The Bears' dumpster fire has grown to a multi-alarm blaze. According to ESPN, Cutler will be benched for Sunday's home game against Detroit, in favor of the terrible, no good quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
Last week, Ian Rapoport cited anonymous sources in reporting that Bears officials regretted giving Cutler his massive contract ($38M guaranteed!). Shortly thereafter, OC Aaron Kromer tearfully apologized to the team for being one of Rapoport's sources.
San Francisco cut defensive end Ray McDonald after police said they are investigating him for an alleged sexual assault. San Jose Police detectives searched McDonald's home on Wednesday.
The Niners were criticized earlier in the season for sticking by McDonald amid allegations that he'd physically abused his pregnant fiancee. Prosecutors opted not to press charges in the case, one made more controversial by the involvement of an off duty San Jose policeman at McDonald's house.
Denver filled one of its two roster openings by promoting safety Josh Bush from the practice squad. The Broncos first added the former Jet and Wake Forest alum a month ago. Guard Jon Halapio was signed to the practice squad in Bush's place. The Florida alum was a 2014 sixth-round choice of New England's.
Five Broncos made PFF's Pro Bowl team for 2014: Demaryius Thomas, Von Miller, Brandon Marshall, and Chris Harris are among the first-teamers, while Emmanuel Sanders is recognized as a reserve.
The glaring omission here, of course, is Peyton Manning, who inexplicably was beaten out by Matt Ryan, among others. No, Peyton's not playing at the level he did in 2013, but his 8.08 ANY/A ranks second only to that of Aaron Rodgers (8.55), and is far higher than his career prior to 2014 (7.24).
Aqib Talib was named the AFC's defensive player of the week for his performance during Denver's AFCW-clinching win at San Diego. The veteran corner notched an interception, eight tackles (seven solo), and three passes defensed to take home his second career weekly honor (2010 with Tampa Bay against Arizona).
Talib graded out at +3.3, matching his highest mark of the season (also against San Diego). As for Broncos defensive players receiving honors this year, Von Miller was named the AFC's defensive POM for October.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis shares a few thoughts on a few personnel questions on the collective minds of Broncos Land:
Like Woody Paige, Klis thinks Peyton Manning will play out his Broncos contract, which runs through 2016. Related to that, Klis thinks Denver should hang onto Brock Osweiler for another year, and that Zac Dysert may have a decent future here (as a backup).
Klis thinks pending free agent Rahim Moore will probably be back next year, even if he's not as high a priority to re-sign as are the Thomases.
The Chargers will not exercise the $17.6M termination clause in their Qualcomm Stadium lease, instead remaining in San Diego for a 55th season. Mayor Kevin Faulconer says the city of San Diego will unveil a stadium proposal sometime in January.
It had been speculated that as many as two teams out of the Chargers, Raiders, and Rams might again call Los Angeles home in 2015.
The Broncos opened two roster spots on Tuesday by placing linebacker Danny Trevathan on IR and waiving tight end Dominique Jones. Trevathan will undergo surgery to repair a patellar dislocation, the third injury in or around his left knee this season.
According to Troy Renck, Denver would like to bring Jones back to the practice squad. He was activated last week and dressed in place of Jacob Tamme, who is expected back this week.
Defensive back Nolan Carroll, who has hit Luck three times and with two teams, remembers the first time it happened while he was with the Miami Dolphins last year. Carroll, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, was blitzing off the edge and got to Luck, knocking him down just after he released the ball. Carroll was walking back to the huddle when he heard “Great job, Nolan!” He turned around, searching for the person who said it—maybe it was a teammate, he thought. “Then I realized it was Luck who said it. I’m like ‘what’s going on? Aren’t you supposed to be mad?’” Carroll said. “So then I’m the one who gets ticked off because an upbeat attitude isn’t something you see.”
Andrew Luck is so nice on the field that it's apparently considered trash talk.
The NFL's version of Jedi mind tricks this is.
Update: you can hear some of his chatter towards the end of this video.