Will Chucky replace Kubes?

Good Morning, Broncos! With the first axe having fallen on old friend Gary Kubiak, all eyes are on Houston's coaching vacancy.

Another old friend, Wade Phillips, will again serve as interim head coach, as he had while Kubes recovered from his frightening mini-stroke last month.

His quarterback for the next three games will be Case Keenum, whom Kubiak had yanked at halftim on Thursday night in favor of Matt Schaub.

Texans owner Bob McNair says he plans to hire a coach with prior experience as an NFL head man, calling to mind names like Lovie Smith and Jon Gruden.

As for coaches who haven't led NFL squads, Baylor's Art Briles, Stanford's David Shaw, and A&M's Kevin Sumlin have come up.

Texans

Mike Tanier thinks Kubes deserved a less humiliating exit, especially after his life-threatening health scare.

Bill Barnwell believes the timing couldn't be much better for Houston to potentially land the top overall pick, and he expects they'll turn things back around rather quickly.

Not so fast, says Doug Farrar, who sees deeper problems and a bigger hole for the Texans to dig out of.

Broncos

If Champ Bailey is unable to go against Tennessee, look for Chris Harris to start across from Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Robert Mays expects Peyton Manning will target Julius Thomas and Knowshon Moreno often tomorrow.

Jeff Legwold is of the same mindset, but it should be noted that the Titans' staunch corners haven't faced a group of receivers anywhere near as deep as Denver's.

Andrew Mason discusses the Titans defense.

It doesn't get much dumber than suggesting that a team might not want home field advantage, but Mike Klis went there.

The Broncos have released the winter edition of their magazine, detailing the unveiling of ROF Plaza and paying tribute to the haughtiest of the haughty, Jim Saccomano.

News

Cleveland QB Jason Campbell has been cleared to play and will start against New England; Green Bay will stick with Matt Flynn over Aaron Rodgers, who returned to practice this week.

Seattle corner Brandon Browner has told the NFL to take their offer of a reduced suspension and shove it, keeping alive our hope that a player will someday take the league to court and win big.

Believe it or not, there's actually a not-so-ridiculous path for the Jaguars to make the playoffs this season.

Analysis

Chris Burke looks at the toughest remaining schedules facing playoff contenders.

Albert Breer expects minority hiring (or the NFL's lack thereof) to be a hot topic next offseason.

Maths

Deadspin puts FO's offensive DVOA figures into visual form.

Joel Corry checks in on the Raiders, Jaguars, and Jets, who are carrying the most dead money on their salary caps this season.

Brian Burke's data tells him Nick Saban's fateful decision to attempt a 57-yard FG against Auburn was actually a very close call. However, I'm not so sure it's reasonable to expect a backup college kicker to make even 10% of his attempts from that far a distance.

Media

Becuase Dan Snyder is a Lilliputian in every definition of the word, it's no surprise that he threatened more legal action against the D.C. media, as his team returns to laughingstock status.

ESPN's news boss, Vince Doria, tried, and failed, to defend the network's decision to disavow itself of its role in Frontline's League of Denial piece.

After having spent much of his national broadcast career fluffing the Cardinals, it follows that Tim McCarver may unretire to again work for them.

Yuks

PFT Commenter gets down to the bottom of who's a better QB between RG3 and his backup Kirk Cousins, via their wedding registries.

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