The Dude’s Mail Revue: The Phonz, the Brett Kern limerick, and the dog crap

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Fat Man blogger TJ “The Dude” Johnson posts The Dude’s Mail Revue on Thursdays, in which he takes your questions and gets your opinion about the state of the Denver Broncos.

You wanna roll your way into the semis?  You want a toe--with nail polish--by 3 o'clock?

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TJ, I love the new site, but it's a little bare for me.  Are you guys planning to spruce it up a bit?  Also, I was wondering if you might give me your thoughts on the Alphonso Smith trade.  Everyone keeps talking about Peyton Hillis, but it's not like we had a lot invested in him.  He was a 5th-rounder.  Smith on the other hand was basically a 1st-round guy from Wake Forest.  Did we give up on him too soon?  It's strange because he's doing so well in Detroit now, it's like he's another player entirely.  What did the Broncos do wrong?

—T. Duncan, San Antonio, Texas

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Thank you, veterans Lard 11-11-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans and Happy Veterans Day! To those who have served, thank you for you dedication and sacrifices - you're appreciated here at IAOFM. On the Broncos' injury front, Robert Ayers and Andre' Goodman have already been declared out for Sunday's game. Darcel McBath, Kevin Vickerson and Wesley Woodyard all practiced, albeit in limited fashion.

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Coats already gone; Lance Ball returns

For those who were excited by yesterday's signing of TE Daniel Coats, you'll have to move on already - because the Broncos have. According to LJ, Denver has released Coats today and brought RB Lance Ball back to the 53-man roster. Ball had been on the practice squad.

UPDATE 5:50PM ET In his presser today, Josh McDaniels said the Colts were about to sign Ball, which prompted the Broncos to promote the RB to retain his future services:

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The Playbook Abides - One block, busted play

Yesterday Zane Beadles was again practicing with the Broncos' first-team offense at left guard.

Who knows if this will make a difference with the league's 32nd-ranked running game?  You can be sure of one thing, however.

It can't hurt.

I know yesterday I promised you Tim Tebow, but given the news regarding Beadles, it was more appropriate to show you why left guard is a problem the Broncos must solve.   

In this version of the The Playbook Abides, we'll take a look at a play from the Broncos-Raiders game--a game that was so bad, the Broncos' coaches felt the need to throw it in the trash and shield it from the team for fear they wouldn't learn a thing.

Here at Fat Man, we exercise no such parental control.  Welcome to the obscenity that is the Broncos running game, friends.

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Healing defense Lard 11-10-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As mentioned yesterday evening, some good news on the two fronts came yesterday for Denver. Perrish Cox, Wesley Woodyard, Kevin Vickerson and Darcel McBath all returned to practice. Unfortunately, Robert Ayers will be out at least another two weeks as his broken foot heals, and Andre' Goodman is also out this week. The other good news is that we may finally see the starting offensive line we had expected before the season started, with Zane Beadles at LG and Ryan Harris back at RT. The potential starting five of Ryan Clady, Beadles, JD Walton, Chris Kuper and Harris averages just over 25 years of age, so while we can expect growing pains, there's also the potential for this group to remain together for a long time.

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Broncos add TE Coats; Beadles shifts to LG

The Broncos have signed free-agent TE Daniel Coats, a fourth-year player who was released earlier in the season by the Cincinnati Bengals. Coats has 30 career receptions for 291 yards with no touchdowns. He is listed at 6'3" 264 lbs and went undrafted out of BYU in 2007. Coats suited up for 53 games during his time with the Bengals, including 18 starts.

Denver was expected to get several key players back from injury today, as Kevin Vickerson, Wesley Woodyard, Darcel McBath and Perrish Cox all were scheduled to return. Plus, Ryan Harris again practiced at RT, with Zane Beadles finally sliding over to LG with the first team.

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The “Winning QB” Theory

Wandering the net a few days ago, this story appeared. There have been lots of discussions on the theory of the "Winning QB" - in other words, references that were common with regard to Kyle Orton or another QB being the key to winning and losing, a belief that I took with a shaker of salt. The QB is very important, but not by himself. I thought that this blurb from’s Don Banks was particularly interesting:

MOST OVERHYPED STORYLINE -- Whatever will the Steelers do without Ben Roethlisberger? Umm, mainly win. During Roethlisberger's four-game league suspension, the Steelers went 3-1, losing only at home narrowly to Baltimore in Week 4. And the way Pittsburgh ran the ball and played defense, it didn't really matter who played quarterback in those games, (emphasis mine) although Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon turned in some solid relief work.

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The Playbook Abides - When a good run goes bad

This week, thanks to the bye, we're taking a look at a series of interesting plays from Denver's first eight games.  Hopefully, we'll learn a thing or two about what makes the Broncos tick,  and further, what makes them go tick...tock...boom.

Yesterday, we looked at the Broncos' longest run from scrimmage--a 17-yard gain which took place during the season opener in Jacksonville. 

Today, we'll look at a similar situation, but this time, we'll see what happens when a run with perfectly good intentions just goes horribly bad.  

I think you'll be surprised--with a little dash of aggression--just how easy it is to cause disruption in an opponent's running game.  Moreover, I think you'll walk away with a new appreciation for wide receivers.  Finally, I'm guessing that you'll question the call by Josh McDaniels on this one.

So let's get to it.  This play is from the Baltimore game in Week 4.

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Wade out on his Bum again Lard 11-9-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! I don't mean to kick Wade Phillips while he's down - I just couldn't resist the cheesy pun, and it's a perfect time to thank him for keeping the seat warm in Denver until Shanny decided he was ready to take over. Then again, Wade did manage the dubious feat of guiding Denver to two straight losses to Jokeland (then in L.A.). In consecutive weeks. So yeah, Wade seems like a nice guy and all (and a stellar defensive coordinator). But how can we ever forgive him for that?

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Moving forward

Okay, so Denver’s in deep kimchi. I know it, you know it, and we all want to see this improve. The applicable question, simply, is, "How?" What follows are a few things that we may see enjoyable production from - there’s nothing more boring than an endless list of problems. We all know what those are - well, most of us do. They’ve been talked about, analyzed statistically and broken down via film, but how about some bright spots? They may not solve the team's problems - in fact they won’t, by themselves - but it’s worthwhile to consider that there are bright spots to find on the 2010 Broncos with players who have substantial careers still in front of them.

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