The Daily Lard 5-29-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's been a rough couple of seasons for Justin Bannan, the ex-CU Buff whose homecoming to Denver in 2010 was marred by the firing of Josh McDaniels and a 4-12 finish.

Of course, insult was added to injury when the Broncos dumped Bannan a few months later despite his status as one of the team's most solid players. Bannan ended up following McDaniels to St. Louis and enduring an even worse season, including a 2-14 finish and the firing of Steve Spagnuolo.

Prior to his first arrival in Denver, the four years Bannan spent in Baltimore had gotten him accustomed to winning, so naturally he tells Gray Caldwell that he's anxious for a better result in 2012.

As for the man who makes that turnaround for Bannan a likelihood, Peyton Manning is doing plenty to get his young receivers up to speed on running better routes and developing a QB/WR rapport like they've never experienced before.


Not that it's news, but Jeff Legwold says Cassius Vaughn was made expendable by Denver's newfound depth at corner with the additions of veterans Tracy Porter and Drayton Florence.

On NFLN, players discuss the greatness of Peyton and compare him to Eli.

Now that they're without PMFM, the Colts reportedly have about 3,000 unsold season tickets.

Mike Florio also finds Bill Polian's MMQB claim that he'd have dealt a third-rounder for Kyle Orton last year to be ludicrous.


Brandon Marshall's BFF Mike Sims-Walker will work out for Houston tomorrow; Bears GM Phil Emery is the latest to fall for Marshall's siren song and thinks the troubled WR will change for the better.

San Diego begins OTAs today; KC still hasn't quite figured out how to best utilize Dexter McCluster; Terrelle Pryor is reportedly hard at work, even enlisting Rich Gannon to help him improve as a QB.

Toni Monkovic sees flaws in the Sporting News having ranked Tom Coughlin ahead of Bill Belichick among the NFL's best coaches (John Fox is #7). Meanwhile, here are SN's lists of the league's top defensive tackles and defensive ends.

Matt Bowen breaks down a 99-yard touchdown scored by Wes Welker last season against Miami.

Matt Waldman examines QB Landry Jones and his execution of Oklahoma's Drive concept.

Barry Bonds now says that whole epic jerk thing was all an act. Hahaha.

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

The Lard