The Daily Lard 11-9-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his weekly film review, Andy Benoit is stunned that Oakland didn't spy Tim Tebow as much as Miami had, and he's baffled that the Raiders were so ill-prepared for Denver's zone read when considering the Broncos' lack of offensive diversity. Yes, Tebow & Co. had a few big pass plays including the two scores, but if 113 net yards on 23 attempts + sacks were enough to keep a defense honest, the whole league would be showing a 60/40 run/pass split every week. Seriously. It will be an outright shock if any Denver opponent going forward does not truly sell out to stop the run and keep Tebow in the pocket; doesn't mean it'll work or that the Broncos won't be able to win any more games in Sunday's manner (presumably Tebow will make at least some plays through the air, and hopefully the defense plays better than it has been), but don't expect other teams to be so hapless in defending the zone read.

Benoit also blames personnel for Oakland's problems (the absence of LB Rolando McClain), and on the other side of the ball, Benoit thinks the injury to C Samson Satele and their typical slew of penalties are what caused the Oakland rushing offense to go from gashing Denver early to struggling later. Benoit saw Dennis Allen's use of Von Miller as an inside blitzer as a great new wrinkle and isn't yet buying the notion that the real Elvis Dumervil is quite back.


In his weekly breakdown of all of Tebow's throws, Ryan Wilson credits the coaching staff with truly molding the Denver offense to match Tim's skill set, and he finds it quite odd that Tebow is so inaccurate when throwing on the run. Naturally, Oakland's defense and the moronic penalties they committed Sunday top WIlson's list of Week 9 Coach Killers.

Khaled Elsayed also analyzes the game, and he says the big running plays for Denver were more a result of the scheme, the running of Tebow and Willis McGahee, and Oakland blowing assignments, than they were a credit to the Broncos' offensive line. Ryan Clady catches the most heat with a poor grade for the day, and of course Elsayed has effusive praise for Von Miller, who took down Carson Palmer !!!seven!!! times. In fact, Von is back to leading Khaled's ROY race.

Jeff Legwold considers whether Denver should employ heavy use of the zone read going forward, and he expects the Chiefs to use press-man coverage on Denver's wideouts.

Andrew Mason on the standout play from the Broncos' special teams so far this season.

Eddie Royal was named the AFC ST Player of the Week.


Chris Benson breaks down Chiefs/Dolphins for PFF and says KC is really hurting without TE Tony Moeaki and S Eric Berry, and that they can't generate pressure outside of Tamba Hali.

Kent Babb also details the Chiefs' pass rush struggles.


New England released Albert Haynesworth, whom they had acquired from Washington for a fifth-round pick. If he's claimed by this afternoon, his new team will owe him about half of his $1.5M salary. If he clears, he'll be a free agent and could be had for as little as a prorated portion of $910K. Brian Burke measures his nominal impact for the Pats.

Thankfully, the NFL has flexed the Week 13 matchup of the Pats and Colts out of the SNF slot; no replacement has been decided upon yet.

Chicago gave C Roberto Garza a two-year extension, Tampa Bay signed ex-Bills DT John McCargo, Seattle placed WR Kris Durham on IR and activated WR Deon Butler from the PUP list.

Washington had a busy day, as they cut WR Donte' Stallworth, TE Dominique Byrd, DE Darrion Scott, and CB Brandyn Thompson, and they signed WR David Anderson, DT Kentwan Balmer, and DB Domonique Johnson.

So did Carolina - they released old friend NT Ronnie Fields, put LB Thomas Williams on IR, signed DE Thomas Keiser, and dumped LB Lawrence Wilson, who had been cited for speeding and marijuana possession during the Panther's bye week.

Buffalo signed K Dave Rayner (who had kicked for Oakland a couple weeks ago) with Rian Lindell expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Plus, the Bills placed NT Kyle Williams on IR.

At the halfway point, Doug Farrar shares his overrated (Tebow) and underrated offensive players, plus his underrated and overrated defensive players.

Denver remains 30th in overall efficiency according to Brian Burke's numbers.

Bill Barnwell recaps Week 9 and of course credits Denver's rushing attack with taking home the win, and he dings Raiders LB Aaron Curry for his whiffed assignments.

Willis McGahee tops CHFF's rusher rating for the week, while in his Comeback column Scott Kacsmar points out that McGahee's only 160-yard games both came against Oakland (2009 season), and Eddie Royal's was the third Denver PR TD to win the game for them in the fourth quarter of a game.


Chris Chase lists the best matchups for the second half of the season.

Here are PFW's players of the week, Eric Edholm's midseason All-Pros, and his thoughts on Week 10.

Greg Gabriel breaks down the Week 9 play of Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy.


Matt Bowen explains how to defend against play action at the goal line, while Chris Brown examines LSU's speed option.

Not that he's without bias, but former USC OC and current Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian says he'd draft Matt Barkley over Andrew Luck; Mike Mayock told Peter King that Barkley will be "a good (pro)."

Andrew Brandt points out that franchise tags will come at a lower price than in years past, while Ted Sundquist goes over some basics of contract structuring and refers to himself in the third person.

KSK captionizes Week 9 action, plus a hilarious Craigslist ad for a fitness assistant in Vancouver.

Here's a list of pieces on the late, great Joe Frazier as compiled by Byliner. (via Deadspin) Plus, Bill Simmons on the Thrilla in Manila and a book it inspired.

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