Have we seen the end of Beast Mode?

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Let's open with some key points from Mike Tanier's review of Denver's offseason:

  • Aqib Talib is no more consistent than DRC, and Bradley Roby is even less so.
  • T.J. Ward really can play down in the box as a nickel linebacker, as John Elway had suggested (and we'd dismissed).
  • Employing Nate Irving at Mike could be a problem against the AFCW and NFCW.
  • Gee, that accounts for only 10 of Denver's 16 games...then again, Tanier strangely makes this point after noting that Irving is a solid run defender.
  • That schedule will cause the passing numbers to plummet from otherworldly all the way down to prolific.
  • John Elway & Co. did well to focus their offseason on toughening up the defense.

Broncos

Videos: John Fox and Von Miller speak after Thursday's practice.

Denver will hold another set of practices next week (Mon-Thu) before breaking until training camp.

DeMarcus Ware says he and Von are aiming to combine for as many sacks as other teams do.

As far as Mike Klis can tell, Miller is running at full speed in individual and positional drills.

Quinton Carter continues to get significant reps at this early juncture.

Andrew Mason was impressed by many players this week, noting that Kayvon Webster looks more "confident and aggressive" than he did as a rookie.

A few ex-NFLers, including HOFer Rod Woodson, were at Dove Valley as coaching interns this week.

Raiders

The Oakland staff is already raving about rookie passer Derek Carr.

Chris Burke is baffled that Oakland chose not to re-sign either Jared Veldheer or Lamarr Houston.

Frank Schwab is clearly playing devil's advocate when he suggests Broncos fans don't get pumped up for games against the Raiders.

Seahawks

Seattle signed DT Kevin Williams, because of course they did. Williams says he chose the Seahawks over offers from New England, Minnesota, and the Giants.

It would make sense if Marshawn Lynch's absence from OTAs is about seeking a new contract, but might he actually be pondering retirement?

News

In one of its better moves of late, the NFL is apparently having retired players speak to their old clubs about teammates treating each other better.

No charges were filed in the strange Miami incident that involved San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick and two other players.

Atlanta will be the focus of this summer's edition of Hard Knocks.

Jason Garrett and AWOL quarterback Kyle Orton are apparently engaged in a game of telephone.

Analysis

Matt Bowen offers a primer on Cover 4 and discusses his own experiences with painkillers as a player. For his part, Bowen says the trainers on his teams were up front about the risks of the shots and pills he took, and he has no regrets.

Even when adjusting for era, Chase Stuart's analysis suggests PMFM is the GOAT among quarterbacks.

With Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson in Tampa Bay, Doug Farrar thinks Josh McCown may have a receiving duo like the one he had in Chicago.

Forbes pegs the Broncos as being worth $1.161B in their latest made up valuations.

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

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