We’re all Dolphins fans today

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Jason La Canfora, the Broncos plan to extend John Fox's contract in the upcoming offseason, which is pretty much a no-brainer.

Fox is currently in the third season of a four-year deal that reportedly pays him around $3.5M annually.

As La Canfora notes, this is on the cheap side as far as experienced NFL head men go, so look for Foxy to land a significant raise this winter.

The Broncos have gone 32-14 and made the playoffs in all three of Fox's seasons, although they've only gone 1-2 in the postseason, with each loss having come in the divisional round.

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Of course, it was that mysterious hurry-up!

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Obviously, Friday was a rough day at Dove Valley, and the mini-bye before next week's game at Houston has quite a sting to it.

As for Thursday's sloppiness, John Fox (video) says the Chargers' hurry-up offense caused the two too-many-men flags (and a third, which forced a timeout).

Yet, how many times have we heard/read this year that the defense is really comfortable against a hurry-up or no-huddle offense, since it practices against one EVERY DAY?

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You Got Served: How many times have the Pats been screwed by the refs this year?

Happy Friday, friends. I’ve been in Las Vegas this week attending some mergers & acquisitions training, and it’s a new and interesting experience being here for business. None of my buddies are here, and I have to get up and work each day, so the Vegas stimuli are confusing to my mind and body.

The lights and the music and the tables are saying party, but when I get back to my room, all I have are draft audited financial statements to review. Next time I’m here, I’ll party it up; for this week, it’s business.

I got a question on Twitter a few days ago from reader Jessica Deva about the Patriots.

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What’s with all of the mental errors?

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Okay, so it's not that happy of a Friday, given what happened last night.

Let's open with something of a longwinded rhetorical question, and no, this is not in any way a suggestion that John Fox be fired. Not even close.

Over the past couple of seasons, we've been highly critical of Fox's fourth-down decisions, whether they be punts or field goal attempts.

Often, the counterargument is that Fox is not making the play calls, or that he is a great motivator who has the pulse of his team, rather than a micromanaging technocrat. He just wins!

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Gut Reaction: Week 15 - Broncos vs Chargers

It’s no secret why the Broncos lost tonight.

The Chargers converted half of their third downs.

The Broncos converted only a whisper of two.

It’s really that simple. You can take the time of possession, the big plays, the stupid penalties—all of it pales in comparison to the fundamental fact that you can’t string a drive together without converting on third downs. Of course, the converse is also true. You can’t stop a drive without stopping your opponent on third down.

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Final Score: Chargers 27, Broncos 20

Mental errors have plagued the Broncos (11-3) all year long, and on Thursday night, they caught up with them, in the form of a stunning 27-20 (Gamebook) loss to the visiting Chargers (7-7).

San Diego’s defense entered the game ranked dead last in overall efficiency according to Advanced NFL Stats, but they held Denver’s record-breaking offense to its lowest output of the season, in terms of both points and yards (295).

Their previous lows had been 27 points against KC in Week 11, and 397 yards against these same Chargers in Week 10.

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Open Thread: Broncos vs Chargers

Inactives: Broncos - Wes Welker, Champ Bailey, Derek Wolfe, C.J. Anderson, Chris Kuper, J.D Walton, Zac Dysert

Chargers - CB Johnny Patrick, SS Brandon Taylor, OT Kenny Wiggins, WR Lavelle Hawkins, OG Stephen Schilling, NT Kwame Geathers, and QB Brad Sorenson

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Game Day Limerick: San Diego Chargers Part Dos

Sometimes you just have to be direct and to the point:

If you turn around and you claim

that the Broncos must play in a game

now twice in five days

then you'd want no delays

in maiming Phil Rivers to shame.

Not quite obscene, but it gets the job done.

Fattening Up on the Chargers defense

Earlier today, we got refamiliarized with San Diego's offense. Let's check in on the defensive personnel, plus consider some ideas for how the Broncos can complete a season sweep of the Chargers.

Defensive line - San Diego’s line has begun to come together, but they’re still not the team's strongest link. Third-year right end Corey Liuget (94) struggled early in the season with a shoulder injury, but he now has 4.5 sacks, and according to PFF, zero missed tackles. He has also committed six penalties and has struggled at times to get to the running back.

If he gets there, he doesn’t miss, but his lateral movement needs to improve. Luiget also has the most QB pressures on the team, with only 27 - that’s the lowest production from a team leader in the league.

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Lenon, Bolden expected to start

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There's no two ways about it; playing two NFL games within a span of five days is just ludicrous.

But if the Broncos are able to emerge with a win tonight, and avoid major injury, having played on Thursday night will look pretty good on Friday, and especially, on Sunday.

Obviously, we're putting the cart before the horse here, but a win would keep the pressure on the Chiefs and Patriots, while the Broncos would have an extra few days to rest up for their Week 16 trip to Houston.

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