4-3 Lard 2-18-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! To no great surprise, John Fox has confirmed this week that Denver will be shifting back primarlly to useing a 4-3 defense. According to Klis, Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers will indeed be converted back to ends, while Justin Bannan will be playing tackle. Klis also suggests that Denver may use a high pick on a linebacker, with incumbent LBs DJ Williams (if he's still around) moving back to play weakside, Joe Mays or Mario Haggan in the middle, and either Wesley Woodyard or Haggan on the strongside. Whatever works, please. Oh, and it would be nice to has some continuity...


Mason on the latest considerations in the Champ negotiation.

Woody says the Broncos need to re-sign Champ. I tend to agree - he's a known quantity, and he doesn't seem to be seeking Asomugha-type money.

However, Klis says that Denver's offer to Champ includes less than $15 million in guarantees. If that's the case, then frankly Champ should be insulted and if I were him, I'd be listing my house for sale as well. Hometown discount (of perhaps 50%) to stay with a 4-12 team? No, thanks!

Josina Anderson says the Broncos shopped Ryan Harris around in the middle of the 2010 season, and that the Bears were the team most interested. Not sure who the genius is who decided to allow Josina to write stories, but boy, is she terrible. Gee, how many one-sentence paragraphs can I string together to make my article look more substantial than it is? "Durability was arguably in question." Actually, there's not a single person outside of Harris, his family and his agent who would argue that the RT has evidenced durability over the course of his NFL career. He's had one healthy season in four...

Here is Mike Lombardi's radio appearance with Vic and Gary yesterday in which he speculated that Tim Tebow's support system at Dove Valley departed with Josh McDaniels and that he fully expects Kyle Orton to remain with the team. While it's hard to refute what he says (meaning it's all speculation), let's just hope he's flat out wrong on this one...

Legwold explains to a reader how owners would take in more revenue with an 18-game regular season.

AFC West

Somehow, Teicher thinks that Handshake Haley's decision to hire Jim Zorn shows that he's growing up...

San Diego has signed a large RB off Pittsburgh's practice squad. Plus, they made their secondary coach an assistant head coach.

Canepa says the Chargers are in good shape.

While trying to sell his blame-shifting book to the world, Donald Rumseld called the Raiders "evil". Well, at least he got something right...

Inman goes over a few ways in which Rumsfeld's assessment is correct.


The league and the NFLPA have agreed to schedule a week of meetings with mediation, starting today.

Don Banks predicts the framework of the next CBA deal.

HOF voter Dan Pompei responds to the recent criticism from Whitlock and Florio on the election process, with more to come.

Some jackass poisoned some famous trees at Auburn.


Bucky Brooks on the best offensive linemen entering the draft.

Bowen says top prospects shouldn't skip the Combine.

Farrar evaluates Huskies QB Jake Locker, Buffs CB Jimmy Smith and Wisco DE JJ Watt.

Back at FO, Farrar on DT prospects Stephen Paea of Oregon State and Corey Liuget of Illinois.

Bunting examines some post-1st round values. Plus, his favorite 3-4 prospects.

Shane Hallam checks in on a few players who aren't getting much attention pre-Combine.

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