Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/24/12

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2011 Season Review: First Quarter | DenverBroncos.com
In the first installment of DenverBroncos.com's five-part series looking back at the 2011 season, the Broncos pick up their first win under Head Coach John Fox but suffer some hard-fought losses.

Broncos can learn from Patriots, Giants — about QB play, special teams - The Denver Post
There will be plenty to digest over the next two weeks about the Super Bowl, especially with a Northeast corridor special on tap with the Giants and Patriots set to decide the championship.

Billy Cundiff, Kyle Williams the surprise goats of championship weekend - Peter King - SI.com
I laugh when people call me an idiot for my predictions. I shake my head when gambler friends ask me who to pick. Poor saps.

Senior Bowl Day One: South Team Notes | MaxDenver.com
Mike Shanahan in Redskins gear. I saw it for approximately 90 minutes on the practice field here Monday, and even though it’s been two years since Shanahan took the Redskins’ coaching job and over three since he last glowered on the Broncos’ sideline, it’s still jarring to witness it.

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Broncos' lack of depth in secondary revealed in playoffs - The Denver Post
Denvers defense didnt have much depth in the secondary in 2011. The Broncos struggled late in the season when opponents spread them out on defense and forced them to play more defensive backs.

Allen takes big step in Oakland process - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Oakland Raiders’ search for a new head coach has taken an interesting turn that could cause an issue in Denver. ESPN’s Adam Schefter

NFL Any Era: Tim Tebow - AFC West Blog - ESPN
ESPN is unveiling a cool project this week. The "Any Era" team. ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com combined on a project in which 20 Pro Football

Broncos have a lot to settle in the offseason - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
Coming off a 4-12 season, with a new coaching staff and no offseason to get acclimated to core philosophies, Denver ended up winning its first AFC West title since the 2005 season and an AFC wild-card playoff game vs. Pittsburgh.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Scenes from a Practice: Senior Bowl Day One, South Team | MaxDenver.com
Images from one of the two first practices of Senior Bowl 2012 week, an afternoon session for the South team at Fairhope Municipal Stadium. Former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, now in the same position with the Washington Redskins, directed the practice.

SDSU’s Ryan Lindley: Last QB Invited Emphasizes Footwork | MaxDenver.com
The NFL Draft is still three months away, so the net the Broncos will cast at this point is wide — and quarterback appears to remain a focal point.

Lamar Miller Goes To Broncos In SB Nation's Latest Projection - SB Nation Denver
The 2012 NFL Draft order is almost set with just the New England Patriots and the New York Giants squaring off in the Super Bowl.

CBS Sports' Rob Rang Sticks With Jerel Worthy, Making For Boring Mock - SB Nation Denver
Apparently CBS Sports' Rob Rang has fallen in love with the idea of the Denver Broncos taking Michigan St. Spartans defensive tackle Jerel Worthy in the 2012 NFL Draft. In his most recent mock (Jan. 23), Rang still has Worthy going to the Broncos and he even keeps the same blurb for the selection, which hasn't changed in weeks.

4 Round NFL Mock Draft - Mocking The Draft
I never mock trades but in this scenario I am going to mock one. The Redskins are going to give up their 1st, 2nd, and 4th round picks to move up from #6 to #2. Also note that this was written on 1/21, before the Championship games were played so the order of the draft reflects that. The final four picks were determined by Regular season record.

With The 25th Pick In The 2012 Draft, The Denver Broncos Select... - Predominantly Orange
With The 25th Pick In The 2012 Draft, The Denver Broncos Select…

NFL News

Brady vs. Manning an old rivalry in new Super Bowl setting - The Denver Post
For the better part of a decade, there has been no better debate in the NFL than Brady vs. Manning.

New NFL GM's - What's your first month, first quarter plan? | TheFootballEducator.com
TFE finishes up a three part post for new NFL General Managers and the path to success they should be taking through their first month and quarter on the job.

The Breakfast Meeting: Rupert's Man for Now and Looking Up at Esquire - NYTimes.com
Chase Carey, the president and chief operating officer of News Corporation, was long seen as a placeholder until one of the Murdoch children could take full control of the company.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Countdown to the Super Bowl: 12 days "
We now are only 12 days from the Super Bowl. Want your son to grow up to be a Super Bowl champion? Then make him wear No. 12 — easily the most iconic jersey number in Super Bowl history.

Concussions take on a strategic component | ProFootballTalk
With the NFL increasingly sensitive to concussions and, more importantly, increasingly willing to pull players out of games who have suffered concussions, it was only a matter of time before teams began to use concussions as a way to gain a strategic advantage.

Mike Sherman to get second interview with Bucs | ProFootballTalk
The Bucs are ready to move forward after Oregon coach Chip Kelly changed his mind and backed out of possibly becoming their next head coach.

Tampering rules apparently should have prevented Raiders’ interview of Winston Moss | ProFootballTalk
On Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Raiders interviewed Packers assistant head coach/inside linebackers coach Winston Moss the day before Green Bay’s division-round loss to the Giants.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Need for speed could push Wright up draft boards
PFW's Nolan Nawrocki examines the positives and negatives of Baylor WR Kendall Wright in a Senior Bowl scouting report.

Terrell Suggs and Chris Kluwe rip ESPN’s Skip Bayless | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Sunday night, after Billy Cundiff missed a field goal that would have given the Baltimore Ravens a chance to make the Super Bowl, ESPN's Skip Bayless tweeted that field goal kicking should be banned because of Cundiff's missed kick.

Former Anti-Doping Chief Accuses Union of Stalling Tactics - NYTimes.com
Dick Pound, the former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has accused the National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) of using stalling tactics to block the introduction of tests for human growth hormone (HGH) in America's most popular professional sport.

At Senior Bowl, a Wide Receiver Graduate Seminar - NYTimes.com
To the untrained eye, a good wide receiver is a player who can run fast, jump high and catch the ball by any means necessary.

Senior Bowl, Day 1 Impressions - NYTimes.com
It was a rainy day in Mobile, Ala., but spirits could not be dampened as the Senior Bowl got under way Monday.

Not-So-Special Special Teams Can Lose an NFL Game - NYTimes.com
If it's true, as the saying goes, that "defense wins championships," the NFL's conference title games offered ample evidence that special teams can lose them.

Rams Hire Schottenheimer as Off Coordinator - NYTimes.com
Jeff Fisher isn't wasting any time putting his staff together in St. Louis.

Tressel Still In for Colts Job; Oregon's Kelly Says No to Bucs - NYTimes.com
The search for new coaches for the Indianapolis Colts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers appears to be turning toward the college ranks.

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Denver Broncos Fans

Mike McCoy Fan Vote - Stay or Go - Mile High Report
Now that McCoy has missed his window on what looks like a head coaching position with two franchises we can look at the real possibility of having Mike McCoy as our offensive coordinator for a fourth season.

We need a better running game. - Mile High Report
I realize this post will be contrary to what many fans believe about the 2011 Denver Broncos. Many fans hang their hat on the fact that Denver was "#1" in the NFL in rushing, and they believe that we only won because of our running game, given that the passing game was so anemic. I've argued with various folks on MHR that our running game really isn't as good as it looks, at least in the areas that matter. Let me illustrate after the fold.

QUARTERFINALS ROUND THREE - Broncos best cheerleader tournament - Mile High Report
Welcome back everyone. First of all, thanks to all who voted and congratulations to Sam for being the second to make it to the semifinals of our cheerleader tournament.

Broncos will be smart and cheap this offseason - Mile High Report
I see all these posts popping about potential Free Agent signings. It's fun to speculate, but some of you guys are saying we get Mario Williams, Cortland Finnegan, AND Peyton Hillis or somone. We have to lower our expectations. I think EFX will look into signing a big name FA or 2, but won't overpay.

BIG PLAYS #18: Denver @ New England - Mile High Report
We're again referring to AdvancedNFLStats' game log to analyze the game and come up with the biggest plays of the game. Our definition of a big play is a play that changes the likelihood of the outcome of the game.

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