Andrew Luck wows ‘em at combine

Luck displays rare athleticism in 40-yard dash, jumps
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The Stanford QB unofficially ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash Sunday morning, proving the Colts likely will land more than just a traditional pocket passer if they take him No. 1, as expected, in April’s draft. Luck isn’t Peyton Manning. He’s potentially somewhere between that and Cam Newton, whose measurables last year put Luck’s into proper perspective.

Luck’s unofficial 4.59 matched Newton’s official best time from 2011. Luck’s 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump was just 2 inches off Newton’s 10-6, the best of last year’s QB crop.

Finally, Luck notched a 36-inch vertical, actually besting Newton’s 35-inch jump from last year.

I knew Andrew Luck would be compared to Peyton Manning, but Cam Newton?  Is Luck the perfect combination of athleticism and pocket passer?  Or is the bar being set so high it will be impossible to clear?  Either way, it's a whole truckload of hype.

The Daily Lard 2-26-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Chiefs are expected to use their franchise tag on WR Dwayne Bowe if they're unable to sign him to a long-term deal. HC Romeo Crennel met with the press yesterday, and he spoke about each of the top QB prospects. But what caught everyone's attention were his comments about Peyton Manning:

I’m not supposed to talk about anyone else’s players. He’s still a player with Indianapolis. But with a talent like that, I would be crazy not to consider it if he were available. I’ll leave it at that.

Judy Battista thinks Crennel's words could land the Chiefs in hot water for tampering, but an NFL spokesperson told Will Brinson it was no biggie; Kevin Acee says Chargers fans shouldn't be scared of a potential Manning/KC marriage due to San Diego's record against Peyton and the Colts, as if that means anything at all (not really).

Colts owner Jim Irsay says he met with Manning recently; ex-Colts center Jeff Saturday talks to Peyton regularly and thinks he'll be playing this season. Mike Silver says Manning could end up in any of Seattle, Washington, Miami, Cleveland, KC, Arizona, or even with the Niners or Jets. Plus, he adds that Irsay is clearly in control of his franchise and was wise to dump GM Bill Polian along with his outsized ego, and he thinks Irsay would be well served to publicly acknowledge the team is moving on without Manning.

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The Daily Lard 2-25-12

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Here's video of John Elway's Combine presser yesterday, and a summary of his comments from the official site. Of course, all anyone heard among Elway's words was the following regarding Tim Tebow:

We're hoping he's going to be the guy for a long, long time.

Again, these are just words, and only actions count. But until the Broncos sign and/or draft another quarterback, words are all we've got. Tebow fans will likely ignore the first two words of Elway's sentence and see unwavering organizational support, while the skeptics will zoom in on that second word.

It's all open to interpretation, and several writers read Elway's quotes in their own ways: Clark Judge focuses on hopingMike Tanier thinks Elway said nothing at all; Will Brinson says Elway made it pretty clear he's not committed to Tim; Jeff Legwold stresses that no matter what Elway thinks, he has to have a Plan B.

Doug Farrar and Jeff Darlington are more interested in when Elway will get to coaching Tim up, and the rules forbidding the Broncos from talking to Noel Mazzone.

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A Tebow Fan’s Worst Nightmare

The Battle for Second Place: Who will make a play to move up the NFL draft board and grab Robert Griffin III?
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A Tebow trade would actually make a fair amount of sense right about now. The Broncos clearly aren’t enamored of the guy, considering they were talking about benching him before he led them to a playoff win over the Steelers. If they really think Tebow is going to fail as an NFL quarterback, they would want to sell high on him now before reality sets in and his market value craters.

The only problem is that the Rams would have no interest in Tim Tebow. That’s where our third team comes in: the Jacksonville Jaguars. New owner Shahid Khan has already said that the team should have taken Tebow in the 2010 draft, owing to both his abilities as a player and as a ticket-mover. Tebow went to high school in a Jacksonville suburb, played at Florida, and remains active in the Jacksonville community; a trade for Tebow would be great box office for a moribund franchise that often struggles to fill its stadium.

Jacksonville wouldn’t likely give up the seventh overall pick straight-up as part of a Tebow trade, but the Broncos could probably get it for Tebow and a mid-round pick or two. That would leave them with the seventh and 25th picks in this year’s draft, which would be about as much as anyone besides the Browns can offer.

The Broncos get to sell high on Tebow while acquiring a potential franchise quarterback and avoiding mass riots in Denver. And the Jaguars get the one player in football who is more valuable to them than any other team in the league. See? Everybody wins! Well, except for Blaine Gabbert.

RG3 helps draft stock without lifting a finger

Heisman winner Griffin stands tall at NFL combine
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NFL scouts can dismiss the rumors of the incredibly shrinking Heisman Trophy winner.

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III measured in at 6-foot-2 3/8 and 223 pounds at the NFL’s annual scouting combine.

The biggest concern about Griffin’s pro future was whether he would come in at less than 6-1.

I admit it.  I didn't think Griffin would break 6-1.  This only solidifies his grip on the second pick.  It also makes the Rams' pick worth even more to teams like the Browns and Shanny's Redskins.

Elway: Any type of QB will fit Denver offense

Broncos' Elway keeping a close eye on QBs at NFL draft
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Elway said he’ll pay particular attention to mechanics like throwing motion and footwork when quarterbacks go through their drills on Sunday.

“I don’t know if we’re looking for one like Tim or an ordinary drop-back [passer] or somewhere in between,” Elway said Friday morning in his press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium. “I think that until we find out the interest out there, it’s going to be hard to fill those spots, but I think that when I look at Tim and I look at our offense, we can do it with either one. Whether it be a guy like Tim or more of a drop-back kind of guy, either one is going to be able to fit.”

“There are things we have to get him to do within our offense to be more successful as an offense,” Elway said. “We want to see strides in Tim and his ability to get better throwing the football downfield from within the pocket. We just feel like that is something we have to do to get better as an offense to be able to add that threat there makes everything else he does that much better.”

As always, actions will speak much louder than any words uttered by Johns Elway and Fox.

Dolphins, Chiefs prevail in scintillating showdowns

Dolphins to pick 8th, Chiefs 11th as both teams win coin flips
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The Miami Dolphins won a coin flip for the right to the eighth overall selection in the first round of April’s NFL Draft, beating out the Carolina Panthers, who own the ninth pick.

The Kansas City Chiefs won the second and final coin toss Friday, and they now will pick 11th. The Chiefs bested the Seattle Seahawks, who will pick 12th.

Here is the final order for the first round, pending any trades.

The Daily Lard 2-24-12

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The league's annual cattle call started yesterday, and if it weren't silly enough to have 300-lb men running in their underwear and 24/7 coverage of their centerfold measurements, the NFL is looking to ramp up the circus atmosphere to yet another level. Why? $traight ca$h, homie.

As Judy Battista details, among the ideas being floated is to have prospects compete with each other in running their forties and performing bench presses. Of course, this sounds like a terrific formula for these ultracompetitive individuals to injure themselves while overdoing it in the name of #winning. You know it'll happen, but you also know the NFL won't give a flying @#$% - as long as they can turn it into a primetime event aired exclusively on NFLN over the course of 12 magical nights.

Surely, fans will next be able to tweet questions to players during their pressers and peek in on what are now private interviews between teams and players, all for the low, low price of $30 on NFL.com. No thanks, to any of this.

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Chiefs already talking to Manning

Kansas City radio host says Chiefs, Condon have spoken about Peyton Manning
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Bob Fescoe of 610 Sports writes via Twitter that he is “[h]earing” the Chiefs and agent Tom Condon “have spoken twice” about Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, and that Fescoe is “told” the financials are a “good fit” for the Chiefs.

The fact that the Chiefs play in the AFC West would make Peyton’s path back to the postseason easier than elsewhere.

Give me a "T." Give me an "A."  Give me an...aw, hell, let's just call it tampering.

Training with Luke Richesson

Jack Del Rio, far better than many coaches, understands the value and responsibilities of a strength and conditioning coach. Most fans couldn’t name three of them around the league, but it’s a position that carries with it enormous responsibility and a potential benefit that is rare - the ability to increase the effectiveness of the players’ efforts and to simultaneously reduce the number of their injuries.

Del Rio had been a linebacker and a very good one. He’d become a consensus All-American in his senior year with the USC Trojans at the position. He was immediately drafted by the New Orleans Saints, made the All-Rookie Defensive Team, and was named the team’s most valuable rookie. Often on the move from one team to another as a player, Del Rio was voted to the Pro Bowl after the 1994 season, and he credited that in great part to the ferocious attitude that he’d always brought to his own conditioning. It was an attribute that others noticed.

Del Rio retired after the 1996 season, but a lunch with Tony Dungy resulted in an offer from New Orleans head coach Mike Ditka for Del Rio to bring his knowledge to the Saints as their strength and conditioning coach. It was an entry level position for Del Rio, who was promoted to linebackers coach the following year, but his work in that role showed the kind of commitment that Del Rio expects from the players under him. It also explains why, when Del Rio went to Arizona to see the trainer that his players were raving about despite the vast changes and improvements that were and are sweeping through that field, JDR understood enough of what Luke Richesson was doing to make sure that the Jaguars made him an offer that brought him first to Florida. After seeing the results he got over three seasons, JDR has now brought him to Denver.

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