The Daily Lard 10-20-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag, Woody responds to more Tebow-centric witch-hunt-y questions about Brandon Lloyd, and of course he says that Brandon "wasn't a troublemaker" and "didn't conduct his business in public." Woody points to Brandon's intellect and skill and writes that just like any wide receiver (except Brandon Marshall, of course) BLloyd wanted to stay friendly with all of the QBs to ensure they threw him the ball. He says that most of these Broncos talk to the media off the record, although he doesn't mention whether that's unusual as far as Denver teams go, or any NFL squads, for that matter. Woody says Lloyd used to be a good source for anonymous quotes, since he of course is so well-spoken.

In response to a question about how Denver fans treat their players, Woody points out that fans are the same everywhere, and he's right. Here in New York, Mets fans bombard the call-in sports talk shows with their misery, and even worse, ownership tends to "hear' them and react by overpaying guys like Jason Bay, Frankie Rodriguez, Ollie Perez and Luis Castillo, seemingly to pacify ticketholders who want something big done yesterday. And of course, as soon as these ill-advised moves fail and the players don't live up to their contracts, there are those same fans, booing. Carlos Beltran, one of the very best players in Mets history, is remembered by most fans for not swinging at one of the timeliest and most devastating curveballs you'll ever see, rather than the graceful excellence he exhibited every night. So, Kyle Orton has had a rough time with the Broncos, but it's not Denver-specific. The grass is just always greener, with other quarterbacks, cities and fanbases alike.


Mike Klis and Andrew Mason on the first start of the year for Tim Tebow. Yesterday marked the first time all season that Denver had all 53 members of its active roster practicing.

Legwold shares notes from practice and points out that waiting for a compensatory pick in return for Brandon Lloyd would probably have been foolish.

Phil Simms responds to reader questions for the DP, and he quite interestingly says that the Denver media is tougher on the Broncos' players than the New York media is on the Giants.

Captain Obvious says it may actually help Tebow and the Broncos that the stadium will be packed with Gator fans on Sunday.

Video of John Fox and Tim Tebow speaking after practice, Gray Caldwell summarizes their comments, Kenny Legan introduces new S Rafael Bush, and Stuart Zaas shares photos and notes from practice.


BMarsh and Reggie Bush both sat out yesterday's practice, and the Dolphins are pretty banged up at safety.

Dave Hyde wonders how firing Tony Sparano will make the Dolphins a better football team, and he's right - what would be the point of doing so?

Barry Jackson considers Miami's draft and free-agency options at quarterback after this season.

Comedian Will Lopez has recorded a song encouraging Miami fans to cheer for an 0-16 season and Andrew Luck.


Oakland placed Matt Shaughnessy on IR to create room on the roster for Carson Palmer, who sounds like he'll be starting according to OC Al Saunders. Meanwhile, Andrew Brandt and Mike Silver say the Palmer trade was all Hue Jackson.

Norv and Sexy Rexy got into a mild war of words.

The trade of Ronnie Brown to the Lions for Jerome Harrison and a pick was voided, apparently due to an injury to Harrison.

The league and the NFLPA are in a standstill as far as HGH testing goes.

Drew Rosenhaus says T.O. has been medically cleared to play.

Carolina placed T Jeff Otah on IR for the third time in his career, while Redskins TE Chris Cooley had surgery on his broken finger.

Shanny is going with John Beck instead of Rex Grossman. Doug Farrar reacts.

The officials incredibly gifted the Niners five extra yards to start their game-winning drive against the Lions.

Sounds like the Minnesota guv is ready to cave in and support Zygi Wilf's preferred stadium location.

Albert Breer says that some expect Andrew Luck to pull an Elway/Eli-style power play to determine where he plays his pro ball.

As Alex Marvez points out, NFL Alumni director George Martin is misusing his position to enrich himself, while Jack Bechta says the new CBA didn't do enough to ensure proper medical treatment for players.

Andy Barall looks back at the career of the late Bills center Kent Hull.

Andy Benoit examines a few matchups for Week 7 and says the problem with trading Brandon Lloyd is the Broncos are left with a bunch of possession receivers (Thomas, Decker, Willis, Royal). Plus, he previews Raiders/Chiefs and Jets/Chargers in depth.

In his latest Walkthrough, Mike Tanier explains why the Sanchize is so maddening to watch, "praises" Ted Sundquist's WEBSITE and considers the morosity of counting down Tony Sparano's last days in Miami.

Gil Brandt says that Andy Reid is actually on the coaching hot seat, along with the usual cast of characters.


Brian Burke defends himself against the haters and shows us that his efficiency model has been comparable to Vegas, and in 2009 much better.

PFF reviews Week 6: Nate Jahnke's observations, an analyst roundtablebest and worst players, top matchups and ROY candidates (Von Miller back on top).

Bucky Brooks thinks the Cowboys will win the NFCE thanks to an easy schedule, while Mike Freeman says Darrelle Revis is getting MJ-like treatment from the refs.

Chris Brown gives us a peek at some hilarious (but genius) concepts from Buddy Ryan's playbook.

As With Leather shows, Aaron Rodgers' photobombing has a Gump-like history.

Wes Bunting shares his top five RB prospects.

Here's a recipe for jambalaya which I'm going to try at some point. For those who were curious, this beer brat stew recipe turned out pretty well.

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

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