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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/15/10


Older Broncos rue missing out on postseason chances - The Denver Post
As Champ Bailey put it: "The clock's always ticking. You're only in this game for so long, and every time you miss the playoffs is another time you're not going to win the Super Bowl. And as a player, individual things are fine, but the goal is to win that tournament, and I'm still trying to play in my first one."

Felony charges revealed against Broncos' Cox - The Denver Post
The two felony charges against Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox accuse him of sexually assaulting a helpless victim incapable of appraising her own condition

Hint of Tebow's playing time would come at practice - The Denver Post
If the Broncos make a switch at quarterback in the last three weeks of the season, the initial change will come at practice, not midgame, unless in the case of an injury.

Analysis: Broncos' Studesville in tough spot, making hard decisions in short time frame - The Denver Post
Most coaches in the NFL get it. They make good money, they have prestige within their profession since their jobs are among a very select group, and they get fired often.

Q&A: If Broncos hire Elway, hiring of head coach would follow - The Denver Post
Q: We already know that the Broncos' season will end Jan 2. What we don't know is when the their management team will be completed. In addition to a new head coach, there could be two high-profile positions to be filled — general manager and vice president. In which order will they be hired? From the top down this time? And what would the hiring timeline look like?

Krieger: Broncos' structure bigger than Studesville, Elway - The Denver Post
You can't help but feel for Eric Studesville as he stands there taking questions about one of the NFL's worst teams as if it's his fault.

Gus Johnson to call Broncos-Raiders on Sunday for CBS | All Things Broncos
Some crazy crap is going to go down. Isn’t that what always seems to happen when Gus Johnson is on the mic? Suddenly Sunday’s game between the Broncos and Raiders just became must-see TV, despite the fact that the Broncos are 3-10 and Tim Tebow still isn’t expected to play.

NFL Power Rankings Week 15 - National Football League - ESPN
The New England Patriots are the unanimous pick to top the latest edition of's NFL Power Rankings.

Brett Favre won't go on IR yet; Minnesota Vikings hopeful of 2010 return - ESPN
Brett Favre's career isn't quite over yet.

Terrell Owens says Cincinnati Bengals' problems are coaches' fault - ESPN
"I think there's underachieving from the top down," Owens said. "You start with the owner, you start with the coaches. And obviously we as players, we are a product of what the coaches are coaching us throughout the course of the week.

Minnesota Vikings game moved to TCF Bank Stadium; Metrodome won't be ready - ESPN
The Minnesota Vikings are getting ready for a frigid night of football after officials said Tuesday that the Metrodome's torn roof won't be ready for Monday night's matchup against the Chicago Bears, forcing the game to move to University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium.

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller cleared to play against New York Jets - ESPN
Steelers tight end Heath Miller has passed his post-concussion neurological tests and will return to practice Wednesday.

MRIs for New York Giants' Steve Smith, Mario Manningham; Clint Sintim out - ESPN New York
New York Giants wide receivers Steve Smith and Mario Manningham are undergoing MRIs and tests on their injuries on Tuesday.

Matt Cassel of Kansas City Chiefs preparing like he'll play Sunday - ESPN
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, who missed last week's loss at San Diego following an appendectomy, said he's preparing this week as if he will be starting against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

Report: NFLPA reviewing how agents are certified by union - ESPN
NFL players union head DeMaurice Smith held a conference call Tuesday with agents to discuss possibly changing the certification process and how agents are disciplined for violating rules.

Washington Redskins cut punter Hunter Smith who held for missed PAT - ESPN
After letting the snap on an extra point attempt go through his hands in a one-point loss, Washington Redskins punter-holder Hunter Smith said: "If anybody needs to lose their job, it's me." news: Better for running backs to receive? Not for defenses
It might be time to identify the guy in the backfield called a running back by some other name. The modern game has made this player a very dangerous part of the offense, and defenses must have multiple plans to handle the runner-turned-receiver. news: With backs up against the wall, Chargers are at their best
This is the way the San Diego Chargers are supposed to play, right? news: With Graham on IR, Eagles bring back DE Burgess
Derrick Burgess is returning to Philadelphia. news: Titans place starting C Amano on injured reserve
The Tennessee Titans have placed starting center Eugene Amano on injured reserve because of a neck injury.

Brett Favre reveres streak record, but Peyton Manning may break it - Peter King -
hree Brett Favre thoughts, and one strong opinion about why the consecutive-games record will be the one he values most when he's back home in Mississippi sitting on the tractor:

Bills place WR Evans on IR due to ankle sprain - NFL -
Buffalo Bills receiver Lee Evans was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday, two days after sustaining a sprained ankle in Buffalo's win over Cleveland.

Vikings-Eagles flexed into Sunday night in Week 16 - NFL -
Vikings-Eagles will replace Chargers-Bengals as the Sunday night game Dec. 26 under the NFL's flexible scheduling policy.

Jerry Jones 'Pleased' With How Cowboys Are Performing Under Jason Garrett -- NFL FanHouse
The Dallas Cowboys had just guaranteed their first losing season since 2004, but Jason Garrett wasn't interested in looking at any big pictures.

N.Y. Jets' Sam Alosi should have been fired for tripping incident - Jeff Pearlman -
In the real world, where 99.9 percent of us reside, whether one admits to a mistake or not makes absolutely zero difference in the end result. When, a couple of years ago, a pal of mine was accused of frequenting a pornographic website at his job, he fessed up and apologized profusely. "Sorry," he was rightly told. "You're fired." When another friend was recently axed for talking back to her boss, she admitted her mistakes and promised to change. "Too late," the chief said. "We've had enough." Steal a pack of cigarettes from behind the counter at CVS -- you're done. Curse out a customer at Cosi -- hand in your apron. That is how the world works, and no matter how many I was wrongs are uttered, well, you're toast.

The indomitable Patriots are title favorites -- and it's not even close - Don Banks -
After this one, you could almost hear the collective uh-oh starting to echo around the rest of the NFL. These Patriots are serious. They're on a mission. And we all know what that means, because it hasn't been all that long since we've seen it before.

Short-lived college stint hurting Sanchez - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
While one longtime NFL personnel man is surprised by Mark Sanchez’s(notes) struggles, another could have anticipated the prized New York Jets’ passer’s prolonged growing pains.

Jacksonville Jaguars lucky and good with Maurice Jones-Drew leading the way - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
We honor America, question the Jets and Packers, predict the AFC West, help the NFL with the Vikings schedule, and pay tribute to Brett Favre. Seriously.