of his passes. He rushed for 34 yards.
That played a big part in the Bills' 40-14 domination of the Broncos.
"We just let him hand the ball off," said former Buffalo linebackers coach Daryl Daye, who was coaching his last game with the Bills after accepting the head coaching job at Missouri Southern. "They run a zone ride where the quarterback reads the end. If the end turns his shoulder, he'll pull the ball out. If the end keeps his shoulders square, he hands it off. We made him hand it off. And we forced him to throw the ball more. We got some hits on him and they got behind and had to throw it. We just came after him."
The win put the Bills at 6-9 for the season. Buffalo entered the game out of the playoff picture.
Daye said Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey told the team the night before the game that they needed to play like professionals.
"He told them even though we didn't have anything to play for, he didn't want anyone thinking about Christmas or this being one of the last games and getting out of here," Daye said. "He told the team they are professionals and wanted them to go out and play like professionals. And they took to that."
Daye, his wife, Kathy, and 16-year-old rottweiler, Duke, drove all day Christmas Day and reached Joplin, Mo., on Monday.
"We ate lunch at a Chinese restaurant, it was the only place open," Daye said. 'My wife and I will joke about this Christmas for a while."
Daye, the former defensive coordinator at Missouri Southern, was named head football coach for the Lions last week.
Daye replaces Bart Tatum, who resigned after compiling a record of 25 and 39 over six seasons.
One of the first tasks for Daye, who applied for the position two days after seeing the vacancy posted, is hiring a staff.
"I texted all the players and wished them a Merry Christmas," Daye said. "And told them to be ready to get to work. I got their grade reports so we'll concentrate on those who need to get stronger in the classroom."
Daye is also interested in the BCS championship game, which involves LSU and Alabama.
Daye played and coached at LSU. His wife was a member of the LSU gymnastics team.
"I think LSU has to stop the run and control the football," he said. "I would like to see them play well in the first half. They keep you on edge and then it seems like they flip a switch and all of a sudden they start scoring points. They have to play four full quarters of LSU football. It's tough beating a Nick Saban Alabama team in back-to-back years, much less twice in the same year."
For now, Daye is just glad to have the long car trip behind him and to be back in Joplin. But he can't help but recall his first assistant coaching job far away from home.
"I remember when I first got the job at Liberty when we left USM," Daye said. "I drove a Ryder truck and Kathy followed me. It was a 16-hour trip and we had no idea what we were getting into. We've come a long way since then."
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