Horse Tracks 10/8/09 - Orton practices sans glove; Hamilton, A. Smith make limited returns to practice; BDawk sits out

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NFL Films - Sound FX: McDaniels wired - Video
I know this has already been linked a couple of times, but it's a must watch.

NFL - WK 4 Anatomy: Marshall's masterpiece - Video
Mike Mayock analyzes BMarsh's 51-yarder from pre-snap read to the end zone.

DB - Week 5 - Wed: McDaniels - Broncos TV

DB - On to the Next - Gray Caldwell
Ben Hamilton and Alphonso Smith are back practicing, although in limited roles. Buck, BDawk and Larsen did not practice Wednesday.

DPP - Broncos receiver Marshall's attitude improves along with performance - Lindsay Jones
"I'm excited. I've never been more confident in my life and myself as far as the track I'm on, and I can honestly say that," Marshall said. "When you're doing the right thing off the field, it helps on the field, and vice versa. Just like coach always preaches complementary football, life is complementary too."

DP - The Glove is off - Mike Klis
Kyle Orton practiced without his glove yesterday.

SI - Josh McDaniels takes Bill Belichick's lessons into Sunday showdown - Jim Trotter
"I remember when we first came back after our break, that very first day, that very first morning, he brought me into his office and he gave me five pages, typed, of all the topics and things that he felt like I needed to be educated about to become an effective head coach. I'm thinking to myself, here he's got 10 or 12 days where he can do whatever in the hell he wants to do -- we've just come off a season where we were 16-0 and lost in the Super Bowl -- and the very first day back he gives me this? That was kind of like my bible."

NFL - McDaniels has turned turmoil into triumph, doubters into converts - Bucky Brooks
"after watching the Broncos race out to a surprising 4-0 start this season, even McDaniels' harshest critics must admit the 33-year-old might have been right about this one simple fact: The Broncos are a better team without Jay Cutler."

SN - Defenseless to dominant: Broncos, Jets, 49ers, Saints get tough - Clifton Brown
"We talked a lot about whether it was going to be a 4-3, or 3-4, and what would serve our football team best," Nolan said, referring to conversations with first-year coach Josh McDaniels. "We looked at what we had, and at the time we had very few defensive linemen. I think Josh felt that he could also acquire the players necessary to play the 3-4 quicker."

SI - No-names lead Broncos defensive turnaround - Ross Tucker
"But maybe, just maybe, the guys Nolan is coaching are not as bad as pundits seemed to think they were."

DB - Week 5 - Wed: Orton - Broncos TV

DB - Week 5 - Wed: Dawkins - Broncos TV

DB - Week 5 - Wed: Broncos
Click here for audio from several Broncos players Wednesday...

DB - Patriots Conference Call: Belichick - Audio

DB - Patriots Conference Call: Brady - Audio

DB - Past Meets Present - Broncos TV
Here come the socks...

DB - Mingo Named Honorary Captain - Zach Eisendrath

DPP - Krieger: Broncos coach McDaniels can go where no Belichick protege has gone before

DPP - Broncos to demonstrate RB depth after Buckhalter's injury - Mike Klis

DPP - Numbers: Broncos prove to be nemesis for Pats

DPP - Q&A: Broncos RB Hillis is hurting himself - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Briefs: Broncos-Pats game features Gene Mingo as honorary captain - Legwold & Klis
Ryan Clady cut off his dreads, saying they were too time-consuming to maintain.

DPP - Analysis: Broncos prominent in penalties too - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Woody's Mailbag: No apologies, yet
Ridiculous.

CSG - Belichick says McDaniels prepared to be coach - Frank Schwab

CSG - Broncos to sport throwback uniforms with vertical-striped socks - Frank Schwab

NFL - NFL Weekly Countdown #1: Denver wins at the wire - Video
More wonderful highlights from Sunday. Doesn't get old...

NFL - WK 5: Inside the NFL - Video
Cris Collinsworth, Warren Sapp, Phil Simms and James Brown debate whether the 4-0 Broncos are better off without Jay Cutler.

CBS - End Zone: Denver Broncos - Video
Clark Judge admits to having "overlooked" the Broncos. However, Ian Eagle and Judge are still expecting the Dolts to win the division.

NFL - Patriot games - Video
Vic Carucci on McDaniels, the Broncos and Sunday's upcoming game. At the end are the roughing calls which Baltimore complained about. I hadn't seen them prior; they don't look anywhere NEAR worthy of throwing a flag.

AOL - John Elway Narrates Colorado Anti-Terrorism Video

Patriots News

BH - Nick Saban, Bill Belichick saw signs - Ian Rapoport

BG - He’s out to make up ground - Christopher Gasper

BG - Brady is unapologetic about roughing calls - Christopher Gasper

BG - Can we call it a contact sport? - Michael Whitmer

BG - Mayo would welcome Seau's presence; LB expected to sign next week - Michael Vega

BH - Champ Bailey has utmost respect for Randy Moss, Tom Brady - Karen Guregian

BH - Tom Brady takes any advantage - Karen Guregian

NFL - Patriots agree in principle with LB Seau - Jason La Canfora

AFC West News

SDUT - Defense on notice: Jobs are on the line - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Defense meets extra - Kevin Acee

NFL - Merriman rebukes Chargers GM Smith for calling team 'soft'

KCS - Derrick Johnson not complaining about not starting - Kent Babb

KCS - Chiefs notebook: NFL admits mistake on Page penalty - Adam Teicher

SFC - Who will start at running back? - David White

SFG - Raiders Silver and Black Blog : Kick returner wheel turns - David White

OT - Raiders' Bush gets chance to be 'The Man' at running back - Steve Corkran

OT - Raiders' search goes on for spark plug for kick-return game - Steve Corkran

NFL News

NFL - Edwards eager for 'fresh start' after Browns trade him to Jets

NFL - Rookie WR Crabtree ends holdout, signs six-year deal with 49ers

NFL - McNabb returns to practice with Eagles, says he'll start vs. Bucs

NFL - Giants QB Manning won't rush back to play if foot isn't healed

NFL - Williams nursing sore ribs, a little frustration with Cowboys' offense

NFL - Lions not saying much after QB Stafford misses another practice

NFL - Seahawks QB Hasselbeck progressing; LT Jones out until November

NFL - Steelers plan to have Polamalu return for Week 6

NFL - Low hit on Saints' Vilma costs Jets rookie QB Sanchez $5K

NFL - Rams QB Bulger slowly working his back from shoulder injury

NFL - Sanders, Brackett return to practice, could boost Colts' defense

NFL Opinion

NFP - Crabtree: Inside the details - Andrew Brandt

NFP - Tavern talk: The Jets get their receiver - Mike Lombardi

NFP - Diner morning news: Should Panthers trade Peppers? - Mike Lombardi

NFP - Sherm Lewis can’t fix the ‘Skins - Matt Bowen

NFL - New year, new image: Bengals' selfless approach creating success - Steve Wyche

NFL - Successful teams turn the red zone into the go zone - Pat Kirwan

Y! - Titans could be forced to play Young - Charles Robinson

Y! - Week 5 playoff forecast: Saints a virtual lock - Stephen Oh

SI - New Orleans Saints take over No. 1 on NFL Power Rankings - Don Banks
"I voiced my lack of faith in the 3-0 Broncos last week and told them we'd talk if they beat Dallas. And they beat Dallas. So I'm talking. Sorry. There. I said it. And I mean it. That Denver defense deserves no disrespect. And was that Brandon Marshall I saw getting hugged by Josh McDaniels in the middle of the coach's postgame news conference? My, oh, my, can everything change in a month in the NFL or what?"

ESPN - Like it or not, NFL is serious about keeping QBs safe - John Clayton
"I misread the Broncos. They have a chance to win the AFC West...I'm not going to rain on the parade. Without forecasting a record, I think the Broncos are in contention to win the AFC West. Congrats."

SI - Tony Romo, Brady Quinn, JaMarcus Russell not living up to hype - John P. Lopez

FOX - Week 5 Cheat Sheet: NFL picks and predictions - Peter Schrager
The Pick: Patriots 24, Broncos 16

USAT - Jeff Sagarin NFL ratings

NYT - N.F.L. Win Probabilities for Week 5 (Don’t Forget Luck) - Brian Burke

FOX - NFL Power Rankings - Adrian Hasenmayer

ESPN - Mike Sando's MVP Watch

NFP - The NFP Super 30 - Wes Bunting

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