Ex-Bronco Mike Current dead, was apparently a monster

Former Broncos T Mike Current was found dead this morning at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, killed by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Denver selected Current in the third round (58th overall) of the 1967 Draft out of Ohio State; he went on to play in 169 NFL games in 13 seasons, spending nine of those years with the Broncos. He made the Pro Bowl as a Bronco in 1969, and he also played for the Dolphins and Buccaneers.

Current, who was 66, had become an author in his post-playing days, and he wrote a memoir of his career titled Rememberin'...Life in the Trenches. Our thoughts at IAOFM go out to Current's family and friends. (via DP)

Update 7:26am ET 1/18/12: It appears society will not be missing Current - he had been accused recently of sexually assaulting several children.

The Daily Lard 1-17-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! By now, everyone knows John Elway stated yesterday that Tim Tebow will be the Broncos starting QB entering training camp; the Worldwide Leader probably still has this breaking "news" in its crawl right now. Of course, they won't mention that it was a choice between Tebow and Adam Weber, who spent the season off the 53-man roster (instead on the practice squad, where any team could have nabbed him) and was signed to a future contract yesterday.

Dave Krieger agrees that John Elway struck the proper tone with his lukewarm endorsement of Tebow, and he sees a man in Elway who's the right man for the job of running the Broncos. Les Carpenter thought Elway was praising Tebow through huge, clenched teeth, while Doug Farrar oddly accepted it all at face value and thinks Elway has found a kindred spirit in Tebow.

But Will Brinson has it right: who on Earth will choose to sign with Denver with the intention of winning a QB competition, especially since he'd be shackled with "the most unfriendly homefield circumstances in NFL history" were he to win the job? After all, the drumbeat in Denver for Jay Cutler and Tebow reduced Jake Plummer and Kyle Orton to mistake-prone klutzes, respectively. What, Matt Flynn or Jason Campbell is going to hold up better? About the only guy who might be available and could withstand Tebowmania is Peyton Manning.

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Monday Musings: Measuring a year of progress

And so it ends.

Everyone has hopes, and Broncos fans had seen some fairly remarkable things this year, but there are truths in life. One is that trying to stop Tom Brady in Foxborough in the playoffs is nearly impossible. The other is that Denver hasn’t gotten quite as far as the Patriots have as a team yet, and they got to find that out pretty quickly. They managed three points not related to an early Brady turnover. Brady tied the all-time NFL record for TD passes in a playoff game (with Daryle Lamonica and Steve Young, five of them coming in the first half).

Let’s face facts, though - Every team but one ends with a loss. Late in the year, with the secondary playing rookies and practice squad guys, the team still made it to the divisional round of the playoffs. I had a great time for at least part of nearly every game. I had a great time for all of some of them. And if anyone says that this season doesn’t improve on 4-12, they’re lying.

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Gut Reaction: Elway on Tebow

Today's press conference was pretty much what we expected--full of positive energy and questions about the future of Tim Tebow.

Elway made about as much of a commitment to Tebow as he probably could.  Getting right to the heart of the issue, Elway said: "Tim's earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into camp next year."

Elway later say he "hoped" Tebow was going to be the franchise guy.  He also said the Broncos would bring in other quarterbacks (he implied through free agency) to compete for the job.  I liked his answer to the question about whether free agents would come here with Tebowmania: "If he's afraid to come in and compete for that job, maybe he's not the right guy."

I wish the beat writers had asked specific questions about the style of offense the Broncos would be running in the future, but the Broncos' draft and free-agent pickups will speak louder than anything they could have said today.

Elway probably did what any of us would have done in the same situation--dip your toe into the Tebow waters as far as you can while keeping your options open as you try to improve at every position.  It sure makes for an interesting offseason of speculation.

The Daily Lard 1-16-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Chris Mortensen is reporting that with Jeff Fisher having chosen St. Louis over Miami, the Dolphins today will interview Denver OC Mike McCoy, who joins Miami interim HC Todd Bowles, Packers OC Joe Philbin, Bengals DC Mike Zimmer, and Bears ST coach Dave Toub on their list of candidates. Cue the "we need a better play caller who understands Tim Tebow anyway" music...

Meanwhile, it's expected that in a news conference today John Elway, Brian Xanders and John Fox will declare that Tebow is their starting QB for 2012. But considering that Brady Quinn is an unrestricted free agent and Adam Weber is on the practice squad, there's not really anything else they can say, no matter their intentions - Tebow is the only quarterback under contract for next season. Even if they do plan to build around Tebow and are fond of Weber, the team has to acquire two quarterbacks between now and the beginning of training camp, whether via free agency or the draft. And anything but outwardly unequivocal organizational support for Tebow for at least the next six months would be shock-inducing foolishness on the FO's part - so expect plenty of Tebow certainty out of EFX until camp begins. It's their only option.

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Open Thread - Divisional Sunday

Whoops, forgot to post this earlier. Enjoy the games, everyone!

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The Daily Lard 1-15-12

Good Morning/Afternoon, Broncos fans! There are a few enduring truths about the 2011 New England Patriots:

  1. They score points in piles: 32.1 per game prior to last night - and against everyone: at least 30 points 12 times in 16 games.
  2. They do so by amassing tons of yards: 428 per game - also against everyone: at least 362 yards 15 times, the only exception being the stingy Steelers defense.
  3. It also happens that they give up a whole lot of yards: 411.1 per game - to everyone: at least 361 yards 15 times - everyone except the anemic Jets offense.
  4. Prior to last night, it was stressed that the Pats had no quality wins; 12 of their 16 prior opponents had scored at least 20 against them; even the Colts, Jets, Dolphins (twice) and Redskins had done so

Given these facts, there was one thing the Broncos needed to do last night more than anything: score points, and a whole lot of them. They were going to get their yards, that was a certainty. Only, they didn't. Six days after hanging 447 yards and 29 points on the Steelers (175 more than the season average they'd allowed prior), the Broncos scratched out just 10 points and 252 yards - and 139 of those yards came on their last three possessions, when they were already down by five touchdowns - in a 45-10 thrashing at the hands of a coldly efficient Tom Brady (six TD passes, 363 yards, zero sacks).

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Gut Reaction: Divisional Round - Broncos at Patriots

In the real world, Goliath wins--a lot.

In fact, Goliath Tom Brady tonight almost threw for as many touchdowns (6) as David Tim Tebow had completions (9).

Tebow threw for 136 yards.  I guess that's 316 just written another way.

If we take 136 at face value, this from 1 Corinthians 13:6: "Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in truth."

In today's NFL, the truth is Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the New England Patriots.

Many Broncos fans will rejoiceth in the fact that the Broncos even made the playoffs to begin with.  If you like to think of the Broncos as a small-college football team happy enough to make a bowl game, then clap your hands.  If you're into winning championships, set your sights higher and save the rah-rah chants for the tourists.

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Open Thread - Divisional Saturday

Enjoy the games everyone, and Go Broncos! Doug Farrar previews the game.

Denver will be without WR Eric Decker, LS Lonie Paxton, S Brian Dawkins, TE Julius Thomas, T Ryan Harris, DE Derrick Harvey, and Mike Mohamed; the Broncos have no fullback on their 53-man roster, and reserve linemen Manny Ramirez and Tony Hills will again be active tonight.

Inactive for New England are QB Ryan Mallett, DB Nate Jones (yes, that one), RB Shane Vereen, LB Gary Guyton, G Donald Thomas, T Sebastian Vollmer, and NT Ron Brace

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Former Broncos owner Kaiser dies

Former Broncos owner Edgar Kaiser died on Wednesday at the age of 69 while in Toronto. Kaiser originally purchased the team from the Phipps family in 1981 for roughly $30M before selling it to current owner Pat Bowlen in 1984 for $65M. Although Kaiser only owned the Broncos for three years, it was a remarkably impactful tenure; in 1981 he hired Dan Reeves, and in 1983 he pulled off the unthinkable in acquiring John Elway from the Colts.

But in 1999, Kaiser filed a lawsuit against Bowlen in an attempt to repurchase part of the team and claiming the latter had violated the terms of their sale agreement. A jury sided with Kaiser in 2004, but the Colorado Court of Appeals agreed with a Denver district judge's ruling which had sided with Bowlen.