Gut Reaction: Preseason Week 4 - Broncos @ Cardinals

"That's about as bad as it gets," said John Fox at halftime.

He was describing the Broncos' play, but he could have been talking about the team's depth.

Here's something you can take to the bank--the Broncos will scour the waiver wire like crayfish.

Will they look for an offensive lineman, a defensive back, or a defensive lineman?

They'll probably grab one of each, and top it off with a running back for good measure.

The Broncos' second- and third-string units were as exciting as a Peter King fashion statement in their loss to the Cardinals tonight.

They will certainly test the theory that depth matters in today's NFL.

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Open Thread - Preseason Broncos @ Cardinals

Roster battles to watch: RBs - Lance Ball/Jeremiah Johnson/Brandon Minor; TEs - Dante Rosario/Dan Gronkowski; WRs - Matthew Willis/Britt Davis; OL - Chris Clark/Manny Ramirez/Eric Olsen/Stanley Daniels; LB - Mike Mohamed/Lee Robinson; S David Bruton/Darcel McBath

Enjoy the game, and Go Broncos!

Fat Guys In Cleats with Baxter McLove - Broncos/Cards

Here's our latest edition of Fat Guys In Cleats from Fat Man Live (FML).

Baxter McLove has a special guest this week.

As you might imagine, she's smarter.

Enjoy tonight's game.  The 'stache is never wrong.

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The Daily Lard 9-1-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Doug Farrar rounds up plenty of praise for Von Miller from Greg Cosell and Cecil Lammey, mixing it all in with his own. Farrar and Cosell see Miller as being similar to DeMarcus Ware, and they make note of Von's sack against James Carpenter where he starts outside and then suddenly shifts inside as his most impressive play thus far. Lammey sees Miller as being most successful as a 5-2 end, says he may be the fastest pass rusher in the league and lauds his anticipation of the snap.

Farrar also takes another look at Tim Tebow and the plight of QBs who run the spread option in college and their difficult transitions to the pro game. Farrar again hits up Cosell, who thinks Tebow's mechanics are just poor overall. Meanwhile, Jon Gruden echoes the points made by Mike Lombardi in that any team with plans for Tebow as a QB need to commit to him fully, and that means molding their offense to fit the player, rather than the other way around.

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Thoughts on John Fox as the regular season nears

John Fox holds to a theory of the game that has fallen out of favor with many. The advent of using statistics in football is still in its young stages. Even so, it’s impossible to argue that the NFL has become a passing league, which makes people wonder when Fox declares cheerfully that he believes in running the ball, defending the run and controlling the game. While it’s true, certainly, that the overall stats are more in favor of a passing game, Denver did try that with Josh McDaniels. McDaniels did a lot of good things that Denver is still benefiting from, but he didn’t turn the offense around much and the defense, which was gutted before he arrived, proceeded to head for the cellar while he was head coach. Pat Bowlen was ready to go out and find another offensive guy, but it was John Elway who convinced him that Fox was his man.

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The Daily Lard 8-31-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In a column today, Legwold considers the emergence of new starting Mike LB Joe Mays, whom the Broncos acquired last summer from the Eagles. Naturally, I'm going to gloss over the quotes (ZZZZZZ) and focus on the minutiae - he paints the deal as one of, if not the only successful trade of the Josh McDaniels era - never mind the Cutler and Marshall deals. Of course, Legwold doesn't even get the details correct, writing that Denver got a draft pick along with Mays from Philly. Would be nice if it were true - rather, the Broncos dealt twice-signed RB J.J. Arrington to Philly along with a 2012 sixth-rounder conditional upon whether Arrington made the 2010 Eagles. He did not, so Denver owes the pick.

Interestingly, there's more to this 2012 Draft picture, as the Broncos may still owe another conditional pick to the Browns as part of the Peyton Hillis/Brady Quinn deal. The specifics are unavailable on that one (plenty of earlier reports had said Denver was sending a sixth-rounder, but that's obviously not the case since it's going to Philly), so it's unclear what's left of that trade, if anything. Perhaps it's tied to Quinn's playing time this year? Who knows - maybe Captain Journalism can dig up the facts, that is if we want to trust him with that kind of hard work.

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You Got Served - Football and nutjobbery

Happy Tuesday, friends, and welcome to another edition of You Got Served.  I’m excited, aren’t you?  We have some football to discuss, as well as some deep exploration of my use of the word “nutjob” on Friday, which got some people upset.  Along with that, I’ll have some expanded thoughts about the Tebow media environment, and why I believe that my comment is justified.  Beyond that, it’s a surprise.  Buckle your chinstraps, because this is going to be a full-contact Tuesday.  Ready…. BEGIN!!!

1.  There was a lot of excellent analysis by TJ, Doug, and Doc on Saturday’s game, and I don’t really have a lot to add to it that hasn’t already been said.  I decided to take a run at putting together a 53-man roster, since we’re now heading into the fourth preseason game, and a lot of the bottom 45 guys on the roster are going to be trying to get off the cut list with a big play here or there, ala Shannon Sharpe’s story.

The list that I’ve compiled represents the 53 best players that I’ve seen this preseason, plus Demaryius Thomas, who’s going to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.  It includes certain assumptions about the numbers of players that the Broncos will keep at each position, which follow immediately here.

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The Daily Lard 8-30-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Puzzingly, Jeff Legwold thinks the Broncos' FO should speak up regarding Tim Tebow's status within the organization. Really, what's the point? He's either starting or he's not, and we all know he's not. We also know he's not going anywhere, as his 2011-2014 salaries have already been paid out. Beyond that, any more Tebow talk from Johns Fox and/or Elway is wasted breath, and we know the coach isn't about to tip his hand to how the young QB may or may not be used come the regular season. Are we the fans owed some sort of explanation or road map? Absolutely not.

Top backup? First into the game in the case of an injury to Kyle Orton? First guy to start if Orton is unable or inept? Will Tebow see any short-yardage or goal-to-go snaps this season without those prior occurences? Let's just wait and see, why don't we?

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Monday Musings:Denver’s flanking pass rush, Joe Mays steps up, Beadles has work to do

I keep files on all sorts of things, both diculous and ridiculous, from the physics of football to the estimated time that quarterbacks should have their feet in place, the ball cocked and ready to go out by with drops of different lengths. That last one comes up about twice a season. Interested?

A quality NFL quarterback is expected to do a three-step drop in 1.5 seconds, five steps in 2.1 seconds and seven in less than 2.7 seconds.

Tarvaris Jackson didn’t have time to do any of them on Saturday night.

I don’t have a lot of real sympathy for Jackson - lord knows that Denver’s had their share of matador linemen of late, and it’s part of the game. It was up to Pete Carroll and the FO to provide him with the offensive linemen that he needs to put his game together, and they’ve been affected by injuries. Even so - you can’t help but gaze in astonishment, because I don’t even recall looking at a pair of defensive ends plus a rover that looked anything like this group. Von Miller, of course, has various roles that he plays and he manages to do all well, which is astounding for a rookie: Robert Ayers and Elvis Dumervil plus Miller is almost an absurd combination, especially with Kevin Vickerson and Brodrick Bunkley in the mix.

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Broncos make first cuts; roster down to 80

The Broncos announced today that they have released CB Nate Jones & waived RB C.J. Gable, LB Braxton Kelley, LB Deron Mayo, G Shawn Murphy, T Curt Porter, and DE David Veikune. This brings the roster number to 80 players, and the deadline to reach the 53-man limit is Sep 3 at 6pm EDT. None of the cuts are big surprises, although Kelley had impressed throughout the preseason. Jones is the most significant player among those let go and was due to make $810K this season (the veteran minimum for players of his experience) and count for $1.06M against the salary cap; he had struggled mightily in camp and during preseason games. The release of Jones makes it that much more likely that Darcel McBath sticks on the final roster as the team's swingman between safety and corner. Expect the practice squad to be comprised of players released in final cuts - not the players waived today.