Texas decision the beginning of the end of tackle football?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Saturday was as remarkable as a third day of any NFL draft has or ever will be.

68 years after they'd been the first team to integrate racially, the Rams became the first team to draft an openly gay player.

It was a moment of pure joy, one that represented real progress.

Who made the decision?

It was head coach Jeff Fisher, who Mike Silver writes, "decided St. Louis was the perfect place to provide a safe haven for the former Missouri star."

During the seventh round, Fisher floated the idea with the team's GM, Les Snead, and COO, Kevin Demoff, and then called owner Stan Kroenke.

Obviously, they each signed off on the idea, and history was made.

Truly, a wonderful story.


Members of the district board that oversees SAF@MH share free use of a luxury suite at the stadium for Broncos games.

In his draft review, Andy Benoit declares Emmanuel Sanders an upgrade over Eric Decker and approves of kicking Orlando Franklin inside.

Like Benoit, Jeff Legwold figures Cody Latimer will play a bigger role than Andre Caldwell from the get go.

According to Legwold, Denver's ideal nickel package will feature Aqib Talib and Bradley Roby outside, with Chris Harris covering the slot.

David DeChant gathers draft grades from around the web. Of course, draft grades offer nothing but confirmation of the graders' biases.


As the dangers of the sport become more well known, a small Texas town has decided to replace tackle football for seventh graders with flag football.

Arizona cut oft-injured RB Ryan Williams; Cleveland already cut QB Vince Young; Jacksonville cut G Will Rackley and five others; Indy signed undrafted Florida corner Loucheiz Purifoy, who had briefly been thought to have agreed with the Broncos.

St. Louis WR Stedman Bailey has been suspended four games for violation of the PED policy.

New England and Houston might yet pull off a trade that sends QB Ryan Mallett south.


Eric Edholm lists teams with glaring holes remaining after the draft; Bucky Brooks grades AFCN team drafts; Greg Gabriel reviews draft hauls of the NFCS teams.

Russ Lande loves what San Francisco came away with last weekend.

Robert Mays and John Clayton discuss trends and themes of this year's draft.

At least from a wisdom of crowds perspective, Denver did quite will to land Bradley Roby and Cody Latimer where they did. Of course, this says absolutely nothing about how the two players will fare in the NFL, or for the Broncos.


There are no current or past Broncos among the next two segments (90-81, 80-71) of PFF's top 101 players.

Christmas Ape interprets PK's MMQB column.

Michael Sam

Mother Nature almost got in the way of ESPN showing Michael Sam's historic moment; naturally, PFT Commenter didn't appreciate the coverage.

Russ Lande thinks Sam will never be an NFL starter, but can be a solid situational pass rusher.

Leave it to some Masshole to come to the defense of Don Jones's homophobic tweets; Colin McGowan discusses the bizarre concept that telling people not to be assholes qualifies as censorship (in the minds of racists/bigots/sexists/homophobes).

Donald Sterling

Of course, that brings us to that peach Donald Sterling, who had a doozie of an interview with Anderson Cooper last night.

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