The Daily Lard 2-10-12

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! My, how quickly things have changed in Oakland. It was only last February that the Raiders gave CB Stanford Routt a puzzling $20M in guarantees to stick around, later restructuring his deal to make it a five-year contract worth a potential $54.5M (but with no extra guarantees beyond the $20M). These were the kind of kooky decisions Al Davis made - with both of his starting corners hitting free agency, Big Al gave Routt only $5M less in guarantees than all-world CB Nnamdi Asomugha ended up getting from the Eagles.

Since then, Davis has moved on to another world, Huebris Jackson is no longer the coach, and Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen are now running the show. Yesterday, the duo established in full that the Raiders are their team, and they put the entire roster on notice by cutting Routt, who had allowed nine touchdowns and dubiously led the league with 17 penalties called against him in 2011.

Routt's agent has reportedly already garnered interest from Buffalo and Tennessee, but no matter where the 2005 second-rounder lands, the message is clear: McKenzie and Allen will not hesitate to differentiate themselves from Davis's ways - which can only be a bad thing for the Broncos and the rest of the AFC West.


Jeff Legwold reiterates that Denver will be seeking to draft a QB and sign another.

Woody Paige is already whining about Denver's 2012 schedule, although he predicts a 10-6 record for them, figuring that if he starts now, he can make enough different calls to link back next January and pronounce that he was correct. Naturally, we will not have forgotten about this sleazy tactic.

Kenny Legan checks in on UFA Joe Mays, who says he wants to return to Denver, not that anyone else will want a two-down player who missed 21 tackles this year.


According to Alex Marvez, the Bucs hired Butch Davis as a defensive assistant, while the Colts hired Charlie Williams to coach wideouts.

Victor Cruz wants more money (which he clearly deserves), while Plaxico Burress wants to be an Eagle.

Kevin Acee expects the Chargers won't get into a bidding war to retain Vincent Jackson, and he figures VJ will end up elsewhere.

Don Banks lists his top offseason questions and thankfully there's no mention of Tebow.

Les Carpenter says it's time for Peyton Manning to hang 'em up.

SB 46

Greg Cosell breaks down the play of the Giants O/Pats D and Pats O/Giants D.

Stefan Fatsis wouldn't be surprised to learn that the Giants medical staff allowed Jake Ballard to cause more damage to his knee by running on the sideline.

Exposure to the measles was apparently part of the NFL Experience this year.

Scott Kacsmar compares the Giants legacies of Tom Coughlin and Bill Parcells.

Drew Magary has some choice words for curmudgeonly dickhead Rodney Harrison and his reaction to Rob Gronkowski's way of mourning a SB loss.

Tom Brady's sister is apparently engaged to the Greek God of Walks, Kevin Youkilis.


Rob Rang updates his big board; Wes Bunting examines small-school CB prospects.

Someone put Peyton Manning's face into some NFL logos, and the results are pretty funny. (via SportsGrid)

Will Ferrell did the intros for the Bulls and Hornets the other night, and obviously it was hilarious.

Magary made his way to a Cook Out for the first time, plus his final Jamboroo of the season.

KSK's latest Sex/FF mailbag.

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