The Daily Lard 11-26-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Chris Benson previews Broncos/Chargers for PFF, and he says a loss will be close to a death knell to either team's playoff chances, especially so in San Diego's case. Benson theorizes that Denver isn't necessarily setting out to run the ball so many times, but they're just going with the flow rather than sticking with a pass-heavy game plan when it's not working. He also points out that both teams have been successful in defending the run, while on offense both squads are featuring running back corps that resemble MASH Units. Finally, Benson ponders the age-old question for Denver whenever they face San Diego (Who will cover Antonio Gates?) and wonders if the answer could be Von Miller.

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Re-Digesting the Chargers

Happy Fat Man Friday, friends.  On Sunday, the Broncos will plays the Chargers for the second time this season.  What’s changed since October 9th?  Well, on the surface, the answer is everything.  Tim Tebow took over the Broncos offense in the second half of that game, with his team trailing 23-10 and looking sluggish.  Tebow then rallied the team to fall just short of winning at 29-24, as a pass into the end zone on the game’s final play was nearly caught by Matt Willis in the typical Hail Mary crowd.  On that day, the Chargers improved to 4-1, and the Broncos fell to 1-4.

Since then, the Broncos are 4-1 on the strength of an improved defense and running game, as well as some timely plays by Tebow.  The Chargers are 0-5 in that same period and have gotten really banged up in the process.  I can’t see any way that their season isn’t over, in terms of playoff meaning, at this point.

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Miller fined $25K for hit on Sanchez

Broncos’ Miller fined $25,000 for hit on Jets’ Sanchez
blogs.denverpost.com

Miller was fined $25,000 for a hit on Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez in the Broncos’ Nov. 17 win over New York in in Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Hard to dispute this, as it was a blatant late hit on Sanchez, as we detailed in our CTF from the game.

PK: More Von love; watching Elway

Rookie Miller the quiet motor behind Broncos' recent success
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Rookie linebacker Von Miller’s a keeper, and while the mania over Tim Tebow’s play is the talk of the Rocky Mountain region, the Miller-led Broncos defense is the real reason why they’ve been able to come back late in scintillating games…What those who have watched Miller all season have seen is the speed, the power and the effort…Paired with Elvis Dumervil, there aren’t many better bookend pass-rush tag-teams playing right now.

More from PK: "Elway looked like he was clapping for the unknown 298th graduate in his kid's 400-person graduating class when Tim Tebow led the Broncos to the winning score against the Jets eight nights ago. If I'm the CBS crew in San Diego Sunday, I've got a camera trained on Elway's seat any time Tebow gets in the red zone."

The Daily Lard 11-25-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! John Elway told Dave Krieger that he's stopped reading his Twitter account, and who can blame him? Krieger writes, 

Trying to have a rational public conversation about Tebow is mostly futile these days. The subject has passed into a realm normally occupied by politics and religion, where people already know what they think and once the usual talking points are exhausted, the argument often devolves into personal insults. Because Elway shares the doubts of many league insiders about long-term success without a robust passing game, and because he's forthright enough to say so, he is now routinely accused of being jealous of Tebow's popularity and wanting him to fail...Maybe the Twitter loudmouths are just the lunatic fringe. But it would be understandable if Elway has reviewed his most recent career choice lately and wondered to himself, "What the heck was I thinking?"

I couldn't agree more. However, if in fact Tim does not have the ability to be a franchise QB anytime soon (and you know what I think of that), then there's nobody aside from Elway who has the political capital to move on from the Tebow experiment. Well, except among the Twittersphere, of course...

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Open Thread - Thanksgiving 2011

Enjoy the games and your meals, everyone!

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The Daily Lard 11-24-11

Happy Thanksgiving, Broncos fans! I'd just like to take a moment to selfishly give some IAOFM-related thanks -  I'm thankful that TJ came up with the idea to pursue this project, that Doc was all for it from Day 1, and that Ted rounded out our writing crew back in January. I'm thankful to be able to legitimately call Ted, Doc and TJ my friends, guys that I can talk to daily about life just as much as football. I'm thankful that my great pal David was willing to usher us four noobs into the world of running a website, especially when he's so busy with a demanding day job, a young family, and a humongous site of his own.

Of course, I'm thankful that all of you choose to spend so much of your valuable time reading our work and sharing your opinions and reactions, even when we don't see eye-to-eye on things. It's your readership that makes this all worthwhile, and we appreciate each and every one of you. So, on behalf of the five of us, I'd like to wish all of you a wonderful holiday - enjoy the great eats and football, and please drive safely.

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Another preview, just for the theme

Digital Dads NFL Pre-Game: Week 12
www.digitaldads.com

I’m not making any picks this week. Instead, I’m cooking a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, 16 different and tasty dishes, laid out on the table for you to enjoy. So grab a fork, grab some peppermint schnapps and a glass of cheap ass wine. It’s time for Thanksgiving dinner!

I'll give you a semi-spoiler: the Broncos game is the Pumpkin Pie and my beloved Jay Cutler-less Bears are the Turkey.

I'm sure this won't be the only Thanksgiving-theme post. We'll try and not be too punny.

Mix Master Elway spinning tonight at Dove Valley

Elway: Broncos would like Tebow to become long-term QB
www.nfl.com

It would be absolutely wonderful for the Denver Broncos and Denver Broncos fans if Tim Tebow could become that franchise guy. I wish I had that crystal ball to be able to say that he absolutely is or—I don’t want to say he’s not because I don’t believe that. But it’s hard to say if Tim Tebow is absolutely that guy. We’re very hopeful that he is. When you look at Tim, you know he has all the intangibles. For any quarterback to really succeed in this league, you have to be consistent throwing the football and you have to be consistently on target. Those are the things that we know and Tim knows. He’ll continue to get better this season, but a lot of the work will come in the offseason. When you’re getting ready and prepared for an upcoming game, it’s difficult to spend time on the technique work because you’re spending so much mental time with the game plan. The work we’re going to have to see is going to be coming in the offseason.

After probably realizing he said too much to his boy Mike Silver (or getting tired of the rabid tweets being sent his way), John Elway hit the airwaves to do some damage control tonight. However, his words to Dave Logan and Dave Krieger on KOA don't exactly contrast with either the quotes presented by Silver or Elway's conversation with Vic & Gary on Monday, except to say he's pulling for Tebow.

Bunting: RGIII better pro prospect than Barkley

Robert Griffin III vs. Matt Barkley
www.nationalfootballpost.com

Overall, when looking at the two prospects what you have is case of a higher upside and more naturally talented prospect in Robert Griffin III vs. a higher floor guy in Matt Barkley who is more limited physically…I still think both guys are future starting NFL quarterbacks. I just feel there are some physical limitations surrounding a prospect like Barkley that would keep me from giving him the same type of grade as Griffin III. Basically with Barkley I worry about his lacking athleticism and foot quickness in the pocket. Too often he seems to struggle to quickly collect his footing, which directly corresponds with his accuracy problems. Griffin III on the other hand is much more fleet of feet, is a more fluid/natural thrower of the football and displays better overall touch/accuracy in my view vertically down the field.

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