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Doom: Broncos’ last contract offer was a slap in the face

Elvis Dumervil, Mike Adams doing just fine after departing Broncos
www.denverpost.com

“The last time I had 17 sacks (in 2009), I was an outside linebacker. Then I got injured and when I came back, I played defensive end.

“I didn’t complain. I did my job. I played hurt. I just wanted to win for those guys. The fans, the city. But then with the contract, they threw the fact I didn’t have 15 sacks in my face.”

Doom's Baltimore contract: five years, $26M. DeMarcus Ware's Denver deal: three years, $30M. Just sayin'.

Don’t hold Gary Kubiak’s Houston struggles against him, just yet

Carroll, Belichick excelled after failing the first time
www.usatoday.com

When the confetti falls on either the Seahawks or Patriots next Sunday, 12 of the last 18 Super Bowl champions will have been coached by men who had felt the sting of the pink slip as an NFL head coach.

While trivia like this bears no indication of how Gary Kubiak will fare in Denver, the stories of Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll show us not to dismiss Kubiak's chances based upon his Houston tenure.

Do the Chargers already have a Los Angeles stadium deal in place?

Chargers call report of stadium deal in Los Angeles untrue
espn.go.com

The San Diego Chargers refuted a report from a St. Louis radio station that the team has a deal in place for a new stadium in Los Angeles.

Andy Strickland of CBS Sports radio 920 AM in St. Louis reported Friday that according to high-ranking officials in St. Louis, Chargers owner Dean Spanos has a deal in place with Goldman Sachs to build a stadium in Los Angeles, and the NFL asked him to hold off from announcing or releasing those plans.

The Chargers claim they still want to stay in San Diego, which is about as believable as the Raiders moving to San Antonio.

Emmanuel Sanders thinks Peyton Manning will be back in 2015

Sanders thinks Peyton Manning will return to Broncos
www.nfl.com

Sanders said his only communication with Manning was a post-season text, but added that he thinks the quarterback will return for another season.

However, if Manning does retire, Sanders believes that Brock Osweiler could fit seamlessly into new coach Gary Kubiak’s scheme and help him get that Super Bowl ring.

“Yeah, I think Brock is a quarterback that is on the rise, he’s going continuously get better and I feel like Kubiak’s offense fits him really well,” he said.

FWIW, DeMarcus Ware, Woody Paige, and Vic Lombardi also think Manning will be back for at least one more go.

Dungy: Don’t forget about the Patriots’ substitution antics

Dungy: NFL needs to restrict New England’s substitution game
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

“The NFL is going to have to do something about the Patriots’ ineligible-eligible substitution game. It is nothing but an intent to deceive and they are doing it very well. They’re reporting so fast and going so quickly the defense can’t respond. In fact, the officials can’t keep up.”

There's pretty much no other way to view it, unless you live in a certain region of the country.

Also, the Patriots are even more dominant when it’s raining

Patriots Do Notably Well in Wet Weather, Analysis Shows
www.nytimes.com

Over the past 12 seasons, the New England Patriots have played so well in wet conditions that their margin of victory in those games has exceeded the betting “spread” — set by a global market that tries to take all known advantages into account — a remarkable 80 percent of the time, according to a new statistical analysis by a sports betting information website.

In those 20 games, New England's average score has been 30.5-13.2, for a whopping 17.3-point average margin of victory.

For some reason, the Patriots hardly ever fumble

The Patriots Have Incredible Ball Security
www.advancedfootballanalytics.com

I’m not sticking my neck out here and saying this is evidence of anything. It’s fair to say that Belichick emphasizes ball security emphatically, and is quick to bench players who drop the ball. Everyone will have their own opinion anyway. I’ll just say, either way, it’s worth looking at. If it’s a result of an unfair advantage, that’s interesting. If it’s the result of good coaching, that’s just as interesting.

These numbers are stunning. FWIW, the Broncos were fumbling machines prior to 2014.

Kubes: Let’s win one for Mr. B

Klee: Broncos and Gary Kubiak emphasize family, and this hire is for the patriarch
gazette.com

Kubiak stopped me before I could even finish, his heartfelt response proof enough.

“I know where you’re going,” Kubiak said. “It’s tremendous motivation for me to come here and work for their family. It would be a dream come true to come here and let them hold that trophy again.

“You’re right. He’s been a very special man in my life. It means a great deal to me.”

Brick wall, anyone?

John Elway didn’t need to cheat to throw well

John Elway 'never even thought about' deflating footballs
www.usatoday.com

“I never even thought about it,” John Elway told USA TODAY Sports Wednesday afternoon.

Elway, the Hall of Fame quarterback-turned-general manager of the Denver Broncos, played in all sorts of weather conditions in his 16-year NFL career and dismissed the idea that quarterbacks would want to alter the level of inflation in a ball to help gain a better grip.

As for cheating to get under the salary cap, well...

Should Britton Colquitt really be Denver’s ninth highest paid player?

Lessons learned: The just so-so special teams
espn.go.com

Couple those issues with a ho-hum season from Colquitt – his 37.6 net yards per punt was his lowest showing in net yardage since 2010 – and a lack of an overall impact, save for Omar Bolden’s work late in the season, in the return game, and new special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis has a big to-do list.

Colquitt is schedule to be the Broncos' ninth highest paid player in terms of cap value, and remains the highest paid punter in the league relative to AAV, despite being the league's fifth-worst in terms of net average. Cutting him (post-June 1) would leave $750K in dead money and save $3M against the cap.