Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 10/21/10

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NFL Game Center: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos - 2010 Week 7
If either team is going to become a factor in the AFC West, now is the time to stand up. The Raiders are looking for a QB, again. The Broncos are looking for a running game.

Raiders "have issues" with injured quarterbacks | All Things Broncos
So, Tom Cable, who will be the starting quarterback for your Raiders in Sunday’s game against the Broncos?

Woody's Mailbag: Broncos' current 'D' could contribute to '97, '98 Super Bowl champs - The Denver Post
Woody: I'm not convinced our 2010 Broncos roster is remotely close to having enough players with the right stuff. The cupboard is so bare, it seems a playoff run either now or in the next few years is a fantasy. To prove my point, I think we have a couple of homegrown "championship talent measuring sticks" that we can use. Woody, how many starters from our 2010 Broncos team would be able to replace (or start ahead) of their counterparts on either of our Super Bowl championship teams, in the 1997 and 1998 seasons? Thanks for the Old School vs. New School report card!

Raiders' quarterback woes continue - The Denver Post
JaMarcus Russell is long gone, but the quarterback woes for the Raiders are not.

No such thing as Broncos' Moreno getting too fired up for a game - The Denver Post
To get full value for that ticket, show up early and watch Broncos tailback Knowshon Moreno in pregame warm-ups.

Right away, hypocrisy stands out - The Denver Post
Through the years, it has been a common lament among the players who have been fined by the NFL for tackles they've made.

Analysis: Running the ball more out of the shotgun is best for Broncos - The Denver Post
But one thing may have been overlooked: The Broncos tried to be less predictable in their pass-first offense, especially when trying to run the ball out of the shotgun formation.

Q&A: Broncos' Bowlen won't have a quick trigger finger on a coaching change - The Denver Post
Q: Good teams such as New England, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Green Bay seem to have injuries but overcome them and stay in contention. The Broncos, meanwhile, have gotten rid of apparently good players (Jay Cutler, Tony Scheffler, Alphonso Smith, Peyton Hillis and Brandon Marshall). Kansas City has been in the AFC West cellar for a couple of years, and now the Chiefs might be favored to win the division. It's been said that Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has three or four years to turn things around. But if the Broncos finish 5-11 or 6-10 this year, does team owner Pat Bowlen pull the trigger and find another head coach?

"Road Raiders" have attention of Broncos' McDaniels - The Denver Post
Don't let the Raiders' 2-4 record fool you, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said today.

In name of player safety, NFL starts enforcing rules on illegal hits - The Denver Post
The NFL is a violent world filled with collisions that excite fans — and, at times, cripple players. In an attempt to severely curtail helmet-to-helmet hits that have resulted in concussions and knocked players out of games, the NFL has ratcheted up enforcement with heavy fines and threats of suspensions.

NFL.com news: Players fear crackdown on hits will change essence of football
Ray Lewis is worried about what's happening to his sport.

NFL.com news: Cowboys must change status quo to recover from rough start
The Cowboys are on heightened alert after a 1-4 start. Dallas, coach Wade Phillips in particular, needs to review my five-step plan for recovery to have any hope of saving itself from disaster.

NFL.com news: Steelers vow NFL's crackdown on hits won't change style
They're not sure how they're supposed to tackle. They're also confused about why they must change the way they've played football for years.

NFL.com news: Cool-off period: Upset Harrison excused from Steelers practice
The unhappy Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker was excused from Wednesday's practice after meeting with coach Mike Tomlin about the $75,000 fine the player incurred for a helmet hit on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. Tomlin believed Harrison needed time to cool off.

NFL.com news: Colts RB Addai might need several weeks for shoulder to heal
Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai could be sidelined for several weeks because of his left shoulder injury, a league source said Wednesday.

NFL.com news: Re-injured rookie Odrick could miss rest of Dolphins' season
espite being limited in Wednesday's practice, the Miami Dolphins rookie defensive end re-injured himself and might miss the remainder of the season, a league source said.

NFL.com news: Ochocinco back to tricks vs. Falcons; Zimmer speaks his mind
Chad Ochocinco's prank started working even before it arrived. He has some of the Atlanta Falcons riled, just as he intended.

NFL.com news: Saints safety Sharper hopeful he can play; Gay placed on IR
All-Pro safety Darren Sharper proclaimed Wednesday that he feels good and hopes to play for the New Orleans Saints this weekend.

Mike Sando's MVP Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The call for not-so-obvious MVP Watch candidates went out Tuesday afternoon.

Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder says he'll keep using helmet - ESPN
Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder says the only way of preventing helmet-to-helmet hits is to eliminate the helmet.

Pat McAfee of Indianapolis Colts arrested, charged with public intoxication - ESPN
Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee has become an example for his teammates headed into the team's bye week -- and not in a good way.

Sources: Indianapolis Colts' Dallas Clark out indefinitely with hand/wrist injury - ESPN
Indianapolis Colts Pro Bowl tight end Dallas Clark has a hand/wrist injury that will sideline him indefinitely, sources close to the situation said Wednesday.

Terrell Suggs says he'll have last laugh over Tom Brady | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs definitely isn't done with his verbal feud with New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady.

Julian Edelman has a concussion, Mathews, Gates didn't practice | National Football Post
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has a concussion and didn't practice today.

Derrick Mason unconvinced that fines, suspensions will stop illegal hits | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason is unconvinced that the stern warning issued by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL vice president of football operations Ray Anderson will stop players from breaking the rules.

Chargers sign Kris Brown, cut J.T. O'Sullivan | National Football Post
The San Diego Chargers have signed former Houston Texans kicker Kris Brown and cut reserve quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan.

The impact of Dallas Clark's injury | National Football Post
Reports surfaced last night from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Colts’ TE Dallas Clark is out indefinitely with a hand/wrist injury. A big blow to Indy? Without a doubt, because Clark is the ideal fit for the way the Colts run their base offense and game plan.

Charging in: the McNeill deal | National Football Post
The Chargers do what the do, unconcerned about player and agent discontent in their sometimes-contentious negotiations. With two notable holdouts throughout the offseason, that number is down to one (Vincent Jackson) as they got an important piece of business done for the long-term.

A tale of two GMs | National Football Post
John Schneider, the new Seahawks general manager, first expressed interest in Lynch around draft time. The Bills weren’t interested in moving him then. But Schneider never stopped calling. "I just kind of kept bugging the crap out of them," is how Schneider put it. Finally, two weeks ago, the Bills relented and shipped Lynch to Seattle for a fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick that could become a fifth rounder.

Jenn Sterger camp in ongoing dialogue with NFL about Brett Favre - NFL - SI.com
The manager for the woman at the center of the Brett Favre controversy said Wednesday afternoon he has been in touch with the National Football League about Jenn Sterger possibly cooperating with the league's investigation of Favre, but that no decision has been made whether she will consent to be interviewed in the probe.

Lions' Matthew Stafford expected to start Oct. 31 vs. 'Skins - NFL - SI.com
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford warmed up by softly tossing screens, then put some zip on 10- and 15-yard passes to teammates.

NFL officials won't overreact on big-hit ejections - Don Banks - SI.com
The NFL's rapid response to Week's 6 spate of collisions involving players who delivered damaging hits to the head will not prompt a bevy of mid-game ejections or any overreaction by game officials, the league's former vice president of officiating, Mike Pereira, predicted Tuesday.

If NFL fears hits, why play 18 games? - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The mistake is to assume the NFL can change the nature of its players, rewiring them to remove the desperation that consumes their lives. In a sport where few contracts are guaranteed, where the men who wear the jerseys are discarded at the first sign of a salary-cap crisis, there is no policing a way to tackle just because a few extra bodies piled up last weekend.

Fox, Cablevision dispute stretches into 5th day - MLB - Yahoo! Sports
The dispute between Fox and Cablevision that has left 3 million cable subscribers in the New York area without Fox programming has stretched into its fifth day.

Players think Terrell Owens is the most overrated in NFL - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Terrell Owens(notes) is the most overrated player in the NFL, according to his peers.


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