The Daily Lard 1-8-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Here we are - it's been six years, but the Broncos are back in the playoffs, and they're facing the same franchise that beat them last time and prevented them from whipping facing the Seahawks in SB 40. Of course, these Broncos bear little resemblance to that eariier version, with only Champ Bailey and D.J. Williams remaining; of course, Champ made the key play the week prior to help the Broncos halt the Patriots' quest for a threepeat championship. It will probably take something similar today (multiple takeaways, not necessarily of the 100-yard return variety) to send the Broncos to a matchup with the Patriots in Foxborough next week.

What would be more poetic than a rematch of Tim Tebow and Tom Brady's Week 15 duel, and a faceoff between the Broncos and Josh McDaniels, their last head coach and new (again) OC of the Patriots? Not much, obviously. But first things first...

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Open Thread - Wild Card Saturday

Enjoy the games, everyone!

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HOF finalists announced; no Broncos on list

Class of 2012 Finalists
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15 modern finalists for 2012 Hall of Fame being announced on NFL Network: Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, Cortez Kennedy, Charles Haley, Bill Parcells, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Aeneas Williams, Jerome Bettis, Curtis Martin, Dermontti Dawson, Willie Roaf, Will Shields, Chris Doleman and Kevin Greene.

Oh well, it's wait til next year for Terrell Davis, Karl Mecklenburg and Steve Atwater...

Mort reporting Colts have already decided to draft Luck

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As @mortreport reported on Sat edition of NFL Countdown, Colts plan to use the No. 1 pick on Stanford QB Andrew Luck.

Not sure what the point of this is, especially before Jim Irsay hires a new GM. It's not like any trades can happen now, if Irsay wants to drum up interest, and if the intention is to draft and keep Luck, this serves to make things unnecessarily awkward for Peyton Manning.

Florio, Darlington engaging in Twitter cat fight

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Darlington: Quinn joked that maybe if I quote him as “anonymous player,” you’ll be more likely to believe it. A player making a journalism joke…nice!

Florio: Quinn has zero incentive to be honest about this.

Darlington: What about his incentive to maintain my trust?

Florio: Seriously Jeff?

This is pretty amusing, especially Darlington's take. Does he really think the Broncos and Brady Quinn are more concerned about what Darlington thinks of them than they are about trying to win tomorrow's game and potentially not tip off their strategy? Even if Darlington has this story correct, he obviously has quite a bit of self-importance to him.

Crennel to remain Chiefs HC; McDaniels to Pats

A few post-Lard news bits:

  • Mike Florio is still sticking by his story, and he now says that John Fox is ready to pull Tim Tebow tomorrow should he struggle against the Steelers.
  • According to Adam Schefter, the Chiefs are going to remove the interim tag from Romeo Crennel and retain him as their head coach next season.
  • Schefter also says the Patriots have hired Josh McDaniels effective immediately; McDaniels will reportedly join New England's offensive staff in coaching the Patriots in the playoffs.
  • Meanwhile, the Broncos have signed CB Josh Moore to a future contract. Moore was a fifth-round choice of the Chicago Bears in 2010 out of Kansas State and appeared in three games for them as a rookie but was released just after final cuts this season when Chicago signed Brandon Meriweather.

The Daily Lard 1-7-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Yesterday was a strange one in terms of Broncos/Steelers news, as a bunch of football reporters posted dueling and conflicting entries about practices none of them witnessed with their own eyes and something that hasn't even happened yet.

By now you've probably seen the back-and-forth as expertly chronicled by TJ yesterday; add Mike Klis and Jeff Legwold to those contradicting Mike Florio's claim that Brady Quinn took roughly half the first-team snaps in practice this week. Of course, none of Florio, Klis, Legwold, Darlington, or Mason actually saw more than 10 minutes of Denver's practice on any given day this week, so they're all reporting whatever information they've been given by players, coaches and sources within the team. In other words, it's all hearsay, and if Florio turns out to be right, they can all simply admit after the fact that the Broncos did a mostly good job of protecting state secrets. Even better, Tim Tebow can play the entire game and Florio can still claim that Quinn took half the practice snaps.

Either the Broncos want the Steelers to be unsure of who will be playing QB tomorrow and thus someone is feeding Florio misinformation, or Florio is correct and there are some loose lips at Dove Valley.

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Fox: Fans demanding more passes should keep their day jobs

Spoiler Alert: John Fox Says The Broncos Aren’t Going To Pass It Much
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I don’t really understand what that means unless they say pass it a lot more. If you look at our stats whenever we have thrown it 35 or 45 times it’s been very lopsided, so I’d say they gotta stick to what they do because they know that better than they know this.

Tebow’s worst nightmare

Source: Brady Quinn gets some first-team snaps in practice
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Earlier this week, Rodney Harrison questioned my sanity and/or sobriety when I suggested, both in our weekly One-on-One segment and on NBC SportsTalk, that the Broncos should get quarterback Brady Quinn ready to play, in the event that starter Tim Tebow continues to play like he has played in the last three games he has played.

Apparently, Rodney also needs to question the sanity and/or sobriety of Broncos coach John Fox and/or Broncos V.P. of football operations John Elway.  Per a league source, Quinn has been getting roughly half the first-team reps in practice this week.

It’s unknown whether Quinn actually will play on Sunday against Pittsburgh, either as a replacement for Tebow (if he fails to “pull the trigger”) or an unexpected change-of-pace insertion.  Either way, the use of Quinn could throw a wrench into the Steelers’ Tebow-specific game plan.

OMG alert!  OMG alert!

Update: Andrew Mason is reporting that this report is false.  The same goes for our buddy Cecil Lammey.  OMG!  Who is right?  I can't catch my breath, y'all.

Double Trouble Update:  Jeff Darlington says Quinn told him he didn't get more reps via text. OMG, I need to calm down and take a deep breath.

Triple Dawg Dare Update: Florio is standing by what he reported, saying Quinn doesn't want to let the cat out of the bag--Tebow's potential benching.  ZOMG!

Quadruple Diggy Dawg Dare Update: Florio swears they have special packages for Quinn now that he's checked with his source yet again.

Dawkins may retire, but not because of neck injury

Dolphins expected to seek pass rusher to pair with Wake
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SS Brian Dawkins’ neck injury has limited his playing time in recent weeks, but the veteran doesn’t believe it will force him to retire when the Broncos’ playoff run is over. A team source told PFW that the safety feels that he has recovered from worse injuries and that the injury will not impact his decision to return or not in 2012. He may retire, per the source, but it will not be because of the neck issue.

Let's just hope Dawk makes the correct decision for his long-term health, whatever that may be.

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