The Daily Lard 9-17-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The team is apparently scheduled to work out veteran safety Darren Sharper on Tuesday along with at least one defensive lineman and several backs, including former Pats/Seahawks/Niners RB Thomas Clayton. But according to Jason La Canfora, it's highly unlikely the Broncos will sign Sharper, who most recently worked out for the Patriots and apparently turned down contract offers from two teams this summer. La Canfora figures the Broncos are simply working Sharper out in case of an injury later in the season. Of course, Sharper is plenty familiar with Dennis Allen, who was his secondary coach with the Saints for the past two seasons.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton was a full participant in practice yesterday and has been cleared to start on Sunday, while DE Robert Geathers is doubtful to play and T Andrew Whitworth is listed as probable.


Notes from Klis: Willis McGahee figures to carry the bulk of the rushing load, while Robert Ayers was fined $7,500 for his facemask penalty on Darren McFadden, while Matt Shaughnessy was fined $15K for roughing Kyle Orton.

Legwold says that with several key players expected to miss tomorrow's game, it will already be a severe test of the Broncos' depth. Plus, he examines the extensive playing time Mario Haggan saw Monday night.

Legwold points out that a game folks had been looking at as an easy win only (a) week(s) ago ain't looking so anymore.

Kiszla says the Broncos were soft in their few attempts to run the ball on Monday.

Video of John Fox speaking after practice, Chris Hall previews the game, while Kenny Legan has notes and photos from practice and an article on the offense and its inefficiency Monday. Plus, a blog entry from Rahim Moore, and the Broncos are asking fans to show up early again with more groping new security measures being put in place.

YardBarker offers a sneak peak of the Tebow/Orton billboards.


Joe Reedy scouts out Broncos/Bengals and predicts a Cincy victory. Apparently to "scout" in Cincinnati means to read a box score...maybe we do have it good with Legwold?

Poor Leon Hall. Two years later, and they're still asking him questions about Brandon Stokley's remarkable touchdown.

Reedy's mailbag consists of responses to tweets, since Bengals fans apparently can't craft complete sentences or emails.


The Chiefs gave CB Brandon Flowers $22M in guarantees as part of a five-year $50M deal. They also brought back veteran TE Anthony Becht and released TE Jake O'Connell.

Sebastian Janikowski was charged with misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment against a woman last year, in an incident for which he was not arrested.

The Titans say they can match the Ravens' dirty play, while some receiver on the Jaguars who nobody's ever heard of called out Darrelle Revis.

Among what Pat Kirwan is looking forward to this weekend is the matchup between Cam Newton and Dom Capers' defense. What do you think? Seven sacks?

Mike Lombardi's Week 2 thoughts: the Falcons must play disciplined defense against Mike Vick, Shaun Rogers was a dud in his Saints debut, the Seahawks are a lot worse than last year, Eric Berry may be a fatal loss for the Chiefs, and Mike Tolbert > Ryan Mathews.

Here are a few non-star players Bucky Brooks thinks could be difference makers this weekend.

Links to all of PFF's game previews for Week 2, Plus, snippets on each Week 2 matchup from PFW.

Doug Farrar goes in depth in previewing the matchup between the Falcons and Eagles. Plus, he recaps Part 1 of the Belichick documentary.

Matt Bowen is puzzled by Chad Johnson's lack of productivity on Monday.


Mike Tanier goes over Sunday's matchups and is taking the Broncos.

Bill Simmons is taking the Bengals, and he's proud of himself for having predicted that the Chiefs would suck this year.

Peter King focuses on Falcons/Eagles as he previews the weekend's games.

What Chris Brown has been reading, plus he shares a video of old friend Jedd Fisch providing an example of  Bill Walsh's "drive" concept, where he also demonstrates the "triangle read" Ted discussed yesterday.

Kyle Orton has been middle of the road when it comes to taking sacks by holding onto the ball too long.

Shockingly, Denver ranked 31st last week in terms of CHFF's rusher rating.

Brian Burke notes a great point about people who ignore statistics.

The best of the week's quotes according to FO.

Unsilent Majority is taking the Broncos, laying the points and hoping that Kyle Orton lights up the Bengals just to quiet the Tebow folks.

Oh, and one more Tebow billboard.

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