The Daily Lard 4-25-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Panthers WR Steve Smith says a Saints defender told him during a game that he'd get fined were he not to "go after (Smith's) legs" while forcing him out of bounds. Smith also relates a conversation he had with Gregg Williams during a game last year, saying "He took responsibility, he was saying it wasn't right, but that's who he was."

And yet, Joe Vitt incredibly claimed yesterday that the team's players never tried to hurt opponents. Really, Joe? It's a wee bit late for denials. Saints fans? At least they're honest.

Meanwhile, the FBI and Louisiana State Police are investigating the wiretapping allegations against Saints GM Mickey Loomis. Cortez Kennedy vouched for Loomis to Peter King, who of course finds the whole thing interesting. PK notes that New Orleans so vocally and vehemently denied the allegations after offering quiet reactions to news of their own Vicodin and bounty scandals.

Mike Florio hilariously suggested that a GM eavesdropping on coaches couldn't possibly help his team. Barry Petchesky: Ha!

Ben Koo can't help but wonder if the story would have amounted to anything at all were it not for ESPN, the network which ignored Charles Robinson's investigation of the Hurricanes and was slow to cover the Penn State scandal and Michael Vick dogfighting allegations, despite the self-dubbed Worldwide Leader moniker.

Jeffri Chadiha says it's been a rough go for Tom Benson, but then again, he's the guy who hired all of these people.


Brian Dawkins stopped in at Dove Valley yesterday, and he says he's concerned about the rule changes meant to protect offensive players. Here's video of him addressing the media and notes on his comments from Lindsay Jones and Gray Caldwell. Plus, video of his old mates speaking about his departure, as summarized by Gray Caldwell.

Mike Adams will inherit Dawk's #20; Sam DeWitt bids Dawkins adieu.

Bill Williamson says the Broncos have "checked in on" (whatever that means) Beloit College WR Derek Carrier, who visited with Oakland.

Several ex-Broncos have joined a concussion-related lawsuit against the NFL: Olandis Gary, Willie Middlebrooks (good one, Shanny), Courtney Brown, and Nick Greisen. Another suit was filed by a group of ex-Cowboys, including HOFers Bob Lilly, Randy White and Rayfield Wright, and Chuck Howley - the only SB MVP from a losing team.

The Passionate One says Nate Irving isn't quite a bust yet, but Denver would consider Alabama LB Dont'a Hightower at #25.

The team announced details of their official draft party.


The NFL has increased the offseason roster limit to 90 from 80, and it will include PS and reserve-list players. Denver currently has 71 players on its roster, including Matt Prater, who has yet to sign his franchise tender.

Thankfully, advances are being made toward detecting changes in the brain before symptoms occur.

Oakland is expected to hire away Joey Clinkscales, the Jets' scouting director, after the draft.

Falcons CB Brent Grimes signed his franchise tender on a day Atlanta jumped into the bidding for Asante Samuel. But the Falcons may have simply wanted leverage to get Grimes to sign after he suggested he'd be holding out for a long-term deal, so it remains to see if their interest will sustain.

Jerome Simpson, who was hit with a three-game suspension yesterday, agreed to join the Vikings on a one-year deal; Washington signed K Neil Rackers; Cards LB Stewart Bradley took a straight 50% pay cut a year after signing a long-term deal.

Mark @#$%ing Brunell already rescinded his statement that he was retiring. MFer.

Deion Sanders and his soon-to-be ex-wife are both facing misdemeanor charges after a fight.


Colts GM Ryan Grigson announced that Indy would indeed be taking Andrew Luck first overall.

The latest in dumbass good ole boy network scout talk is that Iowa State lineman Kelechi Osemele probably isn't that tough, because he was raised by women. Yeah? How'd that work out for Shannon Sharpe? Of course, that's the same network of dumbasses that evaluated Big Play Shay poorly enough that he fell to the seventh round. Unsilent Majority reacts.

Doug Farrar evaluates Stanford G David DeCastro; Greg Gabriel scouts SC WR Alshon Jeffery and Cuse DE Chandler Jones; Ben Muth offers his take on the top offensive line prospects; Gil Brandt lists his top 125 prospects; Jonathan Bales lists his top 162.

Bill Barnwell has a new method for valuing past draft picks; Mike Tanier says immediate impacts are best found among linemen and linebackers.

Sam Monson surveys top needs for AFC teams; Captain Passion considers the draft needs of the other AFC West teams, and he has Denver taking Stanford TE Coby Fleener in his first-round mock.

Russ Lande evaluates RG3 and mocks ASU QB Brock Osweiler and VT WR Danny Coale to Denver in Rounds 2 and 3, plus Texas LB Keenan Robinson, WVU G Don Barclay, PSU CB D'Anton Lynn, and Alabama TE Brad Smelley in Rounds 4-7.

Wes Bunting selects Houston QB Case Keenum for Denver in round six; Charles Davis has Denver taking MSU DT Jerel Worthy in his mock draft; Chad Reuter mocked the whole shebang and has Denver going with LSU DT Michael Brockers, ASU QB Brock Osweiler, Wake Forest WR Chris Givens, Georgia C Ben Jones, Troy DE Jonathan Massaquoi, A&M RB Cyrus Gray, and Arizona CB Trevin Wade.

Justin Halpern is creeped out by Mel Kiper and the Underwear Olympics, and he imagines what it would be like were Kiper to evaluate women at a bar. Meanwhile, some woman has already propositioned Mr. Irrelevant via YouTube, whoever he turns out to be.


In his latest column on the evolution of NFL football, Andy Benoit says the proclivity of teams to blitz up the middle in recent years has led to a growing importance for interior blockers at the expense of offensive tackles. He also theorizes that linemen will need to be increasingly more athletic, and that receiving ability for running backs is becoming more important, and that backs will be more dominant than tight ends going forward.

Doug Farrar interviews Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III.


The Jets reportedly plan to use Tim Tebow as the protector on their punt team.

Incredibly, NFL Films placed Tebow higher on its list of Top 10 Heisman Winners in the NFL than Earl Campbell, Marcus Allen, and Cam Newton. The NFL Films producers responded to the blowback by explaining their criteria, presumably with tongues firmly planted in cheeks (Mom test?). Make that two responses. Oh, screw it. How about a third?

Additionally, Forbes ranked Tebow as the second-most influential athlete in America, behind Jimmie Johnson and ahead of Peyton Freaking Manning., the website that matches up people for extramarital affairs, is offering $1 million to anyone who can prove they've slept with Timmy.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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