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Horse Tracks 1/20/10 - Pees still frontrunner, Broncos considering Martindale


DB - Dumervil Asks for Help for Haiti - Broncos TV

"Pees would provide McDaniels a New England version of the 3-4 scheme that can adapt week to week to whatever opponent it faces. Because he worked with the multitasking Belichick, Pees is used to co-existing with a head coach who is heavily involved in all facets of the game planning...Under Pees, the Patriots did not finish lower than eighth in the NFL in scoring defense in his four seasons as defensive coordinator and never allowed opponents to average more than 19.3 points a game. The 14.8 points allowed per game in 2006 set a franchise best for New England."

"Nolan preferred to take risks in the pass rush, blitzing players from unexpected places — 10 of the team's 39 sacks came from inside linebackers or defensive backs. Pees likely will play something closer to Belichick's style. When Belichick springs a surprise on opposing quarterbacks he does it with coverages — moving players into passing lanes from unexpected angles, trying to disrupt a quarterback's timing as he goes through his reads — rather than adding to the rush."

"And now, those defensive players who are returning have to start over with a new coach and a new scheme. It doesn’t matter what type of front Pees runs, because the terminology will be different, as will the meetings, the techniques and the way this team practices and prepares for Sundays."

NFL - Swim move: Nolan leaves Broncos, joins Dolphins as D-coordinator

"Pees, 60, battled his share of health problems last year. During the summer, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent surgery. Soon thereafter, he had a blood clot in his leg."

DB - Teammates Tuned In - Chris Gentilviso

DB - 2009 Season Review: Second Quarter - Gray Caldwell

DB - Coaching moves & this weeks picks!! - Mark Cooper

NSR - Broncos Still Seeking Respect From Hall Of Fame - Joseph Anthony

Read at your own peril...

AFC West News

SFC - Davis talks to possible coaches - David White

SFC - This, that and the other - David White

OT - Coach Tom Cable's fate with Raiders not on timetable - Monte Poole

NFL News

"The Giants co-owner John Mara said Tuesday he was resigned to an uncapped season in 2010 and thought the union and owners might be moving further apart in talks toward a new labor agreement."

NFL - Second chance: Ex-Cowboys coach Gailey back in NFL with Bills

"Trust me, it's a good job," Nix said of the Bills' coaching gig at news conference to announce the man who now holds that job, Chan Gailey. "Don't ever think you can't fill coaching jobs, even if they're bad. Oakland gets a lot of calls. Don't say I said that." WOW. Who doesn't love Buddy Nix?

NFL - Cowboys will pick up Phillips' 2010 option; is new deal coming, too?

NFL - Schneider returns to Seahawks, this time as general manager

NFL - Deuce is done: Saints' rushing record holder retiring at age 31

NYT - In Selling Jerseys, N.F.L. Is Squeezing Out Small Retailers - Ken Belson

NFL Opinion

NFL - Turner, Phillips seemingly given new life -- for now - Vic Carucci

Sweet. I was getting some strange looks at work yesterday for defending Norv (yes, the only time I've ever done that) for his decision...

NYT - Comparing 2009 Jets With 2000 Ravens - Luis DeLoureiro

NFP - Why I like the future of the Seahawks - Matt Bowen

NFP - Diner morning news: Bills take ‘Raider-ish’ route - Mike Lombardi

SI - Chan Gailey's hiring by Bills is easy decision to knock - Peter King

PFW - Gailey just what Bills were looking for - Michael Blunda

"Denver's Knowshon Moreno led all rookies with 947 rushing yards, adding 213 yards receiving and scoring nine times despite sharing the workload."


ESPN - Championships are won in the trenches - Gregg Easterbrook

NFP - A Jets fan’s lament and hope - Robert Boland

Y! - Saints' Bush evokes images of glory days - Charles Robinson

Y! - Childress getting little credit for Vikes' success - Dan Wetzel

SN - Vikings have a lot of substance behind Favre hype - Clifton Brown

Y! - Schottenheimer cheers former team's loss - Mike Silver

SN - Hunt or be hunted: Expect Jets, Vikings to go after star QBs - Vinnie Iyer

SI - Saints seeking first trip to Super Bowl; NFL kickers had bad year - Don Banks

CBS - Intriguing conference title tilts will yield strong Super Bowl - Charley Casserly

CBS - Remaining QBs: Manning the easiest to trust, Sanchez the hardest - Clark Judge

FOX - Young Jet invites himself to gathering of NFL's top QBs - Adam Schein

FOX - Ryan's success with Jets makes dad proud - Mark Kriegel

NYT - Super Bowl XLIV and the Hall of Fame - Chase Stuart

Ugh. This has been on my mind this week...

FH - Dream Matchup: Old Gunslinger vs. Jets - David Whitley


NFL - Fifty-three players granted special eligibility for 2010 NFL Draft

NFP - The signing race is over - Jack Bechta

NFP - East-West Shrine practice begins - Wes Bunting

SN - Draft Dish: Prospects to watch at East-West Shrine Game - Russ Lande

"11. Broncos - Rolando McClain - LB Alabama - A rugged interior defender in the center of the Broncos' 3-4 would allow D.J. Williams to act as a playmaker."