The Daily Lard 11-16-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Ted pointed out yesterday, Tim Tebow and the Broncos continue to affirm inclinations all over Broncos Country - so much so that Confirmation Bias Week has stretched for over a month now, and there's no sign of it ending anytime soon. It's been a perfect recipe, as the Broncos are 3-1 with Tebow as their starting QB thus far, and he's been exceptional running the ball while rather inept at throwing the ball during that stretch. So, Tim's "just a winner" who will obviously continue to do so, and work so hard that he'll become a 60% passer someday - because all of this winning will buy him the time to do so. A reader even wrote something to the effect of, "Tebow is already almost a 50% passer" last week in our comment section. Of course, the other side of the debate (since there are only two, right?) is that Tim is so far from being a legitimate NFL thrower of the football that the Broncos, John Elway and John Fox aren't long enough time or political capital (yes, even Elway) to wait for that to happen.

Even the words of coach Fox can be and are interpreted in different ways, and even on the painstakingly rare occasions that he actually says something. The article from Jeff Darlington contained the Fox zingers "If we were trying to run a regular offense, he'd be screwed," and "After the loss to Detroit , we decided if Tim is going to be our guy, we can't do that other crapWe had to tweak it." Presumably, that other crap would be an offense that calls for passing the ball more than 13% of the time amiright? Fox even lays it all at Tebow's feet, saying "Hey, Tim thinks he deserves to have these plays in this offense," and he states, "Well, we don't have a passer. We have a runner."

But, those weren't clear, right? We could always gloss over those and focus on "My man is really good in this offense," or "Not to say he can't pass at all, but we're recognizing his strengths." Perhaps "I don't think anybody has ever done it quite to the extent we're doing it," floats your boat, or "He's what you're looking for in a football player." How about, "I don't think anyone within the organization is immune to the fact that there may be something special about the guy," for good measure? So, it's all there for us. Either Tebow can't pass and he and the Broncos would be screwed if he tried to, or he's just a pure football player and a winner so of course he's going to will his way to greatness. Totally clear, right?


In Mark Kiszla's column, Fox says regarding Tebow, "I'm his biggest fan. The kid's a competitor." Wait, I thought Elway was Tebow's biggest fan. What gives? Either the two guys are thumb-wrestling over who loves Timmy more, or that's just the company line at Dove Valley.

Andy Benoit reviews Broncos/Chiefs in his weekly film review, praising Denver's blitz and the play of the rejuvenated D.J. Williams. Plus, he says the offensive stars of the game were the oft-criticized Zane Beadles and J.D. Walton, and that KC's front three didn't do their jobs.

Legwold says the fact that the Jets had to play Sunday night and then travel up to the altitude of Denver could provide a distinct advantage for the Broncos.

Andrew Mason's notes and photos from practice, plus LJ's practice notes.

Mike Klis on the expanded role of Lance Ball in the absence of Knowshon Moreno, plus LJ on the return to the active roster for Jeremiah Johnson.

Legwold considers some of Denver's potential QB targets in the 2012 Draft.

NFL Films previews tomorrow night's game, plus video of John Fox and Tim Tebow speaking after practice, and Chris Hall's report for BTV.

Tebow's foundation is going to help build a children's hospital in the Phillipines.


Darrelle Revis thinks it could get boring in the secondary waiting for Tebow to pass.

Jason Cole considers the fluctuating views on Mark Sanchez, whom folks were describing as "just a winner" not that long ago. Sound familiar?

Sexy Rexy is taking a step back from the claim that Sanchez's timeout on Sunday night was “the stupidest play in football history.”

It won't help them physically, but will the short turnaround be a positive for the Jets mentally?


Ben Roethlisberger fractured the thumb on his throwing hand during Sunday's game; while Minnesota lost CB Antoine Winfield for the season with a broken clavicle. Washington re-signed WR Donte' Stallworth and placed WR Leonard Hankerson and DE Kedric Golston on IR.

San Diego signed OL Tony Moll and may add another lineman soon; Nick Canepa decries the vicious schedule which resulted in the Chargers playing three games in 11 days.

A group of Giants players were at a Manhattan nightclub, apparently to celebrate the birthday of WR Victor Cruz, when a man was shot and killed.

The latest designs for the proposed stadium in L.A. were released yesterday, and they look pretty cool - it's an open-air stadium with one open end and an available roof.

Eric Edholm previews the week and sees tomorrow's game as a potential trap for the Jets, plus PFW's MVP (Tebow on the cusp) and rookie (topped by Von Miller) meters. Of course, Von is still atop PFF's rookie rankings.

Bill Barnwell credits Von Miller among his best players of the week, plus he considers the possibility that Matt Leinart doesn't totally suck; Bucky Brooks also thinks the Texans could be fine with Leinart at the helm.

CHFF recaps Week 10: rusher rating, comeback wins and revisiting Mike Smith's big OT decision. Old friend Nate Jackson says players love it when a coach rolls the dice like Mike Smith did the other day, while Jason Cole thinks coaches should ignore the math which supports Smith's aggressive choice.

Matt Bowen works through the potential options for defensing Aaron Rodgers & Co.; Clark Judge went to his Rolodex looking for similar answers.

Greg Gabriel evaluates rookie play from Raiders/Chargers last week, while Bowen breaks down one of Rob Gronkowski's TDs from Sunday night.

Ryan Wilson's Coach Killers from Week 10, including Rex Grossman and the Chargers D.

Chase Stuart details Drew Brees' attempt to break Johnny U's streak of games played with a TD pass.


Andrew Brandt shares his take on the PSU/Sandusky disaster.

Jack Moore of ANS examines the impact of field position on the Niners' season thus far, plus DYAR and DVOA from Football Outsiders.

KSK captionizes Week 10.

Let's be totally honest here - as good as Bill Simmons' mailbags are, this is how he really wishes he could write, and the fact that he's hitched to the Worldwide Leader is precisely why he cannot.

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

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