Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/4/11

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Broncos Mailbag: Luck of draw in Denver's cards come draft? - The Denver Post
Hi, Mike. Assuming (and we know where that gets you) that Andrew Luck makes himself eligible and is available when Denver picks in the 2011 draft, does Denver pull the trigger on him? I am fully on board with the Tim Tebow project, but Luck is being talked about as a can't-miss prospect. If Denver passes on him, it could be like Portland passing on Michael Jordan. -- Bob, Dusty High Plains

Kiszla: Broncos' stars have fallen behind the Rockies' - The Denver Post
And the Broncos? They're the jokers who live next door to aggravate us. Dove Valley has lost that lovin' feeling.

Broncos' players warily enter offseason - The Denver Post
Hip-hop music blared through a set of iPod speakers in Brandon Lloyd's locker Monday morning as Broncos players went through the annual ritual of packing up their belongings and moving into the offseason.

Analysis of Broncos' roster after forgettable season - The Denver Post
"Whatever the news is, I'll listen and definitely perk up whenever I hear it," said Tebow, the Broncos' exciting but unpolished rookie quarterback. "I'll look forward to whoever we get, and I'm sure it'll be a great coach."

Broncos' assistants face uncertain future - The Denver Post
For their reward, Broncos assistant coaches will receive individual year-end meetings Wednesday. Some will be told it's OK to look around. Many will be rooting for interim head coach Eric Studesville to get the full-time gig. It's possible no one will be retained.

Analysis: Broncos' story of 2010 was defensive collapse - The Denver Post
The numbers are staggering, and there's nothing Tim Tebow or any other Broncos offensive player can do about it.

Q&A: Orton more likely to be traded than be Tebow's mentor - The Denver Post
Q: Isn't all of this hype about Tim Tebow being the Broncos' starting quarterback a little premature? Why get rid of Kyle Orton? Tebow still needs to work out the kinks in his game, learn the system better and learn how to be a real NFL quarterback. Keep Orton around just in case.

Analysis: Broncos, opponents will be examining Tebow's game during the offseason - The Denver Post
Sunday's 33-28 loss to San Diego was just one game. But if the Broncos go forward with Tim Tebow at quarterback, it's a good bet their division rivals will go forward as well in trying to adapt to him.

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is still driven by 2005 draft day snub - ESPN
No, Rodgers has a jones against his boyhood favorite San Francisco 49ers, who chose Alex Smith with the No. 1 pick that year. Smith got the huge contract, the first photo op with then-NFL commish Paul Tagliabue and a personalized jersey to hold for the cameras. Rodgers got nationally televised humiliation as he dropped from the potential first overall selection to the 24th. When it came time for him to finally pose with Tags, someone hurriedly handed him a Packers jersey -- with no name on the back.

Some thoughts on Jeff Fisher in limbo - AFC South Blog - ESPN
Bud Adams met with Titans executives Steve Underwood and Mike Reinfeldt in Houston Monday as Fisher sent the Titans into the offseason and then faced the press.

Minnesota Vikings take interim tag off coach Leslie Frazier's title - ESPN
Touting Leslie Frazier's communication style, crisis management skills and credibility with players, the Minnesota Vikings decided to strip the interim tag from the former NFL cornerback and make him their head coach.

Ricky Williams of Miami Dolphins says he's ready to leave, rips Tony Sparano - ESPN
Dolphins running back Ricky Williams told a local radio station Monday that he believes it's time for him to leave Miami.

Rex Ryan to Peyton Manning: 'It's personal' - ESPN New York
Rex Ryan, the New York Jets' brash coach, believes he can design a defensive scheme to stop anybody, but the one player he hasn't solved -- his No. 1 tormentor -- is Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Quite simply, Manning has owned Ryan over the years, and Ryan is tired of providing fodder for Manning's career highlight reel.

Houston Texans keep Gary Kubiak but fire D-coordinator Frank Bush - ESPN
The Texans said Monday that Kubiak will return next season, despite another lackluster year that ended without a playoff berth.

NFL.com news: Playoff field set, but some teams can already call it a season
After 17 grueling weeks, the playoffs are finally here. Twelve teams technically have a chance to chase the Lombardi Trophy, but in reality, some are not capable of winning the Super Bowl.

NFL.com news: Seahawks present postseason challenge despite losing record
The NFL had a brilliant idea when it went to a full slate of divisional games in Week 17. There were meaningful matchups all day long.

NFL.com news: Giants owner Tisch says coach Coughlin will receive new deal
Tom Coughlin not only is coming back as the New York Giants' coach, he's receiving a new contract, too.

NFL.com news: Dolphins' Ross meets with coach Sparano, calls talk 'productive'
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross met Monday with Tony Sparano at the team's facility, the Miami Herald reported, amid speculation that the coach could be fired after missing the playoffs for a second consecutive season.

NFL.com news: Jones denies it, but Garrett sounds like coach in Dallas to stay
Jason Garrett stood before the Dallas Cowboys on Monday and issued their marching orders for the offseason. He encouraged them to watch the playoffs and be frustrated over not being a part of it. He talked about things they can do to become a playoff team next season.

Black Monday in NFL brings another Raiders guessing game - Don Banks - SI.com
Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we digest a quieter than expected "Black Monday'' in the NFL, the day teams traditionally fire coaches....

NFL playoff seeding format under scrutiny, thanks to Seahawks - Don Banks - SI.com
Now that the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks have made dubious history and become the NFL's first division champion with a losing record, the debate about how the league seeds its 12-team playoff field is sure to intensify in the coming days, weeks and months.

2011 NFL Mock Draft, Verson 1.0: It All Begins With Andrew Luck -- NFL FanHouse
With the regular season in the books, FanHouse unveils its first 2011 NFL Mock Draft.

Jack Del Rio's job with Jaguars is safe - NFL - SI.com
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio's job is safe for another year. His role as defensive play caller is over, though.

2010 NFL predictions saw some pan out, others miss wildly - Jerome Bettis - SI.com
I was hit and miss with my preseason predictions:

Five questions heading into NFC playoffs - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
For those worried about the New Orleans Saints and their ability to defend the Super Bowl title, put the concern on hold for a week.


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