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Bailey: Rahim Moore isn’t as down as people think

Bailey brushes off age, talk of moving to safety

Bailey concedes the 59-yard TD was entirely his fault but argues he was in position on the 32-yarder. So, in his eyes, that bad afternoon doesn’t foreshadow an abrupt drop in his game. ‘‘Just recognizing what he was doing faster. A guy like that you can’t be a half-step behind,’’ Bailey said. ‘‘He got me on that play. The second TD he just made a great play, caught me slipping. But on that long touchdown play early in the first half, he got away from me. The guy’s fast. You can’t lose a half-step. It’s my responsibility. When that guy runs down field, I’ve got to be on top of it. Error on my part, and they took advantage of it.’‘

Bailey’s transgressions were largely overlooked in the immediate aftermath of that game because safety Rahim Moore allowed Jacoby Jones to score on a 70-yard touchdown pass in the waning seconds of regulation. Bailey will try to help the third-year safety overcome that Bill Buckner-like ball-through-the-legs moment and he said Moore has the right frame of mind to get over it.’‘'Let’s go try again,’ that’s pretty much his mentality,’’ Bailey said. ‘‘I don’t think it affected him as much as people think. Because he got so much better last year. I can’t wait to see him improve this year. People want to talk about one play ... even with myself, you can’t define somebody off one play.’‘

It's good to know that Rahim Moore is getting on with this business, since most (reasonable) Broncos fans didn't expect him to cry himself into a puddle of blue and orange goo.

As a wiser feller than myself once said: "Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes, well, he eats you."

As a side note, notice that Bailey confirms our thinking on the first touchdown to Torrey Smith: Rahim Moore wasn't even supposed to be in the same zip code.

Von Miller: Everybody gets nailed (in the locker room)

Von Miller: Manti Te'o teasing would be temporary

“When Manti comes to our locker room, I would make it light, I’d make it fun,” Miller said. “I’d make him comfortable. Everybody gets nailed in the locker room. Everybody gets talked about,” Miller went on. “I was a No. 2 (overall) draft pick when I walked in it was like I was the guy they got off the street. Everybody gets it in the locker room, but as soon as he steps on the field, as soon as he contributes to wins, as soon as he goes out there and plays, the sooner he does that, guys will start to let off him. It doesn’t matter who you are, No. 2 pick, No. 1 pick, or the last guy in the draft. Once you get into an organization and start playing, guys respect your talent. And when he’s out there, guys will start to respect him.”

Given the Broncos’ draft needs, it’s unlikely Te’o will actually end up with the Broncos later this month. But Miller’s message probably cuts across most, if not all, NFL locker rooms.

Let me do my best imitation of Bill Will here:  "I could see Te'o with the Broncos if John Elway feels like it would be a potentially good fit at #28."

Schedule release coming Thursday night

NFL to release regular-season schedule Thursday

League spokesman Greg Aiello announced Tuesday that the NFL’s 2013 regular-season slate of games will be announced on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.

The schedule was widely expected to drop Tuesday, but the league told’s Around The League on Monday that it had yet to be finalized.

Along with facing the other AFCW teams twice each, Denver will host Baltimore, Washington, Philly, Tennessee, and Jacksonville, and visit New England, Dallas (likely on Thanksgiving), Indy, Houston, and the Giants. They are again expected to be featured in several night games.

Decker: Kicking Cover 2’s ass

Eric Decker Gets Workout in With Peyton Manning and New Teammate Wes Welker

How did it go last week at Duke, working with Peyton Manning, Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas?:
“It felt like two-a-days. He had us working. Peyton. … Peyton had the whole itinerary and had all these plans for us to work out. … We worked out in the morning, meetings in the afternoon and more workouts in the evening time. It was a grind, but it was a good time.”

What does the addition of Welker mean for you?:
“I think, really, he’s going to take a lot of pressure, whether we see a lot of Cover 2, we see safeties kind of bracketing us outside. He’s really going to make the difference of getting those third-down conversions, of making sure guys really key on him. If there are blitzes, you’ve got a guy in the slot that can make a six-yard catch into a 60-yard touchdown. So that’s something that’s going to be interesting, to see how they play us defensively.”

I have to admit, this interview got me jacked up way more than any mock draft--let's face it, whoever the Broncos draft will have a lot less to do with their success in 2013 than watching Wes Welker split the middle of a Cover 2.

Good luck covering Welker with--well, anyone, really.  The Broncos have one of the top slot corners in the game in Chris Harris, and even he couldn't make a dent against Welker last year.

PMFM: Adding Welker doesn’t have to mean Stokley’s gone

Peyton Manning looking for Broncos to improve this season

Manning also said he hopes long-time teammate and friend Brandon Stokley will be re-signed by the Broncos. Welker’s signing fills the role Stokley played in the offense last season.

“Hope it’s not necessarily a close-door discussion,” Manning said. “In a perfect world I’d like both of them to be on the team this year.”

Would be nice, but hard to see this happening.

NFL postpones schedule announcement

Schedule release not happening tomorrow

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT that the schedule won’t be released on April 16.  He added the date for the release has not been determined.

“It will not be tomorrow but could be in the next week or two,” Aiello said via email. “We’re working to finalize it.”

Along with its traditional home-and-home with the three other AFCW teams, Denver will host Baltimore, Washington, Philly, Tennessee, and Jacksonville, and visit New England, Dallas (likely on Thanksgiving), Indy, Houston, and the Giants.

Awkward: Legwold & Marvez wear the same dress to the hackery party

No more sleepers in Internet age

Get ready to retire an overused NFL draft cliché.

The day of the “sleeper” is finally being put to bed.

Scant secrets remain about prospects on the league’s draft radar. Few, if any, of this year’s picks will cause a team’s front-office members to scratch their heads and ponder, “Who?” when names are announced April 25 to 27 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Expansive scouting services and the internet flood of draft information from league, media and independent outlets make it impossible for a well-regarded prospect at any level to remain clandestine. And thanks to the league’s Super Regional combine, the same discovery is happening with some less-ballyhooed talent that once would have flown under the draft-day radar.

Doug linked a crappy Jeff Legwold article in this morning's Lard, about how there are no more sleepers in the NFL Draft.  Somehow, some way, I keep coming up with funky-ass rhymes like every single day Alex Marvez wrote substantially the same article on the same day.  Umm... AWKWARD!  There doesn't appear to be any plagiarism here; just two feeble football minds thinking as one.  

Several options for Denver’s home opener

Broncos regular season schedule expected next week

For the Broncos, the greatest intrigue is with their opener. A league-opening, Thursday night playoff rematch against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 5 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High is a possibility. But nothing is finalized and several other possibilities are in play, from opening at home on a Sunday afternoon, to primetime Sunday night on the road, to Monday night at home.

My wild guess has all along been that Denver would open in New Jersey against the Giants, in a Peyton v. Eli Sunday Night affair. Whatever happens, we all know the Broncos will be featured plenty of times on primetime national television; the IAOFM staff will just hope that the opener isn't the back half of the MNF doubleheader, for sleep considerations.

IAOFM is ahead of the curve, again

Some think Rivers is down to his last chance in San Diego

There’s an asterisk that applies to that school of thought.  If the quarterback that a new coach has inherited lands on the short list of NFL franchise quarterbacks, the new coach has no issue with the status quo.

The biggest question in San Diego is whether Philip Rivers still falls on the presumptive do-not-cut-trade-or-bench list.  Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego believes 2013 will be Rivers’ “final audition” with the Chargers.  Tom Adams of the same publication believes that, if Rivers is indeed playing for his job, he’ll pass the test.

OMG, who would have ever possibly thought that Rivers may not be the apple of the new Chargers regime's eye?  Oh yeah, I did.  I had more to say here, too.  In fact, I've been saying Rivers isn't a franchise QB for a few years now.  Good luck getting rid of a putative "franchise QB" when he sucks again in 2013, suckers.  The only thing the Chargers have going for them is that their fan base is so crappy and apathetic that not many people may even notice.

FO: Ryan Clady, Pass Pro Clinician

Word of Muth: Examining Clady's Set

I watched the Week 16 game between the Broncos and Browns figuring that between Joe Thomas and Ryan Clady, I would have plenty of plays to choose from. It didn’t take long for me to find a play with Clady putting on a pass-blocking clinic.

As always, fine analysis from Ben Muth, who just last week broke down the breakneck speed off the edge shown by one Von Miller.