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.
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.
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
Questions on zone blocking have been pouring in. There’s no question that it has advantages for Denver, whether Peyton Manning stays or not. The question for today is whether we should expect Denver to begin a change to more mobile linemen.
The answer is, not necessarily. I see that as a good thing.
In Dennis Hooper’s March 2009 article on inside zone blocking, he laid out what you want in a zone blocking lineman. Here’s what he listed (I've numbered his bullet points):
The Broncos announced on Wednesday the hiring of Joe Woods as their defensive backs coach. Over the past 11 seasons, Woods has held that same position in Tampa Bay (2004-05), Minnesota (2006-13), and Oakland (2014).
Woods, 44, has apparently not worked with Wade Phillips or Gary Kubiak before; in Minnesota, he worked under Leslie Frazier; in Tampa Bay, he worked under Monte Kiffin and tutored Raheem Morris, who was his assistant secondary coach.
The Broncos have brought back Wade Phillips to be their defensive coordinator, it was announced on Wednesday. In his first Denver stint, Phillips coordinated the Broncos defense from 1989 to 1992 and took over as head coach for two seasons after the firing of Dan Reeves.
He was something of a placeholder head coach for Mike Shanahan, who turned down the head job in 1993 but returned two years later. According to various reports, Phillips may again be taking a temporary position, as Vance Joseph's contract in Cincinnati will be up after 2015.
The Broncos can forget about Perry Fewell stepping in as a replacement for Vance Joseph in Cincy. The former Giants DC is reportedly heading to Washington, where he'll take over as secondary coach for the departed Raheem Morris. As Jeff Legwold told it, Denver had hoped the Bengals might allow Joseph to become the Broncos' DC if Cincy could in turn hire Fewell as a replacement.
Instead, it now looks like the Broncos will turn to either Wade Phillips - who was/is interviewing today and may keep the seat warm for a year until Joseph's Cincy contract expires - or former Falcons head man Mike Smith.
If the Broncos can't pry Vance Joseph away from Cincinnati, they may just have to wait out the last year of his contract. According to multiple reports, Wade Phillips is interviewing for Denver's DC vacancy on Tuesday. Alex Marvez suggests Denver may hire Phillips for the 2015 season, with the intent of making Joseph their DC in 2016, and shifting the Son of Bum to an advisory role that year.
Joseph coached defensive backs for the Texans from 2011 to 2013, when Gary Kubiak was head coach and Phillips was DC.
With Richard Smith headed to Atlanta, the Broncos have hired former Texans, Cowboys, and Bears assistant Reggie Herring to coach their linebackers. The 55-year-old Herring coached under Wade Phillips for six seasons from 2008 to 2013 between Dallas and Houston, including the last three under Gary Kubiak with the Texans.
There's a chance Herring will again be working under Phillips in Denver, as the latter has been described as the primary fallback should the Broncos be unable to hire Vance Joseph away from the Bengals.