Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/29/10

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Lloyd's production at WR for Broncos nets Pro Bowl nod - The Denver Post
After seven seasons of many thrills but untapped production, Brandon Lloyd put it all together in year eight.

After catching all those long passes, Brandon Lloyd drops the bomb | All Things Broncos
Asked if he wanted to tell those three teams: "told you so," Lloyd said half-good naturedly, half-seriously: ""No, I want to say, ‘(Bleep) you.’ And I mean that in the most professional way."

Contracts of Denver's QBs will be a factor in 2011 - The Denver Post
The Broncos might have three quarterbacks slated to be under contract for 2011, but the team appears content to move into the next era with Tim Tebow at quarterback.

Broncos Mailbag: Tebow seizing starting job - The Denver Post
Mike - National media have glowed all year about the play of Sam Bradford. Many, if not most, laughed at the Broncos for taking Tim Tebow in the first round AND believing he could be a true QB. One game a career doesn't make, but did the Houston game open some eyes?

Analysis: Broncos aren't fast enough or young enough to contend - The Denver Post
It's no secret the Broncos have a monumental job in front of them.

Buckhalter has momentum, opportunity - The Denver Post
In his last weeks as Broncos coach, Josh McDaniels said he wanted Denver's ground game to start and end with Knowshon Moreno.

Q&A: Expect Broncos deals for more picks - The Denver Post
Q: If the Broncos end up with the No. 2 or No. 3 overall pick, wouldn't it be a good idea to try and trade down several spots and pick up another second-round pick. I know this has been tough in the past because of salaries, but I don't think it will be nearly as hard with the new CBA.

Bye-bye, bye week - The Denver Post
The Philadelphia Eagles got their bye a week early — and not the way they wanted.

Tom Brady, Michael Vick to start in 2011 Pro Bowl - ESPN
Michael Vick's sensational comeback season made a big impression throughout the NFL, not just in Philadelphia.

Houston Texans fans seeking firing of Gary Kubiak organize rally - ESPN
A pair of Houston Texans fans who believe coach Gary Kubiak should be fired are organizing a rally for Sunday to make their point, the Houston Chronicle reported.

'Monday Night Football' has best-rated season in five years - ESPN
"Monday Night Football" is enjoying its best year in five seasons.

Cleveland Browns players say they hope Mangini returns - ESPN
His destiny's unknown and in team president Mike Holmgren's hands. Eric Mangini could be down to his final days with the Browns.

Sources: Playoff cash looms for Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco - ESPN
Two of the NFL's young, up-and-coming quarterbacks clinched playoff berths in Week 16, and it could provide both an opportunity to earn a lot of extra money by season's end.

Dean Spanos of San Diego Chargers says Norv Turner, A.J. Smith will return - ESPN
The San Diego Chargers missed the playoffs despite having the NFL's No. 2-ranked offense and top-ranked defense. Still, team president Dean Spanos told the San Diego Union-Tribune that both coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith will return next season.

Union: NFL players, owners sense urgency in labor talks - ESPN
Union executive committee member Brian Dawkins says he believes NFL owners and players have a sense of urgency to avoid a lockout because they don't want to alienate fans.

NFL.com news: Ex-Rams personnel man Softli first to interview for 49ers GM job
San Francisco 49ers president and CEO Jed York began his search for a general manager by interviewing Tony Softli and says he will be talking to candidates the rest of the week.

NFL.com news: Chiefs' plan is to go with starters Sunday vs. Raiders
Now that the Kansas City Chiefs have clinched the AFC West title, will they rest selected starters -- including quarterback Matt Cassel -- for Sunday's season finale against the Raiders?

NFL.com news: Palmer, Bengals might have brighter future without T.Ocho
There was much to take from Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday. The Chargers were ousted from the playoffs. Fans left the parking lot in their Jettas saying, "Where the heck was that all season?" Perhaps most importantly, the Bengals learned that Carson Palmer doesn't need high-profile diva wideouts to succeed.

Falcons, Saints trending toward third meeting "
I was able to take in the Saints-Falcons matchup on Monday night, and enjoyed every aspect of the game. Ignoring how the NFC playoff seedings might play out, I believe these teams are trending toward a third meeting this season, one that will decide who goes to Super Bowl XLV.

NFL.com news: Chiefs possess offense built for extended run in postseason
If you're looking for a darkhorse to emerge out of the AFC, you might want to cast your eyes on the Kansas City Chiefs. The AFC West champions are one of the hottest teams in the league, and have an offense built for the rugged play of the postseason.

NFL.com news: Sorry Vick, but Brady is the league's best MVP candidate
Mother Nature decided to add a little more drama to this anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better competition that Tom Brady and Michael Vick are waging for NFL MVP, but it wasn't necessary.

Minnesota Vikings shock Michael Vick and Philadelphia Eagles in Tuesday NFL game - Andrew Perloff - SI.com
1. If a team comes into an NFL game not ready to play, it's going to lose -- no matter how lopsided the matchup looks on paper. The Eagles were still high off last week's win over the Giants and were already game-planning for next Sunday's game against the Cowboys. They didn't think they needed their best effort against a Vikings club that had lost its last two games by a combined score of 61-7 and hadn't beaten a winning team all season.

Chiefs, Rams lead Missouri football revival - Peter King - SI.com
I love what's going on in Missouri. The Chiefs, with 10 wins the past three years, at 10-5, winning the AFC West. The Rams, 6-42 the last three years, one win from the NFC West title.

Best in Sports Media, Internet, TV, online, print for 2010. - Richard Deitsch - SI.com
Revolutions in sports television sometimes come with little fanfare. Fox initially thought Pereira, the former vice president of officiating for the NFL, would make his biggest impact on the web. But the opening week of the NFL season featured one of the more controversial plays of the year -- Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson's apparent game-winning catch against the Bears, and Pereira's insight on the play proved invaluable.

Seattle QB Charlie Whitehurst gets starting nod for Seahawks-Rams showdown - NFL - SI.com
Charlie Whitehurst is expected to be Seattle's starting quarterback on Sunday when the Seahawks play the St. Louis Rams for the NFC West title.

A loaded wild-card field, plus more Snap Judgments - Don Banks - SI.com
There have been plenty of wild-card teams of recent vintage that entered the playoffs and made some real noise from the No. 5 or No. 6 slot, including last year's Jets, the Ravens of 2008 and, of course, the Giants in 2007 and Steelers in 2005. And after Sunday's action, it's pretty apparent that this season's wild-card field will be stacked with quality teams too.

Vick develops under Mornhinweg's tutelage - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The story this autumn has been Michael Vick and how he went from prison to a sure Pro Bowler in 17 months. He is nothing now like the player who left the Atlanta Falcons following the 2006 season. He is mature, precise and efficient; the league’s most-feared offensive player to many defenders.

Hustle factor carries White to Pro Bowl - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Atlanta wide receiver Roddy White(notes) has the numbers to more than justify his third consecutive Pro Bowl selection. He also has the attitude.

Getting cursed out helps Saints' 'hangover' - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The day Sean Payton got his first NFL head coaching gig, the hotshot assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach excitedly shared the big news with his boss, then-Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells. He’d just been hired by the New Orleans Saints, and there’d be a news conference to introduce him as the franchise’s 14th coach the following day.


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