What to root for Lard 12-26-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With Arizona's last-second win last night, the Broncos are now assured a top-3 pick if they should win exactly one of their remaining games. If they lose both games, Denver will get a top-2 pick, and if Carolina also beats Atlanta next week, the Broncos would pick 1st overall. Two wins by Denver would bring several other teams into the equation and could drop the Broncos to as low as the 8th pick.

In other words, it would be disastrous for the Broncos to win their last two games. They will have lost 11 games, gotten their head coach fired, enraged fans and become the butt of jokes nationwide, only to be picking perhaps 8th overall. This scenario would likely preclude Denver from the ability to select one of the top defensive linemen or cornerbacks who are expected to enter the draft (without trading up to do so).

Now, obviously it is very difficult to root against one's own team. In fact, I find it pretty much impossible myself. But our current situation allows us to not get too upset when a play goes badly, ie. a Bronco drops a pass or the Texans score, get mad for a second and then think "Top-2 Pick". Really, we need it. Whether it's for the chance to draft Andrew Luck or trade him for a bounty of picks, or to take someone like Da'Quan Bowers, Nick Fairley, Patrick Peterson, or Prince Amukamara, going 1-1 or 0-2 between today and next Sunday is crucial. As an aside, how neat would it be to have a pair of starting cornerbacks next season named Champ and Prince? So, of course - root for the Broncos to win and for Tim Tebow to show progress, but if/when they lose, don't sweat it. We'll be right where we want to be...

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The Daily Lard 12-25-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! To those of you who are celebrating today, we here at IAOFM would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! Enjoy the day, eat well, be safe and please don't drive drunk. As always, thanks so much to all of you for being here - we appreciate your readership.

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The Playbook Abides: Tebow(etheus) Unbound - Part 4

Broncos, Gators, and Tebow fans of the world, unite!  This is our final installment of Tebow(etheus) Unbound.

Today we're looking at Tebow's final four throws (13-16) from Sunday's game.

You can go back and read Part 1Part 2, and Part 3 if you'd like.  Or jump right into today's breakdance breakdown.  At the end of today's piece, as an added bonus, I gathered my summary thoughts on Tebow.  I thought it was time to finally take a stand on him.

For those Raiders fans who can't read wait until the end, I'll put it this way:  I think the guy can play.

Yes, after watching all of his throws from last Sunday dozens and dozens of times, I'm pushing all of my chips to the center of the table and I'm betting on Tebow.  Sure, he didn't play with more than a quarter of the playbook.  Sure, the sample size was small.  Sure, he's going to struggle like other rookies have.  And sure, the easiest thing to do is to sit on the fence so that I can later claim I was right about Tebow, no matter what direction the Broncos go.  But after watching each of these throws dozens of times, I'm confident in his abilities to be the Broncos' quarterback of the future.

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Hack the halls Lard 12-24-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's like clockwork, folks. Another day, another player hits IR. Another sunrise, another glaring bit of journalistic bumbling from the DP. Yesterday, Mike Klis wrote that Kyle Orton is only owed $2.879 million in guarantees in 2011 based upon the one-year extension he signed with Denver in August. Yet, Klis originally reported the contract extension as providing Orton with $5.5 million in guarantees for 2011. The same info was given on the DP Blog at the time.

Also yesterday, Jeff Legwold wrote that "original reports" put Orton's guarantees as being worth $8.1 million between the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He says that a review of NFLPA documents says that Orton is only due $2.879 million next year. No correction, no admission that the Denver Post was reporting incorrect information from their ironclad sources. Sure - this is of a much smaller magnitude, but it's otherwise the same as agent mouthpieces Jason La Canfora reporting the signing bonus attached to Donovan McNabb's contract as being worth $40 million. If we can't depend upon beat reporters to get simple facts like this straight, or own up to them when they've been hoodwinked by self-serving player agents, then exactly what service are they providing to us, their readers?

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Prater placed on IR; Moreno back to practice

Another day, another Bronco hits IR - this time, it's kicker Matt Prater. Steven Hauschka will continue to perform Denver's kicking duties. Six players were limited participants in practice today for the Broncos, including Knowshon Moreno, who had not practiced yesterday.

The Playbook Abides: Tebow(etheus) Unbound - Part 3

If you've made it this far, congratulations.  You are one of three types of people:

1) You love Tim Tebow;

2) You love NFL playbooks;

3) You typed in "Woody Paige Is Fat" into Google.  

Here at It's All Over, Fat Man! we'll take all three.  We have no prejudices--unless you count our almost psychopathic leanings towards zone blitzing.

If you're just stumbling upon this series, you can always go back and get Part 1 & Part 2 first.  Or you can just go commando and read this third installment of Tebow(etheus) Unbound.  Today we'll be looking at throws 9-12, in which Tebow looked like a NFL-caliber quarterback.  

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The Daily Lard 12-23-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his column yesterday, TJ wrote that he thought perhaps Tim Tebow could thrive in a WCO ala Steve Young. Meanwhile, Mike Lombardi considered the Broncos' situation with Tebow and suggested that Denver actually needs to stick with an offensive-oriented HC to continue the young QB's development. His choice? Why, none other than Gary Kubiak - although Lombardi says the zone-blocking offense has become somewhat obsolete with its smaller linemen, he thinks it could be an ideal scheme for Tebow to operate within.

Knowshon Moreno and Matt Prater did not practice yesterday, while Brian Dawkins, Demaryius Thomas and Darcel McBath returned in limited fashion. As mentioned yesterday, Spencer Larsen was placed on IR and replaced on the active roster by Stanley Daniels. To fill Daniels' spot on the practice squad, Denver signed LB Dominic Douglas.

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Tebow to start in Week 17; Larsen to IR

Kyle Orton has been told that Tim Tebow will remain the Broncos' starting QB for their Week 17 home matchup versus San Diego, even if Orton is healthy enough to play. While he admitted to being disappointed by the decision, Orton said,

I understand that as an organization you have a lot invested in a first-round draft pick and you want to see him play, so that's how it goes.

During his press conference today, Denver interim coach Eric Studesville announced that FB Spencer Larsen had been placed on IR with an ankle injury he suffered during Sunday's game. Taking Larsen's place on the roster will be G Stanley Daniels, who was promoted from the practice squad and had started the season's first four games at left guard.

The Playbook Abides: Tebow(etheus) Unbound - Part 2

Yesterday, in Part 1 of Tebow(etheus) Unbound, we took a look at Tim Tebow's first four throws against the Pirates of Penzance Raiders last Sunday.

We saw how, during the early part of the game, the Broncos were intent on keeping Tebow in some run-heavy sets, while simplifying his throws.   

Today, we'll be looking at throws 5-8, which included the long touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd.  

Here, we're going to see what happened when the Broncos gave Tebow a little more leeway.

We present to you Tebow(etheus) Unbound, Part Deux.

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Only Six Picks Lard 12-22-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! While you're finishing your shopping, I'm getting all worked up about stupid media narratives. The latest? That the Broncos only have six draft picks in 2011, because Joseph Stalin Josh McDaniels is a terrible person and an even worse handler of draft choices. Plus, he wasted all those picks on the guy that everyone now thinks is going to save humanity the franchise from what was a few days ago impending doom. Let's take a quick peek at the 2010 Draft, shall we? Denver entered the selection party with 7 choices, including one 1st-rounder, two 2nd-rounders, a third and so on. Thanks to Brian Xanders and McDaniels' deft movement down and up the draft board (really, it was brilliant - don't let anyone tell you otherwise), Denver ended up with two 1st-rounders, a 2nd-rounder and two 3rd-rounders without giving up any other choices.

So, the Broncos started out with four choices in the first three rounds, and they ended up with five choices. According to the draft chart that Jimmy Johnson pulled out of his ass everyone goes by, the Broncos went from 2,360 points down to 2,295 points, a slippage of 65 points (one mid-4th-rounder). Football Outsiders' draft chart, which uses real actual data to assign values to each pick, says the Broncos went from 6,565 points up to 7,560 points, a gain of 995 points (a high 3rd-rounder). Call me crazy, but ending up with two 1st-rounders and one 2nd-rounder is a heck of a lot better than the one 1st-rounder and two 2nd-rounders Denver had started out with. Oh, and and extra third-rounder to boot? Why yes, thank you much.

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