Good Morning, Broncos fans! As you may have gathered, there hasn't been enough time in the day for a Lard, what with the near constant flow of coaching search-related news and speculation.
Now that there's at least a momentary lull, let's get caught up on what else has been happening around the league this week:
Unsurprisingly, Jake Plummer thinks Gary Kubiak would find a way to mold his offense to fit Peyton Manning. One thing about Kubes: he had many football pundits thinking Matt Schaub was an elite quarterback. Obviously, that was and is a poor reflection on those pundits, but it's also a credit to the coach.
Patrick Saunders continues to believe the Broncos' post-2005 fall under Mike Shanahan was precipitated by Kubiak's departure to Houston.
The past week has reminded Ben Hochman of The Bachelor.
Denver signed safety Ross Madison to a future contract. He's a Toledo alum who spent training camp with Washington last summer.
Terrance Knighton again suggests he'd take less money to stay in Denver.
The current deadline for Manning's decision about whether he'll be back in 2015 appears to be March 9.
Andrew Mason responds to reader questions, including a look at pending free agents and the offensive line.
Mel Kiper's first mock draft has Denver taking Mississippi State linebacker Benardrick McKinney at #28.
David Rappoccio offers a hilarious primer on how to draw John Elway and his dispatching of the Zombies.
The Raiders are close to extending their lease at the Coliseum for another year; the City of San Diego is planning a push to keep the Chargers in town. Keeping the teams from moving to Los Angeles is going to cost each city a shipload of money; perhaps it's time for municipalities to revisit the idea of buying teams under eminent domain (h/t JVill).
Down in Dallas, Jason Garrett and his coordinators Rod Marinelli and Scott Linehan have new deals; Linehan had run the passing game but will now oversee the entire offense after the departure to Washington of Bill Callahan.
Steve Spagnuolo is back as the Giants' DC after a six-year hiatus; Spags beat out Dennis Allen, Raheem Morris, and Pepper Johnson for the job.
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Colts linebacker Josh McNary was arrested Wednesday on a trio of horrific charges: rape, criminal confinement with bodily injury, and battery resulting in bodily injury. McNary entered a not guilty plea and was placed on the commissioner's exempt list. Tomas Rios says the story of McNary, a West Point grad, encompasses so much of how our society mistreats women.
Ray Rice and the Ravens agreed to a financial settlement that ends his grievance over the team's release of him.
Tim Kawakami says Jack Del Rio is the first ever Raiders coach to be the clear leader of the organization; Marcus Thompson thinks Del Rio may finally put an end to Oakland's circus act; Andy Benoit recalls the oft-forgotten fact that Del Rio's Jaguars were actually pretty good for a while.
Malik Jackson and Omar Bolden made PFF's list of the best third-year players.
Ben Muth examines Baltimore's offensive line play at New England.
With a donation to a charity of your choice, you can win a chance to participate in Jon Bois's upcoming Breaking Madden Super Bowl.
Over at Football Perspective, a look at coaches like John Fox who left their jobs (or were removed from them) after 10-win seasons, plus a study of touchdown passers and scorers from inside the five-yard line.
Here are the league's quarterbacks broken into tiers based upon ESPN's Total QBR.
Jason Fitzgerald checks on the Rams' caponomic situation.