The Broncos on Saturday released S T.J. Ward. The move has been rumored in recent weeks and saves the team his $4.5 million salary for the season. We'll see whether Denver tries to re-sign the veteran at a discounted rate. But the move could also indicate that the Broncos are ready to let Justin Simmons start in his place.
The Broncos have hired Mike McCoy as their new OC. It's a homecoming after McCoy spent the 2009-2012 seasons in the same role. His QBs during that stretch ranged from Kyle Orton to Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning. McCoy was able to coax top-15 finishes in total yards and passing yards out of the Orton-led squads. With Tebow in 2011, Denver ranked 1st in rushing attempts and yards but 31st in passing and 23rd in total offense. McCoy's 2012 season with Manning produced a #4 finish in total yards and #2 in points. McCoy struggled as the Chargers' HC for the past 4 years, producing a 27-37 record (although injuries did him no favors). All 4 of those squads led by QB Philip Rivers ranked top 10 in passing yards. McCoy is widely regarded as 1 of the better offensive minds in the game, so this is a nice hire for Denver. He seems to lean toward a pass-heavy attack but has shown the willingness and ability to adjust his scheme. We'll see what he has in mind for this Broncos attack.
The Broncos have hired Vance Joseph as their new HC. The 44-year-old spent the 2016 season as the Dolphins' defensive coordinator after numerous stops as a defensive backs coach in both college and the pros. We'll see who he brings aboard to run the offense.
ESPN reports that Broncos HC Gary Kubiak will likely step down within the next week because of health concerns. Kubiak was hospitalized earlier this season after the game against Atlanta with a "complex migraine," the 2nd time in the past 2 seasons that health issues landed him in the hospital. We'll see who the next coach is and how that might affect everyone's fantasy outlooks. (The QB situation should be particularly interesting, with incumbent Trevor Siemian and 1st-rounder Paxton Lynch on hand.) For today, Denver players might find a little extra motivation in trying to send Kubiak out with a victory -- assuming he has confirmed to them whether he's leaving.
The Broncos have ruled S T.J. Ward (concussion) and LB Brandon Marshall (hamstring) out for Sunday night's game against the Chiefs. DE Derek Wolfe is also questionable with an illness. He also aggravated a neck injury in Sunday's loss to the Patriots. The team will re-evaluate him Saturday, according to The Denver Post. With most of the league playing that day and just 1 game following Denver-K.C., most IDP owners should probably opt for another D-line option.