Blaming the bye week Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Since Adam Gase declared on Thursday that his Broncos offense would be putting the "pedal to the metal" in 2013, there have been some questions about how Peyton Manning would feel about that.

We've always maintained that words from executives, coaches, and players tend to mean very little, so we won't truly know what pace the offense will be moving at until September at the earliest. We'll have some hints come July and August, but at that same time in 2012, we were constantly told that Peyton would be adjusting to the Broncos more than they'd be getting accustomed to him and his offense, and that two-back sets would be all the rage.

So for now, we'll have to rely upon those quotes, and take them with a grain of salt. Via Jeff Legwold, here's one from Manning relating to tempo, but it's from during the season - not this week:

"I've always said some no huddles are simply not huddling," Manning said during a 13-3 season in which the Broncos won 11 consecutive games. "They're not moving that quickly, not pushing the pace. I'm just of a mind that we can get to where we can run the offense as quickly as we want to, really push the pace. The quicker we can run it, the better we can be. But some of that just takes time. You can't make up five, six years (playing together). There's no way to fast forward that time that has to be spent."

Whatever happens with the speed Denver's offense operates at, we can be excited about Peyton & Co. having their second offseason together, and for already having developed a familiarity with each other.

We probably shouldn't expect them to operate quite as smoothly as the Colts did with Manning, Marvin Harrison, and Reggie Wayne, but there's no reason the Broncos can't be even more efficient in 2013 than they were in 2012.

Broncos

Woody Paige isn't buying John Fox's claim that he has no regrets about ordering Manning to take a knee at the end of regulation last week.

While we agree with Mike Klis that Denver needs to find more of a pass rush from outside of Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil, it's ridiculous that he's measuring the defense solely on the basis of the team's four losses while ignoring their 13 victories.

Remaining in the Department of Stupidity, Klis is ready to declare that the Broncos' bye week was one of the most significant factors in their loss.

Patrick Saunders considers Rahim Moore's newfound place among the most notorious goats in Colorado sports history.

Mark Kiszla thnks Peyton needs to exhibit more bravado late in games, which tells us Kiz hasn't seen a whole lot of Colts games over the years.

News

Former Browns head coach Pat Shurmur is expected to be Chip Kelly's offensive coordinator with the Eagles.

Kansas City signed former Packers defensive tackle Daniel Muir; Mike McCoy tapped the well-traveled Kevin Spencer to be his special teams coach in San Diego.

In his ninth season in the league, old friend Brandon Lloyd is experiencing his first NFL postseason.

Former longtime Oilers/Titans GM and current Pats senior football advisor Floyd Reese is not expected back with New England after this season, but it's unclear whether he plans to retire or seek another NFL gig.

Here are the 73 underclassmen who have been declared eligible for the 2013 Draft; the East/West Shrine game, NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, and Raycom College Football All-Star Classic all took place yesterday.

Russell Wilson is running away with the voting for Vizio's Top Value Performer of the year award, with Eric Decker and Cecil Shorts - who's still paying off student loans - among those trailing him.

Analysis

Doug Farrar and Greg Cosell (podcast), Football Outsiders (AFC, NFC) preview today's games.

Chase Stuart digs into the stupidity that is ranking teams by yardage, and his trivia question for the day involves teams starting different QBs in consecutive conference title games, like the Niners are about to do.

Aaron Gordon explains what it was like to watch the wild Ravens/Broncos and Falcons/Seahawks games from last weekend while following along with Brian Burke's WP graphs.

Tony Pauline lists his top 150 draft prospects and ranks his best offensive and defensive prospects; Dan Pompei lists some of the top prospects scouts are expected to keep an eye on this week as they prep for the Senior Bowl.

Miscellany

The good folks of New Orleans are expressing their fondness for the Ginger Hammer at Mardi Gras as only they can.

RIP Stan Musial and Earl Weaver, MLB titans who passed yesterday; Joe Posnanski remembers Stan the Man.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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