Sorry, folks. I almost forgot this week's limerick. Here you go:
I've got nothing to say with my wit
except that the Titans will quit
by the third quarter's end
when records will bend
and Munchak will drown in his $hit.
Let it fly, Broncos fans!
Enjoy the games; Go Cleveland and Washington!
There’s more: Silver reported that running back Chris Johnson and his massive $8 million 2014 salary won’t be back, while NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport was told that Tennessee—very much intrigued by free-agent-to-be Jay Cutler—isn’t expected to pick up the hefty $13 million fifth-year option attached to quarterback Jake Locker.
Really, how much better than a minus-3 point differential and 5-7 record was Munchak supposed to have managed, especially with the improving Locker lost for the season?
Owner-QB link disillusioned coach
Disillusioned with the way Snyder was running the organization, Shanahan cleaned out his office in advance of January’s wild-card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks and expected to leave the team whenever the season ended, according to a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The source said Shanahan had grown tired of the way Snyder empowered Griffin and openly esteemed him above all other players.
While we can't blame him for wanting out from under Dan Snyder, isn't it convenient that this news emerges as it seems Shanny might lose his job?
But the idea that he would ditch a playoff team is about as believable as the belated claim that he would have cut Brandon Marshall following Marshall's first Pro Bowl season.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The coaching carousel continues to whirl, in Houston and elsewhere.
Starting with those Texans, Len Pasquarelli hears talk that Lovie Smith may replace Gary Kubiak, and that he could even reunite with his former QB Jay Cutler in Houston.
Indeed, Ian Rapoport says Smith, who interviewed for the USC gig, will get the first crack at the Texans job.
Another potential candidate is Chargers OC and former Cards coach Ken Whisenhunt, who had reportedly been considered for Denver's OC position last offseason.
The Broncos celebrated the first day of December with a brilliant come-from-behind 35-28 victory over the Chiefs, and now control the AFCW and their own destiny for playoff seeding.
After customarily deferring possession on the opening kickoff, Denver had to weather KC's emotional level of play in the first half, falling behind 21-7, but getting to within a touchdown late in the second quarter.
They went three-and-out on their next series, but starting with the second-half kickoff, the Broncos sucked the life out of Arrowhead with three consecutive long touchdown drives - of 80, 92, and 95 yards.
Good Morning, Broncos! With the first axe having fallen on old friend Gary Kubiak, all eyes are on Houston's coaching vacancy.
Another old friend, Wade Phillips, will again serve as interim head coach, as he had while Kubes recovered from his frightening mini-stroke last month.
His quarterback for the next three games will be Case Keenum, whom Kubiak had yanked at halftim on Thursday night in favor of Matt Schaub.
Citing his recovery from heart surgery and the desire to better communicate with his players, John Fox announced Friday that he would coach Sunday's game against Tennessee from the Denver sideline, rather than up in the coaches' booth.
As for the players, Derek Wolfe was ruled out, as expected, while Champ Bailey and Trindon Holliday are listed as questionable. This, despite Bailey having been a full practice participant on Thursday and Friday; Holliday made a limited return on Friday after having sat out Wednesday and Thursday.
Manning drove the ball down the field against the Chiefs last Sunday. His arm looked live. Manning has re-invented himself the past couple years with the Broncos, but against the Chiefs it looked like he was back in his Colts’ days. This was a different looking Broncos offense than most games this season.
And yet, all anyone wants to talk about is the weather?
Since it went so well, we decided to do it again. Tom also contributes to Football Outsiders, and we're pleased to work with him again, as we respect his work and thoughts about football.
Here are five questions that I asked, and Tom answered, about the Titans:
Q: The numbers suggest that the Titans pass defense is good. What have they been doing, and who is playing well in pass defense?