Good Morning, Broncos fans! Tuesday brought some extra delicious coaching news and rumors:
Let's start out by the Bay: Niners GM Trent Baalke reportedly spoke with Mike Shanahan on Tuesday, will interview Rex Ryan, and is also considering Mini Shanny. Father and son competing for the same job? Imagine the conversation between tanning beds if one beats out the other.
Meanwhile, Jim Harbaugh is putting out word that Jed York pushed him out the door, and their split wasn't as mutual as York would have us believe.
It's not always easy to find the truth in such a he said/he said deal, but York's Tuesday radio interview with the Niners' flagship station speaks volumes about what happened. Host Brian Murphy raked York over the coals for Harbaugh's departure, and the 34-year-old (!) owner delivered one of the more mealy-mouthed and unintelligible interviews you'll ever hear or read from an owner of a major sports franchise.
York spends so much time giving non-answers and chasing after his own tail, it would be hard to believe he'll ever agree to go on-air with Murphy again. Either that, or York is going to have to rehearse his interviews with his PR flacks beforehand. Something.
At the very least, York needs to figure out whether his top priority is winning, winning with class, winning the Super Bowl, or keeping dirty laundry in house. But really, what can we expect from a 34-year-old kid who gets to run a business worth well over a billion dollars, simply by virtue of being born with a certain last name?
Here's a transcript of the exchange; it's well worth reading.
Across the Bay, the Raiders have reportedly asked to interview Colts OC Pep Hamilton, who would be quite an improvement over their previous interviewees. Talk of Jack Del Rio as a candidate has died down somewhat, but Oakland has until Saturday to meet with him.
We're still laughing about the possibility of Eric Mangini or Pat Shurmur taking over...
Back to Ryan, can anyone else see him working for a head coach 18 years his junior? Me neither. He's also scheduled to interview for the Atlanta vacancy.
Ryan has said he's unwilling to work as a defensive coordinator next season, but that didn't stop the Dolphins from making a run at him.
As for who might replace Rexy in New Jersey, LOLJets running backs coach and SB 32/33 champion Anthony Lynn has been added to the list of candidates, as has Tom Cable. Gary Kubiak, Frank Reich, and Dan Quinn are the others. Jim Mora may also be in the running.
Peyton Manning, all three starting wideouts, Orlando Franklin, Brandon Marshall, David Bruton, and Juwan Thompson were held out of practice on Tuesday. The team will practice again today and then be off for three days. Marshall is still expected back in time for next week's game.
Julius Thomas admits his latest ankle injury has been pretty frustrating, and that it's been hard to get better while practicing and playing.
For all of his success, Bradley Roby acknowledges he probably isn't more deserving than Aaron Donald or C.J. Mosley for DROY.
Mike Klis discusses Denver's three possible opponents for the divisional round.
Cecil Lammey thinks the Broncos need to let Peyton Manning do his thing once the playoffs start.
Detroit DT Ndamukong Suh won his suspension appeal and will pay just a fine, since the NFL cares so much about player safety. Safety first, amirite?
KC signed 14 players to future contracts, including former Packers first-rounder Derek Sherrod.
Chase Stuart looks back at which teams over- and underachieved their preseason over/under totals.