Dinger Lard 10-2-11

It's a sad weekend in Broncos Country, as former Denver assistant head coach and wide receivers coach Mike Heimerdinger passed away Friday night at the age of 58 in Mexico, where he was receiving experimental cancer treatments. Heimerdinger had been diagosed with a rare and aggressive cancer which attacks the lymphatic system in November of 2010, and he incredibly continued to coach the Titans' offense and call plays for them while undergoing chemotherapy last season.

Coach Heimerdinger, who played WR in college, was a roommate and teammate of Mike Shanahan while both were at Eastern Illinois, and Shanny credits Dinger with having saved his life after the young QB had ruptured a kidney during spring practice. The two were reunited in 1995 when Shanahan hired Heimerdinger to coach the Broncos' wide receivers, and during his five seasons in that role he helped turn Rod Smith into the only undrafted player to gain 10,000 receiving yards, and the twice-discarded Ed McCaffrey into a Denver fixture. Dinger returned to Denver in 2006 as Shanahan's assistant head coach for two years, coordinating the Titans and Jets' offenses during the intervening years.

Heimerdinger is survived by his wife Kathie, their daughter, Alicia, and son, Brian, who works for Kubes and the Texans in their scouting department. Our thoughts at IAOFM go out to the Heimerdinger family. RIP, Coach Dinger.

Coach Dinger, 1952-2011

Reaction to Dinger's passing from Shanny, John Elway, Rod Smith, Jay Cutler and several others.

Jeff Legwold's DP story and a personal remembrance of the late coach.

Jake Plummer, Andrew Mason and Mike Klis share their memories of Dinger.

ESPN story, including video report from Chris Mortensen.

Elizabeth Merrill's story on Heimerdinger as he coached through his chemo.

Story from Gray Caldwell and the official site, plus a photo gallery

NY Times obituary, Wikipedia profile


Andrew Mason wonders if the Broncos will set Brandon Lloyd loose today, plus his keys to the game.

Legwold's unscantastic game preview.

As Klis points out, the Broncso are moving into the Stone Age of offensive football while the rest of the league hurtles to the future.

Dan Reeves tells Woody Paige he sees in Tim Tebow the next Roger Staubach, and that the Broncos should be tailoring their offense to suit Tebow. What is this, payback for SB XXXIII?

Max Henson previews the game for the official site.


In examining the matchups for Cheesehead TV, Aaron Nagler echoes TJ's thought that Denver will have no answer for Jermichael Finley, plus he wonders how RT Marshall Newhouse will handle Von Miller.

CD Angeli of CTV says sack numbers unfairly equate players like Clay Matthews and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamilia. In other words, as my friend Ted says, stop fretting sacks, Robert Ayers haters!

Klis on the greatness of Aaron Rodgers.

The staff of the Journal Sentinel previews the game, plus a Q&A with CB Jarrett Bush.

Green Bay may rename a road for Mike McCarthy in honor of the Packers' SB win.


Oakland promoted DB Ron Parker from their practice squad and released KR/WR Nick Miller to make room for him.

Mike Tanier explains why single coverage on Calvin Johnson is such a terrible idea, as is using Reggie Bush as a feature back and overhauling a defensive philosophy during a lockout, ala Philly.

In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei says teams are starting to utilize motion capture technology to evaluate players.

Here's what Brian Burke's been reading, plus weekly notes from Carson Cistulli and what Matt Bowen is looking for today.

AFC and NFC chatter as heard by PFW.

More caponomics graphics from Ted Sundquist.

What kind of athlete is Andrew Luck? The guy made a one-handed catch last nignt as a receiver.

Andy Barall offers a remembrance of Pete Gent, the former Cowboys WR who wrote North Dallas Forty.

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