The Daily Lard 11-15-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! PFF's John Breitenbach analyzes the Jets' loss to the Patriots Sunday night, and he says NJ played quite well at times but blew their opportunities with poor special teams play and turnovers. They allowed 4.5 sacks to Shanny favorite and Denver son Andre Carter, with Mark Sanchez deserving plenty of blame for holding the ball too long. We'll see how that works out against Von Miller.

Meanwhile, Breitenbach has plenty of praise for Jets NT Sione Pouha, whom he says is always involved in running plays and "occupies double teams but gets off blocks and makes tackles too." He then goes on to list the virtues of Jets C Nick Mangold, comparing him to ex-Broncos C Chris Myers, who has excelled with the Texans after Shanny & Co. sent him to Kubes in a rare sign-and-trade deal. Finally, Breitenbach writes that Jets S Eric Smith had a rough day trying to cover Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker, and that his tackles in the run game all came downfield. Hopefully there'll be more of that come Thursday...


Notes from Mike Klis: Denver is hoping to have Wesley Woodyard back for Thursday's game, while Ryan Clady and Chris Clark both have knee injuries and Brian Dawkins has an ankle injury.

In his latest mailbag, Klis points out that BLloyd is nine catches away from improving the pick Denver received from St. Louis in exchange for him from a 6th- to a 5th-rounder.

Chase Stuart reminds us that Tim Tebow's rushing stats can't be overlooked, but he thinks "a one-dimensional quarterback is bound to be shut down in embarrassing fashion sooner or later."

More on the season-ending injury to Knowshon Moreno from Lindsay Jones, plus Jeff Legwold's thoughts on who's left for Denver at RB.

Legwold thinks Tebow will see myriad looks from the Jets defense on Thursday, plus he details the contributions of Chris Clark.

Woody says Tebow just wins, because what else can he say about the guy's future as a quarterback?

Video of John Fox and Von Miller's pressers from Monday. Notes from Kenny Legan and Max Henson for the official site.


LaDainian Tomlinson sprained the MCL in his left knee on Sunday night and is iffy for Thursday, as are S Brodney Pool and WRs Patrick Turner and Jeremy Kerley.

Some facts on the Jets from Lindsay Jones.

Harvey Araton says the Jets just don't take to the role of frontrunner too well.

Sexy Rexy didn't take too kindly to a fan telling him that Bill Belichick had pwned him in the first half on Sunday night; the NFL is investigating the incident and it's probably safe to assume a fine will be coming his way. Gary Myers is baffled by both Rexy's response to the fan and his later statement that the Jets had no chance to win the AFC East.

Meanwhile, Belichick had some sharp words of his own for Rexy.


Green Bay mauled Minnesota 45-7, getting four more TD passes from Aaron Rodgers and a punt-return TD from Randall Cobb. Apparently, the MNF telecast was a Packers suckfest.

Chiefs QB Matt Cassel may be done for the season after the injury to his throwing hand was deemed more serious than earlier thought. Unfortunately, that means America has to watch Tyler Palko start at QB for the Chiefs on MNF and SNF. Sam Melllinger thinks Scott Pioli screwed up by not providing Handshake Haley with a better backup QB.

CB Rashean Mathis, G Eben Britton and LB Kyle Bosworth of the Jaguars, CB Al Harris and TE Mike Hoomanawanui of the Rams, Seahawks G John Moffitt, and Bills C Eric Wood are all done for the year, Peyton Hillis is really tough has already been declared out for Cleveland's next game. wraps up the rest of Sunday's notable injuries.

Bill Polian says the Colts may finally draft a successor to Peyton Manning. Gee, you think?

Oakland worked out a slew of players yesterday.

The Saints have incredibly lost all 11 of their coin flips this season.

Mike Lombardi and Nolan Nawrocki analyze the action from Sunday, plus game balls from Matt Bowen. Lombardi says Tebow makes the Broncos a tougher team, while Nawrocki expects Sexy Rexy's defense to force Tim to throw come Thursday night.

Khaled Elsayed and Matt Bowen consider what the Texans are up against with Matt Leinart as their QB from here on out.

Brian Burke revisits Mike Smith's OT fourth-down decision and whether the Falcons should have called for a QB sneak or RB dive. Plus, he explains how to discuss 4th-down strategy with a skeptic.


Jason Whitlock thinks the NFL has overdone it as far as favoring offense and quarterbacks goes.

Drew Magary translates PK's MMQB over at KSK.

Chris Brown breaks down the Oregon Ducks' use of an unbalanced Zone Read in their victory over the Stanford Cardinal.

Bucky Brooks assesses the stock of the top draft prospects following the weekend's action. So does Rob Rang, who thinks Oregon's LaMichael James can thrive at the pro level.

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