Chewing the Fat: HOFer Shannon Sharpe

The IAOFM staff discuss the career and impact of former Broncos and Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe, who will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame today in Canton, Ohio. Sharpe is the fourth Bronco to enter the Hall, joining John Elway, Gary Zimmerman and Floyd Little, and he retired following the 2003 season as the NFL's all-time leader in receptions, yards, and touchdowns by a tight end.

TJ - Obviously, guys like Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez should be paying royalties to Shannon Sharpe.  Sharpe transformed the position of tight end at a time in which the league was really morphing into a passing league.  The way in which tight ends are used today is a reflection of several players (Ozzie Newsome, Kellen Winslow, Todd Christensen), but Sharpe more so than any of them.  His routes in the seam, across the middle, and in the soft spots of a zone defense set the stage for today's explosive offenses.

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The Daily Lard 8-6-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's a great day to be a Broncos fan, as Shannon Sharpe will deservedly be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Of course, Shannon follows John Elway, Gary Zimmerman and Floyd Little as the fourth Bronco to gain entrance to the HOF. Should make for an emotional night, and frankly I cannot wait for Shannon's speech. I'm a bit short on time, so I won't write more here. Enjoy the day, friends!

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Thoughts on the Broncos’ QB situation

It seems to be sucking all of the oxygen out of the room lately, so I decided to weigh in on the Broncos' QB situation.  Another voice in the crowd sounds off, right?  So why even bother to do it?  I’m doing it because this is IAOFM, and we’re here to produce the best Broncos content in the world.  We’re not going to beat other sites on quantity, but we’ll crush them on quality every day.  Today is Friday, so here goes.

I have some thoughts about this whole holistic Orton-Tebow discussion that I’m simply going to lay out by number and discuss.  From the department of analysis in the face of sucky journalism:

1.  Quarterback competitions are stupid, and this is not a quarterback competition that's going on in Denver.  There’s an old football adage that if you have two QBs, you have no QB.  Inept teams allow themselves to be in this situation, and I don’t think for a second that this football management team in Denver is inept.

A team’s direction at the QB position is a key organizational decision.  It’s not something that should be left to who looks better in practice, or in some preseason games.  To do that is to idiotically behave as if there is nothing more riding on the decision than a subjective value judgment of on-field aesthetics, or some stats on a piece of paper.  There’s simply a lot more to the decision than that.

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The Daily Lard 8-5-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! So, Woodrow sat down with Tim Tebow - but the teaser "Then, I felt like it was grabbed back away," turned out to be the only (somewhat) juicy line in the whole thing. If Paige is worth his salt as a journalist, one would figure his next question was, "Taken away by who, Tim? John Fox? Kyle Orton?" Obviously, a starting QB gig is not gifted but rather earned, and apparently Tebow has yet to do that. Perhaps he will in the coming weeks; we'll start to see Thursday once the preseason begins in Dallas. I'll give the interview a "meh". Not much harm in my eyes, and little learned.

Meanwhile, Orton offered up something resembling support for Tebow, saying "I think he can handle (the criticism)...All of us have opinions, but they're just opinions." Hilariously, John Elway claimed to be completely unaware of the Merril Hoge-initiated fireworks in saying, "To be honest, I know there was some kind of storm stirring out there, but to what extent I don't know, because I haven't been paying attention." Haha, sure John - you didn't happen to catch even a minute of SportsCenter or Total Access?

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Mindfreak: The image of Tebow is about to take a hit

The first commandment of training camp is: Thou shalt not whine in training camp.

Tim Tebow did just that.

The Denver Post tonight put up a teaser from Woody Paige's interview with Tebow that will run on Friday.   It doesn't read well for Tebow.  In the excerpt, Tebow says:

My dream, since I was a young boy, of being a starting quarterback in the NFL seemed to be coming true.  Then I felt like it was grabbed back away.

We'll have to see this quote in complete context tomorrow.  So I'm going to reserve total judgment until them. However, Tebow comes across as rather childish tonight.

There's no crying in football, at least not within the context of a quarterback competition.  

Can you imagine if Kyle Orton would have said something similar last week?  

He would have been burned at the stake, under any context. 

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Players ratify CBA; HGH testing instituted

Nearly five months after the NFLPA decertified their union and owners instituted a lockout, the players today voted to ratify the new CBA which promises 10 years of labor peace. With this news, the 2011 league year has officially begun, and players with new contracts like returning Broncos Brian Dawkins and Marcus Thomas and new acquisitions Ty Warren, Willis McGahee, and Derrick Harvey are finally eligible to practice.

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The Dude’s Mail Revue: Merril Hoge is Bill Walsh, John Elway is Bruce Lee, and Kyle Orton is angry

Dude's Mail Revue 400x145Fat Man writer TJ “The Dude” Johnson posts The Dude’s Mail Revue on Thursdays whenever the hell he gets around to it.  He takes your questions and gets your opinion about the state of the Broncos and the NFL. You wanna tie the room together?  Or say what you'd like about the tenets of national socialism? Drop TJ a question: tjthedudejohnson@gmail.com.

(NOTE: Marmots were harmed in the writing of this Revue)

TJ, I hate Merril Hoge, and I hope people in Denver don't take anything he has to say about Tim Tebow seriously.    

-- Jim Rebough, Englewood, Colorado 

Jim:  First, let's not hate anyone.  I could recommend a good therapist in the Denver Metro area if you need to get that under control.  With respect to Merril Hoge, he certainly knows more about football than most of us, but that doesn't mean he's right about Tim Tebow.  After Hoge's Twitter account exploded with Tebow criticism yesterday, he went on 104.3 The Fan and continued his tirade. 

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The Daily Lard 8-4-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Mike Freeman, the players and owners have finished hashing out the details of the new CBA, and it appears that there will in fact (thankfully) be curbs on Roger Goodell's power as it relates to the player conduct policy. Rather, word is that appeals of fines and suspensions would not be heard by Goodell (the very person who comes up with them in the first place) but by jointly selected appeals officials instead. Players will vote today to approve the CBA, and then the 2011 league year will begin by 4pm ET, with veterans who renegotiated contracts and free agency acquisitions finally able to practice.

As Doug Farrar writes, the disciplinary process was the main sticking point of the last few days, and it's likely that experienced arbitrators will handle those aforementioned appeals. And guess what? Once this afternoon passes, we'll have ten years of NFL labor peace, and August has just begun. Pretty great, if you ask me.

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Evening update 8-3-11

Good evening, Broncos fans! There were a few items worth noting from earlier today, and although many of you are already aware of them, I figure it's worth covering them here. For one, Adam Schefter filed an interesting report on ESPN regarding Denver's QB situation, including the following quote:

Kyle Orton is not going to be traded. Kyle Orton is not going to be a Miami Dolphin this season.

Meanwhile, Mike Lombardi echoed that thought on NFLN, saying,

[Orton] will be the starter in Denver. He will not be traded...He’s in limbo right now. I said all offseason I thought Tim Tebow wasn’t in their plans. . . I think ultimately he is not in their plans.

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Wednesday notes

Well, the Broncos are finally breaking new ground and obtaining a variety of players at reasonable cost for the DL. Marcus Thomas was already in the fold on Monday, as was Jeremy Jarmon; Derrick Harvey and Brodrick Bunkley were obtained on Monday, and Ty Warren came on Tuesday. The EFX team started a little slower than I expected (which makes me the fool for believing a guy at a poker game, which is very much what FA can be). The DT crew has been a long time coming, but I like what they’ve done with it in the short run, and the rest we’ll find out when the games matter.

Some of the young guys including Von Miller, Rahim Moore and Quinton Carter are still playing first team roles, as is Orlando Franklin at right tackle. The news out of camp is pretty much what you’d hope for - no one’s been arrested, there are no ego-meltdowns and everyone seems to know their job for this phase. It’s nice to have football, and nice to have good news.

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