Raiders to name Tony Sparano interim coach

According to Jim Trotter, Oakland will promote assistant head coach Tony Sparano to interim head coach.

Sparano went 29-32 as the Dolphins' head coach from 2008 to 2011, leading them to the playoffs in his first year but failing to reach .500 in the following seasons.

Dennis Allen was fired over the phone after having gone 8-28 over two-plus seasons, finishing with a ten-game losing streak.

Goodbye, blackout rules!

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Earlier today, we noted that Jim Harbaugh has been floated as a possible replacement for Dennis Allen in Oakland.

But what about his current gig across the Bay?

Harbaugh spent much of his Monday presser fighting back reports - including from Deion Sanders and Trent Dilfer - that he's losing the Niners locker room.

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Reports: Jon Gruden is Raiders’ top coaching choice

According to Tim Kawakami, Ian Rapoport, and Mike Florio, the Raiders will likely try to bring back Jon Gruden following the firing of Dennis Allen.

Each report cites the close relationship between owner Mark Davis and Gruden, who had coached the team from 1998 to 2001.

A longer list of possible candidates, from Bill Williamson, includes Denver coordinators Jack Del Rio and Adam Gase.

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Greg Bedard ready to eat some crow?

Remember when perennial Patriots ass kisser Greg Bedard said that Darrelle Revis was more durable than Aqib Talib, Tom Brady was physically superior to Peyton Manning, and the Broncos would lose to a more physical Patriots team in the AFC?

Well, someone is already backtracking--sort of--after watching the Chiefs go all Hannibal Lecter on the Patriots tonight:

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Report: Raiders fire Dennis Allen

According to Jay Glazer, the Raiders have indeed fired head coach Dennis Allen.

A premature tweet by an AP reporter caused a bit of a stir on Sunday night, but its message - that Allen had been canned - proved only to be a day early.

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Chiefs disembowel Patriots on MNF

Kansas City (2-2) laid a thorough 41-14 beatdown on the visiting Patriots (2-2) on Monday night.

Alex Smith threw three touchdown passes, two of them to Jamaal Charles, who added another on the ground.

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Open Thread: New England @ Kansas City

Is there anything harder for a Broncos fan than to root for the Chiefs? Big picture, that's probably what we should all be doing.

Go Chiefs, we guess.

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Danny Trevathan will start Sunday; Carson Palmer may not

The Broncos will have weakside linebacker Danny Trevathan back in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the unbeaten Cardinals.

Denver's leading tackler in 2013, Trevathan suffered a fracture below his knee during training camp.

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Bills bench E.J. Manuel in favor of Kyle Orton

With their seemingly annual early season tease over, the Bills have turned their offense over to Kyle Orton.

Coach Doug Marrone benched 2013 first-rounder E.J. Manuel after the team's second straight loss.

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The Dennis Allen Watch continues

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It was a mostly dull Sunday in the NFL, with 7 of the 11 games decided by 13 or more points (the Thursday game makes 8 of 12).

Of the eight, only San Diego (33) scored fewer than 38 points, with four of them tallying that very number.

The night game was perhaps the most surprising, with Dallas (3-1) mauling New Orleans (1-3) to the tune of 38-17.

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