Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, tonight's our first true glimpse of where the Broncos, Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow are at, as they face off against the Cowboys in Dallas at 8:30pm ET. Is Kyle Orton just a practice player who folds under the pressure of "real, actual" games? Is Tim Tebow a true "gamer" who can go from missing wide open passes in practice to willing his team to victory when the lights come on? Obviously, the truth for both is somewhere closer to the middle, but at least we all get to judge for ourselves, starting with tonight. If you're like me and live outside the Denver TV area, you can pony up $20 to see all of the Broncos' preseason games online. Or, you can listen to the game on 850KOA.com. Either way, we'll of course have a game thread and will be bringing you TJ's first Gut Reactoin game recap of the year and a Chewing the Fat tomorrow with our thoughts. It may just be practice for the team, but it's the real thing here.
Meanwhile, it sounds like the Big IF is about to become Sports Authority Field at Mile High, or in much easier parlance, SAFaMH. Just rolls off the tongue, like IAOFM, right? Right? Sports Authority is close to a deal (close enough to talk about it with the DP, so obviously it's happening) which will cost them $150M over the next 25 years to hold the naming rights to Mile High. Oh well - it's not as fun as The Big IF, but I suppose someone will come up with some nickname.
Hilariously, Kiszla thinks the Broncos are trying to turn Tebow into a boring, conventional QB.
In his latest mailbag, Woody says Josh McDaniels told him he'd never switch QBs (barring injury) during a game or season, and although Paige hasn't asked John Fox that question, he figures by the coach's history that he wouldn't be afraid to do so in Denver. Plus, Woodrow approves of the team's moves in free agency and figures they won't be better than 8-8 this year.
Legwold again stresses that the Broncos will be watching the cuts lists from around the league for offensive line help. FWIW, my latest calculations have the Broncos at under $100M for a cap number, so they have about $20M in room and have room to add plenty more salary, although we figure extensions for current players will make up the bulk of that difference.
Podcasts of Vic & Gary speaking with LenDale White and Gregg Doyel discussing his own column about Tebow from the other day. Plus, a transcription and podcast of Brian Dawkins talking with the guys from The Drive.
Sacco shares his thoughts from the HOF festivities.
The Eagles signed Steve Smith away from the Giants, who think the WR still has a long recovery left from knee surgery.
Clay Matthews played half of his remarkable 2010 season with a stress fracture in his lower leg.
Owner Zygi Wilf says Vikes fans don't have to worry that their team is heading to LA.
More proof Kenny Britt isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer: he said on the radio the Titans' WR coach was calling him all summer long.
Terrelle Pryor has postponed his pro day until the NFL rules on his eligibility for the supplemental draft.
Bucky Brooks explains how the new practice rules could bring down the quality of play and considers some of the storylines to watch, including whether Tebow can wrest the starting job away during the preseason.
Jack Bechta points out that there are about 150 veteran free agents still available.
Training camp reports: Pat Kirwan on the Cardinals and Rams, Neil Hornsby on the Packers, Peter King on the Lions, Don Banks on the Ravens, Clark Judge on the Redskins, and Jason Cole on the Rams and Sam Bradford's process for learning Josh McDaniels' offense. Plus, Chase Stuart presents a detailed look at the Saints' prospects.
Matt Bowen on concerns over Peyton Manning's injury, the importance of this preseason for Jimmy Clausen, and the possibility of sloppy football marring exhibition games. Because you know, they're so crisp in non-lockout years...
Daunte Culpepper still thinks he can play in the NFL.
Grantland's latest additions to the YouTube HOF.
Bill Parcells will be back on ESPN this year.
Here are most of the broadcast pairings for Week 1, although there's no listing yet for the Broncos' opener versus Oakland.
More training camp captionization from KSK.
Here's what Chris Brown's been reading.