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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John Fox: It’s all good

Denver Broncos coach John Fox jokes ‘we still like Brady Quinn’ after backup QB’s critical comments about Tim Tebow
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Yes, Brady Quinn called out Tim Tebow. No, that doesn’t mean Denver is looking to throw him out of the quarterback mix.

“We still like Brady Quinn,” Broncos coach John Fox joked on Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Fox said that Quinn’s comments were taken out of context, saying that sometimes “things get lost in translation.” He insisted that he knows Tebow and Quinn well, and he knows the relationship that the two quarterbacks have with each other. He did add that Quinn’s move to apologize to Tebow was a good one, though.

John "The Voice Box" Fox is so cute when he does the gruff-and-wise ol' ball coach thingy.

Don't believe this notion that Quinn is coming back.  It's not happening. 

I just want to know one thing, Fox: have you fired that damn cook yet?

The Daily Lard 2-23-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The last time we were graced by Woody's mailbag, he told us that too many people were coaching up Tim Tebow, and the solution was to add Sean Salisbury to the mix. We also learned that Mr. Paige had coined the brilliant acronym EFX™. What might he have for us today? How about we start with some caponomics? Or not...

I don't know cap space from my cap size. Honestly, each season I look at the Broncos' salaries, plus bonuses paid to free agents and rookies, and do my own audit to see if the Broncos are keeping up with other teams and aren't short-changing the fans. I know that's not scientific and not completely accurate, but I have a life, and also I am covering about 15 teams and/or sports in the state.

Silly reader. Woody has not time for your trifling questions. HE'S GOT A LIFE, not to mention the three jobs, and he is covering JV basketball at the other corner of the state, the presidential election, and the events in Syria. Why don't you go ask Legwold?

According to Jeff Legwold of The Post, who is accurate about such things, the Broncos have $91 million committed in salaries for next season.

Yes, Captain Accuracy is our preferred fact finder, never mind claims last offseason that Denver was entering the draft with five picks (they had seven). I'm actually sending my taxes to Legwold, and will be expecting a MEGA REFUND.

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Tebow ignores Quinn/Silver saga and takes out one fine little girl

Parker girl still glowing after ‘date’ with Tim Tebow
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“(It was) very, very,  very exciting,” Presli told us as she opened a gift box from the Tim Tebow Foundation at her family’s Parker home.  “(Tebow) was a thousand times nicer than you think he is.”

Presli’s dad took several photos of her with Tebow and other celebrities who attended the event. His daughter returned home with several souvenirs, including an autographed Tebow football.

“It says ‘To Presli Number 15, Tim Tebow, God bless. Go Broncos’,” she said, reading the inscription.

And Tebow’s parting words? “Thank you for being an amazing date,” Presli said with a wide smile.

If you wondered why Tebow wasn't caught up like the rest of us in the Mike Silver/Brady Quinn drama, he was occupied with something a little more meaningful.

To find out more about the little girl Tebow dated, Presli Collins, you can check out her Facebook page.

Seems like a cool chick!

Circus Maximus - Bring in Vince Young

Ten-Point Stance: Film doesn't lie, but combine numbers sure do
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Once again, here we are back to Tim Tebow. Love Tebow as a person. Sincere, good guy. Hope he does well, but I fear he won’t. But that’s an old debate. I wanted to talk about something else: how unfairly Tebow is being treated now.

It’s pretty disgraceful, actually. It started with the Broncos announcing they were bringing in two quarterbacks to compete with Tebow. Again, I don’t think Tebow can throw, but even a critic like me has a hard time defending the move to bring in two guys to compete. That’s basically a setup. That’s basically the Broncos saying they don’t believe in Tebow.

The Broncos will name Tebow the starter, but that doesn’t seem to mean a whole lot.

...I think one of the quarterbacks the Broncos want to sign to compete with Tebow is Vince Young.

Earlier in the week I sent a message to Doug Lee saying that if the Broncos really wanted to create a circus-like environment, they'd bring in Vince Young.  Of course, I was joking.  I can only imagine what it would be like for Broncos Nation to compare Tebow's mechanics to Young's.  Imagine the drinking game that one could create out of that camp battle.

Apparently, Mike Freeman doesn't think it's a joke.  And now, I'm not laughing either.

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