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It’s April, and they already have the first pick, but the Chiefs are still losing games


However, this headline went awry earlier this week when they mixed up their Kansas City sports teams.  Although, in fairness, the Chiefs might have just as good of a shot masquerading as the Royals than they would masquerading as an NFL team.

Great Googly Moogly...

The NFL should probably vet its owners better

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's travel center company has engaged in fraud for 'many years', FBI says

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s travel center company for “many years’’ engaged in a fraud scheme to keep money owed to customers as gas rebates, according to documents filed in federal court Thursday.

Just another hard-working NFL owner who got to where he is by being a brilliant businessman, right?

Especially as a lifelong follower of the Islanders and Mets, count this as reason #2,587,505 I'm glad I'm not a Browns fan.

Tim Tebow’s QB guru needs to get his facts straight

Tim Tebow in 'wrong place at the wrong time' with Jets, says QB coach Steve Clarkson

“I think he was purposefully sent to New York,” Clarkson said of the trade from Denver. “From the standpoint: you send him to a situation where you have instability with your coach – you don’t know if he’s coming or going. You have a fragile-minded Mark Sanchez at quarterback. You stick Tim Tebow in there and you kill two birds with one stone. So if you’re Denver you’ve got to be thinking ‘We send him to New York we basically kill an opponent and at the same time Tim Tebow doesn’t come back to bite us in the proverbial butt, if you will, because he’s not going to make it out of there.’

“You send him to Jacksonville, all of a sudden he’s got that fanbase behind him and all of a sudden he’s doing what he’s done all his life, that’s win games. That would put a lot of ill-will towards your organization. There is a lot of politics that go on with it. I think Timmy was just unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Just when I thought it was safe to leave Tim Tebow's people alone, out comes his mechanics guy with this garbage.

Tebow picked New York (with God's help, we assume), despite hinting that he didn't, so that the God-fearing residents of Jacksonville wouldn't feel slighted. Now that the decision didn't work out so well, let's blame Elway.  Wait a second--John Elway is God.  I guess it does make sense, after all.

Mike McCoy has the Chargers talking crazy

Weddle: "I feel like we're the best team in the league."

“Now, shoot, I feel like we’re the best team in the league,” Weddle said. “And a lot of that is because of coach McCoy and the way he presents himself – the way he portrays what he wants. A lot of what you are as a team is attitude, and you can control that.

“I’m just excited,” Weddle said. “It’s a new year, a new belief. Until the season ends, I think we’re going to be the best.”


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.