Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Overall, it was a very encouraging preseason-opening performance by Denver last night in losing to Dallas 24-23 (box score). Both of Denver's starting lines controlled the action pretty well, although there was a divergence beyond the first teams as the defensive line showed plenty of depth while the offensive line showed practically none. All three QBs looked mostly very good: Kyle Orton displayed his usual poise, although his familiar immobility also popped up and contributed largely to his sole possession ending with Denver settling for a short FG. Tim Tebow was skittish on his first drive and was fortunate to get a PI call on a terrible decision/throw, but recovered quite nicely after that. Brady Quinn looked poised and confident in the second half, like a quality backup NFL QB - especially so on a horrific bounced snap which he calmly turned into a TD pass to Eron Riley.
Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee both ran well, and Jeremiah Johnson showed why he's been drawing so many raves in camp. His speed (which far exceeds that of the other RBs) and potential to be a change-of-pace guy could make it difficult to cut him. On defense, the star of the game for Denver was probably new DC Dennis Allen, who showed that his strong safeties will be quite active - Brian Dawkins, revelation Kyle McCarthy and Quinton Carter all were very involved, in a good way. Meanwhile, S/CB swingman Nate Jones struggled all game long and Perrish Cox outplayed Cassius Vaughn despite sitting below him on the depth chart. The third-string defense was quite poor, but who cares, right?
Andrew Mason observed status quo at QB, lots of running, and plenty of defensive depth. Yes, it's just a preseason game, but it's been six years since we had the latter.
Klis recaps the game and revisits his pregame checklist. Plus, some notes - Eddie Royal and D.J. Williams were held out of the game, while WRs Britt Davis and Mark Dell both left on crutches. Interestingly, starting center J.D. Walton was voted a team captain after a pretty shaky rookie campaign.
Woody wasn't as impressed by the Broncos as we were, focusing on Tebow's wild scramble before halftime and also stating the QB situation is unchanged.
In his passionate analysis, Legwold writes that Denver offered plenty of different looks with both Julius Thomas and Elvis Dumervil.
LJ on the competition at corner to be the starting nickelback.
Here's a story from the official site on the Broncos' draft choices and their pro debuts.
RB Ahman Green is retiring as a Packer.
Yikes. Not that anyone believed that BMarsh cut himself on a vase back in April, but the details of the police report from his stabbing paint an extremely serious picture. (via NFP)
Training camp reports: Mike Silver on the Alex Smith and the Niners, Don Banks on Tim Hightower and the Redskins, and Andy Benoit previews the Eagles and Bills' seasons. Plus, FO's latest trip around the NFC East.
Sam Monson explains the prototype for each defensive line position, including Ty Warren as a 5-technique.
Jason Whitlock laughs off the NCAA's claim it's planning to reform its act.
In his latest Walkthrough, Mike Tanier tells us how excited he is for football to resume, and sneaks a peak at FO's newest Almanac.
KSK's newest Sex/FF mailbag.