Gase shelves interviews until after playoffs

Happy NYE, Broncos fans! Although Denver has a bye, and thus a window for assistants to interview for head vacancies elsewhere, Adam Gase has opted to wait until the Broncos' playoff run ends.

Cleveland and Minnesota had sought permission from Denver to meet with Gase, but the 35-year-old OC says his focus remains with the Broncos.

Whether his reasoning is sincere, or if he's simply waiting for a more attractive position to open (ie. one with a functional quarterback), we figure Gase has at worst the fallback of coaching Peyton Manning for another year.

Don Banks wonders if Cleveland's two first-round picks, or the appeal of coaching in his home state with Detroit will change Gase's mind.

Broncos

Denver's players would like to think they learned some valuable lessons from last year's early exit.

According to PFF, Robert Ayers' productivity in the pass rush has come in bunches.

News

Contrary to earlier reports, Seattle is not putting WR Percy Harvin on IR.

San Diego linebacker Thomas Keiser was arrested for some Sunday night thuggery.

Coaching Carousel

Houston will not wait to interview San Diego OC Ken Whisenhunt and is reportedly focusing in on PSU's Bill O'Brien.

Washington will interview Seattle OC Darrell Bevell; Cleveland's growing list of candidates includes Seattle DC Dan Quinn.

Giants owner John Mara says he'd like for Tom Coughlin to return for another year.

Dennis Allen has yet to have met with owner Mark Davis, but says he believes he'll be retained for another year in Oakland.

Tampa Bay is reportedly interested in Lovie Smith, who would apparently bring former Cal coach Jeff Tedford along as his OC.

Jon Gruden claims he doesn't want any of the current openings, while Stanford's David Shaw maintains that he has no interest in interviewing for an NFL head gig.

Mike Shanahan apparently wasted a lot of time worrying about RG3's pressers.

The Jets celebrated Sexy Rexy's return like they'd just won the SB, which would make sense, given that's about as close as they get to winning Super Bowls.

Judy Battista explains Monday's moves and non-moves; Chase Stuart shows us where HC hires have come from in the past; Mike Tanier and Bill Barnwell rank the openings by attractiveness.

Analysis

Robert Mays wraps up Week 17; PFF's best and worst players of Week 17.

Eric Edholm discusses the Wild Card matchups; the Shutdown Corner guys voted Peyton Manning their MVP, OPOY, and to their All-Pro team.

Christmas Ape interprets PK's MMQB column; PFT Commenter sends off noted dickhead Greg Schiano via song.

Maths

Peyton Manning - Mediocre Pass Defense = Broncos near (but not at) the top of NY/A and ANY/A differentials.

FO's DYAR for Week 17 and a DYAR season review, plus final DVOA ratings.

Media

The Ultimate Teammate™ is going home to Bristol to be reunited with BFF Skip Bayless; he has an out clause in case an NFL team comes calling...because he's apparently delusional. Richard Deitsch discusses the hiring, while AA lists the Worldwide Leader's worst Tebowmania moments.

Mike Ditka caught a few Zs during NFL Countdown the other day.

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