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Horse Tracks 10/7/09 - Belichick provided McDaniels with an organizational roadmap last season


SN - Broncos' 'clear focus' has Team Turmoil at 4-0 - Albert Breer
"After McDaniels declined interviews for head coach openings in Baltimore and Atlanta in January '08, Belichick took his young assistant's experience to the next level, giving him insight into things (salary cap, draft, contracts, personnel decisions) that coordinators wouldn't normally get. That provided the foundation for the overall structure of his Denver regime, with Brian Xanders his hand-picked GM and ex-Patriots scouts Keith Kidd and Matt Russell trusted to lead the search for system-specific players."

BH - Josh McDaniels good fit - Karen Guregian

BG - Familiar territory for Belichick and McDaniels - Michael Vega

DPP - Broncos' Dumervil has become money as big-time pass rusher - Mike Klis
Doom has now out-sacked Mario Williams, who was selected 1st overall in the same draft as Elvis (#126). Says Dumervil of the big bucks, "When you start thinking about contract stuff, that's when you get off course and lose focus. If you just come out and do your job, those type of things will come. I love the game. This is something I love to do."

DPP - Taylor bringing Patriots-best 202 rushing yards to Denver on Sunday - Jeff Legwold
Russ Hochstein underwent X-rays after Sunday's game for an undisclosed injury. Carlton Powell was signed to Cleveland's PS.

DB - Bailey To Be Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week - Chris Gentilviso

DB - Turning Back The Clock - Patrick Smyth
Notes from the weekly press release

OWH - Football: Q&A with John Elway

DB - Moreno a Finalist for Rookie of the Week - Broncos TV

DB - A Night Full of Activity - Zach Eisendrath
Six Broncos were part of an event at the Big IF that hosted children from Denver's local Boys & Girls Clubs.

DB - Community Correspondent: Josh Barrett - Broncos TV
Video from the Boys & Girls Club event.

CBS4 - LaMont Jordan Ready For His Opportunity To Run - Matthew Buettner

LTC - A new Crush? - Brian Howell

NFP - Tavern talk: Cowboys share the blame - Mike Lombardi
Lombardi breaks down the Cowboys' final drive from Sunday and explains where they erred.

CSG - Jinx or honor: Broncos to be featured on Sports Illustrated cover - Frank Schwab

CSG - NFL's first black kicker has turned life around - Frank Schwab

DP - Digging into the SI vault - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Q&A: Why would Broncos' McDaniels decline that penalty? - Jeff Legwold
I wondered the same thing and would probably have taken the penalty myself.

DPP - Want to throw against star cornerback? Broncos' Bailey says to bring it on - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Analysis: 0 picks, 4-0 start - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Numbers: Defense definitely better

Y! - Coordinators not always worthy of another lead gig - Mike Silver
Silver applauds Mike Nolan's job with the Denver D, but thinks people are forgetting his rocky time in San Fran when talking about him being a head coach again.

ESPN - How I See It: AFC West Stock Watch - Bill Williamson
All Denver, all the time

SI - Peyton Manning MVP, Josh McDaniels best coach through Week 4 - Peter King

FOX - Schein 9: More than Brees, Saints build winning D
"I couldn't be happier for Josh McDaniels, Mike Nolan and the 4-0 Denver Broncos. I know I picked them to win three games. What can I say? I was beyond dead wrong...And don't worry — I'll pick against Denver for the fifth straight week when Tom Brady and the Patriots come to town. But even the biggest McDaniels critic from the offseason has to be impressed by this start."

SI - Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers show up critics - Jerome Bettis
"More apologies: To Josh McDaniels...He was cocky, he was brash, he was young, he looked like a high school kid, and he'd made some boneheaded decisions that broke up a good team...He validated all of those choices. We were all wrong."

DP - Paige: Denver's sports teams are the 1
"The Broncos are 4-0. But, then, four other teams in the NFL are undefeated at this juncture." No crow, here.

Patriots News

BG - Patriots consider signing Seau

BG - Patriots looking more coordinated on offense - Michael Whitmer

BG - Ravens: Brady got preferential treatment - Michael Vega

BG - Harrison: Brady comment was in jest

BH - Joey Galloway on outside - Karen Guregian

AFC West News

OT - NFL commissioner Goodell says Raiders incident is on his radar - Steve Corkran

SDUT - Chargers won't get late-season bailout against Denver again - Kevin Acee
Referring to the schedule, not the Broncos' play.

SDUT - AJ at the bye: 'We better get our act together quickly' - Nick Canepa

SDUT - Developers to test Chargers' interest in move to L.A. - Matthew Hall

KCS - Haley sees Chiefs’ brutal schedule as a learning experience - Kent Babb

KCS - Revisionist history: Did the Jared Allen trade doom the Chiefs? - Kent Babb

NFL News

ESPN - San Francisco 49ers, Michael Crabtree agree to contract

NFL - Limbaugh, Checketts 'continuing the process' in bid for Rams
Personally, I think Limbaugh should only be allowed to own a team with the requirement that his QB be African-American. What a clown.

NFL - Giants linebackers Boley, Kehl sidelined after surgeries

NFL - Polamalu expected to return for first practice since knee injury

NFL - Favre's matchup with Packers draws record television audience

NFL - Redskins hire former assistant Lewis as 'another fresh set of eyes'

NFL - Veteran OT Tauscher works out for Packers

NFL - Bengals’ Smith making progress from fractured foot - Steve Wyche

NFL - Federal agency says Cowboys' practice facility should have held up

NFL - Ravens place LB Ayanbadejo on IR, sign Burgess

NFL Opinion

NFP - Monday night is Pro Bowl night - Jack Bechta
Another reason why the Pro Bowl is dumb.

NFP - Diner morning news: Favre still has it - Mike Lombardi

NFL - Giants' Smith among the new breed of NFL playmakers - Vic Carucci
"Elvis Dumervil, LB, Denver: He has become a fierce pass-rushing force on what, surprisingly, has become as dominant a defense as there is in the league...Josh McDaniels, Denver: Who would have thought the offensive whiz kid would have such a strong defense ... and a 4-0 record?"

CBS - Losses give Ravens, Jets, Packers signs of better times - Clark Judge

NFP - The NFP Power Rankings

CBS - Power Rankings: Improved Broncos still must prove themselves - Pete Prisco
"Josh, as of right now, I owe you an apology." As of right now?!?! Wow, what a backhanded apology that is... "Having said that, I'm still not sure about this team. It won on a fluke play at Cincy, dominated two bad teams in Cleveland and Oakland and beat a Dallas team that might not be near as good as some expected."

ESPN - NFL Power Rankings Week 5

PFW - Week Five power rankings

NFP - Quarter mark: the top 5 corners - Matt Bowen
"One thing about Champ: when he is on, it looks as if he is almost dancing with the wide receiver—mimicking his every move."

PFW - MVP Meter: Manning takes the lead - Dan Parr

PFW - Rookie Meter: Young guys 'making plays' - Matt Sohn