The Daily Lard 5-15-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! You know, just the other day I was both wondering if Dennis Allen was trying to keep some super-low profile and wanting to hear more out of our new defensive coordinator. Happily, Krieger caught up with Allen on Friday and helps us get to know him just a bit better. While Allen is frustrated by the inability to coach up his new players due to the lockout, he's keeping busy by studying film of the Broncos' AFC West rivals. Plus, he expects the players to be familiar with the terminology of his defense the next time they meet, as they all got their new playbooks during the brief window of Judge Nelson's lockout injunction.

Like John Elway and Fox and Brain Xanders have been stressing all offseason, Allen made it clear he plans to employ a defense characterized by pressure, aggression and athleticism. Granted, we've heard this from each of Allen's many recent predecessors, but the rookie DC plans to get after the quarterback, turn the ball over, prevent big plays and be stout in the scoring area. Also echoing his bosses, Allen admitted that the Broncos may be interested in bringing back Justin Bannan (and perhaps Jamal Williams), the cutting of whom to avoid a $500,000 bonus looms as the biggest personnel blunder of 2011 (so far) for Denver.


In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei writes that the trade market for Kyle Orton could get hot this summer (although topping out at a second-rounder).

Perhaps of interest to the Broncos, Seahawks DT Brandon Mebane says that if he's an unrestricted FA this offseason, he's probably headed out of town.

Kiszla responds to a bunch of Hillis Tebow-related emails.

Canepa profiles new Chargers ST coach Rich Bisaccia.


Judy Battista on the state of limbo undrafted players have found themselves in.

If Philly holds out for a first-rounder in return for Kevin Kolb as Gary Myers says they may, then perhaps Orton could be headed for Arizona. Myers also talks with Ralph Wilson, who along with Mike Brown voted against the last CBA.

Brandon Marshall is almost ready to resume working out after his wife stabbed him.

Reggie Bush says he's willing to take less pay to stay in New Orleans, and that he regrets some of his recent tweets.

Chad Johnson spent 1.5 seconds atop a bull yesterday and made ten grand to do so.

Anyone surprised that Pouty Pants isn't gathering his boys for workouts? Not that they necessarily matter, but still - how can I resist making fun of him?

Matt Bowen likes that Juan Castillo is staying basic in Philly.

Andy Benoit checks the film on the 2010 Texans, while PFW takes post-draft looks at the Bears and Bengals.

Troy Polamalu got his history degree from USC.

Nathan Jahnke of PFF says FG% is overrated and kickoffs should figure in when evaluating placekickers.

One-liners via PFT.

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