Coaches join players in fighting lockout

NFL Coaches Association has filed an amicus brief supporting players written and filed by a Duke law professor, Barak D. Richman. The coaches seem to be strongly supporting the players, and claim that the NFL is ‘avoiding’ the Sherman Act.

The coaches - both head and assistant - go on to say that "New coaches especially need time with players, which is why league rules normally permit new coaching staffs to organize two additional minicamps with players over the summer." It goes on to point out that, "This offseason, NFL teams hired an unusually large number of new head coaches with no previous head coaching experience, each of whom-along with their assistants-face a steep learning curve & desperately need this time to prepare their teams." The coaches then cite irreparable harm, and say that: "Damages would not be an adequate remedy for NFL coaches who suffer from the NFL’s illegal group boycott." The coaches' brief also includes charts that show the uptick in coaches fired after two years, and after three years from 2001 to '10.

While this is hardly a major game-changer in the situation, it does show that the head coaches are willing to challenge the statements of the owners in court. Increasingly, fans are turning against both sides, wondering why they can’t split up $9 billion. The coaches are showing a desire for reason and to be given a chance to be permitted to do their jobs, and I fully support that position, and hope that it brings some small level of order to this increasingly pointless circumstance.

Tweets of the Week: It’s the End of the World

Let's open today's Tweets with a few Rapture-related thoughts from the Broncos. As always, we're just looking for a few lighthearted laughs here, and everything is a direct quote, innocent misspellings and grammar goofs inclusive:

Brandon Minor - So ummmmm, which 6pm does the world pose 2 end cuz ima switch time zones on that azz and hit the club

Quinton Carter - The world possed to end at 6?! Where have I been...F it! I know what I'm bout to do!

Rod Smith - So the world supposed to end in 15 minutes? Whats one thing you gonna try and get in before its over?

Minor again - I wonder how many ppl thought they was gonna die havin sex at 6pm this past Saturday

Eric Olsen - Well partying like the world was ending seemed like a great idea... Didn't plan on paying for it today though #falsealarm...I bet that dude Harold Camping is pretty pissed huh?

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The Daily Lard 5-25-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Greg Gabriel's latest post-draft analysis covers the AFC West, and he seems generally impressed with the group of players Denver came away with. Like most, Gabriel sees Von Miller as playing the Sam on 1st and 2nd down, rushing the passer on 3rd down, and being capable in coverage. But contrary to the general consensus, Gabriel thinks Rahim Moore struggled in coverage last season and thinks he may ultimately be best suited to play strong safety, a position he sees Quinton Carter fitting into quite well. In Gabriel's opinion, Orlando Franklin makes sense at right tackle but has the versatility to also play guard, while he's not so sure that Nate Irving can return to his pre-accident form.

Gabriel likes both of Denver's TE choices, praising the upside of both Julius Thomas and Virgil Green, along with the willingness of the former to block, even if he needs to improve at it. He also says the Broncos got great value with Green in the seventh round, and finally Gabriel likes Denver's selection of Mike Mohamed but doesn't see Jeremy Beal sticking with the team.

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Ten reasons I freakin’ hate (love) Tim Tebow

A year later, and Tim Tebow is still as polarizing as he's ever been.

From his religious views to his throwing motion, the cat has split Broncos Country like Al Davis splits time between sanity and loco--which is to say, about half the time.

If a weed-smoking Boulder liberal can't come to common ground with a Christian Baptist from Colorado Springs over the game of football, what has this world come to?

Pack it up.  The Chinese have won.

It forces me to tears--little Tiny Tim (Tebow) tears.

I can't stand it any longer.  I'm going biopolar.

Here are ten reasons to hate (love) Tim Tebow:

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The Daily Lard 5-24-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Chris Hall interviewed Dennis Allen recently, and following Krieger's column from last week it's another excellent chance to get to know Denver's new DC. As we've heard constantly from the Broncos' hierarchy in recent months, Allen says he wants his defense to exhibit speed, athleticism, aggression, toughness and violence. According to Allen, what will set his squad apart is the "culture" and attitude of the defense rather than the Xs and Os, and he expects the youthful infusion of draft picks will help the Broncos sustain the success they had shown early in the 2009 season.

The 38-year-old first-time DC says the tilt of the NFL's rules toward the offense mean that defenses don't have a lot of schemes or tricks to fall back upon; rather, they must utilize fear and intimidation to gain an edge. Judging by Allen's words, he'll have to prove a master motivator more than anything else if he's to be a success with Denver - and from this video, we can at least see that Allen is a confident, well-spoken and intelligent guy. Granted, all coordinators should exhibit those very characteristics, but it's certainly a comfort that Allen does, and it's a great foundation on which to build.

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Broncography: Julius Thomas

Freakish athlete.

I kept running into that phrase as I researched Julius Thomas’ draft info and biographies. Everyone from scouts to athletic directors have called Thomas an athletic freak. In this context, being a freak is anything but a bad thing. Cecil Lammey of the NY Times wrote:

He has good ball tracking ability when hauling in a long pass, and is a natural hands catcher. Thomas has a game built on speed and quickness. He knows how to use his big frame to box out defenders, and will square his shoulders to the line of scrimmage. This gives his quarterback the biggest target possible to throw to. He’s too fast for linebackers to cover, and too big for safeties to cover effectively. Thomas essentially creates mismatches every time he lines up on the field.

It’s no surprise to anyone that Thomas knows how to box out - he attended Portland State University on a basketball scholarship, and didn’t play a down of high school or college football until PSU's 2009 basketball season had ended. Not seeing an NBA career heading his way, Julius walked into the office of head coach Nigel Burton, who had just replaced former Oilers and Falcons coach Jerry Glanville as the head football coach, and asked if he could walk on to the team that spring.

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The Daily Lard 5-23-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Neat story this morning from LJ on third-year safety David Bruton, who has been putting his free time and poli sci degree to great use this offseason. The special teams standout has been filling in as a substitute teacher at the public elementary and high schools in his hometown of Miamisburg, Ohio. While Bruton's primary reason for doing this work is to be near his five-year-old son Jaden, the experience has opened up the possibility of going into teaching after his playing days are over. He's apparently also pondering going into family law or social work someday.

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Tres Hombres - Three Limericks

After receiving dozens of requests from readers to bring limericks back to football, I've finally decided to do it.

What brought me back from the depths of bawdy and crude artistic expression?

The Denver Broncos' quarterback debate--that, and a whole hell of a lot of time to kill during a lockout.

Orton versus Tebow?

Tebow and Orton versus Quinn?

Woody Paige versus the world?

All of it pales in comparision to whether I can work in a reference to Rick Mirer, The Bible, and Jockey underwear on a Sunday afternoon.

Enjoy.  If you dare.

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Still here Lard 5-22-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There was indeed an earthquake last night in the Bay Area, but it only registered as a 3.6 and caused no major damage. So, we're all still here and what better time to give thanks than the day after the scheduled end of the world? Thanks friends, for being here each and every day and supporting our writing at IAOFM. We appreciate you, especially so after having escaped the end of the world.

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If you can’t sign Bane, Brandon Mebane is a good second choice

If you've ever followed the comic book hero Batman, you're no doubt aware of a fellow named Bane.

Bane was one of the Caped Crusader's strongest adversaries.   Raised in a South American prison and classically educated by a Jesuit priest, Bane acquired six languages by the time he broke out of prison as an adult.  During his prison stint, he was used as an experimental test subject for a drug known as "venom."   From the picture, you can see that it turned him into quite the physical specimen.

Some might say he was a renaissance man--that is, if you can get past the whole shanking guys in prison thing.

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