Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/3/13

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Team Backs No. 18 for MVP
The Broncos voice their support for quarterback Peyton Manning as NFL MVP.

Taking Advantage of Time
The Broncos are getting everything they can out of the extra week.

Manning: 'Nothing Quite Like Playoff Football'
The Broncos have amped up the intensity as they prepare for the playoffs.

Chemistry Part of the Formula for Manning, Receivers
Quarterback Peyton Manning and his receivers set records in 2012, but still have room for improvement.

Denver Broncos Videos

Making the Bye Busy
Not having a scheduled game Sunday doesn't mean the Broncos are reflecting on a 13-3 season.

Manning on Making the Most of the Bye Week
Peyton Manning talks to the press after Wednesday's practice.

Fox: 'It's the Second Season'
Coach Fox talks about making the most out of the bye week and the raised intensity level around the team's facility.

Road To The Superdome: Broncos - ESPN Video - ESPN
Dan Graziano and Bill Williamson talk about how the Broncos will fare on the road to the Superdome

Wild Card Power Rankings - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic rank the eight teams playing Wild-Card Weekend and their chances of making the Super Bowl.

Blogger Blitz: Power Of Momentum - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky talks about how momentum is playing a role for both the Colts and Texans

Would NFL Team Accept Chip Kelly? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Damien Woody discusses Chip Kelly's viability as an NFL head coach.

Florida juniors looking at draft - ESPN Video - ESPN
Edward Aschoff and Michael DiRocco take a look at four Florida juniors who could consider jumping early to the NFL.

Blogger Blitz: Changes - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC West Blogger Bill Williamson talks about the big changes happening in both Kansas City and San Diego

Texas A&M DL Damontre Moore - ESPN Video - ESPN
David Ubben talks with Damontre Moore about Oklahoma's offense, his NFL draft position and more.

Blogger Blitz: Bengals' Defense - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley talks about the success of Cincinnati's defense this season

Andy Reid To Interview With Arizona, Kansas City - ESPN Video - ESPN
Andy Reid will interview with Arizona and Kansas City on Wednesday.

Is Andy Reid Overrated Or Underrated? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith discuss Andy Reid's legacy as head coach in Philadelphia.

Denver Broncos Blogs

In NFL playoffs simulation, Denver Broncos won most NFL Super Bowls
Betting odds released last week from Las Vegas had the Broncos as 5-2 co-favorites with the Patriots to win the Super Bowl. But the numbers-crunchers at Football Outsiders have a different way to look at Denver’s chances.

Denver Broncos defense ranks fourth in NFL in points allowed - Jeff Legwold
The Denver Broncos ranked fourth in the NFL in scoring defense in 2012, allowing 289 points (a mere 18.1 per game).

Advice for Broncos rookie Hillman: layer your clothing
Ronnie Hillman was born in Long Beach, Calif., and played high school football in nearby Orange County.

Broncos' Ronnie Hillman says being benched was justified - The Denver Post
After fumbling in the first quarter Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, Broncos rookie running back Ronnie Hillman was benched by coach John Fox the rest of the game.

Broncos' Mike McCoy can afford to be patient, picky when interviewing - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: For (Broncos offensive coordinator Mike) McCoy, what head-coaching job and quarterback situation could possibly be more attractive than continuing to build his resume with Peyton Manning? Did other teams poach the Colts offensive coordinators when Peyton was there?

Broncos' Peyton Manning in wait to see if Colts' Andrew Luck will be playoff opponent - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Connect the dots and the picture remains an unfinished football odyssey in two cities linked by one quarterback.

Broncos must curb fumbling to advance this postseason - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
There is a reason it is called a lost opportunity when things get away.

Mike McCoy "ready" to be NFL head coach, says Peyton Manning
Speaking to reporters Wednesday for his weekly presser, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning offered an endorsement of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who is

Broncos LT Ryan Clady misses practice with injury | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
Broncos Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady was not at practice Wednesday.

Broncos coach John Fox: Trindon Holliday should be ready for playoffs - The Denver Post
The Broncos' regular kick and punt returner, Trindon Holliday, was absent from Wednesday's practice while healing an ankle sprain, but coach John Fox said afterward that he expects Holliday to be available for Denver's Jan. 12 playoff game.

Broncos' Peyton Manning: "There's nothing like playoff football" - The Denver Post
While Peyton Manning may not yet have his game face on during a bye week, the intensity and focus for the playoffs were already evident when the Broncos quarterback spoke Wednesday to the media.

Broncos Mailbag: Peyton Manning's glove and why it's so important - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
I have followed Peyton Manning closely since his freshman year at Tennessee. Against Cleveland was the first time in Peyton's career he has ever worn a glove.

Division News

Blogger Blitz: Big changes in KC, San Diego - AFC West Blog - ESPN
In our video this week, we look at Clark Hunt’s increase role in Kansas City and Norv Turner’s eyebrow raising comments on the way out the door in San Diego.

San Diego Chargers begin interviewing GM candidates - NFL.com
Jimmy Raye, San Diego's director of player personnel, apparently was the first candidate to interview to replace fired Chargers general manager A.J. Smith.

Andy Reid pursuit makes sense in KC - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Maybe Andy Reid will be heading to the AFC West after all.

Pioli part of Reid talks - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Scott Pioli does not know his future with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he is part of the process as the team tries to figure out its own path.

Coaching Carousel

Bills have interviewed Ken Whisenhunt | ProFootballTalk
On Tuesday, we brought you a report that newly installed Bills president Russ Brandon is "fond" of former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and that the team was expected to interview him as soon as Wednesday for their head coaching job.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Report: Kelly to interview with Browns, Eagles, Bills
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has interviews set up with the Browns, Eagles and Bills, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today.

Chip Kelly on his offense in the NFL: "Don’t know, haven’t been there" | ProFootballTalk
Oregon coach Chip Kelly is expected to get at least one NFL job offer after his team plays in Thursday’s Fiesta Bowl.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Seahawks assistants could figure in head-coaching mix
It should come as no surprise that arguably the hottest team in the NFL entering the playoffs is employing more than a few assistant coaches who could figure in the head-coaching interview mix in the very near future.

Ray Horton: I think I’ll be a head coach this year | ProFootballTalk
Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton is one of the hottest head coaching candidates in the league with the Browns, Bills and his current team all talking to him already about their openings.

Eagles’ front office heads to Atlanta to interview Nolan, Armstrong | ProFootballTalk
The two Falcons assistants planning to interview for the Eagles’ head-coaching vacancy will not have to travel to Philadelphia.

Norv Turner on Rex Ryan's short list of New York Jets offensive coordinator candidates, according to sources - ESPN New York
Though no official decision has been made on New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, sources told ESPNNewYork.com that Rex Ryan wants to bring in a new coordinator, and former San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner is said to be on his short list.

NFL News

ProFootballTalk: NFL needs developmental leagues | ProFootballTalk
Just as developmental leagues help players improve, Mike Florio says these leagues can also help coaches hone their craft. Is it time for football to implement a minor league system?

ProFootballWeekly.com - Rookie Meter: RG3, Kuechly lead historic rookie class
We had a rarity in the 2012 draft, with two highly touted, extremely talented quarterbacks coming off the board with the top two overall picks.

2013 Draft

Barkley picks CAA for representation | ProFootballTalk
A year ago, Matt Barkley was expected to be both the top quarterback prospect and top overall prospect in the 2013 draft.

Scout Talk | National Football Post
A look at Kenny Vaccaro and a strong group of safeties in the April draft

Two Florida Gators declare for NFL Draft following Sugar Bowl | ProFootballTalk
Following their 33-23 loss to the Louisville Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night, Florida junior safety Matt Elam and junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd announced their intentions to declare for the NFL draft.

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