Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/30/10

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Opposing teams targeting Tebow but their tactics never get to him - The Denver Post
But whatever sort of filthy language and extra hits the Chargers may direct at Tebow, the Broncos' rookie quarterback probably will answer back with his standard reply: "God bless."

Paige: Oh, yes: Tebow vs. Cutler - The Denver Post
Although the exact date won't be announced until April — and there is the little unsettled matter of the NFL and the Players Association working out a collective bargaining agreement — the Broncos and the Bears are scheduled to play a regular-season game here next season. It will be a major TV sports event on a Thursday, a Sunday or a Monday night.

Bailey an alternate on Pro Bowl team - The Denver Post
Besides Denver's Brandon Lloyd, who was one of four receivers named to the AFC Pro Bowl team Tuesday, Champ Bailey on Wednesday was named as the first alternate, or fourth cornerback.

Q&A: Broncos see Elway's return as a major step forward - The Denver Post
Q: There is something I can't wrap my brain around. Why aren't the Broncos focused on bringing in a true personnel guru, which they've never really had?

Analysis: Broncos' Bailey is a Pro Bowl cornerback, no matter what the voting says - The Denver Post
What does that mean? If one of three AFC cornerbacks, who were selected by a combination of votes from NFL coaches, players and fans, can't play in the Jan. 30 game at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Bailey will.

Broncos' Knowshon Moreno uncertain with rib injury for Chargers - The Denver Post
With Knowshon Moreno still recovering from a rib injury he suffered at Oakland two weeks ago, the Broncos may be forced to go the committee route again in the backfield to close out the season Sunday.

Sundquist candidate for 49ers' GM job - The Denver Post
Former Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist will interview for the same position with the San Francisco 49ers later this week, according to two NFL sources.

NFL.com news: Favre fined $50K for 'failure to cooperate' with NFL investigation
Down to the last few days of the season and maybe Brett Favre's career, the NFL ended a slow-paced investigation of tawdry allegations against the Minnesota Vikings quarterback with a $50,000 fine and a rebuke for not being candid.

NFL.com news: Leg injury puts Eagles QB Vick's status for Sunday in doubt
One day after the NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles squandered their chance at a postseason bye, it became clear that Vick might have taken his last snap until the playoffs.

NFL.com news: Jaguars QB Garrard will miss season finale after finger surgery
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard will miss Sunday's regular-season finale at Houston because of a finger injury.

NFL.com news: If Kubiak returns, Phillips could join Texans' staff, run defense
Wade Phillips, who was fired as Dallas Cowboys coach in early November after the team's 1-7 start, has emerged as a candidate to become the Houston Texans' defensive coordinator, according to several league sources.

NFL.com news: Teams should give some fired coaches a second chance
Just some 24 months ago, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett were the hottest coaching candidates in the league. Jim Mora was the bright shining star headed to his hometown in Seattle, as he settled into a job he was promised when Mike Holmgren eventually left. Now, McDaniels is out of work, Garrett is barely holding on to his interim job and Mora is my partner at the NFL Network.

NFL.com news: Jets' Sanchez limited in practice; Ryan faces decision on QB
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was unsure Wednesday whether or not his quarterback, dealing with an ailing throwing arm, would play in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Buffalo Bills.

NFL.com news: Stakes high for Steelers in regular-season finale vs. Browns
A game the Steelers hoped would mean nothing now means everything, and they know it.

Fox's Tucker Carlson says Michael Vick of Philadelphia Eagles 'should be executed' for dogfighting - ESPN
The Eagles are more worried about Michael Vick's injured leg than another attack on his dogfighting past.

Report: Brett Favre failed baseline concussion test on Wednesday - ESPN
Brett Favre failed a baseline neurological exam again late Wednesday afternoon, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

New York Giants players back coach, take blame for skid - ESPN New York
The New York Giants spent more time on Wednesday answering questions about their head coach than actually discussing this week's opponent.

Bum Phillips, Dan Pastorini in Gary Kubiak's corner - ESPN
Former Oilers coach Bum Phillips and ex-Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini attended Wednesday's practice and urged Texans owner Bob McNair to retain Kubiak despite the team's nosedive this season.

Guidelines to cover story of Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick - Jack McCallum - SI.com
After Kobe Bryant laid 81 points on the Toronto Raptors in January 2006, the second highest single-game total in NBA history, I wrote a story about it. That was followed by a few dozen e-mails of the why-are-you-glorifying-a-guy-like-that? variety -- the 2003 Colorado rape charges against Bryant had been dismissed by then but many people never forgave him -- and an appearance on CNN's Reliable Sources on which I was asked the same question by host Howie Kurtz.

Goodell finds clever way to settle Favre mess - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
There is a fine line between lame and smart. Give NFL commissioner Roger Goodell credit for finding a smart solution to the whole Brett Favre(notes)-Jenn Sterger affair, even if some people will inevitably criticize Goodell for leniency.

Richardson doesn't deserve to get 'Lucky' - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
This is that bittersweet time of year when we prepare to bid farewell to 20 of our frustrated franchises, meaning next Wednesday you’ll be treated to 12 Questions, aka The Return of the Dirty Dozen.


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