• bradley
    • Carsonic

      I like how Ed Dickson’s name is correct, then it’s Dickerson, then back to Dickson, then Dickerson two more times.

      • I say this as a sometime-copy editor: so many publications these days have cut back on copy editors or even editors so you’ll see many more mistakes. Drives me crazy. Even in reputable newspapers I can spot goof ups you’d never see back in the day. SIGH.

        • T. Jensen

          Got to be the first out the door with news no one really cares about…

    • Yahmule

      I think a team with a low to mid second round pick might consider Cameron Brate to be worth the cost. He’s likely better than any TE in this class and he’s plug and play.

      I’ll bet the Broncos will kick the tires on Burton.

      • Jason

        I’d sure love to see a return to back in the day when Bronco tight ends would tear up defenses across the middle and down the seams.

    • Royalwithcheese

      I wouldn’t mind Eifert on a one-year prove-it contract.

  • bradley
  • bradley
    • MattR

      Market has cooled down a bit but I think there is still value there (if you can pick the right company) EDIT: And if you can handle the volatility

      http://marijuanaindex.com/

  • Royalwithcheese
    • Rob Rooney

      The Pats ran a fake defense. Take that!

    • Sparks

      This really goes to show how the rest of the league feels about the Pats and their cheating. To go through such lengths tells me they fully believe the Pats are a capable and willing cheat.

      • Jason

        If you know there’s a snake in the room, you’re a lot more careful than if you just think there could be.

  • Royalwithcheese
    • Yahmule

      Not surprised to see Avery Williamson on this list. I was hoping the Broncos would get him when he came out to keep the Kentucky linebacker streak alive behind Trevathan and Woodyard.

  • Royalwithcheese
    • Jason

      Interesting comments about Keenum.

      If Nelson is considered one of the top players in the draft, is it really a “reach” to take him in the top 5? Don’t give me “value” bullshit, if he’s arguably the best player, then you can take him at number 1 and it’s not a “ reach”.

      I see he has Josh Allen ranked #7, third highest of the QBs.

      • Sparks

        While there’s no “wow” factor to drafting a G, you draft Nelson and you’re set at LG for 10-15 years. That’s the kind of production you want out of your #5 pick. Agree on Keenum. I know there’s some history with Kubes and Keenum but other than that, I haven’t seen or heard many other reports linking him to Denver.

        • Jason

          I saw a couple of blocks by interior linemen in the Super Bowl that were game changers.

          That’s what you expect from top 5 picks is a consistent display of game changing plays.

          • Drewredux

            A little competence at LG might do wonders for Bolles development, too.

          • Sparks

            One of the main dings most were attributing to TS was his propensity to run out of the pocket and not step into it. Some of these dings were valid, but some he had no choice because our interior line had crumbled. Nelson would go a long way to shoring this up and help create more clean pockets. A benefit for whomever is playing QB for us next year. To go along with that, he’s a mauler in the run game and gets to the 2nd level with ease. Many words have been written here so I won’t go into all his benefits but this specific player is what is drawing me to going the FA QB route so we can go get Nelson.

        • Yahmule

          I know people say that guards are boring, but I don’t see how people don’t get excited seeing this guy just manhandling his opponents like a surly doorman pitching drunks into the gutter.

          • Clockwork Orange

            I can get pretty excited about not getting stuffed up the middle on 3rd and short every time.

          • Yahmule

            We win the 2012 AFC Championship Game by three scores if we had a guy like Q Nelson lined up that day.

    • Yahmule

      How good is Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson? Said one director of player personnel to me this week: “If you want to call him the best player in this class, no one can argue with you, and there’s no way he’ll bust. As safe as they come.”

      This is the other attractive thing about him. His ceiling is Larry Allen, but his floor is probably someone like Chris Snee.

      • RSH

        Can you or I please find a way into the war room to make this selection? 🙂

        • Yahmule

          The fact that the Broncos specifically mentioned him by name a couple months ago makes me optimistic. I also heard they believe he’s light years ahead of any tackle in this class, which is a huge relief.

  • Jason

    https://www.milehighreport.com/2018/2/9/16992256/jamaal-charles-broncos-wasted-season

    Pieces like this are about as productive and worthwhile as pawing through a pile of shit to point out the parts that stink the worst.

    SMH.

    • T. Jensen

      Didn’t read the article but overall I am disappointed with our entire RB play calling situation last year. I feel like all the choices were wrong. Overused Booker at the wrong time, didn’t use JC enough, didn’t really test DH at all etc.

      I had high expectations for JC and was sad for him, poor bastard was stuck with the chiefs and never got to really experience a true post season. Of course I had high expectations for our entire team 🙁

  • Nick

    *SpongeBob-biting-nails-hands-arms.gif*

    https://twitter.com/CecilLammey/status/961067695943778304

    • Sparks

      For Barkley. I like Barkley…a lot…but not that much.

      • Nick

        If it’s for Barkley, I can’t see why Cleveland would be willing to trade out, unless maybe they re-sign Crowell, and even then I’m not convinced.

        • Sparks

          Agreed. I got that from the tweet if you go into it, Cecil says “Perhaps move to no1 overall for Saquon Barkley”

    • Carsonic

      Bleah. That seems dumb. I mean, I feel like there are so many other scenarios in which we can improve without giving up what it would take to do that. I could see moving as high as 3 – maybe.

    • Nick

      Another more superficial reason to hate moving up to #1: I believe the Broncos are the only team that existed at the merger that has never picked #1. (The other two I think are the Jaguars(!) and Seahawks.) Of course, I’d have to learn if any other team only picked #1 because of a tradeup.

    • Yahmule

      Translation: “I have a radio show. Please listen to my radio show.”

      • QDoc

        Exactly. This looks like throwing shit against the wall to see what sticks. Not impressed.

        • Yahmule

          He’s just trying to burn hours. There’s nothing much to really talk about until they can start Combine crunching, so it’s “Let’s Get Hypothetical Friday” at the old One Oh Four Point Three.

          • Broncos777

            Yeah, he and Pritch have been pretty bad lately. Besides the continuous hypotheticals, their logic is usually flawed. I have a book that defines all of the fallacies and they pretty much hop from one to another. I like them, but it doesn’t take long see their limits.

          • G Mik

            Who do you like on that station? I find I can only handle Stokley and Bye….

  • Kndh19

    This sure seems like a mistake after the rave reviews richesson has received, and the big decrease in hamstring injuries that Shanahan’s teams always seemed to have. Hopefully they go with his assistant to take over.

    http://www.9news.com/mobile/article/sports/broncos-to-hire-strength-coach-after-allowing-luke-richesson-to-move-on-to-texans/73-516582087

    • bradley

      “Broncos general manager John Elway showed class in allowing Richesson, who had one year left on his contract, to take the new position with the Texans – especially after Houston blocked Wes Welker from interviewing for the Broncos’ receiver coach position that was later filled by Zach Azzanni.”

      • Kndh19

        I wonder why he wanted to leave for a lateral position in the first place.

    • QDoc

      This is sad news. Richesson seemed to do a terrific job.

      • Agreed. He’s been great for the team and players really seemed to like him. If he wanted to go or had reasons to be in Texas good for Broncos to let him leave unlike the Texans who blocked Welker from interviewing with Denver.

    • pubkeeper

      This is a scary loss for this reason:

      “Richesson’s training methods helped solved what had been the Broncos’ long-standing problem with soft-tissue (hamstring, quad, groin) injuries.”

      I’m hoping Landow is interviewed, he’s done some great work.

      • Laces Out

        Big loss

  • Nick

    I disagree with La Canfora on almost every piece of his argument here:

    https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/962008319723421696

    –Woody Johnson could be back at any moment given however the political winds (and the mood of Trump’s firing trigger) shift. Denver’s ownership could be less stable but only marginally so compared to the Jets.
    –The idea that Bowles has somehow escaped a super hot seat is laughable. If they crash and burn again in 2018 he could easily be fired despite getting an extension.
    –Denver’s core roster is locked in for at least two years. That includes Harris, who took a hometown discount to stay in Denver, so specifically mentioning him is very odd. The Jets have no core to speak of, especially on offense. Maybe the two safeties they landed in the draft last year are their core, but that’s about it.
    –Even if you argue that DT and Sanders have lost a step…the Jets may have the worst WR core in the league. And their “best” WR just got arrested for threatening to sexually assault someone.
    –As for expectations…I’m glad that Denver has some of the highest expectations in the league (even if the fans can sometimes get delusional with them). And I’d want a QB that wants the challenge of those high expectations. If Cousins is happy with just going to a team where just making the playoffs are considered a success (and there’s no proof that he actually believes that), then he may not be the QB that’s right for the Broncos.
    –As for 2017 competitiveness…does he even remember that the Broncos blew out the Jets 23-0, with McCown in at QB most of the game?

    Finally, what really galls me is that he merely glosses over the #1 reason why the Jets could be favored over the Broncos over all else, and it’s something he usually doesn’t gloss over. That’s the almighty dollar. The Jets have the resources and the will to outspend the Broncos for Cousins if they so choose. If Cousins does go to the Jets, that’s likely going to be the main reason why.

    • Yahmule

      The off handed nonsense about Harris is just one indicator that La Canfora doesn’t respect his audience enough to form a cogent argument. I have to admit, he’s a guy I usually just skim.

    • Yahmule

      Disagree about the Jets wideouts, though. With Enunwa coming back and youngsters like ArDarious Stewart and Chad Hansen still around, l think they’re a talented group.

      • RSH

        I am still sad that we missed out on Chad Hansen in the last draft.

        • Yahmule

          I’m sad we missed JuJu and Kupp and Golladay and Godwin, too. CHendo better get over the butterfingers this year.

          • RSH

            I was pleased with the Henderson selection at the time, but thus far, he has been a disappointment. Hopefully, he can have a much better second year, which starts with better preparation and practice.

          • Sparks

            Are you speaking about CHenderson or MacKenzie? 🙂

          • RSH

            C. Henderson. McKenzie was wowing in training camp and in preseason games. Henderson was unprepared even in practices.

          • Sparks

            I was mostly joking but I guess I didn’t realize Henderson was unprepared. I knew he was showing hands of stone but I didn’t chalk that up to unpreparedness. Was he not learning his play book or something? I guess I find it hard to call a player a disappointment because he got hurt. I might not have all the story though.

            MacKenzie, OTOH, was pure disappointment. On ST’s and on offense. Wowing in TC and Preseason only goes so far once the real games are played. The NFL scrap pile is littered with TC/Preseason heroes. I’m of a mind that the Broncos should take a long look at Yahmule’s guy, Christian Kirk, especially if he drops to the 4th round as some have projected and move on from MacKenzie. If they’re stuck with MacKenzie, though, I sure hope he shows he’s done nothing but hang out with a Juggs machine the whole offseason.

            http://www.nfl.com/draft/2018/profiles/christian-kirk?id=2560014

          • Royalwithcheese

            Kirk will be going in the top 2 rounds, no doubt about it.

          • PiperAR

            My expectations for McKenzie on offense was zero. He wasn’t going to contribute anything as a WR. Nothing wrong with having a return specialist on the roster, if they are a good enough returner.
            Unfortunately…

          • Royalwithcheese
          • RSH

            My mother got that same adjustable exercise step platform in mid-1990s. She may still have it to this day.

          • More Cow Bell

            leg warmers too? I loved that Jane Fonda look.

          • Yahmule

            His entire recent Twitter feed is like this. Makes me very happy.

          • Royalwithcheese

            He may go into training camp “in the best shape of his life.”

          • RSH

            If Henderson is in the best mental shape of his life, then I am all for it. The guy has the physical tools. If I was Henderson, I would have reached out to Rod Smith long ago. Hopefully, Henderson has done so.

          • Yahmule

            There’s a baseball writer who keeps a running list of every guy who came to camp in the best shape of his life. I think Russell Martin was on there four years running. Dude must have been in better shape than Bruce Lee that fourth year.

      • Nick

        I still think that the Broncos are much top heavier at the position. I suppose if one of DT or Sanders is released, we can revisit this, as well as whatever WR additions the Jets make in FA (try to pry Landry away from the Dolphins, perhaps?)

    • pubkeeper

      Interesting angle he takes: The Jets are in a better spot now because they’ve sucked worse for longer than the Broncos have.

    • FarAwayBroncoFan

      Agree with most of what you have, except about Woody Johnson. Barring a major gaffe that embarrasses either the country or (of course) Trump, or some family/health concerns, it’s highly likely Johnson stays for the full presidential term. Leaving at the two year mark is a slight possibility, but those political appointee gigs are not nearly as volatile as DC jobs.

  • cjfarls

    Based on what Adam S. just posted on FB, looks like Jimmy G got only ~$41m of full guaruntees. (28m Roster bonus, 6m gtd salary, 7m signing bonus)

    Perhaps the hype on his contract is a bit overstated…. 🙂

    • Carsonic

      Overstated contract hype? Well, there's a first time for everything.

    • ohiobronco
      • cjfarls

        Thanks for posting the details… tried to copy/paste from FB but wasn’t working.
        If he sucks it up this year, they pay ~50m and SF can walk away. Reality is this is a 2-year, $60m dollar deal with a giant “we’ll see” beyond that.

        • Jeremy

          Who has gotten more than 60 million fully guaranteed? A few but not many.

          Like i postulated yesterday he gave up a little guarantees for a lot more APY

      • Yahmule

        Whatever the details, a quarterback with seven career starts becoming the highest paid player in the NFL is completely unprecedented.

        • cjfarls

          Yep – they basically just locked themselves into 2-year franchise tag rates (which will also soar accordingly) for a relatively unknown….

          The QB market is going up to where I think it probably should be based on field value… this is a far bit of risk for SF, but for a position that is IMO up to 40% of W-L variance, it makes sense that it covers 15+% of the cap.

        • Laces Out

          Maybe he will Brock them

          • Yahmule

            I honestly don’t see him failing unless he has health issues, but it is pretty amazing that a guy with fewer than half a season worth of starts is top dog.

        • ohiobronco

          I don’t know the answer to this but were any rookies close to being highest paid pre rookie wage scale?

          • cjfarls

            I think Bradford was pretty close…. not the highest, but definitely in that top-tier.

          • Yahmule

            Bradford signed for six-years and $78 million in 2010. Manning signed for five years and $90 million in 2011. So Bradford’s deal had to be top five overall when he signed.

    • Jeremy

      I disagree. What are the chances they give up on him after 1 2 or 3 years? Very low in my opinion

      • cjfarls

        Very easy to walk away after 2 years in this contract… only dead money would be less than 4m in prorated signing bonus.

        • Jeremy

          But he will still make an obscene amount in those two years. No one has ever gotten more than 60.5 million fully guaranteed, and only two other qbs have gotten more fully guaranteed than Garapalo did.

          https://overthecap.com/contracts/

          A qb with 7 career starts ranking third in fully guaranteed money is quite an accomplishment, even without looking at his record setting APY

      • DragonPie

        They paid more in order to walk away if they need to while paying for what they’re getting if they don’t. A reasonable strategy if you ask me and it’s what allowed them to move on from Kaepernick when they decided to without too many repercussions to their cap.

        • cjfarls

          Yep – I do think its a bit odd, given they could franchise him this year and unless he totally blows up, still liklely cut a roughly similar deal next year…. (unless he plays like a top-10 QB, I don’t know that he’ll get way more than this – in which case you say “great” and pay the piper – no WAS/Cousins idiocy). Or at least I’d have tried to structure the deal so its still “walk away” after 2, but with that 2-year money more like $50m (2 franchise tags).

          At the very least, I would have had Cousins set the market and then come in below that.

          But obviously they like what they’ve seen in him. In 2 years, no one will likely blink at this contract, and if Jimmy G. is playing like a top-15 guy, they’ll be happy.

    • Nick

      I count $48.7M fully guaranteed ($7.5M of 2019 is guarateed at signing).

      But what’s really telling here is that Garoppolo failed to get Year 2 guaranteed enough to make him uncuttable. If I’m doing my math right, the Niners will only have $9.25M of dead money, and gain $9.35M in cap space, if they cut him even without using a June 1 designation. So if he really bombs in 2018, it’s entirely possible this could be a 1 year deal.

      • Yahmule

        Then it’s brilliant because they have him locked in for five and they have his love.

  • Sparks

    I know Fox News is taboo around here but a buddy sent me this. A guy’s mom walks out on him after he chooses to go to Florida instead of Alabama.

    http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2018/02/08/mother-top-high-school-football-recruit-walks-away-after-chooses-florida.html?intcmp=ob_article_footer_text&intcmp=obnetwork

    • Yahmule

      Mom will be hamming it up in Gator gear soon enough.

    • PiperAR

      I clicked on the first FOX News link in forever. It was computer scam related, but turned out to just be the browser hijacking thing. People, if your browser freezes with a message to call a number and hand over you SS # and bank account info
      Don’t. Fucking. Do. It.

      How was the gullability gene not weeded out in the Stone age?

  • Yahmule

    So, are the Patriots going to take advantage of this deep class and select their quarterback of the future this year? They will probably need to trade up if they want to get one of the top five since they’re holding picks 31, 43, 63, 95 and 191. Getting Darnold, Rosen or Mayfield would require just about all their trade capital this season, plus next year’s number one, just to get the conversation started. The most interesting question will be how deeply Josh will be involved in this decision. You would think his input would carry the most weight since this is the guy he’s going to groom to lead the team when he takes over as head coach.

    • Royalwithcheese

      I cannot emphasize how much I would hate it if they snagged LJ at 31. Can we all somehow pitch in to make sure that doesn’t happen?

      • Yahmule

        It would surprise me. They weren’t happy with Jacoby Brissett, even though he was exactly as advertised, so I think they’ll go for more of a traditional pocket guy.

        • Yahmule

          I also think someone in the top 10-12 will fall in love with Jackson.

        • Jason

          I would think White is high on their list.

          • Sparks

            Of course he would be. Ugh!

        • Royalwithcheese

          Were they unhappy with him, or did they just see an opportunity to get a highish draft pick?

          • cjfarls

            With the likelihood of losing Jimmy G and Brady’s long teeth, if they liked Brissett I don’t think they got enough for him…. they obviously saw him as backup at best.

          • Yahmule

            They didn’t care for his playing style. They didn’t want him to tuck it run so quickly and decided it was too much trouble to break him of the habit. Phillip Dorsett was a pretty tepid return, IMO. Scrawny injury-prone poor man’s John Brown.

          • Yahmule

            Disclaimer: I was higher on Brissett than most people and bummed out when they drafted him.

  • PiperAR

    Broncos, Browns, Jets. Suppose Kirk Cousins meets with the Browns. Suppose the Browns say “Now, before we talk contract details, if you sign with us, we plan* to draft Barkley at #1 and Nelson at #4.”

    How large do you suppose Kirk’s erection would be?

    • PiperAR

      *not withstanding trade offers

      • Jason

        It’s still Cleveland

        • PiperAR

          Cleveland can’t resist trade offers on draft day any more than Bret Favre could resist throwing passes to DBs in NFC championship games.

    • ohiobronco

      Not very large I imagine, because the Browns never follow their own plans.

    • T. Jensen

      He has to have seen the Browns QB jersey…

      If he doesn’t care about winning a Super Bowl, he should sign with Cleveland and get as much guarantees as possible and plan on flaming out in 1 and a half years as is the trend and laughing all the way to retirement.

    • Yahmule

      Cleveland probably won’t draft Nelson since Zeitler and Bitonio are well paid and locked up for a while, but I suppose they could promise him one of Ridley/Sutton/Kirk and deliver pretty easily with all their draft capital.

      Do we know if the Browns have shown any actual interest in Kirk?

      • RSH

        John Elway will break Cleveland’s hearts again this March.

        http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2018/01/browns_will_now_set_sights_on.html

        The problem is, Cousins wants to win and would have to be convinced that the Browns are poised to turn things around in a big way in 2018. When the Browns state their case, they can point to the difference Jimmy Garoppolo made in San Francisco this season. The 49ers, under new coach Kyle Shanahan, went 1-10 until the former Patriots backup rolled into the Bay Area via a trade and promptly went 5-0.

        If the Browns can convince Cousins that they’ll sign other top-notch free agents, including receivers, and add four or more potential Pro Bowlers in the first two rounds of the draft, perhaps he’ll come around.

        But listening to his interviews on the Super Bowl Radio Row Tuesday leads one to believe that 1-31 will be a hard sell.

        “Is money a part of it? Sure. Is it the only thing? No,” Cousins told profootballtalk.com’s Mike Florio. “It’s about winning, and that’s what I want more than anything. So I’m going to be willing to make sacrifices or do what has to be done to make sure I’m in the best possible position to win, and that’s what the focus is going to be.”

        Cousins echoed those sentiments on The Jim Rome Show later the afternoon, hours before news of the trade agreement broke.

        “Ultimately this decision going forward is about winning games,” Cousins said. “I’ve had an opportunity to earn a good living playing football, so I want to go win. That can be Washington. It really can. (Winning is) what I’ll be remembered for. That’s what’s going to matter.”

      • Nick

        Mary Kay Cabot thinks the Browns will be unwilling to unload a ton of cash for Cousins.

        https://twitter.com/MaryKayCabot/status/959924737043558401

        • PiperAR

          Cousins goes on to win multiple SBs with his new team* while Cleveland’s draftee busts badly.

          *Denver, duh

        • Alaskan

          I really like her. She is one of the women football writers who deserve a whole lot more respect.
          How much fun can it be to cover the Browns? But she does it like a pro.

          • Nick

            She’s been at that beat for a long time. She was great in the Cleveland 95 documentary that covered the Belichick era Browns.

      • PiperAR

        At this time of year, how does one sort out actual interest from idle speculation?

        • Yahmule

          Well, some Broncos are offering Kirk their houses. I just haven’t heard that kind of full court press coming from Cleveland’s guys. They don’t want it like Von.

          • PiperAR

            True, but players have little to no say in personnel decisions. Von can speak for Von but if Von speaks for the Broncos, that’s tampering, right?

          • Yahmule

            I don’t think tampering applies to players at all.

          • Nick

            As far as I know, this is correct. I’m not sure if it’s even possible for players to tamper–they’d somehow have to get knowledge of the front office’s offers, and I don’t see why they’d want to divulge that through a middleman.

          • PiperAR

            I doubt it’s within the rules for Elway to tell Von to go recruit Cousins for us.

          • Yahmule

            Nor is it John’s power to issue that command.

          • ohiobronco

            For tampering to occur it would have to be suspected the player was acting on behalf of the team. That would be a violation of multiple rules not just tampering.

          • Sparks

            I assume if Von was doing something that could be considered tampering, he’d choose another medium than the Dan Patrick show.

          • Nick

            The other thing to keep in mind is that tampering is one of the most violated rules in all of the NFL. At some point there’s an “if ya ain’t cheatin’, ya ain’t tryin'” aspect to it, and as Mike Florio likes to put it, to get caught you have to have been seen with one hand in the cookie jar while giving the middle finger with the other hand.

          • Nick

            And one more thing on this subject: I doubt that Goodell is going to go after a team for tampering if the original team is not making a good faith effort to try to re-sign that player. The Redskins are clearly not going to do that now that they’ve already shown their cards in trading for Alex Smith.

          • Yahmule

            Send the kid to reform school if he pulls that shit.

          • RSH

            Perhaps Von is actively recruiting Cousins on his own volition because he wants to win football games, and he is tired of dreadful, subpar, and demoralizing quarterback play.

          • PiperAR

            Right. Hence my comment that Von can speak for Von, Von can’t speak for the Broncos.

    • Sparks

      Are the Broncos, Browns and Jest the only players in the Cousins sweepstakes? What about teams like AZ, Minny or Jax (depending on how the Bortles injury screws them, they can clear $19M by moving on from him)? Any others I’m missing? Miami of Buffalo maybe? Is this really an 8 horse race, with 3 front runners and maybe a couple of dark horses? If he becomes unrestricted, any chance the Giants try to make a move for him? Curious as to the thoughts of the panel.

      • Nick

        I wouldn’t count out any of them at this point, it’s still early.

        • Sparks

          Sure, and I get that. It’ll be fun to see the posturing. Some of those teams will have to make some major moves to fit him in.

  • Yahmule

    Cleveland has two high paid guards on the roster and the Giants seem very locked in on a quarterback, but Indy is a real wild card. IMO, they have the least overall talent of any team in NFL and they are terrible on both sides of the football. I think Chubb makes the most sense because he improves the entire defense and the healthy return of Hooker could actually get that unit pointed in the direction of respectability. I am a little concerned that they might take Nelson @ 3. Their offensive line has been terrible for so long and its at least partially responsible for Andrew Luck’s degraded state.

    • Laces Out

      Dont jump!

    • PiperAR

      In early January I was all like
      A guard at #5? Inconceivable! (IDNTTWMWYTIM)

      Now I’m all like
      Nelson or bust!

      • PiperAR

        I do not think that word means what you think it means

    • RSH

      I think that Chubb will be the Colts’ selection. They need pass rushers, and he is a perfect fit for the type of defense that the Colts are reverting back to in 2018. (As an aside, the Tampa 2 is probably my least favorite scheme in all of football.)

      https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/961349979112603649

      • Yahmule

        What’s funny is the scheme it was based off was designed by Bud Carson primarily because he had perfect personnel to run it. A front four that could generate pressure all four quarters with minimal blitzing; a secondary full of borderline dirty players; most of all he had that fleet linebacking corps, especially Lambert. Everybody remember Jack as the slobbering toothless monster who had a freely urinating rookie John Elway considering giving back his signing bonus to become an accountant, but Jack’s best gift were his wheels. He could could flip those bony hips and run with backs 20+ yards downfield and that was the key.

        • PiperAR

          MIKE down the pipe.

      • PiperAR

        It really surprises me that half the NFL was using the “Tampa 2” in the early/mid 2000s, yet as far as I know, none of Wade Phillips assistants have made a name for themself as a DC/HC using a one gap 34.

        During the Tampa 2 fad, I bet many cover 2 based defenses were incorrectly called a Tampa 2, because, fad. A real Tampa 2 is cover 3 from a cover 2 shell, with MIKE dropping to cover the deep middle.

        • Yahmule

          You can get by with less athletic defensive backs, they just have to be committed to making receivers pay for catching stuff in front of them. You could also go in for kill shots back then that will get you flagged now.

  • Yahmule

    Ito Smith is having CUSA held against him in his Combine snub, but he didn’t look out of place against FSU, even though he does get careless with the rock on one play. He strings moves together and uses his blockers and it’s very hard to get a clean shot at him. He will definitely get drafted.

    https://youtu.be/kKSJjLqWLuA

  • Royalwithcheese

    This is so interesting. Basically, if they’re in, they’re all in.

    https://twitter.com/troyrenck/status/962090978524868608

    • RSH

      If the Broncos don’t land Cousins, are they moving on to a substantial rebuild then?

      • Nick

        Yeah, I don’t get that idea at all. They’re not going to make it easy at all for a young QB if they jettison proven WR talent to help him out.

        • More Cow Bell

          I understand wanting Roby to play but damn, Talib still has “it”…

          • Nick

            But then they’ll change what “it” was. Then what Talib has isn’t “it”, and what’s “it” will be weird and strange to him.

            And it’ll happen to you, NFL player.

      • Royalwithcheese

        Could be, but it wouldn’t jibe with everything we’ve heard from Elway. They way Renck et al are talking, it seems like a forgone conclusion that Talib will be gone. The question now is who will be joining him?

        • Yahmule

          Talib might have complained about Ward being gone once too loudly.

        • Drewredux

          I can feel my loins stirring right now for that electric Taylor-Fowler attack. With Huerrman putting relentless stress on the flats and D. Booker bouncing off his lineman every other play, it will be almost less scintillating than ’17!

          Hell, we ought to throw Sutton in the mix at 5. Why not?

    • SterlingMalloryArcher

      I don’t understand the logic behind dumping good wideouts if we go young at QB. A rookie needs good targets more than anyone. And if they’re rolling with a draft pick there’s far less reason to need to dump salary at WR.

  • Laces Out

    Great news dudes! Stephenson’s contract voids today. Buh bye

    • BlackKnigh

      Good reason to begin Friday afternoon celebrations early!

    • RSH

      Some good news after a rough week!

    • gnasses

      Highlight of my day. Raising a glass in honor of his becoming an “old friend”.

  • Hank Mardukis
    • gnasses

      Thank you for this! My teenage artist daughter and I just spent about 20 minutes together laughing.