The Daily Lard 11-2-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Greg Gabriel believes it's pretty much time to move Tim Tebow to another position, if not now than sooner than later. Gabriel says that Tebow was blessed in his Florida career to have arguably the best players in the country surrounding him, and that with the offensive scheme, line and skill players at his disposal, Tim was bound to be successful there. A quick glance at Tebow's 2008 BCS Title team shows NFL starters Cam Newton, the Pouncey twins, Aaron Hernandez, David Nelson, Percy Harvin, Carlos Dunlap, Joe Haden, Brandon Spikes, and Major Wright, plus lesser NFL lights (but still in the league) Louis Murphy, Riley Cooper and Ahmad Black, among others. Gabriel states that this vast talent supply helped Tebow get away with his poor mechanics, and he writes:

He does not read defenses well, he lacks accuracy and he is too impatient to let plays develop. All things that are needed to be a good NFL quarterback. Denver has adjusted its offense to try and call plays to Tebow’s strengths, using the shotgun more and having some run/pass options.


Notes from Mike Klis: the concussion suffered by S Quinton Carter may open the door for Rahim Moore to start this Sunday.

MJD says the Broncos should go back to the D logo and orange jerseys of 1996 and earlier. I co-sign this, emphatically.

Mark Kiszla points out that potentially losing out in the Andrew Luck sweeps won't be so bad for Denver, as long as they can end up with Matt Barkley.

Kenny Legan sums up the latest Elway Live, a story on Matt Prater from last Sunday's game program, plus Gray Caldwell and Lindsay Jones detail an event hosted by Wesley Woodyard's charity at a Denver steakhouse.

Von Miller and Willis McGahee visited an elementary school in Aurora to support the NFL's Play 60 program.


Jeff Legwold considers the cases for and against ending Tebow from the starting QB spot, and he says Tim's poor footwork limits what the team can do in its game plans for him.

Peter King says he thinks Tebow won't be starting for Denver come Week 11, but it appears to be pure speculation - this isn't him reporting that he's hearing such chatter from Dove Valley.

Albert Breer spoke with an NFL personnel exec who doesn't think even an offense tailored to fit Tebow would be successful.

Greg Gabriel takes on the regurgitative bloviator known as Skip Bayless, who was busy telling everyone that Denver was making Tebow take snaps from under center too much. But Gabriel hit up the tape and found that Tim threw out of the shotgun 28 times as opposed to just 12 from under center, and Gabriel thinks that Denver has in fact been molding the offense to fit Tebow's strengths.

Klis offers more Tebow/shotgun statistics, while Legwold details the struggles Heisman-winning QBs have had in the NFL.

Boomer Esiason says that how opposing players are treating Tebow shows they don't respect him as a player.

Dan Wetzel thinks Tebow's most fervent supporters need to take Tim's lead and lighten up a bit, Francis.


As expected, Oakland signed WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh and will pay him about $500K for the remainder of the season.

Monty Poole says the AFC West is ripe for the picking for the Raiders.


San Diego has signed former Carolina first-round pick Everette Brown and will release fellow DE Ogemdi Nwagbuo to make room for him.

The Browns signed RB Thomas Clayton with Montario Hardesty and Peyton Hillis banged up; to make room for Clayton, the Browns waived their 2009 second-rounder, WR Brian Robiskie. Meanwhile, Hillis is making more friends in Cleveland by the day - this time by not showing up to a Halloween event at a local Boys & Girls Club. Still miss Hillis?

Pats WR Julian Edelman was arrested for allegedly groping a woman at a Halloween party.

The September drowning death of a man at the home of Texans DE Antonio Smith has been ruled an accident.

Matt Birk won his appeal of the $5K fine for removing his microphone by saying it made him uncomfortable.

Andy Benoit reviews in detail the film from Giants/Dolphins, Rams/Saints and Ravens/Cards.

Mike Tanier thinks the growing schedule of NFL analysis by ex-players on TV is giving them all these opportunities to controversially criticize current players.

Matt Bowen lists his MVP candidates and analyzes Ben Roethlisberger's TD pass to Antonio Brown against the Pats.

Bill Barnwell examines the good and ugly of Week 8 and says Tebow needs to get the ball out of his hands more quickly.

Chris Brown breaks down the Chiefs' use of the counter trey with RB Jackie Battle.

Week 8 recaps - Burke's weekly rankings (Denver slips to #30), PFF: 32 observations from Nate Jahnke, the best and worst players of the week, and Khaled Elsayed updates the ROY racePFWbest players of the week, the MVP race, and ROY candidates, which focuses on the chances of Cam Newton and Von Miller taking home the two awards. Plus, Eric Edholm looks ahead to Week 9 and the matchup between Tebow and Carson Palmer. CHFF: rusher ratings, comeback wins, and unsung heroes. CBS Eye: Ryan Wilson includes the Denver D among his Coach Killers of Week 8. Football Outsiders: DYAR and DVOA.


KSK captionizes Week 8, including a pair of Tebow gems.

The CBS Eye guys discuss whether they'd pick Cam Newton or Andrew Luck right now, and the majority choose Newton since he's already shown he can succeed in the NFL.

Andrew Luck may be quite talented at passing and catching the ball, but his most sharply honed skill may be his farmer's blow.

Rob Rang examines the long list of NFL-quality players who will be on the field for LSU/Alabama on Saturday, while Wes Bunting lists his top senior defensive backs and discusses Luck/Barkley with Tony Softli on his latest podcast.

Don Banks sees plenty of coincidence in the race for Luck, while Ross Tucker considers the impracticality of blatantly Sucking for Luck. Plus, Jason Cole is hearing that scouts see Barkley and Landry Jones as good enough to keep teams from feeling they have to pay a king's ransom to move up for Luck.

Chase Stuart will now be writing for Smart Football as the PFR blog sadly goes silent, and his first post is on SRS (Simple Rating System) for college football.

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

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