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Inside the playbook: expanding Tebow's role | National Football Post
The main issue here? McDaniels has to create a passing option for Tebow. NFL coordinators and defenders will find a way to shut this package down within a week—unless the Broncos evolve their play calling with Tebow on the field. Today, I will draw up a basic route concept that the Broncos can install and start to move forward with an expanded playbook designed for Tebow.

What's wrong with the AFC West? - The Denver Post
"Ordinarily? You never want to start 2-4," Broncos linebacker Mario Haggan said. "There's no ordinarily about it."

Rookies make the most of their time against Jets - The Denver Post
Denver's two touchdowns came from first-round draft picks — quarterback Tim Tebow, on a 5-yard run, and receiver Demaryius Thomas, who caught his second career touchdown pass.

Q&A: Broncos are in no rush to make Tebow their starting QB, thanks to Orton's performance - The Denver Post
Q: Has Kyle Orton performed almost too well this year? What I mean is, are the Broncos looking at an ugly quarterback controversy next year when coach Josh McDaniels is forced to choose between the breakout veteran and Tim Tebow? Do the Broncos dare jettison a quarterback who is playing so well?

Analysis: If you draft a wide receiver in the first round, you're receptive to risk - The Denver Post
It's difficult to be a rookie quarterback. It's difficult to be a rookie left tackle. It's difficult to be a rookie in the NFL no matter where you line up on the field.

Broncos Mailbag: Half-full has McDaniels, Orton in the playoffs - The Denver Post
Mike, would you agree that this Sunday's tough loss to the Jets gives us reason to hope? The team finally displayed the physical, disciplined defense McDaniels wants, and the young talent on offense shined (Moreno 4 yards per carry, Demaryius TD, Tebow TD, etc.). Every game remaining on the schedule is winnable, and I'd guess if the team plays the way it did Sunday, it'll win enough to be in the hunt in December. --Ryan, Casper, Wyo.

Broncos fans love to hate the Raiders, but why? - The Denver Post
I still hate the Raiders. You still hate the Raiders. Your next-door neighbor still hates the Raiders.

Broncos' "Tebow package" must take next step - The Denver Post
A day after the most significant action of his fledgling NFL career, rookie quarterback Tim Tebow is the proud owner of an NFL touchdown ball and a black eye, both the result of the Broncos' "Tebow package."

NFL fines for flagrant hits after vow to suspend - ESPN
The NFL imposed huge fines Tuesday on three players for dangerous and flagrant hits last weekend and warned that, starting with this week's games, violent conduct will be cause for suspension.

Sources: Brett Favre's meeting with NFL complete - ESPN
The meeting between Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre and NFL vice president for security Milt Ahlerich on Tuesday has been completed, sources told ESPN's Ed Werder.

Tennessee Titans' Vince Young has mild sprain, listed day to day - ESPN
Vince Young is day to day after tests show only a mildly sprained left knee and ankle, and coach Jeff Fisher says the Tennessee quarterback could play against Philadelphia on Sunday even if he misses a couple practices.

Mike Tomlin insists James Harrison hit within NFL's rules - ESPN
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is a strong supporter of the NFL's crackdown on dangerous hits. He's equally adamant in his support for linebacker James Harrison, whose violent play resulted in a big fine and may have pushed the league toward its toughened stance.

Robaire Smith has season-ending back injury, report says - ESPN
Cleveland Browns defensive end Robaire Smith is done for the season, a person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press.

Owner Jerry Jones says Dallas Cowboys can defy odds - ESPN Dallas
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones again expressed confidence in his team, saying that he doesn't see a 1-4 team and added -- once again -- that he trusts head coach Wade Phillips and his staff.

NFLPA: League would discontinue health care in March - ESPN
With negotiations still at a standstill, the NFL players union is going to start preparing for the possibility of having its health care cut in March.

Junior Seau released from hospital following SUV crash - ESPN
Former NFL star linebacker Junior Seau has been released from a San Diego hospital a day after plunging down a seaside cliff in his SUV.

Tackle Duane Brown rejoins Houston Texans after suspension - ESPN
Contrite and humbled, Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown worked out with his team after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on banned substances.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquire Alex Magee from Kansas City Chiefs - ESPN
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have acquired defensive end Alex Magee from the Kansas City Chiefs in hopes of improving the NFL's least productive pass rush. news: Rodney Harrison: Suspensions only way to stop vicious hits
As Rodney Harrison watched the bank of nine televisions at NBC's Football Night in America studios in New York, he couldn't believe his eyes as Week 6 unfolded. news: Steelers LB Harrison mulling retirement after $75K fine for hit
James Harrison believes the NFL's crackdown on dangerous hits is cramping his style. And, unless Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin can convince him otherwise, the 32-year-old linebacker claimed Tuesday night that he might consider retirement. news: Job security part of the problem for struggling Cowboys
Following yet another loss after yet another series of mental breakdowns, penalties, turnovers and special teams gaffes, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked if he's optimistic about his team. news: Concussion could keep Eagles WR Jackson out of next game
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson, hasn't been cleared to return to practice Wednesday, according to a league source. news: Sacks leader Matthews expected to return Sunday for Packers
NFL sacks leader Clay Matthews, who missed the Green Bay Packers' previous game because of a left hamstring injury, will return for this weekend's meeting with the Minnesota Vikings, a team source told senior writer Steve Wyche on Tuesday. news: Lack of toughness keeping 'Boys, Bolts from fulfilling promise
We hear coaches talk about toughness all the time, and I am sure most of you probably think, how can a team not be tough, certainly a player has to be tough to play in the league. But being tough is not for just one moment, it requires being able to overcome adversity and still focusing on the task at hand. It means being able to not worry about the future and doing your job. Toughness encompasses many things, as Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Russell once said, "Concentration and mental toughness are the margins for victory." news: Dolphins say Parcells' departure from facility doesn't mean end
Bill Parcells has again reduced his role with the Miami Dolphins: He stopped coming to work. Blogs " Blog Archive Bears need to rethink formula for winning "
After taking in Sunday’s game in Chicago, I think it’s time for the Bears to rethink their strategy about what gives them the best chance to win.

Can there be a 'kinder and gentler' NFL? | National Football Post
First, the National Football League roundup and then we'll get to News, Hits and Polls...

Why Kolb is the right choice in Philly | National Football Post
We are going to hear that the Eagles are set at quarterback because of both Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick. Two players who can both step into Andy Reid’s west coast system and produce.

Harbaugh says Todd Heap is in good shape after hit | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap didn't suffer a concussion or a neck injury when he absorbed a flagrant hit to the head from New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, a magnetic resonance imaging exam confirmed.

Can't change fact NFL a 'physical, tough game' - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
"Imagine you’re at an intersection in New York City, there are cars moving through really fast and you decide to cross. You can see everything that’s coming, but that doesn’t mean you can avoid it," said the five-time Pro Bowler. "It’s not fast to me because I’m used to it, but it is dangerous."

NFL needs to change violent culture - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
A day after delivering a helmet-to-helmet hit that left Cleveland running back Josh Cribbs unconscious for several minutes, Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison drew a distinction that only an NFL player could make:

NFL has no choice but to protect defenseless players - Jim Trotter -
NBC's Football Night in America should have been renamed "Confessions of a Serial Hitter" last Sunday. It was must-see TV when enforcer-turned-analyst Rodney Harrison disclosed that he used to set aside $50,000 before the start of each season to pay fines for big hits. In his mind, it was the cost of doing business; receivers had to know there was a price to be paid for trespassing.

Brandon Meriweather, James Harrison hits deserve hefty punishment - Peter King -
"This is crazy!'' Rodney Harrison said as we tried to process the sixth or seventh vicious NFL hit of the day in the NBC viewing room Sunday afternoon.

Cowboys' season of promise already reaching disaster-mode - Don Banks -
Early Sunday evening, with his dispirited team coming out on the wrong end of the game everyone was calling the Desperation Bowl, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stood in the middle of a quiet and crowded Dallas locker room and gamely tried to answer the obvious question: What emotion is one rung below desperation? What reaction fits after watching a season on the brink quite possibly morph into a season over the brink?

Week 6 was seminal moment in how NFL defense gets played - Peter King -
When NFL discipline-meister Ray Anderson watched the violent Dunta Robinson hit on DeSean Jackson on Sunday, he said he felt a sick feeling.