Good Morning, Broncos fans! The next coaching domino has fallen, as Tennessee has agreed to terms with Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt, who had been expected to end up in Detroit.
San Diego's Mike McCoy is expected to promote QB coach Frank Reich in Whisenhunt's place.
With Whiz off the board, the Lions have reportedly focused in on former Colts head man and current Ravens OC Jim Caldwell.
Former lifelong Oiler/Titan Mike Munchak another reported top candidate, along with old friend Gary Kubiak.
The two other vacancies are with the Browns and Vikings, each of whom requested an interview with Denver OC Adam Gase.
Of coure, Gase has made it clear he would not take any interviews until the Broncos' season ended, unlike Whisenhunt.
It's said that Cleveland's rabid interest in Gase may stem from owner Jimmy Haslam's close relationship with Peyton Manning.
Duke Ihenacho admits that Denver's defensive backs were trying a bit too hard to make a hero play late on Sunday.
Shaun Phillips says he actually took inspiration from trash talk on Twitter and Instagram into Sunday's game.
Denver's players say they're motivated by a desire to get Peyton Manning and Champ Bailey a SB title.
Eric Edholm is excited to talk about the play of Denver's young defensive linemen.
Peter King and at least one of his readers think Peyton Manning should have been called for a couple of false starts on his hard counts.
Denver's offensive line ranks #1 on PFF's season ending list.
Mike Klis says the Broncos will be fine, since they have Peyton Manning; but remember how they might not be able to overcome the DUI arrests of Matt Russell and Tom Heckert?
Jason Lisk details the statistical changes since these two QBs last met in the playoffs.
Mike Silver is grateful for another edition of Manning/Brady, as we all should be.
Gerry Callahan lays out what's at stake for the two legends.
The agent for Brandon Spikes says the linebacker didn't agree with the decision to place him on IR, as had been suggested by the Pats.
Every year, someone wonders if Bill Belichick has pulled off his most magical feat.
LB Jamie Collins and CB Alfonzo Dennard were among PFF's Secret Superstars last weekend.
Remember Sealver Siliga, whom Denver sent to Seattle for the now-retired John Moffitt? He's played 269 snaps over the past six weeks for the Pats, with a +8.6 grade from PFF, along with two sacks, a hit, seven hurries, and 15 stops. That's not to say he would ever have been productive within Denver's defense, but still...
Bulletin Board Material
Tom Brady & Co. have taken note of their status as an underdog this week.
Mike Adams says Julian Edelman can't compare to Wes Welker skill-wise.
Paul Klee claims that Bill Belichick's success is helped largely by playing in a crappy division.
Miami will reportedly interview none other than Brian Xanders for their GM vacancy. This has to make one LOL until considering that Joe Philbin reportedly has power over the position, so it's an emasculated job within a toxic environment.
The Saints may have made a point of limiting TE Jimmy Graham's snaps this season in order to reduce his contract leverage. Can you say NFLPA grievance?
Anyone think the Broncos and Von Miller missed Elvis Dumervil and his third best Pass Rush Productivity rate among edge rushers?
Chase Stuart makes the case for Marvin Harrison as first-ballot HOFer.
Christmas Ape digs through the smugness of PK's MMQB column.
OTC currently has Denver down for $18.725M in cap room for next season, but that's with only 44 players under contract, and several starters hitting free agency. We'll be looking in greater depth at Denver's cap situation once their season ends.
Sadly for Von Miller, his knee injury has taken him off the list of 2011 draftees in line for a contract extension.