Kubes: Let’s win one for Mr. B

Klee: Broncos and Gary Kubiak emphasize family, and this hire is for the patriarch
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Kubiak stopped me before I could even finish, his heartfelt response proof enough.

“I know where you’re going,” Kubiak said. “It’s tremendous motivation for me to come here and work for their family. It would be a dream come true to come here and let them hold that trophy again.

“You’re right. He’s been a very special man in my life. It means a great deal to me.”

Brick wall, anyone?

John Elway didn’t need to cheat to throw well

John Elway 'never even thought about' deflating footballs
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“I never even thought about it,” John Elway told USA TODAY Sports Wednesday afternoon.

Elway, the Hall of Fame quarterback-turned-general manager of the Denver Broncos, played in all sorts of weather conditions in his 16-year NFL career and dismissed the idea that quarterbacks would want to alter the level of inflation in a ball to help gain a better grip.

As for cheating to get under the salary cap, well...

Should Britton Colquitt really be Denver’s ninth highest paid player?

Lessons learned: The just so-so special teams
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Couple those issues with a ho-hum season from Colquitt – his 37.6 net yards per punt was his lowest showing in net yardage since 2010 – and a lack of an overall impact, save for Omar Bolden’s work late in the season, in the return game, and new special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis has a big to-do list.

Colquitt is schedule to be the Broncos' ninth highest paid player in terms of cap value, and remains the highest paid punter in the league relative to AAV, despite being the league's fifth-worst in terms of net average. Cutting him (post-June 1) would leave $750K in dead money and save $3M against the cap.

Montee Ball plans to trim down for 2015

Briefs: Broncos LB Von Miller looks at Pro Bowl as chance to end well
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Ball said he is prepared for the challenge. He plans to play at 210 pounds next season after bulking up 10 pounds for training camp last season.

“I will push the reset button and work even harder to come back ready,” Ball said. “I will be ready.”

Ball was listed at 215 pounds, which is just a pound over his weight at combine two years ago. Can't wait for those "I'm in the best shape of my life and feel faster" stories.

Broncos re-sign Zac Dysert to future contract

The Broncos re-signed quarterback Zac Dysert to a future contract on Wednesday. Denver drafted the Miami of Ohio alum in the seventh round of the 2013 Draft; he was inactive for all 16 games as a rookie and spent the 2014 season on the practice squad.

The latest on the Patriots’ shrunken balls

Jay Glazer, FOX:

The Baltimore Ravens tipped off the Indianapolis Colts going into the AFC title game about the Patriots doctoring the air in footballs, according to FOX Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer.

According to Glazer, the NFL was already planning to inspect the balls at halftime, despite D'Qwell Jackson's interception originally being reported as the cause.

While the NFL is still investigating and figuring out what direction to go in terms of possible penalties for Bill Belichick and the Patriots in what is being dubbed "Deflategate," many NFL owners, general managers and coaches are tired of the Patriots and are wondering if the league will finally take a hard line.

Continue reading "The latest on the Patriots’ shrunken balls"

Adam Gase joins John Fox in Chicago

As expected, the Bears and John Fox have reportedly hired former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase to run their offense.

Additionally, Ed Donatell will coach defensive backs under Fox and Vic Fangio; Donatell held that position during two stints with the Broncos (1995-99, 2009-10).

Somewhere in this quote is one of the reasons John Elway fired John Fox

Broncos' Gary Kubiak is fine with John Elway's high expectations
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“If you make any kind of decisions that you want to do something, all you have to do is tell me why. I want a reason why. I want to know that it is thought through, that when we made this decision it was the best decision we could make. If I don’t get a why, then you need to help me here.”

To speculate wildly, it might have been the offensive line changes, a restriction on Peyton Manning's ability to audible, leaving the team's playoff chances to a coin flip, or a slew of John Fox Specials. Chances are, we'll all hear and read over the coming months more hints of what drove Elway and Fox apart.

Some free agent ideas for the Broncos from Bill Barnwell

NFL Playoffs Postmortem: What’s Next for the Eliminated Teams?
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Could they go after somebody like Ndamukong Suh and build a devastating defense behind Kubiak’s perennially effective rushing attack, perhaps with C.J. Anderson splitting time alongside Justin Forsett?

That sort of cap space is exciting to think about given how close Denver was last season, but seeing as the alternative at quarterback is Brock Osweiler or a trade for somebody like Jay Cutler, I’m guessing that Broncos fans would rather Manning come back and try for one last ring with much of the current roster in 2015.

If your eyes haven't rolled back into your head from the Cutler idea, you'll see the other names Barnwell floats: Michael Crabtree, Cecil Shorts, Jordan Cameron, and Owen Daniels.

Kiszla: Departure of Dumervil scarred Denver locker room

Kiszla: Team-first players right for Broncos
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Elway can stand in front of the Broncos and passionately demand championship intensity from his players. Bless him for caring. Inspirational speeches, however, don’t leave as lasting an impact in a locker room as the hole left by pass rusher Elvis Dumervil when squabbling over money sent him packing to the Baltimore Ravens.

As I've often mentioned recently, I think the failure to re-sign Dumervil is John Elway's biggest mistake to date. Yeah, I know DeMarcus Ware is better against the run, but in a passing league, I'd take Doom's 11.9% Pass Rushing Productivity in 2014 over Ware's 8.8%. The difference was even starker in 2013, when Doom's PRP was 15.1% to Shaun Phillips' 8.6%.

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