This is a strange time to recap Josh McDaniels’ Denver missteps

Chronicling Josh McDaniels’s Expanding Wake of Self-Destruction
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In two short years, he managed to infuriate Pro Bowlers, scrubs, opposing head coaches, his own defensive coordinator, and seemingly everyone in between, until he was fired during the 2010 season for creating a toxic workplace and an even worse football team.

Does anyone in Broncos Land really wish the team still had Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Peyton Hillis, or Tony Scheffler?

Raiders claim Kenbrell Thompkins; Giants cut Trindon Holliday

Just a few more notes of interest on this Monday evening:

- Mike Holmgren downplayed his visit last week to Raiders HQ, chalking it up to something of a favor to his former Green Bay colleague, Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie. The SB 32 loser says he just went to review some film and offer an outside opinion on what's gone so wrong for the Raiders this year.

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John Fox, Julius Thomas defend ‘cut’ block; Montee Ball to miss several games

According to Mike Klis, Montee Ball's groin strain will cause him to miss "several weeks" of action.

Starting on Sunday, Denver will play three games in 12 days - at the Jets, versus San Francisco a week later, and versus San Diego the following Thursday.

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Open Thread: Seattle @ Washington

PFF previews the matchup. Enjoy the game!

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Lions cut Alex Henery, will work out Matt Prater

The Lions cut their second kicker of the season, this time Alex Henery, formerly of the Eagles.

Henery replaced 2014 seventh-rounder Nate Freese two weeks ago, and the two combined to go just 4/12 on field goal attempts.

Detroit will reportedly work out former Broncs kicker Matt Prater today, along with Jay Feely and Connor Barth.

NFL: Julius Thomas committed illegal chop block against Cards

On the third play of the second half of Sunday's win over Arizona, Julius Thomas was flagged for an illegal chop block on Calais Campbell.

The penalty was offset by a holding call on Arizona corner Antonio Cromartie, and wiped out what would have been a 77-yard touchdown catch by Demaryius Thomas.

Campbell suffered a sprained MCL on the play, and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.

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Mike Tanier puts Peyton Manning’s 503 touchdown passes into perspective

Mike Tanier's Monday Morning Hangover: The Peyton Manning 500
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Five hundred touchdowns are as many as Johnny Unitas (290), Bart Starr (152) and Russell Wilson (58) have thrown combined. As of Monday morning, at least.
Five hundred touchdowns are more than Jim Kelly and Steve Young combined (469), Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw combined (485), and more than Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach and Joe Namath combined (493).

Let's play this again when he reaches 600...

Silver: Tom Brady could leave Patriots after 2014 season

Is Tom Brady jealous of Peyton Manning's weapons?
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“Oh, you know he had to be hot,” one of Brady’s former teammates said Sunday. “Look at what he’s got, and look at what they give Peyton. How can he not be jealous?”

Or, in the words of a Broncos player: “He had to be saying, ‘(Expletive) this (expletive). Look at all these weapons Peyton’s got. Where are my weapons? What the (expletive)?’ “

Not that he's going to get moved or anything, but if he's still on the Patriots roster come Week 17, Brady's 2015-2017 salaries ($24M in total) become fully guaranteed.

Mike Holmgren reportedly visited Raiders

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Having dispatched one of the league's last unbeaten teams with relative ease, the Broncos will face a squad at the other end of the spectrum in Week 6.

Denver heads east to play the Jets, who find themselves amidst a four-game losing streak and turmoil that grows by the day.

It's the longest streak of futility of Rex Ryan's tenure, and he attempted to take all of the blame for Sunday's 31-0 debacle in San Diego.

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Cutler’s Law: bad things happen

Why can't Bears realize potential?
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“It’s a lot of little things,” Cutler said of the offense. “Turnovers are hurting us. Turnovers at critical times have hurt us, especially in the second half. We’ve been able to overcome them in the first half, but some of these second-half [turnovers] are hurting us. I’ve got to look at those.”

We blame Cutler for a lot, and certainly he has his faults—especially in the second half this season—but it’s not all on him. It’s just bad things tend to happen on his team. Cutler’s Law, as it were.

Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

Jay Cutler is none of these men.

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