The Daily Lard 6-1-12

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Coordinators Jack Del Rio and Mike McCoy (videos) spoke after practice yesterday, the second day of the team's latest OTA.

Del Rio says he prefers bigger defensive tackles, he asked Kevin Vickerson to bulk up, and he has high hopes for developing Sealver Siliga into a contributor. He also cites the absence of Ty Warren as a chance for youngsters like Siliga and Mitch Unrein to improve via more reps, and he likens rookie Derek Wolfe to recently retired Steelers lineman Aaron Smith. The DC sees Wolfe as a "base end that can slide inside" on passing downs, lauding his versatility, intelligence, and ability to rush the passer.

McCoy calls himself "very fortunate" for the chance to coach Peyton Manning and says the team is monitoring how many throws Peyton makes each day. But despite the pitch count, Manning is apparently making all the necessary throws, and McCoy reiterates that the learning process for him and his new charge is a two-way street. He also praised the work of undrafted WR Gerell Robinson and 2011 UDFAs Mark Dell and Mario Fannin, and he says recent acquisition Chris Gronkowski has versatility beyond his fullback position.

The team will conclude this OTA today but will reconvene Monday for four straight days of scheduled on-field work.


Matt Prater remains one of nine players around the league who have not signed their franchise tags. But he has until July 16 to sign it, and if he were to hold out during the season, he'd still be Denver property for another season.

In response to Woody Paige's column from yesterday, John Elway claims he's not thinking about ownership of the team.

Poor Von Miller had to debunk a fake Twitter report that he had been traded to Pittsburgh for Casey Hampton.

Rob Rang wouldn't be surprised to see Von and Elvis Dumervil reprise the dominance of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis in Indy. While reviewing Denver's latest draft class, Rang also describes Wolfe as an underappreciated, versatile, and high-motor player, and he says Manning must stay healthy for Brock Osweiler to develop successfully. Rang doesn't necessarily see Ronnie Hillman as a change-of-pace back and thinks there's a chance the ex-SDSU runner could end up getting plenty of first- and second-down action, especially if his blocking isn't yet up to par for third downs.

In an excellent piece by Jeffri Chadiha on the transition from playing in the NFL to retirement, Rod Smith says Kubes provided him with the most impactful warning about the difficulties of it.

Doug Farrar agrees that Manning deserved to be ranked among NFLN's top 100 players because of just how much the Colts sucked last year.

Farrar, Gregg Rosenthal and Christmas Ape react to Jim Harbaugh's hilarious denial regarind the Niners' pursuit of PMFM.

Del Rio's son Luke committed to play QB for Oklahoma State.


CB Darrelle Revis is hinting at a possible holdout; GM Mike Tannenbaum had described the CB's current four-year deal as a "Band-Aid" two years ago, acknowledging they would need to come up with another contract at this point. Well, here you go, Mike. Of course, the Jets have been notorious in recent years for promising their star players new deals before reneging.

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel lobbied the Ginger Hammer to bring the SB to Soldier Field.

Family and friends of the late Junior Seau say he struggled with insomnia, which is often suffered by those who have had severe brain injuries. They also say he had financial struggles and dated many women before having "break-up parties" for them.

QB Rex Grossman is among several Skins players gushing over RGIII's arm strength.

NBC hired Hines Ward to fulfill multiple roles across the network's football coverage.

Former Rams equipment manager Todd Hewitt, who spent 40 years working for the team before being let go last year (just shy of early retirement benefits), is now suing them for age discrimination.


Mike Florio thinks the Commish was playing possum regarding the Pro Bowl to get the NFLPA to take action.

In his Walkthrough column, Mike Tanier shares some lighter notes from OTA around the league and ranks the top RBs in Seahawks history.

Jets center Nick Mangold is still pushing for this Teebs/Lolo Jones thing to happen, now via a t-shirt.

Matt Bowen explains the thought process of a defensive back as the huddle breaks.

Greg Cosell describes Tony Romo as an efficient passer and mobile playmaker whose undoing is when he overanticipates defensive pressure.

KSK sends birthday wishes to Joe Namath; Jaguars tackle Eben Britton is a native Brooklynite who would clearly fit right in today.

Going to the Olympics? Want a pint of metallic mass-produced swill? That'll be $11, please.

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

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