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.
Citing his recovery from heart surgery and the desire to better communicate with his players, John Fox announced Friday that he would coach Sunday's game against Tennessee from the Denver sideline, rather than up in the coaches' booth.
As for the players, Derek Wolfe was ruled out, as expected, while Champ Bailey and Trindon Holliday are listed as questionable. This, despite Bailey having been a full practice participant on Thursday and Friday; Holliday made a limited return on Friday after having sat out Wednesday and Thursday.
Since it went so well, we decided to do it again. Tom also contributes to Football Outsiders, and we're pleased to work with him again, as we respect his work and thoughts about football.
Here are five questions that I asked, and Tom answered, about the Titans:
Q: The numbers suggest that the Titans pass defense is good. What have they been doing, and who is playing well in pass defense?
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! With the forecast calling for cold conditions on Sunday, the Broncos moved their practice back outside on Thursday, and will likely do so again on Friday.
Following their now customary Wednesday off day, Peyton Manning and Joel Dreessen returned as full participants.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Julius Thomas, Danny Trevathan, Champ Bailey, Knowshon Moreno, and Malik Jackson were also full participants, after having been limited on Wednesday.
It was the first full practice for DRC since he was injured before halftime at New England.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Titans have taken major strides from a year ago, when they finished 6-10 and with a point differential of minus-141.
While they've dropped three of their past four, Tennessee sports a very respectable minus-3 differential through 12 games.
Of course, this is the week that figure could change, and in a big way.
Following an outdoor walkthrough, the Broncos' first practice since John Fox's return was forced indoors by cold and snowy weather.
Peyton Manning was held out for the fourth straight Wednesday; Derek Wolfe, Trindon Holliday, and Joel Dreessen also missed practice.
Wolfe is not expected to play Sunday, as doctors continue to try to figure out the cause of his frightening seizure-like episode.
Happy Wednesday, friends. I watched the film of the Kansas City game Tuesday night, and I was pretty surprised by what I saw in the All-22 view, because it went against the notion I had from watching the TV feed in real-time.
That is, I thought the Chiefs played a lot of single-high safety with an eighth man in the box to stop the run, and crowd short routes. You can't see the alignment of the safeties very well on the live view, and the outcome of the game (lots of deep passing by the Broncos, limited success running the ball) supported my thinking.
After all, the previous week, the Patriots stayed in two-deep all game, and contested every short route in front of it, trying to beat up the Broncos' receivers. That's how you get Knowshon Moreno running 37 times for 224 yards; the offense takes what the defense is giving it.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Appropriately, the NFL has fined Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin $100K for his sideline shenanigans.
Additionally, Tomlin has been removed from the competition committee, which also makes sense.
However, the league will await the final draft order before determining whether to dock any of the Steelers' picks.
This would seem a reasonable plan, given that the potential value of each of the team's picks varies quite widely at this juncture.
Eric Decker's career day not only earned him a place in Denver's record book, it garnered him the AFC Offensive POW award for the first time.
The fourth-year wideout set a new personal best with 174 receiving yards in Denver's 35-28 win over Kansas City, and his four receiving touchdowns are the most by any player in franchise history.