In Miami, it all starts at the top

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito saga took another shocking turn on Wednesday, as Dolphins players vocally sided with Incognito in public comments.

Aside from the awful implications of their support for Incognito, their blatant disregard for orders from the team to defer questions to Joe Philbin suggests a leadership vacuum and mutinous environment in their locker room.

Further up the organizational hierarchy, it shouldn't be too shocking (given his own checkered past) that Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland reportedly told Martin to settle things by punching Incognito.

Oh, and how exactly does that fit in with the team's claim they didn't know of any problems in the locker room?

Martin/Incognito

Martin reportedly checked himself into a hospital following his departure from the Dolphins.

Former Dolphins lineman Lydon Murtha calls Incognito "a really good, kind man and far from a racist," and says Martin owed his teammates $15K after backing out of their trip to Vegas.

Back to Ireland, retired QB Sage Rosenfels says it didn't take long at all to learn how much of a jerk the guy is.

Gregg Doyel points the finger at those who have enabled Incognito's dickishness all the way back to his high school days; Dave Kindred says Incognito is just another picture of Nebraska Cornhuskers football; Tomas Rios thinks it's time to rid the sport of warrior imagery and analogies.

Jack Del Rio addressed the Martin/Incognito situation with the Broncos yesterday, imploring them to seek help if any of them are struggling.

Retired Giants NT Jim Burt says Bill Parcells would never have stood for such treatment among teammates in his locker room.

Broncos

Jack Del Rio says he'll be handling timeouts, replay challenges, and fourth-down decisions, but will otherwise leave the offense in Adam Gase's and Peyton Manning's hands.

Successful interim coaches from the past say Del Rio shouldn't try to become John Fox.

Jeffri Chadiha cites karma (perhaps he meant luck?) in predicting that Kansas City will take the AFCW title, and he thinks the Broncos will struggle in John Fox's absence.

Jeff Legwold's latest interesting criticism of Von Miller is that he's struggled in pass coverage.

News

Houston named Wade Phillips their interim head coach while Gary Kubiak recovers from his health scare.

Browns WR Greg Little accused Ravens S James Ihedigbo of choking him on the field.

New Orleans placed LB Jonathan Vilma (knee) on season-ending IR after he'd returned from short-term IR for just one game.

Analysis

Matt Bowen sees problems in the Chiefs defense and their run fits.

Chris Burke discusses the biggest storylines for the season's second half; Eric Edholm previews the Week 10 matchups; KSK meme-ifies Week 9.

As Matt Waldman has been doing, Andy Benoit checks the All-22 from Denver/Washington to study Robert Griffin III's struggles in the pocket.

Bill Barnwell updates his NFL trade values, with Peyton Manning on the rise, and Ryan Clady's injury sending him to a fall.

Obviously, there are no Broncos on Doug Farrar's midseason All-Disappointment team.

John Clayton includes Peyton Manning and Louis Vasquez among his midseason All-Pros; as much as we make fun of Clayton's trendspotting, there isn't much in this world that's better than a picture of the Professor with the guys from Slayer.

Maths

Brian Burke's efficiency data places the Broncos as a 64% favorite against the Chargers; Chase Stuart shares Game Script and FP data from Week 9.

Incredibly, Chris Harris was in coverage for 35 snaps against Philly in Week 4, but was never thrown at. According to PFF, that's the most coverage snaps by any player this season without having been targeted.

Aaron Gordon uses market sizes and income figures to reconfigure the NFL across the country.

Incredibly, the average age of World Series viewers has increased by a whopping 4.5 years in just four years' time. It can't help that all of the games are so late at night, but obviously, this is not a good sign for the sport's popularity.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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