Dominance, thy name is Terrell Davis Lard

Good Evening, Broncos fans! By now, all of us who were around for the heyday of Terrell Davis's Denver career have either delivered or been presented with the case for his HOF worthiness.

We like to stress his status as the greatest postseason runner in NFL history, but the most common ammunition is that TD was absolutely dominant, and for a period, the best player in the NFL. He's got the hardware to back that up: the SB MVP, the league MVP, and the 2,000-yard season. Only TD comes to mind as the best (eligible) player on multiple SB-winning teams to not be in the HOF.

Generally, the argument against his inclusion boils down to the supposed brevity of his career, or the success of subsequent Denver running backs in the Shanahan/Gibbs zone-blocking system.

What do the stats say?

We again turn to Chase Stuart and his excellent Football Perspective blog for edification.

In order to cull the statistical noise of extended careers and decreased roles (which serve to favor longevity over greatness, or quantity over quality), Stuart eschews gross career totals for individual games with over 50, 75, and 100 yards.

Simply put, he's measuring for dominance.

At the 50-yard threshold, Terrell Davis is tops among running backs since 1960, at a staggering 87%, just ahead of Jim Brown.

Up at the 75-yard minimum, TD is tied with Brown and Adrian Peterson, at 66%.

And above the century mark, the Broncos great is tied with fellow 2000-yard club member Barry Sanders at 48%; together, they trail Arian Foster's 50% figure.

Since 1960, only 15 backs have had more 100-yard games that TD did, despite his shorter career. Of the HOF-eligible players among those 15, only Jerome Bettis hasn't yet been inducted.

Sure, we're preaching to the choir. But next time you find yourself in a debate over Terrell Davis's HOF worthiness, you'll have some more arrows in your quiver.


With the Smiling Assassin heading to the CO Sports HOF, Patrick Saunders lists his top ten Broncos defenders of all time.

Thanks to the altitude, SAF@MH ranks as the fifth-toughest stadium to visit in Greg Garber's list.

San Diego CB Shareece Wright practiced for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain on the season's opening kickoff; LT Jared Gaither, RT Jeromey Clary, and RB Ryan Mathews also missed practice.


Browns LB Scott Fujita says the Ginger Hammer abuses his power and uses detrimental conduct in how he enforces discipline; in the NFL's handling of the bounty scandal, Mike Tanier sees a bureaucratic strategy of delaying and frustrating the players with red tape; Lynn Zinser provides a timeline of the legal battle.

Houston added LB Barrett Ruud after the injury to Brian Cushing and cut returner Trindon Holliday; the NFL is reviewing the block by Jets guard Matt Slauson that ended Cushing's season.

Carolina placed C Ryan Kalil on IR; Green Bay put RB Cedric Benson on IR with the option to return; Colts RB Donald Brown will miss 2-3 weeks after knee surgery, as will DE Robert Mathis, due to a knee sprain; Buffalo will lose DE Mark Anderson indefinitely due to a foot injury; with T.O. lobbying on Twitter to join the Jets, Plaxico Burress is using the media to remind the Bears he's available.

RG3 has been cleared to practice and play this week; Bill Barnwell is tired of commentators focusing on the result (Griffin's concussion) over the process (that RG3 wasn't playing recklessly) when criticizing his decision-making.

R.I.P. Alex Karras, four-time Pro Bowler for the Lions, and television father of the title character on Webster.


Chiefs owner Clark Hunt is still clinging to the notion that his team's fans are better than everyone else's, despite evidence to the contrary. Whatever, Clark.

Texans DE J.J. Watt has made batting away passes a trademark, and he's been doing so at a ridiculous pace this season.

At PFF, data shows Von Miller most efficient among pass rushers, while Nate Jahnke points out that Manning has thrown more in-breaking routes to WRs than any other QB in the league.

Matt Bowen breaks down Andrew Luck's game-winning TD pass against the Packers; Gil Brandt thinks Ryan Tannehill has been nearly as good as Luck and RG3 have been.


Mike Silver is continuing to use just one game to define Teebs and call for the Jets to start him, despite all the evidence Silver had gathered beforehand which said the kid can't play quarterback. Sexy Rexy says Mark Sanchez is his starting QB, at least for this week.

While marking his induction to the Jets Ring of Honor at halftime of Monday's game, Mark Gastineau gave a speech to rival Joe Namath's sideline interview with Suzy Kolber.

Unsilent Majority captionizes Week 5 action.

Who is the biggest snub among HOF-eligible Broncos?

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

The Lard