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David Terrell *really* wishes he’d played with a QB like Jay Cutler

Playing With Jay Cutler Is Apparently Worth Your Balls

RedEye: What would you have given to play with a quarterback like a Jay Cutler?

Terrell: (Laughs, for a long time) I would have cut off both my balls. I’d give those up, no problem. You could have neutered me. I woulda been neutered with a smile. Shit, man, for real.


Like I already told you, Champ Bailey is not sucking


He, like Nnamdi Asomugha, was living off of his reputation it seemed. He just hadn’t been exposed because of Peyton Manning, a weak schedule and the fact that the Broncos had one of the better pass rushes in the league. At least, that’s what the narrative said. The analysis on the other hand, now that’s a completely different story…

What a player does on the biggest stage is important, but one bad display in one big game doesn’t stop a player such as Champ Bailey from being an elite cornerback. The Broncos may need to adjust their gameplans slightly in future to take the pressure off of him against deep balls, but he’s still better than 90 percent of the players playing his position in the league and isn’t showing signs of rapid decline.

It was only last week that I explained how Champ Bailey is still an elite corner.  

As this analysis shows, one cannot take a few plays during which a corner is beat and expect to judge his entire season.  Rather, one must to evaluate it within the context of the entire year, and even then, within the context of the coverage in general. (via FO)

Klis: Getting to SB > not getting to SB

What happens when Mike Klis pounds a few too many in the afternoon

If the Broncos go 14-2 and lose their first playoff game in the second — bad season.

If they go 9-7 and reach the Super Bowl — good season.

Doug thought he'd take a quick break from beating the hell out of Mike Klis so I could have a go--all in good fun, though.

We agree with Klis. Super Bowls are better than non-Super Bowls--unless, of course, you're Eugene Robinson.

Phillips: Chargers only wanted me as a backup

Chargers are Broncos' farm team

“I thought it would be a no-brainer,” Phillips said. “I would just think you would keep a couple vets around just because of the fact that, to help groom the young guys … My impression was that there was no interest. They told me that the door is always open, that I could come back. But they told me that I was coming back as a backup. You know, I’m definitely not coming back as a backup.”

It's a fan's nature to suggest that Shaun Phillips will be as productive as Elvis Dumervil (or more so), but let's not forget that Denver's first choice was to keep Elvis, and that they only signed Phillips after learning that Dwight Freeney (who's now with the Chargers) and John Abraham were too pricey for their liking. At best, Phillips was the Broncos' fourth option.

That said, though, I do like the signing, especially when combined with the drafting of Quant Smith.

Little: Coaches and trainers ignored obvious concussion signs

For Floyd Little: Moments to Remember

Little had five documented concussions during his pro career, but he thinks there were many more. He recalled being hit so hard by Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus one time that he mistakenly ran into the Bears’ huddle and didn’t realize his mistake until the Bears asked him if he was all right.

Little said he was hit in the head countless times, and when the trainers asked him how many fingers they were holding up, the answer was always “two,” and he would be allowed to go back into the game. He thinks the decision should have been taken entirely out of his hands.

“They knew,” Little said of the coaches’ and trainers’ awareness of the possible dangers of hits to the head. “They shouldn’t have let me play. My eyes were dilated, I was looking out of my earhole, and they’d send me back in.”

Considering what happened to Colt McCoy just two seasons ago, it's no surprise to learn of stories like Little's, given that he played four decades ago. Still, it's troubling.

Welker: Broncos encouraging me to be myself

Wes Welker finally able to be himself as member of the Denver Broncos

Unlike the conversations he had with reporters during his six-year stint with the New England Patriots – whose coach, Bill Belichick, scrutinizes his players’ public comments with NSA-like zeal – Welker felt no urgency to walk the line between bland and unrevealing.

“I feel like I can be myself a little more for sure,” said Welker, who signed a two-year, $12-million deal with the Broncos on March 13, a day after becoming an unrestricted free agent. Asked if he’d received any pre-interview lectures about what subjects to avoid, Welker laughed and said, “Here? No. … All they told me was, ‘Just be yourself.’ “

Not sure if Johns Elway and Fox have ever been described as touchy-feely, but relative to Bill Belichick, who isn't? We'll see if it helps translate into a ring in Denver, which of course, would be Welker's first.

Manning: Rehab kept me out of the film room in 2012

Peyton Manning 'felt like a rookie in some ways' during comeback season with Broncos

“It’s nice when you have an extra hour or something you go watch some extra film or whatever. [Last year] there were no extra hours cause I was in the training room. My day was covered…”

As much as Manning tried to delve into the nuances of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s scheme and ensure that Thomas, Decker and company shared his sensibilities, time became an enemy. Though he put in exceptionally long hours, as per usual, Manning spent so many hours in the training room tending to his physical issues that certain staples of his weekly routine, such as film-watching and post-practice fine-tuning sessions with his receivers, tended to suffer.

Peyton's already said he's throwing the ball significantly better than he was a year ago; now he tells us he's back in his comfort zone, with more time to watch film.

If 2012 Manning was the weak-armed, underprepared, and uncomfortable version of himself, then what can we expect of him in 2013?

Whatever happened to White Boy Day?

Teams pass on chance to squat on 160 UFAs

The labor deal has a little-known provision that gives teams that ability to squat on unrestricted free agents who haven’t signed elsewhere by June 1.  As of June 1, the player’s most recent team can offer a contract worth 110 percent of his prior year’s base salary (if it was a rookie contract that expired) or 110 percent of his total compensation from the prior season (for non-rookie deals).

The list contains 160 names, including Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley and linebacker Keith Brooking, Chiefs safety Abram Elam and running back Peyton Hillis

This provision must be little-known, because it's my business to know stuff about football, and I'd never heard of it.  Nice job bringing some real knowledge, Florio.

In other news, did you notice that the nephew of Hercules himself, Mr. Peyton "Madden Cover" Hillis, doesn't have a job, and wasn't even valued enough by the Chiefs for them to lock him up for 110% of last year's bargain price?  Remember when I declared White Boy Day?  Remember when my friend accounted for more than half of the vote, and rigged the Madden cover election?  Oh, how the mighty have fallen in only two years. 

Studesville’s parents killed in motorcycle accident

Broncos mourn loss of parents of running backs coach Eric Studesville

According to a report by, Alfonso Studesville, 67, and his wife Janet Studesville, 68, were riding a motorcycle along U.S. Highway 54 when a truck towing a grain trailer veered into their lane and struck them head-on.

Unfathomable. All of us here at IAOFM extend our thoughts and condolences to Eric Studesville, his family, and their friends.

Elway: Montee Ball is a clone of Terrell Davis

Broncos Magazine: Summer Edition: Meet the club's 2013 draftees and read an exclusive Q&A with John Elway.

Second-round pick Montee Ball said he patterns his game after Broncos Ring of Famer Terrell Davis, your former teammate. Did you see that in him as you were evaluating him?

“That’s who he reminds me of, a little bit…When I was watching him run, he looked a lot like Terrell. He ran a lot like Terrell. We put his Combine numbers up next to Terrell’s and they were pretty similar as well. He just reminded us a bunch of Terrell. So hopefully we can get that same thing out of Montee that Terrell produced during his years.”

Sheesh, way to manage expectations...