The Daily Lard 9-10-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Nothing earth-shattering in Broncos Land today, so I'd like to take this opportunity to mark a pair of noteworthy occasions here at IAOFM. Plus, tomorrow should be all about the first Sunday of real NFL football rather than self-referencing snobbery. Anyway, tomorrow marks the first anniversary of IAOFM's existence, and it's been quite a year. Doc, TJ, Ted, David (who runs the technical side) and I have had an incredible time working with each other, we've made a bunch of new friends, and we're excited about what the future holds for our little endeavor. We set out a year ago to offer high level analysis of the Broncos, to make you think and laugh, and we believe IAOFM has been consistently evolving into a better product. We hope you feel the same way.

Actually, we already kind of know that you do, because we hit one million pageviews three weeks ago - and we're quite proud of the achievement. Naturally, we have you all to thank for that and look forward to making the experience here even better each day. From the bottom of our orange and blue hearts (even David, who's a Bears fan) thank you for your dedicated readership, suggestions, questions and criticisms. Obviously no website is anything without its readers, but you bring a level of discourse to this one unmatched anywhere else, and each of you deserve credit for helping IAOFM become what it is. Thank you so very much - we love and appreciate all of you.


Andrew Mason's practice notes: Brian Dawkins will become only the third safety in history to play 16 seasons in the NFL; Jason Hunter is switching from #52 to #90, while Wesley Woodyard will swap out his #59 for Hunter's old number; Marcus and Demaryius Thomas both sat out yesterday.

Andrew Mason and Arnie Stapleton caught up with Champ Bailey to discuss his move inside to cover slot receivers.

Mike Klis profiles Wesley Woodyard, plus notes from Legwold.

Video of Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins speaking yesterday, a preview of Monday's game via NFL Films, and the Playbook guys throw in their two cents.

Legwold says the Raiders are fast. Naturally, he had to poll the contents of his peerless Rolodex to come up with that one.

Tell me if you've heard/read this one before: Legwold says the Broncos' FO is still looking for a franchise QB.

Kenny Legan on Bailey and Dawkin's leadership, plus practice notes from Max Henson.

Gray Caldwell offers up a Q&A with Terrell Davis, who will be part of Monday's coin toss.


Steve Corkan's extensive practice notes: Hue Jackson says TE Kevin Boss and backup S Mike Mitchell are unlikely to play Monday, WR Louis Murphy has been ruled out, and it does look like Nick Miller will be returning punts. It looks like the first-team WRs will be Jacoby Ford and Darrius Heyward-Bey. Plus, more injury details on the Raiders.

PFW's Eli Kaberon on the Raiders' expanded RB crew.

Oakland now has eight sub-4.4 guys.

Terrelle Pryor has officially requested that the NFLPA appeal his suspension on his behalf.


The Panthers continue to dole out the cash in big chunks, as they gave LB Charles Godfrey $12.4M in guarantees as part of a five-year extension. John Fox must be loving this...

Saints WR Marques Colston broke his collarbone Thursday and will miss 4-6 weeks.

Dallas reworked part of Tony Romo's contract to free up over $6.5M in cap room for this season. Plus, NT Jay Ratliff got $18M in guarantees as part of a five-year extension which Andrew Brandt examines.

The NFL softened its ridiculous stance and will allow players to wear special gloves and shoes to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 tomorrow.

AEG won approval to fast-track an environmental impact study, meaning LA could be ready for an NFL team as soon as next year.

Mike Lombardi offers his Week 1 thoughts, including a wacky predictions: Washington winning the NFC East. Meanwhile, Pat Kirwan foresees plenty of blitzing in his Week 1 preview.

Peter King reacts to Packers/Saints and previews the weekend's games.

Doug Farrar goes in depth in previewing Steelers/Ravens.

Mike Freeman got a laugh out of Aaron Rodgers' postgame comments Thursday, while Matt Bowen thinks Bears fans shouldn't panic after seeing Green Bay put up 42 on New Orleans and Greg Gabriel considers the impact rookies had on the game.

Chase Stuart thinks the Colts are completely screwed sans Peyton Manning. Couldn't agree more.

Mike Beacom offers a remembrance of HOFer Lee Roy Selmon.


Among his Week 1 picks, CHFF's Mark Wald thinks John Fox versus Oakland will be very much like Shanny versus Oakland. Plus Unsilent Majority's picks for KSK, including Oakland and the points (3 of them).

In case you were wondering, God is apparently a Packers fan, and he told Randall Cobb to take that kickoff out from eight yards deep. So, where was he in SB 32? Maybe he's one of those folks that root for two teams, which I never get...

The week's best quotes according to FO.

Chris Brown examines Vince Lombardi's legendary sweep play and wonders if anyone's still using it today.

Joe Morgan will be leading a mass chicken dance next Saturday. BTW, did you know he's a HOFer and played on the greatest team in the history of sport? If not, he'll gladly tell you.

PFR has a new mobile site. Probably gonna become my homepage...

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

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