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Unbelievable: 1-5 Chiefs offer Pioli an extension

The NFL Today: Embattled Chiefs GM Pioli offered two-year extension, yet to sign
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Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli has been under intense scrutiny from fans and local media, but has been staunchly supported by owner Clark Hunt, who despite the turmoil recently offered Pioli a two-year extension, according to a league source.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have Bill Belichick thrust upon them.

Our advice to Scott Pioli: sign the extension.  The less strenuous the division is for the Broncos, the better. 

Broncos’ subtle move shows they’re getting smarter

Broncos acquire returner Trindon Holliday
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The Broncos are taking a chance that Trindon Holliday can enhance their return game.  The Houston Texans’ kickoff and punt returner this year until he was waived earlier this week, Holliday was claimed and awarded to the Broncos on Thursday,

They say the definition of stupidity is dating a girl with a Raiders tattoo doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Consider the Broncos suddenly wiser.  This move won't get a lot of attention, but I like it.  In previous years, the Broncos have drafted various types of players and hoped someone would emerge as a return threat.  Trindon's signing (we hope) shows a recognition by the Broncos that the strategy has failed.  

Holliday may not work out, but the Broncos deserve some credit for realizing the value of having a return specialist on the roster.

Brees: My boy Phil is elite for another decade

No mistaking the player, but Rivers the person is just misunderstood
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“Philip is an elite quarterback,” Brees said after throwing for four touchdowns in a 31-24 defeat of the Chargers and Rivers on Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. “I know at the end of the day quarterbacks are judged on wins, losses and championships, but there have been Hall of Fame quarterbacks who’ve played this game and not won Super Bowls—Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Warren Moon, Dan Fouts. There are certain circumstances that sometimes come into play ...”

Brees paused.

“Philip’s in the prime of his career and he could be in the prime of it for the next eight to 10 years,” he continued. “The story is still to be written on him.”

Epilogue:  Philip Rivers's career suddenly took a turn for the worst in 2012, when the usually hard-nosed quarterback became skittish in the pocket--flinching from phantom defenders, rushing his throws, throwing off his back foot inside the pocket, and tossing the ball out of bounds at the first sign of trouble.  Perhaps the beginning of the end came with a four-interception performance against the Denver Broncos on Monday, October 15th, when Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey returned two interceptions for touchdowns, and Von Miller (currently nominated for the Hall of Fame), tallied five sacks in one game.  After the game, Rivers could only repeat the word: "Rosebud."

J.J. Watt is 15 feet tall

Woody Johnson: Tim Tebow with Jets for 3 more years
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“We should’ve done a better job of accounting for (Watt). And keeping an eye, spy on him. And just don’t throw in that area or throw extremely high ... He’s 6-6. He can jump 30 inches. So he’s probably like 15 feet when you add it all up.” Johnson said.

Putting a spy on J.J. Watt.  Geeze, why didn't we think of that, Woody?

PFF: Von was the best player on the field Sunday

ReFo: Broncos @ Patriots, Week 5
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Last season we thought he was as good as any defensive player in football before injuring his thumb and this season he is every bit as good if not better. In this game his grade of +12.3 breaks the scale of the PFF player pages thanks to a day in which he dominated at the point of attack with speed, power and quickness.

If there was a player that impressed every time you looked at him in this game, it was Von Miller who edges a great performance from Welker to earn the game ball.

We already heaped praise on Von Miller for the dominance of his play on Sunday; it was undeniable watching it live, the ANS figures backed it up, and now we have PFF's grades to reconfirm.

On the season, Von ranks second among linebackers in ANS's EPA figure, while his PFF grade (+31) dwarfs that of any other NFL linebacker, regardless of scheme. His +12.3 grade for Sunday alone, is better than the full-season grades of all but NaVorro Bowman (+13.4), Daryl Washington (+13.2), and Justin Houston (+12.7).

Anyone pining for Marcell Dareus (-7.4) or Nick Fairley (-1.1) right about now? Didn't think so.

Broncos adjusted by going with dual calls on defense

Tom Brady's secret to beating Peyton Manning? Being in control
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“They’d have two plays called, so they knew what they were gonna do on the next rep,” cornerback Tracy Porter said. “And we’d only have one play called, so we’d wait to get the other play from the sideline, and they’re already lined up. We adjusted, and we started going dual calls in the huddle, let us keep up with the pace of the game. But in the beginning, it did catch us off-guard.”

It's great the Broncos adjusted yesterday.  Sure it is--when in Rome, do as the Romans do.  

But how long did it take before the Broncos started acting like Romans?  Let's hope it happened before the second half.

D.J. Williams loses another three games to suspension

Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams' suspension increased by NFL
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The Denver Broncos will be without linebacker D.J. Williams until mid-November after the NFL added three games to his suspension Friday. Williams was punished for violating the league’s substance abuse policy following his conviction in August of driving while ability impaired.

He already was serving a six-game suspension to start the season for violating the league’s banned-substances policy - such as performance enhancing drugs - after the NFL said he supplied a “non-human” urine sample during a drug test. Williams, the team’s leading tackler in four of the last five seasons, won’t be eligible to return to the Broncos until Nov. 12.

D.J. Williams--a walking public service announcement in which a suspension is worth a thousand words.  

Can you believe the Jets gave the Broncos a fourth-round pick for this?

Slauson on Tebow: “That option is not an option”
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With all the talk about when/if the Jets will switch from quarterback Mark Sanchez to quarterback Tim Tebow, a fairly important constituency has been overlooked. 

The other players on the team.

One of them, guard Matt Slauson, says that the idea of a change in quarterbacks and the offensive overhaul resulting from it won’t work.
“That isn’t our offense,” Slauson said, per Bob Glauber of Newsday. “I have no idea what we’d have to do.  But to us in this room, that option is not an option.”

Of course, you knew this was coming.  We predicted Sanchez would last about eight games before he caved under the pressure of the media, the fans, and his own fancy pants.

We're heeding ESPN's advice--you can't talk enough about Tebow.  This is especially true when it's not your city or your beloved team being paraded on the national stage and used as a lightning rod for America's culture war.  As Malcom X might have said: "We didn't land on Tim Tebow.  Tim Tebow landed on us."

And we're glad he did.  Tebow is fond of saying that God has a plan.  If God's plan for the Broncos meant enduring the McDaniels/Tebow era in order to pave the way for the Elway/Manning era, then hallelujah---better expressed by John McClane in the movie Die Hard: Yippee-ki-yay, Mother$#%@er!

Manning reportedly taking minority stake in NBA’s Grizzlies

Report: Peyton Manning to become minority owner of Memphis Grizzlies
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According to Chris Vernon of ESPN radio in Memphis, Manning has agreed to become a minority owner of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies.

According to Vernon, other members of the Grizzlies ownership includes Penny Hardaway and Justin Timberlake.

We always wondered why Peyton was so noticeably quiet during last year's NFL lockout; we'll still buy Mike Freeman's assertion that Manning kept mum to protect his own brand. But could part of the reasoning have been that Peyton saw himself as a future franchise owner, in the NFL or elsewhere?

Breer: Pats missing Hernandez on Sunday “a virtual certainty”

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Pregame work for NE-DEN—Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez is a virtual certainty to miss the Bronco game, I’m told, but could be back for Wk 6.

New England is still loaded without Hernandez, as evidenced by their 52 points and 580 yards of offense against Buffalo. Rob Gronkowski still looms as a devastating TE, and Denver has had their problems covering that position. But Gronk also missed practice yesterday due to a hip injury.

However you cut it, the Patriots being without Hernandez is a boon to Denver's chances on Sunday.

Update 3:09pm ET - Hernandez did practice today, but Breer is sticking with his report.