I understand the expectations that are here, and obviously, John's my buddy; we were roommates, and we played together. I understand everything that this organization stands for, and I'm just so proud that they're giving me an opportunity to come in here and be a part of it. The Denver Broncos are about winning championships, but there's a lot of work to do between saying that and getting it done.
PFF included 11 Broncos on its All-AFCW team for 2014: C.J. Anderson, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Orlando Franklin, Louis Vasquez, Von Miller, Malik Jackson, Terrance Knighton, Brandon Marshall, Chris Harris, and T.J. Ward. Oddly, Sanders is listed as a slot receiver, while Vasquez is listed as a guard.
Of more importance, three of these players - Thomas, Franklin, and Knighton - are set to hit free agency, while Harris was re-signed last month.
Here's the 2015 iteration of our free agency tracker; bookmark it - tattoo the URL, even (can't turn out as poorly as this guy's) - and check back often - we'll update it as moves occur over the next several months.
Denver enters the offseason with 12 unrestricted free agents, three restricted free agents, and four exclusive rights free agents.
Jack Del Rio's first coordinator hire in Oakland will reportedly be Bill Musgrave, who was also Del Rio's first OC in Jacksonville. It's also the second stint in Oakland for the Grand Junction native and onetime backup quarterback to John Elway; Musgrave was the Raiders' QB coach in 1997.
Following up on Sunday night's post, here's some of what was written on Monday about Denver's hiring of Gary Kubiak:
Hey, so remember when Sticks Johnson opened his big, fat mouth and publicly mused about how he'd love to have Darrelle Revis back on the LOLJets? Johnson's phone apology to Robert Kraft apparently wasn't heartfelt enough, because the Pats filed tampering charges with the league. When Johnson is found to have violated the league's policy, the team is expected to face a fine.
While this was such a clear mistake by Johnson, there's a richness to the Patriots' having blown the whistle on another team's impropriety, isn't there?
Now that Rick Dennison has his old job, Adam Gase is interviewing tonight for Gary Kubiak's former gig as Baltimore's OC. Oakland and Jack Del Rio are among Gase's other suitors, but reports suggest Gase is likely to end up in either Baltimore or Jacksonville.
Meanwhile, as expected, secondary coach Cory Undlin has left to take the same job in Philadelphia.
C.J. Anderson was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl on Monday; he'll take the place of injured Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell. Although the 2013 undrafted rookie didn't see significant action until Week 10, he still finished with 1,173 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns.
Despite the limited playing time, Anderson graded out as PFF's third best running back, tied with Eddie Lacy. Per AFA, he ranked seventh among all backs in Win Probability Added and second in Expected Points Added.
Tomorrow, the Denver Broncos will introduce Gary Kubiak as their new (and improved) head coach. Rejoice, Broncos fans.
By all accounts, Kubiak is one class act. Unlike John Fox, who was planning his escape the morning of the Broncos' divisional playoff game, Kubiak handled his dismissal from Houston two years ago with respect, dignity, and humility. So, make no mistake about it, the Broncos are getting a great human being.
The Broncos' hiring of tight ends coach Brian Pariani may not mean a parting of ways with Clancy Barone. Rather, Mike Klis says Barone may stick as Denver's offensive line coach, a role he also filled in 2010. Alex Gibbs may even make another return, possibly as a consultant to Barone.
Per Klis, Vance Joseph is still the likeliest candidate to run the defense, while Kubiak hopes to retain receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, who came to Denver along with John Fox in 2011. Greg Knapp (quarterbacks) and Richard Smith (linebackers) may also stay, while Cory Undlin (secondary) is expected to make a lateral shift to Philly.