Report: Special teams coach Jeff Rodgers joining John Fox in Chicago

In what is likely welcome news to many Broncos fans, special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will follow John Fox to Chicago. We can only hope Denver's coverage teams and punting improve under Gary Kubiak's watch. To be fair to Rodgers, Denver's linebacking corps was beset by injuries in 2014, and that group is the heart of a team's coverage units.

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Collected thoughts on the Gary Kubiak hiring

Plenty of virtual ink will be spilled in the coming days discussing Denver's hiring of Gary Kubiak. We'll do our best to keep up.

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Patriots stomp Colts, reach sixth Super Bowl in 14 seasons

The Patriots destroyed the Colts 45-7 at Foxboro on Sunday, and will take on the Seahawks in their sixth Super Bowl appearance since 2001. Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes, including one to former CU Buff Nate Solder, and LeGarrette Blount rushed for 148 yards and three scores.

New England won three titles in a four-year span from 2001 to 2004, but lost to the underdog Giants in 2007 and 2011. Brady's sixth SB start will break John Elway's record in that category.

Gary Kubiak named Broncos head coach

The Broncos have officially hired Gary Kubiak to be their 15th head coach in franchise history.

Drafted by Denver in the eighth round of the 1983 Draft out of Texas A&M, Kubiak was John Elway's backup for nine seasons and his coach for another four. Upon retirement from playing, the Houston native went back to A&M as a running backs coach in 1992.

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Seahawks overcome four interceptions, 16-point deficit to return to SB

Seattle will defend its SB title after shocking Green Bay in a wild 28-22 overtime victory. The Seahawks trailed 16-0 at halftime and 19-7 late into the fourth quarter, but scored two late touchdowns and another in the extra session to punch their ticket to Glendale.

Russell Wilson was intercepted four times and struggled for most of the day, but rushed for a one-yard score and ended the game with consecutive 35-yard completions, including a picture-perfect touchdown to Jermaine Kearse.

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Gut Reaction: Seahawks beat Packers to return to Super Bowl

As much as I want to blame luck for the Seahawks' win over the Packers today, there's a better suspect.

The guilty party? Field goals.

Don't settle for field goals, or you are asking for trouble. Don't settle for field goals if you're playing to win (rather than simply to not lose). Finally, don't settle for field goals on the road, in the loudest stadium in the league.

John Elway would say that's not kicking and screaming. We disagree. It's kicking, but the wrong kind, and with a whimper.

Report: Raiders, Jack Del Rio seek meeting with Adam Gase

According to NFLN, the Raiders have asked the Broncos for permission to interview Adam Gase about their OC vacancy. Gase has also reportedly drawn interest as an OC from Jacksonville, Cleveland, Atlanta, and St. Louis.

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CBS gets half season of Thursday night games again

Thursday night games will be broadcast on CBS again, according to Deadline:

CBS will broadcast the first eight Thursday Night Football games which also will be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also exclusively televise eight games in the run-up to the playoffs. The mix of games will include 14 on Thursday nights and two late-season games on Saturday.

All games will continue to be produced by CBS, with a network mash-up of hosts.

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Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas out of Pro Bowl due to injuries

Peyton Manning (quad) and Demaryius Thomas (ankle, toe) will not participate in next weekend's Pro Bowl due to their respective injuries.

Earlier in the week, it was announced that Emmanuel Sanders would participate in the game, replacing Atlant's Julio Jones.

Broncos brass interviewing Gary Kubiak in Houston today

John Elway, Joe Ellis, Tom Heckert, and Matt Russell are among the Broncos executives in Houston today to interview Gary Kubiak for the team's head coaching job. At this point, hiring Kubiak appears to be an inevitability. According to Mike Klis, the two sides are hoping to have a decision by Tuesday, when Kubiak's fellow Ravens coaches are due on Phoenix to prep for the Pro Bowl.

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