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.
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.
We interrupt your regularly-scheduled programming for some frightening news from SAF@MH:
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.
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.
Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Still stuck away from home here and fighting a balky internet connection, so please pardon the late links.
Following Denver's 31-19 season-opening victory over Pittsburgh last night (Gamebook, BTV & GameDay highlights), John Fox gave out one game ball (video), appropriately to Peyton Manning - for his 400th career touchdown pass.
Ty Warren left in the second quarter with a sprained elbow and will undergo testing today.
Better late than never. That was the theme for much of last season in Denver, but one that didn't figure to carry over to 2012.
Yet, it took quite a while (about twenty minutes' worth of game clock) before John Fox and Mike McCoy got the memo.
You know, the one that says Peyton MF Manning is now their starting quarterback.
We spent much of the past several months laughing off quotes from Fox and McCoy that suggested the 2012 Broncos offense would be a blend of those run by the Manning-led Colts and the sleep-inducing run-heavy affairs the two coaches grew fond of when their starting QBs were named Tebow, Delhomme, Clausen, and Peete.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! I had intended to kick off the season with an extremely thorough version of the Lard, but car issues (the third of our road trip) have us stuck in Beantown for what is hopefully a matter of hours.
Travel problems aside, it's been a great mental break for me, and Ted did a real bang-up job of keeping you posted on the news. I hope you've appreciated his fine work here as much as I have.
Anyway, we're just a few hours away from the early kickoffs on the first Sunday of the 2012 season. The Broncos have thankfully been spared the usual early road game as dictated by CB$'s coverage of the US Open men's final, so we (you) all get to enjoy a full day of football before watching the Broncos and the debut of PMFM without the distraction of other games.
Happy Saturday, friends. Doug will be back tomorrow, but for one last day, you're stuck with me. News-wise, it's the calm before the storm, but tomorrow, stuff's about to get real. For today, you draftnik types can watch some college ball, and start dreaming on this dude or that dude. I liked what I saw of Utah's DT Star Lotulelei last night, but hopefully, the Broncos aren't picking in the Top 5, and don't have a chance to take him. Let's start calling this stuff out - who do you like from the Saturday games?
For tomorrow's game, it looks less and less like James Harrison will play. That will rob the Broncos and their fans of knowing how Peyton Manning's neck will hold up to a hit from the greatest neck-tester in the world. It may be until the postseason before we know how the neck will manage a hit from Harrison, maybe later, if the Steelers don't make the playoffs, like I expect.
Happy Friday, friends. Doug's still vacationing, I'm still pretending to fill his shoes, and from the looks of our numbers, y'all are still reading us. Fridays are pretty awesome, so we're going to start with something that's extremely awesome. My favorite ESPN personality John Clayton, as you've never seen him before. (Unless you saw this video yesterday.
I knock ESPN, because they employ annoying jackasses like Clayton and Chris Berman, and because I think they generally underachieve despite massive resources. That's the best This is SportsCenter I've seen in a long time, though. Devil its due.
Who's excited for a full slate of NFL action this weekend? You know I am. Let's get to all the news that printed to fit.