Fox: 'Moronic' for Broncos not to inject Manning's Colt offense


Fox: 'Moronic' for Broncos not to inject Manning's Colt offense

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick continues to compare the Denver Broncos current offense to the Indianapolis Colts former offense. The biggest similarities lie in Peyton Manning's veteran presence under center.
On Wednesday, Manning said it wouldn't be in his best interest -- strategy-wise -- to either agree or disagree with that notion.
"I can't really say that, one way or the other," said Manning in a conference call. "Obviously, I can't force someone else's opinion. I think for me to respond to that would be too informative, I guess. If that's coach Belichick's evaluation, that's his.
"But, there's new players that I'm playing with. There's new coaches. There's new things for me, so, everybody can form their own opinion."
Broncos coach John Fox has his own opinion, and while he never came right out and said that Denver's current offensive style compared to Manning's old Colts' style, he did hint towards that being the case.
"At the end of the day, part of being a coach is to put players in the best positions to have success," said Fox. "I don't care if you're talking offense, defense, kicking game. So, it would probably be close to moronic for us not to inject some of the things that he had 14 years of great play with, in our offense. That's all part of coaching."
What makes the transition easier is that Manning came to Denver and was reunited with wide receiver Brandon Stokley and tight end Jacob Tamme -- both former teammates of Manning in Indianapolis.
"I think anytime you go through a change, any familiarity certainly helps in the transition," said Manning. "Brandon Stokley is one of my favorite teammates of all time. He's just a guy that loves football, grew up around football, with his dad being a coach. The four years that he and I played together were a lot of fun. So to be reunited with him has been special.
"And then Jacob kind of played in the shadows of Dallas Clark in Indianapolis, and had the chance to kind of establish himself on his own. And he's a really good teammate and hard worker as well. So ya, it certainly helps to have a couple guys that you played with before."

Mike Giardi: Don’t think Patriots will use franchise tag on Dont'a Hightower

Mike Giardi: Don’t think Patriots will use franchise tag on Dont'a Hightower

Mike Giardi discusses the odds that the New England Patriots franchise tag Dont'a Hightower and what he expects the Pats to get if they were to trade Jimmy Garoppolo.

Arizona Cardinals place franchise tag on Chandler Jones


Arizona Cardinals place franchise tag on Chandler Jones

PHOENIX - The Arizona Cardinals, in an anticipated move, have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on outside linebacker Chandler Jones after failing to reach a long-term deal with the player.

The non-exclusive tag allows the Cardinals to continue negotiating with Jones through July 15. If another team makes him an offer, Arizona can either match it or receive two first-round draft picks.

It's unlikely that any team would express interest in Jones, however, given what it would cost.

Under the franchise tag, Jones would receive about $15 million for the coming season.

Acquired in a trade with New England a year ago, Jones had 11 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 15 tackles for loss last season

Jones has 25 1-2 sacks over the past two seasons, third-most in the NFL over that span.

The Cardinals' move came two days before the NFL deadline for making franchise designations.

It also came on Jones' 27th birthday, prompting teammate David Johnson to tweet "Happy BDay to `The Man,' `Mr. Franchise' himself.....The one and only."

The franchise tag move came as no surprise.

Club President Michael Bidwill has stated all along that Jones would not be going anywhere, that the team didn't make the trade - sending guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick to New England - to keep him just for one season.

"We're not going to mess around with that," Bidwill said in a recent interview on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "He's a great pass rusher, but if we can't agree to terms that work for us, we're just going to franchise him, and his people know that."

Jones immediately upgraded what had been an average Cardinals pass rush at best. His fellow outside linebacker Markus Golden had 12 1-2 sacks and seven tackles for loss. Together they form one of the better outside pass rush combinations in the NFL.

By all accounts, the contract talks with Jones have been cordial and Jones has said he wants to stay in Arizona.

"I love it here," he said near the end of last season. "I love the vibe that the people give off and I can see myself being here for a long time."

Chandler heads a long list of free agents that the Cardinals must either re-sign or let go. That group includes starters defensive tackle Calais Campbell, safety Tony Jefferson and inside linebacker Kevin Minter.