Good Morning, Broncos fans! As you may have gathered, there hasn't been enough time in the day for a Lard, what with the near constant flow of coaching search-related news and speculation.
Now that there's at least a momentary lull, let's get caught up on what else has been happening around the league this week:
Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's January, and the Patriots find themselves in a very familiar place. And we're not talking about the AFC Championship, even if next Sunday will mark the Pats' fourth straight appearance in that game.
Rather, New England is again at the center of a controversy regarding the rules and spirit of the NFL.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh accused the Patriots doing "an illegal type of thing" on Saturday night by using deceptive substitutions during their first scoring drive of the second half (when they trailed 28-14 but then drew to within 28-21).
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Here are a few developments in the league's coaching and GM searches:
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Brandon Marshall was again limited during Friday's practice, is listed as questionable, but is expected to play.
Mitch Unrein was also limited and is questionable, Quanterus Smith has been ruled out with a knee injury, and all others are probable.
Indy, meanwhile, got corner Greg Toler and linebacker D'Qwell Jackson back to practice on Thursday, and will likely field the same starting offensive line in consecutive weeks for the first time in two months.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Sunday's divisional round matchup approaches, both the Broncos and Colts appear to be in relatively good health.
Orlando Franklin and David Bruton made full returns to practice on Wednesday, having cleared the league's concussion protocol. Brandon Marshall was limited and is expected to play, while all other players were full participants.
For Indy, corner Greg Toler (knee) was held out, and is characterized by Chuck Pagano as day-to-day. Two linebackers were held out of practice, while two more were limited.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, the Greg Bedards of the world can't accept the notion that a single blown call might have cost the Lions a win on Sunday.
Well, how about two blown calls?
The NFL admitted on Tuesday that the refs missed another huge penalty on Sunday, this time an uncalled hold on Ndamukong Suh during Tony Romo's late fourth-down conversion to Jason Witten.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! As their participation in Monday's practice suggests, Brandon Marshall and T.J. Ward are expected to play in Sunday's divisional round matchup with Indy.
Peyton Manning also returned to practice, while Orlando Franklin and David Bruton did conditioning as they work back from concussions.
The bye week also helped Julius Thomas, who says his injured ankle continues to improve.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! There were several coaching carousel developments on Saturday, with Denver's Adam Gase and Jack Del Rio wrapping up their first rounds of job interviews:
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The 2014 playoffs open today with matchups between Arizona/Carolina (4:35pm) and Baltimore/Pittsburgh (8:15pm).
Should the Steelers prevail, they will be the Broncos' opponent next Sunday at SAF@MH. If Baltimore pulls off the road win, their prize will be a trip to Foxboro next Saturday, and Denver will host the winner of tomorrow's Cincy/Indy showdown.
The Ravens and Steelers split their season series, with the home team winning each game by 20 points.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The first ever College Football Playoff delivered a pair of New Year's night stunners.
FSU took an early 3-0 lead over Oregon, but by halftime, they trailed 18-13, and then the floodgates opened. The Ducks outscored the Seminoles 41-7 in the second half, including five straight touchdowns, four of them off FSU turnovers, for a 59-20 beatdown.
Oregon's opponent in the National Championship game will be Ohio State, which authored a shocking domination of Alabama belied by a 42-35 final score.