The Daily Lard 10-12-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In reviewing film of Broncos/Chargers, Andy Benoit says no Denver defenders stood out consistently, and that the mistakes of Von Miller and the young secondary were glaring. On offense, Benoit writes that the wide receivers were more to blame than was Kyle Orton for their first-half woes, although he does say the change at halftime to Tim Tebow was the correct decision. Plus, he was very impressed by the offensive line's play in the running game, especially that of J.D. Walton.

Khaled Elsayed disagrees with Benoit regarding the lack of impactful play on defense, as Elvis Dumervil had a whopping nine pressures on 36 pass rushes for his first real impact on the season, but he agrees that Rahim Moore and Quinton Carter sure did look like rookies out there. As for Orton/Tebow, Elsayed writes that the former was "beyond terrible" and the presence of the former presence "seemed to galvanize" the Broncos.


John Fox told Woody Paige the Broncos will operate more out of the shotgun with Tebow than they did with Orton, and that they will roll Tebow out of the pocket ala Elway and Plummer, as they should.

Mike Klis and Andrew Mason detail the QB switch.

Jeff Legwold figures that first-team snaps will help Tebow progress, but says this notion that Tebow can struggle in practice but turn it on during games is likely a myth.

Legwold also writes that the biggest reason Orton is no longer quarterbacking the team is the slew of turnovers he committed.

Mason somehow thinks the Broncos should have tried to do something with 12 seconds left in the first half on Sunday, and he gets Daniel Fells' reaction to the change.

The Broncos are hoping to get Demaryius Thomas back next week, while Kevin Vickerson played the entire game with torn ligaments in his right ankle.

Denver worked out a running back and some defensive backs on Monday, and Tebow jerseys are again flying off the racks.

Naturally, Urban Meyer thinks Tebow's success is dependent upon whether his teammates can be as good as him.

Here's an explanation of why Tebow rated higher Sunday than did Aaron Rodgers according to ESPN's Total QBR. Why is an explanation necessary? Because ESPN somehow thinks it's okay to come up with a new metric and keep the formula hidden from view.

Video of John Fox and Tim Tebow speaking after practice, transcripts of Fox and Tebow's comments, and video of John ElwayMike Lombardi and Mike Klis discussing the QB switch on NFLN. Photos from practice and player quotes regarding the change via Max Henson, plus Gray Caldwell on the switch and Kenny Legan on Tebow's comments.


The death of Al Davis has sparked rumors that the team will move either to Los Angeles or in with the Niners, although Jason Cole says the Davis family would have to sell the team outright for it to move to LA, and the NFL would prefer they remain in Oakland or shack up with the Niners. Meanwhile, it turns out Oakland had just 10 men on the field Sunday when Michael Huff picked off Matt Schaub's pass to end the game, Chris Brown measures the impact Davis had on the NFL relative to his fondness for the vertical game, and Don Banks examines the resurgence of the Bay Area teams. Oh, and Hue Jackson says The Crypt Keeper was a fan of Luther Vandross. But who isn't right?

San Diego placed LB Stephen Cooper on IR and replaced him with ex-Cardinals LB Gerald Hayes.

The Jets have dealt WR Derrick Mason to the Texans in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice.

New England again signed old friend Dan Gronkowski after waiving OT Thomas Welch.

San Fran signed WR Brett Swain, the Jags replaced P Matt Turk with former Broncos draftee Nick Harris, and LB Dhani Jones has retired.

The NFL suspended Giants DT Jimmy Kennedy four games for PEDs and reinstated Bucs S Tanard Jackson, who had been suspended for over a year for violating the substance-abuse policy.

Plenty of drama in Cleveland, as Peyton Hillis admitted he could have played against Miami but took his agent Kennard McGuire's advice not to despite the fact that McGuire is not a doctor. Interesting. Plus, Browns DE Marcus Benard was charged with driving under suspension and reckless operation after crashing his three-wheeler into a guardrail and breaking just his hand despite being thrown an estimated 241 feet.

SB 49 will be played in Arizona to conclude the 2014 season, and there's speculation that Supe 50 will be played in Los Angeles.

In case you were wondering what spurred the Chiefs to their two-game winning streak, the answer is Cornholio cornhole.

Matt Bowen says there's nothing wrong with the Bears' defensive scheme, and he's not so sure that hiring a defensive consultant would make a difference in Philly.

Bucky Brooks considers the versatility of Bills RB Fred Jackson, the prospects of Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, and the struggles of Kevin Kolb.

Brian Burke examines some bizarre coaching decisions from Sunday: Arizona attempting a FG while down 28 points and the Eagles punting from the plus-37 while 14 points behind. Meanwhile, the Broncos have slipped from 20 to 21 in his efficiency rankings, and he considers the value of Sebastian Janikowski.

Doug Farrar is worried that NFL players are starting to employ the ridiculous theatrics of soccer players on a wide scale.

Greg Gabriel evaluates rookie play from Bills/Eagles, while Andrew Brandt surveys the issues surrounding HGH testing.


CHFF reviews Week 5's comebacks, rusher rating figures, and unsung heroes.

Over at PFW, their players of the week, ranking the MVP and ROY candidates (Von Miller deservedly slips to #2 behind Cam Newton), and a look ahead to Week 6 from Eric Edholm.

Peter King and Ross Tucker respond to email questions.

DYAR and DVOA from Football Outsiders.

Ted Sundquist wishes player agents were less like Drew Rosenhaus and more like Joe Linta.

KSK captionizes Week 5's action.

Wes Bunting scouts BSU QB Kellen Moore and examines some Mid-Major prospects, while Rob Rang updates his 2012 big board.

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