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Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis addresses concerns about the boringness of using Jim Leonhard as Denver's punt returner.

He's right - although Leonhard isn't making any big plays, he's also not making major gaffes. And once the defense has gotten the opposing offense to give up the ball, the next play is all about making sure Peyton Manning gets his crack with it. Sure, a faster player might bring an extra couple of yards per return, but that doesn't seem worth the tradeoff of a less-experienced returner who may be more likely to fumble or make a poor decision.

Unfortunately, the Broncos just don't have a punt returner who's the complete package. This was readily apparent during the preseason; it's just one of those things the Broncos will have to accept until next offseason, when they are yet again presented with the issue.


While discussing the disastrous fake field goal from Sunday, John Fox thankfully says he'll just let PMFM & Co. gain the yard on fourth-and-one in the future. We'll see about that.

In reviewing the tape, Andy Benoit of course finds stellar performances from Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller, and he says the Bills' mistakes on offense undid a solid gameplan against New England.

Bill Barnwell goes over Peyton's throws from the past two weeks and (of course) finds that his arm is fine, even if he's not as consistent yet as he used to be.

Jeff Legwold says the Pats' rushing attack makes them as lethal as ever, and he reminds us that Denver has all of their 2011 and 2012 draftees, either on the 53-man roster, IR, or the practice squad.

Eric Edholm calls Manning/Brady the highlight of Week 5, while Albert Breer says theirs is the greatest QB rivalry of all time.

At the official site, participation data from Sunday, and notes from John Elway's latest podcast.


New England already released DT Terrell McClain, a week after signing him.

Although the Pats are riding high after hanging 52 points on the Bills, concerns abound in their defensive secondary.

This makes more sense: Tom Brady wasn't cursing out the Buffalo fans on Sunday (the angle just doesn't jibe), but rather his teammates, for claiming he had come up short on a TD scramble.


Titans QB Jake Locker may have shoulder surgery after his second dislocation of the season; the procedure would potentially cause him to miss several weeks.

The Jets fear they will lose WR Santonio Holmes for the season with a Lisfranc injury; the team added RB Lex Hilliard; Niners CB Carlos Rogers says his teammates think the Jets defense quit on Sunday after San Francisco had pulled away. Not sure how that's possible, considering how inspirational their punt protector is.

Miami signed old friend WR Jabar Gaffney and released Legedu Naanee; Philly released LB Brian Rolle and brought back LB Adrian Moten; New Orleans worked out several wideouts, including recent Bronco Jason Hill.

In the absence of the ailing Chuck Pagano, Bruce Arians will be the interim Colts head coach.

Because the Chargers are having so much trouble selling tickets, they are forcing fans to buy tickets to the Chiefs game in order to get tickets for the Broncos game.


Andrew Brandt sees in Roger Goodell a good person, but thinks the Commish needs to be more genuine while still representing the owners' interests.

Brian Burke digs into the likely psychological motivations for Ron Rivera's stunningly poor decision to punt late on Sunday, and he explains why the Chiefs have been so bad at home in recent years (SPOILER ALERT: It's because they suck).

Doug Farrar thinks the Bears will beat out the Pack in the NFCC, and he expects Colin Kaepernick to be starting ahead of Alex Smith come playoff time.

Mike Lombardi says Seattle's record is hiding what the tape says: that Russell Wilson isn't cutting it, and that his height is indeed causing him problems at the pro level.

Chase Stuart and Scott Kacsmar both think Matt Ryan has been the league's MVP through four weeks.

Khaled Elsayed presents PFF's best (Willis McGahee) and worst players from Week 4; Nate Jahnke points out that Kevin Vickerson has been far more effective in stopping the run than he was in 2011.


Kevin Seifert is tired of reading/hearing about how much of a jerk Jay Cutler is, but it doesn't get old for this writer. Mike Freeman agrees to an extent, but says Cutler's dickitude is detrimental to his team.

PK is hoping to someday see Teebs become a Patriot, and he stupidly re-argues his case that a freaking kicker is the best rookie so far in 2012. By his criteria, if Aaron Brewer were to become the best long snapper in football this year, he'd deserve consideration for ROY.

The best Brandon Lloyd photoshops at Deadspin, plus another great one from KSK; Chris Kluwe even did a Tebow-like photo shoot for OUT Magazine in his fight against homophobia.

Chris Brown examines the newest innovations in Dana Holgorsen's Mountaineer offense.

A bunch of Redditors have crafted some hilarious troll versions of college logos.

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