Hack job Thursday Lard 1-20-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Mike Klis suggests that Jim Mora's decision not to coach next season was financially motivated, as he is entering the last year of his contract from his HC gig in Seattle. Not sure what the logic behind Klis' thinking is, since Mike Shanahan and Josh McDaniels are still getting paid quite a bit to not coach the Broncos. But perhaps there's some unique stipulation in Mora's contract. Either way, he's not going to be the Broncos' DC, and it seems just as well - was anyone actually excited by the prospect of his hire? For now, the remaining candidates are apparently Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac and incumbent DC Wink Martindale - it should be noted that Green Bay is not compelled to allow Denver permission to speak with Trgovac once their season has ended. Perhaps some new names will pop up over the next week or two.

Plenty of hackery today - so much that I had to include it in the title. Thankfully, TJ will be around with some Mail Revue to make our brains hurt less...

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Mora tells Denver, Philly to go scratch

UPDATE 5:57PM ET - According to Jay Glazer via Twitter, Jim Mora has decided not to take the DC position in either Denver or Philadelphia. And in case you didn't know, Jay Glazer is a very important person - how's that for a multi-functional tweet - reporting news and name dropping within the confines of a 140-character message! (Thanks, Gristle)

Here are Mason and LJ's stories on Mora's decision. Mason speculates that the Broncos' options may include Mike Trgovac and retaining Wink Martindale.

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No Mora deal yet Lard 1-19-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Jim Mora apparently left Denver without a job offer last night, although LJ says Mora is still John Fox's top choice for the vacant defensive coordinator position at this point. To correct my own assertion from two mornings ago (and LJ's in the linked article), Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac will only be available once Green Bay's season is over. Assistant coaches on current playoff teams may only interview for head coaching positions - not for any other job (p. 8), promotion or not. I'm sorry for any confusion I may have caused you.

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You Got Served - Divisional Weekend

Hello, friends, and welcome to the new news.  I'm very pleased to be joining the outstanding team here at IAOFM, and I'm ready to do my part in making this the best football site on the internet.  With the group of writers we have in place, I feel that that is an attainable goal.  Thanks in advance for your support of my work.

Have you noticed how NFL Insider has become a job title in sports journalism?  Adam Schefter is the NFL Insider for ESPN.com.  Adam Schein is the Jets Insider for SNY.  With the popularity of reality TV, it seems like everybody wants to be inside the thought processes, and backstories of every event.  Even the normally mundane events, like a car ride from DIA to Dove Valley for a coaching interview, are getting shared with fans.  In that spirit of transparency, and reader-friendliness, I granted an interview to an intrepid journalist, who wanted to know about my Decision to join IAOFM.

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Maroney arrested on gun charges

Broncos RB Laurence Maroney was arrested Monday night in St. Louis on weapons charges. According to Maroney's spokesperson (Did you know third-string running backs had spokespeople? I didn't), Maroney has a conceal and carry permit, but apparently thinks it's okay to walk around toting a gun without a wallet. Maroney grew up in the St. Louis area and was either going to a concert or leaving one, according to reports.

Mora expected Lard 1-18-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to LJ, the Broncos are close to hiring Jim Mora as their new defensive coordinator after Sean McDermott took the same job in Carolina. Mora spent the 2010 season as an analyst for NFL Network after working the 25 previous years as an NFL coach, including stints as the head coach of Atlanta (2004-06) and Seattle (2009). Mora has spent much of his career working with his teams' defensive backs, including 3 years as a defensive assistant, 12 years as a secondary coach, and 5 seasons as a defensive coordinator (49ers, 1999-2003).

In his time as a DC or HC, Mora's defenses have had mixed results, ranking on average 20th in points allowed and 20th in yardage, ranking as high as 9th in points and 13th in yards. Considering his background as a DB coach, it may be surprising to find that Mora's defenses have done better at defending the run (13th in yardage, on average) than the pass (24th in yardage, on avg).

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McDermott to Carolina; Mora, Trgovac candidates

Sean McDermott has reportedly agreed to become Carolina's next defensive coordinator. That leaves former Falcons and Seahawks head coach Jim Mora and Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac as frontrunners to coordinate Denver's defense. Trgovac directed the Panthers' defense for John Fox from 2003 to 2008 before heading to Green Bay. Trgovac will be able to speak with other teams about employment for the 2011 season no matter the outcome of the NFC Championship game, as the extra week before the Super Bowl would provide a negotiating window even if the Packers were to advance.

Jay Glazer is reporting that Mora is headed to Denver tonight for an interview with Fox. Meanwhile, according to ESPN Adam Gase is interviewing for the Cowboys' vacant WR coaching position. Gase has been rumored to be taking over the Broncos' QB coaching position after Denver hired former Carolina assistant Tyke Tolbert to coach the wide receivers.

Eight coaching slots filled

The Broncos announced a significant portion of their 2011 coaching staff today, including six holdovers from 2010 and two members of John Fox's Carolina staff. They are as follows:

  • Mike McCoy - Offensive Coordinator
  • Dave Magazu - Offensive Line
  • Eric Studesville - Running Backs
  • Clancy Barone - Tight Ends
  • Tyke Tolbert - Wide Receivers
  • Brian Callahan - Offensive Quality Control
  • Wayne Nunnely - Defensive Line
  • Jay Rodgers - Defensive Quality Control

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Gut Reactions - Divisional Playoff Weekend

Quick, what do the remaining playoff teams have in common?

Yes, all of them could double up the Broncos.  But I was thinking about something else.

All four teams are ranked in the top ten in both takeaways and defensive 3rd-down efficiency.

What's the lesson?

Don't pee on an electric (de)fence, that's what.

Oh, and the Broncos need an electric fence real bad.

Now, on to The Positives, the Negatives, and the Who The Heck Knows from this weekend.

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The Daily Lard 1-17-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There are a bunch of developments in regards to the Denver coaching staff - as expected, John Fox is bringing WR coach Tyke Tolbert and OL coach Dave Magazu with him from Carolina. Meanwhile, Adam Gase is expected to move from coaching the WRs to tutoring the QBs - Gase coached the Lions' QBs in 2007, when Mike Martz was running Detroit's offense. Fox may also bring in Mike Gillhamer, his secondary coach with the Panthers - Ed Donatell has left to join Jim Harbaugh's staff with the Niners. Former interim coach Eric Studesville will be back as the team's RB coach, and there is some doubt now as to whether Fox's assistant head coach in Carolina, Jim Skipper, will be joining the Denver crew. DL coach Wayne Nunnely is under consideration to remain with the team, but is also pondering a move to Carolina with his old boss in San Diego, Ron Rivera.

No new developments on the Sean McDermott front; he and Jim Mora are reportedly both being considered to coordinate the Broncos' defense; Mora is also a candidate for McDermott's old position in Philly, while the Panters are also interested in McDermott.

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