The Lard

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What leadership? Lard 11-13-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Well, so much for leadership, huh? All the talk of DJ Williams finding comfort in the familarity of a position and perhaps improving his play just went out the window. Oh, and he's a captain to boot. The speculation is that Williams will eventually face a 2- or 4-game suspension from the league, since this isn't his first rodeo. But that is not likely to come before there is a conviction or some sort of plea on his part. Way to go, DJ. All those millions and you can't get someone to drive you around when you've been overserved? No, you don't have to be a role model for kids or Broncos fans - not that you have any say in that matter. But you are most definitely paid to be one of the better Broncos as a player, and you wear the "C" on your jersey because you're expected to provide leadership and a good example for your teammates - especially the younger ones. Yet you've blown it again, just like the coverage on this debacle. Here's to hoping that if you do in fact suit up tomorrow, there's no longer a "C" there...

As previously announced, Robert Ayers and Andre' Goodman are out for tomorrow's game. Darcel McBath, Kevin Vickerson and Wesley Woodyard were again limited in practice and are listed as questionable.

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The Daily Lard 11-12-10

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! No changes on the injury front, as Darcel McBath, Kevin Vickerson and Wesley Woodyard were again limited in practice. For Kansas City, four players were limited but all are expected to play. Meanwhile, the Falcons pulled off a last-minute victory at home on a 33-yard TD pass from Matt Ryan to Roddy White. Interestingly, Ryan is now 18-1 at home during his NFL career. His only loss? Week 11 of the 2008 season, when White dropped a last-minute 45-yard pass in the end zone against our Denver Broncos.

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Thank you, veterans Lard 11-11-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans and Happy Veterans Day! To those who have served, thank you for you dedication and sacrifices - you're appreciated here at IAOFM. On the Broncos' injury front, Robert Ayers and Andre' Goodman have already been declared out for Sunday's game. Darcel McBath, Kevin Vickerson and Wesley Woodyard all practiced, albeit in limited fashion.

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Healing defense Lard 11-10-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As mentioned yesterday evening, some good news on the two fronts came yesterday for Denver. Perrish Cox, Wesley Woodyard, Kevin Vickerson and Darcel McBath all returned to practice. Unfortunately, Robert Ayers will be out at least another two weeks as his broken foot heals, and Andre' Goodman is also out this week. The other good news is that we may finally see the starting offensive line we had expected before the season started, with Zane Beadles at LG and Ryan Harris back at RT. The potential starting five of Ryan Clady, Beadles, JD Walton, Chris Kuper and Harris averages just over 25 years of age, so while we can expect growing pains, there's also the potential for this group to remain together for a long time.

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Wade out on his Bum again Lard 11-9-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! I don't mean to kick Wade Phillips while he's down - I just couldn't resist the cheesy pun, and it's a perfect time to thank him for keeping the seat warm in Denver until Shanny decided he was ready to take over. Then again, Wade did manage the dubious feat of guiding Denver to two straight losses to Jokeland (then in L.A.). In consecutive weeks. So yeah, Wade seems like a nice guy and all (and a stellar defensive coordinator). But how can we ever forgive him for that?

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More ground gone Lard 11-8-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Unfortunately, yesterday did not provide the sort of respite one expects from a bye week. Jokeland and the Chefs battled it out in an exciting football game befitting a great rivalry, with Jokeland winning in OT on the strength of several huge pass plays Jason Campbell to Jacoby Ford, who also took a kickoff all the way back for a score. The Dolts got a big road win in Houston, as Philip Rivers reminded everyone of his greatness - on just 23 attempts, he racked up 295 yards, including 2 touchdown passes each to one guy you may not realize is still around (Randy McMichael), and another who you likely never heard of before yesterday, or right now (Seyi Ajirotutu).

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Bye Sunday Lard 11-7-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Here are the TV maps for today's games:

CBS Early Game
CBS Late Game
FOX Single Game

Enjoy your Sunday!

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The Daily Lard 11-6-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Practically nothing in terms of news relative to the Broncos. But still, plenty of good stuff to read. There are a few big college matchups today, most notable among them being #3 TCU heading to #5 Utah, and #6 Alabama taking on #10 LSU in Baton Rouge. Unfortunately, those two are both at the same time (3:30 ET). Enjoy the day, folks!

Don’t forget to Tweet Brett Kern for his forgiveness so we can lift the curse!!

BTW - tonight is the end of Daylight Savings Time, so don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed.

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Ellis speaks, says little Lard 11-5-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Mike Klis nabbed an interview with Broncos COO Joe Ellis, who responded to questions about Josh McDaniels, Pat Bowlen and Denver’s disappointing season with typical canned responses one would expect from a person in Ellis’ role. Frankly, it’s difficult (impossible?) to find anything of substance within his words, although Klis points out that Ellis didn’t guarantee that McDaniels would be around in 2011. But votes of confidence and guarantees that a coach/GM will return are often meaningless - when asked but three months ago if the Mets’ last GM would return, team owner Fred Wilpon responded rhetorically with, “Is the sun going to come up tomorrow?” only to axe Omar Minaya the day after the season ended. Besides, we’ve already heard that McDaniels will be back in 2011, and for good reason. We’ve been over the roster overhaul many times, but as Adam Schefter and others have pointed out, Mr. B is paying Mike Shanahan and McDaniels about $6.5 million in 2011 - the former not to coach, and the latter to coach. Pat Bowlen is not about to pay three head coaches at the same time. So, if it matters to you, Pat Bowlen and Joe Ellis are not happy with the Broncos’ season thus far, and the whole organization is trying really, really hard to win every week. In other words, keep buying tickets, concessions and merchandise - they feel your pain, but what did you expect them to say?

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Broncos avoid Merriman/Moss debacle Lard 11-4-10

Good Morning, Broncos Fans! Randy Moss is now a Titan, and Shawne Merriman is now a Buffalo Bill after their respective new teams claimed them off waivers yesterday. This means the Vikings and Dolts are off the hook for the balance of their salaries, and the new teams are now responsible. Why am I so pleased with this news, and why should you be as well? Obviously, I’m not about to say that they’re washed up. Moss is certainly not, and Merriman is still young. But the Broncos have no need at WR, and the double-whammy price tag of Moss’ salary and his attitude only make him less valuable to Denver. Plus, do you think he would even report to a 2-6 team? I think not. As for Merriman, the Broncos have been lacking at linebacker. But Robert Ayers will hopefully be back soon, and Denver has enough actual football problems without adding PEDs and domestic abuse allegations to the mix. Good misses, for sure.

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