Stand up for Shanny

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Aside from the talk of what's "wrong" with the 6-1 Broncos, this week is about the return of Mike Shanahan to Denver.

Of course, it's not nearly as big a deal as Peyton Manning's return to Indy, and in no way, shape, or form is it bigger (LOLZ).

However, Shanny's contribution to the Broncos franchise is indelible, from his nurturing of a young John Elway, to the restoration of the team among the league's elite, and of course, the two Lombardi trophies.

Without him, Elway might still be known as the guy who could never win the big one, alongside his draftmates Dan Marino and Jim Kelly.

Shanny wasn't the greatest personnel man, and his loyalties were sometimes misguided, as I was just telling my good friend Bob Slowik.

But on Sunday, Mike Shanahan deserves nothing but cheers. Honestly, I didn't think that was up for debate, but apparently, it is.

If you're going to SAF@MH on Sunday, please give Shanny the welcome he deserves - a standing ovation, loud cheers, and hearty applause.

Broncos

Videos: John Fox and Chris Harris speak with the press; BTV reviews Sunday's loss; all 25 of Peyton Manning's touchdown passes.

Wes Welker and Chris Harris think these Broncos have a little growing up to do.

Fox and Harris saw improvement from the defense on Sunday, which makes sense, given that offensive mistakes, bad throws, fumbles, penalties, and resultingly horrid field position were more to blame.

Of course, cutting down on mistakes would be a great place at which to start, with penalties and fumbles near the top of the list.

Bill Barnwell correctly says John Fox was far too conservative for much of Sunday night, but was quite wise to go for two when he did. So, if every decision during a win is a "right" decision, as we were told last year, is it okay to criticize Fox for his poor choices during losses? Or is Foxy just always "right" because he's an NFL coach, and we're not?

Judy Battista says Peyton Manning and the Colts finally have a measure of closure after Sunday's game.

Greg Bedard breaks down the Robert Mathis/Peyton Manning sack/strip/safety from Sunday night.

Washington

Shanny & Co. are reportedly shopping TE Fred Davis on the trade market.

Washington's special teams have been so atrocious that Shanny and old friend Keith Burns actually saw positives in a unit that allowed a punt-return touchdown for the second straight week.

Mark Bullock reviews each position group from Sunday's win over Chicago.

Rick Snider says Washington should just let RG3 be himself.

News

The Giants (1-6) finally got off the schneid with a 23-7 home win over Minnesota (1-5), who got a woeful performance out of new QB Josh Freeman (20/53, 190 yards, one INT).

RIP Titans owner and original AFL owner Bud Adams, who passed at 90. It's thought that ownership of the team may be passed to Adams's grandson, Kenneth. Jim Wyatt, Gil BrandtRichard Goldstein, and Christmas Ape offer remembrances.

Baltimore traded T Bryant McKinnie to Miami for a conditional late-round pick; Cleveland reportedly has multiple offers for WR Josh Gordon, whom they've been shopping.

The Jets cut Brady Quinn and activated David Garrard; Pittsburgh waived RB Isaac Redman; Houston cut three rookies amid allegations they were caught smoking pot in the team hotel; Tennessee dumped KR Darius Reynaud.

New England is expected to re-sign Andre Carter, son of Rubin.

Injuries

Chicago is expected to be without Jay Cutler (groin) for four weeks, and Lance Briggs (shoulder) for 4-6 weeks.

As feared, Colts WR Reggie Wayne (ACL) and Bengals CB Leon Hall (Achilles) are done for the season.

Bucs RB Doug Martin has a torn shoulder labrum; noted dickhead Greg Schiano disputed reports that Martin's injury is season-ending.

Analysis

Mike Tanier says Eric Decker, Shaun Phillips, and Trindon Holliday are among the league's best players in non-marquee roles, and he crafts a theoretical winning team out of this week's injuries.

Christmas Ape interprets PK's MMQB column and puts Andy Reid's latest post-game celebration into GIF-tastic form.

PFF's best (Wes Welker, honorable mention for Von Miller) and worst (Kevin Vickerson and Terrance Knighton, dishonorable mention for Chris Clark) players of Week 7.

Denver is down to #4 in Frank Schwab's and Mike Silver's power rankings, if you care.

Maths

Of course, the Chiefs are climbing in everyone's rankings, because they're 7-0. But as Chase Stuart notes, KC has faced rather weak competition so far, and Alex Smith has been far less efficient and accurate than in prior seasons. He expounds upon those thoughts here.

FO's DYAR had Peyton Manning #9 among quarterbacks and Eric Decker #2 among wideouts in Week 7.

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

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