Not time for Tim Lard 12-14-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans. Eric Studesville announced yesterday that Kyle Orton will start Sunday in Jokeland, which of course means that Tim Tebow is not starting. However, the coach did say that Tebow is “an NFL quarterback, and he’s here, and he was drafted to come here and play quarterback, so he’s going to be ready to play in a game.” Sort of a strange way to put it. Wouldn't you prefer to hear, "He's worked hard, he's got a good grasp of the offense, and he's ahead of where we thought he'd be at this juncture"? The reasons Studesville cites are sort of what the fans and media are thinking - "He has to be ready, right? Did we spend a first-rounder for him not to be ready now?" Well, no he doesn't actually have to be ready, despite our best wishes to that effect, and perhaps Josh McDaniels did draft him with the expectation it'd take at least a full season to prepare him for the starter's role. Personally, I do hope he's ready, and I want to see him play. But hope and reality are usually two different things...


Eric Studesville' presser.

Tebow says he's taken about 5% of the first-team snaps in practice this year, and those snaps have generally been the 'ole Tebow Package. The worst part of what Studesville said? RIght here:

I’m going to certainly look to input from everybody, from Mr. Bowlen on down, from the coaches and all of us that have been around to make that evaluation if that’s what we need to do.

Unfortunately, "from Mr. Bowlen on down" includes Joe Ellis...

Krieger asks some excellent and important questions regarding the prospect of hiring John Elway - just what would he be doing?

LJ on the call to stick with Orton. Tebow says he ain't scared of no Black Hole.

Legwold points to Jimmy Clausen as an example of what can go wrong with starting a rookie QB.

Kyle McCarthy is indeed heading to IR with an injury to his right knee.

Notes from Klis - Denver brought Stanley Daniels back to take McCarthy's roster spot, Darcel McBath should be back again this week, and could Jim Fassel be a candidate for the HC job?

Klis responds to questions in his mailbag, including one about the Curse of Brett Kern. One of our readers, perhaps?

Legwold reminds us that Denver gave up 211 yards rushing on Sunday, and Darren McFadden is up next. Uh oh.


Tim Kawakami on Tom Cable's survival instincts.

Jerry McDonald's notes on Jokeland.

Jason Cole wrote Monday that Cable and Hue Jackson are not getting along.

Cable responded yesterday; McDonald analyzes. Tafur's take on the same.

Matt Cassel say's he's coming back this week.

Should the Dolts try to re-sign Vincent Jackson?

Dolts WR Legedu Naanee may have been part of a bar brawl on Monday morning.

Notes from Acee.


Skins S LaRon Landry, Bengals S Chinedum Ndukwe, Eagles DE Brandon Graham and Panthers DE Everette Brown and LB Jason Williams are done-zo.

Jets coach Lucy Van Pelt Sal Alosi was suspended without pay for the rest of the year.

Boo effing hoo.

Reported concussions are up 21 percent from last season in the NFL.

Pat Kirwan says it's time to play Tebow and for the Broncos' players to earn their keep.

Mike Lombardi says Kyle Orton is screwed without McDaniels, and that Peyton Hillis should be more careful.

Mike Silver recaps the week.

PK's MMQB, if you can stand it. KSK if you'd prefer reality.

Matt Bowen says it's time for the Sanchize to show up for the Green and White in NY.

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