Broncos seeking assists from Shanny, Kubes Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans. Sadly, tragedy has struck the NFL for the second weekend in a row.

25-year-old Dallas practice squad LB Jerry Brown was killed in a one-car accident early Saturday morning, and his teammate Josh Brent, the Cowboys' starting nose tackle, has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter.

According to reports, Brent was speeding on a service road and hit a curb, causing the car to flip and skid on its roof approximatedly 900 feet. Police arrived to find the car afire, with Brent attempting to pull his roommate, college (Illinois) and pro teammate from the wreckage.

The players had apparently been out with a group of about a dozen teammates on Friday night; Brent had pleaded guilty to DWI while a sophomore at Illinois, and was suspended from the football team as a result. Obviously, he didn't learn his lesson, and we're again forced by football to ponder an important societal issue, even if so many like to think sports and life are so easy separated.

Broncos

The Fat Man himself thinks Peyton Manning has ownership of an NFL team in his future; Patrick Saunders considers what a fifth MVP would mean to Peyton's legacy.

As noted by Woody Paige, Shanny (versus Baltimore) and Kubes (against the Pats) could help deliver a first-round bye to the Broncos these next two days, and he claims the Broncos would much prefer having to go to Houston than to New England in the playoffs.

Derek Wolfe tells the DP he includes some jiujitsu and boxing in his training, and that his one rookie contract splurge was an F-150.

News

Josh McDaniels is indeed being rumored as a head-coaching candidate for next season, with Mike Florio hearing that McDaniels could be part of a package deal in Cleveland with Mike Lombardi as GM. You know, just like Ted suggested might happen four days ago.

Also expected to garner interest is former longtime Broncos assistant Mike Nolan, who was McDaniels's first DC in Denver, and has been shutting down elite QBs with his Falcons defense this season.

Rob Gronkowski will not play tomorrow in the Pats' epic showdown with the Texans.

Why was Terrell Suggs ordered to surrender his arsenal of weapons, including an AK-47? Because he allegedly dragged the mother of his children alongside his car while driving at a "high rate of speed."

Dallas placed CB Orlando Scandrick on IR; Cincinnati activated C Kyle Cook from IR, and he's eligible to face the Cowboys today.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won the Heisman last night; congratulations to the voters for finally eschewing the ridiculous notion that a freshman couldn't win the award.

Analysis/Miscellany

Although they're still dealing with the Belcher/Perkins tragedy, the matter of Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel's future in Kansas City remains an important topic for the Chiefs.

San Diegans may be celebrating the looming firings of A.J. Smith and Norv Turner, but we'll see what they have to say after a year or two of the owner's kid running the show. Good times.

Sam Borden polls several Giants players in an effort to understand why NFL players don't wear protective cups, and gets some hilarious answers - especially from Eli Manning.

ESPN's 30 for 30 on Bo Jackson aired last night, and aside from the slew of highlights that featured him running through and over Broncos defenders, it was stellar. It will be televised again on Wednesday night; Chase Stuart shares some stats which help put Bo's greatness into perspective.

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

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