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This also highlights why John Elway moved as fast as he did to hire Vance Joseph as the head coach.

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NFL: Denver Broncos-Vance Joseph Press Conference Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, Broncos Country!

There has been one constant question over the last few days.

No, in this instance it’s not about Wade Phillips. We tried to answer that on Saturday. But it is about the Denver Broncos defense.

The question: When will John Elway and new head coach Vance Joseph make the move to Joe Woods official? My response has been two fold: Patience, but also that Elway and Joseph wanted to address the offensive coaches right away. With the big names they’ve added, the Broncos knew they had to act quick. If they waited too long, they could have missed out.

Denver, for the most part, has the defensive staff intact. When the move to make Woods the defensive coordinator becomes official, only a few jobs will need to get filled. Bill Kollar and Reggie Herring will remain.

The answer to this question also highlights why Elway moved as fast as he did to get Joseph. Had they waited for the other two candidates, they would have to wait to fill out the staff, and they could have missed out.

What’s clear at this point: Elway and Joseph have compiled a rock star coaching staff, with more emphasis on Joseph. These are the guys he will have to work with day in, day out every day from now going forward. If Elway calls the shots on the staff, that makes zero sense from a leadership standpoint. Yes, Joseph wants to coach in the NFL but no way would he get hamstrung like that from the get go. "Hey, you’re our coach but you have no say in your staff."

Where Elway helps is in finishing the deal. "Hey, John, here’s who I am thinking."

"Rock on, let’s go get them."

Regardless, the pieces are falling into place and the excitement for next season has already arrived. There’s only 239 days until the season kicks off.

Broncos Tracks

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Danny Woodhead, Denver Broncos 2017 free agent fit?
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Teams in Today's Divisional Playoffs Tracks

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While Arrowhead Stadium is in various ways rated a tough place to play, the Chiefs are far from impregnable there — especially in the postseason. Since its inception in 1960 in Dallas, in fact, the franchise is just 2-5 in home playoff games and hasn’t won one here since 1994.

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Chiefs key to Steelers game is how to defend Le’Veon Bell - Arrowhead Pride
I'll keep this easy ... the Chiefs aren't stopping Bell. Period.

Paul Zeise: Le'Veon Bell is like Steph Curry — impossible to replicate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Steelers offensive coordinator Haley hopes to quiet his former home | TribLIVE
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Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers postseason battles have a bitter history | The Star-Telegram
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McGinn: Who will answer the call for Packers?
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AFC West Tracks

Bo Jackson says he would have never played football had he known more about head injuries
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Mack to sit out Pro Bowl - SFGate
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Howie Long sees great things ahead for Raiders
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Report: Raiders to talk contract extension with Jack Del Rio - Silver And Black Pride
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Spanos no fool, just a coward - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Chargers chairman Dean Spanos moved team to L.A. because he didn't have heart to continue effort in San Diego.

Rivers is grateful, sad, ready - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Philip Rivers speaks out on move of Chargers from San Diego to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Chargers, Jeff Cumberland booed at Los Angeles Lakers-LA Clippers game
During their game with the Lakers on Saturday, the LA Clippers showed the new Los Angeles Chargers' logo on their video screen and the Staples Center crowd promptly booed.

Dean Spanos is the Masturbating Security Guard of NFL Owners - Bolts From The Blue
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Raiders to Las Vegas Tracks

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San Diego might have opened a door much wider for the potential of Sam Boyd Stadium hosting the Raiders should relocation plans be approved by league owners and Oakland fans protest with their wallets.

Raiders wouldn’t move to Las Vegas right away | ProFootballTalk
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NFL Tracks

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Chargers' move shows California is done spending public money on the NFL - LA Times
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