Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/6/11

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Back in saddle: Broncos bring Elway back to the fold - The Denver Post
After 12 years of trying to win without John Elway, the Broncos cried uncle.

Krieger: At the precipice, Broncos make a leap of faith - The Denver Post
If you think of the Broncos as our unofficial state religionand really, all they need is a few hymns — this is where the leap of faith is required.

Paige: Bowlen thrilled to have No. 7 back - The Denver Post
Pat Bowlen once more had a spring in his step, a grin on his face and John Elway in his life as he climbed the stairs to his office at mid-afternoon.

Woody's Mailbag: Broncos fans are worrying about Champ Bailey - The Denver Post
With Pat Bowlen and the Broncos so worried about recapturing the fans' trust, how in the world could they let Champ Bailey go? He has been the one constant, shining light and the fans love him. If the Broncos let him go, it will be another blow to fans that are already losing faith!

Elway says young QB Tebow needs work as a pocket passer - The Denver Post
"We all agree on one thing: Tim Tebow is a darn good football player," Elway said. "What we have to make him is a darn good quarterback, and that is what we have to figure out."

Analysis: Bowlen's front-office decisions are predictable - The Denver Post
Those in the NFL who know Pat Bowlen — those in the league who have done business with Bowlen, sat next to him in meetings, met with him over dinner or walked with him through countless well-appointed hotel lobbies at countless league gatherings — are not surprised things unfolded as they did Wednesday.

Q&A: Fixing Broncos' "D" must be a priority - The Denver Post
Q: Given the Broncos' defensive deficiencies for close to a decade, wouldn't it make more sense for their head-coaching search to focus on defensive-, not offensive-minded coaches? Last go-round, the Broncos passed on Leslie Frazier (Vikings), Steve Spagnuolo (Rams) and Raheem Morris (Buccaneers) — all defensive coaches who have done well in their head-coaching debuts. Do the Broncos risk with John Elway, as the man, more years of defensive neglect?

Broncos' GM Brian Xanders has power to go with title - The Denver Post
Brian Xanders has held the title of general manager for nearly two years. Now, he finally has the power that comes with it.

Ellis gives gratitude for shift in burden - The Denver Post
"John said something at the press conference (Wednesday) that 'I know what I don't know.' Well, same for me," Ellis said. "I knew I didn't have, I couldn't provide for Pat (Bowlen) what John can provide in those areas of football, and I'm comfortable knowing that . . . and this a great day that he's been hired.

Ready, set, hike: Elway underway - The Denver Post
"That's what it is," said John Elway, the Broncos' newly minted executive vice president of football operations. "Now I can go to work."

What's next in the NFL for Broncos' Champ Bailey? | All Things Broncos
The new men in charge of the Broncos day-to-day operations were both asked about the future of star cornerback Champ Bailey today. Neither John Elway, the new executive vice president, nor Brian Xanders, had a solid answer.

Broncos start race with Carolina to rebuild, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has a plan | All Things Broncos
uddenly, the Broncos and Panthers have a lot in common — especially for two teams in two different conferences, in two far-flung time zones, with two separate histories and philosophies.

Broncos assistants make their case to John Elway | All Things Broncos
The Broncos assistant coaches, all in limbo since the end of a dismal 4-12 season, were to spend Wednesday morning meeting with newly-hired executive vice president of football operations John Elway as well as general manger Brian Xanders.

NFL.com news: Elway: 'I love the Broncos,' want to return franchise to glory
The beloved quarterback, who led the Denver Broncos to five Super Bowl appearances and back-to-back championships before retiring in 1999, returned to the team's Dove Valley headquarters Wednesday to begin restoring its tarnished image and bringing back its winning ways.

NFL.com news: Explosive Eagles aim to halt Packers' momentum
A breakdown of Sunday's NFC Wild Card Game between the Packers and Eagles:

NFL.com news: Seahawks must keep ball away from Saints to have shot at upset
The Saints-Seahawks game has a universal opinion about the outcome already. Have you heard one person say they like the Seahawks to beat the Saints? Have you heard anyone claim the 12th man is a factor in stopping the defending world champions?

NFL.com news: Stanford's Harbaugh draws heavy interest from 49ers, Dolphins
The San Francisco 49ers met with Jim Harbaugh on Wednesday about their head-coaching vacancy, but they have yet to strike a deal, according to league sources.

NFL.com news: Texans bring in ex-Cowboys coach Phillips to fix defense
"I'm fired up about the opportunity," Phillips told the Houston Chronicle. "I studied tape of 15 Texans games. I like their talent. I'm excited to work with them."

NFL.com news: Report: Vikings dismiss several coaches; Bevell safe for now
Two days after his interim tag was removed, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier followed through on his promise to examine the staff and scheme on both sides of the ball.

Matt Millen: 'I Stunk' at Being GM, John Elway Can Succeed -- NFL FanHouse
John Elway is following in Matt Millen's footsteps, taking over an NFL team with no prior experience in an NFL front office.

2011 NFL mock draft has four quarterbacks in top 10 - Andrew Perloff - SI.com
2. Broncos -- Da'Quan Bowers*, DE, Clemson With Elvis Dumervil hurt, the Broncos ranked last in the NFL in sacks. Even if Dumervil comes back at full strength, Denver needs defensive playmakers. Bowers led the nation with 15.5 sacks and was second in tackles for a loss (26).

Jim Harbaugh leaving Stanford for 49ers, Dolphins, Broncos? Handicapping odds - Don Banks - SI.com
It's pretty clear by now that white-hot Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh is leaving the college ranks for the NFL. He wants to win a Super Bowl, the one goal he didn't accomplish in his 11 years as a quarterback in the league, getting only as far as an AFC title game loss with the Colts at Pittsburgh in 1995.

Firing Cable may cause in-house rifts
With Tom Cable out, there is some justified worry -- highlighted by Shane Lechler -- that the Raiders' locker room could suffer from the loss.

With VY out, is Adams sticking with Fisher? - AFC South Blog - ESPN
Bud Adams loved Vince Young, but the Titans' owner was not beyond convincing.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick says he is 100 percent, ready for Green Bay Packers - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said he is feeling 100 percent and his injured quadriceps will not be a factor in Sunday's game against Green Bay, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported Wednesday.

Pete Carroll mum on Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks coach remained evasive Wednesday about who his starting quarterback would be come Saturday's NFC playoff game against New Orleans. Carroll continued to say that Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst would split reps in practice and that both would be available on Saturday.

Favre Experiment leads to further uncertainty - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Senator Julie Rosen, R-Minn., doesn’t need Minnesota Vikings ownership to verbalize the dreaded R-word: Relocation. A mounting deficit, currently at $6 billion, continues to be the state’s top priority, and legislators have repeatedly delayed the Vikings’ decade-long pursuit of a new stadium to replace the Metrodome.

Colts have several chinks in the armor - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Out here in the heartland, word has arrived (at least to most) that back East, Rex Ryan keeps talking and talking and talking.

Chiefs' Haley not afraid to turn up the heat - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
When Todd Haley leads this season’s most surprising playoff qualifier into battle against the Ravens on Sunday, the Chiefs’ second-year coach will charge onto the Arrowhead Stadium field with a cocksure sneer that suggests he’s looking for a fight.


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