The Daily Lard 4-7-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The fallout from the Gregg Williams pre-game speech continues; documentarian Sean Pamphilon says he did not violate his agreement with ex-Saint Steve Gleason by releasing the damning audio clip.

Several current and ex-players chimed in after hearing the speech: Giants legend Carl Banks interpreted it as 90-95% metaphorical coach-speak; Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says that other 10% is a big problem; Cris Carter thinks Williams should be banned for life; Antonio Pierce says he heard the same speech from every defensive coordinator he played for in the NFL.

Mike Lombardi echoes Mike Silver's column from yesterday in stating that Williams's status as a virtual independent contractor with full control over his defenses is what permitted him to operate as he did.


One Indiana writer thinks it was Peyton Manning's decision to leave the Colts.

Stuart Zaas lists notable (Brandon Miree?!) running backs drafted by Denver.


Ex-Gophers LB and draft hopeful Gary Tinsley was found dead in his dorm room yesterday at 22.

Oakland agreed to terms with ex-Giants DE Dave Tollefson; San Diego is still in talks with Raiders lineman Mario Henderson.

Seattle will sign G Deuce Lutui, LB Barrett Ruud, and CB Roy Lewis.

Cincinnati cut S Chris Crocker and added G Jacob Bell; St. Louis agreed with LB William Hayes.

In addition to having interest in Amobi Okoye, Tampa Bay is also in on Derek Landri.

As Mike Florio points out, none of the 42 restricted free agents out there have been signed to an offer sheet, which raises suspicions of collusion among ownership. Meanwhile, no teams appear interested in Steelers WR Mike Wallace, presumably because of his purported desire to be paid on the same level as Larry Fitzgerald.

Kyle Shanahan is apparently going to visit with RG3 multiple times weekly for the next several weeks; Mike Tanier has an idea how those conversations might go.

Josh McDaniels bought a pricey house in MA, prompting speculation he's going to succeed Bill Belichick with the Pats. Sorry, slow news day.


The Tuna-to-New Orleans rumors remind Clark Judge that Bill Parcells hasn't done much as a head coach since losing to the Broncs in the 1998 AFC Championship.

Judge goes over the draft needs of the Chargers and Bengals; Khaled Elsayed reviews the 2008-10 drafts of the Jaguars.

Gil Brandt updates his list of the top 100 prospects; Greg Gabriel examines riskier first-round possibilities; Wes Bunting lists some of his favorite prospects.

Mike Tanier evaluates Nebraska LB Lavonte David; Matt Waldman scouts Washington RB Chris Polk.

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