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Broncos owner Bowlen to wait before determining McDaniels' fate - The Denver Post
"This has been a very trying and disappointing season for all of us," Bowlen said in his statement. "We haven't had the success we had hoped to achieve. Josh McDaniels is the head coach of the Broncos, and you always strive for stability at that position. However, with five games left in the 2010 season, we will continue to monitor the progress of the team and evaluate what's in the best interest of this franchise."

Paige: Broncos should turn to Elway to clean up mess - The Denver Post
Why not hire the most successful, renowned and honored player in Broncos history to a newly created position of executive vice president, football operations?

Broncos Mailbag: Video violation wins over former "hater" - The Denver Post
I have been a Coach McDaniels "hater" since he got here. I loved what he did with our defense, but I still believe if he had kept the offense in place, we would have been in the playoffs last year! I finally found something I respect about the man. While many are now jumping off the bandwagon, I find myself believing and pulling for him even more. It must have been tempting to look at the six-minute video, but he refused. Do you think there are others like me who actually found a new respect for our coach?

Broncos are going through the valley right now - The Denver Post
Sometimes folks tell you things and those things don't quite click. You're young, you're distracted

McDaniels not worried about in-house leak - The Denver Post
McDaniels said it was "disappointing" to hear information from a private meeting was made public. McDaniels, though, said he wouldn't worry about who leaked the information.

Analysis: Orton isn't the only NFL quarterback struggling to convert third-down plays - The Denver Post
Veteran quarterback Kyle Orton ranks 21st in the NFL in passer rating on third down, having thrown three touchdown passes and three interceptions in those situations this season. People say it's time to put rookie Tim Tebow in there, that Orton's not up to the task. But look at the quarterback ranked No. 19 on that list of passer ratings on third down. It's Peyton Manning. Yes, Peyton Manning. No. 24 on that list is Joe Flacco. No. 26 on that list is Eli Manning. Donovan McNabb is ranked 29th on that list. So while it's a quarterback's universe in football, no quarterback, even a future Hall of Fame quarterback such as Manning, can overcome an offense that can't run the ball and a defense that can't stop anybody.

Denver Broncos eyeing ... Kansas City Chiefs - The Denver Post
For the record: The Chiefs are 7-4 and in first place in the AFC West. The Broncos are 3-8 and in last place in the AFC W

Q&A: Playing time for Tebow may become a business decision - The Denver Post
Consumer confidence in the Broncos is low. When that happens, playing Tebow becomes a business decision as well as a football decision. Empty seats are the bane of any professional team, especially one that has so much pride in its decades-long sellout streak. There were a lot of empty seats Sunday in Denver at the Broncos-Rams game. And thousands of fans who came to the game left early because the Rams had a 33-13 lead midway through the third quarter. The Rams won 36-33.

Broncos' McDaniels aware of negativity around him, team - The Denver Post
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said Monday morning that he is "not oblivious" to the negativity surrounding him and his team in the wake of the team's eighth loss this season and yet another off-field controversy.

Steve Scarnecchia visits Broncos' Dove Valley complex briefly | All Things Broncos
The Broncos’ former director of video operations Steve Scarnecchia made a final appearance at the team’s Dove Valley complex Monday.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals - Recap - November 29, 2010 - ESPN
Brian Westbrook finally got an opportunity to show he can still do it. News that San Francisco's Frank Gore has a broken right hip means more chances are just ahead.

Andre Johnson, Cortland Finnegan each fined $25,000 by NFL for fight - ESPN
The NFL fined Houston's Andre Johnson and Tennessee's Cortland Finnegan $25,000 each Monday for their fight in Sunday's game, but is not suspending them.

Ben Roethlisberger of Pittsburgh Steelers suffered sprained foot in win over Buffalo Bills - ESPN
Ben Roethlisberger has a week to prepare for the Steelers' biggest game of the season.

NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith answers player criticism over 18-game counterproposal - ESPN
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith has been deluged with phone calls, text messages and emails from players who were unhappy to hear a report that progress was made last week on the proposed 18-game regular season. Smith sent a memo to all NFL players on Monday to explain the union's position.

NFL reviewing argument between Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib and game official - ESPN
The NFL is looking into a verbal confrontation between Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib and an official who worked the Buccaneers' game against the Baltimore Ravens.

NFL turns down James Harrison's fine appeals - ESPN
The NFL has rejected Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison's appeals of his $75,000 fine for a hit on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and $20,000 fine for slamming helmet-first into New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' back.

Mike Tolbert says San Diego Chargers teammate Vincent Jackson not faking calf injury - ESPN
Chargers running back Mike Tolbert defended teammate Vincent Jackson on Monday, saying the wide receiver got hurt in practice last week and wouldn't have faked an injury in his first game back following a contract dispute.

Buffalo Bills rally around inconsolable WR Stevie Johnson - ESPN
Stevie Johnson's fine and his teammates had his back Monday, a day after the Buffalo Bills receiver was left questioning God and himself for dropping what would've been an overtime game-winning touchdown pass.

Receiver Greg Jennings among injured Green Bay Packers with hurt foot - ESPN
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy knows the Packers will have a tough time winning in December with quarterback Aaron Rodgers as their leading rusher. news: Division-leading Bears, Chiefs could miss out on playoffs
With December nearly here, it's time to think about which teams are bound for the playoffs. If the season had ended after Week 12 a year ago, 11 of the 12 teams in postseason position at that point made the playoffs. The only team that wasn't part of the picture after Week 12 last year that made the dance was the New York Jets. The eventual Super Bowl teams had the best records in the league, as both the Saints and Colts were 11-0. news: Wild season calls for examining where contenders stand
Week 12 is over and we are now three quarters of the way through the season -- one that has not gone to plan. Most everyone's preseason Super Bowl predictions are down the tubes, and now is a good time to take a mulligan and re-examine things. news: These eight games will chart map to playoff course
With so many things uncertain as we head into December, several playoff spots won't be decided until the final two weeks of the season. However, there are some games that will be played earlier in the month that will, at the least, set the table for an intriguing stretch run and possibly determine things outright. news: Report: Eagles' Jackson distraught after Reid's tongue-lashing
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson and coach Andy Reid are "all squared away" following a locker room confrontation Sunday, a high-level team source told NFL Network's Albert Breer Monday. news: Pats' Brady on Jets showdown: 'It's going to be a hell of a game'
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told WEEI-AM on Monday that he and his team "haven't done anything" yet, and look forward to another shot at the New York Jets on Dec. 6, after falling to their AFC East rival 28-14 in Week 2.

Frank Gore Reportedly Suffers Season-Ending Hip Injury -- NFL FanHouse
Frank Gore fractured his right hip in San Francisco's Monday night win over Arizona, according to a report by Mindi Bach of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. The NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported that Gore will miss the rest of the 2010 season.

Randy Moss' lost season with Patriots, Vikings, Titans - Dan Shaughnessy -
Here in New England, a couple of months ago, we actually cared about Randy Moss. Now you never hear his name around Gillette Stadium. The Patriots host the New York Jets in Foxborough on Monday Night Football next week and Randy Moss is ancient history. He is a non-factor.

The Bears get serious, the Falcons' dome invincibility, more Snaps - Don Banks -
It took until Thanksgiving weekend, but the Bears just won over a bunch of believers. For those skeptics (me included) who have been waiting all season for Chicago to garner a genuine respect-earning victory, it just arrived! We can't keep sneezing at the Bears' won-loss record anymore. Not after they improved to an eye-opening 8-3 in light of their 31-26 slap-down of Michael Vick and the previously high-flying Eagles.

Future suddenly bright for Bears' Smith - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
There is a very real possibility that three months from now, those could be the four longest-tenured coaches in the NFL. With the Cincinnati Bengals’ Marvin Lewis and Carolina Panthers’ John Fox in the final seasons of their current deals, the end is seemingly near. The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Jack Del Rio and Tennessee Titans’ Jeff Fisher? I’m not convinced that they’ll remain in place in 2011. That means the oft embattled Chicago Bears coach could find his longish job tenure treading water alongside a modern NFL icon (Belichick), a Super Bowl winner (Coughlin) and one of the winningest coaches of this era (Reid).

Ravens' Lewis not going anywhere anytime soon - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
In those moments before a football game, when a strange calm fills the Baltimore Ravens locker room, Ray Lewis(notes) sits quiet. He does not stomp or scream or wave his arms the way he does for those three hours that the game is played. Rather his teammates notice, it is as if he is building a storm inside, a fury that grows hotter and hotter until he reaches the edge of the field …

Romo throws warm-up passes at practice - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Since breaking his left collarbone, Tony Romo(notes) has done all the prescribed rehabilitation work and kept the rest of his body in shape. He goes to all meetings and watches games from the sideline.