The Daily Lard 1-28-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Jack Del Rio will become Denver's seventh DC in seven seasons this year; he was also John Fox's first DC with the Panthers in 2002, Del Rio's only season as an NFL DC. Obviously, the familiarity for the two men is a plus, although presumably a successful 2012 has the great likelihood of Del Rio landing another HC gig the following year. But, let's worry about that when the time comes.

Terms of Denver's deal with Del Rio were not disclosed, although the coach will make $5 million in 2012 - the salary he's owed by the Jaguars. Whatever the Broncos pay him, Jacksonville will owe Del Rio the difference of the two figures. Denver also hired former Jaguars strength coach Luke Richesson.


Andrew Mason, Lindsay Jones and Gray Caldwell detail Del Rio's hiring; here's his coaching record from PFR.

Tom Brady's QB coach says he could fix Tim Tebow's mechanics in two weeks. As a Mets fan, this reminds me of Rick Peterson telling the FO he could fix craptastic pitcher Victor Zambrano's mechanics in 10 minutes, helping to convince them to acquire him for uberprospect Scott Kazmir.

Jeff Legwold says that of course Tebow can't survive as a run-first QB in the NFL.

ESPN's ombudsman hilariously finds that the Worldwide Leader's suffocating coverage of Tebowmania was totally appropriate. Naturally, Awful Announcing's Matt Yoder vehemently disagrees.

The NYT's religion writer thinks all the controversy and debate surrounding Tebow's outward piety is more about religion's outsized role in football as compared to other sports, than it is about Tebow specifically.


Oakland officially announced their hiring of Dennis Allen and will introduce him at a Monday presser. He received a four-year deal, unlike his predecessors who all got two-year contracts; in another departure from the ways of the Al Davis era, Allen will also be allowed to select his own assistants. Mike Lombardi likes the hire but thinks the team will have to be patient with the youthful Allen.

Brian Daboll is a possibility for KC's vacancy at OC; their director of college scouting has a second interview for the Bears' GM gig.

Baltimore promoted LB coach Dean Pees to replace departed DC Chuck Pagano; Cleveland hired Brad Childress to run their offense, as expected.

Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning issued a joint statement to try to convince everyone all's okay between them.

Roger Goodell will be on 60 Minutes tomorrow, and in the interview he talks of trying to get fans into stadiums rather than watching on TV.

Brandon Marshall has thrown yet another QB under the bus, this time Matt Moore; BMarsh says he spoke to Matt Flynn about joining the Dolphins. "Come to South Beach so I can stab you in the back too! And, after spending time with me, you'll want to literally stab me - just ask my wife."

To no great surprise, John Fox ranks 34th out of 2011's 35 NFL coaches on FO's Aggressiveness Index.

Daily Supe

Andy Benoit analyzes the matchup and predicts a Giants victory.

Giants DE Osi Umenyiora is the focus of Mike Silver and Clark Judge's Friday columns.

As Jason Cole points out, the Giants would be the first team to win the SB despite a four-game losing streak during their season.

Joe Fortenbaugh and With Leather's Burnsy break down the SB prop bets.


Mike Tanier wraps up the week of practice at the Senior Bowl and focuses on Arizona WR Juron Criner.

Pat Kirwan leaves the Senior Bowl with a few big questions; Wes Bunting lists his top Senior Bowl risers and fallers.

Jeff Legwold profiles Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden.

The best of the week's quotes according to Rivers McCown.

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