Good Morning, Broncos fans! As if Denver hasn't seen enough football controversy since Josh McDaniels took over last January, there's another big one brewing - and it's déjà vu all over again for McDaniels. The NFL is investigating whether the Broncos' director of
covert video operations Steve Scarnecchia videotaped one of the Niners' walkthroughs when the two teams were about to face off in London. Scarnecchia is on a leave of absence while the league looks into the matter, and supposedly the Broncos are investigating as well. Yeah, right. Scarnecchia was deeply involved in the Patriots' version of Spygate, as he reportedly trained (first bullet point) the person who got caught recording the Jets' signals in 2007, Matt Estrella. Scarnecchia was the Jets' video director when the team blew the whistle on the Patriots, and worked for New England when they beat St. Louis in Super Bowl XXXVI. Of course, the NFL investigated allegations that the Patriots had filmed the Lambs' walkthrough before that title game.
Whatever comes of the investigation, this is still another embarrassing moment in McDaniels' tenure in Denver. Hopefully the league absolves the Broncos of any wrongdoing. If not...
In terms of actual football news, Robert Ayers is listed as probable for tomorrow's game versus the Lambs after he was a full participant in practice all week. DJ Williams was again limited yesterday and is listed as questionable, while Andre' Goodman, Demaryius Thomas and Darcel McBath are out. McDaniels said he expects both Ayers and Williams to play tomorrow.
Chris Hall and Broncos TV preview tomorrow's game.
Gabe Hiatt and Broncos TV on Eric Decker, who may have an expanded role Sunday in the offense with Demaryius Thomas injured.
In LJ's notes, Richard Quinn is apparently progressing, as McDaniels called him "more ready to play, mentally."
Arnie on the "matchup" of rookie QBs Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow.
Andre' Goodman is frustrated by his inability to stay healthy and is well aware that he's got a reputation for it.
Mason on the Broncos' inconsistency.
Legwold answers a question from a Kyle Orton fan.
Legwold on the ties between McDaniels, Steve Spagnuolo and the Broncos.
Champ Bailey has plenty of praise for Lambs RB Steven Jackson.
Bernie Miklasz previews the game. He points out that St. Louis has struggled to put up points on the road.
Surely, Jackson will see the ball more than he did last week, when he got but 11 carries versus Atlanta.
Whether WR Danario Alexander plays will be a gametime decision.
Meanwhile, the Lambs' left tackle should be fine after having hurt his shoulder last week.
Like any Spagnuolo-directed defense, the Lambs are about dialing up the pressure.
Unlike the Broncos, the Dolts have some young defensive linemen on the rise.
The Chefs are also pretty banged up.
Notes on Jokeland, whose game tomorrow will be blacked out.
Mike Lombardi ponders the question of whether two years is enough to evaluate the job a head coach has done. Would any of you guess that McDaniels has the third-most wins of the eight coaches hired in 2009? Me neither. Meanwhile, Lombardi thinks the Broncos need to find out what they have in Tebow so they can decide whether to draft a QB with what will surely be a high pick next year. Interesting...
Apparently everyone is apologizing via text message in the NFL nowadays, and Mike Silver has gotten hold of several hilarious ones.
Andrew Brandt on the more notable WR contracts of the year, including the bargain that is Brandon Lloyd.
Here are the quotes of the week according to FO.
Bill Simmons picks on Alphonso Smith and is taking St. Louis and the points (4 of them, to be exact). But really, he likes them to win outright.
Peter King has topped himself yet again in the Obnoxiousness Department. Not only is he predicting the number of field goals that Rian Lindell will kick tomorrow, but he is predicting the yardages of his makes and the yardage of what will be his one miss.