The Daily Lard 3-29-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! John Elway provided some insight into how the Denver and Manning offenses will be melded, and what he said wasn't much of a surprise: Peyton will get to use the verbiage he's familiar with when making calls at the line.

Obviously, this will require all of his new teammates to adjust to him rather than vice versa, but it makes sense. Since the players cannot work out at Dove Valley or under coaches' supervision, they can get to learning right away, and since Manning is already organizing workouts, there's a good chance they've already started the process.

Besides, they probably all forgot what it's like to change a play at the line what's the difference?


Dave Krieger is positively giddy about the 26 points "stat" (more like trivia) cited by John Fox while wooing Manning. Now, it's exciting to think about, sure. But what makes it trivial? John Fox and Peyton Manning's NFL histories have no bearing on whether the 2012 Broncos score 26 points per game, or win if/when they do. Chances are, a Peyton Manning-led offense will score a lot of points, and John Fox's defenses generally don't give up many points. But, the 26-point threshold has no meaning going forward.

Whoops, missed yesterday that Denver is expected to talk extension with Ryan Clady this summer. Then again, it may just be unfounded speculation.

Jeff Legwold is guessing at this point that Denver will take a DT at #25, and he notes that Shanny doesn't have to be too secretive picking at #2.

Talk at Duke is that football recruiting should get a boost from Peyton having worked out there so much during his rehab.

Jake Plummer is obviously still quite bitter about how Shanny dumped him for Jay Cutler, as much as he tries to say he isn't. Plus, he says the Broncos are better off with a "genius" as their starting QB than a "humanitarian." Man, if Champ pulls down that pick against Big Ben...


Mark Rypien says his own memory loss is what prompted him to become lead plaintiff in a suit against the NFL.

Bill Parcells is hinting that he will step in for Sean Payton this season.

The Titans are interested in Asante Samuel and may acquire him from Philly.

Former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs is joining the Niners; Minnesota re-signed WR Devin Aromashodu

Torry Holt is signing a one-day contract to officially retire as a St. Louis Ram.

Here are the complete overtime rules adopted yesterday; John Clayton believes the league will inevitably put replays fully in the hands of booth officials, as we've been hoping.

Darrelle Revis says the Jets locker room is in disarray; Nike got a restraining order preventing Reebok from selling more Tim Tebow Jets jerseys; Tim is excited to be a Jet, all the way.


Andrew Brandt explains why Dallas and Washington got penalized for their handling of the salary cap; Jack Bechta says the elimination of the junior rule will help more underclassmen enter the NFL Draft.

Khaled Elsayed goes over LB run stopping data, finding Joe Mays among the best across the board; Aaron Schatz checks on CB data.

Wes Bunting ranks DT prospects by tiers; Jonathan Bales evaluates Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox; Bucky Brooks on Alabama's quintet of potential first-rounders.

A Browns fan gives ownership a taste of their own medicine, and hilariously so.

NFL Films summarized the 2011 season in a neat six-minute video.

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