Broncos intend to maintain grip on blue balls

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Although camp has kicked off, this week continues to be all about the great Pat Bowlen.

As tends to happen in times like this, words of tribute and appreciation have come from all over.

But it's Bowlen's former players who have offered the most poignant comments.

In a moving column from Terry Frei, Broncos greats Shannon Sharpe, Terrell Davis, Karl Mecklenburg, Steve Atwater, and Alfred Williams discuss their love for Mr. B and the pain of seeing him in a lessened state.

Says Big Play Shay,

I think he knew when I was going to be working out in the weight room because he was always coming down. He'd get on the treadmill or the elliptical or get on the bike. From about '93 until I walked out of there, he was always challenging me. He could run longer than I could on the treadmill, he could put up better numbers on the bike than I could, and we were always going back and forth.

Broncos

T.J. Ward and his fellow defensive players continue to talk tough.

Troy Renck says undrafted running back Brennan Clay has been among the early standouts.

The Broncos are continuing to make ball security a focus this summer.

Lindsay Jones looks over the Denver roster; Cecil Lammey shares impressions from the first day of camp.

As much as folks like Mike Klis want to suggest Peyton Manning is better than ever, there is no chance he will ever top his 2004 season.

Mark Kiszla says the pressure is on John Fox to deliver another SB title to Denver.

CenturyLink mobile subscribers will have better internet connectivity this season at SAF@MH.

News

Oakland will cut LB Kevin Burnett, and they placed corner D.J. Hayden on their PUP list.

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is holding out, but Houston wideout Andre Johnson reported to camp; Cleveland wideout Josh Gordon checked himself into rehab; Knowshon Moreno is on Miami's PUP list, at least temporarily.

Baltimore corner Aaron Ross is done for the season after he tore his Achilles tendon while taking a conditioning test; to replace him, the team added former Giants safety Will Hill, who is serving a six-game suspension.

Analysis

Doug Farrar includes Aqib Talib (#4), Chris Harris (#8), and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (#9) among his top ten cornerbacks.

Team previews: Cleveland (Andy Benoit), TennesseeArizona (Greg Gabriel), and Baltimore (Greg Bedard).

No Broncos are on Bill Barnwell's list of the league's worst contracts, which is a well deserved testament to the job done by John Elway and Mike Sullivan.

Matt Bowen offers a primer on man pressure schemes.

David Rappoccio explains how to draw Jay Cutler, if you carrrrreeeeee.

Homophobia

Minnesota ST coach Mike Priefer apologized; not for being a homophobic bigot, but for verbalizing it.

Laudably, David Tyree is apparently evolving from the outspoken homophobe he showed himself to be not that long ago. Tyree tells Wade Davis that he'd "absolutely support any player on the Giants who identified as gay, in any way I could."

As Aaron Gordon sees it, so-called "distractions" in sports amount to nothing to on-field results, and really only impact us fans.

No Females League

Incredibly, Ray Rice's two-game suspension includes a fine that only really amounts to one-fourth of a single game check.

Gary MyersChris Burke, and Jane McManus are baffled that Rice was only suspended for two games, but don't they know this is the No Females League we're talking about here?

Jason Lisk chronicles the suspensions handed down during Roger Goodell's tenure.

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

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