The Daily Lard 1-29-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The biggest story out of Indy continues to be the Peyton Manning/Jim Irsay drama, rather than the Super Bowl being played there a week from tonight. In the latest development, Jason La Canfora reported that the Colts had already made the decision to move on from Manning several weeks ago. Naturally, Irsay has disputed the validity of that report, if anyone wants to believe him; Colts WR Reggie Wayne, who's about to hit unrestricted free agency, says the whole thing is like a soap opera.

Meanwhile, the Colts have hired Bruce Arians to run their offense - a week after the Steelers announced he was retiring and Arians said he was pushed out of Pittsburgh.


Mike Klis says new Denver strength coach Luke Richesson utilizes MMA drills in his training programs, and that the Broncos also considered Loren Landow - who had helped Denver's players train during the lockout - for the position.

As Jeff Legwold points out, Tom Brady will be making his fifth SB start Sunday, which will tie him with John Elway for most all-time among QBs.

Champ Bailey says that as long as he's selected, he won't turn down a trip to the Pro Bowl.

LBS and SOB react to the shocking news that Tebow won't be getting together with Kim Kardashian anytime soon.


The NFL and NFLPA are reportedly clearing some hurdles on the way to an HGH testing agreement, with game day blood tests no longer on the table.

In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei says the presence of QB Sam Bradford is what led Jeff Fisher to take the money St. Louis job over the Miami one. Plus, the Glazers went with the surprising choice of Greg Schiano in large part due to input from Bill Belichick; the Rams were apparently considering Schiano too, had Fisher chosen Miami. Pompei also reports that new Dolphins OC Mike Sherman could have also ended up running the offenses of the Chiefs and Raiders, and he's hearing that Vincent Jackson wants to stay in San Diego after all.

Meanwhile, the Cards blocked the Bucs' request to interview QB coach John McNulty, who used to be Schiano's OC at Rutgers.

Chicago hired former Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery to be their new GM; KC QB Matt Cassel alerted his neighbors to a fire in their house, potentially saving their lives.

The Lions fear that the concussions suffered by RB Jahvid Best are so severe they could end his career; Best turns 23 tomorrow.

Niners rookie star Aldon Smith was arrested on DUI charges in Miami Beach.

Shocker: DeSean Jackson and the Eagles have divergent opinions on how much he's worth.

Steve Corkran says Dennis Allen has a whole lot to fix in Oakland.

Doug Farrar thinks the league's decision to have the Rams host three annual games in London is a possible precursor to them moving to Los Angeles.

Daily Supe

Andy Benoit goes into great depth analyzing the matchup of the Pats O/GIants D and Giants O/Pats D.

Dan Wetzel on Tom Brady's struggles in playoff games not against the 2011 Broncos. As if there's any shame in not playing well against Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Co...

Clark Judge provides a Super Bowl FAQ.

PFW's Insider notes suggest that owners are selling SB tickets to brokers at five time face value, and that Brady's career could be winding down, especially if the Pats win Sunday.

Scott Kacsmar researches the history of pre-SB era NFL Championship game comebacks.

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

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