Good Morning, Broncos fans! Back in August, we preached patience in suggesting how the Broncos should go about handling the D.J. Williams situation.
Keeping Williams on their Reserve/Suspended list cost them neither money nor a roster spot, and if anything, the past six games have shown the Broncos to be severely lacking at linebacker.
And while D.J. still has three games to serve on his DWAI-induced suspension, the good news is that his PED suspension is now over, and he returned to Dove Valley yesterday to start getting reacclimated and prepare for his return.
Because his current ban is alcohol-related, Williams is able to interact with players and coaches, which will provide him 4.5 weeks during which to work on his conditioning and be coached up for whatever role he'll be assuming once he's eligible to practice and play Week 11 for the home rematch with the Chargers.
It's been five years since D.J. manned the Mike spot; doesn't this coaching staff need to find a way to have him on the field with Von Miller and Wesley Woodyard?
Fox says the team isn't ready to give up on the idea of Trindon Holliday returning punts for them, but we'll see what their actions says going forward.
The players caught a few hours of sleep yesterday before returning for film work; they're expected to practice today before heading out for the bye, from which they'll return on Monday.
Jacob Tamme saw shades of Ben Roethlisberger in Peyton's evasion of would-be sacks on Monday night.
In Monday's game, Ben Stockwell sees evidence that Manning's arm strength and the timing of his throws are still improving, and he says Elvis Dumervil picked the perfect time to come up big.
Lindsay Jones breaks down the biggest plays for Denver from Monday; Jeff Legwold says there's no sense in moving Champ Bailey to safety at this point, and he sees more quickness to the ball from Nate Irving this season, allowing the team to use some 3-4 fronts on Monday and potentially going forward. Echoing what John Elway said on Monday, Legwold says there are no outside options to upgrade the Mike spot.
Here's Peyton eviscerating the side judge after the phantom PI call on Eric Decker; he's apparently saying, "That's the most horseshit call I've ever seen."
Eric Decker's helicopter fiancee (really, is she our Brenda Warner?) claims her man fell during his would-be 85-yard TD catch because he has a huge penis.
Norv Turner is trying to place the blame for Monday night on himself, but Bill Barnwell finds it hard to see where his team's debacle was Norv's fault. Nick Canepa says San Diegans just want a coach who's everything that Norv isn't, not that even he thinks that would solve anything. Dan McLellan thinks Norv should get canned.
Mike Freeman predicts the San Diego front office and coaching staff will be obliterated should the Chargers not reach the conference championship game.
Jay Paris suggests that blame should be directed instead at the top dickhead in San Diego - A.J. Smith.
Wow, what could be better than San Diegans writing about how Philip Rivers is no longer a match for the league's top quarterbacks?
Here are the awesome facial expressions of Rivers & Co. as the game progressed.
NFL owners unanimously approved new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III, who announced that SB 32 loser Mike Holmgren would be retiring after the season; GM Tom Heckert reportedly fears he's the next to go. Jason Cole says Holmgren's departure was inevitable, as Haslam figures to be a hands-on owner.
Ravens LB Terrell Suggs is expected to come off the PUP list this week and resume some light activity, with the target being a return in mid-to-late November; Denver plays at Baltimore on December 16. Mike Lombardi and Don Banks think the injuries to Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb mean the Ravens offense must carry them going forward.
Matt Cassel was cleared for non-contact as the Chiefs enter their bye week, and he shared practice snaps with Brady Quinn. There's talk of a QB controversy, but it's not like Quinn fared any better than Cassel...
Chicago released former first-round pick Chris Williams; remember when the debate in Denver was whether to pick him or Ryan Clady?
A rib injury is expected to keep Cards QB Kevin Kolb out for several weeks.
Pittsburgh will be the visiting team for the host Vikings in London next season, and they suspended DT Alameda Ta'amu two games for his dangerous weekend adventure which resulted in a litany of charges.
In Andy Reid's scapegoating of DC Juan Castillo, Alex Marvez sees a move of desperation; Mike Silver agrees, and thinks it would be a mistake to also bench Michael Vick. FWIW, Castillo's defense ranks seventh according to both Brian Burke's efficiency rankings and PFR's Defensive SRS, while Reid's offense ranks 19th in Burke's figures, and 30th according to Offensive SRS.
Bucky Brooks explores how Pete Carroll has made the Seattle defense one of the league's best; Matt Bowen breaks down Russell Wilson's game-winning TD pass to Sidney Rice; Sam Monson studies Texans DE J.J. Watt's play against the Packers.
Among Nathan Jahnke's weekly observations is just how much Von Miller has improved in his second season.
Chase Stuart considers whether a team that's just gone up by seven points late in a game should kick the extra point or go for two, and he finds that kicking makes more sense; we'll strongly agree with that conclusion.