Is Bob Stoops finally coming to the NFL?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With the playoffs opening this afternoon, Denver's players have the weekend off to rest up and learn their next opponent.

Oddly, some of the players say they won't even watch the games, at least not in their entirety.

They won't know who their next opponent is for certain until tomorrow, because if the Chargers can pull off the upset at Cincy, then San Diego will come to Denver next week.

San Diego is the sixth seed, and of course, as the number-one seed, Denver will host the lowest seeded team that remains after tomorrow.

If not the Chargers, then the winner of today's Chiefs/Colts matchup will be the Broncos' divisional round opponent.

Cincy, as the three seed, is the only team that Denver cannot yet face. If the Bengals hold serve, then they will head to Foxboro to play the Patriots next weekend.

Broncos

Videos: BTV on Friday's practice; Jack Del Rio, Adam Gase, and several others speak afterward; highlights of Knowshon Moreno's season.

There may be cause for optimism regarding Derek Wolfe, who will apparently return to practice on Monday. Or, it could just be a big smokescreen.

Louis Vasquez is the first Broncos guard to be an All-Pro, and the only All-Pro who changed teams last offseason.

The Denver DA has opted not to file charges in last month's stabbing outside SAF@MH.

Broncos News

Jeff Legwold thinks Shaun Phillips and Robert Ayers will need to step up their pass rush production in the playoffs, and maybe Jeremy Mincey can help?

Legwold calls Louis Vasquez the biggest free agent signing of John Elway's tenure aside from PMFM, but getting Champ Bailey to stay in town is right up there (Perhaps he's only referring to imports).

Patrick Saunders sees loads of irony in which of the SB 32/33 champs have become studio analysts and color commentators.

Thanks mostly to Demaryius Thomas, Peyton Manning threw for more yardage using WR screens than any other QB.

Coaching Carousel

Mike Munchak is reportedly on shaky ground in Tennessee but may keep his job as a lame duck next year.

There's talk of Cleveland possibly being interested in Oklahoma coach Bob StoopsMinnesota will interview Cleveland DC Ray Horton

Tampa Bay may pursue Chiefs personnel man Chris Ballard as a potential GM, while Lovie Smith will have Leslie Frazier as his DC and Jeff Tedford as his OC.

Chuck Culpepper considers which poor schmuck will be Dan Snyder's next head coach in Washington.

News

The Vikings have commissioned an independent review of Chris Kluwe's allegations against Mike Priefer, Leslie Frazier, and Rick Spielman.

Here's how players are compensated during the playoffs.

Tomorrow's Niners/Packers game could feature a wind chill of minus-51 degrees.

Since six spots are hardly ever enough for the Cowboys to make the playoffs, Jerrah Jones has a solution: expand the field!

USC wideout Marqise Lee will enter the draft.

Playoffs?!

Andy Benoit, Doug FarrarBurke/Farrar, Chase Stuart (KC/IND, NO/PHI), Bill Barnwell (Sunday games), Judy Battista, Greg Bedard, Jason La Canfora, and Drew Magary preview the weekend's games; predictions from Jason Lisk, Niesen/Hochman, and Bill Simmons.

Rany Jazayerli explains how Chiefs fans have been bludgeoned into consistently low postseason expectations.

While this is obviously never going to happen, Neil Paine's idea of having teams spot each other points in the playoffs is great conversation fodder.

Not that any of us need the help, but KSK explains what makes the Chiefs and Chargers easy to hate, plus a guide for bandwagon fans.

Analysis

Seattle corner Richard Sherman says that among the league's quarterbacks, Peyton Manning is the smartest, Captain Checkdown is the most conservative, and Jay Cutler talks the most smack.

All-22: Chris Brown on the Green Bay running game; Ben Muth on the Philly offensive line; Ben Muth on Detroit DE Ezekiel Ansah.

Robert Mays discusses Chicago's signing of Jay Cutler and Tampa's hiring of Lovie Smith.

Miscellany

Will Leitch says the recent Aaron Rodgers story is proof that homophobia in sports is actually getting worse.

Patrick Hruby discusses the potential implications of the suit filed against the Chiefs by the mother of the late Jovan Belcher.

Jason Lisk and Chase Stuart swap trivia questions in Lisk's latest podcast.

Richard Sandomir doesn't expect a whole lot of opinions from Tim Tebow the television analyst.

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