Good Morning, Broncos fans! Jack Del Rio will become Denver's seventh DC in seven seasons this year; he was also John Fox's first DC with the Panthers in 2002, Del Rio's only season as an NFL DC. Obviously, the familiarity for the two men is a plus, although presumably a successful 2012 has the great likelihood of Del Rio landing another HC gig the following year. But, let's worry about that when the time comes.
Terms of Denver's deal with Del Rio were not disclosed, although the coach will make $5 million in 2012 - the salary he's owed by the Jaguars. Whatever the Broncos pay him, Jacksonville will owe Del Rio the difference of the two figures. Denver also hired former Jaguars strength coach Luke Richesson.
Tom Brady's QB coach says he could fix Tim Tebow's mechanics in two weeks. As a Mets fan, this reminds me of Rick Peterson telling the FO he could fix craptastic pitcher Victor Zambrano's mechanics in 10 minutes, helping to convince them to acquire him for uberprospect Scott Kazmir.
Jeff Legwold says that of course Tebow can't survive as a run-first QB in the NFL.
The NYT's religion writer thinks all the controversy and debate surrounding Tebow's outward piety is more about religion's outsized role in football as compared to other sports, than it is about Tebow specifically.
Oakland officially announced their hiring of Dennis Allen and will introduce him at a Monday presser. He received a four-year deal, unlike his predecessors who all got two-year contracts; in another departure from the ways of the Al Davis era, Allen will also be allowed to select his own assistants. Mike Lombardi likes the hire but thinks the team will have to be patient with the youthful Allen.
Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning issued a joint statement to try to convince everyone all's okay between them.
Roger Goodell will be on 60 Minutes tomorrow, and in the interview he talks of trying to get fans into stadiums rather than watching on TV.
Brandon Marshall has thrown yet another QB under the bus, this time Matt Moore; BMarsh says he spoke to Matt Flynn about joining the Dolphins. "Come to South Beach so I can stab you in the back too! And, after spending time with me, you'll want to literally stab me - just ask my wife."
To no great surprise, John Fox ranks 34th out of 2011's 35 NFL coaches on FO's Aggressiveness Index.
Andy Benoit analyzes the matchup and predicts a Giants victory.
As Jason Cole points out, the Giants would be the first team to win the SB despite a four-game losing streak during their season.
Jeff Legwold profiles Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden.
The best of the week's quotes according to Rivers McCown.