The Daily Lard 7-12-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis reiterates his belief that Tim Tebow will be the starting QB in Denver this season while Kyle Orton will be dealt away. Klis also admits a couple of times that he basically doesn't ever watch film, although granted he's a beat reporter and not an analyst as his passionate colleague Legwold is supposed to be. In doing so, he bizarrely dismisses the assessment of a reader who took the time to study some college play of Von Miller and Nate Irving with the old "let's see them play in the NFL before criticizing them."

Yet, Klis does feel knowledgeable enough to proclaim that Josh McDaniels doesn't scheme the running game well, and Klis doesn't know why Steve Spagnuolo hired him to coach the Rams' offense. Nevermind the Broncos improvement there in the second half of 2010 or the Pats' 2,278 rushing yards and 21 TDs in 2008 (McDaniels' last year there). It's fair to say the ex-coach of the Broncos perhaps didn't run the ball enough at times; but the suggestion that he doesn't know how to and that will be the difference under John Fox and Mike McCoy is ludicrous. Good to see the DP is rounding into form as a labor agreement and training camp hopefully near...


Matt Waldman analyzes the play of WR Eric Decker via film. (Thanks, Bradley)

PFW's Dan Arkush thinks the Cards would be better off trading for Kyle Orton than for Kevin Kolb.

Brady Quinn and a group of teammates visited Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora yesterday.

Legwold dances around a reader's question about whether the Broncos will be able to sign their draft choices in time.

Gray Caldwell revisits a couple of quotes from Dennis Allen regarding his priorities for the defense.

It was announced officially that Shannon Sharpe will be presented for induction to the HOF by his brother Sterling.

More reaction to the passing of Pete Duranko from his hometown of Johnstown, PA.

Tebow will be among the newcomers to this week's celebrity golf tournament in Tahoe, while Shanny has withdrawn from it.

John Elway confirmed yesterday that he's building a restaurant in Vail.

Brian Griese's charity canceled its annual weeklong camp for children affected by tragedy, without explanation as to why.


As Florio points out, Mort and Schefter tweaked their report from yesterday morning to make it sound less like they're reporting the lockout is about to end, just to cover their butts. In the sidebar to the ESPN story, John Clayton writes that the owners are now hilariously trying to cap the potential fifth-year options for first-round picks at around $4 million, while the players are trying to make the option more like a franchise or transition tag.

Plus, Mike Freeman writes that the players are holding up those fifth-year talks over the pay of only the top eight players in the draft. Of course, he doesn't buy the silly notion that fans won't come back after the lockout.

Meanwhile, Albert Breer says the lawyers will meet again today and be joined sometime tomorrow by the players and owners.

Steve Wyche says teams expect that players will report within a matter of hours once a new CBA is agreed upon.

Daniel Kaplan on the possibility the Brady suit could become a class action and delay football further.

Andrew Brandt writes that Friday's decision by the Eighth Circuit didn't reallly change anything materially.


As expected, Chiefs LB Mike Vrabel announced his retirement yesterday and will coach the Buckeyes' linebackers.

The Rams are the latest club to announce that they'll hold training camp at their team facility.

Hines Ward apparently failed his sobriety test before being arrested, while the DA out in Vegas is looking into whether Pacman Jones violated his parole.

Pat Kirwan on the offseason to-do lists of the AFC North and NFC North teams.

Kevin Acee provides a look at the Chargers and what to expect from them in 2011 for the Sporting News.

Khaled Elsayed ranks the Broncos' offensive line as 18th-best in the league while acknowledging their second-half improvement. Plus, he grades the 10 best WRs in the game over the past three seasons.

Luis DeLoureiro breaks down some passing stats of the Rams, Panthers, plus QB consistency.

Ian Roderick analyzes the Eagles for CHFF.


This sounds pretty good: the IPA-a-rita.

Whatever your feelings on gun rights, this guy doesn't exactly make a strong case for them.

Here's what Chris Brown has been reading.

While PK is on vacation, Drew continues to interpret Bill Simmons instead.

ESPN is suing Ohio State over their withholding of information regarding their recent violations.

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