Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 10/28/10

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Broncos' Tebow, Niners' Smith come from same coaching tree - The Denver Post
The Broncos' Tim Tebow and the 49ers' Alex Smith overpowered opponents in coach Urban Meyer's spread-option offense, Smith at Utah and Tebow at Florida. But they found themselves at square one in the NFL.

Broncos' defense crams for consistency - The Denver Post
There is setting the outside edge. There is filling the inside gaps. There are linebackers working in concert with defensive linemen and defensive backs leaving coverage to play linebacker.

Moss familiar with the 49ers' starter at QB - The Denver Post
The moment the San Francisco 49ers named Troy Smith their starting quarterback Wednesday, the Broncos had an answer. The game in London may call for Jarvis Moss.

Analysis: 49ers' quick-hitting runs another worry for Broncos - The Denver Post
The Broncos have surrendered at least 121 yards rushing in each of their last four games and are 1-3 in those outings. In the process they have surrendered 20, 31, 24 and 59 points.

Q&A: If fans don't see honest effort, the Broncos will see empty seats - The Denver Post
Q: I have been a Broncos fan since 1980 and never saw something similar to Sunday's 59-14 catastrophe in all of those years. The team has no intelligence, physical strength or mental toughness, which coach Josh McDaniels sold when he was hired by the Broncos. What do you think?

49ers, London calling for "other" Smith - The Denver Post
With quarterback Alex Smith ruled out because of a separated shoulder, 49ers coach Mike Singletary is gambling on Troy Smith being able to turn around his struggling team.

Broncos' McBath, Ayers, Woodyard ruled out vs. 49ers - The Denver Post
With their departure to London just a day away, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels ruled three players out for Sunday's game against the 49ers and said three more are still a question mark to be on the team's charted flight Thursday afternoon.

Elvis gets blocked by security | All Things Broncos
And now Elvis Dumervil has, too. Although Dumervil has missed the entire season because of a torn pectoral injury that required surgery, he attends every Broncos home game. But when he showed up Sunday he realized he had forgotten his player credential.

NFL Game Center: Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers - 2010 Week 8
We subject the good people of London to a meeting between two of the more hapless teams in the NFL this season, and particularly of late. The short week and a long trip make a coaching change impossible.

NFL.com news: NFL officiating head: Miami fumble call right, Vikings non-TD not
The Minnesota Vikings have a legitimate gripe with officials after their loss to the Green Bay Packers, but it appears the Miami Dolphins must accept a ruling that seemingly sealed their defeat against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NFL.com news: Favre misses practice, but he won't rule out playing for Vikes
Brett Favre sure doesn't look like a guy ready to play a game in four days, not with an oversized walking boot covering most of his left leg.

NFL.com news: Cover 2 defense a big factor in helmet-to-helmet hits
Helmet-to-helmet hits have dominated the NFL conversation over the past week. The league took action and, with a few severe fines and the threat of suspensions, things looked a lot safer in Week 7. Ray Anderson, the NFL executive vice president of football operations, even said as much in the aftermath of Sunday.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Brandt: Auburn’s Newton better than Tebow "
NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt knows a thing or two about evaluating college talent, and so something he said during his weekly live chat Tuesday should stir things up with NFL draftniks out there.

NFL.com news: Budding friendship never allowed QB controversy to blossom
The viability of the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback situation isn't propped up by Michael Vick's special talents or Kevin Kolb's prototypical build and skill set.

NFL.com news: Moss could share Patriots' offensive signals with Vikings
When Randy Moss was traded to the Minnesota Vikings earlier this month, he took his knowledge of the New England Patriots' offense with him.

NFL.com news: Saints RB Bush unable to practice on leg, likely out Sunday
New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush remains sidelined with a right leg injury, and it's highly unlikely that he will return this week, a league source said Wednesday.

NFL.com news: Cards QB Hall 'ready to roll' after concussion, vows to improve
Three days after suffering what he determined to be the first concussion of his football career, Arizona Cardinals rookie Max Hall practiced Wednesday and said he was anxious to prove he is a far better quarterback than he showed on a dismal wet afternoon in Seattle.

Jason Campbell expects to start again - NFL - ESPN
Jason Campbell sure acts like he's going to be the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback this week, even if coach Tom Cable isn't saying so.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Brad Jones needs surgery, out for season - ESPN
Green Bay Packers linebacker Brad Jones is out for the season following a right shoulder injury that will need surgery.

Chargers rookie receiver Richard Goodman dislocates finger - ESPN
Chargers rookie receiver Richard Goodman dislocated his right ring finger and split the webbing between fingers in practice on Wednesday.

Mike Sando's MVP Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Ten of the 12 NFL teams with two or fewer defeats found representation on the MVP Watch list heading into Week 8.

Have at It: Can officiating be improved? - NFC North Blog - ESPN
We usually save our discussion on officiating for the internationally celebrated Dirty Laundry feature. But given the magnitude of what we witnessed last weekend, the latest in a near-weekly series of controversy, I think it's time to go mainstream.

Why are we trading David Bowens? | National Football Post
While watching the highlights of the Browns’ resounding upset of the Saints, I was floored to see two Drew Brees interceptions returned for a touchdown by a defensive lineman named David Bowens.

Coaching session: man coverage | National Football Post
We have gone to the chalkboard here at the NFP breaking down plays and schemes in our Inside the Playbook series. A detailed look at what happens on the field.

Some see what they want to see | National Football Post
The fines handed down by the NFL office were an overreaction to a rash of hits within a two-hour period two Sundays ago. I'm sorry, but I didn't see the sudden lack of huge hits, especially head shots, any more than I believed that what we all saw on Oct. 17 were an every Sunday event.

Louis Murphy has bruised lung | National Football Post
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Louis Murphy will be sidelined for at least a few weeks.

Aaron Maybin: 'It certainly is an eye-opener' | National Football Post
For former Buffalo Bills first-round draft pick Aaron Maybin, not being activated for Sunday's overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens offered a stark reminder of his lack of status for the AFC East franchise.

Lions claim CB Brandon McDonald off waivers | National Football Post
McDonald, who was let go by the Cleveland Browns in early September, had been in Arizona since then and appeared in two games for the Cardinals. McDonald started 27 games over the previous three seasons for the Browns, and was a fifth-round draft pick in 2007 from Memphis.

San Diego Chargers are star of stats, not standings - Kerry J. Byrne - SI.com
The futility of Chargers football has turned into one of the biggest statistical stories of the 2010 season -- and perhaps in recent football history.

Lobbying for top spot starting to catch on - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Last week, Rex Ryan did his best to make my job easier, proclaiming that his Jets were the best team in the NFL.

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