The Daily Lard 1-17-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There are a bunch of developments in regards to the Denver coaching staff - as expected, John Fox is bringing WR coach Tyke Tolbert and OL coach Dave Magazu with him from Carolina. Meanwhile, Adam Gase is expected to move from coaching the WRs to tutoring the QBs - Gase coached the Lions' QBs in 2007, when Mike Martz was running Detroit's offense. Fox may also bring in Mike Gillhamer, his secondary coach with the Panthers - Ed Donatell has left to join Jim Harbaugh's staff with the Niners. Former interim coach Eric Studesville will be back as the team's RB coach, and there is some doubt now as to whether Fox's assistant head coach in Carolina, Jim Skipper, will be joining the Denver crew. DL coach Wayne Nunnely is under consideration to remain with the team, but is also pondering a move to Carolina with his old boss in San Diego, Ron Rivera.

No new developments on the Sean McDermott front; he and Jim Mora are reportedly both being considered to coordinate the Broncos' defense; Mora is also a candidate for McDermott's old position in Philly, while the Panters are also interested in McDermott.


Klis says Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac would have been a candidate for DC if not for Green Bay's long playoff run; Trgovac was the Panthers' DC for six seasons under Fox. Plus, for some reason Klis likens Mike McCoy to an inmate under Josh McDaniels' wardenship.

More on the coaching staff from LJ.

Sean McDermott

McDermott's Eagles ranked 10th in Brian Burke's overall defensive efficiency rankings this year; 13th against the pass, 13th against the run, 2nd in INT rate and 31st in penalty rate.  In terms of opponent-adjusted defensive success rate, they ranked 10th in the league.

Bob Ford of the Philly Inquirer calls McDermott a "scapegoat" and "an incredibly dedicated worker," and wonders if someone went over Andy Reid's head to fire McDermott.

Ford's colleague Jeff McClane argues that McDermott was hamstrung by a lack of talent, and says the Eagles' front office hasn't drafted well on defense.

However, McClane also says that McDermott was under the gun in Philly ever since his defense struggled late in the 2009 season and had lost the support of some of his players.

Meanwhile, John Gonzalez also knocks the Eagles' personnel decisions in regard to their defense and says McDermott had to be sacrificed to maintain the entertainment level in Philly. Oh, and Andy Reid is a liar.

Tommy Lawlor of SBN Philly wonders if McDermott should have dumbed down his complex schemes to compensate for all the injuries his squad endured in 2010.

In addition to Mora, the other candidates to replace McDermott with the Eagles are Dick Jauron and Billy Davis.

The news from Charlotte on McDermott's candidacy in Carolina, plus the departure of several coaches to Denver.


Tom Cable was apparently fined $120K by the Crypt Keeper in 2010 for lost OTA days. It's a common theme for Big Al, trying to withhold pay from his coaches before canning them. What a guy...

So much for that new-found stability in Oakland. Hahahahahahaha


Looks like Mike Singletary will coach the Vikings' linebackers.

The NFL may require all players to wear thigh and knee pads next season.

Brian Burke analyzes the weekend's games.

Pat Kirwan looks back at the playoff weekend.

So does Mike Silver.

Matt Bowen recaps Bears/Seahawks and Jets/Pats and looks ahead to Packers/Bears.

In his MMQB, PK says the Broncos were smart to hire John Fox since Brian Xanders and John Elway are so new to their roles.

Green & White in NJ

Judy Battista previews the conference title games.

George Vecsey on Rex Ryan's brilliant coaching.

Incredibly, Mark Sanchez has already tied the NFL record for road playoff victories by a starting QB. Granted, the best QBs tend to play their playoff games at home...

Bart Scott was still quite fired up after the game.

There's now video proof that the Patriots had made a similar sideline wall and tripping attempt on special teams against the Jets early in the season.

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

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