Happy Friday, Broncos fans! As they prepare for what figures to be their last game at Candlestick Park on Monday night (against Atlanta), there are hints of trouble in San Francisco.
Either that, or the Niners are using the media to negotiate a contract extension with coach Jim Harbaugh.
Although Harbaugh has turned what had become a laughingstock back into a perennial overdog - going 47-13-1 (including playoffs) over three seasons - there's talk of tension between him and GM Trent Baalke, among others.
Harbaugh's responses to questions about his relationship with Baalke aren't too convincing, and also this week, there's been talk of whether the Longhorns job would interest him.
However, that may just be posturing on their part, so as not to give the coach more leverage in contract negotiations.
Jason Cole cites multiple sources who say Harbaugh has no desire to take the gig at Texas or any other college.
Harbaugh is in the third year of a five-year contract worth $25M, and it's said that the Niners plan to give him a raise, and soon.
Terrance Knighton says Jeremy Mincey's orientation has been relatively seamless, given his familiarity with Knighton and JDR.
Doug Farrar thinks the Broncos' remaining defensive line depth is their biggest question heading into the postseason.
PFF: Julian Carpenter is anxious to see Louis Vasquez take on J.J. Watt, and he wonders which version of Champ Bailey we'll see; David Bruton is Rick Drummond's second choice for the league's best special teamer.
It's no surprise that Jeff Legwold is far more interested in counting numbers than rate stats.
Rookie Dennis Johnson will make his first career start at running back on Sunday, with Arian Foster and Ben Tate on IR.
Gil Brandt thinks the Texans have several options with how to address the QB situation this offseason.
Green Bay is expected to again sit Aaron Rodgers this week against Pittsburgh.
Jim Trotter thinks it would be foolish for Oakland to fire Dennis Allen after just two seasons, especially given how much his players respect him.
Richard Deitsch has seen a lot of growth from Shannon Sharpe as a studio analyst this year.
Based upon the ANS efficiency model, Denver is an 89% favorite to win the AFCW, 88% to land a bye, and 74% for HFA.
While Eli Manning is unlikely to tie or break Vinny Testaverde's single-season interception mark, but when adjusted for eras, he's one of the most pick-happy QBs in history.
I have no clue why Bill Barnwell is surprised to learn that the Ravens have been nearly impossible to beat in Baltimore over the years.