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Happy National Cheeseburger Day Lard

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Today is National Cheeseburger Day, so be sure to celebrate with your favorite version of the iconic American food.

A Hamburger Today is marking the occasion by giving away a signed copy of George Motz's Hamburger America. Motz's show Burger Land, which reairs on the Travel Channel next Wednesday and Thursday, is worth checking out.

My favorite version of our national treasure (favorite meal, really) is a rare burger with cheddar at J.G. Melon, along with their crispy cottage fries; the photo below is from my most recent trip there.

J.G. Melon is unfortuntely located on Manhattan's stuffier-than-stuffy Upper East Side, and the service isn't exactly top-shelf. But there's no better burger for my money.

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The NFL just doesn’t care Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! You know, you never want to make it about the officials. It's petty, it's weak, and it's the mark of sore losers.

Especially when you turn the ball over four times within a quarter. Well, three times, if the referees had even the slightest clue on Knowshon Moreno's fumble.

See? There we go.

The story of Denver's 27-21 loss (Gamebook) was going to be Peyton Manning's three early interceptions, but the defense held Atlanta to just 10 points following those inexcusable gaffes.

From there, the Ginger Hammer's so-called "competent" replacement officials took over.

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Broncos/Falcons pre-game Lard

Good Evening, Broncos fans! Ron Jaworksi and Mike Ditka are siding with coach Greg Schiano regarding the end of the Giants/Tampa Bay game yesterday, when the Bucs defensive line crashed through with the Giants in victory formation.

But Will Brinson explains why Schiano is full of it when he says it's all about playing hard 100% of the time; or at least, the new NFL coach doesn't practice what he's preaching.

To wit, Schiano's team didn't try its hardest when the G-Men knelt to end the first half, and Schiano did not use all of his timeouts at the end of the game.

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Great googly moogly! Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It was a Sunday of lopsided games for Denver's AFC West brethren.

Dante Rosario, who caught seven passes for zero touchdowns last year for Denver, caught three touchdown passes from Philip Rivers, as the Chargers punished Tennessee 38-10 despite the absence of Antonio Gates and Ryan Mathews. San Diego is now 2-0 and atop the AFC West, although they've gotten there by beating the lowly Raiders and Titans; they will host Atlanta next.

Oakland got the snot kicked out of them in Miami, as Reggie Bush piled on 197 yards from scrimmage and two scores to help Ryan Tannehill to his first NFL win, 35-13. The rookie QB ran for a TD and threw for another.

Kansas City got drubbed by the Bills 35-17, with the Chiefs scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns to primp up the pig. C.J. Spiller performed like Bush did, amassing 170 yards from scrimmage for two touchdowns, but on 18 touches to Reggie's 29.

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Tampa police horses are off-limits Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Chris Harris and Philip Blake are listed as questionable for tomorrow night's game in Atlanta, while Demaryius Thomas and Manny Ramirez are listed as probable after practicing in full all week.

Atlanta also listed two players as questionable: T Tyson Clabo and LB Sean Witherspoon; WR Roddy White and LB Robert James are probable.

Andrew Mason expects the injury to Ty Warren will result in Sealver Siliga playing for as much as 10 or 20 snaps, and he thinks the absence of Falcons CB Brent Grimes will prompt Peyton Manning to target new Atlanta nickel corner Christopher Owens.

Kevin Vickerson will start in Warren's old spot after packing on 45 pounds during the offseason, with help from a personal chef.

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Jay Cutler is a person too (a cat, actually) Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Chris Harris again missed practice yesterday, and John Fox is calling him a game-time decision.

If Harris is limited or unable to play on Monday, that will mean more playing time for Tony Carter, who was something of a surprise as Denver's #4 corner after final cuts. Should Harris not suit up, the team would be left with just four cornerbacks, and none to promote from the practice squad.

Jeff Legwold expects Denver would use Carter on the outside, and shift either Champ Bailey or Tracy Porter inside.

Any further injuries would force some of the team's five safeties down into coverage, with Rahim Moore and Mike Adams the likeliest candidates for such a shift.

Moore was fined $21K for the helmet-to-helmet hit he was flagged for against Pittsburgh wideout Emmanuel Sanders; the youngster says it was unintentional, but still a mistake.

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Same old Jay Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Things were supposed to be different for the Bears and Jay Cutler.

He had his BFFs Brandon Marshall and Jeremy Bates back, an OC in Mike Tice who was willing to protect him with more than five blockers, and he had become a father. Jay was all grown up, and the Cutler/Marshall/Bates trio would finally get to recreate the offensive magic they supposedly crafted in 2008 when they were 16th in the league in scoring.

Waxing the NFL's worst team of 2011 in their opener on Sunday (they beat the Colts 41-21) had Jay and Brandon confident enough to talk trash about a Packers team that had beaten Chicago four straight times and physically punished the ex-Broncos passer.

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SAF@MH is for the birds Lard

We interrupt your regularly-scheduled programming for some frightening news from SAF@MH:

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Middle school ref to work Denver’s next game Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! DP colleagues Lindsay Jones and Jeff Legwold agree that Denver going no-huddle has to include a dose of runs, but of course, the decision of whether to huddle up has nothing to do with the choice of passing or running.

It's all about substitutions, for both the Denver offense and opposing defense.

There's nothing wrong with Peyton Manning audibling to a run play (or changing the type of run), as he often does at the line of scrimmage. If opponents want to invite Peyton to run the ball, guess what? He's not Dan Marino; he'll run the ball 50 times and throw 20 times, if that's what makes sense.

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Happy Birthday to us Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, IAOFM is two years old today.

It's been an entertaining and satisfying two years, to say the least. We've all been working extremely hard to try to bring you analysis as objective as a group of a team's fans can provide; we hope we've made you think and laugh along the way, and that we've lived up to the goals TJ set out for us 731 days ago (leap year, peeps).

Thanks as always for your readership and support, and for helping get the word out on our little website.

Just know that It's All Over, Fat Man! is nowhere near what we envision, and that we are constantly aiming to provide you a better product. Again, we appreciate all of you.

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