The Daily Lard 11-24-11

Happy Thanksgiving, Broncos fans! I'd just like to take a moment to selfishly give some IAOFM-related thanks -  I'm thankful that TJ came up with the idea to pursue this project, that Doc was all for it from Day 1, and that Ted rounded out our writing crew back in January. I'm thankful to be able to legitimately call Ted, Doc and TJ my friends, guys that I can talk to daily about life just as much as football. I'm thankful that my great pal David was willing to usher us four noobs into the world of running a website, especially when he's so busy with a demanding day job, a young family, and a humongous site of his own.

Of course, I'm thankful that all of you choose to spend so much of your valuable time reading our work and sharing your opinions and reactions, even when we don't see eye-to-eye on things. It's your readership that makes this all worthwhile, and we appreciate each and every one of you. So, on behalf of the five of us, I'd like to wish all of you a wonderful holiday - enjoy the great eats and football, and please drive safely.


Notes from Andrew Mason and Lindsay Jones: Willis McGahee became a team captain following Kyle Orton's departure, the mini-bye resulted in the full roster practicing yesterday, and the team has yet to fill Orton's roster spot, although it's expected that Adam Weber will get the call. Plus, Mason's photos from practice.

Mike Klis details Orton's move from Denver to KC.

Jeff Legwold isn't sure that waiving Orton was a great idea, but $2.6M is a lot of dough.

There's something funny about Woody Paige writing about others being to blame for guys getting run out of town.

In Woody's latest mailbag, he talks about Cutler/Orton/Tebow, Tim's mechanics and accuracy, doesn't see Jim Fassel coming back to Denver to help Tim, and he claims he was talking up Denver's defense before anyone else, because he's Woody Paige.

Eric Decker responds to fan mail for the DP.

Tim Tebow is on the cover of the latest SI, although the "story" inside is really just a collection of quotes from and about him.

Practice notes from Kenny Legan and Gray Caldwell, plus video of John Fox and Tim Tebow speaking afterwards.

Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts will be calling the game for CBS. Surely Fouts will be his typical objective self for this one. It's almost as fun as having to listen to that twit Joe Buck and Tim "I caught the greatest pitcher in history" McCarver do the World Series when the Cardinals are in it. Nauseating.

Tebow fans aren't jumping the gun or anything.


San Diego lost another guard for the year due to a concussion, this time Scott Mruczkowski.

Kevin Acee details the injury problems along the line for the Chargers.

Acee's notes: Malcom Floyd will miss Sunday's game, while LB Shaun Phillips and CB Marcus Gilchrist haven't practiced yet this week.

Turkey Day games

Andy BenoitPat Kirwan, Matt Bowen and Clark Judge offer their thoughts on the matchups, while Doug Farrar shares some insightful stats.

Chris Chase says this is the best set of Thanksgiving games ever.

Over at CHFF, Ken Crippen dives into the history of Thanksgiving day games, while Scott Kacsmar details the Turkey Day comebacks, including RON DAYNE!!!

Doug Farrar and Nate Jahnke preview Packers/Lions.

Jahnke also breaks down Dolphins/Cowboys and Bucky Brooks explains why the Dolphins have been winning.

Gordon McGuinness previews Niners/Ravens, plus Jack Bechta shares a story about the Harbaughs.

Bill Simmons makes his picks for the day while Bill Barnwell focuses on movement in the betting lines.

Here's how Mike Tanier imagines this Thanksgiving will go.


Adam Teicher on the Chiefs' waiver claim of Kyle Orton; Tyler Palko is expected to start this week while Orton gets situated.

Buffalo is the latest stop for RB Tashard Choice, who was claimed from Washington after Fred Jackson went on IR.

The Texans placed Matt Schaub on IR and signed ex-Jets QB Kellen Clemens.

Tommy Craggs despises celebration penalties in football, and I cannot agree enough.

PFF closes the book on Week 11 with worst players (Eric Decker, J.D. Walton, Robert Ayers), Sam Monson breaks down a few key plays, their analyst roundtable (plenty of Broncos chatter), and key matchups, including Brodrick Bunkley's man-handling of Nick Mangold.

As Khaled Elsayed details, the Broncos are among the surest-tackling teams in the league this year.

The game probabilities over at ANS give Denver only a 25% chance at victory on Sunday, plus Burke plots out team EPAs on a scatter graph.

Andy Benoit previews Steelers/Chiefs and Giants/Saints, plus Bucky Brooks' X-factors for the week (Eric Decker).

Here's Doug Farrar's weekly podcast with Greg Cosell.

Ben Muth responds to questions about offensive line play.

Sam Borden on the many different grips used to hold/throw a football.


Denver ranks 19th in CHFF's power rankings.

Bob Tedeschi test phone apps to help you make football picks.

Unsilent Majority is taking the Broncos and the points (seven of them) among his weekly picks, plus KSK's Sex/FF mailbag.

The Worldwide Leader will have a new leader come the new year.

Mitchell & Ness is offering all jerseys for $100, plus 40% off all other apparel in their Black Friday sale (through Monday).

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

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