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Horse Tracks 11/18/09 - Orton to give his weekly presser today; but will he practice?


DB - Weekly Press Release - Patrick Smyth

DP - Orton to the podium - Mike Klis
Hard to say if this means anything, but Orton will take his weekly presser today as the starting QB.

DPP - Analysis: Broncos need to remember what made them 6-0 - Jeff Legwold
"The last three weeks, they seem to be reaching more, striving for the big plays more, trying to have some pizzazz."

DPP - Broncos not fretting about potential repeat collapse - Mike Klis

DPP - Broncos expect Knowshon Moreno to continue on learning curve - Jeff Legwold
"In their six victories, the Broncos have averaged 25.3 rushing attempts, with a season-most 45 carries for 215 yards against the Raiders in Week 2. In the Broncos' three losses, they have averaged 18.3 rushes...This is the fourth consecutive season the Broncos have had a losing streak of at least three games."

LTC - Broncos Safety Renaldo Hill feels right at home - Brian Howell
"I don’t know that there’s a player on our team that is more prepared on a weekly basis," McDaniels said.

LTC - Broncos need to rush to improve D - Brian Howell

CBS - Cutler, Orton living up -- and down -- to expectations - Charley Casserly

DB - Providing Another Reason to Give Thanks - Gray Caldwell
BDawk made quite a generous donation to the Salvation Army to help provide Thanksgiving meals to those in need.

DB - Thanksgiving Comes Early - Broncos TV

DB - Bailey Leader Among AFC CBs - Gray Caldwell
Only Champ is currently in line to make the Pro Bowl (no Doom, Clady or Dawkins).

DPP - Q&A: Could punter Britton Colquitt find himself back with the Broncos? - Jeff Legwold
"Scouts believe Colquitt has the leg strength to have a place in the league over the long term, and he certainly has the pedigree being in a family with such a history on the job. But consistency, not just leg strength, is what keeps punters around."

DPP - Krieger: Broncos in hot pursuit of their old mojo
Oh, my. Is Krieger trying to be Woody?

CSG - Hillis playing insignificant role for Broncos - Frank Schwab

CBS4 - Chargers Game Could Be Most Important Of Season - Matthew Buettner

KDVR - Broncos' Kyle Orton 'questionable' vs. Chargers; can Simms carry the weight? - Zubin Mehenti

DP - Elway was paid to speak by firm now probed by SEC - Aldo Svaldi

Chargers News

SDUT - Scouting the Broncos

SDUT - Running back by committee - Chris Jenkins

SDUT - It's been a snap for fill-in Mruczkowski - Kevin Acee

NCT - CHARGERS: Scouting report vs. Denver Broncos - Scott Bair

AFC West News

ESPN - How I See It: AFC West Stock Watch - Bill Williamson

KCS - Bowe suspended for violating NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs - Kent Babb

KCS - New Bengal LJ craves chance to play against Chiefs - Randy Covitz

NFL News

NFL - Bengals release TE Utecht, WR Chatman

NFL - Steelers respond to specials teams issues by cutting Harrison

NFL - Mangini regrets play that resulted in Cribbs' injury

NFL - Saints add Chris McAlister with Porter out 4-6 weeks

NFL - Eagles' Westbrook will visit two concussion specialists

NFL - Dolphins RB Brown to miss Panthers game with foot injury

NFL - No-helmet practices? Could happen in NFL's push for player safety - Jason La Canfora
Hopefully some progress in how the NFL prevents and handles concussions is coming...

NFL Opinion

NFL - For unbeaten Colts, it's better to be lucky AND good - Vic Carucci

SI - Bill Belichick fallout was comical, but Patriots aren't laughing - Don Banks

Y! - Risky call puts Belichick in bad company - Mike Silver

Y! - Patriots' defense put Belichick in tough situation - Jason Cole

SI - Bill Belichick sends wrong message in Patriots-Colts game - Jerome Bettis
"Maybe we were right about the Denver Broncos and, more importantly, Kyle Orton after all. Teams let this guy sit back and do his thing for the first few weeks and his stats were eye-popping. Now that he has our attention, people are finally getting after him, and I think we're seeing a truer picture." Umm, did you even WATCH Sunday's game, Bus????

SI - Lovie Smith bearing brunt of Chicago Bears' disappointment - Dan McGrath

FH - Worst Show on Turf: Eric Mangini's Cleveland Clowns - Jay Mariotti

NFP - Diner morning news: Bad night for the Browns - Mike Lombardi

NFP - Quinn’s NFL numbers don’t lie - Matt Bowen

FH - Dear Redskins, Do the Right Thing - Kevin Blackistone

FOX - Schein 9: For Chargers, it's in Rivers we trust
"It's San Diego and Denver in Colorado this weekend. I love the Chargers in this game. Orton is banged up. The Broncos lost their swagger. And Rivers loves playing against the Broncos and wants revenge from earlier this year."

NFP - Scout’s notebook: defensive review - Wes Bunting

Special Dick Jauron Got Canned Section

NFL - Bills fire Jauron; defensive coordinator Fewell is interim coach

NFP - Tavern talk: Bills need a team for the elements - Mike Lombardi

NFP - Jauron’s dismissal is business as usual - Matt Bowen

ESPN - Who will be Buffalo's coach in 2010? - Tim Graham

SI - Rudderless Bills need direction more than they need a new coach - Jim Trotter

FH - Dick Jauron the Latest Example of Damage a Bad Quarterback Can Do - Dan Graziano

SN - Firing Jauron just a start for overdue Bills - Clifton Brown

PFW - Lack of continuity, direction do in Jauron - Michael Blunda

Power Rankings, etc.

NYT - Week 10 Passer Rankings: On the Bright Side With Cutler - Luis DeLoureiro

ESPN - NFL Power Rankings Week 11

CBS - Power Rankings: Manning, Brady remind us how great they are - Pete Prisco

SN - NFL Power Poll: Chargers following familiar pattern - Clifton Brown

FH - NFL Power Rankings, Week 11: Hanging On to the Top for Dear Life - Josh Alper