The Daily Lard 2-2-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Gather 'round, kids - it's time for another episode of Learning With Woody. Today's lessons:

  1. March 8 (when Peyton Manning's roster bonus is due) falls this year "at the end of" the month.
  2. Denver isn't close enough to the SB for Manning to join the Broncos, but the Redskins and Dolphins are.¹
  3. The Broncos would have gone 4-12 if Kyle Orton was the QB all year, and this is an indisputable fact.
  4. Demaryius Thomas drops too many passes and runs "pretty lousy" routes.
  5. Denver needs better from Thomas, because Tebow "can make that (deep) throw." ²

Now to the actual journalism (maybe): Woody's sense is the Broncos will give Tim Tebow all of 2012 to prove whether he should be their long-term QB or not, and if not then they'll draft a new guy high in the 2013 Draft.

¹ This is not a suggestion that Manning should come to Denver. Really, it's not.
² According to PFF, Tebow ranked 28th out of 31 QBs in terms of deep passing accuracy, despite the 10th-lowest drop rate on such passes (only two drops in 63 attempts).*

* Not saying Tebow can't throw deep or can't improve. Just presenting facts.

Broncos

Jeff Legwold says the transition from Dennis Allen to Jack Del Rio should be a smooth one because "Del Rio used a 4-3 defense when he coached the Jaguars." Hoo boy, yeah that's why.

Max Henson checks in with rookie LB Mike Mohamed, who says he needs to get bigger, stronger and quicker. Piece of cake, right?

Mike Klis went hunting for Tebow praise in Indy. Oh, and you can get copies of his book for just $19.95.

Mark Kiszla thinks Denver should get to host a Super Bowl; naturally, Joe Elli$ agrees.

Von Miller appeared on SportsCenter to discuss his last 12 months Tim Tebow.

Randy Gradishar responds to fan questions for the DP.

Giants RB Brandon Jacobs shared some thoughts about his late juco teammate and former Broncos RB Damien Nash.

Golf announcer David Feherty was at Media Day and said, "I did ask Tom Brady was there a point during the Denver game where he thought that Tim Tebow realized that Tom Brady was God?"

Daily Supe

Over at PFF, Sam Monson breaks down how the Pats use Aaron Hernandez, Ben Stockwell revisits a few key plays from the Giants and Pats' Week 9 matchup and focuses on the Giants' edge protection, and Nate Jahnke provides some SB observations.

Pat Kirwan lays out some keys to victory for the Giants and Patriots.

Scott Kacsmar details Eli Manning's excellent history of fourth-quarter comebacks.

Mike Tanier examines the two teams' proclivity to blitz and goes out in search of public art in Indy. 

Brian Burke's probabilities give the Giants the slightest of edges.

When you're trying to rank the top SB QB matchups of all time and you don't end up with Elway/Favre anywhere, perhaps you need to reconsider your method?

Jack Bechta details the involvement of NFL owners in scalping SB tickets while Andrew Brandt examines the financial aspects (are there others?) of the Super Bowl.

KSK captionizes Media Day, plus Drew Magary gets Newt Gingrich to share his SB prediction.

Here's the next installment of VW's dog/Star Wars SB commercials.

Trimmings

A group of former NFL, USFL and XFL execs are apparently planning a spring football league.

Chiefs O-line coach Bill Muir is retiring, and QB coach Jim Zorn plans to resign if he's not promoted to OC. Meanwhile, KC blocked the Bears from talking to Zorn about their QB coach vacancy.

Dennis Allen's staff is starting to come together, as he retained the RB coach, hired a new strength coach and O-line coach, Steve Wisniewski will assist with the O-line, and the teams asked to speak with Packers CB coach Joe Whitt Jr. about their DC position.

Baltimore hired ex-Denver DC Wink Martindale to coach their inside linebackers.

Wes Bunting lists some players who helped their draft prospects in the all-star bowls.

Go figure - John Clayton apparently has bigger balls than Cris Carter does - the former rode a zip line at the SB, while the former chickened out.

Several NFL logos have been redone to more appropriately reflect the teams they represent. (via SportsGrid)

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

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