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Report: Gase unlikely to take Browns job

Denver OC Adam Gase leaning toward staying with Broncos and not jumping to Cleveland Browns if he gets offer, source says

Word in league circles is that agent Bob LaMonte has been telling folks that Gase, 35, might need another season as coordinator before taking a head job. What’s more, he thinks Gase will have multiple opportunities next year, especially after one more season with Manning, who’s playing the best ball of his career under Gase.

Question is, will the Browns still conduct the interview if they get the sense that Gase is having reservations? At least one league source questions if the interview will actually even take place.

We agree with LaMonte - another year working with Manning will only make Gase an even more attractive candidate. Besides, who wants to coach in Cleveland, anyway?

2014 Broncos to be Browncos, Part Deux?

Defensive End Added to Practice Squad

Davis, a third-year player, will wear No. 72 with the Broncos. He was originally drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. The University of Louisiana-Lafayette product has seen action in three career games with Tennessee (2010) and Cleveland (2012).

Five of the six players signed in the past eight days are former Browns (Davis, Ryan Miller, Jordan Norwood, Eric Hagg, L.J. Fort), meaning they weren't good enough for a team that just went 4-12 and fired its head coach after one season. Great idea, Heckert.

Report: Lovie to Tampa Bay

Sources: Bucs to hire Lovie Smith

Lovie Smith has reached an agreement to become the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Smith is coming full circle here, as his first NFL gig was as an assistant to Tony Dungy with the Bucs. Of course, the two later met as opposing head coaches in SB 41, when Dungy and Peyton Manning's Colts defeated Smith's Bears.

Lovie had previously interviewed with the Texans, who have reportedly reached agreement with PSU coach Bill O'Brien, and was said to have drawn interest from Detroit and Washington.

Elias: Manning-to-Decker throw too close to call

Peyton Manning's record to stand

In one camera angle, the pass to Decker looks like a lateral, which would make it a running play. Another angle, from above, shows Decker receiving the ball at the Broncos’ 48-yard line, with Manning slightly deeper than that.

Elias reviews plays all season long, so we don't buy the notion that changing this play would be singling out Manning. But if the available camera angles were inconclusive, then this is the right decision.

Broncos to host divisional round game on Sunday, January 12

NFL playoff schedule

TBA at No. 1 Denver Broncos, Sunday Jan. 12 at 4:40 p.m. ET on CBS

Denver will host the worst-seeded team among San Diego (#6), Kansas City (#5), or Indianapolis (#4). Of course, the Chargers and Colts are two of the three teams to have beaten Denver this year, while the second-seeded Pats are the other one.

Craig Morton sues NFL over head injuries

Former Quarterback Sues Over Hits to Head

Morton’s 84-page filing was born out of frustration with the proposed settlement and is a sign that some players may continue pursuing cases.

Lawyers for Morton, who was with the Giants from 1974 to 1976 and played in the 1978 Super Bowl with Denver, accused the N.F.L. of agreeing to a settlement just before the season began as a way to deflect negative attention from the league.

Morton was not among the original plaintiffs, but fellow Broncos ROFers Floyd Little, Randy Gradishar, Karl Mecklenburg, Dennis Smith, Rich Jackson, and Goose Gonsoulin were.

Fox admits Woodyard demotion

Quick Hits from Coach Fox

Wesley Woodyard is a great player for us and he’s done a tremendous job. Wesley Woodyard’s fine. He’s going to play a lot of football for us moving forward. It really doesn’t have much to do with that. It that the other guys have earned opportunities and the more guys that you can call on, the better it is for your football time…He had a type of injury that can affect you and the more hits you take on it the less it is. It’s not so much just about that, it’s part of it but basically the situation is giving other guys opportunities that we feel like have earned them.

How do you say someone has been demoted without really saying he's been demoted? You say everything you can but the actual words.

Welker will not face Chargers

Wes Welker suffers concussion

However, even if Welker were to be cleared for activity this week with that exam, the protocol would preclude him from playing in Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers.

Following Sunday’s game, Broncos coach John Fox called Welker’s concussion “our only significant injury.”

With Welker having suffered two concussions in only four weeks' time, our highest hope should probaby be that he returns in time for the playoffs.

Report: Shanny nearly fled Washington last year

Owner-QB link disillusioned coach

Disillusioned with the way Snyder was running the organization, Shanahan cleaned out his office in advance of January’s wild-card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks and expected to leave the team whenever the season ended, according to a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The source said Shanahan had grown tired of the way Snyder empowered Griffin and openly esteemed him above all other players.

While we can't blame him for wanting out from under Dan Snyder, isn't it convenient that this news emerges as it seems Shanny might lose his job?

But the idea that he would ditch a playoff team is about as believable as the belated claim that he would have cut Brandon Marshall following Marshall's first Pro Bowl season.

Kubes out in Houston

Report: Gary Kubiak expected to be fired today

Peter King of Sports Illustrated says he expects Texans coach Gary Kubiak to be fired today, after his team endured an 11th straight loss last night in Jacksonville.

Houston's fall has been quick, and severe. It's quite something to go from supposed SB contenders to possibly picking first overall in the draft.

What are the chances Kubes ends up back working with Shanny, assuming the tan one doesn't also get canned?