Happy Friday, Broncos fans! There's apparently quite the rift between Peyton Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay, who is rather unhappy about Manning's comments to the Indy Star regarding the sudden and vast changes within the organization earlier in the week. Manning had said,
It's not a real good environment down there right now, to say the least. Everybody's walking around on eggshells. I don't recognize our building right now. There's such complete and total change...I mean, it's 20 degrees, it's snowing, the building is absolutely empty except when you see coaches cleaning out their offices...It's unfortunate because so many of them have been such a big part of so many big wins here, and this is so ... sudden. Their keys didn't work the next day. There's no other way to do it?
Irsay's response yesterday:
He’s a politician...I don’t think it’s in a good interest to paint the horseshoe in a negative light, I really don’t. He’s such a big part of that and everything else, but the horseshoe always comes first....I think one thing that he’s always known, because he’s been around it so long, is you keep it in the family.
Sounds like it's the end of the Manning Era in Indy, as Phillip Wilson is ready to accept; Bob Kravitz thinks the two men should bury the hatchet before moving on; Dan Wetzel says this all started with Rob Lowe's tweet.
Jeff Legwold figures the Broncos to target a pass-rushing DT in the draft, although they are hopeful Ty Warren will return to form and health, and of course we've been waiting for them to draft a top DT prospect for several years now, so who's to say they'll do so now?
Kenny Legan caught up with some of the Broncos players who ended up on IR this season.
Willis McGahee was mic'ed up for Thursday's Pro Bowl practice.
The Raiders have finalized a four-year deal with Dennis Allen, and they will officially announce his hiring on Monday.
Word is that the Chiefs are trying to avoid paying Handshake Haley for the final season of his contract, claiming that he was fired for cause.
Tampa Bay made a surprising hire, making Rutgers coach Greg Schiano their new head man after Oregon's Chip Kelly left them at the altar.
Joe Philbin is expected to hire Mike Sherman to run his offense and name Cincy's Kevin Coyle his new DC.
Brad Childress is apparently the top candidate to take over Cleveland's offense.
Patriots personnel man Jason Licht will have a second interview for the Bears GM gig.
Steelers NT Casey Hampton is undergoing his third ACL surgery today, and he plans to return to play next year.
Jon Kitna is already a busy man post-NFL; he's taken a job as a math teacher and now head football coach at the Tacoma high school from which he graduated 21 years ago.
Jonathan Comey considers which lesser lights from the Pats and Giants could potentially loom large in the SB.
Jason Cole lists his top owner/coach/QB trios throughout NFL history.
Clark Judge figures these Giants could beat Tom Brady & Co. using tactics similar to what their '07 team did.
A cracker-eating camel has predicted a Giants victory next week.
Leave it to the hacktastic Rick Reilly to proclaim that Eli > Peyton.
Suzy Kolber, finally talking about the Namath incident.
Apparently, one has to drop down to the grade-school set to find a Niners fan who still has any human decency.
Chris Brown lists the books his readers are purchasing from Amazon via his links.