Having been rebuffed by Cincy in their efforts to hire Vance Joseph, the Broncos have reportedly reached out to former DC and head coach Wade Phillips about running their defense.
Phillips spent the 2014 season out of the NFL; from 2011 to 2013, he was Houston's DC under Gary Kubiak, and took over on an interim basis after Kubiak was fired. He was Denver's DC from 1989 to 1992 and their head coach the next two years, when he essentially served as the placeholder until Mike Shanahan felt ready to take over the team.
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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 'never even thought about' deflating footballs
“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...
Lessons learned: The just so-so special teams
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.
Briefs: Broncos LB Von Miller looks at Pro Bowl as chance to end well
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.
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.
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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.
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).