In what is likely welcome news to many Broncos fans, special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will follow John Fox to Chicago. We can only hope Denver's coverage teams and punting improve under Gary Kubiak's watch. To be fair to Rodgers, Denver's linebacking corps was beset by injuries in 2014, and that group is the heart of a team's coverage units.
Projecting the Compensatory Draft Picks for 2015
The only serious question mark that I see right now focuses on TJ Ward, going from Cleveland to Denver for an APY of $5.625 million. Since I have projected the cutoff between the fourth and fifth round to be about $5.57 million, I project that TJ Ward will count as a 4th rounder against Denver. However, should the salary cap be greater than about $142 million, that would subsequently raise that cutoff, and possibly reduce Ward to a 5th rounder.
Nick Korte (a fellow Broncos fan) projects Denver to get one fourth-round comp pick (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie), two sixth-rounders (Knowshon Moreno, Shaun Phillips), and one seventh-rounder (Robert Ayers).
Plenty of virtual ink will be spilled in the coming days discussing Denver's hiring of Gary Kubiak. We'll do our best to keep up.
The Patriots destroyed the Colts 45-7 at Foxboro on Sunday, and will take on the Seahawks in their sixth Super Bowl appearance since 2001. Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes, including one to former CU Buff Nate Solder, and LeGarrette Blount rushed for 148 yards and three scores.
New England won three titles in a four-year span from 2001 to 2004, but lost to the underdog Giants in 2007 and 2011. Brady's sixth SB start will break John Elway's record in that category.
The Broncos have officially hired Gary Kubiak to be their 15th head coach in franchise history.
Drafted by Denver in the eighth round of the 1983 Draft out of Texas A&M, Kubiak was John Elway's backup for nine seasons and his coach for another four. Upon retirement from playing, the Houston native went back to A&M as a running backs coach in 1992.
Jake Plummer, the ultimate of NFL free spirits—the smart, accomplished, go-against-the-grain, challenge-authority guy—said last week he wept when Kubiak left the Broncos in 2005 to be the head coach of the Houston Texans.
“No doubt, tears in my eyes, man,” Plummer said. “Kubes is tough when you need tough. He’ll explain where he’s at, talk you through it, but he’s so smart. A guy like that you wake up every day seeing he wants the best for you and that maybe you disagreed at first, but you see he’s right and you’re not. He pushes you, I mean, hard, man, but doesn’t bully you, and you see for yourself he’s right. A guy like that you want to play for until you can’t play anymore.”
First, Joel Dreessen says he'd take a bullet for Gary Kubiak. Now this. What's next for Kubiak? Bill Romanowski writing a love poem?
Seattle will defend its SB title after shocking Green Bay in a wild 28-22 overtime victory. The Seahawks trailed 16-0 at halftime and 19-7 late into the fourth quarter, but scored two late touchdowns and another in the extra session to punch their ticket to Glendale.
Russell Wilson was intercepted four times and struggled for most of the day, but rushed for a one-yard score and ended the game with consecutive 35-yard completions, including a picture-perfect touchdown to Jermaine Kearse.
As much as I want to blame luck for the Seahawks' win over the Packers today, there's a better suspect.
The guilty party? Field goals.
Don't settle for field goals, or you are asking for trouble. Don't settle for field goals if you're playing to win (rather than simply to not lose). Finally, don't settle for field goals on the road, in the loudest stadium in the league.
John Elway would say that's not kicking and screaming. We disagree. It's kicking, but the wrong kind, and with a whimper.
While some, including Mike Klis of The Denver Post, feel like Manning’s return is a foregone conclusion, Rapoport notes that Denver’s recent activity could be a series of chess moves to clear the deck.
It will probably be very annoying, if not to Favre-like levels, but wee're going to hear reports like these until Peyton announces his decision.
According to NFLN, the Raiders have asked the Broncos for permission to interview Adam Gase about their OC vacancy. Gase has also reportedly drawn interest as an OC from Jacksonville, Cleveland, Atlanta, and St. Louis.