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Horse Tracks - 2/28/10 -- Josh McDaniels speaks at NFL Combine


Good Morning Broncos Country and happy Sunday!  The final day in February means one thing - literally - the beginning of March is here.  That's great news because that means March 5th is just around the corner and we all know what March 5th is, right?  No?  It's the deadline for making tender offers to Restricted Free Agents - barring some kind of delay should the NFL and the NFLPA work hard at a new CBA.  Assuming the deadline holds, we'll get a much better feel for what the Broncos want to do with the likes of Kyle Orton, Elvis Dumervil, Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler.  High-Tender means the Broncos want to keep the player, but can be wowed with the right offer.  A lower tender?  Well, go ahead and take him off our hands.  You get the gist.  It is the beginning of the NFL Year, meaning 2009 is officially over and the new beginning of 2010 has arrived!!!

VIDEO - 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, Josh McDaniels
Head Coach Josh McDaniels talks to the media during the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine.

Paige: Broncos had better not pass up LeFevour - The Denver Post
On a Monday night season past, I was watching football in a downtown pub when a young man plopped onto the next stool and asked: "OK if I sit here?"(Editors Note: Hey, Woody and I agree on something. LeFevour is the real deal!)

Klis: A bad moon on the rise? - The Denver Post
When the clock strikes 10:01 MST Thursday, the NFL will officially begin its final season of our lifetime.

Marshall's future tied to tender - The Denver Post
How serious the Broncos are about trading Marshall and tight end Tony Scheffler will probably be divulged in the type of tender they present. The Broncos must first tender Marshall and Scheffler before they can trade them.

Drafting a QB not an exact science - The Denver Post
It's as if it were some kind of infinite, head-scratching, open-ended brain teaser: What is the one thing every NFL team wants, but so few can find?

Offensive line's new look in need of a middleman - The Denver Post
The Broncos recently released veteran Casey Wiegmann, their starting center the last two years. The only other center the Broncos have in their control is Dustin Fry, who was signed last month to a reserve/future contract and has yet to deliver an NFL snap.

Playoffs' overtime could be changed - The Denver Post
An NFL spokesman said Saturday the league could change its overtime format for playoff games at a meeting next month

McDaniels doesn't tip his hand on plans for Marshall - The Denver Post
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels met with the media here today at his second annual NFL scouting combine press conference.

Krieger: Marshall steps up as witness - The Denver Post
The same quality that makes Brandon Marshall a top NFL receiver made him an effective witness for the prosecution Friday in the Darrent Williams murder trial:

Texas DT Lamarr Houston sees a 3-4 defense in his future | All Things Broncos
Texas defensive tackle Lamarr Houston, who is a Doherty High School graduate in Colorado Springs, was once a "275-pound running back" and now finds himself in a deep class of defensive tackles in this year’s draft.

McDaniels not ruling out returns for Marshall, Scheffler in 2010 -
The Broncos' 2009 season ended with head coach Josh McDaniels benching WR Brandon Marshall and TE Tony Scheffler in a sign of his displeasure with both players.

Broncos expected to dangle RFA Marshall -
: It still looks as if WR Brandon Marshall and the Broncos will part ways this offseason, but there's a chance he could be back in Denver in 2010, despite a falling out with head coach Josh McDaniels.

Head coach? Who cares? Nobody is spared the PA -
In the crazy world of the NFL Scouting Combine media center, head coaches must share the spotlight with anonymous prospects whom few fans could even identify. The juxtaposition makes for some entertaining situations.

McDaniels: (coaching)Titles 'insignificant to me' - Extra Points -
Josh McDaniels may be coach of the Broncos now, but he can still lend pretty good perspective on the situation the Patriots find themselves in now, without an offensive or defensive coordinator listed on the staff roster.

Could Green become a Bronco? - Extra Points -
As eight-year vet Jarvis Green readies to hit the free-agent market for the first time, there promises to be a healthy competition for his services, with so many teams now playing the 3-4 and needing a specific kind of lineman, and a small army of ex-Patriot employees out there.

Wilson: Leon Washington to get the second-round tender | National Football Post
The New York Jets are planning to secure restricted free agent running back Leon Washington's services for next season with a second-round tender.

Wilson: Thomas Jones to be released by Jets | National Football Post
The Thomas Jones era is over in New York.

Wilson: Harbaugh expects Mason, Reed to return | National Football Post
The Baltimore Ravens are still attempting to re-sign wide receiver Derrick Mason.

Biggs: Rams down to four players for No. 1 pick | National Football Post
The St. Louis Rams have been on the clock since Jan. 3, the day the NFL season ended, and nearly two months later they’ve apparently got the No. 1 overall pick whittled down to a choice between four players.

Wilson: Bills done with T.O., Denney and Reed | National Football Post
The T.O. show in Buffalo has officially been canceled.

Wilson: Jets not giving up on Gholston yet | National Football Post
With his sculpted physique and speed, Vernon Gholston is the ultimate workout warrior.

Wilson: Broncos receptive to bringing back | National Football Post
Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels won't rule out having wide receiver Brandon Marshall and tight end Tony Scheffler back on the team next season.

Wilson: Rex Ryan plays it safe | National Football Post
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is normally a no-holds barred guy with no topic considered off-limits.

Wilson: Are the Ravens interested in T.O.? | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh indicated that the team has been evaluating former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens.

Have the Raiders found their man? | National Football Post
With that in mind, Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell may have sealed his fate (or doom) with the performance he turned in during Saturday's combine workouts in Indianapolis.(Editor's Note - I really like Campbell, much more the Bulaga. It would be a shame to see such a talent wasted in Oakland!)

Bradford says shoulder is ‘close to 85 percent’ -
Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford spent an inordinate amount of time Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine discussing the injury that ended his 2009 season after just three starts. He expressed confidence that his shoulder, which he said is now "close to 85 percent" eventually will be "stronger than ever."

No bench press for Tebow, 15 other QBs -
Florida QB Tim Tebow elected not to participate in the bench press Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine after it was previously believed that he would do all non-throwing workouts.

Groin injury cuts Okung’s combine workouts short -
Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung, considered the top prospect at his position, didn’t finish the final drills at his NFL Scouting Combine workout Saturday after tweaking his groin.

Arkansas OL Petrus injures hamstring on 40 run -
Arkansas guard Mitch Petrus, who tied the NFL Scouting Combine record (since 2000) with 45 bench-press repetitions Friday, injured his left hamstring during his first 40-yard dash Saturday morning and won’t run again.

Alabama DT Cody down to 354 pounds -
Terrence Cody’s 370-pound frame was the talk of the Senior Bowl last month. Now, the Alabama defensive tackle has lost 16 pounds, somewhat easing concerns about his weight.(Editor's Note - I like Cody quite a bit too, and this news makes me even more intrigued. The fact that Cody showed the will to lose some weight tells me he is ready to work. I like that.)

Top quarterback prospects grounded at scouting combine
The biggest news concerning the headliners at the position is that none is going to throw during workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine. Three won't because they're recovering from injuries (Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, shoulder; Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen, toe; and Texas' Colt McCoy, shoulder). Another, Florida's Tim Tebow, is opting to show his reinvented throwing form at a later date. And still another, Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour, isn't throwing because he, too, is working on a new throwing style that he isn't quite ready to put on display

As some big-name prospects skip drills, O-linemen get to work
The NFL Scouting Combine has grown into a major offseason event and I have a front row seat doing my Sirius radio show as all the prospects come to meet the media.

Recent draft history illustrates importance of offensive tackles
Around this time last year, we witnessed the supposed demise of offensive tackle Andre Smith. He showed up here at the NFL Scouting Combine out of shape, but he showed nonetheless -- for awhile. At some point in this highly valued process, he ducked out of town without telling anyone, skyrocketing concern that he was immature and undisciplined.