The Daily Lard 12-1-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! I've just sat here for the past 40 minutes trying to respond to complaints about my tone of late, but I've actually run out of time. So, I'm going to get myself to work and finish up my thoughts later when I get a chance. Worst Lard intro ever, I know. More of the self-referencing garbage that I so intently try to avoid - that makes 10 uses of I/me/my/myself, or 10 more than this writer would like to use each day. Sorry, folks - enjoy the links and have a great day!


Legwold measures Tim Tebow's progress as a passer, and he wonders if the Broncos will try to air it out this week with the Vikings struggling against the pass and with a depleted secondary.

Mike Klis and Andrew Mason on Von Miller's thumb injury, plus Mason's photos from practice.

Klis on Tebow's high number of carries last week, plus notes from Legwold.

Khaled Elsayed examines the success rates of pass rushers and finds that only Carlos Dunlap has been better than Von Miller, but on 100 fewer rushes.

Video of John Fox and Tim Tebow speaking after practice yesterday, notes and photos from practice via Kenny Legan, and a lengthy profile of Rahim Moore.

The man suspected of burglarizing D.J. Williams' house turned himself in.

Add Aaron Rodgers to the list of devout Christian QBs who think Tebow shouldn't be talking so much religion when not asked.

Thom Brenneman and Brian Billick will be calling Sunday's game for FOX.


Dan Wiederer runs down the long list of Minnesota's injured players.

Mark Craig says the Vikings' slew of injuries is starting to open doors for their young players to show what they've got.

Max Henson transcribes some of Leslie Frazier's comments to the Denver press.


A group of three former college football players and one ex-college soccer player have filed a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA for what they're claiming to be negligent handling of their sports-related concussions.

Gunther Cunningham, Steve Wisniewski and Monte Poole react to the passing of Chester McGlockton, who died of an apparent heart attack.

San Diego placed LT Marcus McNeill on IR and was awarded T Jared Gaither off waivers from Kansas City; Handshake Haley says the Chiefs are sticking with Tyler Palko as their starter for now over Kyle Orton, but that he'll be ready to switch mid-game if Palko struggles.

Seahawks WR Sidney Rice, Bills DT Torell Troup were placed on IR, while the Dolphins waived K Shayne Graham and DT Igor Olshansky.

More changes in Jacksonville, where they fired their WR coach, cut WR Jason Hill, and shifted their coaching staff around a bit. Mike Lombardi thinks the Jags must go with an offensive HC to help out Blaine Gabbert.

The appeal hearing for Ndamukong Suh's two-game suspension is today, while Dez Bryant settled the lawsuit filed against him by the jeweler he had owed $600K to.

Andy Benoit previews Giants/Packers and Texans/Falcons, plus some shorter notes on Saints/Lions, Cards/Cowboys and Redskins/Jets.

Sunday is a tossup according to Brian Burke's game probabilities, as the Broncos have a 48% chance of winning per his calculations.

Jim Trotter says the standard for young QBs has changed, and they're not afforded as much slack as in the past.

Bucky Brooks says the Saints are the one NFC team that can hang with the Packers offensively, and Mike Tanier explores some positive roster additions since their SB win of two years ago.

Chase Stuart examines some playoff starts by inexperienced QBs considering the case of T.J. Yates and the Texans.

Jack Bechta explains why there were so few midseason contract extensions doled out this year.

More Week 12 stuff from PFF: Pro Bowlers from Neil Hornsby, who calls Von Miller the best defensive player in the league, best (Miller, Elvis Dumervil, Brodrick Bunkley) and worst (Robert Ayers) players via Khaled Elsayed, Sam Monson analyzes some key plays, and a breakdown of Stevie Johnson/Darrelle Revis by Ben Stockwell.


Greg Gabriel evaluates the play of some Titans rookies.

Mike Silver believes the Eagles are better off sticking with Andy Reid, and the Broncos are up to #15 in his weekly rankings, and they're at #16 in CHFF's rankings.

Bill Barnwell on the big movers among Week 13 lines, plus Turkey Day in Vegas.

Week 13 podcasts from Doug Farrar/Greg Cosell and Will Brinson/Andy Benoit, who discuss the possibility of Tim Tebow making the Pro Bowl.

Wes Bunting serves up detailed scouting reports on Landry Jones and Andrew Luck, Rob Rang recaps the play of top prospects last week and updates his big board, and Gil Brandt lists his top Heisman candidates.

Sports bars this awful could only pop up here in NYC, amirite?

Kids these days...

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

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