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Peyton Manning's father expects him to reach a decision on his NFL future "maybe in the next week or two."

"He’s given a lot of thought to it," Archie Manning said. "(I) think he’s taken a good evaluation of where he is physically." Most signs have pointed toward Manning returning for a fourth season in Denver.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 29 - 7:40 PM

Broncos hired Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator.

Everyone except irrational Cowboys fans seems to realize how great a coach and defensive mind Phillips is. This is a fantastic hire for the Broncos, who reunite Gary Kubiak with Phillips after the two teamed to turn the Texans into a legitimate Super Bowl contender in the early 2010s. Phillips runs an aggressive "one-gap" 3-4 defense, which will play to the edge-rushing strengths of Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. Outgoing DC Jack Del Rio essentially refused to blitz in 2014, and ultimately failed to maximize Denver's otherworldly defensive talent.
Jan 28 - 8:23 PM

The Broncos are interviewing Wade Phillips for their defensive coordinator vacancy.

67-year-old Phillips is the best candidate on the market. His most recent defensive coordinator work came in Houston under new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, where Phillips inherited the league's No. 30 unit in 2011 and turned them into an annual top-7 group. Phillips was also John Elway's head coach from 1993-94. He should jump at the chance to work with a talented defense headlined by Von Miller, Chris Harris, Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware.
Jan 27 - 8:31 AM

Broncos LBs coach Richard Smith is reportedly likely to be named defensive coordinator of the Falcons.

Smith, who has been coaching at the NFL level since 1993, will focus on the run defense. He'll be under defensive-minded head coach Dan Quinn and defensive-minded assistant head coach Raheem Morris. Expect Smith to adapt to Quinn's Seattle scheme, meaning plenty of press coverage and not using stud Desmond Trufant in a shadow role.
Jan 26 - 10:32 AM

Broncos LT Ryan Clady is expected to be one of the main beneficiaries of new coach Gary Kubiak's offense.

Kubiak is a proponent of the zone-blocking system that excels with athletic linemen like Clady. It's the same system Clady played when the Broncos drafted him 12th overall in the 2008 draft. The Broncos have become more of a power offense with Peyton Manning under center. Kubiak will implement more ZBS concepts than ex-OC Adam Gase. Clady was PFF's 41st-ranked tackle in 2014.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 25 - 11:18 AM

ESPN's Jeff Legwold passes along "buzz" from the Senior Bowl that Wade Phillips is a candidate for the Broncos' defensive coordinator vacancy.

The Redskins surprisingly chose Joe Barry over Phillips despite their respective track records; Barry has been highly unsuccessful as a defensive coordinator in the past, whilst the opposite can be said of Phillips. Phillips worked under Gary Kubiak in Houston and is a logical fit in Denver.
Jan 22 - 5:55 PM

Broncos signed QB Zac Dysert to a reserve/future contract.

Dysert, 24, spent the entire season on Denver's practice squad. He'll enter the offseason as the No. 3 quarterback behind Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler.
Jan 21 - 7:13 PM

The Denver Post's Woody Paige reports Peyton Manning plans to return to the Broncos in 2015.

Paige isn't a Broncos beat writer, but has a long history in the Denver area and cites "three trustworthy sources." As long as Manning passes his annual spring physical and informs the team prior to March 9, he should be back for another run at the Super Bowl in 2015 under new coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak and GM John Elway have both publicly voiced their support for Manning's return.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 21 - 11:06 AM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson is "hearing" ex-Texans DC Wade Phillips "could get play" from the Raiders and Broncos for their defensive-coordinator vacancies.

Phillips, 67, was in the mix for the Redskins' DC job, but was passed over in favor of Joe Barry. Phillips coordinated new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak's defenses in Houston for three seasons from 2011-2013, leading them to three top-10 finishes in total defense. Phillips would be an excellent hire for either team.
Jan 20 - 8:49 PM

Speaking at his introductory press conference, new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak hinted he'd give Peyton Manning wide latitude with the offense.

"We're going to run the Denver Broncos' offense, not Gary Kubiak's offense," were Kubiak's exact words. It's Kubiak's way of making it publicly clear to Manning that he'll still be able to run the show as he sees fit. Kubiak has more of an established identity that Manning's previous Denver play-callers, but the sides shouldn't have an issue bridging differences. A fading Manning should appreciate Kubiak's commitment to the running game.
Jan 20 - 2:43 PM

C.J. Anderson said the Gary Kubiak offense fits him well.

We'd agree. Kubiak executes a Shanahanian scheme, which means zone-blocking concepts and one-cut running. It's been incredibly successful on the ground, producing big Kubiak-led seasons out of Clinton Portis, Reuben Droughns, Mike Anderson, Steve Slaton, Arian Foster and Justin Forsett. Anderson's downhill style meshes well and he showed true foundation-back ability once given a chance in 2014. There's first-round fantasy upside here.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 20 - 10:01 AM

Former Broncos QB Jake Plummer believes Peyton Manning and new coach Gary Kubiak can work together.

Kubiak runs a Shanahan West Coast offense, one that typically features a lot of bootlegs, roll-outs and throwing on the run. That obviously doesn't fit Manning's skill set. However, Kubiak had plenty of success with similarly immobile Matt Schaub in Houston and even a declining Manning is a better option than Brock Osweiler. Peyton is reportedly still undecided on his future, but we'd be surprised if he didn't suit up for $19 million next season. In Kubiak's lone year with the Ravens, Joe Flacco set career-highs in passing yards (3,986), touchdowns (27) and QBR (67.3).
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 19 - 9:56 AM

Broncos will hire Rick Dennison as their new offensive coordinator.

Gary Kubiak is bringing Dennison with him once again. This time, it's to talent-laden Denver where he'll institute a version of the Kubiak/Shanahan scheme that will likely be tweaked to fit Peyton Manning. Dennison played for the Broncos from 1982-90 and was a coach in Denver from 1995-2009 under Mike Shanahan. He's been with Kubiak for stops in Houston and Baltimore.
Jan 19 - 12:01 AM

Broncos finalized a four-year contract with Gary Kubiak to become their head coach.

It's a homecoming for Kubiak, who played for the Broncos from 1983-91 and was an assistant coach under Mike Shanahan there from 1995-05. Kubiak coached current Broncos boss John Elway during the first four years of that stint. He'll bring the Shanahan offense back to Denver, which means a consistently effective one-cut run scheme (hello, C.J. Anderson) and an "X" receiver that gets peppered with targets (hello, Demaryius Thomas). On Kubiak's watch, the 2014 Ravens set a franchise record in offensive yards per game (364.9), scored roughly a touchdown more per game than they did in 2013 and Justin Forsett came out of nowhere to finish as fantasy's No. 8 RB. Of course, the biggest moving part here is Peyton Manning. Although Kubiak reportedly wasn't interested in Manning three years ago in Houston, we suspect he'll want Peyton over Brock Osweiler this time around -- even if he has to change his scheme a bit.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 18 - 9:19 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Peyton Manning is still undecided on his future.

Both Manning and the Broncos have another month or so before Peyton has to take his annual physical to lock in his $19 million salary. It appears the Broncos have landed on Gary Kubiak as their next head coach. Manning wanted to sign with Kubiak's Texans ahead of the 2012 season, but Houston was content with Matt Schaub at the time. So, the Kubiak hire would likely be viewed as a positive for Manning. However, Kubiak's West Coast offense doesn't look like a great fit for a 39-year-old quarterback that can't move and escape pressure. Most Broncos writers expect Manning to return for an 18th season.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 10:55 AM


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