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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Klis: Rick Dennison expected to be Gary Kubiak’s OC in Denver

According to Mike Klis, Rick Dennison is the likely offensive coordinator under Gary Kubiak, should the latter end up the Broncos' head coach, as is widely expected. However, Dennison is also considered a candidate to replace Kubiak in Baltimore.

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Report: Adam Gase to interview for Jaguars OC position

According to Michael Silver, Adam Gase will interview for Jacksonville's OC vacancy. With all signs pointing to Gary Kubiak landing Denver's head job, it looks like Gase is resigned to finding an OC position elsewhere. There's talk of Gase following John Fox to Chicago or Jack Del Rio to Oakland, and he's also reportedly an OC candidate for Atlanta, St. Louis, and Cleveland.

Gase auditioned for head jobs with Denver, Atlanta, San Francisco, Buffalo, and Chicago.

Klis: Adam Gase could join John Fox in Chicago

According to Mike Klis, Adam Gase and Dennis Allen are among the coordinator candidates for John Fox in Chicago. Gase interviewed for the Broncos' head job and is an OC candidate with St. Louis, Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Cleveland. Along with Allen, Jim Schwartz, Mike Smith, and Vic Fangio are possible defensive coordinators.

Smith has also been mentioned as a likely DC for Jack Del Rio in Oakland; Smith was JDR's DC for several years in Jacksonville. Del Rio's offensive line coach is expected to be Mike Tice, who was released from his contract with Atlanta.

Broncos reportedly visited with CFL corner Delvin Breaux

According to Adam Caplan, the Broncos are one of many teams to have visited with CFL All-Star corner Delvin Breaux. The 25-year-old suffered a serious neck injury in high school, and was never cleared to play in college, but laudably, LSU still honored his scholarship.

With Gary Kubiak heavy favorite, Doug Marrone backs out of Broncos interview

Seeing the handwriting on the wall, Doug Marrone has backed out of his Saturday interview with the Broncos, according to Adam Schefter. Teryl Austin also canceled his interview, which had been scheduled for Friday.

Gary Kubiak, the heavy favorite to land the job, will interview on Sunday with longtime buddy John Elway. Of course, Kubiak has been the favorite since well before the scheduling of Marrone's interview was announced, so not sure what's changed between then and now.

Bears make hiring of John Fox official

The Bears have expectedly hired John Fox to be their next head coach, taking over for Marc Trestman. Take it away, Spilly.

According to Mike Klis, Denver still owed Fox the remainder of his contract prior to his Bears hiring, so this act of calling his departure a "mutual parting of ways" is utter bullshit.

John Elway and the Denver Broncos fired John Fox, and any other characterization is pure sugarcoating.

Report: Mike Shanahan in play for 49ers offensive coordinator job

Sit down for this one, folks. According to Dianna Marie Russini, Mike Shanahan, two-time SB-winning head coach, is a candidate to reprise his role as offensive coordinator for the 49ers.

Did a second year out of the NFL (2009) provide Shanny with an enormous dose of humility? I want to suggest that Russini has a typo in there, but it reads pretty clearly:

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