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Horse Tracks 1/24/10 - Broncos hire Bob Ligashesky as TE coach, elevate Ben McDaniels to QB coach


DB - Coaching Staff Filling Out

"We're going to run some power, we're going to run some inside zone," McDaniels said. "There's no way to exactly characterize our type of running scheme. It's just not going to be dedicated to the outside zone play. It will be different. But it will be more what I'm used to, and Clancy's going to do a great job with it."
"You're right: People want to say things, but no, I'm not hard to work with. The 99 percent of people I work with and get along with very well, they know what the heck is going on inside the Denver Broncos' building. People who have had an issue with me, or I've had an issue with, there's a reason. I'm not going to let things happen that shouldn't happen. If that's what people want, then maybe we disagree."

"The defensive philosophy that we use, that's ours. That's not going anywhere. It's our second year in the system, and we'll continue to do better. I have a lot of respect for Mike, and I wish him well. But I think this is going to be the best thing for the Broncos and the best thing for Mike Nolan. I think everybody wins in this."

"Denver’s change at defensive coordinator was not because Josh McDaniels wanted to blitz less. In fact, from what I’m hearing, the Broncos might blitz more next season, regardless of who the defensive coordinator is. Right now, linebackers coach Don Martindale seems to the favorite."

"By way of background, we're told he wasn't hired by the Broncos because he has another job lined up."

DPP - Marshall trade rumors flying - Dave Krieger

AFC West News

SDUT - A different take on U-T’s love affair with Norv Turner - D. Brent Mote

SDUT - Who’s the real Boltman? Ramona fan steps forward - Matthew T. Hall

SJMN - It appears Al Davis and Tom Cable are still stuck together - Tim Kawakami

OT - Cable's 'return' isn't shock - Cam Inman

NFL Opinion

SF - Football Thoughts In A Crazy Week - Ted Bartlett

" In another sign of the Broncos' lack of faith in CB Alphonso Smith, 15-year veteran Ty Law recently said the team told him he would be welcomed back next season. Law, who joined the Broncos around midseason, signed a one-year deal that will expire in late February. Smith struggled in his rookie season, and Denver signed Law to unseat Smith at nickel back. Denver traded a 2010 first-round pick to move up in the second round of last year's draft to pluck Smith."

"Broncos FB Peyton Hillis was barely used in head coach Josh McDaniels' offense last season. After averaging 5.0 yards on 68 carries in 2008, the second-year veteran had just 17 touches in all of '09. Sources expect Hillis to be involved in the team's training camp prior to next season, but it appears that Hillis doesn't have much of a future as a contributor in Denver."

PFW - Westbrook unlikely to retire now - NFC Whispers


NFP - Championship Sunday: ten questions to answer - Matt Bowen

SN - Four key matchups to watch in NFL championship games - Dennis Dillon

ESPN - Potential Super Bowl storylines - Adam Schefter

FH - Face to Face: Jets vs. Colts - Josh Alper

NYT - In Brash Coach, Jets Knew They Had a Winner - Greg Bishop

SN - Jets 'not afraid to fail' in AFC championship - Bill Eichenberger

FH - Face to Face: Vikings vs. Saints - Bruce Ciskie

NYT - Thriving Saints Helped New Orleans Revive After Hurricane Katrina - Joe LaPointe

SN - If Brees outplays Favre, Saints will march on - Clifton Brown

FOX - Countdown: Saints hoping loud crowd can help silence Favre - John Czarnecki

FOX - Sharper's Favre familiarity could boost Saints - Marvez


NFL - Ex-Northwestern QB Kafka shows grit in East's Shrine Game win

SN - Draft Dish: Shrine Game winners, losers - Russ Lande