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Horse Tracks 7/21/09 - Happy Birthday, Wesley Woodyard; wait, you mean they actually have a plan?!


DB - 2009 Position Previews: Defensive Backs
Well, isn't this interesting? According to Mike Nolan, the Broncos' first offseason goal was to remake the secondary with experience and talent. So, when the MSM convinced so themselves and so many others that the defensive front was the most glaring need in free agency and the draft, and that Denver clearly had to be looking there first, they didn't even bother to consider another path. Add in Knowshon Moreno and Alphonso Smith, and Josh McDaniels & Co. "don't have a plan," according to folks like John Clayton. To paraphrase what Nolan said, mistakes by the secondary equal touchdowns; mistakes by the front can be cleaned up by the secondary. Now, we don't all have to agree with Nolan's outlook or like his plan. But to everyone who thinks there is no plan, here is a fine response.

DP - Nine draft picks remain unsigned
Klis has an interesting tidbit; Brian Xanders began giving rookies "split" deals last year, in which the team is protected against players going on IR. I wonder if Torain and Powell had such contracts.

DP - Mailbag: Apple pie or sour grapes?
Klis covers the gamut of Broncos questions.

NFL - Broncos should follow history and trade Marshall
Solomon Wilcots shows his "wisdom" by saying the Broncos should trade BMarsh for "multiple draft picks." He doesn't consider that Marshall doesn't quite have the same trade value that Chad Johnson did a year ago. He also thinks the Broncos don't have a first-round pick next year. Well, that explains a lot...

TS - 2009 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds – Moreno Favored
For the gamblers out there, Knowshon is a 5-to-2 bet for ROY.

PRL - Legendary Coaches, World Champions Headline Inaugural Brother Rice HS Athletics Hall of Fame Class
Former Broncos DT Mike Lodish, who appeared in SIX Super Bowls, will be inducted to the Brother Rice High School Athletic HOF.

TT - Clark could be part of solution at receiver
Former Broncos WR Brian Clark is hoping for a bigger role in Tampa Bay this year.

SDUT - Countdown to Camp - Kevin Acee
Acee covers the Dolts' running backs.

KCS - Chiefs fans buying tickets for Cowboys, Steelers games pay for exhibitions, too
Wow. The Chefs are either playing dirty with their fans, or they're trying to keep out the opposition's fans. Or both.

ESPN - 2009 Training Camp Guide: AFC Team-by-Team
Travel info.

NFL - Unsatisfied with recent endings, Favre wants to go out on top - Thomas George

NFL - Favre expected to decide on whether or not to join Vikings by Friday

PFW - AFC South training-camp previews

NFP - Diner morning news: First-year coaches
Lombardi looks first at Mike Singletary.

CBS - Training camp battles: AFC East - Pete Prisco

NFP - Comparing NFL and NBA contracts - Andrew Brandt

Y! - Vick begins getting life, career back in order - Charles Robinson

SI - Michael Vick deserves opportunity to play in NFL again - Jim Trotter

SI - Michael Vick should be banned for life from NFL - George Dohrmann

ESPN - The UFL might be the best option for former Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick - Chris Mortensen

NFP - NFP late hits: Vick far from NFL-ready - Matt Bowen

Y! - Roethlisberger listed as defendant in Nev. lawsuit

NFLN - NFL Videos: Art of the receiver
Brian Baldinger learns how to properly catch a pass from the Seahawks receivers.

NFLN - NFL Videos: 32 in 32: New England Patriots

PFW - Tasker deserves place in Hall of Fame - Mike Holbrook

NFP - 2009 NFP scouting series: Virginia - Wes Bunting