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Horse Tracks - 2/10/10 - Off-Season Begins


Good Morning Broncos Country!  The Super Bowl?  Over.  The Pro Bowl?  Over.  Even the parade is over.  Well, will the party in New Orleans ever really end?  Not likely.  That means, however, that we are fully entrenched in the 'Re-Loading Season'.   There will be plenty of Draft talk, plenty of rumors and plenty of politically correct conversation from players, teams and agents.  In a lot of ways, this part of the year is my favorite!!! 

2009 Denver Broncos 4th Quarter Review -
The fourth quarter of the season was the toughest for the Broncos in 2009, as the team went 0-4 to close out an 8-8 campaign.

NFL toughest test for Tebow to pass - The Denver Post
To the eyes and ears of the NFL, the Heisman is nothing but a trophy. It's not a guarantee, not a reference, not even a tiebreaker. And that's why Tim Tebow, with a Heisman, two national championships and a collegiate resume that makes him one of the great players in the storied history of Saturday football, finds himself at square one.

The start of the 2010 season has a question mark - Denver Post
The NFL again celebrated its position at the top of the nation’s sports pyramid this past week, finishing with a Super Bowl that became the highest-rated television program in history.

Julius Peppers wants out of Carolina - The Denver Post
Julius Peppers no longer wants a long-term contract with Carolina, saying the Panthers have ignored him this offseason.

2010 draft: offensive tackle grading scale | National Football Post
The 2010 offensive tackle class is led by a talented crop of potential left-side prospects who have the ability to anchor the blindside of an offensive line for the next 10 years. There’s also some intrigue in the form of several small-school prospects who possess a lot of upside and have only started to scratch the surface in terms of their potential at the next level.

Diner morning news: Odds are anyone’s guess | National Football Post
The 2009 season was over for less than an hour and Vegas was already putting up odds about teams going to the Super Bowl next season. I have a hard time figuring out who will go to the Super Bowl in December of the current year, let alone predicting one year in advance. (I know Matt "I love me some Texans" Bowen can do this, though — and by the way, congrats to the Bowen family on their new addition. A Texans fan for sure.)

Biggs: Arizona DB coach Austin in mix for Gators job | National Football Post
Urban Meyer is looking to the NFL ranks for a replacement for defensive coordinator George Edwards, who split after a month at Florida to become the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills.

Biggs: Steven Jackson will not face criminal charges | National Football Post
St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson will not face any criminal charges over the accusations made last month that he assaulted his pregnant girlfriend last March in Las Vegas.

Biggs: Apparently, Romo's chances in D.C. awful slim | National Football Post
While we were in search of some one-liners developing after the news broke this afternoon that Bill Romanowski will interview to become the strength and conditioning coach of the Washington Redskins, we instead stumbled upon Jason Reid’s report in the Washington Post that the former player’s chances of getting the job are about as good as metropolitan D.C. roads being cleared of snow any time soon.

Wilson: Bills looking to get twice as strong | National Football Post
The Buffalo Bills are tired of getting sand kicked in their faces.

Wilson: Jaguars' Mingey named Scout of the Year | National Football Post
Jacksonville Jaguars assistant director of college personnel Tim Mingey was honored with a Scout of the Year award during the Texas vs. the Nation Challenge.

Wilson: Sypniewski has minor knee surgery | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens tight end Quinn Sypniewski underwent a relatively minor surgical procedure on his left knee, according to a league source.

Brees now has ring to go with numbers, but what about a Hall call? -
Tuesday Huddle Posted about 10 hours ago 79 Comments 8 Recommendations E-mail Brees now has ring to go with numbers, but what about a Hall call? Vic Carucci By Vic Carucci | Senior Columnist Drew Brees is going to have the numbers. That isn't even a discussion.

Saints provide blueprint for rest of league to handle Manning, Colts -
The Super Bowl was everything a fan could ask for with three lead changes and an exciting finish that was the most-watched program in U.S. television history.

Lombardi Gras: New Orleans fetes champion Saints with parade -
Only a Super Bowl victory parade could upstage Mardi Gras in this city. Blogs " Blog Archive Eli Manning: Peyton did all he could in Super Bowl "
As the Saints celebrated their Super Bowl championship Sunday night, Colts QB Peyton Manning trudged off the Sun Life Stadium field dejected after missing out on a second ring. Blogs " Blog Archive Agent: Stallworth has workout set for Wednesday "
Agent Drew Rosenhaus told the Boston Globe that just-released WR Donte’ Stallworth will work out for an NFL team Wednesday and expects to sign somewhere soon.

Martz doesn’t see Cutler ‘as being difficult’ -
With pass-happy guru Mike Martz now the Bears’ offensive coordinator, the million-dollar question in Chicago is, what will he do for gunslinging QB Jay Cutler?

Westbrook: I came back too soon after concussion -
Eagles RB Brian Westbrook battled concussions during a disappointing 2009 season, appearing in just eight games and posting his worst statistics since his rookie year in 2002.

Seahawks Blog | Rush to improvement | Seattle Times Newspaper
Rewind two years when Jeremy Bates was coaching Denver's quarterbacks under Mike Shanahan and coordinating the passing game, which meant calling all the pass plays except for fourth-down attempts.

Seahawks' new offense will look a lot like Broncos
New Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates says Seattle's offense will look a lot like the Denver Broncos attack, a variety of the West Coast version employed by mentors Jon Gruden and Mike Shanahan.

NFL on Break - Not For Long - KWGN
Another NFL season has come to an end, but with the Combine, the Draft, and the looming labor issues in regard to the collective bargaining agreement, the football talk will be back before we know it.

Scouts' Views: Orton, Moore the best of shallow pool of QB free agents
With the Super Bowl in the rearview mirror, NFL general managers and coaches are well into the process of building their teams for 2010.

How the Denver Broncos helped decide Super Bowl XLIV - KWGN
The headline seems a little absurd considering the Denver Broncos haven't made the playoffs in four years, much less the Super Bowl. Their last appearance in the last game of the season was 12 years ago.