How do Denver’s current backs fit within a zone blocking system?

The issues of zone blocking itself and the personnel for it are now well covered. The next step is considering the personnel that will be carrying the ball. These were David Hooper’s preferred qualities of running backs for the zone blocking scheme:

  • Disciplined, willing to do their job and not improvise.
  • Decisive.
  • Crisp runners - not necessarily fast, but they must have sharp cuts.
  • Committed, willing to blast toward a gap that doesn't exist - yet.
  • Decisive. No, really. A backfield dancer is absolutely doomed.

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Report: Peyton Manning training with intent to play another season

The Times-Picayune is reporting that Peyton Manning is training in New Orleans with the goal of playing next NFL Season.

The Denver Broncos' quarterback has been evaluated by renowned fitness trainer Mackie Shilstone and is expected to begin training with Shilstone this week as he starts offseason preparations for his 18th NFL season, two sources close to Manning said Monday.

Manning wants to talk with Broncos executive vice president and general manager John Elway before announcing his intentions for the 2015 season, a source said. He hopes to talk to him in the next couple of days.

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Peter King also thinks Peyton Manning will return this season

The Super Bowl Story, According to Tom Brady

I think Peyton Manning’s playing football in 2015. Of course, by now, every one does. That’s assuming his arm, neck and legs pass muster in a team physical a month from now.

By now, Peyton's return seems something of a fait accompli.

Charges dropped against Greg Hardy, who reportedly settled with accuser

Prosecutors have dismissed domestic abuse charges against Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, who reportedly came to an out-of-court settlement with his accuser. Hardy had been convicted by a judge of assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, but Hardy appealed the ruling, and was set to face a jury trial.

Hardy's accuser provided key testimony during the first trial, but was reportedly reluctant to endure another court case; prosecutors have been unable to locate her since November, and it appears Hardy has paid her off to disappear.

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Who are the Broncos’ likely cap casualties for 2015?

Every offseason, there's at least some caponomic housecleaning to be done. Most of the cuts and renegotiations are quite predictable, based upon a player's cap number and production, but there is the occasional bombshell. Before we look at 2015's likely cuts, let's look back at those from the first four years of John Elway's tenure.

In 2011, Denver's casualties were Daniel Graham, Jamal Williams, Justin Bannan, Correll Buckhalter, Renaldo Hill, and Nate Jones. A year later, Tim Tebow and Andre' Goodman were sent packing. 2013's departures included Elvis Dumervil, D.J. Williams, Willis McGahee, Joe Mays, and Caleb Hanie, while Champ Bailey rode off into the sunset last year.

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Klis: Broncos want Will Montgomery, Virgil Green to return

Broncos evaluating all kinds of players to restock roster

It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Broncos also pursue Mark Sanchez, the most accomplished quarterback in the pool of free agents.

The Broncos also are expected to try to re-sign center Will Montgomery and backup tight end Virgil Green, who will command raises without taking up much veteran budget room. Next up among the Broncos’ free agents are tight end Julius Thomas, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, safety Rahim Moore and offensive lineman Orlando Franklin. The Broncos would like them to return, but not at the top-of-the-market prices they will command.

We're going to assume that Klis is just trolling us all with that first line.

Dungy: Peyton Manning doesn’t want loss to Colts to be his swan song

Dungy says he thinks Manning will return in '15 if healthy

“My gut feeling is that he’ll be back unless he really has a health-related problem,” Dungy said. “He enjoys the team. He enjoys his teammates. I think he really wants to come back and play well and not let that be the last game of his career.”

We'll agree with Terrell Davis, who thinks the latest season-ending loss shouldn't be Peyton's main reason for coming back.

Now would be a good time for Jerry Rice to stop throwing around asterisks

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Now that the news cycle has calmed down a bit, it seems like a good time to get back to the Lard. Let's get caught up, shall we?

Most of us probably wondered what had become of Seattle's dominant defense last Sunday, as Tom Brady carved them up to the tune of four touchdowns and 37/50 passing. As it turns out, it's rather incredible that the Legion of Boom was on the field at all that day, because the group was dealing with severe injuries.

As everyone saw, Richard Sherman hurt his arm during the NFC title game, and it was no joke. The new dad suffered torn ligaments in his left elbow, and may even require Tommy John surgery to repair them.

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Patriots (3x), ‘97 Broncos among rare teams to win SB while being outpassed

Super Bowl XLIX, and Thoughts on ANY/A

That means the Seahawks averaged 3.46 more ANY/A than the Patriots. And they lost! Only 6 times in the previous 48 Super Bowls had the team that averaged fewer ANY/A won the game: the ’01, ’03, and ’14 Patriots are on that list, in addition to the ’82 Redskins (John Riggins!), ’97 Broncos (Terrell Davis!), ’05 Steelers, and ’08 Steelers (James Harrison!).

Prior to Sunday, the SB 32-winning Broncos lost the passing efficiency battle by a wider margin than any other champion.

Obama budget would cut federal subsidies for private stadiums

With Obama Budget, Your Federal Tax Dollars Won’t Pay For Sports Stadiums

“It raises the opportunity cost to local governments,” Zimmerman said. “That’s [more money] devoted to a stadium instead of to all of the other public services they could be providing. It might make people think a little more. Every dollar now, a bigger share of that is going to stadiums, and isn’t available for highways, or prisons, or schools, or facilities for seniors, or whatever they’re doing with their budget,” he added.

This is pretty great, unless you'd prefer that some of your tax dollars go toward a new stadium for the Chargers.

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