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Q&A: Dumervil will fit in just fine in Fox's 4-3 defense - The Denver Post
Q:When Mike Shanahan was Denver's head coach, Elvis Dumervil was thought to be too small to play defensive end. He was deemed best suited to play outside linebacker. After the firing of Shanahan and the hiring of Josh McDaniels, the Broncos switched to a 3-4 defense. Now that John Fox has replaced McDaniels, the Broncos are back to playing a 4-3 defense and Dumervil is back to being at the line of scrimmage. How can the Broncos best utilize Dumervil's talent?

NFL ranks Broncos' Brandon Lloyd higher than Brandon Marshall | All Things Broncos — Denver Broncos news, stats, analysis — The Denver Post
We know Miami Dolphins and former Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall is ranked No. 61. The NFL Network just sent out a tease saying Brandon Lloyd, who replaced Marshall as the Broncos’ No. 1 receiver in 2010, is ranked somewhere between No. 51-60. Lloyd’s segment will air at 6 p.m. MDT Sunday.

Ex-Bronco Rod Smith feels for his college town, tornado-ravaged Joplin - The Denver Post
Even at a time when tornado-caused destruction has been too commonplace in this country, pictures of the devastation in Joplin, Mo., are extraordinarily jarring.

KCNC-Channel 4 no longer the Denver Broncos' flagship TV station - The Denver Post
The Broncos and KCNC-Channel 4, the CBS affiliate in Denver-area television, have severed their flagship relationship after seven seasons.

Draft Analysis: AFC West | National Football Post
There are some who felt Von Miller may have been the best player in this draft. He is an outstanding pass rusher with explosive quickness off the edge. I felt he would be best suited as an OLB in a 3-4 scheme because of his combination of size, speed, athleticism and pass rush skills. Denver is moving from a 3-4 to a 4-3 but they will use multiple fronts. You will probably see Miller at SAM linebacker on 1st and 2nd down and then used as a pass rusher in obvious passing situations. He has good coverage skills so dropping into coverage should not be a problem.

Cold, Hard Football Decade in the making: the ultimate NFL draft grades
Summary: Not only did Denver make very few good picks in the decade, many of their good ones are succeeding elsewhere (Peyton Hillis, Jay Cutler, Chris Myers, Brandon Marshall, Clinton Portis). Mike Shanahan was a hell of a coach in Denver, but he wasn’t a great general manager – and shaky-looking drafts in the brief Josh McDaniels era didn’t help much either. - Pash pushes for CBA talks outside of court
After voting unanimously to implement three player-safety focused rule changes Tuesday morning, the NFL owners moved on to the prevailing story line at their spring meeting. - NFL will fine teams after a certain number of illegal hits
The NFL plans to discipline teams this season if their players reach or surpass a certain number of illegal hits, league vice president Adolpho Birch announced Tuesday. - Zbikowski done with boxing, returning to football
"It's time to start the transition back to football," Zbikowski told the newspaper via text messages. "My teammates are starting to organize some workouts, so it's just time to head back [to Baltimore]. Wish I had more time to do both." news: It's not the Lombardi, but Steelers' Ward wins 'Dancing' trophy
Hines Ward added a disco-ball trophy to his Super Bowl shelf Tuesday night after he samba-ed his way to the "Dancing With the Stars" championship. news: Colts' Manning undergoes surgery to fix bulging disk in neck
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning underwent neck surgery Monday in Chicago to repair a disk problem, but he should be ready to play by the preseason, according to team owner Jim Irsay. news: Seymour's solo act sets intense tone during Raiders' workout
There are certain guys in the NFL who make a difference with their play. There are others, like Richard Seymour who make a difference with their presence. news: Manning's body of work overlooked by peers in top 100 voting
He has a Super Bowl MVP, a 4-3 postseason record, a lifetime 64-46 record, has never missed a start and didn't make the Top 100 Players of 2011. If that's not enough to make you question a top 100 list that doesn't include Eli Manning, there are other reasons. news: Bills pull pension-plan payments for now as lockout drags
The Buffalo Bills have suspended pension plan payments to all employees -- including coaches -- during the NFL lockout and potentially the rest of the year, in addition to across-the-board paycuts that had been previously announced. news: Holmgren: Browns QB competition is open, with McCoy in mix
Browns president Mike Holmgren expressed satisfaction Tuesday in McCoy's rookie-year performance and his standing on the team. Yet Holmgren stopped just short of saying the former University of Texas standout is the answer to a quarterback question the franchise has asked since re-entering the NFL in 1999.

Power Rankings: Top 10 defensive players - NFC North Blog - ESPN
During the unprecedented offseason of 2011, has ranked the top pass-rushers in the NFL. We've ordered linebackers, rated cornerbacks and chosen the league's top 10 safeties as well. Now it's time to start putting it all together.

Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown again says Carson Palmer won't be dealt - ESPN
"We don't plan to trade Carson," Brown told the NFL Network at the league's spring owners meetings in Indianapolis. "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.

NFL: Defenses may suffer in 2011 - ESPN
Players around the league are trying to train together as teams -- some successfully, others less so. But offensive players have the advantage. It's much easier to organize seven-on-seven passing drills as opposed to drills to shape up defensive linemen and linebackers.

Four judges, two views, one law | National Football Post
Last week the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (the Court) granted the NFL its wish in keeping the lockout intact through the appeal process. The Court’s 2-1 opinion gave a harsh rebuke of the lower court opinion by Judge Nelson, especially her reading of a law named the Norris-LaGuardia Act (the Act), a statute that has become a focal point of Courtroom football in the NFL.

Brandon Marshall not cooperating with investigation | National Football Post
Brandon Marshall has run an end route, refusing to cooperate with prosecutors' investigation of the incident where his wife, Michi Nogami-Marshall, was arrested for stabbing the Miami Dolphins wide receiver.

Mike Brown sounds tired of Ochocinco's act | National Football Post
Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Browns sounds like he's grown tired of flamboyant wide receiver Chad Ochocinco's myriad of pursuits that have nothing to do with football.

Sam Bradford taking control of things in St. Louis | National Football Post
Bradford not only ran the scene on the field, he’s helping off the field too as he’s housing some of the rookie draft picks who don’t have a place to stay. That includes tight end Lance Kendricks, a second-round pick from Wisconsin, and wide receiver Greg Salas, a fourth-round pick from Hawaii.

Minnesota legislature adjourns without a stadium deal | National Football Post
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, road improvement obstacles remain in place for a proposed stadium in Arden Hills. There have been different estimates thrown around, but the project was short more than $130 million to get the deal done there and complete necessary roadwork. Per the report there is also "multiple problems with proposed legislative language" that has been submitted.

Is anything lost cancelling the Rookie Symposium? | National Football Post
As the fallout of the lockout continues, the NFL has cancelled the rookie symposium. But before we start spinning this story out of control, let’s talk about the actual event—and decide if there is any real value lost here.

What are the Bengals thinking with Carson Palmer? | National Football Post
I’m not sure I understand the thinking behind Bengals owner Mike Brown when it comes to Carson Palmer. And on Monday, we heard the same old tired story as it applies to the veteran QB: play for Cincinnati or retire.

Fine system on hits unlikely to deter Steelers - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The NFL took a significant step toward corralling vicious hits penalties by announcing during its spring meeting here that it will create a fine system for teams that are docked multiple times for devastating blows. NFL senior vice president for Law and Labor Policy Adolpho Birch said Tuesday that he wouldn’t rule out commissioner Roger Goodell applying further sanctions such as stripping clubs of NFL draft choices.

'Incredible Hulk' Dareus ready to make NFL mark - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Assuming the NFL eventually dispenses with its bolts and chains, and the national fall ritual can recommence, Marcell Dareus(notes) won’t be coming into the league through the side entrance.

Drop Percentage: Tight Ends |
With our wide receiver Drop Percentage article being met with such interest, and the demand for a follow-up look at tight ends evident, I feel compelled to move ahead of schedule and get this out to the public immediately.

Carl Nicks: Credit Due |
All worthy choices when you’re looking at who is the best offensive linemen in the NFL, and for many different reasons. While I wouldn’t argue against any of those, I think one guy needs his name added to that list after three seasons of top-notch play that has seen continual improvement.

Cold, Hard Football Time to admit it's over for Randy Moss
We usually don’t get too personal here at Cold, Hard Football Facts, because emotions and feelings and the like are for the weak.