The Daily Lard 5-7-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Mike Freeman details, HOF guard Joe DeLamielleure joined Kurt Warner and Troy Aikman as prominent ex-players to question the future of the NFL and express a reluctance to allow family members to play the sport. Said DeLamiellere to a San Diego radio station:

I have five grandsons. I have told my daughters from day one, those boys are not playing football. Now the oldest is eleven. There is no way. Not until they clean it up. They are trying to clean it up. But not until they take care of the guys who helped build this game, would I consider letting my children or grandchildren play.

We have sub-poverty pensions. [The NFL] does not want to give the guys livable pensions. Give them health care, so they can go to a private doctor without jumping through hoops with the NFL and the NFL union.


Chris Pane, a part-time return man for the Broncos in the late 1970s, will be inducted tomorrow to the Chico Sports HOF in California. As Pane tells it, he was responsible for teaching Ring of Famer legendary Denver return man Rick Upchurch how to catch punts.

Hundreds of surfers honored Junior Seau yesterday in a paddle-out near the late player's home.

Minnesota lawmakers will vote on whether to subsidize a new Vikings stadium, and the House Speaker had the nerve to say, "I won't vote for it, but I want to see it pass."

Miami gave LB Cameron Wake $20M in guarantees as part of a four-year extension said to be worth $49M.

LaDainian Tomlinson says he's 95% retired, whatever that means.

Tampa Bay signed ex-LSU QB Jordan Jefferson.

WR Jacoby Jones, who visited Carolina last week, met with the Ravens yesterday.

The Jets signed undrafted QB Matt Simms, son of Phil and brother of Chris; ST coach Mike Westhoff says Tim Tebow, whom he calls a "more potent Brad Smith," will indeed play special teams.

Following Washington's minicamp, Mike Shanahan says RG3 is his starting QB. And although it's just talk at this point, in contrast to his typically bullheaded ways, Shanny acknowledges plans to mold his offense to fit his new passer.

Dirty Bird Jamal Anderson, who joined a concussion lawsuit against the league last week, reportedly owes $1.1M in back taxes.


In his MMQB column, Peter King calls the 18-game regular season "the dumbest idea of the Goodell Era."

Jeffri Chadiha examines the complicated relationship Roger Goodell has with NFL players, one characterized by distrust and doubts about the man's sincerity.

Matt Bowen details the proper technique for defensing the 9 route and explains that young WRs must learn route discipline and how to beat press coverage.

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

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