The Daily Lard 3-21-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Via Mike Florio, Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post tweeted yesterday evening the following regarding Broncos owner Pat Bowlen:

Wow, does Pat Bowlen look frail and out of it. His right-hand man just had to show him how to get in a car. Sad.

As Florio reminds us, there has been a good deal of hushed speculation surrounding Bowlen's health in recent years while Joe Ellis has emerged from the shadows to execute the bulk of the Broncos' major decisions. I'm not about to play the guessing game regarding Bowlen's health, but there has certainly been some erratic behavior recently out of Dove Valley - none more so than Bowlen's public assertion that Josh McDaniels would be back as the Broncos' coach in 2011, followed only days later by the young coach's ouster. And, we may never know if Jay Cutler and Mr. B ever spoke on the phone when the QB was on his way out of town. Aside from wishing that Bowlen can somehow recover from whatever is ailing him, we can only hope that John Elway knows what he's gotten himself into, not to mention what he's doing...

AFC West

In his brief notes from the owners meetings, Klis is hearing that the proposed kickoff changes are facing plenty of opposition.

Scott Pioli tells Teicher that the Chiefs will continue to exercise patience relative to the draft. Plus, Teicher considers KC's areas of need.

Meanwhile, the uncertainty surrounding veteran players and potential free agents has AJ Smith telling Acee that the Chargers' possibilities are endless at #18.


Andrew Brandt analyzes the Goodell/NFLPA letter exchange.

Judy Battista considers the next step in the labor fight: the NLRB's investigation into whether the NFLPA's decertification was a mere negotiating tactic.

Not only has the SB celebration in Wisconsin been cut short, but who knows when the players will get their hard-earned championship rings?

Jery Glanville is headed to the UFL.

In their AFC Whispers, PFW hears the Raiders are hell bent on keeping Michael Bush around, while 2010 FA rules would keep Eric Weddle in San Diego. Plus, they wonder if KC is ready to dump Brody Croyle, while old friend Domonique Foxworth is expected back as a starter for Baltimore next season.

PFW thinks Kevin Kolb is on his way out of Philly this offseason among their NFC Whispers.

Andy Barall on the late Drew Hill.


After having broken down Fairley/Dareus, Greg Gabriel moves on to defensive linemen Cameron Jordan of Cal and Da'Quan Bowers of Clemson. Gabriel cites Jordan's size, speed, motor, athleticism and versatility in saying that the four-year player could fit in almost any defensive front. As for Bowers, Gabriel likes his in-game speed and strength and saw more hustle out of the junior in 2010 than he had in prior years; he thinks Bowers is best as an end in a 4-3. According to Gabriel, both players are excellent in both playing the run and rushing the passer.

Farrar continues his evaluations with Troy WR Jerrel Jernigan and Pitt DE Jabaal Sheard.

Gil Brandt on the pro days of Kentucky, Maryland and Ouachita Baptist.

Rob Rang does over the 2010 Draft and has Denver taking Gerald McCoy and Tony Moeaki instead of Demaryius Thomas and Tim Tebow.

PS. How about them Marquette Warriors? SWEET SIXTEEN, BABY!!!!!!!

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