The Dude’s Mail Revue: One hunky mailbag

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Fat Man blogger TJ “The Dude” Johnson posts The Dude’s Mail Revue on Thursdays, in which he takes your questions about the state of the Denver Broncos. Got a titillating question? Put a dollar bill into the Dude’s G-String and he might answer your question—after bowling practice.

TJ, I’m glad to see you back answering questions about the Broncos!  Where have you been all summer?  I’ve been carrying this question for a few weeks.  Now tell me - Brady Quinn has the looks that kill, but do you think he’ll be with the Broncos next year after his mediocre preseason?
—Linda, South Bend, Indiana

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Charges against Shannon Sharpe dismissed

The DP is reporting that Shay Shay’s accuser withdrew her complaint, and that an announcement from CBS Sports is coming later in the day. Glad to hear it…

Jammed up in Jacksonville - Week 1 2010

It’s said that an NFL game frequently comes down to just a few plays that direct the outcome of the game. In this case, the culprits weren’t all that hard to find. Coaches often follow up quickly by pointing out that on any given play, it’s possible for someone to step up and make one of those plays - you can blame the victims of the plays for the outcome of the game. That’s true too - you can’t expect that only those few plays that stand out are going to be the only things that could have happened. But all too often, they seem to the fans to be the hooks that the game was hung on, the standards that led to the win or the loss. In this case, it’s easy to see which ones stood out.

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Banged-up O-Line Lard 9-16-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Laurence Maroney passed his physical and is officially a Bronco. Unfortunately, several important players did not practice yesterday - Chris Kuper, Ryan Harris (no surprise there), Eddie Royal, Wesley Woodyard and Darcel McBath (still). Quite clearly, the offensive line is in rough enough shape as it is, and if Kuper were to join Harris on the sideline on Sunday, the Broncos will have to throw often and quickly. On the bright side, Demaryius Thomas was a full practice participant, so at least Kyle Orton will have more people to make those hurried throws to…

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Fat Man’s Trivia Trough: 300-Yard Passers

I don’t know about you, but I’m always hungry for useless knowledge - especially when it pertains to the Denver Broncos. Since you’ve all got pretty fat Broncos IQs, I figure it’d be fun to test your acumen every once in a while. Here’s the first one - can you name every Broncos QB who has thrown for 300 yards or more in a regular-season or playoff game? You’ll have five minutes to enter your guesses. I’ve even allowed for a few misspellings, although if you fail to get the top guy you will be immediately banned from Broncos fanhood for life. Enter your score in the comments, and no cheating!

Click below to launch Sporcle quiz…
Can you name the Denver Broncos QBs with 300-yard passing games?

Never enough RBs Lard 9-15-10

In case you missed it, the Broncos traded a 2011 fourth-round pick to New England in exchange for RB Laurence Maroney and a 2011 sixth-round choice. A thigh injury apparently kept Maroney out of the Pats’ opener. Although he has been a decent player and scored 9 touchdowns in 2009, Maroney failed to live up to expectations in New England. Before you get too excited about the guy, it is important to keep in mind that Bill Belichick was apparently so anxious willing to get rid of trade the RB that he took for just perhaps 55 or 60 points of draft value in exchange for the former first-rounder.

Brandon Stokley was released yesterday after agreeing to an injury settlement. In three seasons with Denver, Slot Machine had 108 catches for 1,490 yards, 12 TDs and one of the most memorable plays of 2009 and in Broncos history. Best wishes, Stokes!

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Monday night thoughts

OK, I’m trying to figure out how to make time for this.  Today, I worked 8:30 to 5, came home to find my car broken into, and some stuff stolen, dealt with that, went to an MBA class (HR management… blech) from 8 to 9:15, and caught the end of the Jets-Ravens game, and most of the Chiefs-Chargers game.  Whew!

So, now, after all that, I’m going to share some thoughts from the first weekend.

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Broncos acquire Laurence Maroney from Patriots (updated 9pm ET)

The DP is reporting the trade. Denver sends a 4th-rounder to New England in exchange for Maroney and a 6th-rounder. Interesting, to say the least. Laurence Maroney of course, was drafted in the same round as Jay Cutler. After the draft, Shanny claimed he was going to take Maroney had he not been able to swing the trade up to take Cutler. He also claimed that Maroney would turn out to be the best RB in the ‘06 Draft, and although he’s been productive at times, he has not lived up to the billing.

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Huge Decision of the Week - Jacksonville, Week 1

Football, like just about anything in life (work, travel, choosing between a Vixen and Ratt concert), presents us with tough decisions.  Often these decisions are complicated by different risks and rewards that we must evaluate side-by-side.  Even more often, and without the necessary time to weigh all of our options, we simply go with what feels right at the time.  If we are lucky, we try to have our cake and eat it too (Vixen opening for Ratt?).  Usually, however, these decisions are mutually exclusive.  In other words, it’s one option or the other.

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A Second Helping of…Tim Tebow

*Note* We had a bit of a glitch with this one, so I’m placing this post above Lard to make sure folks don’t miss it - Doug

Each week we’ll bring you an extra look at a player the Broncos used in a creative or interesting way during the previous game.  This week, we’re getting a 2nd plate of Tim Tebow.

After the 2010 Draft, everyone suspected it was coming.  Josh McDaniels was going to use Tim Tebow in some sort of fancy Wild Horses package.  He had months of scheming and dreaming.  Jack Del Rio and the Jaguars read the papers, too.  So they spent part of their week preparing for Tebow.

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