Thank you, veterans Lard 11-11-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans and Happy Veterans Day! To those who have served, thank you for you dedication and sacrifices - you're appreciated here at IAOFM. On the Broncos' injury front, Robert Ayers and Andre' Goodman have already been declared out for Sunday's game. Darcel McBath, Kevin Vickerson and Wesley Woodyard all practiced, albeit in limited fashion.


Josh McDaniels and Kyle Orton had their midweek pressers yesterday.

Broncos TV has some clips of players speaking in the locker room.

Brandon Lloyd, Ryan Harris, Justin Bannan and Mario Haggan all spoke to reporters yesterday (Audio).

Legwold on the alarming rise in hits taken by Kyle Orton over the past five games.

Plus, Legwold answers a question regarding the offensive line. Rather than check out some film, he just says the "jury is out" on JD Walton and Zane Beadles...

Thankfully, Andrew Mason has some proper perspective on the O-Line (it's not just about 2010).

Sunday brings another Patriots reunion as McDaniels meets Charlie Weis on the field for the first time.

As mentioned yesterday, the Broncos added Lance Ball to the 53-man roster before the Colts could do the same. To make room, they had to release Daniel Coats only a day after signing the TE.

Notes on the Broncos from LJ.

Legwold takes another ill-advised DP dive into statistics, trying to explain why Denver needs to run more. Actually, they don't need to run more - they just need to run better. For the millionth time, passing correlates to winning, while rushing does not.

Kiszla finally admits that McDaniels was right about Jay Cutler, and maybe even Matt Cassel.

More on Ball's promotion from Klis. Mason with the same.

Tim Tebow chimes in on his old teammate, Auburn QB Cam Newton.

Patrick Saunders categorizes the commenters over at the DP.

Gray Caldwell with more on the reshuffled offensive line.


Todd Haley and QB Matt Cassel spoke to the Denver press via conference call. First question for Haley shows a pretty embarrassing lack of preparedness...

Tamba Hali is the Chefs' only young defensive star not signed beyond this season.

Among some notes on the Chefs, Brandon Lloyd claims to have been a fan of several KC players growing up, but not a Chefs fan...suspicious, no?

The Chefs are happy to have Casey Wiegmann back in KC.


Acee ponders the season's second half for the Dolts. Plus, a bunch of notes.

Canepa says the Dolts' special-teams play could end up being a fatal flaw.

Norv apparently gave a rousing speech at halftime of the Dolts' game against the Titans last week.

Jim Trotter on how Richard Seymour has helped Jokeland get their act together.

Here's a transcription of Tom Cable's last presser of Jokeland's bye week.


Here are your national TV maps for Sunday's games.

The Pats have signed K Shayne Graham, as their own Stephen Gostkowski hit IR.

The Dolphins cut former first-rounder Jason Allen and signed CB Al Harris, who had been released by the Packers.

Cowboys DE Marcus Spears is done for the year.

Shawne Merriman is already hurt again. For more on why the Broncos should have claimed him, you know where to go...

Mike Lombardi on what Jason Garrett needs to do in Dallas.

Two AFC West players top Matt Bowen's midseason MVP short list. Plus, Dan Pompei's All-Pros so far.

Ross Tucker on how players approach meaningless games. (Thanks, BroncosLady!)

Andrew Brandt examines the league's parity.

Brian Burke on the midseason WPA leaders.

OUCH. Not only have the Broncos only scored 7 first-quarter points all season, but they have been outscored in each quarter on average.

Luis DeLoureiro on how good Josh Freeman and Philip Rivers have been. Kyle Orton remains third in his efficiency ratings.

Go figure. Farrar points to Cleveland's excellent blocking in explaining some of Peyton Hillis' success. He also cites Hillis' speed to the outside...

Barnwell shares FO's top DYAR players of Week 9.

Mike Silver has the Broncos sitting at #30 in his weekly rankings.

Rex Ryan dressed up as his brother yesterday.

Retired QB Jim McMahon is starting to raise money for research on brain trauma.

Former Giants LB Dave Meggett is going away for a long time.

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

The Lard