The Daily Lard 1-17-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There are a bunch of developments in regards to the Denver coaching staff - as expected, John Fox is bringing WR coach Tyke Tolbert and OL coach Dave Magazu with him from Carolina. Meanwhile, Adam Gase is expected to move from coaching the WRs to tutoring the QBs - Gase coached the Lions' QBs in 2007, when Mike Martz was running Detroit's offense. Fox may also bring in Mike Gillhamer, his secondary coach with the Panthers - Ed Donatell has left to join Jim Harbaugh's staff with the Niners. Former interim coach Eric Studesville will be back as the team's RB coach, and there is some doubt now as to whether Fox's assistant head coach in Carolina, Jim Skipper, will be joining the Denver crew. DL coach Wayne Nunnely is under consideration to remain with the team, but is also pondering a move to Carolina with his old boss in San Diego, Ron Rivera.

No new developments on the Sean McDermott front; he and Jim Mora are reportedly both being considered to coordinate the Broncos' defense; Mora is also a candidate for McDermott's old position in Philly, while the Panters are also interested in McDermott.

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The Really, Really Blind Side: John Fox has a really cool sounding name

Here's the latest installment of our ongoing FICTIONAL series, The Really, Really Blind Side.

Today, we're taking a look at how the Broncos really came to the decision to hire John Fox.

What's in a name?  You'll see...

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Divisional Round Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy the games! Go Seahawks!! Since we're all about being honest and forthright here, let's just be blunt - let's all hope Cutler takes about 12 sacks and throws 4 picks today...

Broncos negotiating with McDermott for DC position

According to NFLN's Mike Lombardi and Jason La Canfora, the Broncos are working toward hiring Sean McDermott to coordinate their defense. McDermott was fired yesterday by the Eagles, for whom he had coached thirteen seasons as an assistant, the last two as defensive coordinator. McDermott had trained under legendary Eagles DC Jim Johnson before taking over following Johnson's passing in 2009.

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Continuity Lard 1-16-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As reported yesterday, Mike McCoy is expected to return as Denver's offensive coordinator next season. According to Jason La Canfora, the Broncos and McCoy were still working out the details on a new contract which will keep McCoy around for his third season in Denver and beyond. Clearly, this makes all the sense in the world for the Broncos and John Fox, who employed McCoy for seven seasons in Carolina. Although the Broncos' offense will undoubtedly change some as McCoy applies his own philosophies in developing a playbook, the continuity for Denver's young QB Tim Tebow is priceless. Nothing would be worse for the Broncos' future than throwing Tebow into a new system in his second season.

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Fat Man’s Late Night Snack - I hate Jay Cutler (again)

Still wish the Broncos had Jay Cutler after all this time?  

I don't.  Josh McDaniels may have done a lot of things wrong, but one thing he got right was to send Jeff George's clone packing.

Cutler could win a hundred Super Bowls and I wouldn't care; the Broncos could finish at the bottom of the AFC West for a decade, and it wouldn't bother me.  As long as I'm assured Jay Cutler will never throw another pass for the Denver Broncos, I'll be content.

This recent article from Rick Reilly hasn't received too much attention from Broncos fans, and rightly so.  The Broncos have been pretty busy hiring a coach.  But just in case there is anyone out there who thinks the Broncos would be better off with Cutler over any of the Broncos' quarterbacks, take a look at Reilly's article.

For those that can't bear to look, I've got some highlights.

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Open Game Thread - Saturday’s Divisional Playoffs

Enjoy the games everyone!

Broncos to retain Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator

According to Adam Schefter's latest tweet, the Broncos have decided to keep Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator: 

Not sure if this beats John Elway on Twitter, but the Broncos retained their OC Mike McCoy, who also could have gone to Clev or KC.

Either the Broncos retained McCoy or he decided to stay after weighing options from both the Browns and the Chiefs.  You decide.

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The Jesus, The Generator and the Experts - Divisional Round

Just spoke to Quintana as he was leaving his cat box. He told me he's amped up over the Fox hiring. He feels that finally, coaches with cool animal names have broken through that glass ceiling. Now, on to this weekend's picks:

DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS      Random Number Generator       Jesus Quintana    TJ "The Dude" Johnson    Doug Lee   
VISTOR HOME Pick Pick Team Team
BAL PIT PIT BAL PIT PIT
GB ATL ATL ATL GB GB
SEA CHI CHI SEA SEA CHI
NYJ NE NE NE NE NE

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Staff growth Lard 1-15-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! John Fox was formally introduced yesterday as Denver's head coach. Fox covered plenty of (shallow) ground during his presser, and he was unsurprisingly noncommittal on the futures of Champ Bailey and Tim Tebow and whether his Broncos would favor a 30- or 40-front on defense. He said zone-blocking "will definitely be a part of our offense," but like Josh McDaniels stressed before him, all teams use a blend of zone- and angle/power blocking in their offensive schemes. As Ted had written on Thursday, Fox said he likes to be involved in all facets of the game as a manager-type but will not call plays on defense; he leaves the playcalling on both sides to his coordinators.

During his presser, Fox said he will "most definitely" retain some of the Broncos' incumbent assistants, but as of now there's no word on who is staying. Fox said that OC Mike McCoy, who spent seven seasons working for Fox in Carolina, "is definitely in consideration," but that both McCoy and the Broncos "have options." McCoy is reportedly also in contention for the Browns' and Chiefs vacant coordinator positions, but there's no word on whom else the Broncos are pondering for OC. Legwold says Fox is pursuing Jim Mora to be his DC, while WR coach Adam Gase may switch over to working with the QBs - which of course signals an exit for Ben McDaniels. Plus, Eric Studesville will be back as the RB coach according to Legwold.

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