The Daily Lard 8-5-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! So, Woodrow sat down with Tim Tebow - but the teaser "Then, I felt like it was grabbed back away," turned out to be the only (somewhat) juicy line in the whole thing. If Paige is worth his salt as a journalist, one would figure his next question was, "Taken away by who, Tim? John Fox? Kyle Orton?" Obviously, a starting QB gig is not gifted but rather earned, and apparently Tebow has yet to do that. Perhaps he will in the coming weeks; we'll start to see Thursday once the preseason begins in Dallas. I'll give the interview a "meh". Not much harm in my eyes, and little learned.

Meanwhile, Orton offered up something resembling support for Tebow, saying "I think he can handle (the criticism)...All of us have opinions, but they're just opinions." Hilariously, John Elway claimed to be completely unaware of the Merril Hoge-initiated fireworks in saying, "To be honest, I know there was some kind of storm stirring out there, but to what extent I don't know, because I haven't been paying attention." Haha, sure John - you didn't happen to catch even a minute of SportsCenter or Total Access?

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In his practice debut, Brian Dawkins worked with the first-teamers alongside Rahim Moore, while Quinton Carter dropped down with the second team. Meanwhile, Wesley Woodyard and Brodrick Bunkley was with the first team, and Mike Mohamed slipped back to the second squad, along with Derrick Harvey.

Mason focuses in on the first glimpse of Willis McGahee on the practice field. Lindsay Jones and Legwold also chime in on the new additions.

Naturally, Kyle Orton says he hasn't been told he'll be the starting QB. Plus, more Orton quotes from Gray Caldwell.

Morning and evening practice notes from the official site.

Legwold says Dennis Allen has the defense fired up.

For some unknown reason, Captain Platitude thinks the drafts under Josh McDaniels' watch should be evaluated based upon the value the Broncos got at each slot. It doesn't matter that Brian Xanders and McDaniels worked up and down the draft boards brilliantly to acquire picks (especially so in 2010) and got terrific value for malcontents Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler.

Apparently unlike everyone else, QB Adam Weber actually wants to make the roster.

The Broncos will scrimmage at the Big IF on Saturday afternoon.

Videos of John Fox and Kyle Orton speaking after yesterday's practice, plus highlights from the session.

Podcasts of Shannon Sharpe and Von Miller visiting with Vic & Gary.

News


The new CBA has been ratified by the players, albeit with plenty of details yet to be worked out regarding the new HGH testing.

Philly DT Mike Patterson's seizure appears to have been caused by a tangle of blood vessels in his brain that he's likely to have been born with.

No, no, no, no, NO! The Dolphins may be considering a turn to Brett Favre. My reaction has nothing to do with Kyle Orton, BTW. Seriously.

Oakland RB Darren McFadden broke his orbital and will miss a couple weeks, which of course recalls the Bill Romanowski attack of his Raiders teammate Marcus Williams.

The Jets have released WR Jerricho Cotchery at his own request, while his fellow ex-Jet WR Braylon Edwards is heading to San Fran.

S Donte Whitner signed with the Niners after having tweeted he'd signed with the Bengals; New Orleans signed DBs Paul Oliver and Trumaine McBride, the Ravens signed S Bernard Pollard, DE Raheem Brock re-upped with Seattle, the Titans signed CB Frank Walker, WR Buster Davis landed in Buffalo, his fellow ex-Bolt Legedu Naanee went to Carolina, and the Skins re-signed S Reed Doughty, DT Kedric Golston, and LB Rocky McIntosh, and a torn Achilles may have ended another player's season - this time Eagles DE Victor Abiamiri.

Comcast has sued DirecTV, claiming the latter's ads claiming that Sunday Ticket is free this year to be misleading.

Analysis


Dean Oliver explains ESPN's new QB Rating system in detail.

Eric Edholm thinks the Dolphins brass screwed up by going after Kyle Orton and not landing him, and are to blame for the rough treatment Chad Henne's been receiving in Miami.

Richard Sandomir profiles new HOFer Ed Sabol and his son Steve, who together turned NFL Films into a juggernaut. Plus, Gil Brandt shares a few lesser-known facts about the elder Sabol.

Khaled Elsayed looks over the remaining free agents and chooses Kubes and the Texans as his darkhorse to win the Supe.

Bucky Brooks looks around the AFC and NFC to see how teams addressed (or failed to) their biggest weaknesses.

Andy Benoit previews the Falcons and Panthers' seasons.

Don Banks checks in from Colts camp and examines the crucial role Indy C Jeff Saturday played in the labor negotiations, while Jason Cole visits with the newest Patriots Chad Johnson and Albert Haynesworth.

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

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