The Daily Lard 1-15-12

Good Morning/Afternoon, Broncos fans! There are a few enduring truths about the 2011 New England Patriots:

  1. They score points in piles: 32.1 per game prior to last night - and against everyone: at least 30 points 12 times in 16 games.
  2. They do so by amassing tons of yards: 428 per game - also against everyone: at least 362 yards 15 times, the only exception being the stingy Steelers defense.
  3. It also happens that they give up a whole lot of yards: 411.1 per game - to everyone: at least 361 yards 15 times - everyone except the anemic Jets offense.
  4. Prior to last night, it was stressed that the Pats had no quality wins; 12 of their 16 prior opponents had scored at least 20 against them; even the Colts, Jets, Dolphins (twice) and Redskins had done so

Given these facts, there was one thing the Broncos needed to do last night more than anything: score points, and a whole lot of them. They were going to get their yards, that was a certainty. Only, they didn't. Six days after hanging 447 yards and 29 points on the Steelers (175 more than the season average they'd allowed prior), the Broncos scratched out just 10 points and 252 yards - and 139 of those yards came on their last three possessions, when they were already down by five touchdowns - in a 45-10 thrashing at the hands of a coldly efficient Tom Brady (six TD passes, 363 yards, zero sacks).

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Scott Pioli may have gone all Dick Nixon on Handshake Haley

Arrowhead anxiety: Turnover off the field causes concern
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Looking up toward the ceiling, he darted into a back hallway before hesitating. Then he turned around, going back through a door and stopping again. Haley suspected that many rooms at the team facility were bugged so that team administrators could monitor employees’ conversations. Stopping finally in a conference room, Haley said he believed his personal cellphone, a line he used before being hired by the Chiefs in 2009, had been tampered with.

Paranoid? The Chiefs have adamantly denied that they tap phones or listen in on conversations. But as the team enters another period of transition after elevating defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel last week to head coach, interviews with more than two dozen current and former employees suggest that intimidation and secrecy are among the Chiefs’ principal management styles — and that Haley wasn’t the only one with paranoid thoughts.

“When you’re mentally abused, you eventually lose it, too,” one former longtime Chiefs executive said.

Wow.  Just wow.  What's more fun, watching Oakland pinch off Hue-bris Jackson or Scott Pioli act like he's dropping acid?  Quick, Scott, get down, I think I just saw the walls breathing. 

Gut Reaction: Divisional Round - Broncos at Patriots

In the real world, Goliath wins--a lot.

In fact, Goliath Tom Brady tonight almost threw for as many touchdowns (6) as David Tim Tebow had completions (9).

Tebow threw for 136 yards.  I guess that's 316 just written another way.

If we take 136 at face value, this from 1 Corinthians 13:6: "Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in truth."

In today's NFL, the truth is Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the New England Patriots.

Many Broncos fans will rejoiceth in the fact that the Broncos even made the playoffs to begin with.  If you like to think of the Broncos as a small-college football team happy enough to make a bowl game, then clap your hands.  If you're into winning championships, set your sights higher and save the rah-rah chants for the tourists.

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Tebow goes biblical

Tebow urges Denver’s Davids to conquer Goliath
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As if there weren’t enough religious references and images enveloping the Denver Broncos and quarterback Tim Tebow, Jay Glazer of FOX reports that Tebow delivered a speech to his teammates on Saturday morning urging the team to play the role of David, against the Goliaths known as the Patriots.  Glazer says Tebow received a standing ovation for his passionate remarks.  In a few hours, we’ll find out whether it pushes the Broncos toward another postseason victory.

I always did think Tom "Goliath" Brady stood six cubits and a span, which is the bible's way of saying almost ten feet tall. That guy can really see over his linemen.

Open Thread - Divisional Saturday

Enjoy the games everyone, and Go Broncos! Doug Farrar previews the game.

Denver will be without WR Eric Decker, LS Lonie Paxton, S Brian Dawkins, TE Julius Thomas, T Ryan Harris, DE Derrick Harvey, and Mike Mohamed; the Broncos have no fullback on their 53-man roster, and reserve linemen Manny Ramirez and Tony Hills will again be active tonight.

Inactive for New England are QB Ryan Mallett, DB Nate Jones (yes, that one), RB Shane Vereen, LB Gary Guyton, G Donald Thomas, T Sebastian Vollmer, and NT Ron Brace

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Former Broncos owner Kaiser dies

Former Broncos owner Edgar Kaiser died on Wednesday at the age of 69 while in Toronto. Kaiser originally purchased the team from the Phipps family in 1981 for roughly $30M before selling it to current owner Pat Bowlen in 1984 for $65M. Although Kaiser only owned the Broncos for three years, it was a remarkably impactful tenure; in 1981 he hired Dan Reeves, and in 1983 he pulled off the unthinkable in acquiring John Elway from the Colts.

But in 1999, Kaiser filed a lawsuit against Bowlen in an attempt to repurchase part of the team and claiming the latter had violated the terms of their sale agreement. A jury sided with Kaiser in 2004, but the Colorado Court of Appeals agreed with a Denver district judge's ruling which had sided with Bowlen.

The Daily Lard 1-14-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's been exactly six years since Denver last played in a divisional playoff game - Saturday, January 14th at 6pm Broncos Time, also against Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, Josh McDaniels and the New England Patriots. Hopefully tonight will be just like that magical one:

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Broncos add LS Binn, cut FB Sylvester

With Lonie Paxton ruled out for tomorrow's game, the Broncos have signed veteran long snapper David Binn, formerly of the Chargers. Binn, who turns 40 next month, spent all of his 17 seasons in San Diego and is the Chargers' all-time leader in games played at 256; San Diego released him prior to the 2011 regular season. To create room for Binn on the roster, Denver waived FB Austin Sylvester, who had been promoted from the practice squad three weeks ago but failed to see action with the team.

Thoughts on the Patriots game

Happy Friday, friends.  I’ve spent all week (9 to 5 every day) in an SAP workshop that’s part of my MBA program, and it’s had me busy day and night.  (I don’t know why I expected different, but I did.)  As such, I haven’t had much time to write or watch film lately.  I haven’t seen any Patriots stuff since they played the Broncos, so I don’t have any great new insight to offer on that front.  What I was thinking I’d do is share some strategy thoughts for tomorrow night’s game, heavily leveraging what I saw four weeks ago and what I’ve seen lately from the Broncos.  Something is better than nothing, right?  For more detail, you can refer to my Digesting piece from a month ago.

The Broncos finally hit some throws against heavy boxes against Pittsburgh, and it won them the game, obviously.  I didn’t expect Pittsburgh to play the Broncos any differently than they play anybody else, but they did.  They played a lot of nine in the box, and they played their CBs in man coverage, which isn’t their strength.  I don’t think that Dick LeBeau had a particularly good plan, and I think that Mike McCoy had a very good plan.

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Broncos to be without Paxton, Decker; Fisher takes Rams job

It turns out the Broncos will be without LS Lonie Paxton tomorrow for their divisional playoff game against New England. Word had been that despite missing practice this week due to personal reasons, Paxton would be present tomorrow. Denver doesn't list a backup long snapper on its depth chart, but Arnie Stapleton says Russ Hochstein is likely to fill in for Paxton. According to PFW, the Broncos worked out two long snappers yesterday: Jason Kyle and Andrew Schulze.

I was going to insert a spy joke here, but obviously something rather serious is going on in his life. Whatever Lonie's dealing with, our thoughts go out to him and his family.

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