Judge says concussion settlement isn’t enough

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With Ken Whisenhunt having spurned them for Tennessee, Detroit turned to Jim Caldwell to become their next head coach.

The Lions reportedly had a private jet ready to pick Whisenhunt up and announce his hiring, but the Titans apparently offered him a whopping million dollars more per year.

It's been said that part of what drew Detroit to Caldwell was a glowing recommendation from Tony Dungy.

But according to Dungy, the first question GM Martin Mayhew posed was whether Dungy himself would be interested in the job.

It's a strange thing for Dungy to publicize - what does it accomplish aside from stroke his own ego and reinforce the notion that Caldwell was a fallback?

It's likely that Mayhew knew Dungy wasn't interested in a return to coaching, and merely aksed as a nicety, and Dungy should probably have left it at that.

With Caldwell so obviously not the Lions' number-one choice, the reaction in Detroit has been something less than enthusiastic.

That leaves Cleveland and Minnesota as the remaining head coaching vacancies.

Cincy DC Mike Zimmer had a second interview with the Vikings on Tuesday; Arizona DC Todd Bowles is reportedly another finalist for that job.

But Bowles has pulled his name from consideration for the Browns gig, like Josh McDaniels before him.

For his part, McDaniels says he'll "definitely be [with the Patriots]" next season, but Mike Florio hears that Josh could still end up with Mike Lombardi in Cleveland.

Broncos

Multimedia: John Elway's latest podcast; Malik Jackson visits with Vic Lombardi; BTV presents a time lapse from Sunday's win.

As it should be, much of the talk at Dove Valley concerns the Broncos' propensity to make costly mistakes.

Benjamin Hochman and Arnie Stapleton discuss the rise of Knowshon Moreno.

Mike Klis and Jeff Legwold apparently don't share a brain (who knew?!): Klis thinks the Broncos should move Champ Bailey back outside on Sunday, while Leggy says they should leave him in the slot.

Since all he does these days is talk trash and stir shit, it figures that Mark Kiszla would spend a column explaining how John Fox is more human than is Bill Belichick.

Tony Corrente will be the head referee on Sunday, when the weather should be perfect for a Broncos victory.

Manning/Brady 15

Aside from a battle between QB legends, Judy Battista says Sunday will be a matchup of injury-ravaged teams.

Mike Tanier discusses Manning/Brady rivalry in terms of NFL QBs; Chuck Culpepper does the same across all sports.

Former Colts center Jeff Saturday says his favorite Manning audible required the QB to give a karate kick behind the line of scrimmage.

Frank Schwab looks back at the last time Peyton and Tom met in the postseason.

Patriots

The Pats did not work out any punters on Tuesday, while Bill Belichick was typically tightlipped regarding the health status of Ryan Allen.

Rookie LB Jamie Collins has been a versatile player so far, but can he cover Julius Thomas?

Don Banks says all of the credit for the Pats being back in the AFC title game is due Belichick and Brady.

Steve Buckley says the absence of Rob Gronkowski may kill the Pats' SB chances.

Erik Scalavino breaks down key plays from New England's win over Indy.

News

Judge Anita Brody rejected the NFL's concussion settlement, because she can't envision how $765M could possibly be enough money to care for 18,000 retirees over 65 years; Steve Fainaru/Mark Fainaru-WadaPatrick Hruby, and Doug Farrar react.

Tuesday was a busy day for coordinator news: San Diego promoted Frank Reich to OC and re-signed DC John Pagano; Oakland re-signed DC Jason Tarver; Washington promoted TE coach Sean McVay to OC; the Giants hired Packers QB coach Ben McAdoo to run their offense.

The Boston Globe is the latest newspaper to call for the Washington franchise to change its blatantly racist name (via PFT). As for why this is actually a confusing concept to some people, here's a look at the thought process.

Analysis

All-22: Greg Cosell breaks down Denver's big 3rd-and-17 conversion; Bucky Brooks examines the Broncos and Patriots running games; Mike Tanier diagrams key plays for the Patriots, Seahawks, and 49ers.

Notes from PFF on each of the four remaining teams.

Chase Stuart has already written his SB preview.

Mockery

Bucky Brooks lists his top five draft prospects at each position and discusses a few standouts from Shrine Game workouts.

Tony Pauline shares notes from the East and West team practices for the Shrine Game.

Derrick Coleman

This is a pretty great commercial, and of course, calls to mind former Broncos defensive lineman Kenny Walker:


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