Bronco Blatherings: Tuesday's Telling 5/24/11

Welcome to the next offering of recent happenings in the relevant area of our Orange and Blue universe. A little bit of everything, some a bit older and some newer. This isn't necessarily intended as the latest news, merely some observations and a chance to discuss a few things that have arisen...With a little mish-mash thrown in for good measure. Here we go...     

You've probably already heard that the first scheduled League event has been lopped off the NFL Calendar-- The NFL Rookie Symposium has been called off due to the Lockout. 

The speculation is that a majority of the rookies in attendance felt it was boring and didn't pay attention. The League has the right idea, but maybe a 3 Day seminar isn't the answer anyway. Still, it is obligated to inform the new kids on the block what will cost them money, whether it's a fine for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy or blowing their money on bling.

In a Tweet a few hours ago NFP and ESPN's Andrew Brandt reported that: Along w/Rookie Symposium, other casualties of labor dispute were joint NFL-NFLPA player education programs at Harvard and Wharton.


FAST FACTS

John Elway retired having eclipsed the 3,000 yard passing mark in a season 12 times for the Broncos. Through 2010, no other player has done that more than twice for the team.

During the 1970s, Broncos’ wide receiver and punt returner Rick Upchurch was briefly engaged to future United States Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.


TRIVIA TIME

Question 1: Who was the first quarterback to start the Super Bowl for two different teams?

Question 2: During the 9 years spanning 1998 to 2006, the Denver Broncos 8 seasons with a Running Back rushing for over 1,000 yards. This was accomplished by six Running Backs. Can you name them? 


HE SAID THAT

 

"We don't plan to trade Carson (Palmer). He's important to us. He's a very fine player, and we do want him to come back. If he chooses not to, he'd retire. And we would go with Andy Dalton, the younger player we drafted, who's a good prospect. Ideally, we'd have both of them. That'd be the best way to go forward. If we don't have Carson, we'll go with Andy."

What a dolt. Mr. Brown you are not only cheap, but stupid. You have a valid asset in Palmer and you could trade him for at least one draft pick that would not only save you the cost of Carson's salary, but get a return on your investment. What about the integrity of the game? Or parity? I'm sure the rest of the AFC North considers you the laughingstock of the NFL. No wonder owners like Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder abhor you, they are the ones keeping you in business. 


YESTERDAY'S NEWS TODAY

During the NFL yearly Spring Owner's meetings, the League adopted 3 new rule changes going forward. 

With regards to protecting defenseless players and Defenders "launching" their bodies to make hits, the league expanded the definition of what constitutes a "Defenseless Player." A receiver who is not "clearly a runner yet", punters and kickers during returns, or quarterback on a possession change will not be "Fair Game" for the opposing team. To summarize the "launching" rule, a player leaving his feet prior to contact, springing forward into an opponent or the use of the helmet is prohibited. These actions will incur a 15-yard penalty and be subject to fines. 

Not only that, but next season (whenever that is) the NFL will also begin punishing teamsif their players commit multiple flagrant hits that result in fines. 



Plax gets released from prison in a few weeks. The Giants are mum on whether he could return to New York, but Eli Manning would welcome him in a heartbeat. (See the Tweet below)

Football Outsiders Doug Farrar predicts Von Miller will have 36.4 Sacks by Year 5 

Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson looks at AFC West players on the verge of a breakout in 2011.  

His pick for the Broncos is Robert Ayers. Others in consideration were Perrish Cox, Chris Kuper, Eddie Royal and Eric Decker

Pro Football Focus thinks, at 24, Charles Johnson is Already Elite. 

They also point at the Atlanta Falcons and the Cleveland Browns as being interested in the Free Agent Defensive End along with the Broncos.


Think the Cardinals are interested in obtaining Donovan McNabb?

Larry Fitzgerald Says Not to Read Anything Into Him Working Out with Donovan McNabb in the Desert  


THINGS A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME (Tweets)

Eddie Royal - @CassiusVaughn I'm downtown workin out right now 1:05pm  

Cassius Vaughn - @eddieroyal19 we bout to workout now

Eddie Royal - @CassiusVaughn hahaha I'm coming back for thurs tell dawk I was there yesterday lol

Britt Davis - Shout out to #BrothersBBQ and #Powerade for post workout meal

- GM got a lot of work done yesterday #Broncos. Now off to workouts #getbetter

Zane Beadles Just got done with the run. Special thanks to @Powerade for dropping of drinks for all our hydration needs. #sothirsty

ProLink Sports, LLC - Thank you to @Powerade for supporting the locked out Broncos players over at the 'Bubble'! 12 noon 5/24

NationalFootballPost -  Eli Manning: Plaxico Burress has 'served his time, plus some': Former Giants WR to be released June 6  

Eric Decker - We having been throwing together! RT @absolut_joe: @E_Decker Have you been playing catch with Tebow? 5/23

Knowshon Moreno - I want to hear your questions. Enter the @FinishLine Knowshon Moreno Fan Experience for the chance to ask me yourself. 5/23  

- I'll be @FinishLine in Park Meadows Mall on 6/4 answering your questions. Enter to win a chance to be there too. 21 May 

ProLink Sports, LLC - Thanks to Panera Bread in Lone Tree, CO for feeding lunch to 20 hungry Denver Broncos players today after workouts with @LorenLandow 5/23

Great seeing @ProStarSports guys Lonie Paxton (@ActiveForceFdtn) & Britton Colquitt today - back in Denver for workouts in the 'Bubble'

Lance Ball - Workout #3 for the day on the way!!!!!

BroncosTV Chris Hall - by Denver_Broncos Just posted my interview with DC Dennis Allen. Click link to watch  5/23

Ralph CindrichEstimate- 21,000 ret'd players broken bodies, herniated disks, arthritis, dementia, chronic pain. 

Panini America - @MillerLite40 (Von Millersporting Aggie & Bronco pride at the @NFLPLAYERS Rookie Premiere. #NFL #collect #thehobby  21 May 

Another Von Miller Twitpic 

@Adam_Schefter RT - @alfonsarelli: If there is no season this year, what will be draft order next year? ... League hasn't addressed it; won't for a while. 5/21 


TRIVIA ANSWERS

Question 1: Former QB Craig Morton was the first quarterback to start the Super Bowl for two different teams, the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos. Kurt Warner later equaled this feat with the St. Louis Rams and the Arizona Cardinals.

Question 2: Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Clinton Portis, Rueben Droughns, and Tatum Bell.


TEBOW BOOK TOUR


Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has a Book coming out soon. "Through My Eyes" is set to be released on May 31st.


5/30 - Jacksonville, FL
6/4 - Denver, CO
6/5 - Colorado Springs, CO
6/11 - Orlando, FL

Tim also got to meet Bono at the U2 concert at Invesco last Saturday. 


One more item that might peak your interest is this article from the National Football Post analyzing the AFC West's Draft.  

Happy Tuesday everyone. I hope this sates your appetite for now.

Go Broncos!





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