Happy New Year, Broncos fans! It appears the first head coaching hiring will be Bill O'Brien by Houston.
It's being reported that the Texans have reached agreement on a contract with the PSU coach, and the deal is expected to be announced within the next few days.
O'Brien would be walking into a plum job - a loaded defense, playmakers Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, and DeAndre Hopkins, and the first-overall pick with which to select a franchise quarterback, presumably Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville.
The departure of O'Brien from PSU after just two seasons has apparently prompted bitter reactions from Nittany Lions fans, but if anyone should be aware that college sports isn't the bastion of purity, loyalty, and amateurism it's made out to be, it's them.
Besides, where is the line drawn as far as his tenure having been long enough?
Zane Beadles thinks the offensive line has improved its play as the season has gone on.
In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis considers the interesting possibility of shifting Chris Clark over to right tackle and kicking Orlando Franklin inside next season.
Andrew Mason discusses Peyton Manning's record-breaking touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas.
Peter Bukowski argues that Peyton Manning's 2013 isn't the greatest season by a QB, since it's not even the best of his career. I agree, but it doesn't require such a longwinded explanation - a quick look at TD %, NY/A, and ANY/A tells a very clear story. 2013 is the better story, given all he's overcome, but 2004 was clearly the better season.
New England has granted permission for Josh McDaniels to interview in Cleveland, where Norv Turner and the rest of Rob Chudzinski's assistants reportedly - and appropriately - feel like they've had the rug pulled from under their feet.
Washington GM Bruce Allen will now control personnel decisions with Shanny gone, and he hopes to interview Carolina DC Sean McDermott, Seattle OC Darrell Bevell, and Cincy coordinators Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer.
Kevin Sumlin says he's staying at A&M with his lucrative new deal.
Two-time SB champ Neil Smith has joined the lawsuit by ex-Chiefs players against the team for its handling of head injuries, while the mother of the late Jovan Belcher has filed a wrongful death suit against the team.
Farrar's All-Pro team includes Peyton Manning and Wes Welker, plus Julius Thomas, Louis Vasquez, and Chris Harris as alternates, while PFF's team for December includes Manning, Decker, and an honorable mention for Terrance Knighton.
Bucky Brooks thinks Johnny Manziel's future is as a franchise quarterback in the NFL.