Jack Del Rio reportedly a candidate for Raiders job

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With the regular season set to end tonight, possible coaching and front office changes remain front and center:

  • All indications suggest Jim Harbaugh is heading back to Michigan, although the Raiders will reportedly make a last ditch effort to woo him on Monday.
  • If that fails, the Broncos' Jack Del Rio is seen as a top candidate; he'd be taking over for interim coach Tony Sparano and JDR's own Denver predecessor, Dennis Allen. There's a joke in here about John Fox and the Broncos doing to Oakland what Bill Belichick and the Pats did with super spy Josh McDaniels...
  • In that same report from Jason La Canfora, Adam Gase and McDaniels are again mentioned as possible replacements for Mike Smith in Atlanta, as is Ryan.
  • Gase continues to be floated as a successor for Harbaugh in San Francisco.
  • Finally, La Canfora says that if Chicago decides to keep Jay Cutler, Mike Shanahan and Gary Kubiak would be head coaching candidates. Expectations continue that Marc Trestman and his staff will be cleared out.
  • It looks like the LOLJets will fire both Rex Ryan and John Idzik; Jason Fitzgerald thinks the circus will continue until Sticks Johnson stops his meddling.
  • Somehow, Tom Coughlin looks to be back for another year with the G-Men.
  • Among front office news, La Canfora says former Shanahan assistant Rick Smith may be promoted from his GM duties in Houston. His replacement could be a Patriots personnel man handpicked by head coach Bill O'Brien, but it won't be Nick Caserio, who recently signed a lengthy contract extension.

Broncos

Denver's coaches and players seem legimately unsure of what their offensive identity is.

Safety Josh Bush says he wouldn't be an NFLer without the help of SB 32/33 champion Steve Russ.

Kurt Warner thinks Foxball has taken Peyton Manning out of his rhythm as a passer.

Paul Klee lists 50 activities preferable to moping after a Denver loss.

Woody Paige doesn't think these Broncos can win at Foxboro, but he's already predicting a win for them next year in SB 50. Tell you what, though: they definitely stand a better chance of winning in New England than Mark Kiszla suggests.

Broncos/Raiders

Behind the scenes, big brother David has played a big role in aiding Derek Carr's development as a quarterback this year.

Arnie Stapleton previews the matchup; Andrew Mason and Klee each offer three keys to a Denver win.

Mason breaks down the Raiders offense and defense.

News

Cleveland suspended wideout Josh Gordon for the season finale; it may be a dirty ploy to keep Gordon away from free agency for an extra year.

Decimated by injuries, San Diego will start its fifth different center today.

Analysis

Greg Cosell studies Pittsburgh's offense and Carolina's running game.

Chase Stuart discusses the rarity of Josh McCown's precipitous drop in QB rating from 2013 to 2014.

Benjamin Hochman asks his readers to drop their homophobia in 2015, which is as good a resolution as any.

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