Nate Newton, small potatoes next to Sam Hurd

Bears WR Hurd facing federal drug charges after arrest

According to the federal complaint, Hurd was arrested Wednesday after meeting with an undercover agent at a Chicago restaurant. The complaint said Hurd told the agent that he was interested in buying five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week for distribution in the Chicago area.

Man, Nate's got nothing on this guy. We're talking half a ton PER WEEK. If you're wondering, Hurd signed a three-year deal with Chicago in July which included a $1.35M signing bonus and a $685K salary for 2011 (via Rotoworld). Apparently, Hurd told the undercover agent that he was already responsible for the distribution of four kilos of cocaine per week, but that he needed more supply.

Trailer: Borderline Beast

Here’s the trailer for the movie about Brandon Marshall’s BPD

A documentary’s coming out in 2012 entitled “Borderline Beast.” Here’s the trailer.

BMarsh should be commended for his introspection, and his willingness to share his story and use it to help others.

Trotter: Tim Tebow Now in no way resembles Tim Tebow Then

In short form, Tebow the QB improving by leaps and bounds

Tim Tebow Now in no way resembles Tim Tebow Then—other than being able to make plays at the end of games for improbable wins. He looks so comfortable, so confident. Instead of talking about his shortcomings as a passer, we’re starting to talk about passes his receivers are dropping.

Erased: first 55 minutes of game

Tanier: An ode to Elway

Walkthrough: Dear John

Dear John,
I saw you on TV and you did not look thrilled;
That body language is really gonna get you killed.
There’s lots of people trying to make you out to be a villain.
I think your position is pretty clear, but they’re unwilling
To accept that this is business, all they want to hear
Is that you hate your quarterback, and it’s not true, and I get it.

The whole thing is pretty hilarious

Peppers wins the battle, Clady wins the war

Marquee Matchups: The Clady-Peppers Undercard

The only real shame with the whole Tebow craze currently is that some really good football is being missed with the attention centered squarely on the quarterback and his individual merits…Peppers won the statistical battle against Clady, registering a sack and fives pressures, yet, in a game where Tebow passed the ball 41 times, Peppers was unable to make that decisive play in halting Denver’s comeback…Clady never quit on this matchup, the Broncos never quit on the game and they came out victorious in the end.

As always, terrific analysis from PFF

Not even Mets bloggers are immune to Tebow flaming

Only the Gunslinger can save the Mets

Only the Gunslinger can save the Mets. Tim Tebow, by request (don’t ask). More grission than you can shake a stick at.

Denver coaches wowed by Tebow’s work ethic

Debunking the myths of Tim Tebow

The talk is instead about a man who is driven, who arrives early in the morning and leaves long after most of his teammates have departed…Now that he is in the NFL, his diligence is in improving his throwing and studying opponents…The hour doesn’t matter. It could be 9 p.m., maybe 10, but at some point every night the phone of Broncos quarterbacks coach Adam Gase will ring and Tim Tebow will be on the line. “I’ve been watching film,” Tebow will say. Then a string of questions: What happens if a defensive player moves a certain way? How should he go? And what about the receivers? Are there other options? Quietly, Tebow has dazzled the Broncos coaches with his deep understanding of complex offenses.

Nothing is more important than footwork. This is where the Broncos coaches believe Tebow will thrive next…For 30 minutes before every practice and 30 minutes afterward, they work on gliding back and stepping forward…What they couldn’t have understood before they drafted him was how much he would practice this.

h/t codygras

Another of life’s burning questions, answered

John Clayton Does Not Have A Ponytail, But He Does Have A Mullet

The I-Team investigated this some time ago, only to be told by ESPN that NFL analyst John Clayton did not have a ponytail but only a “mess of hair in back.”

The combover mullet. Wow, that is something else.

The Daily Lard 12-15-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag, Woody Paige dumps plenty of blame on Denver's receivers when it comes to not catching Tim Tebow's passes, and he gets pretty creative with it. On one hand the bad throws are supposedly a direct order from John Fox to throw balls in the dirt, and some more fault lies with John Elway for not having helped Tebow much during training camp. So, let's get this straight - Tebow's been playing QB his whole life (despite the narrative being falsely put out there that nobody wanted him to play QB). He came into the league with question marks about his throwing and his accuracy, and he supposedly spent countless hours (remember, nobody works harder) fixing/working on his throwing before being drafted, and then again last offseason (in between selling books and underwear). He has shown those very accuracy problems each and every week, but John Elway has the magic solution and it's just a matter of him not having shared his proprietary secret with Tim?

But back to the receivers, gotta hit them some more - Eric Decker couldn't see Sunday, Demaryius Thomas runs before he catches, and all of them "are just using their hands, not their arms" (huh?), and Woody's double-secret inside source tells him Decker and Thomas are still "learning touch and control" and his other sources say the young receivers simply aren't very good. Oh, and Brandon Lloyd is selfish and was an anonymous source, but who knows what that has to do with this. Tebow wasn't working with the guy in camp anyway, right Woodrow?

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To club or not to club, that is the question

Denver Broncos team report: Von Miller experiment with casts

Miller used a full ‘club’ cast in last Sunday’s victory over Chicago. At the time, the leading candidate for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, said that covering his other four fingers gave him peace of mind. The concern was that he could potentially catch a finger in a jersey or facemask and create more issues.

But Miller went through Wednesday’s practice with a hard covering that ran to his mid-forearm and only covered the thumb. He’ll continue to experiment but liked having the freedom to use the majority of his fingers.

Von Miller could play with a body cast and still end up with a half sack at the end of the game.

Club away, Von.  Club away.

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