Open Thread: The NFL’s Dead Season

Well, that time has come where the Broncos, and the NFL in general, is going into hibernation.  For approximately the next month, there will be a whole lot of nothing to talk about as far as news goes (and the exceptions to that generally aren’t good news).

Therefore, I thought I’d just sticky an open thread to ensure a place for some sort of discussion, even though we’ve been pretty vigorous with content recently.  What are you (and will be) doing for this year’s dead season?  Share your thoughts in the comments, as I will be doing soon.

Clinton Portis is Broke

According to Timothy Burke of, Clinton Portis owes a lot of people a lot of money.

Court filings unearthed this week reveal that banks, the IRS, and a casino are lining up to collect from former star NFL running back Clinton Portis. Even worse, it looks like the bank is trying to foreclose on the house Portis bought for his mother in 2004.

Just last week, the bank holding the note to a home in Alachua County, Fla.—where Portis starred at Gainesville High School—continued its year-long quest to repossess the property whose deed is held by Portis and his mother, Rhonnel Hearn. That prompted a search into Portis’s other legal troubles, which include:

  • The IRS claiming he owes nearly $500,000 in back taxes.
  • MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas winning default judgment in the amount of $287,178.56.
  • A dealer seeking $157,290 in payments on an Audi S5.
  • Foreclosure proceedings on a $512,000 mortgage for a Miami condo.
  • Settlement to avoid possible foreclosure on a property in Coffee County, Ala.
  • A $20,000 lawsuit from a condo association over assessment money.

Continue reading Clinton Portis is Broke

Broncos Draft Grades 2010-2013

Hello Broncos fans,

Elway has fared pretty well in the draft

Today I will be assigning grades to the Elway drafts as well as 2010. I am not doing 2014 or 2015, since it’s just to early to tell with a lot of those guys. The Roby pick would receive an A in my eyes however. I will look at whether the player developed into a contributor, was a good value in the round they were picked in, and who was passed on to select them.

Let’s get started.

Continue reading Broncos Draft Grades 2010-2013

Midweek Musings: More On Demaryius Thomas

Welcome to what I call Midweek Musings. My plan is to sit down with all you Thin Airers and go over some items pertaining to the Broncos — and perhaps to other teams — each Wednesday night. Think of this as like what Ted Bartlet used to do for Mile High Report and It’s All Over Fat Man, in which he would sit down with random observations about the Broncos and the NFL.

Let’s take it from the top, shall we? Continue reading Midweek Musings: More On Demaryius Thomas

John Moffitt Unretires

I’m posting this news from Jay Glazer mostly for advisory purposes, as a lot has changed for the Broncos and their offensive line since Moffitt last played.  But in case you’re wondering, the Broncos still had his NFL rights from the reserve/retired list–but Glazer also reported this:

If you read Glazer’s long tweet, you’ll see that Moffitt has gone through a lot of adversity to make it back to this attempt of playing professional football.  Best of luck to him as he tries to find a home.

Danny Trevathan Has A New Kneecap

I don’t know what the proper reaction should be.  Modern medicine is awesome and is capable of wonderous things.  But at the same time, with new breakthroughs come new side effects that will also be discovered.  If Klis writes a full article on this news perhaps there will be some more clarity on this matter.

UPDATE: here is Klis’s article.

Just Be Happy We got DT Instead of Dez

Demaryius Thomas had come under fire for his holdout, and partially with good cause. His lack of presence in hurting the offenses preparation. The decision to draft DT, over Dez Bryant, is still the right one however. While Dez is arguably the better player (although I would disagree with that), Demaryius has been a great character guy and a team leader. And, in parallel contract situations, DT has stayed silent, while Dez has not. Besides threatening to miss regular season games, he also tweeted out this gem:

I’ve never been in the “football players are selfish” camp. The injuries these people suffer justify their mega deals. But actually tweeting “13 mil is cool but…” is a ridiculous statement. And to hurt his team to the point of missing regular season games is insane. I’m not saying we should resign DT, but he has definitely handled his holdout with more grace than Dez.

Fool’s Paradis?

The Denver O Line, long thought to be a point of weakness, is actually beginning to show signs of promise. Ben Garland is an intriguing option at Left Guard and, if he falters, either Shelley Smith, Michael Schofield, or rookie Max Garcia can probably take over at that position. Right Guard’s set with Louis Vasquez starring there. At Right Tackle we have enough talent, with either Ryan Harris, Chris Clark, or Michael Schofield likely to be decent. 2nd rounder Ty Sambrailo appears to have taken the Left Tackle position in stride. This leaves one obvious question: Who will play center in 2015?

The Broncos have a couple of interesting options. Continue reading Fool’s Paradis?