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Denver Broncos News - Horse Tracks - 10/7/10


Broncos won't make excuses for offensive line's woes - The Denver Post
Blitzing hard from the outside are excuses of injury.

Krieger: Lack of running game could get Orton hurt - The Denver Post
Only three NFL quarterbacks have been sacked as often as Kyle Orton so far this season. Two of them — Jay Cutler and Michael Vick — have been knocked out of games with injuries already.

Broncos RB Moreno returns to practice - The Denver Post
Never fear, Broncos running game. Help, or some semblance of it, appears to be on the way.

Woody's Mailbag: Broncos were fortuitous AND good against Titans - The Denver Post
How is this luck? Was this not solid defense being played by the Broncos? They bottled up Chris Johnson all day; I don't think that's luck. The Titans had 46 yards of total offense in the second half. Remind me again how this is due to luck. Were there lucky developments in the game? Yes, definitely. But was the sole reason of the victory due to luck? No. The Broncos put themselves in position to win the game, and due to a little luck, that played out. But give the D at least a little credit!

Analysis: Ravens are wrong team for Broncos to rev running game against - The Denver Post
There are far easier NFL teams than Baltimore for the Broncos to kick-start their running game against. But the schedule forces the Broncos to try to do it on the road Sunday against the Ravens.

Q&A: Hillis just didn't fit McDaniels' scheme - The Denver Post
A lot has been written about (Peyton) Hillis not getting a chance to show Broncos coach Josh McDaniels what he can do, but I have not seen anything written about why, or even a speculation. As a student of Bill Belichick's, one would think that a hard-nosed, no-nonsense, tough guy like Hillis would be exactly what McD wants on a team. So why, then, did he run him out of town so quickly?

Broncos' Josh McDaniels praises tough, physical Ravens - The Denver Post
The question brought an understanding grin from Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, but not a direct answer.

Why would Finnegan invite Orton back to Nashville? | All Things Broncos
That’s my question after reading the comments today from Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan. news: Belichick knows exactly what he's doing by trading Moss
The Patriots shipping Randy Moss to the Vikings on Wednesday is the boldest move in the NFL since, well, at least Easter, when the Eagles sent Donovan McNabb to division rival Washington. And the more I think about it, the more telling that comparison is. The parallels are striking. news: Revis: Moss sometimes plays 100 percent, sometimes doesn't
Darrelle Revis is ready to play, and you can bet Randy Moss hopes the New York Jets' All-Pro cornerback is out there defending him Monday night. news: Redskins turn to Torain with injured RB Portis out 4 to 6 weeks
Clinton Portis will be out at least one month with a groin injury, putting the two-time Pro Bowl running back's future in doubt once again. news: Report: Packers LB Barnett might have season-ending surgery
The Green Bay Packers' defense might have to absorb another season-ending injury to a starter. news: Cardinals to start rookie QB Hall vs. Saints, bench Anderson
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has put his team's struggling offense into undrafted rookie quarterback Max Hall's hands. news: Kolb shuts down talk of his future as Eagles' No. 1 QB
After Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion during last month's season opener, Eagles coach Andy Reid said the quarterback would regain the starting job as soon as he was healthy. news: Lynch, Seahawks hope union proves beneficial to both
At the University of California, Marshawn Lynch couldn't stand Pete Carroll, wishing somehow he could lay a hit on the USC coach.

John Henderson has a stress fracture | National Football Post
The Oakland Raiders' defense will have to get by without defensive tackle John Henderson for a while.

Inside Martz's game plan | National Football Post
Game plans in the NFL are scripted based off of your opponent’s four previous games. Go back through a month of tape and start scouting: tendencies, personnel, formations, alignments, etc. They are in-depth, detailed and provide you—the player—with a guide to go to work with on Sundays.

Ravens ranked 29th in punt returns | National Football Post
The Baltimore Ravens believe they’ve figured out why their punt return game has languished so far this season.

The Randy Moss aftermath | National Football Post
After scoring 50 touchdowns in 52 regular season games with the New England Patriots from 2007-2010, Pro Bowl wide receiver Randy Moss has been traded to the Minnesota Vikings.

Cortland Finnegan: 'I could care less what that dude says' | National Football Post
After being accused by Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton of being a "cheap player, not a good player," Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan has responded in kind. news: Belichick's gamble leaves contending Patriots short on talent
It's hard to question Bill Belichick's football decisions with the New England Patriots, but there are some rare exceptions. news: Moss trade changes dynamics of Vikes, Pats and NFC North
The trade between the Vikings and Patriots for wide receiver Randy Moss further exemplifies Minnesota's push for a shot at a Super Bowl this season, New England trying to get value for a player it didn't plan on re-signing after the season, and the Patriots' belief that no one player outside of Tom Brady is vital to their success.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick knew bomb was ticking with a disgruntled Randy Moss - ESPN Boston
Successful football coaches don't just lead their teams through periods of crisis. They also anticipate when those crises might arise and react accordingly.

Sources: Randy Moss, New England Patriots quarterbacks coach in heated exchange Monday - ESPN Boston
Receiver Randy Moss and New England Patriots quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien were involved in a heated exchange at halftime of the team's victory Monday over the Miami Dolphins, according to player sources.

Quiet Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler throws; status uncertain for Carolina Panthers - ESPN Chicago
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was limited in practice Wednesday, and his status for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers is still uncertain as he recovers from a concussion he suffered against the New York Giants.

Randy Moss trade to Minnesota Vikings from New England Patriots puts them back on Super Bowl course - Peter King -
"Are you serious? This is gonna be interesting. In a great way! Welcome home Randy!'' -- Minnesota wide receiver Sidney Rice, asked on his Twitter feed if he was OK with the trade for Randy Moss.

Sam Bradford has defensive help in St. Louis; Tom Brady's rolling - Peter King -
Three points on a very busy football Tuesday: the Rams legitimately turning it around, the Patriots going back to the future, and why you should care about the legacy of George Blanda.

Cheat Sheet: Detroit ready to turn corner? - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
I've been struggling coming to terms with the bizarre nature of the first four weeks of the NFL season. Of the 32 teams in the league, only one remains unbeaten. That squad? The Kansas City Chiefs, a team that’s averaged 3.3 wins over the past three seasons. Kyle Orton — he of legendary neck beards and wounded duck passes — leads the NFL in passing, two players from one team are currently ranked first and second in the league receptions and the Rams — a franchise that’s gone 6-42 over the past three seasons — are comfortably perched atop the NFC West, tied for first place.

Desperate act may just work out for Vikings - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
So let me get this straight: A coach who is feuding with a legendary quarterback and is dangerously close to losing his locker room just got dealt a star wideout who plays when he wants to play, sulks when he doesn’t get the football and once ran roughshod over the coach’s predecessor?

Moss' departure not a big blow for Pats - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
When the Minnesota Vikings traded Randy Moss(notes) to the Oakland Raiders in 2005, a high-ranking executive with the team basically couldn’t find enough ways to say "good riddance."