Good Morning, Broncos fans! While speaking at the Senior Bowl earlier in the week, John Elway said he wants to continue to build through the draft and augment with free agency, because what else is he going to say?
Jeff Legwold squeezed three columns out of that comment, analyzing it relative to age, money, and the lazy-but-convenient "This is how the SB teams constructed their teams, so of course every other team now needs to copy them" thread. (Let's not forget that the Broncos allowed 55 fewer points last season than did the Ravens, and had a better defense than them by any measure, while the Niners only allowed 16 fewer points than did Denver.)
Meanwhile, Mark Kiszla is ready to thank Josh McDaniels for having provided Denver with Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Zane Beadles, and J.D. Walton in the 2010 Draft.
Videos: Peyton Manning took a final snap from soon-to-retire longtime center Jeff Saturday and threw a six-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green ON FOURTH DOWN. The end of Foxball as we know it? Peyton providing the first of many overrules of John Fox? Yeah, probably not, but we can all hope. Afterward, Denver's Pro Bowlers spoke about the experience.
Now, as much as we knock Fox for his on-field conservatism, it is certainly worth noting that he doesn't necessarily stand out among his peers for meek decisions.
In an absolutely bizarre twist of logic, Mike Klis equates the Ultimate Teammate™ with Colin Kaepernick, RG3, and Russell Wilson, and essentially says it was the read-option offense that Denver abandoned last year, more than it was the left-handed quarterback who throws like he's right-handed. He even goes back to crediting the UT™ while dismissing the defense. Must be trying to move some books?
A USA Today poll of 300 NFLers says only 39% of players approve of the job being done by the Ginger Hammer; Jarrett Bell searched long and far for a high-profile player who supports Rog, coming up with none other than Michael Vick.
Ravens safety Bernard Pollard fears there's an on-field death in the NFL's future, what with the ever-increasing size and speed of its players.
Alex Smith's agent tells PFT the QB would like to be released prior to the start of free agency, and that does appear a realistic possibility, given that he's got a $1M roster bonus due in March. But our guess is he'll be traded before that point, for a mid-round pick.
Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis says he doesn't want the "project" that the UT™ would bring to Jacksonville, instead preferring a "pure quarterback." Wait, there's a purer quarterback in the NFL? Oh, not that kind of pure...
Longtime NFL FG record-holder Tom Dempsey is suffering from dementia, potentially brought on because he did a lot more hitting during his career than a typical placekicker.
Andy Benoit, Mike Tanier, and Richard Deitsch gear up for the media onslaught of Super Bowl week, while Mike Silver and Peter King kick off their coverage of it. Count PK among those who think Elway will want to make a push to trade for Darrelle Revis.
John Clayton says it no longer matters whether Joe Flacco is elite, because he's about to be paid like he is, no matter what happens on Sunday.
To anyone ready to say Champ Bailey is over the hill because he had one bad game when it mattered most, he's yet another reminder of how great he was in 2012. Also in there is more proof that Chris Harris is more than a nickel corner (someone tell Klis).
Chase Stuart thinks Flacco may just have great fortune to thank for his low postseason interception rate; Brian Burke attempts to divine which quarterbacks have been the most clutch in the postseason since 2000.