Miami mess apparently starts at the very top

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Among Denver's 53-man roster, only Derek Wolfe was held out of practice on Wednesday.

Nine others were listed as full participants, with Joel Dreessen even seeing Wednesday action for the first time in months.

Shaun Phillips returned from the illness that sent him home on Monday, while Duke Ihenacho and Steve Vallos have been fully cleared from the concussions they'd suffered in the season's last two weeks.

Broncos News

Videos: BTV on Wednesday's practice; John Fox, Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and several others speak afterward; highlights of Julius Thomas's season; a look back at The Fumble.

Turns out that Von Miller's knee surgery will take place today, rather than yesterday.

Ronnie Hillman cleared up the traffic tickets that the DP thought were worthy of a Breaking News email, and that the PFT Commenter-types thought made him a thug.

Paris Lenon is the last former XFL player still active in the NFL.

Knowshon Moreno's superhuman tears made the regional cover of SI this week.

Broncos Analysis

Andrew Mason discusses Denver's third down troubles of Week 15, and how Wes Welker might help that cause on Sunday.

Mark Kiszla thinks Sunday's result could be a referendum on John Fox as a head coach.

According to PFF, Malik Jackson's productivity as a pass rusher has plummeted since he became a starter, while Terrance Knighton is playing his best football ever.

Chiefs fan Old James explains why he considers the Broncos to be the most annoying of teams.

Peyton Manning

Given how much Peyton enjoys preparation and practice, what does it mean when he says he's enjoying them even more?

Dwight Freeney says Manning changes his signals and line calls so quickly that the Chargers' defenders need to largely ignore what the QB says.

Shaun Phillips reminds us that Peyton has only so much control over his own destiny and how he's perceived.

Paul Klee sees a higher level of focus from Peyton this season, as he perhaps aims to prove his remaining doubters wrong.

Manning is PFT's MVP for 2013, if you care.

Chargers

Ryan Mathews, Nick Hardwick, D.J. Fluker, and Eddie Royal were held out of Wednesday's practice, while three others were limited.

Mike McCoy confirmed that Hardwick suffered a concussion on Sunday; the other three have often been held out of practice this season with nagging injuries.

He's no Manning, but Phil Rivers is also a student of the game, even while Mike Klis oddly suggests that he's all emotion.

Equally puzzling from the Rivers Misnomer Department is seeing self-proclaimed feminists make fun of him by giving him a woman's name. Sorry, but mocking him by suggesting he's female is juvenile at best, horribly sexist at worst, and that's why you'll never see that here from us.

If Mathews is limited, Eric Williams says to expect a heavier workload for Ronnie Brown.

Kevin Acee buys Denver's claims that they will enter Sunday's game with more energy than they did in Week 15.

Tom Krasovic thinks Mathews is the key to San Diego's offensive game plan.

News

More details have emerged tying Aaron Hernandez to a 2012 drive-by double homicide.

Owner Stephen Ross has apparently created a disastrous organizational structure in Miami, with head coach Joe Philbin apparently holding power over the GM.

A&M QB and 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel has declared for the 2014 Draft.

Rosterbation

Kansas City reportedly would like to extend Alex Smith's contract this offseason.

It sounds like the Ravens will ask Terrelle Suggs to restructure his cap figure for 2014, the final year of his current contract.

Playoffs?!

Matt Bowen says the Chargers could utilize the "slice" call to limit Wes Welker's option routes on third downs.

Robert Mays says the best Peyton Manning can do this weekend is meet expectations, which is true.

Bill Barnwell previews Saturday's matchups.

The numbers suggest that Sunday's game will be rather pass-happy.

Analysis

Mike Tanier lists the many factors that led to Jeff Ireland's downfall in Miami.

Jason Whitlock suggests that Andy Reid held Eric Fisher out of the Chiefs' WC loss to keep him from getting pwned by Robert Mathis.

Here are PFF's ROY, OROY, DROY, and offensive lineman of the year.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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