‘08 was awesome, Bro* Lard 5-15-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The bro-fest continues with the reunion of J-Cutty and Jeremy Bates in Chicago. These two guys are so smitten with themselves and each other that they're actually starting to look alike.

Dan Pompei wrote a big fluff piece on the two for the Sun-Times on Sunday, replete with plenty of bro-love and mythicizing of Cutler's 2008 season. You all remember that grand year, yeah?

'Twas the greatest season in the history of offensive football. (Finishing 2nd in yards and 16th in points that year qualifies, right?)

You know, the one where they scored 114 in their first three games before averaging under 20 points for the next 13, and blew a three-game lead in the AFC West with three games left to play. You know, when Jay threw 18 picks including several in the end zone, and had the lowest TD% of his career?

Well, apparently it was a magical season for these two bros, and they're all giddy about reproducing that greatness this year in Chicago. At least John Mullin knows the truth, and isn't perpetuating the 2008 myth or participating in the fluffery.

In other news, Jay took Kristin home to Nashville last weekend for a giant bro convention, and he accepts that concussions are a part of the game.

* Not really

Broncos

Speaking of legendary bros, Jon Gruden sure has a lot of platitudes to send in the direction of Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler.

In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis says his exacting eye rates Denver's draft at a B-/C+, whatever that means. And in some possible Dove Valley damage control, he now says the Broncos had BSU RB Doug Martin only rated as a middle-second-round talent, with Ronnie Hillman their fourth-ranked RB.

Klis thinks the Broncos are better off with Jacob Tamme, Demaryius Thomas, and Eric Decker than with Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne, and he says that had Denver not re-signed Joe Mays, he'd be starting for Indy or New Orleans in place of the suspended Jon Vilma.

According to Klis, the Broncos considered Dont'a Hightower at #25 before dealing the pick to New England, and he confirms the team was looking at David DeCastro as the Stanford guard slipped into the 20s. He also writes that Derek Wolfe may line up at end on first downs before moving inside in Denver's nickel package.

Trimmings

The NFLPA's grievance against the NFL for the Saints' bounty punishments will be heard tomorrow by arbitrator Shyam Das, who was fired by MLB yesterday after he overturned the suspensions of Ryan Braun and 

The bill for a new Vikings stadium in Minnesota was signed into law yesterday; their new home is targeted to be ready for the 2016 season.

The Rams are seeking a renovation of the Edward Jones Dome, including a partially retractable roof.

Oakland cut two players and signed seven others who had tried out at the team's rookie minicamp; San Diego has signed all seven of its draft picks.

Damn. Eagles T Jason Peters, who had ruptured his Achilles earlier in the offseason, was using a rolling crutch when it malfunctioned, causing him to fall and re-rupture his surgically-repaired tendon. Peters will again have surgery and plans to sue the manufacturer of the Roll-A-Bout.

The Giants waived Chad Jones, the former LSU safety who was seriously injured in a car accident shortly after New York drafted him in 2010.

Tennessee will visit with free-agent safeties Yeremiah Bell and Chris Crocker today.

Donovan McNabb says he's lost 15-20 pounds in an effort to get back into the league. Of course, he still thinks he's a starter, so there's that problem. Matt Bowen says McNabb needs to accept that he's just a backup at this stage of his career.

Scrapple

Khaled Elsayed reviews the top single-game performances by DTs last season, including Brodrick Bunkley's pwning of Nick Mangold.

Rivers McCown examines the moves made by the AFCS teams this offseason; Doug Farrar evaluates Browns QB Brandon Weeden.

Jason Cole interprets Pete Carroll's praise for Russell Wilson as a lack of commitment and confidence in Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson.

Osi Umenyiora and LeSean McCoy are continuing a hilarious Twitter fight that began last summer.

Rob Rang presents his first big board for 2013, featuring plenty of QBs and defensive linemen for Denver to pass on.

A group of baseball fans are suing MLB over its use of blackouts. Let's all hope they succeed, and something similar occurs with the NFL.

The Jaguars' mascot hit the 17th green at TPC Sawgrass with an 8-iron while in full costume.

Christmas Ape translates PK's MMQB and provides a transcript of Philip Rivers' commencement address at NC State's graduation.

Chris Brown has a book coming out, and it will surely be a must read for all football fans.

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

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