The Lard

A comprehensive daily examination of NFL happenings and analysis

Breaking News: Agents use dirty tactics

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Let's open with some key points from Peter King's MMQB column:

  • Jay Cutler, locker room leader? Well, he is 31 now, and a dad twice over.
  • Mike Tanier's finest writing from FO has been collected in paperback form.
  • PK expects that Dan Marino will still land a job with the Dolphins, albeit not one that requires the brains of say, a John Elway.

Continue reading "Breaking News: Agents use dirty tactics"

NFL owners don’t get rich by paying for stuff

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Apologies for the crazy late Lard; yesterday was quite a travel day for us.

There's one more burst of Broncos news coming this week, before the annual lengthy pre-camp lull.

Denver will hold its mandatory minicamp from Tuesday through Thursday, before reconvening for camp in late July.

Continue reading "NFL owners don’t get rich by paying for stuff"

AT&T/DirecTV merger could widen reach of Sunday NFL Ticket

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It appears the NFL draft will be moving out of NYC next year.

According to Adam Schefter, the league is considering Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center.

But each presents a possible scheduling conflict with the teams that call those arenas home.

Continue reading "AT&T/DirecTV merger could widen reach of Sunday NFL Ticket"

Is a mullet on Phil Rivers really a disguise?

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! At some point, the football media is going to really catch on to what NFL contracts are all about.

But we're not there yet.

They wasted a whole day calling Colin Kaepernick's new deal "record-breaking," with some even laughably suggesting that the Niners QB got a better contract than Peyton Manning has.

Continue reading "Is a mullet on Phil Rivers really a disguise?"

NFL franchises are people, too

Good Morning, Broncos fans! 250 more ex-players have joined the recent painkiller lawsuit against the NFL.

Among this group is former Chargers, Bills, Cowboys, and Jags defensive tackle Marcellus Wiley.

Wiley, who is just 39 years old (!), recently suffered partial renal failure (!!).

The Columbia alum and ESPN analyst alleges that then-Chargers team hack David Chao once misdiagnosed a torn abdominal wall as a severe groin sprain.

Continue reading "NFL franchises are people, too"

Chuck Wood loves playing for last place teams

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Dan Marino's involvement in the NFL's concussion litigation has already ended, and in a bungled fashion.

The HOFer released a statement on Tuesday, explaining that he never meant to become a plaintiff in the case.

Rather, Marino says he intended to authorize a future claim on his behalf, in the event that he should suffer any ill effects from past head traumas.

Continue reading "Chuck Wood loves playing for last place teams"

It was all that Dan Marino’s fault; everyone knows that

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Add Dan Marino to the group of ex-players suing the NFL over its handling of head injuries.

That list already included more than 40 HOFers, but make no mistake about it - Marino's is the biggest name.

It's somethiing of a puzzling move, though, given that the pending $765M settlement already covers all retired players.

Continue reading "It was all that Dan Marino’s fault; everyone knows that"

Elway arrested for assault, but not the one you’re thinking of

Good morning, Broncos fans! Doug is off again today--actually, he's off to San Francisco (damn liberal) for a few days.

Between the draft and preseason, there's always a need for news--something to keep the football universe afloat for a few months.

The usual suspects aren't always enough. You know what I'm talking about: speculation about each and every draft pick, where they will fit in, how some undrafted free agent might make the squad (unlikely, homie).

Then there are the stories that just help things along. Take, for example, this one about John Elway's son arrested on assault charges.

Continue reading "Elway arrested for assault, but not the one you’re thinking of"

Could Cowboys be worth $4B?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It sure sounds like Montee Ball is Denver's starting running back.

Adam Gase said as much the other day, stressing that the main positional competition there is for the #2 spot.

Mike Klis and others have suggested the team might eventually bring in a veteran back to complement their many youngsters there.

Continue reading "Could Cowboys be worth $4B?"

Playoff expansion? No, thank you

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! As Dan Pompei suggests, it appears that playoff expansion is an inevitability.

But as for his argument in favor of the idea, we strongly disagree with it.

Pompei is right when he says it's possible that a theoretical seventh seed could win the Super Bowl.

Of course they could.

Continue reading "Playoff expansion? No, thank you"