Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/30/13

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Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Aldon Smith on Von Miller; Ozzie Newsome on John Elway; Jim Caldwell on Peyton Manning.

5 reasons NOT to go to the Super Bowl | National Football Post
The Super Bowl experience can be a blast for some but usually a nightmare for many.


FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: 49ers Offense-Ravens Defense
The 2011 Thanksgiving contest between these two teams -- the last time they got together -- is virtually irrelevant.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: Ravens Offense-49ers Defense
The Ravens wouldn’t be here without Joe Flacco, the fifth-year pro who has caught fire down the stretch.

Before the Game, Bringing the Party Home - NYTimes.com
One of the things I was unsure about going into Super Bowl week was how I’d handle being "the local guy" for a lot of people coming to town for the big event.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Super Bowl matchup: Ray Rice vs. 49ers ILBs
Joe Flacco has earned the respect from the 49ers’ defense, and they will spend time making sure he doesn’t beat them deep.

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers maximizing Pistol offense - NFL.com
The best coaches in the NFL understand that their teams must evolve over the course of the season, to maximize the strengths of their personnel.

Advanced NFL Stats: Super Bowl Statistical Matchups
Here is your one-stop shop for all things advanced stats for SB 47.

2013 Super Bowl -- Baltimore Ravens' Ed Reed says Junior Seau 'signed up for' NFL dangers - ESPN
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed said former NFL linebacker Junior Seau, who police say committed suicide and reportedly had brain damage from repeated concussions, "signed up for it" when he came into the NFL.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Showing the Super Bowl fullbacks some love
I’m going out on a limb and saying that the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII will not be either starting fullback, San Francisco’s Bruce Miller or Baltimore’s Vonta Leach.

ProFootballTalk: Is Boger qualified to ref Super Bowl? | ProFootballTalk
Jerome Boger will be the head official for the Super Bowl, but that news was met with some controversy. Is Boger qualified for the position, and if he’s not, who is?


Lewis Avoids Questions About Banned Substance - NYTimes.com
Amid all the hoopla at Tuesday’s Super Bowl media day, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis dismissed a report that he had used a banned performance enhancing substance this season to help recover from a torn triceps.

Absence of failed drug tests doesn’t exonerate Ray Lewis from IGF-1 use | ProFootballTalk
The obvious response to the allegation that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis used a deer-antler extract containing the banned substance IGF-1 is that Ray Lewis has never failed a drug test.

ProFootballTalk: Lewis in jeopardy of missing Super Bowl? | ProFootballTalk
It’s being reported Ray Lewis may have used a banned substance to recover from a triceps injury, and Mike Florio shoots down any indication that Lewis might be suspended from playing in the Super Bowl.

S.W.A.T.S. owner wants to go exclusive with one NFL team | ProFootballTalk
Deer antler extract became an unlikely player in Super Bowl week on Tuesday with a Sports Illustrated article alleging Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis contacted a company that sells it called S.W.A.T.S. about the product after tearing his triceps this season.

Ray Lewis denies using banned substance | ProFootballTalk
Hours after Sports Illustrated reported that Ray Lewis has been given deer antler extract, which contains a substance banned by the NFL as a performance-enhancer, Lewis insisted that that’s not the case.

Ray Lewis may have used banned substance to recover from torn triceps | ProFootballTalk
The good news is that linebacker Ray Lewis may not be facing many questions about a 13-year-old controversy during media day.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Ravens' Lewis denies use of PED
A Sports Illustrated report suggested that Ravens LB Ray Lewis, who will play his final game in Sunday’s Super Bowl, attempted to obtain deer-antler velvet extract in order to help heal from a torn triceps.


Denver Broncos Videos

Playing It Safe - ESPN Video - ESPN
49ers, Ravens, and former players react to the growing concern over safety in the NFL.

Countdown Daily Super Bowl Week: Tuesday - ESPN Video - ESPN
Trey Wingo and Herm Edwards discuss Media Day, Randy Moss and Ray Lewis from Super Bowl XLVII

SI Story: Ray Lewis Linked To Banned Substance - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth on the Sports Illustrated story that Ray Lewis discussed a banned substance with the owner of Sports with Alternatives to Steroids.

Lewis Refuses To Address SI Story - ESPN Video - ESPN
Ray Lewis on the Sports Illustrated story that alleges he was given a banned substance.

49ers Media Day - ESPN Video - ESPN
im Harbaugh, Patrick Willis, Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith discuss San Francisco's change at quarterback.

Does Flacco Deserve Drew Brees-Type Money? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith and Steelers DE Brett Keisel discuss Joe Flacco's contract status with the Ravens.

Tannenbaum Has No Regrets Over Tebow Trade - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini talks about Mike Tannenbaum's taking responsibility for the Tim Tebow trade and acknowledging it was a failure.

Countdown Daily AccuScore: Super Bowl XLVII - ESPN Video - ESPN
Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for Super Bowl XLVII

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos' Rahim Moore not only blame in Joe Flacco TD to Jacoby Jones - Jeff Legwold
It wasn’t all on Rahim Moore, the 70-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones against the Broncos that helped propel the Ravens to the Super Bowl.

Ravens WR Jacoby Jones said he "knew" he would shock Broncos - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
What was about to happen would stun a city, jolt a franchise and ruin a season that had bubbled with potential since summer.

Wink Martindale's wonders in Baltimore have timing down for Ravens - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
There's not a working stiff out there who doesn't occasionally need reinforcement for a job well done.

Former Broncos DB Perrish Cox finds home with 49ers - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
In the span of 11 months, Perrish Cox went from the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison to the reality of playing this Sunday in the Super Bowl.

Air Force grad Chad Hall landed at Super Bowl as 49ers longshot - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
As Chad Hall was swallowed by the sea of humanity at Super Bowl media day, he paused for a moment to take it all in as the people poured by.

Getting best players to play their best is key to any Super Bowl run - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Ozzie Newsome has been in the Ravens' front office, as vice president of player personnel or his current job of general manager, since 1996 — the team's first year in Baltimore after the move from Cleveland.

Elway's award defeat is understandable - AFC West Blog - ESPN
In late December, I participated in an ESPN.com vote for the NFL executive of the year.

Is Flacco disrespecting Peyton Manning? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL Network passed along an interesting nugget saying that the camp of Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco is aiming for him to be paid more than Peyton Manning.

Division News

Should Geno Smith be an Oakland target? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Earlier Tuesday, I had a Twitter discussion with several readers about the idea of the Oakland Raiders taking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Signs point to TE involvement, success in Chiefs offense
From the West Coast offense to new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, former NFL TEs Chad Lewis and Jackie Harris have common ground.

Curley Culp's HOF wait might soon end - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Curley Culp is the perfect senior committee nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

NFL News

Arguments in NFL concussion lawsuits slated to be heard in April - ESPN
A federal judge will hear oral arguments in about two months on requests to throw out lawsuits by thousands of former NFL players regarding concussions suffered while playing for the league.

Harvard University tabbed for $100 million NFLPA injury study -- report - ESPN
Harvard University will oversee a $100 million research initiative to look into studying and treating injuries suffered by players.

Free Agency

Report: Vikings interested in Donald Driver | ProFootballTalk
According to FOX 11 Sports in Green Bay, the Minnesota Vikings have interest in longtime division rival receiver Donald Driver. Driver, who soon turns 38 years old, is an impending free agent.

Urlacher, new-look Bears not communicating yet | ProFootballTalk
New Bears coach Marc Trestman has been repeatedly noncommittal on the future of linebacker Brian Urlacher in Chicago.

Brian Urlacher knows he needs pay cut to stay in Chicago | ProFootballTalk
Linebacker Brian Urlacher hasn’t spoken to the Bears yet this offseason, but he doesn’t need to have direct contact with them to know what it is going to take to have any shot at remaining in Chicago in 2013.

Bucs begin extension talks with Mike Williams | ProFootballTalk
Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports the Buccaneers have begun contract extension talks with wide receiver Mike Williams. Williams, who turns 26 in May, is entering a contract year.

Jets say they have no interest in JaMarcus Russell | ProFootballTalk
There doesn’t appear to be a need for you to rush out and buy JaMarcus Russell Jets jersey just yet.

Alex Smith on wanting release: Don’t know where that’s from | ProFootballTalk
On Sunday, Mike Florio of PFT reported that 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was expected to seek his release from the 49ers rather than moving to a new team via a trade.

2013 Draft

Te’o tried to do marketing deals before fake dead girlfriend story came out | ProFootballTalk
One of the lingering questions regarding the question-plentiful Manti Te’o imbroglio arises from the decision to delay disclosing the fake dead girlfriend story long enough to be scooped by Deadspin.

Texas VS The Nation Game - Players That Struggled Tuesday. | National Football Post
NFP breaksdown the players who struggled in practice today at the Texas VS The Nation Game

Texas VS The Nation Game - Players That Shined Tuesday. | National Football Post
Russ Lande gives his thoughts on the players who stood out in Tuesday's Practices at the Texas VS The Nation Game

NFL Player Personnel: 2012 Rookie Performance Part 2 | TheFootballEducator.com
This is an update to the piece published May 19th on the Football Educator. 62 rookies were projected to outperform the average veteran.

Coaching Carousel

Bill Lazor bolts Virginia Cavaliers staff to join Philadelphia Eagles' - ESPN
Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is joining Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles staff as quarterbacks coach.

Seahawks to hire Saints assistant Travis Jones as defensive line coach | ProFootballTalk
The Jacksonville Jaguars hiring or Gus Bradley as their head coach didn’t just cost the Seattle Seahawks their defensive coordinator, it cost them their defensive line coach as well as Todd Wash elected to follow Bradley to Jacksonville.

Steelers hire new offensive line coach | ProFootballTalk
The Steelers have found their replacement for Sean Kugler, who ditched the offensive line coach job to take the top job at UTEP.

Rams targeting Dick Jauron for defensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
Former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron may not be unemployed for long.

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