Slow clap for Brandon Marshall

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Over the years, we've directed a robust share of criticism toward well-traveled former Denver wideout Brandon Marshall.

But Brandon's willingness to candidly discuss his own problems, and his outspoken support for those suffering mental illness, have been quite commendable.

Marshall spoke earlier in the week about the mess in Miami, and his comments stand out as some of the most well-considered from any current or former players.

Here's what he had to say, via Deadspin, (originally the Chicago Tribune):

Look at it from this standpoint:

Take a little boy and a little girl. A little boy falls down and the first thing we say as parents is ‘Get up, shake it off. You’ll be OK. Don’t cry.’

A little girl falls down, what do we say? ‘It’s going to be OK.’

We validate their feelings. So right there from that moment, we’re teaching our men to mask their feelings, to not show their emotions.

And it’s that times 100 with football  players. You can’t show that you're hurt, can’t show any pain. So for a guy to come into the locker room and he shows a little vulnerability, that’s a problem.

That’s what I mean by the culture of the NFL. And that’s what we have to change.

So what’s going on in Miami goes on in every locker room. But it’s time for us to start talking. Maybe have some group sessions where guys sit down and maybe talk about what’s going on off the field or what’s going on in the building and not mask everything. Because the (longer) it goes untreated, the worse it gets.

Beautifully put, BMarsh.

Broncos

According to Mike Klis, there's a strong chance Duke Ihenacho does not play tomorrow, with Mike Adams starting in his place.

Cards coach and former Colts interim coach Bruce Arians advised Jack Del Rio this week to keep John Fox involved in the Broncos' leadership and present a unified message to players. To that end, JDR says he expects to speak with Fox on a daily basis going forward.

Fox's halftime speech prior to the Broncos' epic comeback at San Diego last year wasn't as colorful as one might have expected.

Practice squadders Ben Garland and Vinston Painter have been receiving special attention from Alex Gibbs.

Yes, Jeff Legwold continues to beat the Von Miller should lose weight drum.

News

Tampa Bay placed RB Doug Martin on IR; Houston RB Arian Foster faces the possibility of season-ending back surgery.

Retired Dolphins WR Mark Duper has been diagnosed with signs of CTE.

According to historians, the supposed Native American heritage of the man who inspired the blatantly racist name of Washington's football club - and who went by the bogus name Lone Star - was a big pile of horseshit (via Deadspin).

Martin/Incognito

Jonathan Martin will meet with the NFL's special investigator next week.

Richie Incognito reportedly held offensie line meetings at a strip club, and fined teammates who did not attend. Meanwhile, he's putting out word that he was blindsided by Martin's accusations.

Some think Incognito's path to bullydom started in Little League, while others say it all began at Nebraska, the football program that turns out so many wonderful citizens of the world.

Although some African-American Dolphins players apparently think n-bombs are appropriate in the locker room, Robert Klemko was unable to find any support for the concept elsewhere, including within that same locker room.

Andrew Brandt is most interested in learning who within the Dolphins organization knew what about the Martin/Incognito mess, but he doesn't buy their claims of complete unawareness.

57 of 72 NFL players (79.2%) surveyed for an informal poll by ESPN said they wouldn't want Incognito as a teammate.

Analysis

Burke/Farrar, Robert Mays, Peter King, and John Clayton preview tomorrow's games.

Chris Burke includes the Broncos' games versus Kansas City and at New England among his top eight remaining matchups.

Greg Cosell demonstrates how the Eagles gashed the Raiders with a pass and a run out of the same formation.

Joel Corry thinks we'll find out sooner than later whether the Chiefs are for real, starting with those showdowns with the Broncos.

Bill Barnwell thinks Calvin Johnson may give Peyton Manning a race for the league's MVP award.

Maths

Chase Stuart considers whether Ray Rice's rough season is indicative of a downward career spiral. It's hard not to link this to the above-mentioned injury to Arian Foster, and, to a lesser extent, Doug Martin.

Peyton Manning still leads all QBs by a wide margin relative to Keith Goldner's Net Expected Points; Knowshon Moreno remains tops among backs, while Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas are at the bottom of the top ten among receivers.

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

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