The Daily Lard 5-21-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver's first set of OTAs will run from today through Wednesday, with more to come next week, and the last a week after that. These are voluntary in nature, so it will be interesting to see who shows up for the Broncos. What of Matt Prater ($2.6M franchise tag, unsigned) and Ty Warren (asked to take a significant cut from $4M), who are reportedly unhappy with their contract situations?

Today will mark the next "first" time Denver's coaches get to see Peyton Manning working with his new teammates, and what will they see? Respected analyst Chris Brown isn't so sure - whether Manning will be able to play up to his old level, or whether the Denver coaching staff is up to snuff. Will Mike McCoy show enough trust in Manning to duplicate the simplicity of the Colts offense? Can the two meld their personalities quickly enough to reprise the successes Manning had with Tom Moore?

Of course, it will be several months before we know the answers to those questions.

In the meantime, Brown offers his breakdown of the Indy offense as constructed by Moore and run by PMFM, including 12 passing concepts. It's a perfect complement to Ted's series on the topic.


Bengals second-year LB Dontay Moch will reportedly be suspended four games for use of a banned substance.

Ravens WR Anquan Boldin is considering the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to lessen the long term effects of head injuries.

Saints and Hornets owner Tom Benson did some reorganizing of his front offices, and Saints GM Mickey Loomis will run the Hornets' basketball operations during his half-season suspension from the NFL.

Although Tim Tebow's lawyers had no leg to stand on in going after, the NFL does, and they are doing so - for the "My Jesus" shirt's resemblance to the Jets logo. Meanwhile, Tebow's heavies had a Broadway actress remove a backstage photo of herself and some of her castmates with Timmy from Twitter. And off course, Tebowing will be a part of Madden 13.


Pat Kirwan surveys the league for rosters capable of employing a successful Big Nickel package to cover multiple tight ends, finding the Broncos among the few teams with enough depth to do so (thanks to the addition of Mike Adams).

In today's MMQB column, PK tries to figure out Drew Brees's financial value to the Saints, offers praise for Rod Smith, and quotes Hank Aaron's commencement speech at Marquette's graduation yesterday, which I attended for my brother-in-law (Congrats, Brock!).

Toni Monkovic revisits the glorification of the Raiders' use of illegal casts back in the 1970s to harm opposing offensive players.

Among PFW's AFC and NFC Whispers are early rave reviews for newly drafted Raiders WR Juron Criner, a potential major overhaul of the Steelers O-line, and a possible flip in Green Bay of Brian Xanders favorite Clay Matthews over to the right side of the defense; Doug Farrar evaluates Criner and finds plenty to like.

Khaled Elsayed examines top performances by outside linebackers in 2011, which is basically a recap of Von Miller and Kam Wimbley's seasons; Ben Stockwell chronicles the emergence of Bills G Andy LeVitre.

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

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