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Good Morning, MHR Friends! My brother-in-law Brock (who's a big Packers fan) asked me an interesting question the other day, about whether I thought Mike Shanahan could end up coaching Green Bay next year. At first, I gave him a quick "Are you nuts?!" but after thinking about it my curiosity was piqued; great young QB, decent defense, coach and GM under fire - O-Line and running game in need of fixing - perhaps a Shanny/Gibbs special. Last night, some talking head mentioned a possible reunion with Cutler in Chicago, with Lovie Smith now on the hot seat. Personally, I've had Shanny heading to Dallas next year in my mind all along; but now what if Wade and the Boys go deep into the playoffs? Would Shanny really work for Dan Snyder in Washington? What do you folks think?

NFL Films - Week 10: Broncos vs. Redskins Preview - Video

DB - Week 10 - Fri: McDaniels - Broncos TV

DB - Becoming a Champion Corner - Chris Gentilviso
"There were no changes to the Broncos’ Week 10 Injury Report on Friday. On the Redskins’ side, after not participating in either Wednesday or Thursday’s practice, RB Ladell Betts (ankle) was a limited participant on Friday. He is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at FedEx Field. A non-participant in Thursday’s session, P Hunter Smith (right groin) was a limited participant on Friday. He is also listed as questionable."

DPP - Paxton's streak to hit 100 games - Mike Klis
"Josh Barrett, a safety in the Broncos' "big nickel" package and a key special teams player, is listed as doubtful for the game Sunday because of a strained hamstring. Right tackle Ryan Harris will miss his second straight game with dislocated right toe. DE Ryan McBean is questionable (knee)."

DP - Harris out; McBean questionable for Sunday - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Champ reflects on deal that seems long ago - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Q&A: Is punter Mitch Berger the next player on the Broncos' hot seat? - Jeff Legwold

ESPN - Down the stretch with Denver, San Diego - Bill Williamson

DPP - Analysis: Redskins linebacker Fletcher leads team in tackles - for a good reason - Jeff Legwold

DB - Traveling Toward Success - Gray Caldwell
A profile of Le Kevin Smith, who will be starting his second NFL game (his first was Monday) tomorrow in Washington.

LTC - Broncos’ Jordan being patient - Brian Howell

CSG - Broncos working on defensive rebound - Frank Schwab

Y! - NFL: Broncos Troubles - Video
Jason Cole calls Jay Cutler "great," while Charles Robinson compares McD to Mangini. Mike Silver reminds everyone that Denver's defense is formidable.

Redskins News

WP - Redskins Gameday: Week 10, Redskins vs. Broncos - Doug Farrar & Paul Tenorio
A breakdown of Sunday's matchups, plus a neat animation of the Broncos' Wild Horses formation.

WP - Betts limited by foot injury but expects to play - Jason Reid

WP - Portis still feeling effects of concussion - Jason Reid

WP - Punter Smith might return Sunday against Broncos - Rick Maese
If not Smith, then Sam Paulescu (who was beaten out by Brett Kern in '08 for the Denver job) would punt for Washington.

AFC West News

ESPN - Final Word: AFC West - Bill Williamson

SDUT - Revolving door on Chargers defense - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Hardwick's return put on hold - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Merriman, Phillips may not play Sunday - Chris Jenkins

KCS - Smith could start at running back against Raiders - Kent Babb

USAT - Bell Tolls: Seymour embracing life at opposite end of the NFL - Jarrett Bell

SFC - Raiders receivers play catch-up during bye week - David White

SFG - Raiders Silver and Black Blog : Mum is Cable's word - David White

OT - Chaz Schilens' return to Raiders might help bad passing game - Steve Corkran

NFL News

NFL - Friday Injury Reports

NFL - NFL not laughing about Ochocinco's dollar-bill joke, fines him $20K

NFL - League fines Bears' Cutler, Harris fined for conduct vs. Cardinals

NFL - Bengals S Roy Williams placed on IR

NFL - Mangini responds to Lewis, says Browns not being overworked

NFL Opinion

FH - Between the Lines: Who's Allowing the Most Sacks? - J.J. Cooper

NYT - A New Cast Doesn’t Slow Peyton Manning - Judy Battista

FOX - Midseason Boom or Bust: Time to trust the Cowboys - Adam Schein

SN - Week 10: 10 bold predictions on playoff picture - RealScouts
RealScouts thinks the Dolts will win the division and the Broncos will miss the playoffs...

FOX - Where have all the bad-boy wideouts gone? - Kevin Hench

NFP - McCarthy has bigger problems than a maintenance worker - Robert Boland

NFP - Ahman never should have left - Andrew Brandt

NFL - Breaking down the free-agent class of an unpredictable offseason - Jason La Canfora

NFL - Scouts give a closer look as the season winds down - Bucky Brooks

PFW - Juniors rule the WR roost again - Nolan Nawrocki

Week 10 Picks and Previews

ESPN - Sunday Countdown online: Your weekly NFL guide - Week 10

NFL - While Brady and Manning duke it out, keep an eye on Young - Pat Kirwan

SI - NFL Week 10 Viewer's Guide, including Bengals-Steelers - Ross Tucker

SI - Cincinnati Bengals defense leads way; Patriots-Colts not big game - Peter King

SI - Patriots-Colts is NFL Game Of The Week - John P. Lopez

SN - Quarterback battles highlight Week 10 action - Clifton Brown

CBS - Peek at the Week: Patriots prepared to exploit Colts' weakness - Clark Judge

NYT - Week 10 N.F.L. Matchups - Mike Tanier
"Tips if you are going to FedEx Field: 1) Do not look DeAngelo Hall in the eyes. He will think you are challenging him. 2) Do not carry a sign to the stadium denigrating the Sherman Lewis-Sherman Smith by referencing Mister Peabody, Sherman T. Potter or General Tecumseh Sherman. Also, no swimming in Sherman’s Lagoon."

ESPN - Bill Simmons Week 10 NFL picks

ESPN - NFC playoffs likely headed indoors - Adam Schefter
"Upset of the week: Redskins over Broncos -- Denver, coming off a physical Monday night loss, now travels back East to play a Redskins team that showed signs of life against the Falcons in Week 9."

Special JC Section
I don't go out of my way to post Cutler articles; after Thursday, he's one of the biggest stories around...

FH - Mel Kiper: 'I Was Right' on Jay Cutler, and Mike Mayock Was Wrong - Michael David Smith

DP - Ode to McJaygate - Mike Klis

DP - Re-ranking 2006 QB class - Mike Klis

NFP - What is the story with Cutler? - Matt Bowen

NFP - Diner morning news: It’s not all Cutler’s fault - Mike Lombardi
"Don’t be too fast throwing Bears QB Jay Cutler into the Jeff George category. Trust me, he’s not Jeff George. He was careless with the football twice Thursday night, but he’s not Jeff George."

FH - Cutler Haters, Apologists: Meet Halfway - Matt Snyder