Good Morning, Broncos fans! The credit continues to come in John Elway's direction for his stellar job turning the Denver franchise around.
In an interview with the AP, Elway revisits the decisions to come back to football, hire John Fox, and pursue Peyton Manning. But while the story covers the most discussed of John's Dove Valley moves, especially the recent ones, there are, of course, others worth recalling.
Staying in the backfield, the choice of keeping Tony Carter over Drayton Florence (whom they'd given a $1.5M signing bonus only months earlier) stands as a move that evidences a rare ability to quickly recognize a mistake and move on from it, and obviously, Carter has been paying hefty dividends.
Other noteworthy transactions have been signing Willis McGahee and Mike Adams on the cheap, and bringing Justin Bannan back for less than he'd originally been due.
Somehow lost in the emerging stardom of Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker has been the importance of the Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme additions. Also overlooked, as Denver's special teams contine to thrive, has been the choice of the cheaper, more athletic Aaron Brewer at long snapper over reliable veteran Lonie Paxton.
And moves that many didn't immediately like (including us) have turned out well - letting Brodrick Bunkley go to New Orleans, trading away Brandon Lloyd rather than pay him big bucks, cutting the steady Andre' Goodman.
What else can we say?
Thank You, John Elway.
Denver waived safety Duke Ihenacho, presumably with the intention of placing him back on the practice squad. His roster spot is expected to be given to D.J. Williams, who John Elway expects will take some time to get into football shape.
Mike Klis, who foolishly swore there was no chance for Denver to go 3-0 against New Orleans, Cincinnati, and Carolina, now sees the Broncos as a SB possibility and can envision them cleaning up on yearly awards.
Jeff Legwold spreads the credit around for the Broncos' improvements on defense, he consults the Rolodex to learn that Philip Rivers appears to be pressing in the fourth quarter of games, and he's written at least three articles in the past two days about how the Broncos have struggled down the stretch in recent years.
With that in mind, Matt Bowen explains how players can ensure they make it through the second half of a grueling NFL schedule.
Even Peter King recognizes that the Denver defense is playing pretty well.
Participation data from Sunday shows the Broncos' heavy reliance upon its youngsters to stay on the field.
Tom Krasovic looks over Denver's roster from San Diego's perspective and sees plenty to worry the Chargers.
Peyton Manning's newest business partner is still whining about having to actually provide his employees with health insurance, even while he gives away millions of free pizzas.
The debacle of Jay Cutler having remained in Sunday night's game despite having suffered a concussion has the NFLPA again asking the league to hire independent concussion specialists to work on sidelines. Don Banks is confident that concussion awareness is heading in the right direction, and he's right.
In the latest QB injury news, the Steelers think the shoulder injury to Big Ben is a serious sprain, Brady Quinn says he has been cleared to return for KC (Romeo Crennel isn't sure about that), Chicago re-signed Josh McCown as expected, and David Garrard got the okay to work out for teams.
Of course, the charges against Adrian Peterson in his ridiculous Houston nightclub case have been dropped; Shanny filed a police report in Pittsburgh after forgetting where he'd packed a pile of cash; Sexy Rexy had a good sob after the Jets' latest loss.
PFF's best (Peyton Manning, Von Miller, Trindon Holliday) and worst (Willis McGahee, Eric Decker) players of Week 10; Nate Jahnke notes Willis McGahee's fumbling problem among his weekly observations.
Not sure what prompted Phil Simms to say Eli Manning isn't elite and doesn't make unbelievable plays - because he is, and he does - perhaps it's G-Men legacy jealousy? Or, maybe all the time up in the booth with Nantz's head in his lap, Phil doesn't actually pay attention to what's actually happening down on the field anymore.
Bill Barnwell is curious to see how Joe Flacco fares in a difficult stretch run that includes a Week 15 visit from the Broncos.
Mike Tanier finds the notion that Chip Kelly has a chance to succeed as an NFL head coach to be ludicrous.
A bunch of Jets players laughed off the idea of the Ultimate Teammate as QB, while some coaches and/or front office types tried to remind everyone that the Jets have no receivers, and that Teebs is a winner. (via PFT)
In his latest Funbag, Drew Magary pleads his case for the enactment of FF-style scoring in the NFL.
Rick Reilly's ridiculous attribution grab from Monday night has him reaching new lows - even ESPN colleague Ed Werder felt compelled to take a shot at Reilly, who also caught major heat from fellow windbag Mike Francesa. Of course, the episode has been immortalized in a remix.
Perhaps Werder and the NFL Kickoff guys are trying to win back respectability for the Worldwide Leader; Princess Bride references are a great start: