The Broncography of Syd’Quan Thompson

Syd’Quan learned about responsibility early on in his life. Born the oldest of four boys, he grew up in Sacramento, California in an extended family and community-focused neighborhood. As he put it, “Everyone was the cousin of somebody. Everyone went to the same high school and the high school was in the center of the neighborhood.” His youngest brother Shaquille is a five-star recruit by and is being pursued by several Pac-10 teams.

Syd’Quan became a father during college, and he now has a young daughter of whom he is extremely protective. Much like Denver safety David Bruton, whose son has been the focus of his life, Thompson learned that he had to grow up early, and is very upfront about how it has matured him and changed his life. He noted, “When you have a kid, it makes you appreciate life more. You never find a love like that, nowhere. I see why my mom was always overprotective of us when we were kids. That love for your child is real different, real special.” So it is. A player with a daughter at home is a lot less likely to be out getting into trouble when they should be concentrating on family and football.

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The Daily Lard 2-9-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! John Elway told Legwold last week that in interviewing John Fox he talked to the coach about the offensive philosophy Elway envisioned for the Broncos going forward. Said Elway, "It really doesn't come down to the system, but rather the attitude on offense. That's what we're talking about, the aggressive type offense, what we want to do on offense to win football games, not to just sit back and try to win them on defense."

Perhaps Elway realized how silly he had sounded when he talked of winning Super Bowls with an "adequate offense," or he's just continuing to mix the message. Now of course, this is all talk, and it will be many months before we see what the Broncos' strategy will be on offense. Surely, he'll say something totally different on Friday and we can parse more of his wording then...

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You Got Served - The offseason begins

Happy Tuesday, friends, and welcome to another edition of You Got Served.  I had a busy day today, including my 3-hour project management class, and a busy weekend, so I’m starting at 9:10 PM on Monday night, and I’m going till I run out of gas.  This is kicking it old school, like back in my ST&NO days (I would have watched 8 games in 4 hours then, instead of going to class, but whatevs.)  Ready…. BEGIN!

1.  I really enjoyed the Super Bowl on Sunday, because it spawned so much good subject material, much of which has already been discussed by Doug and TJ.  I’ll absolutely cosign with Doug that Green Bay should have gone for it on 4th and goal late in the game.  Either you score a TD and effectively end the game, or you make Pittsburgh play out of their own end zone, trailing by three at the two-minute warning, with only one timeout.  Either way, it’s a lot better than kicking off with a six-point lead, even if you minimize the kickoff return.  I know this, and you should know it by now, but read this article, which Doug linked in yesterday’s Lard, if you need mathematical proof.

TJ also made the salient point that the halftime show was atrocious.  What in the hell was that plastic device on Will.I.Am’s head?  And Fergie did butcher Sweet Child O' Mine.  It couldn’t have gone worse if Barry Manilow and Tom Jones adapted it as a duet for the 60-something women set, complete with pelvic gyrations. (Whoa... scary thought.)  The NFL decided to dip their toe back into contemporary music, and came up a loser on that roll of the dice.

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The Daily Lard 2-8-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Wow, can you imagine being one of those folks who got kicked out of their seats on Sunday? Sure, the NFL is stepping up a bit and trying to make up for it...but that's only really nice if you're not a Packers or Steelers fan, right? Surely at least some of those people were taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see their favorite team play in the Super Bowl and had laid out a ton of cash to do so. How pissed off would you be?

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Hip surgery for Royal; 6 months of rehab ahead

Vic Lombardi reported via Twitter that Broncos WR Eddie Royal had surgery on his hip and will require 6 months of rehabilitation. This likely will end any speculation that the Broncos will be trading away one of their veteran receivers... (Thanks, Ponderosa!)

UPDATE 3:08PM ET: Team spokesman Patrick Smyth says the Broncos expect Royal “will be ready for OTAs in late May.”

Gut Reactions - Super Bowl Sunday

It's finally over, Broncos fans.  The 2010 NFL season is in the books.

During perhaps the wildest year in the history of the Denver Broncos, the Super Bowl was won yet again by an unexpected wild-card team.

I saw it fitting, then,  to give you one last wild Gut Reactions--a dollar late and a day short.

Let's get right to the Positives, the Negatives, and the Who The Heck Knows.

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So much for balance Lard 2-7-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Couple interesting notes from last night's game - there was but one Super Bowl record broken, yet it was quite a meaningful one: the 36 combined rushing attempts by the Packers and Steelers set a new low. But winning in the NFL is all about balance and running the ball well, right? There's no question that the Packers had a great defense in 2010, and they're just one team; but they won the Super Bowl so let's examine a few things:

  • The Packers ranked 20th in the NFL in rushing attempts
  • They ranked 24th in rushing yardage
  • They were tied for 18th in the league in rushing TDs
  • With 3.8 YPA, Green Bay ranked 25th in the NFL

Denver's ranks in those same categories? 27th, 26th, 12th (tied) and 23rd (tied), respectively. So, you that John Fox is in town and Brain Xanders is talking of running the ball a lot more, the Broncos will be back playing for titles, right?

The other point of note? Why didn't Green Bay go for it on fourth down at the end of the game up 3 points? I have no idea, but they should have...

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Super Bowl Sunday Open Thread

Enjoy the game, everyone!

Why John Elway should stop talking

When I write a long column, I number my different topics and always retire Number 7 for John Elway.  I've seen that done by others, here and there, and I always think it's cool to be the guy who started it.  As a player, John Elway's career was amazing, and he's very well-deserving of having his greatness honored in whatever little way that people like us can do it.  I advocated for the hiring of Elway to a front office role, and I was glad when it happened, but I have to tell you, I'm troubled with what I've been seeing from him.

I have no doubt that Elway is a smart guy, and I have little doubt that he can be a good front office guy.  I keep hoping that he'll stop with the media blitz, and that he realizes that it's inappropriate, but there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.  I listened to Brian Xanders on Sirius NFL Radio last night, and he's been at it too.  It seems like they want to be the public faces of the Denver Broncos, and this is a huge mistake.  The front office should speak to the media sparingly, and only in the offseason.  Otherwise, they severely risk handcuffing the Head Coach, who is essentially required by NFL policy to be the public face of the team.

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Shannon Sharpe, Hall of Famer Lard 2-6-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's a beautiful day for the predominantly orange and blue, as Shannon Sharpe is now a Hall of Famer. Has a fantastic ring to it, no? Big Play Shay was one of seven men elected to the HOF last night and will be enshrined in Canton on Saturday, August 6. Tickets are available here and range from $35 to $70.

Shannon was on NFL Network following the announcement, and this is an absolute must watch (go to 1h15m). It's quite an emotional segment, as Shannon spoke about his 88-year-old grandmother who raised him and took a phone call from his big brother Sterling. There's even a bonus appearance by Daily Lard "favorite" Jeff Legwold, who is bizarrely listed as still being with the RMN. Of course, it was Legwold who was tasked with presenting the case for Sharpe's election yesterday, and obviously he did Shannon right. While it took three attempts, we do have to tip our hats (or at least I do) to Legwold for doing his part to help get deserving Broncos into the HOF in consecutive years (Floyd Little last year).

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