Denver Broncos News - Horse Tracks - 9/14/10

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Broncos Mailbag: Scuttle scant use of Tebow - The Denver Post
After Sunday's game, gotta ask: What's the point of using Tim Tebow in some "wild horse" packages if you're only going to throw him into three plays? Why not just leave Kyle Orton alone to play? It almost seemed like Josh McDaniels was trying to throw Tebow and the hometown crowd a bone. -- Meggie, Washington

Mistakes added up for Broncos in opener - The Denver Post
Faulty headsets. A holding penalty on third-and-short. Consecutive face- mask penalties, at 15 yards apiece. Lining up only 10 men on the field on defense. Being forced to call a timeout because the offense is lined up incorrectly.

Broncos can't let losses multiply - The Denver Post
The Broncos didn't want to get to this so soon, but after only one week the biggest item on their offseason to-do list has parked itself on the doorstep.

Broncos' defense wants more turnovers - The Denver Post
Applying pressure through a pass rush can increase the chances of a turnover. But sometimes turnovers just . . . happen.

Broncos WR Thomas' status unclear - The Denver Post
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, whose rookie season with the Broncos has been slowed by a foot injury, said Monday he wasn't sure what his status would be this week.

Denver Broncos eyeing ... The Seahawks - The Denver Post
Who's hot: After a slow start, Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck accounted for three touchdowns in the season-opening victory: two passing and one rushing.

Analysis: Broncos' Orton won't survive without better protection from patchwork O-line - The Denver Post
But that doesn't change the fact that quarterback Kyle Orton won't start all of the games the Broncos would like him to this season if they don't protect him better than they did Sunday at Jacksonville.

Question: So far, the Broncos' Tebow package lacks creativity - The Denver Post
Q: Coach Josh McDaniels had since April to put in a creative and exciting package involving Tim Tebow for the season-opening Jacksonville game, and all McDaniels came up with were two draw plays and the additional use of Tebow as a decoy receiver. Will the Broncos use Tebow more creatively in the Seattle game this weekend?

McDaniels on Wildhorses: only when a RB takes the snap | All Things Broncos
Call it what you want, but your language may differ from Broncos coach Josh McDaniels.

Hall of Fame first cut: T.D., Sharpe, Meck, Atwater, Wright, Reeves, Boselli | All Things Broncos
Six former Broncos and Boulder native Tony Boselli made the list of 113 preliminary modern-era candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2011.

Remember the Ravens' defense? - AFC North Blog - ESPN
The self-proclaimed "soon to be champs" opened their new stadium on the NFL's biggest stage, but the party was crashed by the Baltimore Ravens' defense.

Baltimore Ravens vs. New York Jets - Recap - September 13, 2010 - ESPN
The Baltimore Ravens starred in this version of "Hard Knocks," punishing the New York Jets with plenty of them.

A new beginning in Kansas City - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Tough and gruff Todd Haley took his young playmaker into his arms and put his mouth to his helmet. With the renovated New Arrowhead Stadium crowd going berserk, Haley screamed into Dexter McCluster’s ear hole.

San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs - Recap - September 13, 2010 - ESPN
Desperate to proclaim an official end to one of the darkest periods in team history, the Chiefs hit San Diego with two long touchdown strikes and then stopped Philip Rivers in the shadow of the goal line four times in the final minute Monday night, preserving a 21-14 victory over the four-time AFC West champion.

New York Jets DT Kris Jenkins injures knee vs. Baltimore Ravens, to have MRI on Tuesday - ESPN New York
New York Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins, who injured his surgically repaired left knee in the first quarter of Monday night's season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, will have an MRI exam Tuesday morning to determine the extent of the damage. There's a 50-50 chance he will be lost for the season, according to a person familiar with the injury.

Kevin Kolb of Philadelphia Eagles must pass test in order to play - ESPN
Quarterback Kevin Kolb and linebacker Stewart Bradley have not been ruled out for Philadelphia's game at Detroit next Sunday despite sustaining concussions in the season opener.

NFLPA director: Union reviewing Philadelphia Eagles' response to Kevin Kolb, Stewart Bradley injuries - ESPN
After an initial review, the NFL Players Association medical director said Monday that the Philadelphia Eagles' training staff and doctors followed the proper injury procedures in the cases of quarterback Kevin Kolb and linebacker Stewart Bradley, but the union is still gathering more information and the team "has not yet been cleared," according to George Atallah, assistant executive director of external affairs of the NFLPA.

Patriots QB Tom Brady on crash: I was scared out of my mind - ESPN Boston
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke extensively Monday morning for the first time about the car accident he was involved in on Thursday, saying he was "scared out of my mind" when his Audi sedan crashed into a minivan that according to witnesses had run a red light.

Report: Randy Moss, Bill Belichick meet - ESPN Boston
Randy Moss and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick reportedly had a meeting in the wake of the receiver's Sunday news conference in which Moss told reporters he did not feel appreciated and expected to play elsewhere next season.

New York Jets owner calls, apologizes to female reporter - ESPN New York
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, addressing the alleged harassment of a female TV reporter Saturday at practice, told ESPNNewYork.com Monday that the team will begin interviewing players as part of its investigation with the league office.

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will not need shoulder surgery - ESPN
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford's injured right shoulder won't need surgery, but coach Jim Schwartz said Monday that he doesn't have a timetable on Stafford's return.

Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips take blame for game-changing fumble in loss to Washington Redskins - ESPN Dallas
Head coach Wade Phillips accepts fault for the turning point in the Dallas Cowboys' season-opening loss Sunday night to the Washington Redskins because he failed to assert his authority on the final play of the first half.

Dallas Cowboys tackle Alex Barron apologizes to receiver Roy Williams for penalty that wiped out touchdown catch that could have won game against Washington Redskins - ESPN Dallas
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Roy E. Williams didn't get to be the hero, but he did get an apology from the teammate whose penalty wiped out his potential game-winning touchdown catch on the final play of Sunday night's game.

Self-promoting Bengals get pummeled - ESPN
The Cincinnati Bengals were pushed around during a 38-24 loss at New England on Sunday that brought back memories of the bad old days when such things happened regularly. Their season opener was an eye opener for the defending AFC North champs.

NFL head of officiating stands by Lions-Bears call - ESPN
The NFL is standing behind how a buzz-creating call was handled in the Detroit-Chicago game.

Pereira on disputed call: 'Black and white' - NFC North Blog - ESPN
In the two-plus years we've been hashing it out on this blog, I've never seen a story generate such widespread venom as Calvin Johnson's overruled touchdown reception in the Detroit Lions' 19-14 loss Sunday to the Chicago Bears. We've surpassed a record number of comments on the related post, and I continue to hear from hundreds of you who either don't understand the rule, don't like it or are just looking for someone to vent on.

Post game notes: Ravens-Jets | National Football Post
Let’s take a look at the post game notes and talk some X’s and O’s from the Ravens 10-9 win over Rex Ryan and the Jets…

Ravens flying high with receiver depth | National Football Post
The Ravens of recent vintage have had it all — except for big-time receivers. But the Ravens of current vintage have more receivers than Cam Cameron might know what to do with.

WWE star The Miz calls out Ochocinco | National Football Post
Chad Ochocinco’s absence from Cincinnati’s final offensive play of the first half in the season opener against New England didn’t just make headlines in NFL circles. It made its way into the world of professional wrestling, as well.

Shanahan gives Haynesworth a positive review | National Football Post
Albert Haynesworth made it through the regular-season opener – and the postgame scene -- with the Washington Redskins without a major disturbance.

Colts waiting for Bob Sanders' MRI results | National Football Post
Considering injury-prone Indianapolis Colts safety Bob Sanders' medical history and hard luck, there's already plenty of concern that his latest injury could be a season-ending one.

NFL.com news: Six from Sunday: Eagles face QB dilemma, Steelers have a plan
At least half of the home teams were viewed as underdogs, but they didn't take too kindly to that; fans in at least one city are struggling with what it takes to get a touchdown reception; the Steelers had months to work on a plan for life without Ben Roethlisberger, and for at least a week, it appears it was well-laid; and quarterback conflicts are already showing their face

NFL.com news: Kraft denies report that Patriots had deal with Mankins
"There have been negotiations, but we've never had a deal," Kraft said Monday during a surprise appearance on WEEI-AM's "Dale and Holley Show". "We did make offers and we don't normally do this, but I want our fanbase to be focusing on our team, not misreports or misperceptions that are put out. (Our offers) would have allowed him to be paid very well, which we felt was appropriate. I know it was comparably to what (Jets center) Nick Mangold made. I'm not sure his people felt it was appropriate.

NFL.com news: Delhomme injures right ankle in Browns' opener, set for tests
Turns out, the Cleveland Browns might have more to worry about than Jake Delhomme's two costly interceptions in their season opener.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Noteworthy nuggets from Week 1 "
By now, you’ve likely seen all the highlights and digested all the relevant fantasy stats from the first Sunday of the 2010 NFL season. Here’s a chance to dig a little deeper, with key nuggets from each of Sunday’s games, courtesy of crack NFL Network research guru George Li:

NFL.com news: Hard-luck Lions got robbed by rule that defies logic
It's a shame that seven years ago someone defined a reception as having control of the ball all the way through the catch to the ground, because it cost the Detroit Lions a hard-fought victory on Sunday.

Jets get knocked in foul mouth - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
This summer, HBO broadcast five episodes of "Hard Knocks," which served to further flame the hype of the New York Jets season. The Jets, in turn, opened the season with a hideous 10-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, exposing the bold Super Bowl talk as HBO’s biggest plot reach since Turtle started landing hot chicks.

Time for Cowboys to face reality about struggles - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The clock was about to hit midnight and in the back of the Dallas Cowboys locker room, owner Jerry Jones held a white towel and dabbed at the perspiration building on his face.

Tough-minded Ravens deliver a few hard knocks to anemic Jets - Don Banks - SI.com
Things we learned watching the Ravens deliver a few hard knocks of their own with a gutty 10-9 victory over the over-hyped Jets ...

Newsome: NFL unlikely to tweak reception rule during season - NFL - SI.com
The controversial non-TD-catch call involving Calvin Johnson Sunday in Chicago prompted widespread criticism for the complicated nature of what currently constitutes a reception by NFL rule, but the likelihood of the league tweaking the rule during the 2010 season is slight, longtime NFL competition committee member Ozzie Newsome said Monday night.

Baltimore Ravens take unique approach to quiet New York Jets - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Had his team backed its bravado, Rex Ryan would have assuredly dropped a cacophony of F-bombs in celebrating a New York Jets win.

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