The Daily Lard 9-2-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans, and welcome to the most parentheses-laden Lard in history! The best part about last night's 26-7 loss (box score) to the Cardinals is that it's over. There was injury (Syd'Quan Thompson - torn Achilles tendon, done for the year; Britt Davis - concussion; Nate Irving - chest; David Bruton - shoulder; Matthew Willis - turf toe), there was insult (Arizona led 26-0 until the final two minutes), and there was craptastic play on both sides of the ball, as the Broncos were outgained 398 to 293, with more than half of their yards (164) coming on the team's last two drives of the game.

The list of Broncos whose performances may have impacted the roster is painfully short: Brandon Minor (probably not enough to beat Lance Ball or Jeremiah Johnson, but we'll see), Willis (probably makes the 53-man if healthy enough), Eron Riley (perhaps earning a spot on the PS), Jeremy Beal (may be tough to find room for him on the roster), and Darcel McBath (a beautiful INT, plus Thompson's injury probably means he makes the squad). As for players who were already locks but performed well, that group is just as small - Tim Tebow, Jason Hunter and Quinton Carter were all impressive, while Britton Colquitt either improved his leg conditioning last night or will need the next week and a half to recover from punting seven times.

Notable duds were Brady Quinn, who reverted to looking like a rookie (a terrible one at that - even without his two horrid turnovers), Britt Davis (his drop of Quinn's second pass of the game may have been bad enough in itself for him to lose out to Willis), Mike Mohamed (who racked up a lot of tackles and praise from the Arizona announcers, but really he just did a lot of stumbling around), and Perrish Cox (who did a lot of chasing all night, and slowly; plus, an awful kick return). The bright side? The preseason is over, and the Broncos' terrible performance should be viewed in the context that only the second- and third-teamers played. So although there are obviously some depth issues, a team doesn't go from 4-12 one season to fielding an entire set of competent backups that can beat other teams' backups in one severely stunted offseason. But forget those hopes for a 10+ win season - there's not enough depth here for that, just yet...


Highlights of the game from Broncos TV and from NFLN. Plus, video of John FoxBrady QuinnTim Tebow and several others speaking after the game.

Mike Klis recaps the game, plus notes from Lindsay Jones - Denver's final cutdowns (from 79 to 53 with Thompson headed for IR) will not be announced until Saturday.

Andrew Mason's observations from the game, plus thoughts on Quinn's brutal performance and the slew of injuries from last night.

Krieger wonders just how many waiver pickups the Broncos can afford to make (and have assimilate quickly enough) at such a late juncture, floating CB, OT, RB, DT and WR as possibilities.

Legwold's thoughts on the game, plus he notes that Kyle Orton had a 104.1 QB rating this preseason. Has anyone pointed out that Tebow's number was 108.3 with a 64.5% completion rate? Didn't think so...

First half and second half notes from Kenny Legan, plus his article on the game and another from Gray Caldwell.

D.J. Williams is scheduled to go on trial for his November DUI in January.

PFW's Eli Kaberon offers up a pretty thorough preview of the Broncos' season, albeit with a few minor off details, saying that Eddie Royal is still playing the slot and omitting Cassius Vaughn from the cornerback discussion. Otherwise, it's well done - but nothing any of us don't already know.


Chris Johnson got $30M in guarantees from the Titans as part of a new $53M deal, while Chicago reportedly offered Matt Forte about $14M in guarantees.

Carson Palmer met with Mike Brown in July and may even report to the team shortly.

Fred Taylor will retire as a Jaguar, while the Falcons signed CB Kelvin Hayden and promoted Rich McKay to team president and CEO.

Cam Newton will be the starting QB for Carolina, who already waived Kentwan Balmer after claiming him last week in front of Denver.

The Chiefs lost 20-19 to the Packers, while San Diego fell 20-17 to the Niners.

Here are links to Andy Benoit's excellent season previews - sadly he will not be getting to the AFC West as he mourns the recent loss of his sister. 

Here are the rest of PFW's AFCW previews: Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders. Plus, PFF on the Niners and Bucs.

Mike Lombardi ranks the divisions, while Pat Kirwan examines the NFC West and focuses on Sexy Rexy.


Doug Farrar doesn't understand why Arian Foster would share his own injury details so publicly. Meanwhile, Tedy Bruschi says what every defensive player is thinking about that.

Congressman and former Eagles tackle Jon Runyan (R) thinks Michelle Bachmann is to his party what Terrell Owens was to his football team.

Here are Bucky Brooks' favorite prospects for next year's draft.

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