Montee honors Mike the Marine Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver's mandatory minicamp runs from today through Thursday; Willis McGahee is expected to attend, while we know Ryan Clady will not.

Ahead of this final burst of practices before the pre-training camp doldrums, John Fox spoke with fans Monday evening via conference call. Some key points as summed up by the official site:

  • Although former assistants Dennis Allen and Mike McCoy are familiar with everything Denver does, Fox reminds us that it's a two-way street (also, Denver smoked Allen's Raiders twice last year).
  • Fox made a point of praising the recent work of defensive backs Kayvon Webster and David Bruton
  • As for how the trio of star receivers will share the ball, Fox points out that Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker suffered through Tebowmania without complaint, and he says the team's mantra is that they want (corniness alert) "Super Bowlers, not Pro Bowlers."

Broncos

Montee Ball says he chose #38 in honor of Mike Anderson, and he even seems to have known that Reggie Rivers wore the number back in the day (or, he's quick on his feet). (Video)

Arnie Stapleton says Brock Osweiler has already shown improvement in his throwing and decisiveness by leaps and bounds over his "underwhelming training camp" of a year ago.

Denver voter Jeff Legwold thinks Terrell Davis, Randy Gradishar, Karl Mecklenburg, Louis Wright, Steve Atwater, Rod Smith, and Tom Nalen all deserve at least serious consideration for the HOF, and he thankfully doesn't include Bill Romanowski on his list, like his buddy Mike Klis hilariously does.

Adrian Dater discusses the Denver teams' digging into their past for current leadership.

News

Indy is still trying to sign RB Ahmad Bradshaw, who reportedly could visit the Patriots next if a deal isn't reached.

Baltimore is expected to trade or cut FB Vonta Leach, and JaMarcus the Hutt claims he has a workout with them; Chicago signed FB Tony Fiammetta and waived FB Evan Rodriguez, who was arrested twice this offseason; Dallas will sign former Jags DE Jeris Pendleton; the Jets finally added former Cards GM Rod Graves to their front office in a long-expected move.

Buffalo cut QB Tarvaris Jackson; he had drawn interest from the Jets earlier in the offseason, so Jason Fitzgerald wonders if that's who he'll end up with.

The festivities in Manhattan prior to SB 48 will include a toboggan run in Times Square.

Anyone who believes the owners sincerely care about player safety need to reconcile Elliott Pellman's continued involvement in setting the league's medical policies.

Analysis

Mike Tanier discusses the latest legal troubles for Chad Johnson and Pacman Jones.

Bucky Brooks breaks down the play of 2011 draftees Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson, and he concludes that Sherman is the far better cornerback.

Bill Walsh is #2 on ESPN's list of the greatest coaches in history; here's his coaching tree; Walsh's old running back, Roger Craig, thinks current Niners coach Jim Harbaugh is the league's next great coach; Chase Stuart wonders if the Niners used principles of the WCO long before Walsh's arrival.

Pat Kirwan seems to be mailing them in from vacation at this point; he follows up his detailed prediction for the conference championship games with a horrendous column about mobile quarterbacks, based upon some selective and useless stats. Apparently John Elway, Steve Young, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Fran Tarkenton, and Colin Kaepernick don't qualify as mobile QBs? Oh, as long as they stay off the top-ten list they're okay, Pat? Oh my...

Christmas Ape interprets PK's pre-vacation MMQB column.

Tim Tebow

Doug Farrar says it's a safe assumption that Bill Belichick is looking ahead and has a plan for how to utilize Tebow, and he looks to Timmy's time in Denver for clues to what that might be.

Gary Myers sees the Tebow signing as Belichick's latest tweak of the Jets, and he thinks Timmy will get cut if he's unable to beat out Ryan Mallett for the backup QB gig.

Alex Marvez thinks Tebow has arrived at his ideal landing spot; Brian Dawkins agrees, but thinks it's Timmy's last chance in the NFL.

David Ramsey is already envisioning the UT™ helping the Pats over the Broncos at Mile High for the AFC Championship with his legs.

On the other hand, Joe Fortenbaugh calls the transaction a "relatively meaningless signing," while self-proclaimed Tebow fan Neil Hornsby doesn't see a fit, nor the point of the signing. Go get 'em, Zombies!

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

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