Maroney arrested on gun charges

Broncos RB Laurence Maroney was arrested Monday night in St. Louis on weapons charges. According to Maroney's spokesperson (Did you know third-string running backs had spokespeople? I didn't), Maroney has a conceal and carry permit, but apparently thinks it's okay to walk around toting a gun without a wallet. Maroney grew up in the St. Louis area and was either going to a concert or leaving one, according to reports.

Mora expected Lard 1-18-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to LJ, the Broncos are close to hiring Jim Mora as their new defensive coordinator after Sean McDermott took the same job in Carolina. Mora spent the 2010 season as an analyst for NFL Network after working the 25 previous years as an NFL coach, including stints as the head coach of Atlanta (2004-06) and Seattle (2009). Mora has spent much of his career working with his teams' defensive backs, including 3 years as a defensive assistant, 12 years as a secondary coach, and 5 seasons as a defensive coordinator (49ers, 1999-2003).

In his time as a DC or HC, Mora's defenses have had mixed results, ranking on average 20th in points allowed and 20th in yardage, ranking as high as 9th in points and 13th in yards. Considering his background as a DB coach, it may be surprising to find that Mora's defenses have done better at defending the run (13th in yardage, on average) than the pass (24th in yardage, on avg).

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McDermott to Carolina; Mora, Trgovac candidates

Sean McDermott has reportedly agreed to become Carolina's next defensive coordinator. That leaves former Falcons and Seahawks head coach Jim Mora and Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac as frontrunners to coordinate Denver's defense. Trgovac directed the Panthers' defense for John Fox from 2003 to 2008 before heading to Green Bay. Trgovac will be able to speak with other teams about employment for the 2011 season no matter the outcome of the NFC Championship game, as the extra week before the Super Bowl would provide a negotiating window even if the Packers were to advance.

Jay Glazer is reporting that Mora is headed to Denver tonight for an interview with Fox. Meanwhile, according to ESPN Adam Gase is interviewing for the Cowboys' vacant WR coaching position. Gase has been rumored to be taking over the Broncos' QB coaching position after Denver hired former Carolina assistant Tyke Tolbert to coach the wide receivers.

Eight coaching slots filled

The Broncos announced a significant portion of their 2011 coaching staff today, including six holdovers from 2010 and two members of John Fox's Carolina staff. They are as follows:

  • Mike McCoy - Offensive Coordinator
  • Dave Magazu - Offensive Line
  • Eric Studesville - Running Backs
  • Clancy Barone - Tight Ends
  • Tyke Tolbert - Wide Receivers
  • Brian Callahan - Offensive Quality Control
  • Wayne Nunnely - Defensive Line
  • Jay Rodgers - Defensive Quality Control

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Gut Reactions - Divisional Playoff Weekend

Quick, what do the remaining playoff teams have in common?

Yes, all of them could double up the Broncos.  But I was thinking about something else.

All four teams are ranked in the top ten in both takeaways and defensive 3rd-down efficiency.

What's the lesson?

Don't pee on an electric (de)fence, that's what.

Oh, and the Broncos need an electric fence real bad.

Now, on to The Positives, the Negatives, and the Who The Heck Knows from this weekend.

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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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