Bill O’Brien: loyal, humble state employee Lard

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Expectations continue to be that Andy Reid will become the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

When this happens, Arizona and San Diego, who had been scheduled to interview the ex-Eagles coach, will each be down two targets.

PSU's Bill O'Brien, who had already interviewed with the Browns and was also being pursued by the Eagles,  Cardinals, and Chargers, announced he will be staying at the school.

Of course, as these college coaches tend to do, O'Brien framed his decision as him being a great guy who sees through commitments. You know, he was so committed to not being a "one-and-done guy," that he went for an interview. Look, there's nothing wrong with going for the interview; people look to improve their job situations all the time. But don't claim you're the most loyal person on earth just because you weren't offered didn't take the job.

It looks like Chip Kelly will end up in the NFL, so thankfully he won't be presented the opportunity to make a similar sanctimonious statement, but we'll see. Kelly will interview with the Browns and Bills today, following his Ducks' 35-17 Fiesta Bowl victory.

Buffalo will also talk with Lovie Smith this weekend, while the Bears, his former employer, requested permission to interview Indy's Bruce Arians.

With the Cardinals losing out on Reid and O'Brien, they've hilariously decided to interview Handshake Haley, and do you think the Steelers can get rid of him quickly enough? Should be a field day for the boys at KSK.

Coaching/GM Carousel

Mike McCoy will meet with the Cardinals and Bills tomorrow, and the Bears and Eagles on Sunday, but he says he'll continue to wait for the "right" job.

Dick Vermeil, who coached both the Eagles and Chiefs during his career, advised his friend Reid to take the job in Kansas City. But Jason Whitlock wonders if Reid will, like in Philly, have too much power in KC, thus setting himself up to repeat his past mistakes. We can only hope that ends up being the case.

Chargers brass is continuing its search for a new GM and hopes to name one by next week; San Diego lost ST coach Rich Bisaccia to Auburn, where he'll coach ST and RBs.

Kevin Acee lubes up Chargers fans by fluffing presenting the case for snot-nosed silver spooner John Spanos as future director of football ops.

Broncos

Videos: John Fox, Mike McCoy, Jack Del Rio, Peyton Manning, and Champ Bailey speak after practice.

Ryan Clady (undisclosed) and Tracy Porter (concussion) again missed practice, while Trindon Holliday was back in action; the team focused on red-zone plays yesterday.

Derek Wolfe's six sacks are the most by a Broncos rookie lineman since Elvis Dumervil had 8.5 in 2006. Of course, there haven't been very many rookie linemen on the Broncos in that time span, so there's that.

Jeff Legwold presented Wesley Woodyard (check out that camera angle) with this year's Darrent Williams Good Guy Award (video). More than four and a half years after it opened, the Darrent Williams Memorial Teen Center is still going strong.

Passing camps like the ones run by the Manning family deserve part of the credit for young QBs entering the NFL without requiring much of a learning curve.

Add Legwold to the list of hacks who don't realize that Norv Turner's Air Coryell system is about as specific a scheme as it gets, and would never in a million years be brought to Denver while Peyton Manning is the QB, as he suggests could happen if McCoy ends up leaving.

Oh my. Apparently John Elway has a name for his couch. Whatever, he's JFE, he can name his couch if he wants.

News

Ray Lewis is headed for the booth once his Ravens career wraps up, as he's expected to join ESPN as an analyst.

Hoo boy. Turns out Sexy Rexy really is overly fond of Buttfumble; the coach has a tattoo on his bicep of his wife wearing just a Sanchez jersey. Again, it's gonna be a busy day at KSK.

Analysis

Andy Benoit (AFC, NFC), Chris Brown (WAS/SEA), Mike Tanier, Shutdown Corner (HOU/CIN, GB/MIN), Benjamin Hoffman, John Clayton, and Drew Magary preview the Wild Card games; Pete Prisco gives Tony Carter some love; Chase Stuart predicts Broncos over Niners in SB 47.

Peyton Manning shares PFF's 2012 MVP award with Adrian Peterson, and is first runner up to ADP for their Offensive POY; Von Miller is their second runner up to J.J. Watt and Geno Atkins for Defensive POY.

Interception rates were down this year, but there were more pick-sixes in 2012 than in any NFL season in history.

Captain Caveman goes over twenty of the zillion reasons to hate Washington's football team, including its racist name.

An entire section of Chargers and Raiders fans got kicked out of Qualcomm on Sunday, because of course they did:

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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