What we’ve all been dreading Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There are plenty of reasons to be a fan of the NFL over other sports.

It's an exciting game with supreme athleticism, choreographical beauty, and intellectual strategy. At turns, a football game can be won by the strongest men, while at others, its smartest can rule the day. It is played by nimble 330-pound men and brutally strong 230-pounders alike.

For the most part, it is a fair game.

Never before have I thought about why I love the NFL and considered officiating. But I have often viewed soccer matches and boxing bouts, noted the notoriously inconsistent officiating, and found myself grateful to not be a fan of either sport.

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It only took three weeks for the scab officials to decide a game

Reggie Bush just tweeted it best:

These refs gotta go I'm sorry

The Packers and Seahawks battled for several hours tonight only to watch the scab officials make two different calls on the last play of the game, which was a Hail Mary that was clearly intercepted by Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings.  Unfortunately for the Packers, the scabs decided to give the reception (and the touchdown) to Golden Tate of the Seahawks.  Worse, the call stood after the review (which never should have been reviewed to begin with, we should note).  In short, the Packers got screwed.  

Hey, at least it wasn't the Broncos that got jobbed.

I'd wager that this sort of thing might bring Roger Goodell to the negotiating table, but that would require the lapdog to quickly place a call to his masters, Kraft and Jones.  Jones is too busy taking care of his gay cowboy situation.  

Theater of the absurd: Warren Sapp & Brandon Marshall

Ever wonder what would happen if Warren Sapp and Brandon Marshall were in each other's vicinity?

Well, wonder no longer.  Sapp decided to go first last Friday on the Dan Patrick Show, when he said:

Brandon Marshall talking about Shannon Sharpe, who is he to talk? He’s the first 100-catch receiver, back-to-back, retard. What you just did in Denver for three years. You don’t know this? No, of course he doesn’t, because it’s not about Brandon Marshall...it ain't about the past, it’s about me. It’s about personal success, pay me, and now I’ll think about being a team guy.

Retard?  Nice, Warren.

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Open Thread: MNF Week 3 - Packers @ Seahawks

Enjoy the game, everyone!

Andy Benoit, Khaled Elsayed, and Benjamin Hoffman preview the matchup.

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History lesson: Peyton’s throws have always wobbled

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NFL fines Fox, Del Rio for treating incompetent refs like they’re incompetent

There's no mystery (or subtlety) to what we think of the officiating from Denver's Week 2 loss in Atlanta.

John Fox and Jack Del Rio were, shall we say, quite open with their feelings during the game - enough so, that the Ginger Hammer had one of his lapdogs phone the Georgia Dome at halftime to demand Denver's coaches back off the scabs.

Today comes another admonition, in the form of a $30K fine for Fox, and a $25K penalty on Del Rio.

Our message remains unchanged: GFY, Roger Goodell & Ray Anderson.

It’s just another Panic Monday: Jaws says Manning isn’t spinning the football

Jaws on Peyton: “The ball is not spinning out of his hand”
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“It’s still a work in progress,” said Jaws. “And we have to remember Peyton is still going through therapy to get his arm strength to 100 percent. The only thing that really bothers me about Peyton right now, is the ball is not spinning out of his hand ala an Aaron Rodgers, a Matthew Stafford, the guys who really spin it. So I think that eventually will come when he gets healthy. But he made some mistakes in his progressions and reads, which is unusual for Peyton Manning. But in due time, all these misreads will be corrected. When I see the ball coming out of his hand, what I see is a little wobble on it. That’s not what you want to see. We like to see that thing spinning really nice, tight on a spiral.”

...One veteran scout was a bit more candid and harsh in a recent back-and-forth with NFL Network’s Albert Breer. “Peyton Manning can’t throw the ball anymore,” the scout observed.

Quick, everybody freak out.  Certainly you should go off on that dude in the next cubicle.

Feel better?  I do.  That guy next to you deserved it.

Now, let's talk about Peyton Manning's arm.  Ron Jaworski is right, of course.  Sometimes the ball isn't coming out of Manning's hand with much spin.  But let's not get into our hyperbaric hyperbolic chambers and write off the season just yet.  The real issue, which Jaworski rightly notes is Manning's reads, which to my eye, have been up and down during these first three games.

I'll take the wobble as long as Manning is making the right reads come Week 5.   

Kyle Shanahan goes erotic free verse with scab officials

Kyle Shanahan chased officials into tunnel on Sunday, reportedly swore at them; league to review
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Near the end of the game, Shanahan received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty (which was tacked onto a five-yard false start penalty) forcing the Redskins to throw a Hail Mary from 20 yards further back than they expected. Dan Hellie of NBC Washington reports that “after the game Kyle Shanahan followed the refs as they were going into their locker room and had some choice words.”

ESPN 980 radio in Washington had, via a source, a more specific quote attributed to the younger Shanahan.

“You have no f***ing balls, you r a f***ing p***y,” Shanahan reportedly yelled at one of the refs.

After further review, the play near the locker room has been reversed.  Kyle Shanahan was actually saying: "You have no falling balls, you're a ducking posse."

What?  You gonna fine Mini Shanny for his free verse? 

Last-place tie Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Rumors of the demise of Peyton Manning's arm strength were shown yesterday to be greatly exaggerated. No surprise there.

Unfortunately, the quality of Denver's defense was also proven overstated, and Peyton & Co. again ran out of time attempting a furious comeback from a 20-point fourth-quarter deficit.

Denver scored two touchdowns in the final stanza, but it wasn't enough, as the Broncos dropped to 1-2 with a 31-25 loss (Gamebook) to Gary Kubiak and Wade Phillips's Texans.

Jack Del Rio's guys got tuned up for three Matt Schaub touchdown passes within a twelve-minute, four-second span, in a nightmarish first half that netted the Texans a staggering 285 yards of offense.

Were it not for a timely Wesley Woodyard interception near the end of the first half - a swing of six or ten points, after Matt Prater's third FG - the game may have been over before Rod Smith took his rightful place among the Broncos' greats in the Ring of Fame.

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Gut Reaction: Week 3 - Broncos vs Texans

The highlight of today's game came at halftime when the Broncos put Rod Smith into their Ring of Fame.

The rest of the Broncos were in the locker room.  Otherwise, they would have been down twenty to start the third quarter.

Peyton Manning didn't throw three interceptions today, but he still needed to rally late for the Broncos to have any sort of chance.

This week, the defense put themselves in a hole, as Matt Schaub and the Texans took both a sledgehammer and a surgeon's scalpel to the Denver defense.  Dropped passes on offense, mental errors (45 yards in personal fouls on one drive alone), and J.J. Watt took care of the rest.

The game was a lot less exciting than the final score (and the Broncos) would admit.  The truth is this team is still in transition, still adjusting to themselves, and still trying to figure out their basic philosophy.  Are they a no-huddle team?  Are they a blitzing team?

Check back in a few weeks and we'll have a better idea.  Perhaps the Broncos can play well on both sides of the ball for once.  Thankfully, the AFC West will still be there for the taking.

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