A Second Helping of Paul Cornick and Ronnie Hillman against San Diego

When you have a running back who’s 200 lb, soaking wet after Sunday dinner, one question always stands out. How do you get yards up the middle with him?

There are several options - the inside zone run is always good. The back runs it on the right guard’s outside hip, and with Louis Vasquez, there’s lots of room. But, there are many plays that work just fine for a smaller back. Denver displayed one against San Diego in Week 8, featuring the blocking skills of Paul Cornick at right tackle.

The play shows exactly why Cornick replaced Chris Clark in the starting lineup:

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Snowy and windy backdrop for Manning/Brady 16

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! As much as the weather has been discussed this week, it appears not to have been overkill.

It's been snowing today (if less than is being portrayed on ESPN), and that's expected to continue into the afternoon. It remains to be seen how much of that snow will be cleared by kickoff.

The forecast calls for plenty of wind, and that's a legitimate concern for Denver, considering Peyton Manning's oft wobbly throws.

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Manning versus Brady, ad infinitum

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Sunday's forecast continues to include cold and windy conditions at Foxboro, even if Bill Belichick says to ignore such predictions.

But if the meteorologists are correct, then we should expect some run-heavy game plans, and then Denver's few injuries may come into play.

Ronnie Hillman (shoulder) and Louis Vasquez (illness) were upgraded to full participants on Friday and are listed as probable, while Montee Ball was again ruled out.

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Ray McDonald not expected to face domestic violence charges

Good Morning, Broncos fans! New Orleans (4-4) took over first place in the NFCS with a 28-10 whipping of Carolina (3-5-1).

Drew Brees threw one touchdown and rushed for another, while Mark Ingram ran for another two, in leading the Saints to their first road win of the year.

Carolina has now won just one of its last seven games, including a tie against Cincy.

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Open Thread: New Orleans @ Carolina

PFF, ESPN, and NYT preview the matchup. Enjoy the game!

Eric & Jessie, you’re not in Colorado anymore

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! A shoulder injury to Ronnie Hillman gave Denver a bit of a scare yesterday.

However, Hillman did practice in limited fashion on Wednesday and is/was practicing again today.

Louis Vasquez was held out on Wednesday due to illness, but was also back to work today.

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T.J. Ward on Gronk’s 2013 injury: Sorry not sorry

Broncos’ T.J. Ward is Patriots’ public enemy No. 1
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I feel bad he got hurt, you know, but that’s about it…Gronk’s a big dude. He gets hit, and he keeps going. Guys bounce off him, and he’s throwing guys left and right…I was taught that if you can take a guy’s wheels away from him, he’s no longer mobile, and that’s what you’ve got to do with big guys. I’m not going to go in there and bang heads with somebody that’s 60 pounds more than me. I’m going to hurt myself…I shook his hand after it happened, but I don’t see no reason to reach out to him…It’s a dog-eat-dog world between those hashes.

Since they're no longer whining about Wes Welker's hit on Aqib Talib, the Massholes need another gripe on which to focus, right?

DeMarcus Ware: Von Miller can be as good as he wants to be

Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware boost the Denver Broncos' defense
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Ware has always been impressed with Miller’s physical ability and his potential. But it took working out and playing alongside him to fully realize how talented he is. “Coming here, working out in the offseason,” Ware says, “I’m like, Dang, he’s faster than I thought. He works harder than I thought he worked. He’s gotten everything back together.”

FWIW, Von is again PFF's highest graded linebacker (+26.4) so far, although Oakland rookie Khalil Mack (+23.0) and KC's Justin Houston (+22.5) aren't far behind.

Is Adam Gase too young to become a head coach?

A look at 2015's NFL coaching candidates
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And Gase comes with other concerns, most notably his age. In the modern NFL, few head coaches hired so far before their 40th birthday have succeeded at a high level—many failing in colossal fashion. Highlighting just the past decade of these mistakes are Lane Kiffin, Raheem Morris, Eric Mangini, and Josh McDaniels (coincidentally a roommate of Gase’s when both worked at Michigan State).

Maybe the allure of getting to coach Manning will keep Gase around for another year or two. Then again, safe to say the Broncos will fine as long as Peyton's around, Gase or not.

Von Miller named AFC Defensive POM

Von Miller was named the AFC's Defensive Player of the Month for October. Miller has had seven sacks during Denver's four-game winning streak, and has at least one QB takedown in six straight games.

He first won the award in November 2012, when he totaled eight sacks and forced three fumbles. Von and the newly retired Champ Bailey (11/05, 10/06) are the only Broncos to have won the award twice.

Meanwhile, Tom Brady is the AFC Offensive POM, presumably beating out Peyton Manning for that honor.

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