The Daily Lard 9-22-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag (once he's through with his weekly cheap shots at Josh McDaniels), Woody Paige says the Broncos' brass is as divided over Tim Tebow's prospects as us fans are, and he says the team did in fact look into dealing Tebow away, but that they encountered little in the way of interest when they did so. Woody admits to not really knowing how Brian Xanders feels about Tebow, and he seems as puzzled as we are that Xanders has so far emerged scot free from all the blame which has landed at Josh McDaniels' feet for draft picks gone wrong.

Woody goes on to say the team's hierarchy has nobody to blame but themselves for the PR problem they've had this season after having used Tebow to sell season-ticket renewals and then trying and failing to trade Orton. He also repeats what he said on Sandy Clough's show last week, suggesting the team should deal Tebow before the deadline if they're intent on drafting a new QB next April. In that vein, Woodrow takes a look at the schedule and realizes (especially with the fine play of Detroit and Buffalo) that the Broncos are worthy entrants to the Suck for Luck race.


In reviewing Broncos/Bengals, Khaled Elsayed is amazed that Von Miller hasn't been making the same mistakes that have plagued other recent highly-drafted LBs. Plus, he says the Broncos can't afford to have Ryan Clady continue to struggle, and he points again to Kyle Orton's problems when facing pressure, or where have we read that before?

Lindsay Jones examines the rematch facet of Sunday's game and revisits last year's chippiness.

Captain Platitude pretends to evaluate the start to Von Miller's career and says the Broncos hope to keep Chris Johnson under wraps.

Video of John Fox and Kyle Orton speaking after practice; Chris Hall updates the team's injury situation for Broncos TVphotos from practice via Gray Caldwell. Plus, Caldwell previews Sunday's game, and Stuart Zaas details the fine start to Britton Colquitt's season.

Here's a podcast of Orton visiting with Vic & Gary yesterday.

As Sacco points out, the Broncos are one win away from 400 regular-season victories as a franchise.


Tom Gower of Total Titans reviews Broncos/Bengals and isn't overly impressed by our team.

Ben Stockwell of PFF analyzes the Titans' win over Baltimore and finds their pass rush was very good, that Cortland Finnegan was excellent, and that their line provided excellent protection for Matt Hasselbeck.

DE Derrick Morgan was fined $7,500 for a hit on Ravens QB Joe Flacco.

WR Kenny Britt is off to a great start.

An article from Craig Peters of Titans Online previews the game.

Video of HC Mike Munchak, QB Matt Hasselbeck, RB Chris Johnson and cheap-shot artist extraordinaire Cortland Finnegan speaking yesterday. Plus, transcriptions of Munchak and Hasselbeck's conference calls with the Denver reporters.


The NFL warned teams that faking injuries could be penalized with fines, suspensions and draft-choice forfeitures, although Doug Farrar wonders how they'll ever be able to prove such an offense.

San Diego placed LB Jonas Mouton on IR and brought back S Paul Oliver, who had played for the team from 2007 to 2010 before signing with the Saints (who cut him before the season).

The home of Cincy WR Jerome Simpson has apparently been functioning as a pot distribution center, as a 2.5-lb delivery was made to the house yesterday and another six pounds of weed were discovered inside.

Old friend Domenik Hixon tore his right ACL for the second straight year.

New England put C Dan Koppen and DT Myron Pryor on IR, while S Patrick Chung had surgery on this thumb and could miss some time.

Niners WR Braylon Edwards had knee surgery and will be out for a while.

Blaine Gabbert will get the start at QB this week for the Jaguars in Carolina.

Jason La Canfora doesn't understand why Pippi Bongstocking hasn't gotten any tryouts.

PFF analyzes Week 2, with their best and worst players of the week, plus a staff discussion of the action, including a breakdown of why the Chiefs suck and more praise for Von Miller.

Gil Brandt has effusive praise for Cam Newton, while Bucky Brooks says he's still got plenty of room for improvement.

Farrar considers what an 0-2 start means for some teams' hopes, plus he breaks down Packers/Panthers and Steelers/Seahawks.

Pat Kirwan says the Pats' two TEs are the key to their dynamic offense.


Andrew Brandt breaks down Haloti Ngata's new deal.

Detroit is a road favorite at Minnesota, which hasn't been the case in 30 years.

Remember that Green Bay fan/car salesman who was fired for wearing a Packers tie to work? He's kicking ass at his new job.

From the WSJ, a behind-the-scenes look at the offensive line grading that Pro Football Focus performs. (Thanks, RSH!)

AA on the upstanding journalism of FOX and their made-up headlines describing Jay Cutler. Shocking, really.

ESPN the Mag has apparently turned their latest issue into Massholes Illustrated.

Keith Goldner has come up with a Markov Model to find the likelihood that a possession will end in any of nine different results. Meanwhile, Brian Burke has brought on a group of new writers, and he introduces them here.

Jack Bechta thinks up some ways to protect the interests of college athletes.

This right here may be the most incredible lateral in the history of football. If not, it's still pretty amazing.

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

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