What to root for Lard 12-26-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With Arizona's last-second win last night, the Broncos are now assured a top-3 pick if they should win exactly one of their remaining games. If they lose both games, Denver will get a top-2 pick, and if Carolina also beats Atlanta next week, the Broncos would pick 1st overall. Two wins by Denver would bring several other teams into the equation and could drop the Broncos to as low as the 8th pick.

In other words, it would be disastrous for the Broncos to win their last two games. They will have lost 11 games, gotten their head coach fired, enraged fans and become the butt of jokes nationwide, only to be picking perhaps 8th overall. This scenario would likely preclude Denver from the ability to select one of the top defensive linemen or cornerbacks who are expected to enter the draft (without trading up to do so).

Now, obviously it is very difficult to root against one's own team. In fact, I find it pretty much impossible myself. But our current situation allows us to not get too upset when a play goes badly, ie. a Bronco drops a pass or the Texans score, get mad for a second and then think "Top-2 Pick". Really, we need it. Whether it's for the chance to draft Andrew Luck or trade him for a bounty of picks, or to take someone like Da'Quan Bowers, Nick Fairley, Patrick Peterson, or Prince Amukamara, going 1-1 or 0-2 between today and next Sunday is crucial. As an aside, how neat would it be to have a pair of starting cornerbacks next season named Champ and Prince? So, of course - root for the Broncos to win and for Tim Tebow to show progress, but if/when they lose, don't sweat it. We'll be right where we want to be...

Broncos/Texans


Dan Pompei says the Broncos are considering current Dolts exec and ex-Saints GM Randy Mueller, former Skins and Texans GM Charley Casserly, former Shanny errand boy Broncos GM Ted Sundquist, Ravens player personnel director Eric DeCosta, Colts player personnel director Tom Telesco and Vikings player personnel director George Paton in their search for a new GM.

In his preview, Mason expects Tebow to chuck it more today, for the Broncos to win and for Kubes not to be their coach next year.

Despite the ridiculous headline, LJ writes a nice piece on what Tebow and QB coach Ben McDaniels are working on.

Here's the DP's scan-errific preview.

Klis considers whether John Elway can be the rare former great player who becomes successful in an executive role.

LJ shares an interview with Britton Colquitt, who just get engaged a few days ago.

Krieger suggests there will be a hot trade market for Denver's draft choice and/or Kyle Orton.

Notes on the Broncos, who apparently promoted Stanley Daniels from their practice squad to keep the Browns from nabbing him.

The Sports Network previews the game, via KDVR.

Warren Sapp is none too impressed by Tebow's debut last week

Enemies


Teicher on the Chefs' quick turnaround. Plus, Sam Mellinger says they're for real.

Plus, Teicher checks in on the Chefs match up with the Titans.

Acee on the Dolts' outlook.

Jenkins on what to expect from Dolts/Bungles.

Tafur on the belated emergence of Darren McFadden.

Monte Poole says Jokeland has been drafting well of late.

Trimmings


Matt Bowen on what he's looking for today.

Brian Burke ponders what sort of "love" Brett Favruh really has for the game of football. Or is it just that Brett loves him some Brett?

Alan Schwarz profiles Bobby Hosea, who is teaching young football players how to protect their heads while making tackles in his camps.

Freezing the kicker apparently does work, according to a recent study.

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