The Daily Lard 3-30-12

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Jeff Legwold spoke with Jeff Fisher, Leslie Frazier and Mike Shanahan about the problems Peyton Manning creates for defenses. The best quotes come via Fisher, whose Titans played Manning twice yearly for nine years, plus once in the 1999 playoffs (a Tennessee victory that included a !15-yard! rushing TD by Peyton). Said Fisher:

He'll raise the offense to a level where they are consistent week after week after week. He eliminates a lot of mistakes, and they'll score a lot of points week after week after week. He kind of changes the defensive philosophy (the Broncos) will face because all of a sudden (defenses) aren't rushing the passer against Denver or protecting a lead.

We've always said it's like preparing for one of those quarterbacks in a video game. You just can't fool him. He'll move fast and get the ball to the right people.

He's going to get up under center, scan the field and he knows what you're doing," Fisher said. "It may look like you're doing something else, but he knows what you're doing. It goes beyond staring into the eyes of the safeties. He understands presnap looks, the signals, the communication. He just knows all that.

Sound good to you?

Broncos

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As Legwold tells it, the Broncos "jumped into the first round" when they used their own pick to take Knowshon Moreno in 2009. In related news, we're hearing the Colts are going to make a bold move up to #1 this year.

Looking back at the pile of tackles drafted in 2008's first round, Dan Parr says only Ryan Clady and Jake Long have lived up to expectations.

Kyle Orton tells ESPN Dallas the Broncos' situation in 2011 was "about as crazy as it can be," and that he "asked to get away from Denver."

Trimmings

The NFL is reportedly unwilling to accept the financial terms of AEG's Los Angeles stadium proposal, putting the potential deal in jeopardy.

San Diego will re-sign Antonio Garay, he of the Helly Kitty car; ex-Seahawks DE Anthony Hargrove says he's joining the Packers; draft bust WR Devin Thomas is joining Jay Cutler and BMarshthe Bears.

Oakland hosted ex-Colts LB Phillip Wheeler; the former longtime Raiders trainer passed away at 82; Steve Corkran surveys the Raiders' roster.

Ed Reed, whom Mike Shanahan passed up for Ashley Lelie in 2002, says he wants to return to Baltimore for another season.

Donovan McNabb is extremely bitter about his failure in Washington and thinks the Shanahans won't know how to utilize RG3.

Packers safety Nick Collins is hoping to come back from a neck procedure similar to that of Manning's.

Scrapple

Khaled Elsayed checks pass-blocking data for running backs, finding nothing of note on Denver's guys.

Mike Tanier on the silliness of calling SB titles tainted, plus the top running backs in Lions history.

Jeffri Chadiha profiles top CB prospect Janoris Jenkins and his path from Florida to North Alabama in rehabbing his image.

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Doug Farrar and Greg Gabriel on the pro day performance of A&M QB Ryan Tannehill, plus Gabriel explains what pre-draft visits mean for teams.

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