Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/1/10

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Broncos coach McDaniels says adjustments can be overrated - The Denver Post
There's one word Broncos coach Josh McDaniels and his players mention often in the days leading up to games. Namely, it's preparation, the result of hours of meetings and practices from Wednesday through Saturday.

Teams to offer refunds if games are canceled - The Denver Post
It is the NFL's version of a money-back guarantee if there is a lockout or other labor strife in 2011 that results in canceled games.

Q&A: Several unanswered questions remain from the Broncos' videotape scandal - The Denver Post
Q: I found it strange that in Josh McDaniel's news conference Saturday at Broncos headquarters, he said the videotape of the 49ers' walk-through practice in London had been destroyed. But in the Joe Ellis and Jeff Pash conference calls with the media, it was stated that the NFL's investigation involved review of the computer upon which the footage was stored. How was the videotape viewed by NFL officials if it had been destroyed?

Analysis: Broncos must deal with Chiefs' red-hot Cassel - The Denver Post
The Broncos' beleaguered defense is coming off a game in which it surrendered 308 passing yards to Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. It was his first career 300-yard passing game, he was not sacked and he did not throw an interception.

The Denver Broncos plight has fans 'disgusted'
The losses are piling up for the Denver Broncos and their second-year coach, Josh McDaniels, who was hired after owner Pat Bowlen fired Shanahan following the 2008 season. The Broncos have a 3-8 record this season and have gone 5-16 since winning their first six games last season under McDaniels, the 34-year-old former offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.

NFL.com news: Scandal aside, Broncos can't be so wishy-washy with McDaniels
The last thing McDaniels needed during this horrific season was to be accused of spying on opponents. And now he must be sitting in his office wondering if his owner supports him or if his time in Denver is coming to an abrupt end.

NFL.com news: MRI reveals just an ankle sprain for Vikes' Peterson, Frazier says
An MRI on Adrian Peterson's injured right ankle revealed nothing more serious than a sprain, Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier said Tuesday in a radio interview, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

NFL.com news: Packers want what Falcons possess: Offensive balance
In the aftermath of Atlanta's compelling 20-17 victory over Green Bay on Sunday, I tried to take a bigger picture look at both of the NFC's best teams and which one is most equipped to make a deep playoff run. Although I picked the Packers to reach the Super Bowl, the fact that the Falcons can run the football -- they can pound it -- makes them the more dangerous team heading to this critical final stretch.

NFL.com news: Whisenhunt comes to Anderson's defense after postgame rant
With his quarterback's postgame blowup broadcast repeatedly across the land and his team mired in a mess of a season, Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is trying to remain the calm at the center of an increasingly ugly storm.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Pick Six: Best NFL meltdowns "
" Finnegan: Johnson should have been suspended Celebrating Thanksgiving, Fandemonium-style " Pick Six: Best NFL meltdowns Frank Tadych By Frank Tadych | Published: November 30th, 2010 | Tags: Derek Anderson, Bill Callahan, Dennis Green, Jim Mora, Mike Ditka, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens Unlock HQ Video HQ video delivered by Akamai For the less intense football fans, here’s an important question I haven’t seen asked yet: Where does Derek Anderson’s postgame rant after Monday night’s loss to the 49ers rank among the NFL’s all-time best meltdowns?

NFL.com news: Hip injury not expected to keep 49ers' Gore out next season
The 49ers placed their star running back on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday. Gore fractured his right hip during the Niners' 27-6 win at Arizona on Monday night and was scheduled to undergo further tests to determine the severity of the injury. The team made the announcement less than two hours after Mike Singletary's weekly news conference, then released a statement from the coach.

NFL.com news: Police won't charge Titans WR Britt in bar brawl
Tenneseee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt will not be charged for his alleged involvement in an October bar brawl.

Ben Roethlisberger wearing boot but likely to face Baltimore Ravens - ESPN
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is wearing a protective boot on his sprained right foot but is expected to play Sunday when Pittsburgh and Baltimore face off for first place in the AFC North.

New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith: Arrest a 'misunderstanding' - ESPN
New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith says his weekend arrest on a domestic abuse charge was the result of "an unfortunate misunderstanding."

Two L.A. groups have shown interest in Minnesota Vikings - ESPN Los Angeles
Two different groups interested in bringing an NFL team to Los Angeles have approached the Minnesota Vikings about possible relocation, Vikings vice president of public affairs Lester Bagley said in a chat on the team's website Tuesday.

New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees named SI's Sportsman of the Year - Sportsman of the Year - SI.com
For not only leading the New Orleans Saints to the first Super Bowl title in the franchise's history, but also for helping lead the city of New Orleans' rebirth after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, quarterback Drew Brees is the recipient of Sports Illustrated's 57th Sportsman of the Year award. Brees will be honored at a ceremony Tuesday evening in New York City.

NFL predictions for final five weeks of the season - Don Banks - SI.com
With five weeks left in the NFL's regular season, we confidently submit five bold predictions for the rest of the way. Crystal ball time...

Eagles-Cowboys game in Week 14 remains on Sunday night - NFL - SI.com
The last-place Cowboys are getting another chance in prime time.

Cook County medical official: Bears fan's death ruled accident, not suicide - NFL - SI.com
A medical examiner on Monday ruled the death of an Illinois man who fell from a stadium concourse during halftime of Sunday's Bears-Eagles game an accident.

Lions' Drew Stanton takes snaps with first team - NFL - SI.com
The Detroit Lions may have more problems at quarterback.

Hall of Fame case for former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. - Ann Killion - SI.com
There he is, right where some predicted he never would be.

Pressure's on Jets D to put pressure on Brady - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The New York Jets are out to make Tom Brady(notes) miserable.

Kornheiser: Johnson avoided suspension due to Thursday game - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Wondering why Andre Johnson(notes) and Cortland Finnegan(notes) got off without a suspension for their vicious, on-field brawl on Sunday? Former "Monday Night Football" announcer Tony Kornheiser thinks it had to do with the NFL's self-interests in promoting this week's Thursday night game.

Colts' Manning in midst of arguably worst slump - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
As Peyton Manning(notes) wallows in the worst slump of his Hall of Fame career, there is a fair question to be asked about the greatest thrower of this era:


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