Good Morning, Broncos fans! During each of Denver's games this season, we've seen several shots of Peyton Manning speaking with his teammates after a drive.
Usually the camera shot only shows Manning surrounded by his five linemen and perhaps line coach Dave Magazu, but this apparently isn't a matter of just the quarterback and his linemen discussing protection and calls.
According to Peyton, the entire offense has been meeting after every possession, good or bad, to discuss what they saw on the field. Taking inspiration from the military, and encouraged to do so by John Fox, Manning & Co. refer to these get-togethers as their "debriefing sessions."
As for the location of these conferences, Manning says the skill players head over to where the big heavies sit, hence our television view of the backs of the offensive linemen, and Peyton facing the camera.
NFL Films captured a bunch of these conversations from the Carolina game in their latest Sound FX piece. (h/t AldenBrown)
D.J. Williams will be paid somewhere between $950K and $1.65M this season, depending upon how many times he dresses on game days; Elvis Dumervil did not practice yesterday, but hasn't been ruled out for Sunday; Chris Kuper made a limited return but isn't expected to play. Jim Leonhard and Kevin Vickerson are also on the team's injury report, but listed as full participants.
Of course, if Doom is unable to go, that means Robert Ayers - who was exceptional against Carolina - will start in his place.
John Fox says nobody on his staff raised the issue of the tacky Gorilla Gold towels used by the Chargers last time, and on KOA, he finally kind of admits that winning in Carolina was a big deal to him.
Manning has been catching some heat for his awkward slide against the Panthers, but he says he can handle it.
David Bruton, Jacob Tamme, and Von Miller answered questions from season ticket holders yesterday.
In his film review, Andy Benoit acclaims the play of Von, Ayers, Champ Bailey, Manning, and Ryan Clady, and he praises the creativity evidenced in the Broncos' passing game.
Andrew Mason says the Broncos' winning streak has been powered by aggression on defense, fewer giveaways, and offensive balance.
PFF's data says Von has been the league's most productive pass rusher, while Derek Wolfe remains among its least effective in that department.
Chase Stuart now expects the Broncos to run the table and finish 13-3, as Shannon Sharpe had predicted a couple of weeks ago.
San Diego practiced without LT Jared Gaither, RB Ryan Mathews, NT Aubrayo Franklin, and LB Antwan Barnes; if Gaither is out (or even if he plays), Sunday could be another backfield party for Von Miller.
In that vein, Kevin Acee says the Chargers' biggest problem this season has been their porous offensive line, and whose fault is that? We'll say A.J. Smith, for having put that motley bunch together.
The Chargers aren't calling Sunday a must-win for them, because then what would they say after they lose?
Matt Cassel will again start for the Chiefs this week, as Brady Quinn has not yet been fully cleared from his concussion; Eric Berry says his fear of horses stems from having (possibly) been chased by a pony as a kid.
Oakland replaced the injured Travis Goethel by signing former Eagles and Panthers LB Omar Gaither.
Bucs QB Josh Freeman, whom the Broncos will face in a Week 13 home game, has been killing it with the deep ball so far.
Gil Brandt still sees "outstanding speed" from Champ Bailey, whom he includes among his top cornerbacks in the league.
Here are the announcer pairings and broadcast maps for the week; we'll all be subjected to the Wisdom of Solomon Wilcots on Sunday; Rembert Browne offers a lengthy glimpse into a day in the studio for NFLN's RedZone Channel.
Matt Bowen examines Danieal Manning's interception of Jay Cutler from Sunday night.
Chris Brown staunchly disagrees with the notion that Chip Kelly runs a gimmick offense, and he expects Kelly to be an NFL success.
The circus in NJ is really getting revved up: Teebs has a sad over his teammates having called him terrible; incompetent Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum claims owner Woody Johnson didn't order him to trade for the punt protector who can't protect the punter.
Shonn Greene didn't really suggest making a QB change, but that's how Mike Silver interpreted his words in a call for Timmy to play, and Silver again bases his entire opinion of the Ultimate Teammate™ on one game, rather than everything he'd learned leading up to that day. Of course, this prompted Greene to make clear that he's not stumping for the Ultimate Teammate™.
Khaled Elsayed agrees with Silver, but his opinion is based more upon the suckitude of the Sanchize.
Sam Monson studies Sanchez's goal-line pick against Seattle; Matt Bowen is curious to see whether Sexy Rexy can keep his team from completely imploding; perhaps these meek motivational t-shirts will do the trick!