Good Morning, Broncos fans! Here's a look at some of the latest coaching news and rumors:
New England clinched a first-round bye and moved a step closer to the AFC's #1 seed with a narrow 17-16 win over the Jets on Sunday. New Jersey almost pulled off the upset, but for Vince Wilfork's partial block of a late 52-yard FG attempt by Nick Folk.
The Pats would gain homefield advantage tonight with a Broncos loss, or next Sunday, with a win over Buffalo or Denver loss to Oakland. A Cincy win tonight would clinch a playoff berth for them, and if they also beat Pittsburgh next week (in a game flexed to SNF), they'll claim the AFCN.
Enjoy the games, and Go Jets (vs New England) and Cowboys (vs Colts)!
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The AFCW is unlikely to have three playoff teams for the second year in a row, but it may have two, after the Chargers pulled off a remarkable 38-35 overtime comeback win at San Francisco on Saturday night.
San Diego (9-6) trailed 21-0 early, 28-7 at halftime, and 35-21 late into the fourth quarter, but were led back by Philip Rivers, who countered three interceptions on the night with four touchdown passes. His final scoring pass came with 29 seconds remaining, tying the game at 35.
As the regular season winds down, a few names quite familiar to Broncos Land are providing Jim Harbaugh with some company on the 2015 coaching carousel. According to Jason La Canfora, owner Arthur Blank has decided to fire Mike Smith unless the Falcons make an unlikely and deep playoff run.
Current Broncos OC Adam Gase and former head coach Josh McDaniels are said to be high on Atlanta's list, along with Stanford's David Shaw. McDaniels and Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff worked together for six years in New England, and Gase was first brought to Denver by McDaniels in 2009.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Jim Harbaugh and his next coaching gig remain the football world's top story.
According to Adam Schefer, Harbaugh's family and friends are pushing him to return to his alma mater, the University of Michigan. Per Schefter, Harbaugh's own preference is to remain in the NFL, as has been widely suggested.
It doesn't seem like a situation that will take very long to play out though, as recruiting is in full swing; Schefter's report suggests Harbaugh would have to accept the Michigan job within a couple of weeks, if at all.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The NFL's slate of mostly awful Thursday night games came to an appropriate conclusion, with a matchup between 2-12 teams.
That race is likely coming down to the Titans and Bucs. The Raiders, who are 2-12 like Tampa Bay, lose strength of schedule tiebreakers to both teams, and thus need an outright worse record to move into the top draft slot.
The details (or at least the raw numbers) of Chris Harris's contract extension have been posted over at Over The Cap, and they're pretty interesting. What first jumps out is that the fully guaranteed portion of the deal is only the $10M signing bonus Harris received.
The initial report from Mike Klis said the deal included $24M in guarantees, including $18M over the 2015 and 2016 seasons. To be frank, I should have seen through that before suggesting the full guarantee might be as high as $18M. A look at other cornerback contracts should have made clear that Harris wasn't getting anywhere close to $18M in full guarantees.
Two days after they waived him, the Broncos re-signed tight end Dominique Jones to their 53-man roster. This might suggest the health of Jacob Tamme (rib) isn't improving as quickly as expected.