Practice squad filled Lard 10-21-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Eight players were held out of practice due to injury yesterday, and unfortunately they’re all pretty big names for Denver. The five players who were out last week (Ayers, Dawkins, Goodman, McBath, Woodyard) did not practice, no word on whether the latter three might play this week. Also missing practice were Champ Bailey, Eddie Royal, Kevin Vickerson, and Brandon Lloyd, who is not injured. At least Knowshon’s not on the list - sure would be nice to see him return to full health for the remainder of the season…

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How do you quicky replace 35-50 players? Part II

Note: This is the second of a two-part article, the first of which appeared yesterday.

Roulette Wheel II, the Sequel: Waivers
You can also find players like the new stealth offensive lineman (no one seems to have heard of him), Chris Clark, in the waivers system. According to the Broncos’ website:

Clark is a first-year player who spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons on Minnesota’s practice squad after competing in training camp with Tampa Bay in 2008… Earned All-Conference USA recognition as a senior at Southern Mississippi… Awarded to the Broncos via wavers from the Vikings on Sept. 5, 2010.

Waivers can hurt or help you - Denver lost safety Josh Barrett earlier this year, although they expected him to clear waivers and reach IR before stepping back in on STs next season and perhaps to develop his skill at covering tight ends. Bill Belichick managed to slide in his vote, and Barrett was a Patriot. Denver almost immediately picked up Kevin Vickerson - if you don’t have that big safety (although Bruton may make that jump), you’d better get a good rush on the QB.

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Huge Decision of the Week: Broncos-Jets, Week 6

Note: Each Wednesday,  we take a look at a critical coaching decision from the prior week’s game that had an impact on the final score—from a statistical point.

There are decisions in an NFL game that are obviously huge.  Whether to go for it on 4th-and-short is a good example.

Other decisions seem rather banal; in the end, however, they are just as meaningful.

The Broncos—and coach Josh McDaniels—faced such a decision last week against the Jets.  Leading the game 17-10, and with 0:36 left in the 3rd-quarter, the Broncos were fortunate to recover a fumble by Santonio Holmes at their own 19-yard line.  It was a momentum killer for the Jets; another opportunity for the Broncos to take control of the game.

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The Daily Lard 10-20-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As I mentioned last night, the Broncos made a few transactions yesterday - they promoted LB Diyral Briggs from the practice squad and added WR Eron Riley to the PS. Briggs takes the place of WR Matthew Willis, who was officially placed on IR with his broken foot.

I’d like to take a moment to thank you all on behalf of Emmett, TJ and myself. We are so very grateful for your readership, your comments, your encouragement, your questions, your suggestions, and everything you do and have done to help get the word out about IAOFM. While we had high hopes when we started this site, launching a new blog without the strength of an existing network is a difficult proposition. But so far the response has been phenomenal, and we have you to thank. Your support means quite a bit to us and makes what we do a joy, quite frankly. Thanks for being here - we appreciate it.

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Broncos promote LB Briggs, add WR Riley to practice squad

The Broncos today added LB Diyral Briggs to the active roster. Briggs takes the place of WR Matthew Willis, who was placed on IR after breaking his foot Sunday. Denver also added WR Eron Riley to the practice squad to take the spot formerly held by Briggs. You can read more about these players in the team’s official press release.

How do you quicky replace 35-50 players? Part I

Note: This is the first of a two-part article, the second of which will appear tomorrow at 3PM ET

I was watching some film the other day - a habit that I’ve gotten into. I find that I can retain the issues or points that I will want to write about as long as I keep the watching part to about one quarter of the game. I tend to watch each play until I know what each player on the screen is doing on that play - it can take one viewing or several, but I don’t move on until I’ve got that one clear in my mind.  By halftime I’m cranking out notes to keep up. If I don’t take a break by the middle of the third quarter, I’m starting to miss things that I knew about earlier. It’s a simple problem with a simple solution - you do a quarter, write it up, do another, take a break or two, and eventually you’ve got a game. First, you need to find certain patterns, characters, specific plays that illustrate concepts which affect the outcome of the drive, half or game - or find a couple of personalities that might make it into a good Broncography. Once in a great while, you find something that brings all of them together. If you can keep it to 5,000 words or so, you might even get by with it as an article. That’s where this came in. Since I’m always looking for things that might help out or even become the subject of a single article, what I saw recently became more and more concerning as I watched players dealing with injuries, under pressure to improve a weakness that affects the outcome of a game. The starting point was simple, but what it revealed was a major concern.

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The Stats That Don’t Lie - Week 6: Statistically Overtrained Blogger Syndrome

Last year at this time, the Broncos were 6-0, and all Broncomaniancs felt higher than Brian Cushing on a fertility drug.

A year later, like Cushing, Broncos fans are feeling the crash.

The Broncos are now 2-4.  Tied for 2nd; tied for last. 

Last year the question was whether or not Kyle Orton could throw the deep ball.

Not only have we found out he can throw the deep ball, but he’s almost become addicted to it.

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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Bronco - Week 5

This week’s awards are easy. The 4-3 formation and all of the variants that Wink Martindale sent against the Jets was predicted by many of the staff and members of, but the way that Wink used it was a job to see.

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Whatcha, done Willis? Lard 10-19-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! I hope that today you’re feeling at least a bit better than you were yesterday. Josh McDaniels announced yesterday that Matthew Willis would be placed on IR after breaking his foot on Sunday. Meanwhile, he did not have any comment regarding the health status of Eddie Royal or Kevin Vickerson, both of whom left Sunday’s game with groin injuries. Hopefully, McD’s silence means at least that there’s a chance they’ll both play.

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The day after the Jets - 10 points to consider

After reading TJ’s synopsis of the Broncos/Jets contest, there isn’t that much that I have to offer that he hasn’t already commented on. There is also little to argue, since I find that most all he has to say can be effectively backed up by the play-by-play and by watching the contest again. That said, I’d like to offer a few thoughts that either didn’t come out or deserve to be given even greater support. Here are ten thoughts that I found worth considering after re-watching the game.
By the way, how many of you recall saying that what you really wanted this year, especially with all the injuries, was a team that went out and was competitive each week? Well, this one was a great example of watching what you wish for, because competitive was the name of this game. The outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but Denver was in it to the end. I was and am proud of this team, and I have a lot of faith in them, especially considering where they are coming from.

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