Shiny Happy Players Lard 12-9-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans. Brian Dawkins, Demaryius Thomas and Spencer Larsen have already been declared out for Sunday's game. Andre' Goodman and Darcel McBath were limited participants in yesterday's practice, the first run by new interim coach Eric Studesville. Apparently Studesville is more of a motivator type than Josh McDaniels, and he extended an olive branch to the players yesterday by having them practice without pads.

Has anyone noticed that of Denver's 9 losses, 8 of them have come at the hands of teams that currently have 6 wins or more? On Sunday, the Broncos will face the worst team they've played all year in the Cardinals, and a fifth-round rookie QB in John Skelton. So if Denver wins, surely it will be because Studesville took the pads off, because he smiles more than McDaniels, and happier players are better players?  Sounds like a neat little DP narrative...


Chris Hall and Broncos TV on Studesville's first day on the job.

Studesville and Kyle Orton met with the press yesterday.

Kevin Vickerson, Robert Ayers, Mario Haggan, Daniel Graham and Correll Buckhalter spoke to reporters yesterday. (Audio)

Woody makes the case for John Elway, who acknowledges that he is interested in a full-time role within the Broncos' hierarchy.

Interestingly, Legwold cites "some in the organization" who say that the Broncos wanted to keep Jim Goodman around to run the personnel department when he was supposedly run out of town by the evil Josh McDaniels. The implication is clearly that either Bowlen fired Goodman, or Goodman left on his own accord, rather than McDaniels having made a power play. Funny - why did we never hear this side of things before?

Among Klis' notes, Mike McCoy will be calling the plays on Sunday; plus he takes a shot at the "New England Way." How much of that garbage is coming our way in the next year?

Thomas George on his interview with Pat Bowlen two weekends ago, and some player insight into Josh McDaniels' treatment of the team:

He was very hands on and did a lot of yelling. Guys prefer a coach who lets his assistants do more of that and he oversees things. He had a tough time really knowing how to reach players.

Studesville brought a sunny disposition to practice yesterday, apparently a contrast to McDaniels' more business-like approach.

Notes from Mason.

Legwold on Studesville's first day. At least Legwold acknowledges how clichéd it is for these sort of quotes to come forth.

Tim Tebow released a statement in response to the sudden resignation of Urban Meyer at Florida.


The Dolts are staying in San Diego, at least for next year. Canepa reacts.

Notes on the Dolts from Jenkins.

Ryan Mathews visited the 6-year-old kid who became a YouTube star because he "hates football."

Matt Cassel had an appendectomy and will likely miss the Chefs' next two games.

Babb's notes on the Chefs.

Gwen Knapp on what Jason Campbell brings to Jokeland.


Bob Sanders is the 15th Colt to go on IR this season.

The NFL held a meeting in New York with concussion and helmet-safety experts on Wednesday to discuss possible improvements.

Part 2 of Andrew Brandt's look at the CBA talks.

Dan Pompei says it's not a bad year to be picking high in the draft...

Denver sits at #29 in Mike Silver's weekly rankings.

Kyle Orton has fallen to #5 on Luis DeLoureiro's QB ratings.

Jay Cutler is assured his first winning season since high school.

The Broncos are strongly favored by Brian Burke's game probabilities.

KSK takes a look at the current playoff picture.

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