The Daily Lard 2-25-12

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Here's video of John Elway's Combine presser yesterday, and a summary of his comments from the official site. Of course, all anyone heard among Elway's words was the following regarding Tim Tebow:

We're hoping he's going to be the guy for a long, long time.

Again, these are just words, and only actions count. But until the Broncos sign and/or draft another quarterback, words are all we've got. Tebow fans will likely ignore the first two words of Elway's sentence and see unwavering organizational support, while the skeptics will zoom in on that second word.

It's all open to interpretation, and several writers read Elway's quotes in their own ways: Clark Judge focuses on hopingMike Tanier thinks Elway said nothing at all; Will Brinson says Elway made it pretty clear he's not committed to Tim; Jeff Legwold stresses that no matter what Elway thinks, he has to have a Plan B.

Doug Farrar and Jeff Darlington are more interested in when Elway will get to coaching Tim up, and the rules forbidding the Broncos from talking to Noel Mazzone.


Legwold sees a high likelihood that Denver will finally go defensive tackle with their first-round pick.

Plus, he again says the Broncos would be well served to follow Ron Wolf's model of always drafting a QB no matter the team's situation.

Arizona QB Nick Foles says he'd have no qualms about competing with Tebow.

Cattle Call

Doug Farrar agrees the Combine shouldn't be turned into a made-for-TV competition, but of course he expects it will happen in the name of straight cash, homie.

Mike Lombardi says Combine week is when team execs and player agents really set out to bullshit each other.

Wes Bunting's morning and afternoon notes from yesterday, plus his observations on offensive line prospects.

Bucky Brooks sees a few spots among the top 11 that could determine much of how the first round plays out; plus, he scouts Stanford TE Coby Fleener.

Greg Gabriel evaluates Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox; Jonathan Bales scouts Virgina CB Chase Minnifield.

Don Banks thinks Ryan Tannehill could go in the top half of the first round.


The NFL may change the regular season OT rules to match those enacted for the playoffs, and they may also mandate replay reviews for all turnovers. But again, why not put replay decisions in the hands of the booth, instead of forcing coaches to risk timeouts? This is one where the NCAA has it right, and the NFL is dead wrong.

A.J. Smith quelled any doubts that Takeo Spikes will be back with the Chargers this season.

Green Bay is expected to release T Chad Clifton and redo the contract of WR Donald Driver.

Jason Cole says two teams have expressed interest in Randy Moss, who is reportedly unable to get willing to forego a guarantee.

According to Adam Schefter, the Eagles are open to trading WR DeSean Jackson.

San Francisco gave safety C.J. Spillman a new three-year deal.

Here's a transcript of Dennis Allen's presser from Indy, plus his comments regarding Von Miller.


Ben Stockwell explains how teams can thrive passing despite struggling in protection; Bryan Hall ranks the top free agent DTs (Brodrick Bunkley).

Will Brinson ranks free agent wideouts (Brandon Lloyd).

Chris Brown thinks the value of attending live sporting events is diminishing with time.

Jeremy Lin got the Taiwanese Animation and Jimmy Fallon treatment.

Denver's Park Burger gets a very strong review from A Hamburger Today. Anybody been?

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