The Daily Lard 11-22-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis again makes the case for Denver to draft Baylor's Robert Griffin III, claiming that Griffin can thrive on the same running plays that Tim Tebow does but is also pass better. He also suggests that the key to improving Tebow's accuracy is in sharpening his footwork, rather than his long and slow throwing motion. Klis isn't so sure that Tim tends to throw catchable passes, and that instead his delivery may hide the ball from receivers' eyes, he throws a "heavy" ball, and his passes often rise or dive in the air.

Klis believes Wesley Woodyard's role in the NFL will continue to be as a nickel linebacker who can fill in as an occasional starter but isn't bulky enough to play on first and second down regularly. He also foresees the Broncos trying to re-sign both Brodrick Bunkley and Marcus Thomas, who are currently playing on one-year deals, although no negotiations have begun with either player. At the safety position, Klis thinks it's realistic to imagine both Rahim Moore and Quinton Carter starting next season.


Notes on the Broncos from Klis, plus Andrew Mason's photos from practice: Daniel Fells and Brian Dawkins practiced yesterday despite their respective injuries.

Shannon rebuts the notion that Tim Tebow is big enough to survive long-term the pounding involved in running 9 or 10 times every game by pointing to the case of Earl Campbell and the fact that teams now tend to employ two quality RBs due to all the hits they must absorb.

Lindsay Jones revisits John Elway's Tebow-related comments from yesterday, plus some more from John Fox.

Mason on the vast improvement of the Denver defense in recent weeks. Of course, let's see how they fare against better offenses than the duds they've seen in recent weeks.

Jeff Legwold thinks Tim Tebow must raise his completion %, and he says Knowshon Moreno could miss part of next season rehabbing from his knee injury.

Chase Stuart says ESPN's Total QBR is very good at telling us what happened, but it's not effective at predicting future results, also explaining that ANY/A is a "very good explanatory stat" but that NY/A is more predictive. ESPN's Jeff Bennett says Tebow ranks near the bottom in Total QBR because he's been terrible in the first three quarters of every game, although he's behind only Eli Manning in 4th-quarter play. 

PFW's Hub Arkush is thankful for the goodness in Tim Tebow, but he is "very disturbed by the way he is being taken advantage of by the segment of his legion of fans that either knows nothing about football or celebrates his presence in the lineup only because of what he represents off the field."

Chris Hall reports from practice for BTV, video of John Fox speaking afterwards, and notes and photos from Max Henson.

Some tidbits on the Chargers from LJ.

Tim Sullivan of the SDUT wonders how 14-2 under Marty Schottenheimer wasn't good enough for Chargers owner Dean Spanos while the underwhelming results turned in by A.J. Smith and Norv Turner have been okay.


New England recovered from a sluggish start to thump the Chiefs 34-3 as Rob Gronkowski scored two TDs, Kyle Arrington had two picks, and Julian Edelman scored on a punt return. Adam Teicher recaps the game, while Sam Mellinger says it's time again for Handshake Haley to start taking some gambles.

Tom Brady reportedly suffered a bone bruise in his elbow during the Pats' win over the Cowboys last month.

Prior to the game, Kansas City placed QB Matt Cassel on IR and promoted WR Jeremy Horne from the PS to take his spot. In rest of the Josh McDaniels Alumni Division, Peyton Hillis has already been declared out for the Browns' Week 12 game, and Jay Cutler is again engaged (or not) to his famous-for-being-famous girlfriend.

Arizona placed NT Dan Williams on IR.

Shanny blew it when he called a timeout to try and ice Cowboys K Dan Bailey in OT on Sunday; at the same moment, Tony Romo was trying to call a timeout that Dallas didn't have, which would have resulted in a 15-yard penalty. Meanwhile, DeAngelo Hall says the Skins should just cut him after his poor performance. Finally, Washington has a play call on defense which appears to be inspired by the most vicious rabbit in history.

As expected, Sexy Rexy was fined $75K by the league for his fan-directed F-bomb.

More recaps of Sunday's action from Mike Lombardi and Mike Silver, plus the best performances according to Matt Bowen.

Andrew Brandt thinks the Colts have no choice but to select Andrew Luck in April.


Patrick Imig celebrates the whiteness of Jordy Nelson and the mass of piety floating around with Kurt Warner interviewing Tim Tebow.

Bucky Brooks believes that Robert Griffin III combines the best of Michael Vick and Drew Brees and will revolutionize the NFL game. Rob Rang thinks Griffin possesses a strong NFL arm, "extraordinary physical skills" and remarkable levels of poise and football intelliigence, even if he's not as polished as Andrew Luck or Matt Barkley at this point. Rang says Griffin has been exceptional all year, but taking down Oklahoma showed that Griffin could do it against a great team, and that he could thrive under defensive pressure, unlike most spread QBs.

Jason Gay lays out some rules for your annual Turkey Bowl.

Jason Whitlock is appalled by the slipping journalistic standards over at the Worldwide Leader, as evidenced by their decision to run with the Bernie Fine/Syracuse story with poor evidence behind it.

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