For the second time this season, Peyton Manning has been named the AFC's Offensive POW, for his 304-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Chiefs Sunday. Manning also received the honor after leading the Broncos to their 35-24 comeback win at San Diego, and he was named the AFC's best offensive player for the month of October.
For Peyton, it's the 23rd weekly award of his career, tying him with Tom Brady for the most ever. As a team, the Broncos racked up eight such honors, and Von Miller also took home the AFC's defensive player award for November.
Just as we've finished sorting through the Twitter slapfight between Jason La Canfora and Mike Florio over who reports the least tainted information, here comes a stunning development in the courtship of Andy Reid, one which might suggest that these agents know precisely what they're doing:
Plot thickens: Before arriving in Arizona tonight, Andy Reid will interview today in Philadelphia with the KC Chiefs, via @mortreport.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 2, 2013
We'll likely never know if the Chiefs have jumped into the Reid sweeps because they heard the Cards were "95%" likely to hire the former Eagles coach, but it's safe to say that Bob LaMonte is playing the game well.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The coaching and GM carousel is awhirl, with news and rumors flying every which way.
And as tends to happen in these situations - much like the start of free agency each year - information is rushed, out of a desire to be the first to break a story, prompting rival reporters to question journalistic standards and the quality of others' sources. What we get are catfights between folks like Mike Florio and Jason La Canfora, who cannot agree on when Andy Reid will take his interview with the Cardinals.
La Canfora reported that Reid would meet with Arizona today, while NFLN's Ian Rapoport said the interview would occur tomorrow. That's when Florio jumped in, backing Rapoport's report while also accusing La Canfora of operating as a mouthpiece for Bob LaMonte, the agent for Reid.
As expected, the list of teams interested in Broncos OC Mike McCoy is growing. McCoy will already be interviewing with the Bears and Cardinals this weekend, and the Bills have thrown their hat into the ring by requesting permission from the Broncos to meet with him.
John Elway & Co. have already established that any suitors must come to the Denver area to interview McCoy, so presumably they'll be playing by that same rule. It's hard to imagine the Broncos not granting Buffalo's request.
Happy New Year, Broncos fans! So far, seven coaches (Andy Reid, Lovie Smith, Norv Turner, Ken Whisenhunt, Chan Gailey, Pat Shurmur, and Romeo Crennel) have been canned, with potentially more to come (Mike Mularkey, Ron Rivera).
Of the moves that have already occurred, none is more surprising than the firing of Lovie Smith, after he led the Bears to a 10-6 record and within a Sunday Packers win of making the playoffs.
Mike Ditka called the move "ridiculous," Devin Hester was moved to thoughts of retirement, and several other players expressed their shock. The other side of the story is that Lovie couldn't get his team to win big games, and the offense again sputtered down the stretch.
As per usual, Lovie's team sported an elite defense, which led the league in takeaways, was third in points, fifth in yards, and tops in overall efficiency prior to Sunday (Burke's final data isn't out yet).
Happy New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, friends. Since it’s also Black Monday, and there have been a lot of firings today, the speculation has started to ramp up regarding who will be getting specific jobs in specific places.
That has led to speculation that Mike McCoy and/or Jack Del Rio will be getting head coaching positions, and it follows that Broncos fans want to speculate on who’d replace them.
One thing I want to say here is let’s just chill for a hot minute. There’s no guarantee that a team will want to hire either coach, and further, they may not want to take a bad job if one is offered. Remember, the fact that either coach may not be able to start work until February 4th is working in favor of the Broncos. A hiring team is going to have to really want McCoy or Del Rio to sacrifice having their guy in place for a lot of key offseason work-ups.
Mike Florio gave his argument this morning for why he thinks Adrian Peterson is the clear-cut MVP, and it again rests on the idea that somehow, the Denver Broncos don't need Peyton Manning as much as the Minnesota Vikings need Adrian Peterson.
In the end, Peterson’s value to his team simply outweighs Manning’s — even though Peyton once again has had a season to remember, shrewdly picking a talented team with an easy schedule and pushing the franchise to the top seed in the AFC. Last year, however, the Broncos made it to the final eight without Manning. This year, the Vikings would have been nothing without Peterson, a man who overcame a serious knee injury to become better than he ever was.
Moreover, at a time when we are more sensitive than ever before to the damage inflicted on the bodies of NFL players, Peterson earned every yard, foot, and inch that he gained. Even the long runs came after he ran through a potential tackler. Or two. Or five.
We never pass up an opportunity to take shots at the Raiders and their fans. So it gave us great pleasure today to read this GQ piece from Lauren Bans, in which she spends some time in Oakland with two Raiders fans known as Metal Cindy and Dre of the Dead:
In all of Raider nation, there are about fifty or so "superfans," and Metal Cindy and Dre of the Dead are two of them. Along with other "characters"—including Gorilla Rilla, a dude who shows up every game day in a full ape suit, plus a jersey and sunglasses over the ape suit, and who, according to Metal Cindy, got married in that getup—Cindy and Dre never miss a Sunday. They're like walking and waving Disney World mascots for the drunk-at-10-A.M. set
Denver -- And you thought John Elway and Peyton Manning won a lot of games?
Broncos Vice President of Corporate Communications, Jim Saccomano, won his 333rd game for the Denver Broncos on Sunday, putting his win total 147 games above that of previous record holder, Brett Favre. League officials are currently discussing the validity of Saccomano's record, given that he has not coached or played in a single game since his time with the Broncos began in 1978.
A source inside the league office, who chose to remain anonymous for this story, said of Saccomano's claim, "We've never seen a PR guy claim wins before, so it's new territory. Either he's got some big brass balls or that much hubris. We're looking into the issue."
The day following the conclusion of the NFL season has come to be known as Black Monday, as that's when axes traditionally fall on coaches and GMs who have failed to live up to expectations.
Most of the moves have been long been expected, while others may come as surprises. Job interviews likely began informally or clandestinely days or weeks ago, but this week they will start in earnest, and even quite publicly if other teams follow the model set by Denver two years ago.
Updated 8:34pm ET