Pleading the case for the NFL to not fine Eric Decker

On Veterans Day weekend, Decker penalized for saluting troops
sports.yahoo.com

What it does care about is protecting its image, no matter the cost. The league is fine with honoring, remembering and supporting causes, so long as it’s done the NFL’s way. Wear league-approved pink shoes and towels to support breast cancer awareness month, don’t pull out a ribbon from your sock to honor your aunt with the disease after scoring a touchdown

Wishes for more Tebow animation granted

Tebow gets Taiwanese animation treatment, again
eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com

When the folks at Next Media Animation decided to do a second video on Tebow in the past month, though, it puts him into “full-blown internet superstar” territory. Or something.

Chewing the Fat: Week 10 - Broncos at Chiefs

The IAOFM staff discuss the Denver Broncos' 17-10 Week 10 victory over the Chiefs in Kansas City

Doug: I wish there weren't so many 1pm games today, but at least there's some good ones later

Ted: Yeah,there's a ton of them. Macatee and Tasker today... that's not so bad. If the Broncos win today, all four teams will be 2-2 in the division.  That really makes it anybody's to take. I think maybe Tasker doesn't get how the Zone Read works.  The defense always makes the choice for the QB.  That's the whole idea. According to Vic Lombardi, Quinn is the #2 QB today, for whatever interest that's worth. Look at Prater wearing sleeves on a 67 degree day. Kickers! Cassel runs at the first sign of pressure

TJ: I forget how mobile Cassel is sometimes

Ted: Where have we heard that? Ugh... Ron Winter is the ref.  This is the most ticky-tack crew in the NFL. Von!

TJ: Just relentless beating of the double team

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Chris Brown assesses the Tebow experiment after four weeks

Is Tim Tebow’s Afraid-To-Throw Broncos Offense Crazy Enough To Work?
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I’m not on the Denver bandwagon just yet, because most NFL teams are better than the Chiefs. There’s no way to win with this scheme without at least minimal efficacy from the pass game, and Tebow—who is completing 46 percent of his passes—doesn’t seem like a great bet to meet even that threshold…If nothing else, the rest of the Broncos’ season will be a fascinating controlled experiment in whether these types of schemes can work in the NFL.

Elway discusses the Broncos’ Week 10 win w/Vic & Gary

Broncos’ Elway: Game vs. Kansas City dictated heavy rushing attack
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“Tim’s going to have to throw the ball the rest of the year, there’s no question,” Elway said. “We want Tim to be able to throw from the pocket, (but) we’re not trying to make him a pocket passer.”

Mark Sanchez does body language like Jay Cutler, without the talent

The Dejected Faces Of Mark Sanchez
deadspin.com

The one thing that did bring great joy was the body language of Mark Sanchez, whose moods ranged from misery to dejection to bike-pedaling, sisyphean existential despair.

Barnwell expects plenty more running plays come Thursday

This Game of Inches
www.grantland.com

For all his struggles as a passer, Tebow is a wildly effective and efficient runner, and we know from past research that running quarterbacks increase the yards per carry garnered by their running backs. Good coaches put their personnel in situations that highlight their abilities and hide their weaknesses, and that’s exactly what the Broncos are doing with Tim Tebow and their offense. And since they’re playing Darrelle Revis and the Jets this Thursday, it makes sense for them to stick with the super-heavy rushing attack.

The FO crew discuss Denver’s 17-10 victory over KC

Audibles at the Line: Week 10
www.footballoutsiders.com

Mike Tanier: This week’s gameplan was more option-specific, with a lot of counters and some triple-option stuff. And of course, the effectiveness amounted to 17 points against a so-so defense. So I will be writing the “can this be kept up” article for NBC, and must figure out how to pad “no” out to 900 words or so.

We're unveiling a new feature here at IAOFM title Prime Cuts, which will provide links to content we find interesting or humorous relating to the Broncos and/or the NFL. Think of it as an extension of the The Daily Lard throughout each day - we hope you'll enjoy it!

The Daily Lard 11-14-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Last week, the Broncos wore out a college play and rode it to a divisional road win. Yesterday, they employed the high school strategy of running the ball 87% of the time in a road division game, and it worked - Denver won at Arrowhead 17-10 (box score). What will they do on Thursday night when the Jets come to town? Punt on third down? Who cares, right? After all, the Broncos are just a game below .500 now and that same margin behind the first-place Raiders (5-4), tied with the Chargers and Chiefs at 4-5.

In case it wasn't abundantly clear after Tim Tebow did not attempt a single pass during the fourth quarter in Oakland with the game on the line, yesterday absolutely confirmed that John Fox and Mike McCoy do not trust their young QB to throw the ball. It was a record-setting day in that regard: in 51.5 seasons of Broncos football, the team had never attempted fewer than 11 passes in a game; yesterday Tebow threw eight passes and completed two of them. This marked just the third time Denver had as few as two pass completions in a game; the first two instances were in 1966 and 1967, both blowout losses. Denver's 55 rushing attempts were their most since twice topping that figure in 1978.

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Gut Reaction: Week 10 - Broncos at Chiefs

If today's game were a movie script, I'd pitch it as Nine Men In The Box meets Three Tight Ends and a Little Tebow.

The Broncos wrote a high low-concept treatment that included great field position, a run-stuffing defense, and a whole lot of ground game.

The theme of today's flick?  When the other team can't stop you from running, why stop running?

The Broncos attempted four pass plays in the first half, but were up 10-0.

That's one hell of a first act.  For their second and third, they gave more of the same.  On the day, the Broncos completed just two passes.

Is this John Fox football?  Mike McCoy madness?  Tim Tebow intangibles?

Whatever it is, it's enough to keep the Broncos one game out of first place.  And the game is over so fast, you've still got time to run Sunday errands.

Let's get to The Postives, The Negatives, and The Who The Heck Knows.

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