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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/22/10


Broncos Mailbag: Steep Tebow in study of slinging - The Denver Post
OK, finally we played some rookies, including Tim Tebow. Do you think it's a good idea to have Tebow throw the ball about 75 percent of the time next week and not run the ball himself, forcing him to practice and learn the difficult short- and medium-pass game, especially to the right side? He needs the experience for next year. -- Dave C., Irvine, Calif.

Broncos in position to draft elite player in first two picks - The Denver Post
If the season ended today, the Broncos would have the No. 2 draft pick. Hello, Da'Quan Bowers!

Paige: 2011 will be a gift! Yule see - The Denver Post
The bahs and the humbugs are turning back into candy canes and gingerbread men.

Broncos' Decker outstanding as kick returner - The Denver Post
"Eric Decker has done a nice job for us in the kickoff return game. Last week in Arizona, he really had an outstanding game," said interim head coach Eric Studesville. "He hit it up in there hard (Sunday) and we still have things to work on. That is a team effort — that is not just him. There are 10 other guys out there that have to block for those returns to be successful and we are going to continue working all those people."

Analysis: It's not all bad with the Broncos - The Denver Post
There has been plenty of negativity swirling around the Broncos this season, both on the field and off of it, but there have been a few things on the other side of the scale.

Q&A: Broncos need to hire the best people they can to fix their many problems - The Denver Post
Q: I don't get it. What in the world makes people think that being a Hall of Fame quarterback qualifies John Elway to manage an NFL team?

D.C. debacle has tarnished Shanahan's "Mastermind" image - The Denver Post
Once lauded in Denver as "The Mastermind," Shanahan's image is taking a pounding, not just for the losing, but especially for the way he's mistreated classy veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb. Shanahan benched McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman for Sunday's game against Dallas (the Redskins lost 33-30) and that's created a firestorm. news: Benching upsets McNabb, but he wants to return to Redskins
Donovan McNabb felt disrespected by the way he was benched by Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan. news: Could Favre play again? Vikings' Frazier won't rule it out
Frazier said he wouldn't put Favre on season-ending injured reserve with a concussion and wouldn't rule out the 41-year-old quarterback returning to the field before the season is over.

The Season
In January of 2003, when the Buccaneers hoisted the franchise’s first-ever Lombardi Trophy into a confetti-filled night sky, Raheem Morris was there -- a 26-year-old defensive quality control coach whose first taste of the NFL was a full-on championship entrée. news: Vick, Falcons appear on collision course for spot in Super Bowl
The Atlanta Falcons are tied with New England for the best record in the NFL at 12-2. They clinched a playoff berth by defeating Seattle on Sunday. They are on the best three-season stretch in franchise history. They are arguably the best team in the NFL. news: Tomlin admits Steelers given first down on 9-yard run vs. Jets
Coach Mike Tomlin conceded Tuesday that the Steelers were mistakenly awarded a first down on a 9-yard run by Rashard Mendenhall during Sunday's 22-17 loss to the New York Jets. news: Manly House: A true Buffalonian would never trust a Dolphin
Did you happen to notice that Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter missed all four of his field-goal attempts Sunday? Usually reliable, he stuck a dagger in Miami's underwhelming season by costing them a close one at home. Then again, home hasn't been very kind to them of late. news: Battle-tested Colts not finished just yet in the AFC
It seems fitting that even the team president needs the help of a cane to get around these days. Blogs " Blog Archive Next phase of evaluation just beginning for Tebow "
Tim Tebow made his first NFL start Sunday, and, of course, he attracts attention with every move he makes. Tebow was the most hotly debated quarterback — or player, really — entering the NFL this year. Without a doubt, he also was the most scrutinized.

Report: Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay Packers passes tests, cleared to return - ESPN
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he has passed all concussion-related tests and has been cleared to return by both team physician Dr. John Gray and an independent neurologist, reported Tuesday.

The New York Giants press room filled once Eli Manning began speaking - ESPN New York
Before Eli Manning met the media following Sunday's last-second loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, he had to wait a few minutes. As is apparent in a video circulating on ESPN and on the Internet this week, the press room was empty as the quarterback stood near the podium.

Dilfer: Falcons can be beaten at home - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Simply from a selfish media standpoint, Trent Dilfer was one of the better players I ever covered. I’m not talking in terms of his ability as a quarterback. I’m talking purely in his value as an interview.

Stats say Patriots' Tom Brady better than Colts' Peyton Manning - Kerry J. Byrne -
Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning has been pro football's Great Debate for much of the past decade. We imagine it will continue for decades to come, much like sports fans today still debate the relative merits of, say, Ted Williams vs. Joe DiMaggio.

Vikings fans enjoyed outdoor game against Bears on Monday - Peter King -
Great fun getting a Tour de Twin Cities Football Monday before and during the Bears' crushing 40-14 NFC North-clinching victory over the Vikings ... and sitting in the stands for the first half of the beatdown. Five observations of the evening:

Jags fail to deliver, Ravens on the Rice diet, more Snaps - Don Banks -
Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we review a captivating Week 15 of playoff-implication football ..

Browns place defensive captain Fujita on IR - NFL -
The Cleveland Browns have placed linebacker Scott Fujita and cornerback Eric Wright on injured reserve.

2 NFL stadium plans complicate L.A. landscape - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The dreamer salesman and the life-long builder each share a vision of the NFL returning to Los Angeles. Will their competing ideas fail, further delaying the nation’s second-largest market from having a team again?

NFL in 2010: Best games of the year - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
A look at the top 10 games of the 2010 calendar year that includes three memorable postseason games and a Hail Mary:

Coughlin, Eli end Giants' mourning period - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Tom Coughlin is 64 years old. He’s a man of experience (15 seasons as an NFL head coach), accomplishment (a Super Bowl title) and wealth – none of which apparently matters when your team blows a 31-10 lead in the final eight minutes, potentially kicking away a division title and an easier playoff road that comes with it.