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Broncos Mailbag: Starting gig nigh for Tebow? - The Denver Post
With the season pretty much lost at 2-6, do you think Tim Tebow will start getting more reps? I cannot believe when the Broncos were being blown out by the Raiders that he did not play the fourth quarter. I would like to see him take some licks and get ready for the future. Any thoughts? -- Doug, Jacksonville, Fla.

Kiszla: Hillis debacle? Oh, there's been worse - The Denver Post
For every 100 yards Hillis gains on the ground, the approval rating of McDaniels plummets by 5 percentage points in Colorado, where potholes are already held in higher esteem than the embattled Broncos coach.

Plenty of tasks left in second-half tests for Broncos - The Denver Post
The second half of the Broncos' season is officially underway

.Analysis: Hillis, Smith give Broncos' fans more reason to wonder - The Denver Post
Well, so much for a quiet bye week for the Broncos. In the weekend that was:

Q&A: Bowlen's support of McDaniels won't last indefinitely - The Denver Post
Q: At what point in terms of consecutive losses does the Broncos' leadership look at accepting the cost of Josh McDaniels' contract and go out and find a coach who can lead the team back from the basement of the AFC, if not the league? It seems like Pat Bowlen will "stand by his man" and keep McDaniels through this season, but I can't see how he will tolerate such a string of lopsided losses going into the 2011 season — if there is one. Go, Broncos!

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow working on memoir - The Denver Post
Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow is working on an inspirational memoir.

1-win Cowboys fire coach Wade Phillips - The Denver Post
Jerry Jones never wanted to change coaches this season. As the blowout losses mounted, and Wade Phillips' defense was mostly to blame, the owner-general manager of the Dallas Cowboys had no choice.

Dallas Cowboys fire coach Wade Phillips - ESPN Dallas
Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said it was time for a culture change at Valley Ranch.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals - Recap - November 08, 2010 - ESPN
The ball headed straight for Jordan Shipley. So did James Harrison.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says Donovan McNabb's hamstrings are doing better - ESPN
The Washington Redskins returned from their bye week and immediately faced questions about the most important hamstring in the nation's capital.

Detroit Lions' Jim Schwartz says too early to tell on Matthew Stafford's shoulder injury - ESPN
Matthew Stafford's status is again uncertain after he hurt his right shoulder late in the fourth quarter Sunday in a 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Jets. He separated the same shoulder in the season opener and missed the next five games.

Miami Dolphins to ask NFL to review spitting allegation - ESPN
Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said Monday he wants the NFL to investigate the Dolphins' complaint that Baltimore Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain spat in the face of linebacker Channing Crowder.

Randy Moss reports to Tennessee Titans, spends 1st day learning playbook - ESPN
How long the Tennessee Titans and Randy Moss stay together remains to be seen. For now, Jeff Fisher is thinking playoffs and the Super Bowl that has eluded the NFL's longest tenured coach with his current team.

Indianapolis Colts not sure Austin Collie will play following concussion; NFL won't fine Eagles DBs - ESPN
The Colts expect receiver Austin Collie to be just fine, eventually. news: 'Boys go from Phillips to Garrett, but real change has to wait
The Dallas Cowboys did what they had to do in firing coach Wade Phillips on Monday. The team that he coached to 11 wins and a playoff victory last season began to take on too much of his laissez faire persona, with excuses, not accountability, more of the norm. news: Goodell says players have his ear but won't be judging hits
Sorry, Troy Polamalu. Commissioner Roger Goodell says active NFL players won't be deciding punishment for flagrant hits that merit fines. news: Packers release veteran cornerback Harris
The Green Bay Packers have released veteran cornerback Al Harris, cutting short his attempt to return to the field after a serious knee injury. news: NFL fines Packers' Collins $50K despite Williams' objections
Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins was fined $50,000 Monday for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams, according to NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora. Blogs " Blog Archive Mora: Fixing Cowboys starts with cutting Jenkins "
"To me, this is high treason," Mora said. "An NFL football player does not turn down a play like that. And if I’m Jason Garrett, the first thing that I’m doing when I take over as the head coach of this team, is I’m getting guys like that — number 21, who absolutely committed treason, let his team down by passing up a tackle and let the ball get in the end zone — I’m taking him and I’m getting him out of my locker room." news: Favre's latest comeback might save more than just one game
With 4:39 left on the clock, Minnesota trailed Arizona by 14 and the Brad Childress era seemed to be coming to an end for the Vikings. But the players did not quit and quarterback Brett Favre saved his best for last, bailing out the team and saving the coach. news: Helmet-to-helmet hits show up again, but should they be fined?
After nine weeks of games, we are finally starting to see separation in the NFL. I have a new team at the top, and it's in the NFC (and it's not the Packers). Five teams thrilled all of us with comeback wins. The bye has finally started to pay dividends. An attempt to make the game safer may have gone a bit too far. And who needs Randy Moss? Do you find it as ironic as I do that Brett Favre had the greatest yardage game of his 20-year career five days after his team released Moss?

Can Garrett win in Dallas? | National Football Post
No better time to make a coaching change in Dallas after taking a 45-7 beating in front of a national audience on Sunday night at Lambeau Field. Sitting with a record of 1-7, owner Jerry Jones had no choice. Make the move to fire Wade Phillips now and give the keys to this team over to offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.

Sidney Rice close to a return with Vikings | National Football Post
Sidney Rice continues to make progress for a return to action but Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress isn’t ready to commit to when the wide receiver will be available.

Karlos Dansby calls Ravens soft | National Football Post
One day after Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder's tirade against Baltimore Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain who allegedly spit on Crowder, fellow Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby said it was difficult to calm his teammate down.

Bills place Roscoe Parrish, Andra Davis on IR | National Football Post
The Buffalo Bills made it official, signing running back Quinton Ganther, and placing linebacker Andra Davis (torn labrum) and wide receiver Roscoe Parrish (broken wrist) on injured reserve.

Wade Phillips firing by Dallas Cowboys a no-brainer, but Jerry Jones cannot stop there - Jerome Bettis -
Jerry Jones had no choice. He had to fire Wade Phillips. Clearly, changes were imminent after the Cowboys were drubbed for the second straight week, 45-7 by the Packers, for their fifth straight loss to fall to 1-7. Jones' remarks Sunday were telling.

Tom Brady joins Under Armour after contract with Nike expires - NFL -
The New England Patriots superstar quarterback recently signed an endorsement deal with Under Armour after his apparel contract with Nike expired last summer.

Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson inks 5-year extension ($15M guaranteed) - NFL -
Linebacker Derrick Johnson has signed a five-year contract extension with Kansas City that includes a $15 million guarantee.

Red-hot Oakland Raiders find beauty in 'ugly' showdown win over Chiefs - Don Banks -
Well, that about settles it. There really is something strangely different about the NFL's half-over 2010 season. The clincher for me was watching the Raiders win a legitimately big game in November. Before a soldout and delirious crowd at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. To get within sniffing distance of first place in the AFC West, and win their third straight game for the first time since December 2002.

Browns, Hillis capitalize on terrible Broncos trade - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Maybe the hooded sweatshirt was hanging over Josh McDaniels’ eyes the entire 2009 season. Or maybe he never took the time to watch all of the Denver Broncos’ game film from 2008. Or maybe Mike Holmgren and the Cleveland Browns’ new front office is a whole lot smarter than we realized.