The Daily Lard 9-30-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Surely this is going to bring some cries of diva, but Brandon Lloyd wants to see more deep targets in his direction. He does have 10 catches in just two games played (he missed the Bengals game with a groin injury), but his average reception has gone for just 12.7 yards, a pittance relative to his 18.8-yard average from last season.

Lloyd blames the team's purported commitment to the run, while John Fox says Lloyd just hasn't been healthy enough (probably true). Yet, the Broncos have a split of 62% pass and 38% run so far - they just haven't attacked deep, or as Ted would say, they haven't taken the top off of the defense. To wit, the Broncos and Kyle Orton have only attempted 13 deep passes through three games, completing five of them. Meanwhile, the team has just 7 passes that have gone for 20 or more yards (including YAC) which ties them for 8th-fewest in the league. Meanwhile, the Patriots have had 22 such plays and the Cowboys 20 of them, although the high-octane Packers have had just 9 passes go for 20+ yards and have only attempted 17 deep passes.

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Notes from Legwold: Although Knowshon Moreno is practicing fully, Willis McGahee is expected to start at RB on Sunday. No word on whether D.J. Williams or Wesley Woodyard will be starting at the Will.

Andrew Mason on the returning health of Elvis Dumervil, Champ Bailey and D.J. Williams, plus a chat with Jason Hunter about his time as a Packer.

Lee Rasizer points out that Orlando Franklin will have the responsibility of facing Clay Matthews on Sunday, although of course he's likely to have plenty of help.

Over at PFF, Sam Monson breaks down Orton's TD pass to Matt Willis, plus a strange play from Packers/Bears that resulted in a 28-yard pass from Jay Cutler to Matt Forte.

Woody again presents his case to bench Kyle Orton.

Captain Obvious says Aaron Rodgers is really, really good and hits up his Rolodex to conclude that the Broncos don't yet have a deep roster.

NFL Films previews the game, plus video of John Fox, Dennis Allen, Mike McCoy, Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins speaking yesterday following practice.

At the official site: Notes and photos from practice via Stuart Zaas, Kenny Legan on Allen and McCoy's comments, a Q&A with Robert Ayers, Sacco makes the HOF case for Rod Smith, a blog entry from Rahim Moore, and players will don pink equipment again this month in support of breast cancer research.

The first Tebow billboard has gone up, although this one is electronic and sponsored by a company - not that original group of fans. Here's coverage of it from LJ, CBS4 and KDVR. Plus, the episode of The Biggest Loser which features Tebow among other NFL players will air on Tuesday. Big news, folks. Big news.

SB XXXII Losers


Matt Bowen hits up the tape of an Aaron Rodgers/Greg Jennings back shoulder fade and explains how to cover such a play on defense.

Aaron Rodgers apparently drew the Bears offsides four times last week with a hard count.

Notes on the Packers: It still looks like RB Ryan Grant will miss the game, while Charles Woodson again missed practice.

Aaron Nagler of Cheesehead TV says Packers CB Sam Shields misses tackles by the bucketful. Plus, more Packers notes and links.

Sucks for folks in Wisco: Sunday's game is happening at the same time as the Brewers' game versus the D'backs.

Trimmings


The House Oversight and Government Reform Committees each sent letters to the NFL and NFLPA pushing for HGH testing. 

Just two years after drafting him fourth overall, the Seahawks are about to put LB Aaron Curry on the trading block.

Jeffri Chadiha says that Kubes, Tony Sparano, Handshake Haley and Jack Del Rio are already on the hot seat.

The Eagles have demoted rookie LB Casey Matthews to the second team.

Former Seahawks C Joe Tofflemire passed away at age 46 of heart failure.

Baltimore is apparently thinking about using Terrell Suggs as a fullback.

Despite all of the hilarious claims this summer that people wouldn't watch the NFL anymore because of the lockout, everyone is still watching.

Pat Kirwan, Mike Silver and John Clayton preview the week's games, Bucky Brooks shares his X-factor players of the week, and Don Banks focuses on Ravens/Jets.

Mike Tanier on the Jekyll and Hyde-like first half/second half Vikings, plus Ben Muth on the crappiness of the Seahawks' offensive line.

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Mike Tanier is going with the Packers in his Week 4 previews, while Brian Burke's new and improved game probabilities show Denver as having a 25% chance at victory. That's not too bad, actually!

PFF's pass protection data doesn't look too kindly upon the Broncos' O-line as a whole or Zane Beadles individually.

Obviously it's early, but Ken Crippen examines some NFL records that could fall if certain players were to maintain their current paces (of course they won't).

Matt Bowen breaks down Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace against Cover 2.

Doug Farrar's weekly podcast visit with Greg Cosell.

Hahaha some Browns fan was tossed from Sunday's game for standing up too much.

While looking at pictures of 320-lb Chargers DT Antonio Garay behind the wheel of his Hello Kitty smart car, I'm wrestling between laughing at the guy and wishing he was on the Broncos, and leaning toward the latter. I mean, THAT is confidence.

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