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.
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.
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.
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.
As Jack Del Rio looks to build a staff in Oakland, Bill Musgrave and Eric Mangini have emerged as possible coordinators. Musgrave, a Grand Junction native, made one start in his NFL career, a 1996 thumping at the hands of the Packers, with John Elway nursing a sore hamstring and the Broncos having already clinched homefield advantage. Since then, Musgrave's coaching career has taken him to eight stops in seven NFL cities, plus a stint at the University of Virginia.
According to Aaron Wilson, former Denver OC Adam Gase and current Broncos quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp are among the possible candidates to replace Gary Kubiak as OC in Baltimore.
However, there is speculation that Knapp could remain in Denver under Kubiak. Knapp has been with the Broncos for two seasons, and previously held the same position under Kubiak from 2010 to 2011 in Houston. According to Arnie Stapleton, running backs coach Eric Studesville and strength coach Luke Richesson may also stay in Denver.
Per Ian Rapoport, Gase is expected to land in either Baltimore or Jacksonville.
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.