Good Morning, Broncos fans! After their many hours, weeks, and months of tireless work, it's often the days that follow the draft when NFL scouts and personnel execs lose their jobs.
Generally these changes are reserved for the franchises that have fared worst on the field and in procuring talent.
Neither has been the case with the Broncos, but they still have decided to move on without director of pro personnel Keith Kidd, whose contract has not been renewed after four years with the team. Kidd was brought to Dove Valley in 2009 by then-head coach Josh McDaniels, with whom he'd previously worked when both were in New England.
He's worked in the league for 18 seasons, with other stints with Arizona and Cleveland, and a three-year term working with Scouts, Inc. and ESPN prior to his arrival in Denver.
McDaniels also hired Kidd's direct boss, Matt Russell, who remains Denver's director of personnel, and is considered by many to be John Elway's de facto general manager.
It's not clear which acquisitions Kidd was responsible for during his time with the Broncos, and there's no indication from Mike Klis as to why Kidd was let go, or whether he'll be replaced.
Of course, there's not much blame to go around with a team that went 13-4 in 2012 and managed to land the greatest free agent in history a year ago, and one of this offseason's biggest ones, in Wes Welker.
After months of blaming the rushing offense for Denver's early playoff exit, Jeff Legwold laughably vacillated to calling their selection of Montee Ball a "luxury pick" the other day. Now that he's covered that one ass cheek, he's back to the other, stressing just how inconsistent the team was at running the ball in 2012. Which is it, Jeff?
Peyton Manning spoke at a coaching clinic organized by the Tennessee Vols' athletic department.
Kansas City traded CB Javier Arenas to Arizona for FB Anthony Sherman, and now that they failed to trade him to Miami, the Chiefs are reportedly open to a long-term deal with tackle Branden Albert; Oakland re-signed LS Nick Guess; San Diego is trying to sign Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie.
Longtime corner Al Harris retired as a Packer.
If nothing else, at least the public handout being given Falcons owner and welfare queen Arthur Blank may churn out a cool looking new stadium.
Geno Smith/Tim Tebow
Jason Cole quotes several unnamed league execs who say Geno Smith's fall was precipitated by overconfidence and a detached demeanor during interviews with teams.
However, Barry Petchesky cites someone close to Smith who says the QB is upset that his former agents convinced him not to participate in the Senior Bowl, and that they were unresponsive following Nolan Nawrocki's pre-draft hit piece.
It took a while, but Chase Stuart has finally found indisputable proof that Tim Tebow is the greatest NFL quarterback of all time.
CFL legend Warren Moon reminds us that passing the ball is even more important up north, meaning it's not the place for Timmy to improve his disastrous mechanics.
David Roth provides a pretty good synopsis of Tebow's NFL career, at least on the field; his suggestion that Timmy was reluctant to satisfy the desires of the Worldwide Leader and Co. to turn him into a megastar is a bit much, though.
More seriously, Stuart gets all mathy in explaining how it's more important to have a good or great offense, than it is to have a good or great defense, to the tune of a 60/40 split.
Mike Tanier grades teams' drafts in a fashion that's true to his teaching background; he thinks the Broncos did a decent job of both drafting for 2013 (Sly Williams and Montee Ball) while keeping an eye toward the future (Quanterus Smith, Zac Dysert, Kayvon Webster).
Gil Brandt lists and ranks his ten favorite groups of undrafted free agent signings.
Don Banks counts the Dumervil departure debacle and Welker defections among his most notable moments of the offseason.
A Wisconsin church canceled a speaking engagement by former Packers safety Leroy Butler, after Butler congratulated Jason Collins via Twitter. Obviously it's within their rights to do so, but that doesn't make them less a bunch of bigots.
Jason Whitlock thinks blacks in America owe it to homosexuals to stand up for their rights in the same way Jews did for them in the 1960s, and he reminds us that it's not just civil rights and societal respect at stake here, but disproportionately high rates of suicide.
It should come as no surprise that ESPN bungled the Collins story, especially since they weren't the ones that broke it. Thanks to Chris Broussard and the objectionable viewpoint that any opinion is a good opinion, or worthy of being shared, they made the story in part about ESPN, as usual.