• bradley

    The NFL’s top five offensive linemen at each position by pass-blocking efficiency

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-nfls-top-5-along-the-o-line-at-pass-blocking-efficiency

    No Broncos listed.

    • Carsonic

      ISSITY

      • Carsonic

        (I’m Shocked, Shocked I Tell You)

        • bradley

          I was thinking Paradis might be on it.

          • Carsonic

            That’s true.

    • DCJ1

      I’m suspecting we’ll see some of them on the bottom five OL list…

  • bradley

    2018 NFL schedule rankings, AFC East: Patriots have it easiest, Bills in trouble

    https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/2018-nfl-schedule-rankings-afc-east-patriots-have-it-easiest-bills-in-trouble/

  • bradley

    Ranking all 32 NFL general managers for 2018

    http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/list/nfl-general-manager-gm-rankings-2018-best-worst/sme9fnw0e3v81xq7bqrkjsexa

    Slideshow, but not bad. Elway is # 15

    • Nick

      So this is pretty much a “what have you done recently for me” ranking.

      I’ve been toying with the idea of crafting an GM of the Year for OTC that isn’t awarded for just one year of success, but four years. (4 is the key number since that’s how many accrued seasons you need to become a UFA.)

    • G Mik

      We’ve had a bad slide the past 2 years and he has taken the brunt of the blame. Because, well…. find a QB is f’ing easy and he hasn’t! Until now. Maybe. Maybe.

  • bradley
    • gobroncos

      He sure got a purty mouth.

      • RSH

        Reminds me of the one of the most bizarre cases from my torts class in law school. Cullison v. Medley, 559 N.E.2d 619 (Ind. App. 1990), available at http://law.justia.com/cases/indiana/court-of-appeals/1990/84a01-8912-cv-524-6.html.

        The facts of this case are largely undisputed. On February 2, 1986 thirty-four year old Cullison encountered Sandy, the sixteen year old daughter of Ernest, in a shopping center parking lot. Cullison had a brief conversation with her during which he told her she had pretty lips and invited her to have a coke with him. When Sandy told Cullison she did not think her father *621 would approve, Cullison invited Sandy to stop by his home if she wanted to. He then left.

        Approximately two hours later, Sandy and her family (father, mother, brother, and brother-in-law) went to Cullison’s home. Sandy’s father knew Cullison because Cullison previously performed some work for him. Sandy’s brother-in-law knew Cullison because they were neighbors. Prior to the Medleys’ visit to Cullison’s home, contact between the parties was pleasant and amiable. On this evening, Sandy approached Cullison’s home, knocked on the door and stated she wanted to talk to him. Cullison said: “[O]kay, but I’ll have to get dressed.” Record at 22. Cullison did not know who was at the door and was “pretty sure” the door closed after he told the person who knocked he had to get dressed. Record at 210. He went to the back of his home and the Medleys entered the front door, remaining in the living room in the front of the trailer until Cullison returned. Soon, an argument ensued concerning the suggestive comments Cullison made to Sandy earlier in the evening.

        Ernest, on crutches due to knee surgery, shifted back and forth causing the display of a gun strapped to his side. He never removed the gun, never touched the gun, and never mentioned the gun. Ernest turned to the side and shook the gun on his hip at Cullison. Doris said some things that “weren’t very nice” although Cullison does not know what she was saying. Record at 223. Sandy was yelling at Cullison, calling him a “pervert” and telling him he was “sick.” Record at 290. Ron and Terry said nothing to Cullison. Ernest told Cullison he would “jump astraddle” of him if he did not leave his sixteen year old daughter alone. Record at 291. The Medleys then left, although Terry remained behind for a few moments at Cullison’s request because Cullison “wanted to know what was going on.” Record at 282.

        Approximately two months later, Cullison saw Ernest at a Hardees restaurant. Ernest again had a gun strapped to his side, and was meeting some men to trade guns. Ernest said nothing to Cullison, although Ernest glared at him in a menacing manner. On another occasion, Sandy and her mother walked in front of Cullison’s house on the sidewalk two times.

        As a result of these contacts, Cullison claimed to have suffered injury requiring psychological counseling and therapy. He took medication which prevented him from operating power tools or driving. He suffered from nervousness, depression, sleeplessness, and impotency. He brought an action against the Medleys for trespass, assault, and harassment to recover damages for his emotional distress, loss of business profits, and impotency. Upon the Medleys’ motion, summary judgment was granted in their favor.

        • Yahmule

          “Ernest told Cullison he would “jump astraddle” of him if he did not leave his sixteen year old daughter alone.”

          Was Ernest a dancer in a strip club? Because this is a weird not intimidating threat.

          • Drewredux

            It sent Cullison to therapy and life long torment. It must be pretty bad.

        • TiredOfWinning

          I didn’t remember this until I got to “jump astraddle.” What does that even mean? This sounds like something from the 1930s, not the 1980s.

          • Yahmule

            You typically straddle bikes, motorcycles and good friends.

        • gobroncos

          Sounds like the plot to Deliverance. 😉

    • G Mik

      That’s great to hear. Doesn’t sound like typical teammate hype and definitely a guy I’m rooting for.

  • T. Jensen

    This is pretty cool. https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/13/football/world-cup-2026-host-spt-intl/index.html

    I think the world cup has a grass only policy so I think Denver could be a host city…

    • Jeremy

      According to Wikipedia Denver is listed as a possible host city

      • T. Jensen

        weird I just looked at the wikipedia site and it has Jerry World as a stadium. I wonder if Jerry would plant grass just for the World cup.

    • Jeremy

      Grass vs turf has to make a huge difference for soccer I imagine

  • bradley

    Each NFL Team’s Most Promising Building Block Entering 2018

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2780587-each-nfl-teams-most-promising-building-block-entering-2018#slide0

    Buffalo Bills: Tre’Davious White, Cornerback
    Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, Running Back
    “As a rookie, running back Christian McCaffrey cracked over 1,000 yards of offense, despite most of them coming as a pass-catcher. It’s possible that McCaffrey will take the bulk of the carries with Jonathan Stewart, Carolina’s longtime top ball-carrier, now with the New York Giants, and just C.J. Anderson pressing him for touches.”

    • Sparks

      For the Broncos, I found this line funny. “The Broncos have long searched for DeMarcus Ware’s replacement across from Miller. Years later, Chubb will look to fill his shoes.” Making it sound like it’s been a decades long search. It’s been 1 full year since he retired. 1.

      • bradley

        2017 was a very long year.

        • Sparks

          Good point.

  • Nick
    • Drewredux

      Ah, Grigson and Pagano would still be rockstars if not for an ill-fated decision by Andrew Luck to take on Danny T.

      Oops, I meant Capt. Andrew Luck:

      https://twitter.com/captandrewluck/status/1006593450232311808?s=21

      • T. Jensen

        I actually like his twitter account, fairly clever way to distinguish himself. If he could stay healthy I wouldn’t mind him growing up to be a Bronco

        • Tyler

          I don’t think that’s actually Andrew Luck. Is it?

          • T. Jensen

            I don’t have twitter but I’ve seen people post it and just assumed.

          • ohiobronco

            The guy that does it was on 104.3 The Fan a while ago. He does a voice to go along with it too.

          • T. Jensen

            That’s awesome. Hopefully he gets some type of compensation for having so many followers.

        • Prater2Beadles4Six

          Luck joined the Men in Blazers Show on NBCSN, a pretty solid/ humorous soccer show, and read some of those tweets

          MiB PRESENTS: ANDREW LUCK READS @CaptAndrewLuck TWEETS. The MiB Show returns Tuesday and Thursday (Season Review w/ Andrew Luck) at 5:30 p.m. ET @NBCSN. #MyDampenedSpiritRises pic.twitter.com/s97nUbYFLC— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) May 7, 2018

  • bradley

    Broncos minicamp Day 1 observations
    Andrew Mason

    https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/broncos-minicamp-day-1-observations

    • Sparks

      Sounds like Lindsay is showing well early.

      “Lindsay was active in the passing game, serving as a crucial outlet for all three quarterbacks under pressure. He frequently turned his receptions into lengthy gallops.

      “He’ll be a good scatback,” inside linebacker Marshall said. “I think he’ll be a great third-down back. He’s quick. I think he can create some matchup problems.”
      No DHenderson mentions this time.

      • BlackKnigh

        Exciting stuff! If he plays 3rd down a lot – he will get a fair amount of passes thrown at him. If he becomes a first down machine – that will get him much more PT.

        • Sparks

          Yep, and that PR job is still open to my knowledge.

          • BlackKnigh

            I may be off here – but I prefer a RB as a punt returner. I think he can get you some extra yardage – if he has speed.

  • Nick
    • RSH

      This seems like an exorbitant figure matter involving a work-related knee injury. Was this not governed by Missouri’s workers’ compensation laws? https://labor.mo.gov/DWC/Injured_Workers/benefits_available. How was Missouri’s Workers’ Compensation Act not Bush’s sole remedy here?

      • Steven_Searls

        Who knows. Never practiced worker’s comp law. My wife did, but only in CO and NY. If I had to guess it would be that as a worker for a team based in another state, other causes of action against a non-employer are not excluded, but that’s mere speculation.

        • Alaskan

          A workers comp exclusive remedy defense normally only shields the worker’s employer.
          Bush was a 49’er and he sued the Rams, so I don’t see how it has any application here.
          Don’t know enough about labor law to have an opinion about the CBA defense.

          • Steven_Searls

            He also sued the stadium authority and St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission but they were dropped from case by showing Judge they did not have right to exclusive control over the facility, and that on Game day the control of the stadium was in hands of Rams, so under MO law they were exempt.

            Seen reports indicating Rams will fight judgment, first by filing motion for a new trial, which I doubt will go anywhere. Then I expect the appeal route.

          • RSH

            Missouri’s statutory definitions of employee and employer do not make such an argument so clear cut.

            http://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneSection.aspx?section=287.020&bid=34649&hl=
            http://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneSection.aspx?section=287.030&bid=15029&hl=
            http://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneSection.aspx?section=287.090&bid=33581&hl=

            1. The word “employee” as used in this chapter shall be construed to mean every person in the service of any employer, as defined in this chapter, under any contract of hire, express or implied, oral or written, or under any appointment or election, including executive officers of corporations. Except as otherwise provided in section 287.200, any reference to any employee who has been injured shall, when the employee is dead, also include his or her dependents, and other persons to whom compensation may be payable. The word “employee” shall also include all minors who work for an employer, whether or not such minors are employed in violation of law, and all such minors are hereby made of full age for all purposes under, in connection with, or arising out of this chapter. The word “employee” shall not include an individual who is the owner, as defined in section 301.010, and operator of a motor vehicle which is leased or contracted with a driver to a for-hire motor carrier operating within a commercial zone as defined in section 390.020 or 390.041, or operating under a certificate issued by the Missouri department of transportation or by the United States Department of Transportation, or any of its subagencies. The word “employee” also shall not include any person performing services for board, lodging, aid, or sustenance received from any religious, charitable, or relief organization.

            1. The word “employer” as used in this chapter shall be construed to mean:

            (1) Every person, partnership, association, corporation, limited liability partnership or company, trustee, receiver, the legal representatives of a deceased employer, and every other person, including any person or corporation operating a railroad and any public service corporation, using the service of another for pay; . . .

            (3) Any of the above-defined employers must have five or more employees to be deemed an employer for the purposes of this chapter unless election is made to become subject to the provisions of this chapter as provided in subsection 2 of section 287.090, except that construction industry employers who erect, demolish, alter or repair improvements shall be deemed an employer for the purposes of this chapter if they have one or more employees. An employee who is a member of the employer’s family within the third degree of affinity or consanguinity shall be counted in determining the total number of employees of such employer. . . .

            Every employer and every employee, except as in this chapter otherwise provided, shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter and respectively to furnish and accept compensation as herein provided.

          • Steven_Searls

            My guess is they would have raised the workers’ comp statute if they thought it applied. Certainly Bush is not an employee of the Rams.

          • RSH

            No, but the definitions in these statutes are not so clear that the employer has to be based in Missouri for workers’ compensation laws to apply. To me, absent a state constitutional, statutory, or procedural rule to the contrary, the 49ers availed themselves to Missouri jurisdiction when they required their employees in the course and scope of their employment to play a football game in that state.

          • Steven_Searls

            Yes, but that would apply to an action against the 49ers, not the Rams.

          • Alaskan

            I agree that the statute has a lot of words.
            But I don’t think Bush is an employee of the Rams under any definition.

      • Steven_Searls

        It seems from reading reports about the case the the primary defense the Rams raised was that the matter was subject to the CBA. The Judge ruled against them on that point.

        https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/06/13/reggie-bush-rams-injury-lawsuit-edward-jones-dome

        Earlier in the litigation, the Rams unsuccessfully argued that Bush’s lawsuit should be dismissed on grounds of “preemption.” In this context, “preemption” means that provisions in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the NFL and NFLPA should have forced Bush to internally resolve grievance with the NFL before being allowed to turn to the courts. The Rams raised this argument after removing (transferring) the case from state court to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

        To that end, the Rams highlighted how Article 50, Section 1 of the CBA requires the establishment of a joint NFL-NFLPA committee to study the safety of playing equipment and playing surfaces. The team stressed that the joint committee would be tasked with determining the degree of care that teams owe players. Until the joint committee determines such a degree, the Rams reasoned that no court should hear Bush’s claims. U.S. District Court Judge Jean Hamilton was unconvinced by this argument, noting that the relevant federal law (the Labor Management Relations Act) does not call for preemption when there is only a “mere reference to the CBA.” Judge Hamilton observed that regardless of the joint committee’s future recommendations, the Rams have a duty to warn players of hidden safety risks. The case was then returned to state court.

        • Yahmule

          “To that end, the Rams highlighted how Article 50, Section 1 of the CBA requires the establishment of a joint NFL-NFLPA committee to study the safety of playing equipment and playing surfaces. The team stressed that the joint committee would be tasked with determining the degree of care that teams owe players. Until the joint committee determines such a degree, the Rams reasoned that no court should hear Bush’s claims.”

          Bitten by their own weasel words. Why is this committee nothing but words on paper? Shouldn’t the standard issue equipment and league sanctioned playing surfaces be inspected for safety on a regular basis?

      • TiredOfWinning

        Given Bush’s pay, it probably wasn’t difficult to prove up such a figure as damages. And I’m sure there’s something in his, and likely all player’s, contract concerning such injuries and how they are compensated; I don’t know much about worker’s compensation law at all, but I imagine if employer and employee agree they both can opt out.

      • Yahmule

        Isn’t the basis of his complaint unsafe work conditions?

        • Steven_Searls

          Basis was gross negligence by the Rams. What helped his case was that McKown was injured the week before when he also slipped on the same cement floor and rammed into a wall injuring his shoulder. Rams apparently put a cushion over the wall after that, but did nothing to make the cement floor safer.

          From the SI article: https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/06/13/reggie-bush-rams-injury-lawsuit-edward-jones-dome

          Led by attorney John Simon of the Simon Law Group, Bush’s legal team emphasized that this field condition had shown itself to be dangerous only a week prior. It was then when quarterback Josh McCown, while playing for the Cleveland Browns, slipped on the same concrete surface and hurt his shoulder. Bush’s attorneys emphasized that such dangers were neither obvious to players nor avoidable since a player running at full speed sometimes can’t stop before reaching the concrete area. The attorneys highlighted that sports facilities owe a duty to invited guests—which include players, cheerleaders, coaches, referees and journalists—to remove or warn of any dangerous conditions and to maintain the playing surface and surrounding areas so that they are reasonably safe.

        • RSH

          Then may be OSHA would have come into play, but the judgment amount is still pretty steep in light of Bush’s actual damages.

  • Nick
    • Yahmule

      Cowboys tried to get him on a similar deal and he picked the Broncos and the beautiful state of Colorado. Nice arrangement for him and us.

      • Jeremy

        It sure sounds like a great gig. Don’t have to put in the insane coaching hours but get to stay involved and help mentor and coach up younger guys.

    • Sparks

      Nothing wrong with bringing back a first ballot HOFer to coach up the kids, even on a limited basis.

    • Nick

      He looks determined to give Shannon Sharpe some serious competition for most physically fit retired Bronco.

      https://twitter.com/NickiJhabvala/status/1006904206563860481

      • RyanHennigan

        Is this some version of jumping jacks and hang cleans with 275 lbs?

      • BlackKnigh

        I will be interested to see when he gets so excited that he takes on an OL player one on one without wearing equipment….
        What a pickup for Denver!

  • bradley

    Ravens players find Lamar Jackson “amazing to watch”

    https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/06/13/ravens-players-find-lamar-jackson-amazing-to-watch/

    AP
    The Ravens plan to have quarterback Lamar Jackson active on gamedays this fall and they are looking into ways to have him play a bigger role than backup to Joe Flacco.

    • T. Jensen

      Which is ironic since both sides stated before/during the draft that he was a QB not an offensive weapon

      • Steven_Searls

        I think Flacco is done as a Raven after this year.

        • Andrew

          Depending on how their season goes it wouldn’t be surprising to see Jackson get some starts down the stretch.

        • T. Jensen

          I agree, I just think its funny how quickly they started using him in non traditional qb roles…

  • bradley

    WATCH: Broncos HC Vance Joseph speaks after Day 1 of minicamp

    http://1043thefan.com/2075207/watch-broncos-joseph-day-1-minicamp/

    • Steven_Searls

      Sounds like he is happy there is no QB competition this year.

      • Hank Mardukis

        I’m certainly happy.

  • Drewredux

    https://youtu.be/Hs0fSuo02eA

    First rook up!

    I was surprised he fell to the fourth. Polished college route runners are rare.

    • Yahmule

      That’s just a terrible nickname for an athlete.

      • Sparks

        Reminds me of one of the dishes at Denny’s years ago…Moon Over My Hammy.

      • Carsonic

        Hopefully as the season goes along, we’ll all be all be singing “how I love ya, how I love ya, my dear ol’ Hammy!” (And then realizing the uncomfortable racial overtones of that and never singing it again.)

        • gnasses

          WASHINGTON AND COMPANY:
          Hamilton!

          LAFAYETTE:
          Sir, he knows what to do in a trench
          Ingenuitive and fluent in French, I mean—

          WASHINGTON AND COMPANY:
          Hamilton!

          LAFAYETTE:
          Sir, you’re gonna have to use him eventually
          What’s he gonna do on the bench? I mean—

          WASHINGTON AND COMPANY:
          Hamilton!

          LAFAYETTE:
          No one has more resilience
          Or matches my practical tactical brilliance—

          WASHINGTON AND COMPANY:
          Hamilton!

          LAFAYETTE:
          You wanna fight for your land back?

          COMPANY:
          Hamilton!

          WASHINGTON:
          I need my right hand man back!

          WOMEN:
          Hamilton!

          • Carsonic

            Much better!

    • Carsonic

      These are much better highlights than the other reel that kept coming up for me. They include a lot more hand catches, where the other was mostly body catches. But both show how well he tracks and adjusts to the ball.

  • bradley

    Saints’ Cameron Jordan’s advice on changing a diaper: ‘Walk in with confidence’

    https://ftw.usatoday.com/2018/06/saints-cameron-jordan-advice-on-changing-a-diaper-walk-in-with-confidence

    • Drewredux

      The baby stage is soooo overrated.

  • bradley

    With master’s degree in hand, TCU WR John Diarse launches clothing line

    https://www.diehards.com/tcu/john-diarse-clothing-brand-tcu-football-pro-day-masters-degree-lsu-football

    I keep hearing his name from OTA and mini camp

    • RSH

      I wish Diarse well, but he has a daunting task ahead of him in making the Broncos’ final roster. Perhaps I am jaded from the ghosts of former camp wonders such as Mose Frazier, Gerell Robinson, and Eron Riley.

  • Prater2Beadles4Six

    Off topic live music public service announcement: Greta Van Fleet, the band you hear and think “What Zeppelin album is this on?” but then you realize some cheeky Norse God put Robert Plant’s voice into this pre-pubescent looking kid, just announced a show at the Fox Theater on August 10. They’ve probably already outgrown venues of that size.
    https://youtu.be/aJg4OJxp-co

    • iowabronco

      I’ve seen them, they are fantastic and worth seeing in concert…gives hope that rock still lives in the era of mumbling rappers.

      • G Mik

        I love rap but haven’t been able to adapt to this new school. Definitely another sign I’m old AF. See what I did there?

        • bradley

          You’re saying there’s a new school of rap? WTF? Wasn’t the first bad enough?

        • Prater2Beadles4Six

          I’m the same way with new rap. I’m like, “I can’t do the running man to this!”

    • pubkeeper

      That is uncanny. I dig it.

  • bradley

    Evans: For the Denver Broncos offense in 2018, boring is better

    http://1043thefan.com/2075225/evans-broncos-offense-boring-better/

    “I can already hear the complaints. “But Evans, we’ve seen boring. We’ve been boring the last couple of years.”
    That’s wrong.
    The Broncos haven’t been boring on offense; they’ve been dysfunctional. They’ve been mistake-prone. There’s a difference.”

    • G Mik

      He’s 100% correct in this instance but you’re a bigger man than me if you can take him – I simply can’t listen to his drivel. He’s always looking for the negative and everything is black and white. Doesn’t come across as a bad guy just always looking for the cracks.

      • Kndh19

        I agree about Evans. You know who else has been really annoying me is Mike Pritchard. He constantly talks over Cecil and his analysis is long winded and hard to follow.

        • G Mik

          He does but he’s grown on me… and Cecil needs to be talked over at times. Ha.

      • pubkeeper

        I flipped over to orange and blue for the most part. Mase is really good, Atwater is getting better with experience and McChesney kills me, plus he’s excellent talking o line.

      • Broncos777

        I’m the same way. I cannot stand Evans.

    • Broncos777

      Listening to Evans and some of the others talk about just about anything is painful. Here are some comments I find particularly stupid and annoying.

      -“The offense is boring.”–No, the offense is inept because of a lack of talent and/or experience on the offensive line, and to a great extent quarterback, tight end, and running back as well. I also don’t appreciate equating exciting and aggressive to passing the ball. The most exciting offensive attack I’ve ever seen is Shanahan’s offense when they had TD and regularly broke off 70, 40, and 30 yard runs.

      -“The offense is too conservative.”–No, the offensive line has had limited ability to execute just about anything. You can lose slow by playing small ball or lose fast by having players execute an offense beyond their ability.

      -“Running the ball is a mindset”… everything is a “mindset”–No, mindset doesn’t even come into play when you don’t have the talent to compete.

      -“The players need to have pride, ownership, accountability, etc.”–Look, when your defense dominates and your offense scores zero points people check out. Tom Jackson wouldn’t have, but there aren’t too many Tom Jacksons.

  • Steven_Searls

    Hackenberg available for as a UFA. Anyone? Anyone?

  • Yahmule

    Sadly, Stan has become a target for scumbag scam artists over the years. His own adult daughter is a big part of the problem.

    June 13, 2018

    • Carsonic

      Last time we saw Stan that guy was with him and did way too much of the talking, was completely obnoxious. Glad his ass is officially grass.

      • Yahmule

        Unfortunately it probably won’t get much better. He has been a magnet for these guys for years and it got way worse once his wife died. The biggest problem is his 68 year old daughter who does nothing but spend his money and attract people with bad intentions.

    • TiredOfWinning

      Is it wrong that a judge Keya Morgan by how he looks/holds himself? Probably, but I still feel right in doing so.

  • Yahmule

    You can really only relate to this if you remember TV before cable.

    June 14, 2018

  • Yahmule

    Juan Soto is already one of the best hitters in MLB. Can’t wait to see how good he is when he turns 20.

    June 14, 2018

    • TiredOfWinning

      He’s had less than 100 plate appearances. But the talent is immense. I imagine he’ll have his hiccups as he faces teams a second time and third time. My question is does having a talent like Soto (and Robles) make it easier to walk away from Harper?