The Daily Lard 9-11-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans - here we are, the first Sunday of regular-season football in 2011! Enjoy the games - of course we'll have an open thread for you to discuss the action, and TJ has a stellar analysis of the Raiders as the Broncos prepare to face them tomorrow.

As we commemorate the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, our thoughts here at IAOFM go out to all who suffered a loss on that day, and to all who have served.


Klis focuses on the exceptional pass-rushing duo of Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil. Arnie Stapleton does the same.

Klis says John Fox is going to continue to do his best to maintain the air of mystery surrounding Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow and the QB depth chart behind Kyle Orton.

LJ shares a Q&A with Champ Bailey.

Williamson writes that John Elway and the Broncos had zeroed in on Von Miller quite early in the draft process.

Woody looks back at the Broncos career of QB Steve Tensi and a special relationship he had developed wih a fan in recent years.

Mike Rice sees reasons for optimismphotos from yesterday's practice, and short blog entries from Willis McGahee and Rahim Moore. Plus, the Broncos waived WR Jamel Hamler after coming to an injury settlement with the undrafted rookie.


Steve Corkran transcribed the media sessions of Oakland coordinators Al Saunders and Chuck Bresnahan.

Vittorio Tafur on the increased role of CB Stanford Routt following the departure of Nnamdi Asomugha.

Jerry McDonald says the 9" height advantage LT Jared Veldheer has over Elvis Dumervil could be a major problem for Oakland.

Rod Woodson says the Raiders will be mixing up their pass coverage this year more so than in the past.


Minnesota gave Adrian Peterson $36M in guarantees as part of a seven-year deal, while Pittsburgh extended Troy Polamalu through 2014 with a mere $10.55M in guarantees. Plus, the Cowboys have give Jason Witten $19M in guarantees as part of a five-year extension.

Daniel Snyder has dropped his lawsuit against the Washington City Paper, but he is still a douchebag.

Sam Mellinger doesn't foresee good things for the Chiefs this year, while Kevin Acee wonders if the Chargers can finally win some hardware.

In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei says David Garrard would like to land with a team that has a murky starting QB picture. Plus, he hears that several teams were in on Brandon Meriweather following his release by the Pats.

PFW's latest AFC and NFC Whispers. Really good scoop there - they're hearing Denver wants to take the ball away from opponents this year. Somehow they forgot to mention that Kyle Orton and Knowshon Moreno are in the best shape of their entire lives, and that the team prefers the atmosphere under John Fox to that of Josh McDaniels. Oh...and the coaches have a revolutionary new way of divvying up practice time that is sure to result in more wins - no doubt!

Dave Anderson on Rex and Rob Ryan, who face off tonight at the Meadowlands.

John Clayton answers emails and asks one guy to just give John Fox a chance.


Andrew Brandt shares memories of 9/11, plus the late, great Jack Buck and his post-9/11 poem.

Carson Cistulli's notes for Week 1, including the sacktastic Bears and Jay Cutler.

Russ Lande ranks his top QB prospects for the 2012 Draft and says Andrew Luck could be the best one in over 25 years.

CHFF examines over/unders for the NFC West, while the PFF staff is evenly split on Broncos/Raiders in their weekly picks.

Yesterday's action provided quite a few gems for the Pammies.

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