Elway’s front office a frat house? Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Like us, Jason La Canfora hasn't been particularly impressed by the team's handling of its recent spate of DUI arrests:

The fact that the Broncos knew about the original DUI, from Heckert, and chose to say or do nothing about it, until it was revealed by the Associated Press after the arrest of Matt Russell speaks much more deeply than any of the tough-talking statements released by the team after the fact.

He also finds it disingenuous that the Broncos leaked prior word of the Monday conference call during which they meted out Matt Russell's and Tom Heckert's punishments, describing it as "a bit like a PR grab."

According to La Canfora, it's not exactly a surprise within league circles that Denver's front office finds itself in its current mess, citing a perceived "frat-house culture" and prior iffy non-football decisions.

Additionally, La Canfora says players and the NFLPA had been anxious to see whether the league and Roger Goodell would deliver any additional punishment.

Final cutdowns to the 53-man regular-season roster limit are due on Saturday, August 31, and La Canfora appears to suggest that both men figure to be back from their suspensions by that point in time.

The "frat house" quote can be seen a couple of different ways - it may come from a league exec who's jealous of John Elway's rapid ascent to front office success, or it may represent how Elway's group is commonly perceived around the league.

It could be a combination of both; either way, it's interesting to read.


Ryan Clady thinks his recent visit from trainer Steve Antonopulos factored heavily in the Broncos finally getting a contract done with their left tackle, and he expects to be physically cleared in early August. Clady says he's been focused on his core strength for the past three months.

Without offering any more details of how the guaranteed portion of Clady's deal is divided, Jeff Legwold says that of course, NFL contracts are all about the guarantees.

Nate Irving admits he needs to be a bit more vocal on the practice field as he competes for the starting mike job.

Cameras are following Eric Decker around all summer, in preparation for his coming reality TV show.

The home health care business owned by old friend Ryan Harris has closed due to financial difficulties, and a former employee has been charged with stealing valuables from clients.


As expected, Ryan Clady was the only franchise-tagged player out of eight to receive a new long-term deal prior to yesterday's deadline.

Cincinnati DE Carlos Dunlap will receive $20M over the next two years as part of a six-year extension; Green Bay extended LB Morgan Burnett four years and will pay him $15M over the next two; San Francisco signed undrafted UC Davis punter Colton Schmidt.

The Raiders would like to build a 50,000-seat stadium at a cost of $800M and are willing to kick in $300M of that price, expecting the league to contribute $200M, and leaving a shortfall of $300M for taxpayers to be burdened with.

ESPN had the Rams experiment with Google Glass technology on the practice field, which resulted in some pretty cool video footage.


The Shutdown Corner guys survey the on-field and caponomic outlooks for the Rams; Neil Hornsby predicts the starting lineups for the Steelers and Rams.

Khaled Elsayed lists the 20 best seasons by defensive ends as graded by PFF since 2008; no current or former Broncos make the cut.

As he continues to celebrate White History Month, PFT Commenter suggests some nicknames for all the white dudes who will be catching passes from Peyton this season.

Christmas Ape interprets PK's first post-vacation MMQB column.


Jason Fitzgerald says the Cowboys' handling of their cap - including the hilariously bloated contract they gave old friend Kyle Orton - likely has them headed for a Raiders-like implosion, and he calls Brent Celek's and LeSean McCoy's deals the Eagles' best and worst, respectively.

FO's run defense data says the Broncos were slightly worse than average against one-back sets, but were the league's best against two-back sets.

In considering the prospects for Gus Bradley in Jacksonville, Chase Stuart studies the precedents set by head coaches in their leaps from defensive coordinator positions.

Obviously, Scott Kacsmar credits the Broncos' acquisition of Peyton Manning for their stellar performance in close games last season.

According to the annual Forbes ranking of sports franchise values, the Broncos are the 21st most valuable team in the world, and have 1.8M social media followers.

Chris Brown discusses some stats he'd like to see show up in football boxscores.

Johnny Football

Peyton Manning attempted to soften the landing for Johnny Manziel by claiming his early departure from the Manning Passing Academy was no big deal, and that he'd like for Manziel to return as a counselor next summer.

Mike Freeman says that thanks to the Aaron Hernandez story, scouts may be overcompensating in their evaluations of players and their off-field risks, with Manziel among those hurt by it.

Bucky Brooks discusses the NFL prospects of some of the college quarterbacks who attended the camp.

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