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Three "trustworthy" sources have told The Denver Post's Woody Paige that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning isn't ready to call it a career just yet. The all-time great wants to keep playing for Denver as long as he passes his annual physical examination, which should take place in the next month or so. The Broncos have until March 10 to decide whether or not to fully guarantee Manning's 2015 salary of $19 million.
Those physical tests will focus on Manning's surgically repaired neck and the calf/quad injuries he suffered and played through during the second half of this season.
The Raiders hired Bill Musgrave to be their offensive coordinator on Monday, and he has wasted no time indicating who will be the focus of his attack. When speaking about running back Latavius Murray on Tuesday, Musgrave said he has a "very positive" impression of the young athlete.
"Tremendous size and speed," Musgrave said of Murray via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Going to tailor run game so it's right up his alley."
In Gary Kubiak's past 20 years as an NFL coach, his teams have boasted a top-five rushing offense 10 times. That span included five different 1,000-yard running backs during his 11 years in Denver. Kubiak has now returned to the Broncos as their head coach, and C.J. Anderson believes he can be No. 6 with the help of Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme.
"I have known about his system for a while, and what he accomplished," Anderson said of Kubiak. "One cut downhill and go get it. It fits me and the offense well. It's always been successful. He knows the team we have and what we can do. I can't wait to get started working with him."
The second-year back out of the University of California didn't start a game this season until Week 11 and averaged 128.4 yards from scrimmage through each of his final nine games.
The Broncos have hired Gary Kubiak to be their head coach, and he is bringing a long-time friend to be on his staff. Rick Dennison has been named the team's offensive coordinator. Kubiak and Dennison's relationship goes back to the many years they spent as teammates on the Broncos during the '80s and early '90s. They also spent parts of 16 seasons as coaches with the Broncos, Texans and last year with the Ravens. Dennison was Baltimore's quarterbacks coach while Kubiak was the OC.
The Raiders gave Bill Musgrave his first NFL coaching job in 1997. They have turned to him again in 2015. Musgrave was hired Monday to be Oakland's offensive coordinator. He served as the team's quarterbacks coach 18 years ago. Since then, Musgrave, 47, has spent time as the OC of the Eagles, Panthers, Jaguars and Vikings. He and new Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio worked together when Del Rio was the head man and Musgrave was the offensive coordinator for the Jags in 2003 and 2004.
Despite announcing that he would remain in Baltimore as the Ravens' offensive coordinator just a few days ago, Gary Kubiak has accepted an offer to become the Broncos' 15th head coach in franchise history. On Sunday morning, GM John Elway and CEO Joe Ellis, along with a cadre of other Denver executives, flew to Houston to interview Kubiak on his home ground. After several hours, the two sides agreed to a four-year deal. The Broncos officially announced the hire Monday.
Oakland has hired its new head coach, and he comes by way of a divisional foe. Former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has accepted the head coaching position for the Raiders.
Will Peyton Manning retire? If not, will he be content to play somewhere other than Denver next year. Broncos general manager John Elway said Tuesday that he would like for Manning to return and that he will have a say in who is the franchise's next head coach.
"Peyton's going to be involved," Elway said. "I'm going to talk to Peyton as we go through the process. But there is no timetable."
Elway also said he thinks Manning has another season of good football left in him.
We've known for some time that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been playing hurt. Specifically, he played for the past handful of weeks with an strained quad. But the severity of his injury -- or injuries -- no matter whom you believe, seems to be much worse than initially thought.
It was reported Monday morning that Manning actually suffered a completely torn right quadriceps muscle during Denver's Week 15 win over San Diego. That report was later refuted by a team source who characterized Manning's injury as just a strain. But FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports that Manning is dealing with injuries to both quads: a partial tear in his right and a deep bruise in his left.
Update No. 2: More from Lombardi: "From a longtime Broncos assistant: 'We haven't been told anything. But when the head coach loses his job, we're not guaranteed a job.'
Perhaps not every coach is out in Denver just yet, but it has also been reported by multiple sources that all of Denver's coaches have been told they can look for positions with other teams.