The Daily Lard 9-21-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Obviously, there are many ways to view the outcome of Sunday's two-point victory - the Broncos made the plays they needed to win the game, they were fortunate to have the ball bounce their way on certain occasions, the Bengals shot themselves in the foot with ill-timed penalties, or Cincy just isn't that good. But as Frank Frigo tells it, there was another major factor at play: Marvin Lewis incredibly managed to out-conservative our own cautious John Fox, and it did in his team.

No, it wasn't Lewis' decision to forego a 54-yard FG attempt in the closing minutes; instead it was his puzzling choice to punt on 4th-and-1 at midfield twice to start the game and to kick a FG on another 4th-and-1 while down five points at Denver's five-yard line, late in the third quarter and with momentum clearly on the Bengals' side. According to Frigo's calculations, these unprogressive decisions cost the Bengals more than 34% in Game Winning Chance (GWC) with the chip-shot FG counting for almost half of that. Of course, the Broncos have not yet gone for it on a fourth down (they have not yet faced a situation where they should have), and during his nine years in Carolina, Fox went for it fewer than ten times in four of those seasons, so at some point this same fogyish strategy Lewis employed to keep his team from winning on Sunday will bite Denver in the rear. Mark it.


A year after his death, Wesley Woodyard says Kenny McKinley is always in the players' minds.

LJ on the team's signing of WR Quan Cosby and the addition of TE John Nalbone to the practice squad.

Legwold rambles on about McGahee/Moreno Moreno/McGahee. More of that here, while Knowshon says he's feeling pretty good and will test his hamstring sometime this week.

If you just want to see Tim Tebow get on the field no matter the position, Legwold is here to tell you that him doing so will harm his development as a QB.

Joe Mays visited Vic Lombardi yesterday and responded to some fan questions.

Ron Borges continues to have no clue as he piles on Josh McDaniels and gets the facts completely wrong on why Jay Cutler was traded. Never mind that Cutler demanded a trade and that Pat Bowlen told McDaniels to grant Jay his wish. It was all McDaniels' fault!

Via the official site: yesterday marked the first Elway Live, Stuart Zaas goes over some of the Broncos' numbers thus far, Mike Rice reacts to the win, Rahim Moore has a blog entry, and a few players visited a local Boys & Girls Club yesterday.

Part 1 and Part 2 of Ed McCaffrey's visit with Vic & Gary.


Tom Gower of Total Titans explains how Tennessee bottled up the Ravens' passing game on Sunday. Plus, his review of the game.

Sunday's game in Tennessee is a sellout.


The Rams will lodge a formal complaint with the league for the Giants' bush-league tactics from Monday night of faking injuries to give their defense a breather.

Baltimore gave Haloti Ngata $38M in guarantees as part of a new five-year deal worth $61M.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins and Chargers each let the deadline pass to sign DT Paul Soliai and WR Vincent Jackson respectively to longer deals than the franchise tags they're playing under this year.

The Dolphins have brought old friend Nate Jones back to Miami, also adding DT Igor Olshansky and releasing summer friend TE Dante Rosario and RB Larry Johnson.

Jacksonville signed WR Chastin West off the Packers' PS, Dallas brought back WR Laurent Robinson, the Vikings waived DE Adrian Awasom, and the Bills placed WR/KR Roscoe Parrish on IR.

Terrell Owens is in Korea for stem cell treatment on his ACL.

Incredibly, Falcons coach Mike Smith says Dunta Robinson's dirty hit is precisely what he coaches his players to do.

In his latest film review, Andy Benoit studies Texans/Dolphins, Bills/Raiders, Redskins/Cardinals and Steelers/Seahawks.


Matt Bowen says players are coached to fake injuries, and he hopes Michael Vick will sit out rather than play after suffering a concussion on Sunday night.

Bucky Brooks is impressed with Ben Tate, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kenny Britt and Matthew Stafford thus far.

Greg Gabriel checks in on some rookies who had impactful performances in Week 2.

Ross Tucker says the no-huddle is a good counter to today's blitz packages.

Andrew Brandt examines the financial impact of some of the season-ending injuries we've already seen this year.

CHFF examines Sunday's wild comebacks, plus their Week 2 rusher rating, unsung heroes and power rankings.

The PFW staff doles out players of the week awards, Kevin Fishbain looks at the season's best rookies (led by Von Miller), Eli Kaberon considers early MVP candidates, and Eric Edholm looks at each of the undefeated and winless teams.

DYAR and DVOA from Football Outsiders.

Don Banks and Clark Judge look back at Week 2, while Peter King focuses on Cam Newton and responds to emails.

In case you didn't know, the RedZone Channel is like a drug.

KSK captionizes Week 2, and what's there to say about Terry Bradshaw wearing UGGs?

Rob Rang's latest big board has Matt Barkley at #3.

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