Good Morning, Broncos fans! The coaching and GM carousel is awhirl, with news and rumors flying every which way.
And as tends to happen in these situations - much like the start of free agency each year - information is rushed, out of a desire to be the first to break a story, prompting rival reporters to question journalistic standards and the quality of others' sources. What we get are catfights between folks like Mike Florio and Jason La Canfora, who cannot agree on when Andy Reid will take his interview with the Cardinals.
La Canfora reported that Reid would meet with Arizona today, while NFLN's Ian Rapoport said the interview would occur tomorrow. That's when Florio jumped in, backing Rapoport's report while also accusing La Canfora of operating as a mouthpiece for Bob LaMonte, the agent for Reid.
The theory here is LaMonte wants to drum up other offers for Reid's services, thus putting pressure on the Cardinals to pay up to get their man. In return for having La Canfora do his bidding for CBS, LaMonte promises the reporter future scoops.
Of course, Florio, who is lifting the curtain on how NFL news gets broken, has been accused of doing the very same thing more than once. La Canfora even responded by reminding everyone that Florio is tight with Drew Rosenhaus, which effectively cut their Twitter spat short.
The upshot is that the Cardinals will interview their own DC Ray Horton for a second time today, meet with Reid tomorrow, and if they haven't by then agreed with Reid, head to Denver to interview Mike McCoy. Reid's pitch to Arizona will apparently be that he "can fix Kevin Kolb," the backup QB he himself had dealt to the Cardinals a year and a half ago.
Now, if McCoy loses out to Reid on a potential Cardinals interview, he may get the chance to replace him in Philly, as the Eagles, along with Arizona, Chicago, and Buffalo, are expected to come meet with Denver's OC.
As for all the catfighting over sources and rumors and agents, what it all comes down to is that we all lose when false news is reported, and we're glad that Florio is shining a light on the shadiness of agents using the media for the benefit of their clients. A perfect example of where this can all go wrong hits rather close to home:
Now, the main story. Despite all the screaming and hollering on radio shows about the Broncos and Manning, he's not coming here under any circumstances, especially since Condon is involved with Manning and Sexton with Tebow. Let's face it. The Broncos wouldn't be a Super Bowl team next season with Manning or Tebow with that schedule they face.
The Bears will also interview Packers OC Tom Clement about their head job, but it appears questionable whether GM Phil Emery will actually fix the team's offensive line problems. While Emery acknowledged in a lengthy presser that he consults PFF's grades, he managed to cherry-pick some figures to try and say his team's tackles don't suck. Meanwhile, PFF grades J'Marcus Webb, Jonathan Scott, and Gabe Carimi as 47th, 63rd, and 74th out of 80 NFL tackles...
In another nod to the increasing reliance upon statistical analysis, Bills president Russ Brandon says the team will establish an analytics department.
Tom Heckert, formerly of the Eagles and Browns, will reportedly meet with the LOLJets about their GM vacancy. There's been talk Heckert will reconvene with Reid in Arizona.
Although he hasn't fired him yet, Clark Hunt has stripped Scott Pioli of much of his power, and will conduct the search for a new Chiefs coach without Pioli's input. Adam Teicher says Pioli has brought little to the table in KC, while Jason Whitlock thinks Hunt needs to cut his losses and get rid of Pioli if he's going to hire the best available candidate.
Andrew Mason thinks the Eagles gig is the best available, and perhaps the most ideal fit for McCoy.
Jacob Hester was with the last team to end the regular season on an 11-game winning streak, but he says the difference here is that the Broncos didn't have the luxury of coasting into the playoffs.
Starting at the top with Pat Bowlen and John Elway, the Broncos organization is stacked with people who are familiar with winning Super Bowls.
Keith Brooking may not have the speed to get to every play anymore, but he is the only inside linebacker to not miss a tackle this season, according to PFF, and he even had decent numbers in pass coverage.
Jeff Legwold expects Denver's next opponent to test the edges of the Broncos run defense, and he reminds a reader that although the Patriots would likely be unable to run their offense at SAF@MH as quickly as they do at Foxboro, they can still be insanely efficient at a slower pace.
Houston placed LB Darryl Sharpton on injured reserve.
San Francisco signed kicker Billy Cundiff to compete with the struggling David Akers.
An unnamed Saints players says DC Steve Spagnuolo is a "control freak" who "treats people like crap" and should be fired.
Andy Benoit looks at the looming playoff matchups and says Denver's defense is even better than its offense.
Scott Kacsmar recaps the comeback attempts of Week 17 and recaps how each team fared in the fourth quarter.
South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney is a dominant superstar with nothing left to prove at the college level, but because of the NFL and NCAA's antiquated and $elf-$erving rules, he cannot enter the draft until 2014.