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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/31/10


Talent-deprived Broncos facing major makeover - The Denver Post
"Nobody knows who's going to be here, who's going to be making the decisions, who stays, who goes," Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said. "Nobody knows what kind of team this will be."

Psychic reader predicts gold for Nuggets, tough coach for Broncos, pennant for Rockies - The Denver Post
Shoshanna, Denver sports were flying high for a long time. And suddenly in 2010, everything tanked. Broncos got horrible. Nuggets imploded. Buffs skidded. Rams went nowhere. The Rockies and Rapids are keeping us afloat and the Avs are coming back. But will things be better in 2011? You can't win everything all the time, I know, but I can't take much more of this. ---Brian, Denver

Q&A: Broncos unlikely to flip-flop tackles to protect Tebow's blind side - The Denver Post
Q: Now that Tim Tebow, a lefty, is starting (at quarterback), will there be any adjustments to the offensive line? Will Ryan Clady be moved to the right side or will Ryan Harris be expected to carry the load of protecting Tebow's blind side?

Analysis: Broncos' final game has meaning in terms of momentum - The Denver Post
Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd this week said he believes there is some momentum to be gained with a win in the final week of a season, even one as lost as this one has been for Denver.

Studesville to interview for permanent position - The Denver Post
Eric Studesville will be formally interviewed at season's end for the Broncos' head coaching job, several team officials confirmed.

Clock expiring on many players and coaches - The Denver Post
For so many Broncos — players, coaches, perhaps a staff person or two — today is their last full practice at Dove Valley.

Champ Bailey done with the Broncos? It's crossed his mind - The Denver Post
With no new contract talks and a painful heel injury that could keep him out of Sunday's season finale against the Chargers, Champ Bailey said Thursday that it has crossed his mind that he might have played his last game as a Bronco.

League fines New York Jets $100,000 for tripping incident - ESPN New York
The NFL fined the New York Jets $100,000 in the wake of discoveries involving strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi, who instructed inactive players to stand in a wall in a prohibited area on the sideline to deter opposing teams' players during special-teams plays.

NFL reduces fines to James Harrison, others on appeals - ESPN
The NFL has reduced the fine levied on Steelers linebacker James Harrison for his Oct. 17 hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi from $75,000 to $50,000.

New Orleans Saints' Marques Colston has scope, questionable for Bucs - ESPN
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston had an arthroscopic procedure on his knee Tuesday and has not practiced this week, coach Sean Payton said Thursday.

Brandon Marshall wants Dolphins to keep coach Tony Sparano - ESPN
As Brandon Marshall shared his opinions about the Miami Dolphins' coach, quarterback and offensive coordinator, he endorsed only one of them: Tony Sparano.

Seneca Wallace believes Mike Holmgren wants to coach Brown - ESPN
With coach Eric Mangini standing only yards away, Holmgren, bundled in a heavy jacket to combat December's biting cold, talked to other players and then with Gil Haskell, his longtime friend and one of the trusted advisers he brought to Cleveland.

Rare err: Tom Brady INTs a limited edition - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Mere mention of the stat elicits astonished replies. Professional athletes and coaches -- grown men who have seen a few things in their day -- stammer in awe. news: Lions headline list of non-playoff teams with hope for 2011
The Detroit Lions are on a roll. A small one, perhaps, but a roll nonetheless. news: Young Buccaneers appear to have a very bright future
They say men get better looking with age. Maybe not Nick Nolte, but for the guys in the pewter and red, it holds true. The NFL's youngest team last season, and youngest roster in the preseason, is now only older than the Panthers. news: Favre still hasn't passed concussion test, Vikings coach says
At the end of a long, difficult season, Brett Favre's status for the finale is again in doubt. news: Improving offense earns Bears newfound respect
Standing next to Mike Martz in the end zone of Soldier Field on Sunday morning, nearly four hours before kickoff, with the wind beginning to swirl and the lake-effect snow coasting in, and the turf still submerged beneath a blue tarp, I had but one thought: "Great day to sling the ball around, today, coach," I said, half in jest.

NFL Week 17 picks include Rams-Seahawks, Bucs-Saints - Peter King -
San Diego Chargers (8-7) at Denver Broncos (4-11) I'm not saying anyone in the Rocky Mountain region should be thrilled over the last two seasons and what Josh McDaniels meant to the franchise. But I side with Cris Collinsworth on this one. My NBC colleague says sometimes a team just responds to a QB's leadership and approach, even if he's not the best player on the team at his position. Tim Tebow might not be. But if he wins this game, it's going to be very hard for some new coach to take the Denver job in 2011 and not give Tebow the starting QB job.

San Diego Chargers place Antonio Gates (foot) on season-ending IR - NFL -
The San Diego Chargers have placed Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates on injured reserve and signed fullback Billy Latsko.

2010 NFL awards with Tom Brady as MVP, Bill Belichick as top coach - Don Banks -
Week 17 in the NFL looms, and that means it's time to prepare my ballot as one of the 50 media members who vote on the Associated Press individual awards. Here's my call on who should get the hardware, along with a few bonus categories to boot:

Embattled Dolphins assistant goes on defensive - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Embattled Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Dan Henning has gone on the defensive