The Daily Lard 10-8-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Champ Bailey, Rahim Moore, Marcus Thomas and Knowshon Moreno are all probable for tomorrow's game, while Brian Dawkins, Daniel Fells and Jonathan Wilhite are all questionable. As expected, Eddie Royal, Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas are out and will hopefully return after the bye week at Miami. Mike Klis is pretty sure Dawkins will play, while Legwold says that Marcus Thomas will make his season debut in a rotational role.

For San Diego, TE Antonio Gates is listed as doubtful, while C Nick Hardwick, WR Vincent Jackson and CB Quentin Jammer are all probably and expected to play. DEs Jacques Cesaire and Luis Castillo continue to be out.


In his preview for PFF, Chris Benson is interested to see how the Broncos fare in limiting Ryan Mathews, he wonders if Jeromey Clary has any chance of keeping Von Miller away from Philip Rivers, and he thinks the Denver secondary needs to improve upon their performance from last week, regardless of Champ Bailey's return.

Andrew Mason focuses on the Broncos' key turnovers in recent weeks, along with Mike McCoy's thoughts on the subject.

Klis dredges up the Chargers' midseason visit to Denver in 2006 during which Philip Rivers brought San Diego back from a 24-7 deficit to beat the Broncos in his first start at the Big IF. As Klis tells it, that was the game that changed the fortunes of both franchises, as both entered the game at 7-2 before the heartbreaking loss sent Denver on to a 2-5 finish, including the QB switch from Jake Plummer to Jay Cutler. Naturally, Rivers was more than happy to recollect the details of his 51-yard TD pass to LaDainian Tomlinson from that night.

Jason Elam, Tom Dempsey and Sebastian Janikowski all believe their shared 63-yard FG mark will be broken one of these days, says Arnie Stapleton.

Chris Hall previews tomorrow's game for Broncos TV, plus video of John Fox speaking after practice. Kenny Legan shares photos from practice, Max Henson details the tutelage of Von Miller by LB coach Richard Smith, Stuart Zaas shares some comments from Mike McCoy, and a blog entry from Willis McGahee.


San Diego's backup linebackers have been making the most of their game action by making big plays.

Kevin Acee says the Chargers would be happy to get about as much from Vincent Jackson tomorrow as they did last week, when he was on field for 22 snaps.

Lately, Rivers has apparently been getting outside of the pocket more than usual.

Matthew Hall says politicians and business owners in San Diego are not on the same page as they try to keep the Chargers in town.


MJD details the remarkable story of Titans S Tommie Campbell, who just two years ago was making his living cleaning toilets at Pittsburgh Int'l.

Thankfully, Trevor Pryce did not sign with the Raiders; the Vikings gave LS Cullen Loeffler a three-year extension.

Brian Burke examines the rise in passing efficiency across the board this year and attributes it to the screen pass. Awesome - meanwhile, we've got a HC who prefers to run the ball and a QB who has concrete ankles and throws terrible screens. Enjoying the Stone Age of NFL football, Broncos fans?

Chris Brown focuses on the emergence of smaller, elusive players as dangerous weapons in the passing game.

Doug Farrar digs up some formation-specific stats and finds that lo, Aaron Rodgers is really good.

Mike Lombardi previews Week 5 and predicts that Tebow will take over the QB job around the end of the month.

Matt Bowen considers how to game plan the Texans sans Andre Johnson.

Mike Silver points to the deaths of Steve Jobs and Mike Heimerdinger in providing some perspective to the importance/meaning of football.

Greg Gabriel looks ahead to some 2012 head coaching candidates, including 2011 Denver interviewees Gregg Williams and Perry Fewell.


MJD, Adam Schefter and Peter King preview the week's games.

FO's sack data shows that Denver's been middling in terms of allowing both long and short sacks, plus the best of the week's quotes as curated by Rivers McCown.

Among Carson Cistulli's weekly notes, the Broncos' 1-3 record is an accurate reflection of their quality, it just a touch unlucky.

Bill Simmons is taking the Chargers and giving four (and marking 2011 as the year of the White Receiver Renaissance), while Unsilent Majority is also laying the points after a rough week.

Rob Rang updates his big board, which is chock full of cornerbacks.

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