Bully is as bully does

Good Morning, Broncos fans! At some point, we have to start feeling badly for Browns fans right?

Granted, they surely don't want any pity from Broncos Land, but this is just getting so ridiculous.

According to Mike Freeman, one of Jimmy Haslam's recent moves was to try and hire the 72-year-old Bill Parcells to take over his laughingstock franchise.

Meanwhile, the Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports that clashes between CEO Joe Banner and GM Mike Lombardi are what prompted Haslam to fire them both.

Our old buddy Josh McDaniels is also featured heavily in Cabot's report, in a twisting and kind of pathetic way.

Cabot says that Haslam and Lombardi wanted to hire Josh, but that Banner wasn't on board with the idea.

Of course, McDaniels pulled his name from consideration not long after he interviewed. At the time, it was reported that he either didn't find the job to his liking, or was unhappy about not being the perceived frontrunner for it.

Well, according to Cabot, McDaniels called the team within 24 hours of having pulled his name, only to tell them he wanted back in.

And like noted dickhead Greg Schiano, Josh's candidacy was apparently supported vociferously by Bill Belichick.

Cabot adds that McDaniels was in the running for the gig right to the very end.


As for Lombardi, it's now being reported that he may end up in New England, reunited with Belichick, with whom he had worked in Cleveland back in the 90s.

What's next? We figure we'll hear that Haslam wants Brett Favre to be his quarterback in 2014...


Here are video highlights of Eric Decker's season, potentially his last as a Bronco.

Jason Fitzgerald says Denver's extremely team-friendly deal with Terrance Knighton is just another example of how well the team has protected itself under John Elway's guidance.

Chris Burke thinks Denver should find a way to re-sign Knowshon Moreno, and he sees a daunting task ahead of Elway & Co. this offseason.

Jeff Legwold discusses the Broncos' quarterback situation.

Chase Stuart revisits his preseason predictions for the AFCW teams.


Oakland signed RB Kory Sheets, who was last season's Grey Cup MVP.

Following several years of contract disputes, it appears that T Branden Albert is finally on his way out of Kansas City.

Along with the expected cuts of LB Will Smith and S Roman Harper, New Orleans also released CB Jabari Greer on Wednesday. However, their cap situation for the next two seasons is still pretty awful.

It sounds like the 49ers will re-sign WR Anquan Boldin.

The Chargers are pushing for a special election in 2015 to determine whether a public handout will support a replacement for Qualcomm.

Michael Sam

Not sure what took him so long, but Roger Goodell finally issued a statement about Michael Sam's having come out.

26 of the league's 32 teams have already contacted Sam, according to Brendon Ayanbadejo, who says Sam's path is similar to those taken by Jackie Robinson and Rosa Parks before him.

So, a bigot who spends his free time surrounded by other bigots doesn't think Sam will be welcomed in the NFL? Shocker.

Former Broncos chronicler Stefan Fatsis explains how SI and Peter King butchered their handling of the Sam story.

A former placekicker for the Cornhuskers says he was openly gay throughout his time with the team, and shockingly did not destroy the locker room's chemistry.


According to Ian Rapoport, there's actually a chance that Jonathan Martin is back with the Dolphins in 2014.

Richie Incognito posted an unhinged rant on Twitter on Wednesday, lashing out at Martin and ending with his attorney's phone number.

Jarrett BellJoe Fortenbaugh, and Brent Sobleski think Incognito was just showing his true, bullying colors.


Doug Farrar looks at the NFCW teams' pending free agents; Chris Burke does the same for the NFCS teams; Rivers McCown on the cap situations of the AFCE squads; Mike Tanier lays out his offseason plan for Buffalo.

Matt Waldman scouts Louisville safety Calvin Pryor; Bucky Brooks ranks quarterback prospects.

With snow blanketing the East Cost, Christmas Ape considers how Dan Snyder might go about building a snowman.

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