Quarterbacks are a drug, and that’s why Ryan Tannehill could go at pick #3

Mayock: QB-hungry teams 'have to' consider Tannehill
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Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and general manager Jeff Ireland joined the Browns and 21 teams to watch Tannehill perform. Mayock believes Tannehill will not escape the top 10.

“If he doesn’t go at four,” Mayock said, “Miami has to take him at eight, and don’t be surprised if somebody trades up to three, where Minnesota is, or seven, where Jacksonville is, to get a chance at this kid.”

Has the world gone mad?  Ryan Tannehill at #3? 

Only Jeff (F)Ireland.

Two people think Peyton Manning could step on the field right now

Peyton Manning good to go for Broncos, says QB coach David Cutcliffe
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“He could play a game. We’ve done it, we’ve simulated games, and he’s done well. He’s going to do nothing but get stronger and going to play up to his standards,” Cutcliffe said Thursday in a phone interview with The Denver Post. “I know that’s his goal, and there isn’t any reason, there is no indicator otherwise…”

“...He can make all the throws, his release times are perfect, and we pay a lot of attention to that. It’s arm speed and getting rid of it. His velocity is good. It’s just a matter of, like any other NFL football player, you’ve got to feel good,” Cutcliffe said. “He’s in great shape. Not good shape, great shape, and that’s part of what we did here as well.”

Add Cutcliffe to the list of people who think Manning is ready to lace them up this second.  That list also includes Manning himself.

A list of two? Good enough for me.

Broncos make another quiet move and bring back Jason Hunter

Broncos re-sign DE Hunter
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The Broncos have re-signed defensive end Jason Hunter, the team announced Thursday.

Hunter had been an unrestricted free agent after playing for the Broncos the last two seasons. He previously played for Green Bay and Detroit.

Some quick thoughts on how defensive tackle could play out

Right now the Broncos are trying to re-sign Marcus Thomas and have an interest in Amobi Okoye.

What's the common trait between the two?

Both play the 3-technique (often known as an under tackle).  Most teams expect the 3-tech to be a penetrator and a disruptive force, and further, to create at least a little bit of havoc in the pass rush.  For a quick refresher on gaps and techniques, you can always click here.  Suffice to say, your 3-tech needs to be active.

Thomas played well last year (25 stops ain't too shabby), but wasn't a huge factor in the pass rush.  He ended up with zero sacks, one QB hit, three QB pressures, and one batted pass.

Okoye by contrast had four sacks, six QB hits, 21 QB pressures, and a batted pass.   He was less of a factor in the running game, however.  He ended up with 15 stops.

Who should Denver sign?  Right now, either will do.  The free agents left on the market at defensive tackle are growing thin.  So they don't have a ton of wiggle room.  Should Denver sign either one, it will bring a sigh of relief--the Broncos will have at least plugged one of their gaps at defensive tackle.

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The Peyton Manning Billboards

We started a little fire with our original Tebow billboards

Then, we added some kindling in part 2.

Finally, we poured on the gasoline and gave Kyle Orton his own set of billboards.

Now that Peyton Manning is coming to Denver, we decided to simply burn the house down.

It's billboard time.  

Keep your eyes open as you're driving the Denver-metro area for these.

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The Daily Lard 3-29-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! John Elway provided some insight into how the Denver and Manning offenses will be melded, and what he said wasn't much of a surprise: Peyton will get to use the verbiage he's familiar with when making calls at the line.

Obviously, this will require all of his new teammates to adjust to him rather than vice versa, but it makes sense. Since the players cannot work out at Dove Valley or under coaches' supervision, they can get to learning right away, and since Manning is already organizing workouts, there's a good chance they've already started the process.

Besides, they probably all forgot what it's like to change a play at the line anyway...so what's the difference?

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Peyton Manning: I haven’t left here since I signed last Tuesday

The Drive hour 1 3/28/12
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“I’ve pretty much been sleeping over here at the complex the past week and an half trying to study this playbook and trying to get on the same page as these receivers…I haven’t left here since I signed last Tuesday. I plan on being here all off season.”

Peyton Manning didn't tell us too much in the way of news in this interview, but it's still a good listen if you get the chance.  Among other things, Manning said:

  1. Todd Helton also reached out to Manning during his decision process.
  2. Manning is going to attend a lot of Rockies games during the summer.
  3. Manning doubts that he will ever have a Twitter account.
  4. His goal is the Super Bowl: that's why he is in Denver.
  5. He was glad he wasn't a free agent for very long and doesn't plan to be one again.

Manning rehabbing and already cramming playbook

Expectations high as Peyton Manning, Broncos get acclimated
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Manning moved his rehab to Denver’s facility immediately after signing, and has done all he can—which is very limited at this point, due to the new offseason rules—to get ready for the 2012 season, his first in the NFL in colors other than the Colts’ blue and white.

“It’s great to have him there, and obviously he’s full of knowledge,” Broncos executive vice president John Elway told NFL Network. “But he’s still going through his rehab process and working hard. With the new rules, we can only do so much, but he’s working hard on rehabbing his arm. And he’s been working out, throwing with the guys, and that’s the kind of guy he is. He’s got our playbook, so he’s had his head in the playbook trying to learn, and kind of combine what he’s used and what we do.”

Just in case you didn't know, Manning is also sleeping at the Broncos' facility.  It's safe to assume he's living and breathing Broncos football during his waking hours.  During those hours in which he is trying to get some sleep, he's probably not counting sheep, but instead the number of Raiders it would take to screw in a light bulb.

As we've written before--some guys in the NFL work hard.  Then there's Peyton Manning.

John Elway doesn’t fall from trees; RG3 is a Broncos history nerd

Franchise QBs “don’t fall off trees” Shanahan says
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“When I think back to when the Broncos got John Elway, I don’t think anybody looks back and says, ‘Did we overpay?’ ” Shanahan said.

Of [Robert Griffin, Shanahan said: “This guy is bright. This guy is passionate. He’s got everything you look for.” He said Griffin had researched the Redskins’ roster and could recite to Shanahan the roster of his Super Bowl-winning teams in Denver.

How many Broncos fans can recite the names of the entire Broncos roster from 1998-1999? 

Ask me no questions. I'll tell you no lies.  

Scouting the Draft: 2012 Defensive backs

I recently rewatched the Combine film from Indy to study the DB tests and drills again. Combine can be overrated, but there’s an aspect to the live views of players that’s very helpful to a guy like me who makes part of his living doing and teaching postural analysis. It comes into evaluating players - usually ones that i’ve seen before, but if not, it helps me to understand what’s being said about them and to look for those tendencies, even on highlight film (which is often terrible).

I enjoyed watching the various players through the drills - not as much the tests, although I always like getting a greater feel for the players’ posture, and build - before I went back for a second and third look purely out of the pleasure of it. Although I strongly agree with those that feel the Combine tests are often heavily overweighted, the opportunity to do some analysis of why you see the things that pop out on film of the drill segment is one that I don’t get all that often.

Say, for example, that you have a player who has problems in his backpedal. On your average broadcast film, the back end of the field is out of the frame more often than not. I get to see the guy as the snap occurs (usually), then there’s generally a point where they don’t show anything on the defensive backfield until the pass is thrown or the runner breaks into the second level.

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