Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 10/26/10

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Broncos Mailbag: Fiasco at Invesco fuels fury for fans - The Denver Post
Are you kidding me? Please tell me this was some cynical joke that Josh McDaniels played on the Broncos. Regardless of my enjoyment when rooting for the Broncos, can you imagine the chagrin and the waste of money my boys and I went through at Buffalo Wild Wings on Sunday watching this debacle? Please end this now. The defense would give up 50 to Auburn. -- Bosse, Nevada

Broncos looking for ID - The Denver Post
As the Broncos embark on their weirdest week of the year, players and coaches also are faced with a serious question:

Winning means never having to say you're sorry - The Denver Post
The Broncos reached the point of apology Sunday, at least for those who took the time to sift through the rubble of a 59-14 loss to the Raiders, tossing a few "sorrys" to the fans and Broncos owner Pat Bowlen along the way.

Ellis joins Broncos owner Bowlen in refusing to comment after giant defeat - The Denver Post
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and his right-hand man, Joe Ellis, are well aware of the uproar stirring from the team's fan base after the 59-14 pasting Denver received Sunday from the rival Oakland Raiders.

How many reasons for inconsistent defense? "A bunch" - The Denver Post
So if it's not Martindale, and it wasn't Mike Nolan, and it wasn't Bob Slowik or Jim Bates or Larry Coyer, then what is it?

Analysis: If there's one word that describes the Broncos, it's "fragile" - The Denver Post
Though he was a player on his way out the door, running back LaMont Jordan offered a glimpse into some of the issues Broncos coach Josh McDaniels faced last season when a 6-0 start turned into that 2-8 limp down the stretch.

Q&A: Broncos' zone blocking hasn't disappeared, but rushing success has - The Denver Post
Q: Do the Broncos regret their decision to scrap the zone-blocking schemes of Mike Shanahan and Rick Dennison in favor of the power-blocking game? I understood this decision was made in order to be more successful in short-yardage situations due to heavier linemen, but it seems the Broncos cannot run effectively at all this season.

Broncos make a minor roster move | All Things Broncos
It was hardly the day-after-a-debacle move many Broncos fans certainly were hoping for, but the team did make one roster move on Monday.

Giants deliver knockout blow to Cowboys - NFC East Blog - ESPN
As he ran off the field following the extra point that put the Cowboys up 20-7, New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck was actually laughing. The Giants had already turned the ball over three times and allowed a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Tuck wondered what else could go wrong.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo fractures left clavicle vs. New York Giants - ESPN Dallas
With his night over, and maybe his season, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo slowly walked down off a small stage in an interview room Monday night wearing a sling.

Former VP of officiating backs refs for Pittsburgh Steelers-Miami Dolphins replay call - ESPN
Upon further review, the Dolphins-Steelers officiating crew made only one mistake on the pivotal play of the game.

Sources: Minnesota Vikings' Brad Childress to be fined for officiating comments - ESPN
Minnesota coach Brad Childress is in hot water with the league office after some comments he made regarding the officiating in the Vikings' 28-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

Washington Redskins' DeAngelo Hall on Jay Cutler: Trying me didn't work - ESPN Chicago
"You know what man, Jay's a little bit, he don't really understand, I guess, the game, the game of football," Hall said Monday on "SportsCenter." "And in the game of football, you're gonna see guys several times in their career. You know, he completed four passes against me when I was out in Oakland and he was in Denver on a Monday Night Football game, and I knew leading up to the game he was still feeling good about that.

Mike Ditka: Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler looks shell-shocked - ESPN Chicago
Cutler, who has been sacked an NFL-high 27 times this season, threw four interceptions to DeAngelo Hall -- including one he returned 92 yards for a touchdown -- in the Bears' 17-14 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday. He also lost a fumble on a quarterback sneak at the 1-yard line.

NFL.com news: Offenses pay the price for putting ball in the air
1. Weekend of the INT It's only logical that NFL teams passing more than ever leads to a rise in sacks and interceptions by defenses … but this was an exceptional weekend for picking off passes. In 13 games played, there were 29 interceptions and nine returned for touchdowns. David Bowens of the Browns wasn't even a starter in the game against the Saints, but he found the end zone twice. Washington's DeAngelo Hall had four picks and the final one was the game-winning touchdown. It is clear that Cover 2 zones and zone-dog blitzes where defensive linemen drop into coverage have put players in good situations to intercept passes.

NFL.com news: Week 7 provides history lesson for observers, bad and good
As Broncos coach Josh McDaniels told his team after getting destroyed at home by the Raiders, "We get one chance a week to put our name on something for the three hours that we play and coach on Sunday and our name is forever going to be put on this game. None of us are proud of it, but we're a part of it and those of us who are a part of the problem are also going to have to be a part of the solution."

NFL.com news: Favre unsure of status after re-injuring ankle vs. Packers
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre struggled to walk through the locker room and to and from his postgame news conference after re-injuring his surgically repaired left ankle in Sunday’s 28-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He said he knows by the time he gets off the plane back in Minneapolis, it would be "pretty bad."

NFL.com news: Haynesworth shows flashes of former dominance vs. Bears
Albert Haynesworth bullrushed offensive lineman Chris Williams into quarterback Jay Cutler, knocking the two Chicago Bears players down like dominoes. Now that's an awesome way to get a sack.

Final Week 7 notes | National Football Post
1. Dallas is in serious trouble: At 1-5, can we finally shut the door on the Cowboys? Add in the broken collarbone for QB Tony Romo, and I don’t see how this club can realistically compete in the NFC East. The Giants looked more physical, handled the Cowboys’ pressure and ate up that Dallas secondary. The Cowboys looked disinterested at times in the second half last night and have to run their offense through backup QB Jon Kitna moving forward. Talk about a major disappointment for Jerry Jones’ franchise.

Harbaugh: Ravens won't apologize for narrow win | National Football Post
Apologies in football are usually reserved for defeats of the disastrous variety.

Failure to challenge Cutler fumble haunts Lovie | National Football Post
The Chicago Bears coach, in a rare admission of error when it comes to football strategy, admitted Monday that his failure to challenge a fumble by Jay Cutler on a quarterback sneak Sunday at Soldier Field was a critical element in the team’s 17-14 loss to the Washington Redskins.

No contract talks for Manning until season's over | National Football Post
The Indianapolis Colts and quarterback Peyton Manning won't pick up contract talks again until after the season, a negotiating stance prompted by the Manning camp.

Cowboys' season of discontent hits new low with Tony Romo injury - John P. Lopez - SI.com
. Tony Romo became the Giants' latest victim. If your name is Matt Hasselbeck, feel free to start checking your insurance coverages and deductibles now. The Giants' defensive front is scary-good right now. The Cowboys' season unofficially came to an end with 12:09 remaining in the second-quarter. That's when Giants linebacker Michael Boley came through untouched -- a regular occurrence on this night -- and slammed Romo hard to the turf on a legal hit. Romo immediately began grabbing his left shoulder. It later was determined to be a broken clavicle, likely shelving Romo for 8-10 weeks. His backup, Jon Kitna, was a train wreck running the offense. But that's what the Giants do. Romo became the seventh quarterback to be knocked out of a game for at least one series by the Giants' ferocious pass rush. The Giants have a bye week coming up, then travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks. Good luck, Matt.

Ben Roethlisberger fumble against Miami; Brett Favre-Brad Childress feud - Peter King - SI.com
We interrupt an awful lot happening here in Week 7, including the Ben Roethlisberger fumble and give back, to bring you the Stat of the Year, on the heels of Drew Brees and Brett Favre throwing seven interceptions between them to lead their teams to losses Sunday. The World Series hasn't even started yet, and they've already thrown more interceptions, combined, than they did all last year. Their combined numbers:

Minnesota's Brad Childress: NFL apologized for overturning Visante Shiancoe TD - NFL - SI.com
Minnesota coach Brad Childress says the NFL has apologized for an overturned touchdown that cost the Vikings four points in a four-point loss at Green Bay.

New Orleans RB Reggie Bush hopes to play this week - NFL - SI.com
Reggie Bush expressed optimism on Monday that he would be able to practice this week on his healing right leg and possibly play on Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Alex Smith injury update: 49ers QB waiting to hear on shoulder - NFL - SI.com
San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith spent Monday morning at a hospital in London having his injured left shoulder examined and is still waiting to hear if he will be able to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos at Wembley Stadium.

Source: 49ers owners losing patience with Singletary - NFL - Rumors - FanNation
ollowing the 49ers' sixth loss in seven games to open the season, John and Jed York privately expressed displeasure about the team's coaching to their "inner circle," a team source told Comcast SportsNet on Sunday.

Cowboys' season is broken beyond repair - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
After eight days of talk about devastating hits, the Dallas Cowboys endured a comprehensively brutal blow from which they won’t likely recover, at least not this season.


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