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Broncos Mailbag: Offense awful inside 20-yard line - The Denver Post
ello, Mike. In the NFL, teams are supposed to improve every year from the previous season. Last year, the Broncos were No. 24 out of 32 teams in the red zone. It is apparent that it has become a problem for them once again this year. I give credit to Josh McDaniels being a good offensive-minded coach when it comes to collecting yards. However, when it comes to points (the critical step), he seems to lack any type of creativity within the red zone. This continues to be the Broncos' downfall. Will this change any time soon? -- Kevin, Washington

Broncos don't plan to use Tebow on short-yardage plays - The Denver Post
For all the problems the Broncos continue to have with their running game, particularly near the goal line, coach Josh McDaniels made one thing clear Monday: Tim Tebow is not the solution.

Broncos' McKinley remembered in Georgia service - The Denver Post
South Carolina was two days away from facing the University of Georgia in 2008, and Kenny McKinley was tired. He had spent all week preparing for the Bulldogs and wanted to rest, but when his summertime employer, John Barbour, called to say he had a special guest waiting at the office, McKinley acquiesced and said he could come over for five minutes or 10 at the most.

Colts' Plan B proved too much to handle - The Denver Post
It is the mystery wrapped inside an enigma.

Orton's great stats can be misleading, McDaniels says - The Denver Post
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels pointed out some hidden statistics during his news conference Monday.

Analysis: Broncos' running game needs success in 11-on-11 battles - The Denver Post
Somewhere along the line, running the football in the NFL became associated with simplicity in the minds of many, that you line up, hand the ball off and watch the yards pile up.

Denver Broncos eyeing ... The Titans - The Denver Post
For the record: Tennessee (2-1), Denver (1-2).

Q&A: Too early to judge rookie Cox - The Denver Post
Q: If the 2010 NFL draft were held again today, how high do you think Perrish Cox would go? I know there has been a lot of talk that the Broncos got a steal in picking him up in the fifth round, but do you think he would be a second-round pick if teams knew then what they know now? I know its still extremely early to be evaluating a draft class, but I think a number of the Broncos guys would go higher if the draft were held again (Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Cox).

Broncos contingent returns from McKinley funeral | All Things Broncos
The Broncos’ contingent of general manager Brian Xanders, kicker Matt Prater, tight end Daniel Graham and special teams captain Wesley Woodyard attended the funeral of teammate Kenny McKinley on Monday morning in Georgia and were back for conditioning by Monday afternoon. Woodyard spoke at the funeral.

Broncos’ O: No. 1 passing, No. 30 in rushing, No. 15 in scoring | All Things Broncos
The numbers are now in to confirm what has already been obvious: The Broncos are a passing team. And they aren’t much of a running team

Despite resources, players reluctant to seek help - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
From the great blocks that once made Barret Robbins a Pro Bowler to the awful binges of alcohol and drugs that led to him being shot in the chest by police, agent Drew Pittman has had a front-row seat to the issues that have impacted his friend and client, and kept Robbins in a correctional or treatment facility for much of the past seven years.

Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith made a statement by benching underperforming players in Monday's 20-17 win over Green Bay Packers - ESPN Chicago
Clearly, there is no longer room on Lovie Smith's team for the benefit of the doubt or patience or nonsense. Chalk it up to desperation or team depth or to the new tough-Lovie approach that was there on the sideline Monday night for the Bears' biggest win in at least a year. There were two higher-profile players on the team, wearing sweats. And soon two other starters joined them on the bench.

Packers couldn't handle their hype - NFC North Blog - ESPN
The Green Bay Packers' fall from grace can be boiled down to a pair of plays midway through the third quarter Monday night at Soldier Field.

Winless San Francisco 49ers fire O-coordinator Jimmy Raye - ESPN
Their offense in a funk, the winless San Francisco 49ers fired coordinator Jimmy Raye on Monday.

Oakland Raiders Hall of Famer George Blanda dies at age 83 - ESPN
George Blanda, who played longer than anyone in pro football history and racked up the most points in a career that spanned four decades, mostly with the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders, died Monday. He was 83.

Quarterback Trent Edwards released by Buffalo Bills - ESPN
Chan Gailey needed to see Ryan Fitzpatrick put some life into Buffalo's anemic offense just once before deciding Trent Edwards was expendable.

Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian says 18-game NFL season is done deal - ESPN
Colts president Bill Polian believes the debate over an 18-game NFL season is over, and an expanded schedule will soon become a reality.

Agent: Kansas City Chiefs' Charlie Weis had gall bladder removed - ESPN
Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis underwent surgery Monday to remove an infected gall bladder, his agent confirmed to ESPN.

New York Jets' Calvin Pace may play this week; Darrelle Revis maybe not - ESPN New York
he New York Jets' defense, shredded Sunday night by Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne, may welcome back a familiar face this week. But don't expect it to be cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick's evolution will be tested against Washington Redskins' Donovan McNabb - ESPN
Vick's evolution as quarterback is summed up perfectly by the way he operated a hurry-up offense in Philadelphia's 28-3 win at Jacksonville on Sunday. He's no longer a run-first guy who quickly takes off with the ball if his primary option is covered. Rather, he's found success in the pocket.

Post game notes: Packers-Bears | National Football Post
Packers' penalties: Bad football. That is the best way to describe it. Eighteen total penalties. Holding calls, false starts, pass interference and the personnel fouls. Call it undisciplined football and bad technique from the offensive line against the Bears front four rush. But, you can’t have them and win on the road in a divisional game. You want to talk about a rough meeting to be in? Try sitting in that front row of Mike McCarthy’s team meeting on Wednesday morning in Green Bay after the day off tomorrow.

NFL suspends Tony McDaniel | National Football Post
Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Tony McDaniel was suspended for one game without pay for violating the league's personal conduc policy.

Patriots cut Steve Maneri | National Football Post
The New England Patriots have released rookie offensive tackle Steve Maneri.

Ray Rice has a knee contusion | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl runner Ray Rice has a knee contusion, according to coach John Harbaugh.

NFL.com news: McNeill moves on from holdout, eyes long-term Chargers deal
Marcus McNeill is inching closer to being on the field with the San Diego Chargers.

NFL.com news: Ravens' Rice has 'significant' knee contusion; status unknown
- Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has a bruised knee, leaving his status for this weekend's AFC North showdown with the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers in doubt.

NFL.com news: Kicking an issue, but Payton wants Saints to improve overall
The New Orleans Saints are a missed chip-shot field goal away from being 3-0 and having a two-game lead over the NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons.

NFL.com news: Six from Sunday: QB carousel refusing to slow down
It was an interesting full slate of games in which a number of things jumped out at me as I sat and watched them all with Bill Cowher, Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe. Here are six observations I took away from Sunday:

Bears' 3-0 start shows Chicago's more lucky than good - Don Banks - SI.com
Five things we learned from watching the Bears pull out a rather-improbable win over the error-prone Packers at Solider Field ...

Michael Vick, Leon Washington, Kansas City Chiefs surprise in busy Week 3 in NFL - Peter King - SI.com
Week 3 storylines from NFL cities across the country:

Jimmy Raye was overmatched in role as 49ers offensive coordinator - Don Banks - SI.com
Given the disarray I saw firsthand from the winless 49ers on Sunday in Kansas City, the team's move to fire offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye on Monday comes as no real surprise. Other than the fact that San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary specifically assured reporters Sunday afternoon that Raye would be his offensive coordinator the rest of the season.

Chicago Bears prove a point by beating the Green Bay Packers - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Devin Hester taunted the Green Bay Packers with his spring into the Soldier Field stands.

Pereira's 5 biggest NFL Week 3 calls - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Replay played a huge role in Week 3 and because of it, officials were able to make the right calls every time.


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