The Lard

A comprehensive daily examination of NFL happenings and analysis

Even John McCain…

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Friday night brought the deadline for teams to exercise their fifth-year options on 2011 first-rounders.

San Francisco (Aldon Smith) and Cleveland (Phil Taylor) waited until the very end, but they did trigger their options.

Seattle (James Carpenter) and Green Bay (Derek Sherrod) chose not to do so.

Ultimately, 21 of the 32 players had their contracts unilaterally extended through 2015.

Continue reading "Even John McCain…"

Bucs reportedly trying to become less Dynamite

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Today is the last day for teams to exercise their fifth-year options on 2011 first-rounders.

Of course, it's not as dramatic a decision as some would have us all believe.

The risk for teams is minimal, and the so-called guarantee doesn't mean a thing until the 2015 league year begins.

As Andrew Brandt correctly states, the only reason for a team not to pick up the option is if they're not even sure they want the player in 2014.

Continue reading "Bucs reportedly trying to become less Dynamite"

NFL scouts have interesting moral priorities

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With the 2014 Draft still a week away, today's biggest story is a top prospect for 2015.

Heisman-winning FSU QB Jameis Winston is in the news again, and it's not for anything good.

The 20-year-old Winston was cited for shoplifting $32.72 worth of crab legs from a Publix in Talahassee.

Continue reading "NFL scouts have interesting moral priorities"

NBA says racists can GTFO

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Thankfully, Donald Sterling's tenure as an NBA franchise owner is a giant step closer to its conclusion.

On Tuesday, commissioner Adam Silver announced a lifetime ban and $2.5M fine - the maximum allowable penalty - for the Clippers' racist owner.

Silver added that he will seek approval from league owners to force Sterling to sell the team, and that he "fully expect(s)" to receive such support.

Continue reading "NBA says racists can GTFO"

Nine more days of this garbage?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! You know what's a really good indication that the NFL news cycle is dead in the water?

An appearance by unemployed quarterback Brady Quinn on NFLN would do the trick.

If anyone cares, Quinn says the Ravens were thisclose to drafting him in 2007.

But wait, there's more - Tim Tebow's other 2011 training camp soap opera co-stars are also in the news!

Continue reading "Nine more days of this garbage?"

Knighton says he’s not holding out

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The draft is still a week and a half away, so that means Donald Sterling and his racism are still bigger than any NFL story.

Sterling's Clippers offered a mild protest before their game on Sunday, by turning their warm-ups inside out.

Several more rebukes of Sterling were issued, including from his own estranged wife, Kevin Johnson, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Matt Kemp, and a pair of Warriors fans.

Continue reading "Knighton says he’s not holding out"

Wolfe healthy again, says he’d overtaxed his body last year

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Unequivocally, there is one sports figure drawing all attention today.

Of course, that would be Donald Sterling, the racist scumbag who owns the NBA's Clippers.

On Friday, TMZ released an audio recording purported to be Sterling making a deplorable rant to his girlfriend.

Continue reading "Wolfe healthy again, says he’d overtaxed his body last year"

Roger Goodell, Advancer of Terrible Ideas

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Jealousy likely played some role in Mark Cuban's recent contention that the NFL's owners have gotten overly greedy.

But as with much of what Cuban says, there's a lot of truth in there (BTW, good luck finding a sharper businessman than Cuban among NFL owners).

Earlier this week, Roger Goodell spoke in favor of an expansion of the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams.

Continue reading "Roger Goodell, Advancer of Terrible Ideas"

Decker says NYC offers ‘so much more excitement’ than Denver

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Following the lawsuit that exposed the deplorable treatment of the Bills' cheerleaders, the team has suspended the operation altogether.

The Jills' handbook stipulates what cheerleaders should and should not say, how they should eat, and how they should cleanse themselves, down to the most personal of details.

More of these disgusting guidelines can be seen here in the team's cheerleading handbook from last season.

Continue reading "Decker says NYC offers ‘so much more excitement’ than Denver"

Annual IAOFM analysis of schedule analysis guide

Good Morning, Broncos fans! If you're into schedule overanalysis, today's your lucky day.

Specific to the Broncos, they have opened as seven-point favorites over the Colts for Week 1.

John Elway says they'll have to get off to a quick start, since they open against three teams that made the playoffs in 2013.

Continue reading "Annual IAOFM analysis of schedule analysis guide"