Irsay’s comments raising hackles everywhere

Good Morning, Broncos fans! After 506 passing yards by Tony Romo and 303 from Chad Henne, the Broncos were bound to take some hits in the advanced metrics.

Indeed, Denver (1st on offense, 29th on defense) has fallen from the top spot of the ANS efficiency rankings, behind the balanced Seahawks (5th, 5th).

The Broncos are, of course, still #1 in passing offense and interception avoidance, #3 in rushing success rate, and fell to #30 in fumble avoidance, what with Manny Ramirez's poor snaps Sunday.

On defense, they're now #31 against the pass, #10 at intercepting passes, and #2 (tied) against the run.

Overall, Denver is #14 (tied) in penalty avoidance.

Indianapolis, Denver's upcoming opponent, is #4 overall (9th offense, 15th defense), so the win probabilities may be a tossup, given that it's a road game.

Broncos News

Videos: Shaun Phillips and Montee Ball were mic'ed up against Jacksonville; NFLN previews Broncos/Colts; Julius Thomas visited with Vic Lombardi on Monday.

John Fox isn't ready to declare Orlando Franklin out for Sunday's game, but all signs are pointing that way.

Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker offer some more insight into how Peyton Manning runs the Monday offensive film sessions.

Mitch Unrein says the stellar play of fellow lineman Malik Jackson is simply a continuation of what he's been doing since training camp.

Broncos Analysis

Andrew Mason focuses on the two fake punts from Sunday - Jacksonville's failed one, and Denver's successful one.

Jeff Legwold discusses Denver's offense, checks in on the Broncos' offensive and defensive rookies, and chats with Cris Carter about what Von Miller faces in his return from suspension.

In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis says we may not see C.J. Anderson again until next season, and he bizarrely suggests that Mike Shanahan deserves a warmer welcome in Denver than Peyton Manning does in Indy. I'm a huge Shanny fan, but give me a f#$%ing break, Klis.

According to PFF, Derek Wolfe, Shaun Phillips, and Robert Ayers are tied for the most pressures among Denver defenders.

Cris Collinsworth says players often say Peyton Manning is "playing chess when most of us are playing checkers."


Obviously, former Colts GM Bill Polian didn't take kindly to Jim Irsay's shots at Peyton Manning, and the team that Irsay had built:

"...I really don't know what to make of it to tell you the truth," Polian continued. "I do know that he was very upset after the loss in the second Super Bowl and I think it's pretty telling that getting to theSuper Bowl in his mind doesn't count. And for anyone who is in the game and who has to make that journey from training camp to the Super Bowl, you know that it's awfully difficult to get there.

"And as John Fox said today, if you have one, you count yourself lucky. I've had teams that have been to six Super Bowls and won one. I'm not ashamed of that record by any means, and I'm certainly not ashamed of what we did in Indianapolis."


Minnesota may already turn its offense over to newly signed QB Josh Freeman.

The Jets added KR Josh Cribbs and placed WR Clyde Gates on IR; the Giants will work out RB Peyton Hillis.

Washington RB Alfred Morris finally got his beloved 1991 Mazda back, and it is most definitely better than ever.

A new poll suggests that most people realize the blatantly racist name of Washington's football franchise is racist.


Pats LB Jerod Mayo may be done for the season after having undergone pectoral surgery; Dallas might put DT Jay Ratliff on IR.

Green Bay stashed WR Randall Cobb on short-term IR; Pittsburgh placed T Levi Brown (whom they'd just acquired from Arizona) and TE David Johnson on IR.


Don Banks thinks Gary Kubiak is well on his way to losing his job down in Houston; Sam Monson studies the Rams' devotion to containing J.J. Watt last Sunday.

Scott Kacsmar recaps the comeback attempts of Week 6; Denver remains atop the league according to FO's DVOA and DAVE, PFF, Pat Kirwan, and Pete Prisco's power rankings, and the AP Pro32 poll.

Bucky Brooks thinks RG3 can still be an explosive player, and he sees a franchise NFL quarterback in Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater; Doug Farrar studies the fine play of Cards corner Tyrann Mathieu.

Fourth-Down Decisions

Indy coach Chuck Pagano apparently thinks it's wise to punt on 4th-and-2, down a touchdown, with just 3:17 remaining in a game.

Jason Lisk says fourth-down aggression has paid off so far this season, even if conservative types would rather focus on the failures.

Chase Stuart and Bill Barnwell laud Panthers coach Ron Rivera for finally making bold choices on fourth-and-short, and Barnwell rips John Fox for his mind-numbingly stupid replay challenge against Jacksonville.

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

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