Game Day Limerick: Sunday Without the Broncos

Without the Broncos to watch on Sunday, I'm forced to attend church, clean out the garage--just kidding.  I have two advanced degrees, the recession hasn't touched me, and I'm one of the 53%.  So I just hire that stuff out, y'all.

Which brings me to my real point--limericks.  Feel free to have a whack at life without the Broncos on Sunday.  Here's what I did with my left hand (my right hand was otherwise occupied after watching reruns of Baywatch).  You see, 53% of us can multitask.

Sunday Cruddy Sunday
On a day like today I would say
there's nothing in this life as the play
   of the Broncos on high
   with a Manning so spry
that a Denver rerun is as gay¹ 

¹ 19th-century connotation, not that there's anything wrong with that)

Brooking over Mays, Hallelujah! Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! If there's been one figure who's received our scorn more than others in recent weeks, it's middle linebacker Joe Mays.

The hard hitter, who has displayed a laudable dose of humility and self-awareness when it comes to his misreads and missed tackles, has had a rough year. He's struggled in both coverage and against the run (his strong suit), especially during his last two games (against Houston and New England).

Denver's coaches have apparently seen the same issues.

As Doc had called for two weeks ago, it appears the Broncos will start Keith Brooking in place of Mays tomorrow night. Brooking had been working primarily at Will - splitting time there with Wesley Woodyard - but this week, he shifted to his more familiar Mike spot, working ahead of Mays. Needless to say, we applaud the decision.

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Clady practices, probable; Kaeding out for San Diego

Nine Broncos are on the final injury report for Week 6, and all are listed as probable, after all 53 players on the active roster were full participants in Saturday's practice. Ryan Clady was back in action after missing Friday's work due to a minor hamstring injury.

The outlook for the Chargers is not looking as good, as kicker Nate Kaeding is out, starting left tackle Jared Gaither and nickel corner Shareece Wright are doubtful, and wideouts Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd are both listed as questionable. RB Ryan Mathews and RT Jeromey Clary are probable.

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Memo to Champ: Phil is still a jerk Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Ryan Clady (hamstring) and Tony Carter (illness) sat out Friday's practice; all other players were full participants.

John Fox says Clady is day-to-day; Chris Clark would take his place in the starting lineup should he not be ready to go Monday. Chris Kuper will likely see his first action of the year, but it's unknown whether he'll start at right guard and return Manny Ramirez to the bench.

Keith Brooking was a full participant after having passed his post-concussion tests on Tuesday; he admits he's likely past the days where he should be playing 60-70 defensive snaps per game.

Demaryius Thomas continues to tote a football around with him at Dove Valley in order to improve his ball security, and he hopes defenders will become preoccupied with trying to strip the ball instead of tackling him.

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Fat Camp: Scoffing at the “blueprint” and those who tout it

Happy Friday, friends.  Today, I’m going to respond to an excellent question posed by longtime reader DCJ1 in the comments from yesterday's article:

Any time a football team has a good day against another football team, media types always seem to like to proclaim that a “blueprint” was found for beating the losing team.  This is primarily a product of the media guys not understanding football very well, and arrogantly thinking that because they saw something that they hadn’t thought of, the coaches must not have realized that an up-tempo running game may be successful.  They also wrongly assume that what the Patriots did would be easily replicated.

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Holliday shortest Bronco in history Lard

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Demaryius Thomas (hip), Ryan Clady (hamstring), and Keith Brooking (concussion) were limited in practice yesterday.

Denver's claim of Trindon Holliday makes the 5-5 return specialist the shortest player to ever appear on the team's active roster. The Broncos waived safety Duke Ihenacho to make room for Holliday, and beat out the 2-2 Colts in waiver priority to land the player. According to Mike Klis, Holliday will replace Jim Leonhard as the team's punt returner, and could eat into Omar Bolden's role as the top kickoff returner.

Much of the talk out of Dove Valley yesterday was about consistency, and about stretching the team's fourth-quarter successes to the rest of games.

John Fox says the team is close to putting it all together, while several players acknowledge the importance of Monday's game, especially as a division matchup.

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Open Thread: TNF Week 6 - Steelers @ Titans

Bucky Brooks and Gordon McGuinness break down the matchup; Benjamin Hoffman picks the Steelers; Bill Simmons predicts the Steelers will win, but not cover the spread.

Enjoy the game!

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Digesting the Chargers Offense

Happy Thursday, friends.  I thought I’d take a few minutes today to talk about the Chargers offense, and how the Broncos can best contain it.  They did a pretty solid job against them in San Diego last November, holding Philip Rivers and Company to thirteen points, and in a general way, Monday will see a stronger Broncos defense playing against a weaker Chargers offense.

Mr. Rivers has always reminded me of Bernie Kosar, and I think his game is slipping in his early 30s, similarly to how Kosar’s did.  His numbers aren’t that bad so far in 2012, but I just don’t see the same guy on video that I saw three or four years ago.

The receiving group that Rivers is working with is diminished from 2011, too.  Losing Vincent Jackson and replacing him with Robert Meachem is a bad deal.  Eddie Royal, nice guy that he is, still struggles to get open against a zone defense.  An underrated loss in the Chargers’ passing game is running back Mike Tolbert, who caught 54 passes for the Bolts last season.  His replacement, Jackie Battle, doesn’t have that kind of receiving skill, and he has just six catches for 49 yards in five games.

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Quick breather turned into long one for Von Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's been an interesting week for discussing the quality of each city's fans, what with the Arrowhead cheering of the concussed Matt Cassel.

Denver is certainly not above the fray, as some of our own booed then-new starting QB Kyle Orton in the team's 2009 scrimmage at the then-Big IF. Of course, then came the billboards a year ago.

Due south of Kansas City, Dallas's fans have been dragged into the discussion. You know, America's Team.

Brandon Marshall went so far as to say his team's trip to play the Cowboys "felt like a home game," what with the large Bears contingent in attendance.

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Dominance, thy name is Terrell Davis Lard

Good Evening, Broncos fans! By now, all of us who were around for the heyday of Terrell Davis's Denver career have either delivered or been presented with the case for his HOF worthiness.

We like to stress his status as the greatest postseason runner in NFL history, but the most common ammunition is that TD was absolutely dominant, and for a period, the best player in the NFL. He's got the hardware to back that up: the SB MVP, the league MVP, and the 2,000-yard season. Only TD comes to mind as the best (eligible) player on multiple SB-winning teams to not be in the HOF.

Generally, the argument against his inclusion boils down to the supposed brevity of his career, or the success of subsequent Denver running backs in the Shanahan/Gibbs zone-blocking system.

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