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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/9/10


Broncos get acquainted with Studesville in his new role - The Denver Post
As he sat across a table from some of the Broncos' most high-profile players Wednesday morning, he knew what was going on behind the eyes looking back at him.

Paige: Elway could be back in business - The Denver Post
In a perfect world, Broncos executive John Elway would hoist the Super Bowl trophy and proclaim: "This one's for Pat."

Studesville tries to keep players fresh at practice - The Denver Post
First day with interim head coach Eric Studesville and already the players noticed a significant improvement at Dove Valley.

Analysis: New Broncos coach Studesville, players prepare to move on - The Denver Post
If the deposed coach was a disciplinarian, the new one is usually more relaxed, and players and others in the organization talk about a noticeable difference after the change is made.

Q&A: Broncos admit they put too much on McDaniels' plate - The Denver Post
Q: Why was Josh McDaniels given final say over Broncos personnel?

Studesville off and running at practice, meets with Broncos captains - The Denver Post
The Eric Studesville Era — even if only on an interim basis — is underway at Dove Valley.

Coach candidate to watch: Raiders’ Hue Jackson | All Things Broncos
If John Elway can marry a former Raiders cheerleader, there shouldn’t be any problem considering a Raiders offensive coordinator for the Broncos next head coach.

Tebow wishes Urban Meyer the best | All Things Broncos
I spent a good chunk of time waiting for Tim Tebow in the Broncos locker room today, just as the news was breaking that Urban Meyer, Tebow’s coach at the University of Florida, has resigned. Tebow never made an appearance.

Orton backs McDaniels for long-term success | All Things Broncos
No Broncos player spent more time with Josh McDaniels over the past two seasons than quarterback Kyle Orton.

Kiszla: Is Valley big enough for Elway, Ellis? - The Denver Post
If John Elway is game to lead the troubled Broncos on another big comeback, then is team executive Joe Ellis doomed to be sent packing to the showers?

Next Broncos coach unlikely to have final say in roster - The Denver Post
There won't be a man behind the curtain, necessarily. But final-say authority will belong to a man upstairs. news: Several factors contributing to Manning's recent struggles
All of a sudden Peyton Manning has a big problem with interceptions. Eleven picks in the last three games by any quarterback would garner attention, but when Manning's name is attached to the number, it turns into a football crisis. news: Chiefs' Cassel has appendectomy; no word on Sunday status
Quarterback Matt Cassel, a key reason the Kansas City Chiefs have emerged as contenders and lead the AFC West late in the season, underwent an appendectomy Wednesday. news: Steelers claim Ravens targeted LB Harrison on extra-point try
The Steelers believe Chris Chester intentionally went after linebacker James Harrison -- and perhaps tried to hurt him -- when the Baltimore Ravens' guard was called for a false-start penalty on an extra-point attempt Sunday night, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. news: Redskins put focus back on football with Haynesworth gone
Mike Shanahan smiled, joked, looked positively giddy at times. He even allowed reporters to watch an entire Washington Redskins regular-season practice for the first time, daring them to brave the 21-degree wind chill. It was hard to tell he has a team that's 5-7 and out of the playoffs. news: Colston, Saints flying under radar despite late-season surge
While the Atlanta Falcons have established themselves as the top team in the NFC, their division rival, New Orleans, has steadily -- and somewhat quietly -- positioned itself to finish with the same record that it posted last season when the Saints won the Super Bowl. Blogs " Blog Archive Brady is clear front runner in MVP race "
After the nation watched Tom Brady’s near-perfect performance against the Jets on Monday night, there might not be any argument about who is the NFL’s most valuable player.

Lawyer: Brett Favre investigation in NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's hands - ESPN
The NFL has wrapped up its investigation into allegations that Brett Favre sent inappropriate phone messages and photos to a Jets game hostess two years ago, the woman's attorney said Wednesday.

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan buries ball from Monday night's defeat in New England, sending message to team - ESPN New York
Instead of holding his Wednesday morning team meeting in the usual place -- the auditorium -- New York Jets coach Rex Ryan brought his team outside for some fresh air. And a not-so-subtle message.

Doctor said Ben Roethlisberger's broken nose looked like corn flakes - ESPN
The Steelers quarterback will wear a protective shield to protect a nose that so splintered while being smacked by the Ravens' Haloti Ngata, X-rays revealed nose bones that "looked like corn flakes," Roethlisberger said.

Phildelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick leads NFL Pro Bowl fan voting - ESPN
Michael Vick leads Pro Bowl voting 1½ years after he was released from prison.

Chargers say they'll remain in San Diego in 2011 - NFL -
The San Diego Chargers say they will play in San Diego in 2011. Beyond that is anyone's guess.

NFL concussion committee hears from helmet makers - NFL -
Commissioner Roger Goodell was planning to briefly stop by the hotel where the NFL's head, neck and spine medical committee met Wednesday to hear from equipment makers, researchers, the military and NASCAR about how to improve helmet safety and cut down on concussions.

NFL playoff predictions, projections, scenarios for Week 14 - Dom Bonvissuto -
In Week 13, nobody clinched a playoff spot, the first time that's happened since the 2000 season. But don't blame the teams -- there was no scenario where a team could clinch a spot. That's not the case in Week 14.

Patriots retool with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead, others - Peter King -
The Patriots went 16-0 in 2007 and led the NFL in scoring. Following the 45-3 skunking of the Jets here Monday night, they're 10-2 in 2010 and lead the NFL in scoring. And of the runners and receivers on the team, only one of the key guys is the same: Wes Welker.

Derek Anderson's in-game laughing poses media questions - Richard Deitsch -
Forever chronicled on YouTube with the rest of the memorable postgame meltdowns in NFL history, Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson lashed out recently at Arizona Republic reporter Kent Somers after Somers asked why Anderson had been laughing with lineman Deuce Lutui during the fourth quarter of a blowout loss t the Niners.

Giants, Jets owners discuss Dolphins using field - NFL -
The co-owner of the New York Giants says he goofed failing to tell the owner of the New York Jets about a decision to allow the Miami Dolphins to use the Giants' indoor facility prior to a game against the Jets.

Jaguars force doubters to change their tune - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Jack Del Rio was walking from the visitors’ locker room at LP Field to the Jaguars’ team bus Sunday afternoon when he stopped to answer a question from someone who’d spent the past several months expressing a great degree of skepticism about his team.

Case for Brady over Vick in MVP race - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Three years ago this Friday, Michael Vick(notes) walked into a federal courtroom in Virginia wearing white Nike Air Force 1 Mids to match his white-striped prison garb. He chomped a piece of gum as he approached the defense table.

Statistically, Chargers wasting wonderful year - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Facing possible elimination from AFC West title contention and virtual playoff elimination on Sunday against Kansas City, the Chargers could become the most statistically dominant team in the past two decades to fail to make the postseason.