The Lard

A comprehensive daily examination of NFL happenings and analysis

Jack Del Rio reportedly a candidate for Raiders job

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With the regular season set to end tonight, possible coaching and front office changes remain front and center:

  • All indications suggest Jim Harbaugh is heading back to Michigan, although the Raiders will reportedly make a last ditch effort to woo him on Monday.
  • If that fails, the Broncos' Jack Del Rio is seen as a top candidate; he'd be taking over for interim coach Tony Sparano and JDR's own Denver predecessor, Dennis Allen. There's a joke in here about John Fox and the Broncos doing to Oakland what Bill Belichick and the Pats did with super spy Josh McDaniels...

Continue reading "Jack Del Rio reportedly a candidate for Raiders job"

Chiefs’ wide receiver scoring drought comes down to Chase Daniel

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Raiders Week just ain't what it used to be, is it?

This has been particularly true during the Peyton Manning era, during which the Broncos have prevailed in five blowouts in five tries. The average score in those games has been 35-14 (14.2 to be exact, since Oakland needs every tenth of a point it needs here).

Of course, that's how most Raiders games have gone for several years now, no matter the opponent (Chiefs and Chargers the exceptions).

Continue reading "Chiefs’ wide receiver scoring drought comes down to Chase Daniel"

The Cardinals are stuck starting Ryan Lindley (yikes)

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Lost in the shuffle of Monday night's difficult loss was another big performance from C.J. Anderson.

The emergent back totaled 138 yards and a touchdown on 26 touches, giving him 1,066 yards and seven touchdowns for the season, on just 198 touches.

Anderson has produced at least 119 yards in five of the seven games since he became Denver's lead back. He had 96 yards against San Diego two weeks ago, and although he tallied only 58 yards on 21 touches (all carries, strangely) versus Buffalo, there were three touchdowns among them.

Continue reading "The Cardinals are stuck starting Ryan Lindley (yikes)"

Another year of Peyton Manning really is the best gift

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Peyton Manning is coming back next season. Really, is there any better Christmas gift than that?

Of course not. He might be injured, or his arm strength deteriorating. Whatever has been going on with him physically, it's clear that Denver's offensive line problems have been too great for him to overcome. Those can be addressed in the offseason, and they surely will be.

But let's worry about those issues later. The Broncos have at least two more games to play.

Continue reading "Another year of Peyton Manning really is the best gift"

Dear NFL, please keep Bill Vinovich away from SAF@MH kthanksbye

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It turns out that Denver has a couple of paths to a first-round bye beyond a win at Oakland or a Cincy loss at Pittsburgh. However, each scenario involves a tie:

  1. DEN win or tie
  2. CIN loss
  3. CIN tie IND win

Continue reading "Dear NFL, please keep Bill Vinovich away from SAF@MH kthanksbye"

The Broncos’ season isn’t over yet, you guys

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Man, it's funny (not funny) how the story changes so quickly.

One moment, the Broncos are a team transformed, with an old school offense and defense that are going to carry them through the playoffs, and even through Foxboro if need be. Then they get punched in the mouth for 25 minutes straight, and realize they need to actually let their best player throw the ball some.

Three straight touchdowns later, and we're all thinking happy Super Bowl thoughts again. At least, we are until Britton Colquitt does his thing and Peyton Manning throws a pair of horrid interceptions.

Continue reading "The Broncos’ season isn’t over yet, you guys"

Broncos may promote Kapri Bibbs for MNF game

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Here's a look at some of the latest coaching news and rumors:

  • According to Jay Glazer, the Niners will be rid of Jim Harbaugh very early next week
  • San Francisco may consider Jim Mora as his replacement, which would appear to be quite the downgrade
  • After the Dolphins defeated Minnesota 37-35, owner Stephen Ross announced that Joe Philbin will return in 2015

Continue reading "Broncos may promote Kapri Bibbs for MNF game"

Now Jay Gruden is a master motivator?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The AFCW is unlikely to have three playoff teams for the second year in a row, but it may have two, after the Chargers pulled off a remarkable 38-35 overtime comeback win at San Francisco on Saturday night.

San Diego (9-6) trailed 21-0 early, 28-7 at halftime, and 35-21 late into the fourth quarter, but were led back by Philip Rivers, who countered three interceptions on the night with four touchdown passes. His final scoring pass came with 29 seconds remaining, tying the game at 35.

Continue reading "Now Jay Gruden is a master motivator?"

Michigan talk puts pressure on Jim Harbaugh’s NFL suitors

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Jim Harbaugh and his next coaching gig remain the football world's top story.

According to Adam Schefer, Harbaugh's family and friends are pushing him to return to his alma mater, the University of Michigan. Per Schefter, Harbaugh's own preference is to remain in the NFL, as has been widely suggested.

It doesn't seem like a situation that will take very long to play out though, as recruiting is in full swing; Schefter's report suggests Harbaugh would have to accept the Michigan job within a couple of weeks, if at all.

Continue reading "Michigan talk puts pressure on Jim Harbaugh’s NFL suitors"

Is there a worse idea than sitting Peyton Manning with the #1 seed at stake?

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The NFL's slate of mostly awful Thursday night games came to an appropriate conclusion, with a matchup between 2-12 teams.

Jacksonville won the game, 21-13, but Tennessee was the big picture victor, as they remained in the running for the #1 overall pick in the 2015 Draft.

That race is likely coming down to the Titans and Bucs. The Raiders, who are 2-12 like Tampa Bay, lose strength of schedule tiebreakers to both teams, and thus need an outright worse record to move into the top draft slot.

Continue reading "Is there a worse idea than sitting Peyton Manning with the #1 seed at stake?"