The Daily Lard 4-3-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest column over at CHFF, Scott Kacsmar does his usual bang-up research job in examining the wide-ranging impact of Tim Tebow on the 2011 NFL season and the rest of the league going forward.

As Kacsmar tells it, Tebow's influence resulted in:

  • The Packers losing their bids at perfection and a SB repeat
  • Pittsburgh having to play in the only location where safety Ryan Clark would be unavailable
  • Denver doing the unthinkable in both pursuing and acquiring Peyton Manning, which of course set off a whole set of QB dominoes

Okay, so perhaps some of it is a reach, but it's a typically informative and entertaining read from Kacsmar, who even manages to tie the bounty scandal into the story.

Broncos

Denver may bring in Titans DE William Hayes for a visit, and today Jeff Legwold is saying the team has used up its "self-imposed budget" instead of saying they ran out of cap room (since they didn't).

Legwold stresses the Denver offense's woeful time of possession last season and says UConn DT Kendall Reyes might make sense for the Broncos at #25.

Aaron Schatz is baffled to find Champ Bailey as having given up the most YAC of any corner in the league in 2011.

Congratulations to Eric Decker, who got engaged to his country singer girlfriend Jessie James.

Jake Plummer is still talking about his exit from Denver, this time with Vic Lombardi.

Trimmings

Some NFLPA officials met with the league yesterday looking for details on the bounty investigation.

Philip Anschutz is reportedly willing to purchase a full ownership stake in an NFL team, contrary to reports from a day earlier.

A fund is being set up in the hometown of the late Dave Duerson to help treat head injuries suffered by youth athletes, and to help prevent CTE.

St. Louis signed former Saints LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar; Dallas hired Leon Lett to assist with coaching their defensive line.

Vikings WR Percy Harvin will soon have minor shoulder surgery; Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw is recovering from having had bone marrow injected into his ailing foot.

Lions RB Mikel Leshoure was charged with pot possession after he allegedly tried to eat the weed to avoid arrest.

LSU corner Morris Claiborne reportedly scored a FOUR on his Wonderlic.

Jets owner Woody John$on says he'd be open to his team being the subject of another season of Hard Knocks; Matt Bowen and MJD consider the possibility of Tim Tebow playing special teams in Jersey.

Scrapple

Bill Barnwell doesn't think Bill Parcells makes that much sense as a stand-in for Sean Payton in New Orleans; John Clayton says Payton is smart to appeal his suspension, plus he answers emails.

Andy Benoit surveys NFC South team needs.

Greg Cosell examines the top slot receiver and slot corner prospects and says they're generally undervalued, citing Denver's undrafted Chris Harris as an example.

Wes Bunting ranks corner prospects in tiers; Matt Bowen evaluates Iowa WR Marvin McNutt; Mike Tanier sorts through the Ryan Tannehill madness; Mike Lombardi foresees great things from Shanny and RG3.

Christmas Ape interprets PK's latest MMQB.

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

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