The Daily Lard 4-22-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Woody Paige, the new Denver offense will be complected of:

  • Plays straight out of Indy's playbook, of course
  • Plays that John Fox and Mike McCoy grew fond of during their seven seasons together in Carolina
  • "Pass plays the Broncos had before Tebow," which really means concepts and plays inherited from Josh McDaniels
  • Willis McGahee-friendly rushing plays from last year
  • Plays copied from Green Bay and New Orleans, the preeminent passing offenses of the day
  • Pass plays which suited the skills of new Broncos Joel Dreessen and Andre Caldwell in their prior homes (Houston and Cincy, respectively)

Peyton Manning also tells Woody he's been spending some quality time with Johns Elway and Fox, and that he's found a house in the area.

Broncos

Lindsay Jones profiles Denver director of player personnel Matt Russell and his transition from linebacker to head scout.

Chris Hall and Broncos TV check in with Russell and the X-Man on their draft preparations.

Mike Klis employs the usual crappy logic that Denver's previous failures at drafting defensive tackles have anything at all to do with how they would/will fare this year if they take one.

PFT's look at Denver's draft needs covers the usual bases: DT, CB, QB, RB.

Old friend wrote a column for the Times about the boredom of retirement from the NFL even though he's been keeping busy, with a novel set to be published next year. In case you're wondering, Trevor had 27 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and 125 tackles in his six post-Denver seasons.

Trimmings

After much consideration, the Falcons have passed on being the subject of HBO's Hard Knocks this year.

Chiefs DE Tyson Jackson has agreed to a pay cut; so has St. Louis tackle Jason Smith.

NFL thug Jeff Pash says HGH testing could begin prior to the 2012 season and that the league is seeking to have Dallas and Washington's appeal of their cap penalties dismissed.

Doug Farrar and Alex Marvez on the suicide of Ray Easterling, whose widow says the ex-Falcons safety "felt like his brain was falling off."

Lloyd Christmas haircut aside, new Raiders owner Mark Davis appears to be no dummy and is running the team much more sensibly than his father did for the past couple decades.

Mockery

Huskers CB Alfonzo Dennard was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer. Whoops.

In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei says the Browns and Dolphins could both be after Ryan Tannehill at #3, although the Vikings probably wouldn't want to move down further than where the Browns reside at #4 to make that happen. Plus, he's hearing chatter that Brandon Weeden may sneak into the first round and that Jacksonville would like to move down from #7 but could struggle to do so.

Mike Tanier scouts ND WR Michael Floyd and BC LB Luke Kuechly; Matt Waldman breaks down A&M QB Ryan Tannehill; Matt Bowen hits up some film on Alabama RB Trent Richardson; Russ Lande evaluates USC T Matt Kalil and says PSU DT Devon Still appears to have slipped out of the first round in his latest notes.

Wes Bunting has Denver taking Michigan C David Molk and ASU corner Omar Bolden in his fourth-round mock.

The Impassioned One checks on defensive back prospects and lists his top 100 prospects in order.

Khaled Elsayed reviews the 08-10 drafts of the Giants and Patriots.

Scrapple

Mike Tanier shares his unique observations of the 2012 schedule.

Among PFW's latest Whispers is talk of the Chiefs taking a guard high in next week's draft.

More links via PFT.

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