Every offseason, there's at least some caponomic housecleaning to be done. Most of the cuts and renegotiations are quite predictable, based upon a player's cap number and production, but there is the occasional bombshell. Before we look at 2015's likely cuts, let's look back at those from the first four years of John Elway's tenure.
In 2011, Denver's casualties were Daniel Graham, Jamal Williams, Justin Bannan, Correll Buckhalter, Renaldo Hill, and Nate Jones. A year later, Tim Tebow and Andre' Goodman were sent packing. 2013's departures included Elvis Dumervil, D.J. Williams, Willis McGahee, Joe Mays, and Caleb Hanie, while Champ Bailey rode off into the sunset last year.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Now that the news cycle has calmed down a bit, it seems like a good time to get back to the Lard. Let's get caught up, shall we?
Most of us probably wondered what had become of Seattle's dominant defense last Sunday, as Tom Brady carved them up to the tune of four touchdowns and 37/50 passing. As it turns out, it's rather incredible that the Legion of Boom was on the field at all that day, because the group was dealing with severe injuries.
As everyone saw, Richard Sherman hurt his arm during the NFC title game, and it was no joke. The new dad suffered torn ligaments in his left elbow, and may even require Tommy John surgery to repair them.
The Browns are the latest team to face the possibility of losing a draft choice this offseason over in-game rules violations. Cleveland team executives, including GM Ray Farmer, are accused of texting then-OC Kyle Shanahan during games with suggestions of play calls. This meddling is apparently part of what prompted Mini Shanny to ask out of Cleveland.
We've seen some unclear reports as to when Peyton Manning's neck examination must occur by, but Jeff Legwold has more of the details. Per Legwold, the annual exam must take place at least 10 days before the new league year starts, at 4pm ET on March 10.
That 10-day stipulation would actually appear to place the exam deadline on February 28 (Legwold says it's March 1), but if Chris Mortensen is correct (as he usually is in matters relating to Manning, as both are represented by CAA), Peyton figures to announce his return long before then.
According to Alex Marvez, the Broncos have hired longtime college and NFL assistant Fred Pagac (PUG-itch) to coach their outside linebackers. Since 1978, Pagac has coached linebackers for Ohio State, Oakland, Kansas City, Minnesota, and Buffalo, also holding defensive coordinator duties for the Buckeyes and Vikings.
In Denver, the former Bears and Bucs tight end will have the great fortune of coaching up Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.
It was a great game; congratulations to the Patriots. But frankly, I don't want to spend all that much time writing about it and their legacy (unmatched, at least since I've been watching football). Anyway, here are the recaps from our favorite NFL writers, plus the essential ones.
As has long been expected, the Falcons are expected to announce on Tuesday the hiring of Seahawks DC Dan Quinn as their next head coach. Denver was said to be very interested in Quinn after they fired John Fox, but once Gary Kubiak expressed his willingness to interview for the job, the respective hirings of Quinn and him became virtual inevitabilities.
Peyton Manning may announce as early as this week that he's returning for the 2015 season, according to Chris Mortensen, who writes:
Manning has been fairly persuaded that all will work well between him and new head coach Gary Kubiak, who is ready and willing to fit his scheme to play to the quarterback's strengths.
Here's a fun idea for the upcoming season from longtime reader c_style:
What do you guys think about the idea of benching Peyton for 8 games of the season under these specific conditions:
1) Peyton comes in if Brock gets hurt
2) Peyton comes in if the playoffs are in doubt
3) Ideally Peyton comes in with 4 games left in the season to tune up for the playoffs
That was a pretty awesome game. There were a lot of great moments, and there will be a zillion recaps of those, so you don't need that here. Instead, I just want to discuss the Seahawks' big decisions before the end of each half.
With six seconds left before halftime, Pete Carroll went for the tying touchdown rather than the chip shot FG to take the points, as they say. It was a brilliant, ballsy call, and of course, it made me think of Denver's last head coach. But almost all NFL coaches would have attempted the field goal right there, so it's not fair to ding John Fox just because we all know he would have kicked.