Broncos, Clady “getting close” to deal Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos plan to heavily discipline drunk-driving personnel execs Matt Russell and Tom Heckert, so that the league does not have to.

More details on Heckert's June 11 arrest have emerged; Mike Klis reports that Heckert struck a median and nearly hit a stoplight prior to being pulled over in Parker, and blew a whopping 0.162 on a Breathalyzer test administered nearly seven hours after his arrest.

Russell blew a 0.246 at the time of his arrest, and had an open bottle of peppermint schapps in his truck.

Colorado's DUI BAC threshold is 0.08, a fraction of what Heckert and Russell were found to have.

On Wednesday, Tom Nalen echoed our own thoughts regarding the Broncos' strongly worded responses this week to Russell's and Heckert's arrests.

Nalen called the organization "cowards" for publicizing Heckert's arrest nearly a month late, and only following Russell's arrest.

Indeed, there's an emptiness in the Broncos' delayed indignation regarding the Heckert incident.

They knew about it at the time of the arrest, but only chose to make it public once Heckert appeared in court, and once Russell had made the same dangerous mistake, albeit in a more conspicuous manner.

Broncos

Mark Kiszla believes Ryan Clady is the Broncos player third-most important to their success, and he thinks it's paramount they lock him up for the long term. To that end, Brandon Krisztal hears the two sides are "getting close" to an agreement.

Champ Bailey says he hasn't lost a step, and his confidence in his own play has not wavered.

Scott Kacsmar thinks the struggles of the Broncos offense in the second half of the playoff loss to Baltimore owed to protection problems following the injury/departure of Knowshon Moreno, not anything relating to Peyton Manning's arm strength or the cold weather.

Andrew Mason looks ahead to the Week 12 Sunday night showdown between the Broncos and Patriots in New England.

BTV checks in on the football camp being hosted by Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker.

News

Jacksonville owner Shad Khan is reportedly interested in buying the Premier League's Fulham franchise, further fueling speculation that he may move the Jaguars to London.

A judge has ruled that the Ginger Hammer may be questioned regarding the lawsuit over the seating debacle at SB 45 in Dallas.

Cincinnati released DE Jamaal Anderson in a move that will save them $2.5M; former TE Ben Utecht won his contract dispute with the Bengals; an arbitrator ruled that the team had physically cleared him prematurely, in an effort to cut him and save the cash.

Seattle is moving 2012 first-rounder Bruce Irvin from DE to LB.

Crime

Carlos Ortiz's version of the events surrounding the shooting death of Odin Lloyd was made public Tuesday, via the release of an affadavit in Florida.

Pats CB Alfonzo Dennard was arrested early this morning in Nebraska on suspicion DUI.

Raiders LB Kaluka Maiava and his brother have been charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal property damage for their role in a bar fight that occurred just four days after Maiava signed with Oakland as a free agent.

Analysis

With the supplemental draft set to take place today, Tony Pauline discusses the prospects of wideouts DeWayne Pearce and O.J. Ross.

Ashley Fox believes Jay Cutler needs to first prove he's a franchise quarterback this season by winning in the playoffs, if the Bears are to give him a lucrative new deal.

Greg Cosell and Doug Farrar discuss the draft classes of the AFCN teams in their latest podcast.

The Shutdown Corner guys consider the Chiefs' on-field and caponomic outlooks; the PFF guys predict the starting lineups for the Chiefs and Jaguars, and Dolphins and Vikings.

Old friend Brodrick Bunkley cracks PFF's rankings of the best interior defensive linemen over the past five seasons, while Justin Bannan's run defense earns him a mention.

Maths

Chase Stuart says use of an Elo Rating system would significantly improve the accuracy of NFLN's awful Top 100 list.

Bill Barnwell ranks the likelihood that last season's 10-loss teams will make the playoffs in 2013, with the Lions, Eagles, and Chiefs leading the way.

Jason Fitzgerald calls Charles Woodson's and Sebastian Janikowski's contracts the Raiders' best and worst, respectively.

According to FO's data, only the Lions used one-back sets more often and two-back sets less often than did the Broncos in 2012. Of course, this is no surprise to people who realize most coachspeak is bullshit, or to people who don't write for the Denver Post.

PredictionMachine.com finds it likely that Denver will lead the league in rushing touchdowns, with Montee Ball ranking sixth among individuals.

Miscellany

As White History Month rolls on, PFT Commenter tells the tale of George Preston Marshall, the guy who gave the Washington NFL team its blatantly racist name, and who valiantly took up the solitary battle against reverse racism and reverse bigotry.

There's an odd dispute in Denver over the banning of exercise groups from public parks and open spaces.

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

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