Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The topic of the day continues to be increasing player safety and easing the transition out of the game.
Ex-Chargers QB Dan Fouts will speak at the team's memorial for Junior Seau today, and he chatted with Clark Judge about the problems currently facing the game and its players. He says the NFL's culture of toughness and the reluctance of players to seek help must change.
Thankfully, that message appears to be taking hold in NFL circles, as Jarrett Bell details. Players like London Fletcher and Brandon Marshall have recently spoken up about post-career counseling, while NFLPA exec Nolan Harrison is calling for baseline concussion testing and better financial education for incoming players. Jack Bechta suggests that players take mandatory year-round life-skills classes for their first three years in the league, while Matt Bowen recommends that retired players continue their educations via NFL subsidies, like he did.
Mike Tanier thinks the NFL is serious about improving player safety, and that we should be patient with the league as their figure out how to do so.
The newly retired Jacob Bell has some excellent ideas for improving player care: brain scans at the Combine, mandatory meetings with psychologists for new players, and making concussion awareness part of the rookie symposium. Meanwhile, Mike Freeman is stunned by Roddy White's troubling lack of respect for his NFL predecessors, and he suggests several ways to improve the safety of the game and the treatment of players.
Denver's three-day rookie minicamp begins today.
Andrew Mason interprets the signing of Drayton Florence as Denver expecting to be playing with plenty of PMFM-built leads this season, and he figures the plan is to have Omar Bolden starting by 2014.
Mike Klis tells Mike Florio on PFT Live there's a "great sense of relief" at Dove Valley now that Tebowmania was shipped out of town.
In his analysis of the AFCW teams' drafts, Greg Gabriel is fond of the Derek Wolfe pick but not so much with Brock Osweiler; he sees potential in Ronnie Hillman, Bolden, and Philip Blake, but he thinks Malik Jackson is at least a year away from having any impact.
Mike Sjerven sees plenty of Office Space and Star Wars in the Broncos' dumping of Brian Xanders, and he views John Elway's decision to swap Tebow for Manning from an Angry Birds perspective.
Eli Kaberon is as unsurprised as the rest of us that the X-Man got canned.
Junior Seau will be buried today; John Elway, John Fox, Wayne Nunnely, and Peyton Manning will attend the tribute to Junior at Qualcomm today; Tim Sullivan makes the case for retiring Seau's #55 in San Diego.
Art Monk is part of a group of more than 60 players to file another lawsuit against the league in LA over head injuries.
Former friend Dennis Allen is the latest Raiders coach to claim he's going to clean up his team's litany of penalties; Oakland confirmed the signing of 13 undrafted players; WR Darrius Heyward-Bey was arrested and charged with drunk driving on the Bay Bridge; Mark Purdy thinks the Vikings' new stadium deal means LA will again try to woo the Raiders.
DE Calais Campbell agreed to a five-year deal in lieu of the franchise tag Arizona had placed on him; Chicago added DT John McCargo; Bucs DE Da'Quan Bowers tore his Achilles; Tampa already waived ex-LSU QB Jordan Jefferson after four days; Browns DT Phil Taylor may have torn his pec lifting weights.
New England hired Bill Belichick's son as an assistant and promoted Matt Patricia from safeties coach to DC.
Welcome to Tebowmania, Jets. This will not end well. Timmy chose great as his new favorite word, replacing excited, and he renamed his poor dog from Broncos to Bronx. HBO still hasn't settled on a team to feature in Hard Knocks, and they are still considering the Jets. No-brainer, right?
Bucky Brooks thinks the Ravens may be able to compensate for the loss of Terrell Suggs.
Aaron Rodgers appreciates the "butt height" of former center Scott Wells and new guy Jeff Saturday, but he says backup Evan Dietrich-Smith is plagued by perpetual swamp-ass.
A group is trying to revive the USFL, although they do not plan to compete with the NFL. Whoops! Jags beat
off reporter Vito Stellino accidentally tweeted out a link to a porn site instead of a story about this.
Good luck to Jason La Canfora, who has left NFL Network to join CBS Sports.
Some dumbass is suing the Jaguars for $5M over some stupid tee he claims to have invented.
The younger brother of Vernon and Vontae Davis was charged with murder of a Denver man in DC.
Tecmo Bo Knows Super Mario.
One of Drew Magary's readers has a neat idea to reward splitting the uprights on kickoffs by placing the ball at the 10, but what about at Denver's altitude?