Although the Broncos did not play this weekend, I have to tell you - I didn't miss them one bit.
It was time to put this season out to pasture. Did we really need to see another backyard Slip 'n Slide party from the defense?
Sure, I could have used a few more game tapes on Tim Tebow. And I would have liked to have watched Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas work themselves into more consistent wide receivers. I would even have enjoyed listening to Brian Xanders tell us that he would have drafted Arian Foster instead of Knowshon Moreno if not for Josh McDaniels' Napoleonic tendencies.
But, of course, it's time to move on. So let's get to some smaller Gut Reactions from this weekend. I'll do my McDaniels' best to keep everything Broncos related. What does that mean? I guess it means I won't (supposedly!) tell Brian Xanders.
UPDATE 3:46PM ET - Kevin Acee of the SDUT is reporting that Chargers DC Ron Rivera is expected to be named the new coach of the Panthers tomorrow.
UPDATE 2:09PM ET - Elway has just confirmed via Twitter that New Orleans has granted permission for Denver to speak with Gregg Williams; the Saints DC will also interview with the Broncos on Wednesday.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! You know all that talk about the Broncos' ironclad secrecy under Josh McDaniels? The Belichick-like tightening of the lines of communication? If the past few days are any indication, the Broncos under John Elway will be overcompensating like a teenage girl who just discovered eyeliner. In a rather bizarre (and frankly unnerving) twist, the team posted a video of Perry Fewell (who speaks very well) riding to his interview from DIA, and then a mid-interview picture of Fewell and a pre-interview shot of Eric Studesville.
Transparency is great and all, as is the unprecedented access that Elway has provided with his new Twitter account. But while an NFL head-coaching gig is a very public job, and it's desirable of any candidate to be comfortable in the spotlight, there's just something uncomfortably voyeuristic about this new approach. What's next? Is Elway going to tell Peter King that Fewell had bad breath or that Studesville was mixing tenses?
Makes one again wonder why
Mark Mike Mularkey snubbed the Broncos on their interview request, no? If you were a seasoned coaching candidate (ie. not a young hotshot), and a team said, "Come interview with us. One condition though - the second you get off the plane, the cameras will be rolling and you'll be on Bravo later that night," what would you say? It'll be interesting to see if John Fox gets the same treatment today...
Enjoy the games, everyone! Go Ravens and whoever will beat the Bears!!!
UPDATE 2:07PM ET - Shannon Sharpe is among 15 modern-era finalists for induction to the Pro Football HOF in 2011. Terrell Davis, the greatest postseason runner in NFL history, was among 11 semifinalists who did not make the cut.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! It seems John Elway has learned his first tough lesson in running an NFL team - be careful what you say to Peter King. Yesterday on NBC, King related a conversation he had with Elway in which the new football exec says he "(doesn't) think Tim Tebow is a good NFL quarterback at this time." King went on to say that if Josh McDaniels lands a job with a team in need of a QB, he could see the former Broncos coach pushing to acquire Tebow. Shortly afterward, Elway scrambled to clarify his remarks via Twitter, saying that Tebow could "turn (himself) into a great QB," that Elway and the organization "think very highly of him," and that any trade speculation is "completely false."
Meanwhile, the Broncos have received permission to interview John Fox and are expected to do so sometime this week. Plus, Gregg Williams is suddenly available to interview after his defense got torched yesterday by the 7-9 Seahawks.
Doug should have more on this in tomorrow's Lard, but John Elway just hit is twitter account hard, denying tonight's report on NBC from Peter King that Elway is looking to trade Tim Tebow to the team that lands Josh McDaniels as offensive coordinator.
King reported that Elway told him exactly this yesterday:
"I don't think Tim Tebow is a good NFL quarterback at this time."
Enjoy today's games and feel free to throw down your thoughts on the action.
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Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Broncos have asked the Panthers' permission to speak with John Fox - although it was announced that Fox will not return to Carolina, his contract isn't up for a few weeks. Denver will be interviewing Jaguars OC Dirk Koetter and last night received permission to interview longtime Broncos player and coach Rick Dennison, who was Houston's OC in 2010 after fifteen seasons as a Broncos assistant. John Elway also said Chargers DC Ron Rivera is a candidate for the head job, while Brian Xanders added Gregg Williams to that list. Elway also stated that Jim Fassel's name had come up in discussions.
According to the DP, the Broncos have requested the Texans' permission to interview Houston's OC and longtime Denver player and coach Rick Dennison for their open head coaching position. Dennison played for the Broncos from 1982-1990 and was an assistant coach for the team from 1995 to 2009.
UPDATE 6:17PM ET - John Elway has announced via Twitter that the Broncos have received permission to speak with Jaguars OC Dirk Koetter about their head job. The 51-year old Koetter has been with Jacksonville since the 2007 season following head coaching stints at Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-2006). More on Koetter after the break...