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Good Morning, Broncos fans! This week continues to be all about coach firings and interviews.

Andy Reid met yesterday with Clark Hunt (and yes, Scott Pioli) for almost nine hours - prompting speculation that Reid is atop KC's wish list - and he will interview with Arizona either today or tomorrow.

As for who will replace Reid in Philly, Eagles brass will interview both DC Mike Nolan and special teams coach Keith Armstrong of the Falcons in Atlanta. Jeffrey Lurie & Co. are also said to be interested in Bill O'Brien, but hiring him away from PSU could require a prohibitive $18.4M payment to break his contract at Happy Valley.

Former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt interviewed yesterday with the Browns, who will also be meeting soon with Syracuse coach Doug Marrone and Oregon's Chip Kelly.

Whisenhunt also spoke with the Bills, as did his former defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Kelly, whose Ducks will face the Wildcats of KSU tonight, is expected to also meet with Buffalo and Philadelphia in the coming days.

Chicago will interview Saints OC Pete Carmichael today.

Four of these teams - the Eagles, Cardinals, Bills, and Bears, are all scheduled to meet with Broncos OC Mike McCoy this weekend in the Denver area.

Coaching Carousel

The other big Kelly of the college coaching world - Notre Dame's Brian - is apparently drawing interest from NFL teams, but it's unclear which ones.

The LOLJets reportedly have not yet decided what to do with OC Tony Sparano and may even bring in Norv Turner to run their offense.

The Rams dumped DC Gregg Williams, whose reinstatement - along with that of Saints head man Sean Payton - is being considered by the NFL.

Jeff Legwold figures McCoy is sitting pretty, in that he has the option to pick a head job that fits his criteria, or coach Peyton Manning for another year. For his part, Manning says McCoy is ready to be a head coach.

Bill Barnwell surveys the week's firings and, like us, is puzzled by that of Lovie Smith in Chicago.

Broncos

Videos: John Fox and Peyton Manning speak after practice.

Ryan Clady missed practice with an undisclosed injury that is not expected to keep him out of Denver's next game. Trindon Holliday (ankle) was also absent, but John Fox expects he'll play next week.

So far, so good for Peyton wearing a glove on his throwing hand, and as Andrew Mason notes, perhaps he should have done so earlier in his career.

Ex-Colts Manning and Jacob Tamme say they'll watch Indy/Baltimore, but won't admit whether it will hold any special emotional significance.

Elvis Dumervil says he'll be taking notes while watching the games, and the players figure the extra preparation time can only help them.

No matter how poor their luck at recovering fumbles, there's no doubt the Broncos have put the ball on the ground too often - nine of the other eleven playoff teams have fewer fumbles than the Broncos this season.

Incredibly, these Broncos allowed not a single 300-yard passer all season, and were the only NFL team to have accomplished that lofty feat.

News

Doug Farrar, Mike Silver, Ashley Fox, Jason Cole, Les Carpenter, and Christmas Ape react to the news of Ray Lewis's retirement.

Oakland figures to field a vastly different team next year after they renegotiate or cut Darrius Heyward-Bey and Tommy Kelly, dump Rolando McClain, and let Richard Seymour and Shane Lechler walk.

Chiefs Ring of Famer Otis Taylor, who suffered seizures during his playing career and has since been diagnosed with Parkinson's and dementia, is almost completely incapacitated, and is among the latest ex-players to sue the NFL.

Analysis

Bucky Brooks goes over the top QB prospects for the draft, and although none of them seem very good, it may be hard for the Chiefs not to take one of them.

Given their lack of a head coach, it seems a little early to proclaim this, but Mike Freeman is almost positive that Alex Smith will end up in Buffalo.

Peyton Manning and Von Miller are first-teamers on PFF's All-Pro squad, Champ Bailey is a second-teamer, while Ryan Clady and Chris Harris receive mention.

Heading into the playoffs, Mike Tanier ponders every possible SB matchup, led by Shanny vs. the Broncos, while Don Banks and Pete Prisco have Denver atop their power rankings.

Chase Stuart looks back at the seasons of the East and North divisions from each conference; Bill Barnwell previews Saturday's wild card matchups.

John Clayton says it's time for the Ultimate Teammate™ to switch positions, but he doesn't see it happening; Urban Meyer thinks an NFL team just need so to give Teebs a chance, and why would they do such a thing? After all, Timmy can't even get off the bench at Dicks' Sporting Goods.

KSK captionizes Week 17, plus the unmatched bro-ness of Jim Irsay among NFL owners.

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