Ted Wells, Jeff Pash leading NFL investigation into Patriots’ shrunken balls

The NFL has released a statement detailing its investigation into the Patriots' latest potential cheating scandal. Ted Wells (who investigated the Dolphins' hazing) and Jeff Pash are leading the query, for which "nearly 40 interviews" have occurred (none of them reportedly involving Tom Brady).

Here's the statement in full.

Everyone thinks the Patriots are full of hot air

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady took to the podium on Thursday, and quite predictably, pleaded total ignorance to their latest (of many) possible cheating scandal(s).

Given his 40 years of coaching in the NFL and well known reputation as a micromanager, it's hard to believe Belichick previously knew nothing about what happens to game balls each Sunday, as he suggested.

Brady was even less convincing, first admitting that he's very particular about his game balls, but then claiming to have noticed no inconsistencies during the AFC title game.

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Coaching Carousel: Niners hire Eric Mangini, Tony Sparano, Jason Tarver

Let's get caught up on the rest of the week's coaching hirings. Jim Tomsula continues to build his coaching staff with the Niners, including a couple of castoffs from across the Bay.

Tomsula has reportedly hired former Jets and Browns coach Eric Mangini to be his defensive coordinator. Tony Sparano, who, like Mangini, interviewed for the Raiders' head job, will coach tight ends under Tomsula and a yet-to-be-hired OC, possibly former Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin.

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Broncos hire defensive line coach Bill Kollar from Texans

Gary Kubiak is set to hire his first defensive assistant in Denver by bringing defensive line coach Bill Kollar over from Houston. Kollar, 62, spent six seasons with the Texans, including his first five under Kubiak. Houston coach Bill O'Brien permitted the lateral move because Kollar's two sons and grandsons live in Denver.

Kollar is credited with playing a large role in the development of J.J. Watt; he'll take over for Jay Rodgers, whose brother, Jeff, has followed John Fox to Chicago. There's no word yet on whether Jay will join the exodus.

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Report: Broncos contact Wade Phillips about DC job

Having been rebuffed by Cincy in their efforts to hire Vance Joseph, the Broncos have reportedly reached out to former DC and head coach Wade Phillips about running their defense.

Phillips spent the 2014 season out of the NFL; from 2011 to 2013, he was Houston's DC under Gary Kubiak, and took over on an interim basis after Kubiak was fired. He was Denver's DC from 1989 to 1992 and their head coach the next two years, when he essentially served as the placeholder until Mike Shanahan felt ready to take over the team.

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Bad Lip Reading: NFL 2015

Denver Broncos 2015 offseason calendar

Here are the pertinent dates for Denver's offseason. Bookmark and share it; or, if you prefer, you'll be able to find it throughout the offseason on our Featured Content menu on the right:

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Broncos re-sign Zac Dysert to future contract

The Broncos re-signed quarterback Zac Dysert to a future contract on Wednesday. Denver drafted the Miami of Ohio alum in the seventh round of the 2013 Draft; he was inactive for all 16 games as a rookie and spent the 2014 season on the practice squad.

The latest on the Patriots’ shrunken balls

Jay Glazer, FOX:

The Baltimore Ravens tipped off the Indianapolis Colts going into the AFC title game about the Patriots doctoring the air in footballs, according to FOX Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer.

According to Glazer, the NFL was already planning to inspect the balls at halftime, despite D'Qwell Jackson's interception originally being reported as the cause.

While the NFL is still investigating and figuring out what direction to go in terms of possible penalties for Bill Belichick and the Patriots in what is being dubbed "Deflategate," many NFL owners, general managers and coaches are tired of the Patriots and are wondering if the league will finally take a hard line.

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Adam Gase joins John Fox in Chicago

As expected, the Bears and John Fox have reportedly hired former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase to run their offense.

Additionally, Ed Donatell will coach defensive backs under Fox and Vic Fangio; Donatell held that position during two stints with the Broncos (1995-99, 2009-10).