The Daily Lard 2-13-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Andrew Mason summarized the issues facing Broncos this offseason for the Sporting News, first pointing out the team had the second-worst point differential of any playoff team in NFL history. Mason says Denver is fond of Nate Irving's potential, and he wouldn't be surprised to see Irving end up the starting Mike in 2012. Obviously, Mason is in possession of some inaccurate information and/or hasn't checked in with überscout and Denver pulse-reader Woody Paige, who says Irving "didn't wow anybody."

According to Mason, both starting DTs Marcus Thomas and Brodrick Bunkley would like to return via free agency, although of course the team will be looking to improve its inside pass rush - the duo combined for a minus-16.8 pass rush grade which tempered their stellar plus-39.0 score against the run (31.2 of which was credited to Bunkley).

If Brian Dawkins should retire, Mason suggests ex-Panthers S Chris Harris as a possible replacement as a veteran presence to aid the progress of Quinton Carter and Rahim Moore. However, this would not be advisable since it would be really f#$%ing confusing to have two Chris Harrises. NFL.com is already unable to handle the problem, as the Bronco's profile is adorned with a photo of the recent Lion.

As for Tim Tebow, Mason thinks the team will likely telegraph their intentions by virtue of what veteran QB they sign to either back up or compete with Tim.

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The Daily Lard 2-12-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! RIP, Whitney Houston.

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Ten Worst Moves of 2011: #8 - Fox “screws” Tebow

(Note: This is the third part in an Epic a mini ten-part series on the Worst Moves of 2011; we'll also be doing a ten-part mini on the Ten Best Moves of 2011.  If you want to see #10: Trading Jabar Gaffney, click here; #9: The Duke Takes on Twitter, click here.)

As Tom Nalen said earlier in the week, it's all Josh McDaniels' fault.

Last time we hooked up, dear readers, I pointed out John Elway's mishaps into social media.  I speculated that because of the previous regime, one in which Josh McDaniels went all WW2 propaganda on everyone (loose lips sink ships, y'all), the Denver Broncos were set on making 2011 one in which there were multiple points of contact, interviews were as easy to come by as substance abuse in Oakland, and the organization was open and transparent as a Knowshown Moreno personalized license plate.

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Bird is the word - Tebow winning over animal kingdom, too

Ponte Vedra Bird Talks Tim Tebow
www.firstcoastnews.com

I love it when she says “touchdown” and she bops her head up and down.

I hate it when other people show me up.  I've been trying to get Jesus Quintana (longtime readers will know what I'm talking about) to Tebow for about three months now.  

The Daily Lard 2-11-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! A pair of academic economists thinks the end of football is a much stronger likelihood than most of us are willing to consider, especially as we learn more about the wide-ranging and long-lasting effects of head injuries. Tyler Cowen and Kevin Grier believe either liability suits or potentially conclusive medical research linking CTE to football will bring down our beloved sport, as parents seek to protect their children and those involved in the sport at the coaching and administrative levels depart due to litigation fears.

An earlier Grantland piece by Jonah Lehrer (sorry to say we missed this one the first time around) addresses the difficulties facing high school coaches and medical staffs as they attempt to prevent, diagnose, and treat concussions. Sadly, even the most generously funded and purely intentioned of programs appear to be losing that battle, which cannot speak well for those with smaller budgets and less institutional dedication to attacking a problem which may have no solution.

If that's the case, Cowen and Grier suggest that basketball will become America's sport if or when football loses its stranglehold. So, how about this Jeremy Lin?

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Fixing the Broncos passing game

Howdy, friends.  In case you hadn’t noticed, I decided to take a little unannounced break from writing about football.  (I figured if I announced it that people might think that I’m full of myself, or something.)  Today, I decided to return, because I think that we’re on the precipice of a very interesting offseason as Broncos fans, and that it’s time to start putting some words to it, and while I’m at it, even some sentences and paragraphs.

Today, I’m going to start where Broncos conversation always seems to start, and that’s with Tim Tebow.  I’m doing so, because I’m pretty sick of talking about him personally, and I consider this to be the act of getting something important out of the way, and then moving on from it until games start happening, and there’s something new and substantial to discuss. 

As I’ve been saying for years, I’m not in the arguing business, I’m in the saying what I think business.  After long consideration during my quiet break, I’m strengthening my resolve on that front.  I’m not going to be arguing with anybody about Tebow or anything else, because it’s just going to irritate me, and make me want to take a forever break from writing about football.  (I can think of some of you who’d like that, and you can feel free to start a blog about it or something, if you didn’t know deep down that nobody would ever read it.)  I say what I think, and that’s that, and I’ll be right or wrong based on the extent to which I know what I’m talking about, and how well my powers of educated guessing work.  You dig?

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The Daily Lard 2-10-12

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! My, how quickly things have changed in Oakland. It was only last February that the Raiders gave CB Stanford Routt a puzzling $20M in guarantees to stick around, later restructuring his deal to make it a five-year contract worth a potential $54.5M (but with no extra guarantees beyond the $20M). These were the kind of kooky decisions Al Davis made - with both of his starting corners hitting free agency, Big Al gave Routt only $5M less in guarantees than all-world CB Nnamdi Asomugha ended up getting from the Eagles.

Since then, Davis has moved on to another world, Huebris Jackson is no longer the coach, and Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen are now running the show. Yesterday, the duo established in full that the Raiders are their team, and they put the entire roster on notice by cutting Routt, who had allowed nine touchdowns and dubiously led the league with 17 penalties called against him in 2011.

Routt's agent has reportedly already garnered interest from Buffalo and Tennessee, but no matter where the 2005 second-rounder lands, the message is clear: McKenzie and Allen will not hesitate to differentiate themselves from Davis's ways - which can only be a bad thing for the Broncos and the rest of the AFC West.

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Tom Freakin’ Nalen completely awesome on radio

The Drive hour 2 2/9/12
www.1043thefan.com

It’s all Josh McDaniels’ fault.

If you want an enjoyable listening experience (and enjoy a dry sense of humor), check out any of podcasts from The Drive today. Former Pro Bowler, Super Bowl winner, and greatest center in Broncos history, Tom Nalen, was a guest host.  Nalen spoke about everything under the sun, including Knowshon Moreno, Tim Tebow, John Elway, Mike Shanahan, Tom Coughlin, beating Alfred Williams on the scout team, the Patriots' cheating scandal, Boston College, his favorite moments as a Bronco, and bowling.

In a nutshell, Nalen is deadly funny, and he said more today in a three hours than he did his entire Broncos career. It was an incredible listen.

Nalen had 15 kickass seasons with the Broncos.  If he's not on your list of the top five players in Broncos history, he'd better be #6.

Oh, baby, Bill Williamson knows what John Elway likes

Chat with Bill Williamson
espn.go.com

Mike newyork [via mobile]

Could peyton manning work in denver? i think it would be a good fit tebow could learn a lot from peyton.
Bill Williamson (2:34 PM)

I don’t think Denver will be a favorite to land Manning, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Broncos thought about it. Hall of Famers like other Hall of Fmaers and I’m sure John Elway would be intrigued by the idea of working with Manning.

Thou shalt have other gods before me?

Daubenmire reflects on Tebow, faith and football
www.newarkadvocate.com

...The Bible actually teaches that we should, in fact, be like Tim Tebow. More of us should be. In a lot of ways, I said he was a mirror. For those of us that claim Christ, when you watch (Tebow), it reflects really how shallow we were in so many ways. We weren’t that way with our faith, and we didn’t share our faith. ... It made even the church world a little bit uncomfortable, because he was a little bit more radical than what we’re used to seeing…

...Christianity is in a slump because there’s no power. ... So people tuned in all across the world to watch (the Broncos) and see, would God do it again? Would another miracle happen? Could he do it again? So a lot of people tuned in not because they wanted to watch Tim Tebow, but just of the possibility that maybe there are miracles. Maybe God does intervene.

And could you believe it? When he threw that (game-winning) touchdown pass against Pittsburgh (in overtime of a playoff game). The world couldn’t believe it. He did it again!

When Jesus just won't do, watch Daubernmire's version of God intervene in another football game.

I just did a Bible search and couldn't find the name Tim Tebow anywhere.  The damn thing is obviously out of date.

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