Kurt Warner: Hard to know if Pats have ever played fair and square

DeflateGate adds to Kurt Warner’s suspicions that Patriots cheated against Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI
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“I don’t want to believe that there was anything outside of his team beat our team,” Warner said at Media Day on Tuesday. “That’s what I want to believe. Yeah, there’s a sliver of a doubt…Was there any advantage they gained in any game? Not just our Super Bowl game, but maybe a game before that to get to the Super Bowl. All those things enter your mind. It’s not because I’m bitter. It’s not because I say they cheated, because I have no idea.”

One of these days, we're going to find out the Pats have opponents' radio communications tapped, aren't we?

More good quotes from everyone’s least favorite ex-Broncos coach

Josh McDaniels says he learned from 'a lot of mistakes' with Broncos
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“I think I know now, each team is different, each player is different, I don’t believe everybody has got to be the same,” McDaniels said. “I think I’m a better listener than I was then. I was young, made a lot of mistakes, learned from them—hopefully—try to be a better person, a better coach. I learned every day from it,” he added. “The players on the team are the reason why we win, you don’t have to treat them all identically, they’re not going to be all the same, your ability to lead and motivate those guys differently is important.”

Mike Shanahan interviewed again with the Raiders 25 years later. Just sayin'.

Von Miller: We’re pretty much already running a 3-4 front

Broncos likely moving to 3-4 defense under Wade Phillips or Vance Johnson
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“We’ve already been running something like a 3-4,” Miller said. “You look at our base defense last year, all DeMarcus had to do was stand up and it was a 3-4.”

One more requirement is a quality nose tackle. This is where Terrance Knighton, a free agent in mid-March, could move a tick or two higher on the Broncos’ list of offseason priorities.

Klis adds that Mike Smith is considering some time away from the game after having been fired by the Falcons. Also, the DP's headline writers are up to their usual standards, apparently.

Perry Fewell won’t be facilitating a Broncos hire of Vance Joseph

The Broncos can forget about Perry Fewell stepping in as a replacement for Vance Joseph in Cincy. The former Giants DC is reportedly heading to Washington, where he'll take over as secondary coach for the departed Raheem Morris. As Jeff Legwold told it, Denver had hoped the Bengals might allow Joseph to become the Broncos' DC if Cincy could in turn hire Fewell as a replacement.

Instead, it now looks like the Broncos will turn to either Wade Phillips - who was/is interviewing today and may keep the seat warm for a year until Joseph's Cincy contract expires - or former Falcons head man Mike Smith.

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Josh McDaniels has learned a few things over the past four years

Josh McDaniels eager for another head-coaching gig
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“I think one of the things I really learned in Denver was the value of being a good listener,” McDaniels said. “Sometimes when you do something like that for the first time, you run through everything and try and be in charge of too many things. And sometimes, that’s a significant negative. I’ve tried really hard in St. Louis and here in New England to really gather some ideas.”

Too bad he didn't pick up these lessons pre-2009. Oh well...

Bill Nye demonstrates why Patriots are full of hot air

Manning wasn’t exactly dinking and dunking in 2014

Guest Post: Marginal YAC, 2014 in Review
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His passing yardage and TD count were significantly inflated by passes that involve very little skill on the part of the quarterback. Conversely, the 2012 Broncos with OC Mike McCoy threw hardly any screens, and by 2014 Moreno was gone and defenses figured out how to stop the bubble plays. Considering the lack of easy throws, a weaker offensive line, and a harder schedule, it’s conceivable that Manning did just as much for the Broncos in 2014 as he did in 2013.

Especially later in the season, a lot of Peyton's throws just didn't look so hot. But when they were completed...

It’s still unfair to blame Peyton Manning for his playoff record

Breaking Down Peyton Manning’s Playoff Woes
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Though he has accumulated 11 wins (second most among active quarterbacks) his winning percentages lags behind the much less celebrated Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez, and even his younger brother Eli, who is one more 9-win-turned-super-bowl-run season away from surpassing his older brother in postseason victories.

This doesn't help in comparisons to say, Tom Brady, but Peyton deserves credit for having led his teams to seven first-round byes in 16 seasons. FWIW, in their 23 combined seasons as starters, Flacco, Eli, and Sanchez have led their respective teams to two first-round byes (a one-and-done for Eli and a title game loss for Flacco). There's something not quite right about crediting wild card wins while also ignoring byes earned by superior play.

Eddie Mac: Given choice, keep Demaryius over Julius

If Elway Has To Choose A Thomas, Ed McCaffrey Says Keep Demaryius Over Julius
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Obviously, the two biggest names on offense are Demaryius and Julius Thomas. Former Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey was quick to say he’d keep Demaryius over Julius if Elway ends up having to pick between the two.

Of course, it's not a simple either/or matter, as re-signing Demaryius Thomas will command significantly more cash and cap (think 50% more) than will keeping Julius Thomas. The choice is probably closer to Demaryius, or Julius and a starter-quality player or two. That said, I agree with McCaffrey.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…

Broncos desire to cause more turnovers in 2015 season
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“We have to be more disruptive and create more turnovers. I think we can get to that. Actually I know we can get to that,” defensive end DeMarcus Ware said in the Pro Bowl locker room. “We want to get to where you talk about us as the Orange Crush, where we are at that next level. That’s how we wanted to be viewed.”

I've been a Broncos fan for 28 years now, and I swear, I've read some iteration of this article in approximately 26 of those years.

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