Rapoport: Peyton Manning undecided on a 2015 return

Peyton Manning still uncertain about Broncos future
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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.

Report: Raiders, Jack Del Rio seek meeting with Adam Gase

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.

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Renck: John Fox didn’t hold players’ feet to the fire

Ugly loss to Patriots showed where Broncos were headed
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Multiple players said they enjoyed playing for Fox, but they conceded that he never made them feel uncomfortable. That was in stark contrast to Elway’s raw assessment of the team. He criticized the team’s “lack of fire,” and lamented that the Broncos didn’t “go out kicking and screaming.”

A few months back, 83% of you thought the Broncos weren't playing with enough discipline. Obviously, John Elway felt similarly.

CBS gets half season of Thursday night games again

Thursday night games will be broadcast on CBS again, according to Deadline:

CBS will broadcast the first eight Thursday Night Football games which also will be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also exclusively televise eight games in the run-up to the playoffs. The mix of games will include 14 on Thursday nights and two late-season games on Saturday.

All games will continue to be produced by CBS, with a network mash-up of hosts.

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Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas out of Pro Bowl due to injuries

Peyton Manning (quad) and Demaryius Thomas (ankle, toe) will not participate in next weekend's Pro Bowl due to their respective injuries.

Earlier in the week, it was announced that Emmanuel Sanders would participate in the game, replacing Atlant's Julio Jones.

Broncos brass interviewing Gary Kubiak in Houston today

John Elway, Joe Ellis, Tom Heckert, and Matt Russell are among the Broncos executives in Houston today to interview Gary Kubiak for the team's head coaching job. At this point, hiring Kubiak appears to be an inevitability. According to Mike Klis, the two sides are hoping to have a decision by Tuesday, when Kubiak's fellow Ravens coaches are due on Phoenix to prep for the Pro Bowl.

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Open Thread: 2014 Conference Championships

NFC Previews: PFFESPN, Greg CosellBill Barnwell, FO

AFC Previews: PFFESPN, Greg CosellBill Barnwell, FO

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Paige: John Elway wanted to hire Gary Kubiak in 2011

Paige: Old Broncos pals destined to renew friendship again
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In 2010, Kubiak lost the next-to-last game of the season (on a touchdown run by Tim Tebow in his first Broncos home start). Elway had agreed with Pat Bowlen to take over the Broncos’ football operations, and Kubiak was expected to be fired in Houston. Kubiak would have been Elway’s choice as coach in 2011, but the Texans’ owner gave Kubiak an extension.

Only thing is, Tim Tebow might have been better than a 47% passer under Kubes (say, 48%?), and who knows - maybe there's no PMFM in Denver. As they say, things just have a way of working themselves out...

Klis: Rick Dennison expected to be Gary Kubiak’s OC in Denver

According to Mike Klis, Rick Dennison is the likely offensive coordinator under Gary Kubiak, should the latter end up the Broncos' head coach, as is widely expected. However, Dennison is also considered a candidate to replace Kubiak in Baltimore.

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Report: Adam Gase to interview for Jaguars OC position

According to Michael Silver, Adam Gase will interview for Jacksonville's OC vacancy. With all signs pointing to Gary Kubiak landing Denver's head job, it looks like Gase is resigned to finding an OC position elsewhere. There's talk of Gase following John Fox to Chicago or Jack Del Rio to Oakland, and he's also reportedly an OC candidate for Atlanta, St. Louis, and Cleveland.

Gase auditioned for head jobs with Denver, Atlanta, San Francisco, Buffalo, and Chicago.

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