Friday, January 16, 2015

Broncos' Ware: I think Peyton Manning will be back in 2015


by +Michael Hurcomb | +CBS Sports

(10:36 am ET) +Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware is confident quarterback Peyton Manning will choose to continue his NFL career in 2015, according to +Lindsay H. Jones of +USA TODAY Sports.

"Me and Peyton will always talk back and forth about things. Now he's just looking forward to the next season and how we can get better," Ware said Thursday. "I think he'll be back. I feel like he still has a couple years in him."
Manning, who will turn 39 years old on March 24, was noncommittal about his future following Sunday's playoff loss against the Colts.

"He just needs time to get healthy, rest," Ware said. "Calm the brain down. Turn it off a little bit and then hit the restart button once it's time."

Is Gase interview affirmation that this is who. John Elway, has pegged to lift the Lombardi for Broncos, in his eyes..?

Broncos interview OC Adam Gase for head-coach job

                                         Chris Humphreys / +USA TODAY Sports

Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase is aiming for a promotion.

ENGLEWOOD, COLO. — John Elway is looking for the right man to fix a 12-4 team, not a 4-12 debacle like John Fox inherited four years ago.

Instead of starting from scratch with high draft picks and low expectations, Denver's next coach will step into a win-or-else pressure cooker where Elway walks the talk on ''Super Bowl or bust'' and 49-22 wasn't good enough.

The next coach will be expected to execute Elway's mantra to ''not only win now, but from now on'' and to do so with or without Peyton Manning, who's mulling his football future after a difficult stretch run.

It'll help the successful candidate if his teams can show more fire in big games, too.

Elway said Fox's squads didn't go down ''kicking and screaming'' like they should have in a stunning 24-13 loss to Indianapolis at home last week or in their 35-point demolition in last year's Super Bowl.

The new coach will inherit a talent-laden roster featuring an NFL-best 10 Pro Bowlers. Only two of them are among Denver's dozen unrestricted free agents, too: Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas, whom Elway pegged as his top priorities once he finds Fox's replacement.

This situation is a little like when Jerry Jones replaced Jimmy Johnson with Barry Switzer back in the 1990s and asked him to keep the Dallas Cowboys championship express rolling right along.

''We've got a lot of work to do but we have a good roster, we have depth and talent,'' team president and chief executive officer Joe Ellis told The Associated Press. ''And we get some of the injured guys back, Danny Trevathan, Brandon Marshall, who wasn't 100 percent healthy last Sunday, so we should be optimistic.

''And I think our fans should be optimistic about where we go next year.''

That goal remains the Super Bowl, no matter who it is calling plays or who's under center, said Elway, who has asked Manning not to make a rash decision about his future.

The roster features the Thomases, Emmanuel Sanders and Ryan Clady on offense and a star-studded defense led by Chris Harris Jr., Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward, DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller, all of whom were selected, along with Manning, to play in next week's Pro Bowl.

The +Denver Broncos are the first team since the 1996 Carolina Panthers to have four free agent acquisitions named to the all-star squad in their first year with their new team.

(+BRONCOS CR3W believes that the coach has to have an edge, a mentality),

Elway said he will dive into free agency again this offseason. He'll also have eight or nine draft picks, depending on compensatory selections.

''I think it all makes it an attractive opportunity for the next head coach, I really do,'' Ellis said. ''I think the situation here is good.''

The new coach will be asked to mesh his system and create a chemistry to put the Broncos over the hump, and the sooner, the better.

''John feels, and I believe he's right, we've got a good roster in place and we can compete for a championship, OK? And if that's the case, which we believe it is, what's it going to take to close the deal?'' Ellis said. ''And hopefully during the search we can find somebody that can articulate the answer the way John wants to hear it so we can bring somebody in here who can take us to a world championship, and do it the right way.''

Elway's search began Thursday when he interviewed offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who was passed up a day earlier for the +San Francisco 49ers' job that went to Jim Tomsula.

Elway also has an interview lined up with coveted Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, and he's asked the +Baltimore Ravens if he can interview offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who was his backup QB in Denver from 1983-91.

Elway told Manning he wants him back in 2015, but he's not necessarily searching for a coach who can persuade the five-time +NFL MVP to return for a fourth season in Denver.

''Peyton Manning is one of the game's greatest players today and of all time, and a player like that is entitled to make his decision as he sees fit,'' Ellis said.

Ellis said the new coaching hire is entirely Elway's call and he can't envision differing with his selection.

''John Elway was signed on to make those decisions, and John has shown strong acumen in every area in his job since he's taken it on,'' Ellis said. ''He's going to make the right choice and we're going to go forward with that choice.''

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Broncos Interview Adam Gase for Head Coaching Position

HAVE TO DISAGREE about Julius and Demaryius: Can't trust Julius to remain healthy and that is a major factor in millions of dollars. Julius is a WR in reality, it is not true. also. bigger bodied, faster, TE are infiltrating football at mass amounts, but they all really serve as WR's. Demaryius lines up at every WR position and Latimore can be another big body to throw too. Peyton throws more and a possession type big body TE will serve just fine in this offense. Julius' ankles have given him problems since he was drafted. No way we risk the loss of one of the Top3 WR in the +NFL trusting those ankles Mr. Trapasso.

Dear next Broncos coach, here are 3 things you'll want to do immediately
By Chris Trapasso,
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January 15th, 2015

Here is a direct note to the next +Denver Broncos head coach. It describes what he must do from the moment he's hired to keep Denver on top of its division and remain an AFC playoff contender.

1. Get Peyton Manning's cell number: John Elway has it. Don't send the legendary quarterback 20 pleading texts in five minutes like an ex-girlfriend while he mulls his future away from team facilities.

One succinct message will get the job done.

"Peyton, I want you on this team. I NEED you on this team" or something along those lines. Get your point across, but sprinkle in some humor. Let him know a second Super Bowl is attainable next season, and if he's fully healthy, he'll be an MVP candidate -- again -- at age 39. No doubt in your mind.

You've found yourself in a tremendous but unusual situation for a just-hired head coach. You're inheriting a club that won four-straight division titles and was in the Super Bowl a year ago. These type of jobs usually don't open. Clearly, there's not a talent issue.

But because of all that, a lofty standard has been set.

You got this though. Can't come in expecting a regression.

Get in touch with Peyton Manning immediately.Photo by: USATSI

2. Bond with the front office: After carefully crafting your message to Manning, your next order of business is to grab a Coors Original with Elway, Director of Player Personnel Matt Russell and Director of Pro Personnel Tom Heckert. The latter is an underrated cog in Denver's front office, by the way. Just make sure to take a cab.

(Yes, Elway is a Coors guy through and through. Thought you should probably know that.)

Begin discussing the massive list of current Broncos who will hit free agency on March 10. Identify a few you all believe should be signed well before those players even get a chance to test the market.

I'll help with this.

Get Orlando Franklin done. If he waits until March 10 without a new deal from Denver, he'll probably bolt to greener pastures, and by "greener" I mean pastures with more money. A young powerful offensive guard who has played tackle in the past and played it well will be held in high regard by many teams looking for improvement up front.

Linebacker Brandon Marshall, who enjoyed a breakout season in 2014 and is just 25, needs to be re-signed. He plays the ever-important weakside linebacker position and only DeAndre Levy, Von Miller and Khalil Mackwere given higher overall grades by Pro Football Focus at the 4-3 outside linebacker spot. Make it known you want him back, even if the team has to pay a bit "extra" to keep him in town.

After somewhat of a down season, Marshall's linebacker buddy, Nate Irving, should be offered a new deal too. He's only 26, and at worst, he'll serve as solid Danny Trevathan insurance in the future. Should be relatively cheap. Make Steven Johnson priority No. 3 in this pecking order.

Obviously, if upper management can't re-sign all three linebackers, the world won't end. Lamin Barrow and Corey Nelson, picks in the 2014 draft, are athletic youngsters waiting for their shot. Remember though, linebackers are key to a sound run defense, and Denver allowed fewer than 4.0 yards per carry in each of the last three years. Impressive.

Wes Welker, Rahim Moore, Terrance Knighton, Jacob Tamme, Will Montgomery and Quinton Carter are goners, although Montgomery will be tough to lose.

Mention you'd like to see backup tight end Virgil Green back on an inexpensive deal as well.

Reach for your wallet to pay for the beers, but you probably won't need to -- I doubt Elway ever pays for a beer in Denver, especially not Coors.

3. Thomas situation: Oh, have two other monster free agents -- Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas. Don't hurry to make a rash decision here, and I suggest consulting with Manning before anything is settled.

However, I will say you should ink Julius instead of Demaryius if that's what it comes down to, and being able to sign both to huge contracts isn't likely.

Sure, after a "sub-par" campaign from Julius -- that, mind you, featured 12 touchdown catches -- the fans and media won't like your team prioritizing the tight end over the receiver, especially because Demaryius has pieced together one of the most outrageous three-year spans in NFL history.

He had over 90 catches, 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012, 2013 and 2014. That's Jerry Rice caliber. No, seriously. Rice and Marvin Harrison are the only other receivers to ever eclipse those marks in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns in three-straight seasons.

Due to those consistent figures, Demaryius has an insane amount of leverage -- Julius doesn't -- and frankly, the former Georgia Tech pass-catcher probably deserves a gargantuan deal.

But, I'll let Sports Illustrated's Aaron Nagler explain an astute philosophy to live by in regard to free agency:

A reminder as we head into the offseason: The best extensions/signings are the ones that do not reward players for what they've already done — Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) January 14, 2015

Thomas has size and speed and proved to be a legitimate No. 1 receiver, but it's much harder to find a Julius-type tight end than it is to find a Demaryius-type wideout, and this year's receiver draft class is strong.

Don't forget about last year's second-round pick, 6-2, 220-pound pass-catcher Cody Latimer. He basically redshirted as a rookie.

When Julius is healthy this upcoming season, averaging a touchdown per game, you'll be happy you made him the top priority.

Lastly, just in case Peyton doesn't come back, you'll want to get a list together of the draft-eligible quarterbacks, free-agent quarterbacks and schedule a film session meet-and-greet with Brock Osweiler.

You have plenty of work to do, but be glad you're the head coach of such a talented squad in the AFC West.

Jim Rome: John Elway backs Peyton Manning

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Peyton Manning played with torn right quadriceps (yep plural) since Week 14 (Adam Schefter Reported)

As reported by +Adam Schefter first, of +ESPN 

Pssss... to anyone reading, I, staff member of theCR3W(r) of +Denver Broncos believes Kubiak is coming to town and Elway has complete confidence in Osweiler over the next couple seasons. Going to get younger to patch up a few minor deficiencies. Ones that are not necessarily personnel problems at all, but was the coaching. It was especially glaring in the losses and even some of the wins that Fox is of the old school and he can rally a group together and inspire but as far as gametime coaching tact, skill appears to be good, but not great. For a Lombardi, need great in the big games especially at Mile High. 

I am not an idiot though, the doors are WIDE OPEN for Peyton and Gase to finish what they started 4 years ago. Alike Mar believes, I do believe this move will take them over the top. The right coach, a fiery one, one with an edge, almost ab EGO when it comes to calling plays, but very humble and intelligent, great at adjustments and putting players in the best position to succeed as one unit. I really. I believe Gase is the guy for the job and it is who is number 1 on Elway's list. Elway effect!! Love Elway's fire! Shanahan? It is not that far fetched tbh.

I will also add that it is fairly impressive, to say the least, that "The Sheriff" was one game from random and unbiased scheduling, to repeating for a 3rd straight #1 seed in AFC. When you win at that level, divisional round home losses are unacceptable. Its the reason they have the highest home winning pct in the AFC, maybe it was the +NFL. Follow up on that statistic, we'll do. We won't be given the chance to play +New England Patriots in Mile High next year because of the consecutive seasons has taken notice. Lame, but we'll get past it because Broncos CR3W sticks through the good and bad as that is what supporters and fans should do. If not, take that negativity to someone elses house, always cause for optimism and belief for all those that love the +Denver Broncos.
Magic happens at Mile High and this team. There is a mentality and belief and the Broncos exhibited it so well in the regular season, but in the last 3 post seasons, that was a bit overwhelming to the Coach and it filters down. Players can feel that. Fox is as chill and resolute as anyone. Perhaps too resolute for a team that has a giant target on their back. They have to get an edge and swag back or in essence, they need to do the same as they do in the regular season, carry that same mental edge and that no one can stop you. Kinda sounds like 59?! Next to 58 and 54, behind 98, 92, and in front of 43, 26, 25, 29, 21. Those numbers should be bringing to anyone they face. OL is the link that needs replaced and strengthened. Quicker and stronger in the interior of it especially. ONE UNIT

Monday, January 12, 2015

Broncos CR3W supports Elway on this extremely difficult decision: "Hear Here" ;-b

To The Duke Of Denver: aka John Elway,

BroncosCR3W, Broncos Country, United In Orange are 100% behind your decision and statement regarding Pat Bowlen and the level of team and quality quality, winning football, and organization does not accept divisional round home losses street defending home field all year.

There is a standard set by the very one that made this call. 5 SB trips spoiled Broncos CR3W because of the greatest QB in NFL history.

If some find this difficult to believe, we are so lucky as fans and supporters to have a man run the organization to a set of expectations and winning championships. Go cheer for Oakland if you don't want a level of accomplishment to be a failure.

He (Elway) went through the same type of situation until we got a great aggressor and play caller behind Mr. Elway in HOF coach Mike Shanahan as well as Gary Kubiak. Gase is to be that guy or like we said Todd Bowles in the rant post earlier.
In a statement from Elway: “John Fox and I met for more than an hour on Monday afternoon to discuss the 2014 season and our goals for the future. During our open and candid conversation, it became clear that it was best for both the Denver Broncos and Coach Fox to move on and make this change.
“On behalf of the Broncos, I sincerely thank John for his many contributions during his four seasons as head coach. He helped establish a positive, winning culture for this team and deserves a lot of credit for the Broncos’ turnaround. 
“While we have made significant progress under Coach Fox, there is still work to be done. I believe this change at the head coaching position will be in the best interest of our long-term goal, which from day one has been to win World Championships. 
“Our organization is fully dedicated to reaching Pat Bowlen’s high standards for his team as we begin the process of finding the next head coach to lead the Denver Broncos.”

Sunday, January 11, 2015

This is an omen to make the tough call, Mr. Elway! Want a Coach that plays to win instead of 'not to lose?'

Todd Bowles will change the mentality of this team to play like it had nothing to lose instead of the other way around. Cannot win playing for the beautiful Lombardi trophy, on your heels, not to make a mistake out of being on the attack. Or? Do you want to play to win the Lombardi in the only way you can. Attacking the other team? John Fox is not your coach to win with all the chips out. Belichick will completely do anything new in order to advance in playoffs. Harbaugh, Paganos. If not Bowles, then Pagano, the +Chargers DC, if not him, then Mike McCoy, who we really want back in the organization would be worth the compensatory picks. Dan Quinn, the +Seattle Seahawks DC.

Love ya Foxy, but two playoff divisional round losses in MILE HIGH and the team played timid, not to make mistakes, instead of putting the inferior team on its heels on the road, the stakes rise and the Broncos seem like they are just trying to sneak it out instead of crushing the team across the line of scrimmage. Bowles exemplifies that perfect!

If Elway is paying attention. He failed on the OL personnel moves (lack of). Exposed in center of line since NE loss. Peyton was always throwing before he wanted to because of the rush, blitzes almost exclusively in the area of 2 gap DT's.

Every coach would line up to have the reigns to this team. +BRONCOS CR3W wants a coach that isn't afraid of losing and plays to win. Not playing games to 'not to lose.' The Baltimore heart crushing loss 2 years ago is another perfect example. 39 seconds left and we kneel on it to go into OT despite having the best record in the NFL and highest scoring offense. Three conservative post season losses and two at home and one in SB, please please go get the Cardinals DC, Bowles or someone with a similar philosophy in regards to getting after the opponent. Dropping Von Miller is great but the fact he wasn't rushing the #1 passing QB this season more often than not, says everything we need to know about JDR and John Fox's approach.

They approached the season with all this talent thinking to not get to fancy with schemes and/or plays because of the talent, but there comes a point where vanilla and 3 and outs effect this club and then they play tight. Need someone that makes this roster play loose and aggressive! Someone to fortify and stop the blitzes that Peyton would burn teams for doing if an offensive line does a great job. Have to expect the defensive holding and pass interference to be overlooked in the playoffs and run the damn ball down the Colts throats. This game should be the end of this staff, as harsh as that sounds. If we want this club to do damage in the post season, there has to be a different coach and mentality...

He is the most promising coordinator in the game. What he does with that defense and going after it. He'd rather foo down paying on the attack than sit on his heels. Sounds like the opposite of the current coach in Denver.

We want an aggressive mentality, like NE or SEA, that pulls it all out when it's all on the line. Defense was trying to keep teams in front of you. Bowles, wants to move the ball backwards, even with his defense.

Coaching and addressing the OL are musts or they'll have the same results. Bless Trevathan, Irving, and Brandon Marshall back to health. That heart, edge, emotion of Trevathan was evidently missed by this unit all year. Similar to Beadles edge playing left guard, Woodyard's leadership was sorely missed. OL was exposed more following the Super Bowl.

Regarding, the Coach, we need a younger gamer that BRINGS IT on gameday. Maybe somebody that relates to the younger players, too? I think the sign is blaring from my take regarding the last 3 losses in AFC Playoffs. Note have seen the pattern 3-straight times. A team timid, and not with it all out on the line. It's the best way to lose big games. Team collapses in the spotlight following their coach into battle.

Need a new message in that locker room. Fox and JDR just kept saying, go ahead Andrew, pick us apart despite are insane size, speed on defense, we'll play on our heels.

Setting this, Elway had no choice not to change the environment at the teams facilities & headquarters.

OL was a bust and Elway thought it would not backfire, but Beadles was missed terribly. Got to get Bowles!!

Only "pro" from losing is that he is still available and interviewing. Not for long. Think of the mindset the Pats play with, while it feels very different under Fox. Great guy but not a playoff coach that will go full assault. He is too conservative. Defense was in prevent from the start. Look what happened when pressure was brought with turnovers. Blown call on fumble in third was huge and those 4 pts the Colts got from the refs. Still, we think this can be a blessing on disguise. Never really felt like Fox was the coach to take team all the way. Always had doubts, regardless of success, with Fox doing the necessary risks and tough calls to go on the aggressive.

Why isn't this team on the aggressive from the opening kick??? This faction of Broncos CR3W doesn't want to go through a full off-season, draft, and great record, playoff berth, only to see them play cautious and on their heels against a team that will take that game because they are there "TO WIN." Bowles is the perfect guy at the perfect time for this team to embrace his traits and concepts.

Todd Bowles, looks to be the former Defensive Coordinator of the +Arizona Cardinals shortly, with an Head Coach position likely to be offered by a number of teams. (Photo Courtesy - +Sports Illustrated - IMG)