The Daily Lard 8-19-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Hmm. Now that The Professor has floated nationally the thought that Brady Quinn may function as the Broncos' #2 QB heading into the season rather than Tim Tebow, the local scribes figure it's safe to do the same. In fact, Mike Klis and Jeff Legwold are concurrently doing so today, not that we can blame them for wanting to share the spreading of that message. After all, even if it's the truth (at this point, why isn't it to be believed - this probably comes from the top), anyone who writes such a story is going to face the flaming wrath of Tebow's most ardent fans, right?

Legwold cleverly snuck this notion in while responding to a question of whether the Broncos would trade a QB for a DT in light of the recent injuries to Ty Warren and Marcus Thomas, while Klis makes his all about the vast progress Quinn has apparently made since a year ago. But as much as we love to bash these reporters when they try to become analysts, this Quinn as #2 QB storyline is not so much opinion as it is what appears to be the front office putting the word out as gently as they know how. Now, let's see how things go tomorrow night...

Broncos


Nathan Jahnke previews the Broncos' season for PFF, and he suggests they could even pull off a winning season. He cites the team's more diverse receiving options, youthful upgrades, and improvement on the defensive lines as causes for optimism, with O-line issues, the QB controversy and adjustment to a new defensive scheme among factors that could hold them back.

Unfortunately, Andrew Mason points out that Ty Warren cannot be placed on the PUP list because he participated in training camp. Thankfully, Ryan Clady and Orlando Franklin were both back to practicing yesterday.

Practice notes and more notes from LJ on yesterday's practice, plus her bests/worsts from training camp.

Legwold on the emergence of Daniel Fells as the Broncos' clear #1 TE.

Klis says it's a safe bet Denver won't take Terrelle Pryor - or anyone else for that matter - in Monday's supplemental draft.

AP stories on Denver's new run commitment, Ty Warren's surgery and the Hurricanes' bounty placed on Tim Tebow while at Florida.

Kiszla dips his toe in on the price athletes will pay for fame, and the corruption of the NCAA.

LJ's Twitter followers helped her come up with a name for her FF team - Clady Gaga, and some pretty good Photoshop pics to match.

Video of John Fox and Tim Tebow speaking after yesterday's practice, morning and evening practice notes, and a summary of Tebow's comments by Gray Caldwell on the official site.

A partial transcription and podcast of Orton speaking with the guys on The Drive.

Scott Hastings spoke yesterday with Brady Quinn, Wesley Woodyard, Eric Decker and Von Miller.

Trimmings


Terrelle Pryor has indeed been declared eligible for the supplemental draft, which will be held Monday - but he faces a five-game suspension to start his NFL career. Doug Farrar offers his scouting report on Pryor and Matt Bowen considers his value, while Mike Silver thinks these penalties should apply to coaches too, ie. Pete Carroll.

In an interview with GQ, Michael Vick lets it be known he didn't want to go to the Eagles, but was pushed in that direction by the Commish. Peter King, Don Banks, Mike Lombardi, MJD and Farrar react.

Browns T Joe Thomas, retired QB Jim McMahon and five other former players filed suit against the NFL for its poor handling of concussion-related injuries.

Shawne Merriman was reportedly detained (but not arrested) by U.S. Customs officers near the Canadian border in possession of steroids last month. Plus, he's out for tomorrow night's game in Denver.

The lawyer for Al Haynesworth has allegedly offered money on several occasions to try to get the sexual abuse charges against him dropped.

Mike Lombardi tells us what to think about when watching preseason games.

Camp reports/Team previews: Andy Benoit on the Colts, Khaled Elsayed on the Browns, Nancy Gay on the Chiefs, Jim Trotter on the Cardinals, and Andrew Lawrence on the Jaguars. Plus PFF's first impression of Pats/Bucs last night.

Matt Bowen on Reggie Bush and Michael Vick.

FO's wisdom of crowds for RBs, including projections for Knowshon Moreno's season.

Scrapple


Bill Simmons makes his annual trip to the National Sports Collectors Convention, and he comes up with some really cool stuff.

If Tebow fans are passionate, then what is this guy relative to high school football?

As AA points out, The Worldwide Leader and its peers have done a craptastic job of covering the Hurricanes/NCAA scandal.

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