$omehow, Shanny’s still employed

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Despite his best efforts to the contrary, Mike Shanahan is apparently still employed.

Dan Snyder and his lawyers are reportedly busy trying to figure out whether they can fire Shanny for cause and withhold his $7M salary for 2014. Of course, this is familiar territory for Shanahan, who famously had a similar dispute with Al Davis over his 1989 firing.

Amid the questions about his own job - which he, of course, chose not to answer - Shanny says he's thinking of sitting RG3 for the rest of the year.

Whenever the axe falls, Snyder will have to hire his eighth coach since having bought the team in 1999.

It will surely be a very dramatic and interesting situation, and the Schadenfreude will no doubt be high.

Broncos News

Videos: BTV on the quick turnaround; John Fox speaks Monday; Britton Colquitt interviews NFL recordholder Matt Prater; Mike Adams and Bubba Caldwell were mic'd up on Sunday; here are all 45 of Peyton Manning's TD passes.

With 11 touchdowns, Julius Thomas now has the most in a single season by any Broncos tight end. The record was previously held by Shannon Sharpe, of course.

Jason Elam wasn't able to see Prater break the record he shared on live television, but received a flood of texts and calls when it happened.

Terrance Knighton, who pulled down Denver's first pick by a lineman since 2010, says he was an all-state wideout in high school, and he doesn't seem to be joking.

The Broncos have a chance to set new NFL marks for points, first downs, and yards.

Broncos Analysis

Bill Barnwell lauds John Fox's decision to go for the 64-yard FG, and wonders whether the Broncos set out to disprove the Manning/cold weather narrative.

Wes Welker is again among the league's dubious list of leaders in dropped passes, but you knew that already.

Andrew Mason discusses the progress of Montee Ball and reemergence of Jacob Tamme.

Joan Niesen appropriately scoffs at the notion that Tom Brady should be this year's MVP, over Peyton Manning.

Chargers

King Dunlap, who returned from injury on Sunday, is PFF's highest graded tackle in terms of run blocking.

San Diego's secondary has had a rough season, but tightened things up a bit over the past couple weeks.

Tom Krasovic explains how the Chargers can beat the Broncos on Thursday.

News

Chicago (7-6) laid a 45-28 whipping on Dallas (7-6) thanks to five touchdowns by Josh McCown, one of them a ridiculous catch by Alshon Jeffery; the Bears retired Mike Ditka's jersey at halftime. While the loss fits nicely into the Tony Romo/unclutch narrative, that's obviously a bunch of BS.

Seattle LB K.J. Wright (foot) will miss 4-6 weeks; Cincy CB Terence Newman (MCL) may be done for the regular season.

Increased security measures mean fans will not be able to tailgate at SB 48.

Analysis

Doug Farrar discusses the potential impact of the injuries to Rob Gronkowski, Tyrann Mathieu, and others.

Chase Stuart reassesses the Colts' biggest roster moves.

PFF's best (Chris Clark, Orlando Franklin, Louis Vasquez, and Matt Prater; honorable mention for Peyton Manning) and worst (Omar Bolden, dishonorable mention for Julius Thomas) players of Week 14.

Here are some beautiful images from Sunday's snowy Eagles/Lions game.

Maths

While the Broncos have had a rough year in terms of injuries, eight teams have a higher percentage of their salary cap sitting on IR, including fellow contenders New England, Cincy, and New Orleans.

Brian Burke lays out SB winners on his Team Viz plot, and continues his discussion of momentum within games.

Obviously, Peyton Manning was the top QB of Week 14 according to DYAR; Eric Decker ranked fifth among receivers.

Aaron Gordon walks us through the average NFL game.

Yuks

Christmas Ape translates PK's MMQB column; PFT Commenter reviews the American Family Insurance iPhone app which features Russell Wilson.

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

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