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Horse Tracks 1/11/10 - Broncos O-Line Coach Rick Dennison likely headed to Houston as OC

Good Morning, MHR Friends! Couple quick thoughts about the weekend. First of all, let's not say the Pats are done. Over the next two years, they have 3 first-round picks and 4 second-rounders. They'll be reloaded before we know it, and they still have these two guys named Belichick and Brady. Secondly, I hope I don't have to explain Aaron Rodgers' greatness here anymore...

"Denver’s draft preparation will be different, McDaniels said. He said last year the front office didn’t get a full opportunity to evaluate college players because he was hired in January. This year, the Broncos already have preliminary draft rankings after scouting players during the season."

"Cutler has been pushing the Bears to hire Bates for their offensive coordinator vacancy. Last year at this time, he was lobbying new Broncos coach Josh McDaniels to retain Bates. McDaniels appeared willing, but Bates wanted to call plays, so he left to become the assistant head coach at Southern California." I'm not sure if this was ever made clear, but Pompei's assertion that McD would've kept Bates is interesting...oh, and it's amusing that if Bates is hired by the Bears, then Cutler is basically running the show in Chi-town.
Eli Manning was definitely not an elite QB when he won the SB. Not even close. Aside from that, Krieger's list is reasonable. Now, what's the point? If Krieger thinks the Broncos should consider using a high draft choice on a QB (which he doesn't say), he must keep in mind that of the guys he listed, Johnson (9th), Brady (6th), and Warner (UD) weren't high picks. If his point is the Broncos are more likely to win a SB with an elite QB, then I don't really know why he bothered. We all know that.

DPP - In NFL playoffs, when going gets tough, tough get winning - Jeff Legwold

NFL Results

NFL - Baltimore Ravens 33 at New England Patriots 14

NFL - Fans may have witnessed the end of dynasty of the decade - Vic Carucci

Y! - Pats have to rebuild aura of invincibility - Dan Wetzel

SI - Pats just a shell of selves, more wild-card week Snap Judgments - Don Banks

CBS - Wild-card Judgements: Officials screw Pack; Pats miss Seymour - Clark Judge

ESPN - Team in transition just not tough enough - Mike Reiss

FH - Brady Ends Season With a Whimper - Dan Graziano

FH - Back to Basics, Ravens Roll the Pats - Dan Graziano

NFL - Green Bay Packers 45 at Arizona Cardinals 51

FH - Packers-Cardinals Game Ends in Officiating Controversy - Matt Snyder

Y! - Rodgers shakes off nightmarish beginning - Mike Silver

SN - 'Blessed' Cardinals survive thanks to flawless Warner - Dennis Dillon

SI - Highest scoring NFL playoff game ends with Arizona win over Green Bay - Don Banks

CBS - Warner, Rodgers make 'The Shootout' one to remember - Mike Freeman

FOX - Warner's season (and career) not done yet - Marvez

How is a team that allows 45 points at home in the playoffs really a threat?


Playoff Previews

NYT - A.F.C. Divisional Playoff Matchups - Judy Battista

NYT - N.F.C. Divisional Playoff Matchups - Judy Battista

FH - Stage Set for Divisional Round - Dave Goldberg

NFL - This is why Saints and Vikings played for dome-field advantage - Steve Wyche

SN - Wild-card Round Checkdown: Who can win next week, as well? - Vinnie Iyer

CBS - Ravens will need more from Flacco, but can he deliver? - Clark Judge

ESPN - John Clayton examines the AFC divisional playoffs

ESPN - Jeffri Chadiha asks and answers 10 NFC divisional playoff questions

AFC West News

SDUT - Zeroing in on next foe: Jets - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Interview respite for Rivera - Kevin Acee

SFC - Can Cable pass Al Davis' final exam? - Ray Ratto

SFC - Keeping Cable: pros and cons - David White

OT - To review: It's Al bad at the top - Gary Peterson

NFL News

NFL - Reports: Carroll hands in resignation, will take Seattle job

NFL - Heckert leaving Eagles to become GM of Browns under Holmgren

NFL - Warner heading toward retirement?

NFL - Rooney Rule debate sparked by recent questionable interviews

PFW - Bucs' Phillips arrested on felony battery charges

NFL Opinion

SF - The Mothership - Ted Bartlett


FH - Admit It, Goodell: Rooney Rule Is a Sham - Jay Mariotti

NFP - Early entry juniors: Part II - Wes Bunting