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The Broncos’ season isn’t over yet, you guys

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Man, it's funny (not funny) how the story changes so quickly.

One moment, the Broncos are a team transformed, with an old school offense and defense that are going to carry them through the playoffs, and even through Foxboro if need be. Then they get punched in the mouth for 25 minutes straight, and realize they need to actually let their best player throw the ball some.

Three straight touchdowns later, and we're all thinking happy Super Bowl thoughts again. At least, we are until Britton Colquitt does his thing and Peyton Manning throws a pair of horrid interceptions.

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Broncos may promote Kapri Bibbs for MNF game

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Here's a look at some of the latest coaching news and rumors:

  • According to Jay Glazer, the Niners will be rid of Jim Harbaugh very early next week
  • San Francisco may consider Jim Mora as his replacement, which would appear to be quite the downgrade
  • After the Dolphins defeated Minnesota 37-35, owner Stephen Ross announced that Joe Philbin will return in 2015

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Now Jay Gruden is a master motivator?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The AFCW is unlikely to have three playoff teams for the second year in a row, but it may have two, after the Chargers pulled off a remarkable 38-35 overtime comeback win at San Francisco on Saturday night.

San Diego (9-6) trailed 21-0 early, 28-7 at halftime, and 35-21 late into the fourth quarter, but were led back by Philip Rivers, who countered three interceptions on the night with four touchdown passes. His final scoring pass came with 29 seconds remaining, tying the game at 35.

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Michigan talk puts pressure on Jim Harbaugh’s NFL suitors

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Jim Harbaugh and his next coaching gig remain the football world's top story.

According to Adam Schefer, Harbaugh's family and friends are pushing him to return to his alma mater, the University of Michigan. Per Schefter, Harbaugh's own preference is to remain in the NFL, as has been widely suggested.

It doesn't seem like a situation that will take very long to play out though, as recruiting is in full swing; Schefter's report suggests Harbaugh would have to accept the Michigan job within a couple of weeks, if at all.

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Is there a worse idea than sitting Peyton Manning with the #1 seed at stake?

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The NFL's slate of mostly awful Thursday night games came to an appropriate conclusion, with a matchup between 2-12 teams.

Jacksonville won the game, 21-13, but Tennessee was the big picture victor, as they remained in the running for the #1 overall pick in the 2015 Draft.

That race is likely coming down to the Titans and Bucs. The Raiders, who are 2-12 like Tampa Bay, lose strength of schedule tiebreakers to both teams, and thus need an outright worse record to move into the top draft slot.

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Michigan offer sounds like leverage for Jim Harbaugh with Raiders

Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, will Jim Harbaugh be coaching the Raiders next season? Speculation continues to point that way, but Mark Davis is going to have to write a big check to get it done.

According to multiple reports, Harbaugh has already drawn a massive contract offer from his alma mater, Michigan. It's reportedly worth $49M over six years ($8.17M per). Such a figure, if real, would give Harbaugh a 63.4% raise over his Niners salary and make him the highest paid head coach in either college or the NFL.

It's also 57% more than the Wolverines reportedly offered him in 2011.

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Looks like Jay Cutler is about to have his fifth head coach

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis shares a few thoughts on a few personnel questions on the collective minds of Broncos Land:

Like Woody Paige, Klis thinks Peyton Manning will play out his Broncos contract, which runs through 2016. Related to that, Klis thinks Denver should hang onto Brock Osweiler for another year, and that Zac Dysert may have a decent future here (as a backup).

Klis thinks pending free agent Rahim Moore will probably be back next year, even if he's not as high a priority to re-sign as are the Thomases.

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The Bears are descending into a dumpster fire

Good Morning, Broncos fans! New Orleans pounded Chicago in a 31-15 Monday night beatdown that wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicates.

After the NFCS leading Saints (6-8) took a 24-0 advantage into the fourth quarter, the Bears (5-9) tacked on two late touchdown passes from Jay Cutler.

It was a quintessential performance from the sulkmaster, who threw three interceptions, took seven sacks, and fumbled once. Afterward, Cutty bolted early from his own presser, escaping before the local scribes could show up.

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Danny Trevathan says he suffered hyperextended knee on Sunday

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As expected, the league's bungled handling of the Adrian Peterson case is back in the news.

The NFLPA filed suit against the NFL on Monday morning, challenging the decision to uphold Peterson's six-game suspension.

According to the suit, league exec Troy Vincent promised Peterson reinstatement after an initial two-game suspension, with credit for his time spent on the commissioner's exempt list.

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Jason La Canfora or Woody Paige: Who ya got?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver has a chance to clinch its fourth straight AFCW title with a win at San Diego today. And if they get help from Houston, Cleveland, and possibly Atlanta, they would also clinch a first-round bye.

Add in a Miami win at New England, and the Broncos would be back in control of the AFC's top seed and homefield advantage.

Obviously, that's a lot to ask for, and as long as Denver keeps taking care of their own business, they'll eventually lock up a first-round bye.

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