Well, it's a good thing Chip Kelly didn't go the Bill O'Brien/Nick Saban "I'm the most loyal human in history" route, when he announced he was returning to Oregon.
Because it didn't last long.
Following the Broncos' stunning playoff loss to the Ravens on Saturday, there has been plenty of blame to go around, at least as far as the media and fans are concerned. John Fox, Rahim Moore, Champ Bailey, Peyton Manning, and Matt Prater have borne the brunt of the public criticism, while Fox and John Elway stood by the coach's conservative game decisions in a presser yesterday.
Today comes the first true fallout of the upset, as it's being reported that the team will not retain secondary coach Ron Milus, whose contract is up after two years in Denver. Jeff Legwold's article on the dismissal cites a clash between Milus's coaching style and "several players" as having prompted the decision, while Fox had perhaps hinted at the move when he said his staff "didn't coach to execute" on the disastrous game-tying 70-yard touchdown from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones.
Shortly on the heels of news that the Chargers hired Mike McCoy away from Denver, came word that DC Gus Bradley would leave Seattle to head up the Eagles. Bradley had been expected to interview with the Jaguars later in the week.
However, subsequent reports say an agreement between the two parties is far from finalized.
According to Adam Schefter, Mike McCoy has notified the Broncos that he will become the next head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
Following the departure of Dennis Allen to Oakland twelve months ago, this is the second straight January in which a Broncos coordinator has left to head up an AFCW rival.
Jason La Canfora reports that former Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt would be the leading candidate to replace McCoy in Denver, assuming that he himself doesn't land one of the vacant head jobs.
According to Jay Glazer, the Cardinals are interested in meeting with Mike McCoy for a second time regarding their head coaching vacancy.
McCoy who is meeting with the Chargers today, would reportedly visit with Arizona tomorrow, and he already met with the Cards, Eagles, and Bears two weekends ago.
As the Broncos move into the offseason a little sooner than planned, we now know they will pick 28th overall in the upcoming NFL draft.
Denver has six picks, with either a sixth- or seventh-rounder heading to Philadelphia to complete the 2011 trade for Brodrick Bunkley.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Last week, we took what we thought was a very early peek at Denver's cap situation for 2013, and the players due to become free agents.
Unfortunately, we were only days premature - not weeks - and it's already time to think about 2013 in earnest.
To review, Denver's pending unrestricted free agents are Ryan Clady, Brandon Stokley, Kevin Vickerson, Justin Bannan, Jim Leonhard, Keith Brooking, David Bruton, Dan Koppen, Jason Hunter, Tracy Porter, Ty Warren, and Matthew Willis.
The Broncos will have a three-day period from March 9-11 to negotiate exclusively toward new contracts with these players, whose 2012 deals will expire at 4pm on Tuesday, March 12, which is also precisely when the 2013 league year and free agency will commence.
According to NFLN's Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals have Mike McCoy atop their head-coaching wish list, and will make a 'major push' to hire him. McCoy interviewed with Arizona, Chicago, and Philly last weekend, and had been scheduled to meet with Buffalo, prior to their hiring of Doug Marrone.
The Denver OC could end up following Dennis Allen out the door to an AFCW rival, as he will interview with the Chargers tomorrow. San Diego met with former Cardinals head man Ken Whisenhunt yesterday and will interview Bengals OC Jay Gruden today.
The AP has announced its 2012 All-Pros, and as could be expected, Peyton Manning, Ryan Clady, and Von Miller have all made the first team.
It's Manning's sixth time ('03, '04, '05, '08, '09) as a first-teamer, Clady adds his second such honor ('09), and this is Von's first time as an All-Pro.
Champ Bailey is a second-teamer, while Demaryius Thomas, Elvis Dumervil (?), and Britton Colquitt each received one vote.
Adrian Peterson and J.J. Watt were the only unanimous honorees, which means that Miller, incredibly, was not (two voters left him off their ballots).
The Broncos and Ravens rosters will be almost fully intact for tomorrow's divisional matchup. Only Denver corner Tracy Porter and Baltimore guard Jah Reid, who was placed on IR today, are listed as out.
All seven Denver players who were listed on the injury report as full participants are probable for tomorrow, while Baltimore has 17 players listed as probable.