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Horse Tracks - 2/9/10 - The Saints Go Marching Home


Good Morning Broncos Country!  Obviously, most of the news in the NFL is focused on the Saints in the aftermath of their 31-17 win in SB44.  With the Combine just a couple of weeks away, however, that will soon be changing.  As for the Broncos, they lost Herb Taylor to the Giants, but quickly replaced him with RB Bruce Hall

Oh yea, there was that juicy little rumor about Donovan McNabb as well.  My first instinct is to say no, but some parts do excite me.  People talk about McNabb being 33 years old - so??  Look at Favre<cringe>, or Warner, playing into their late 30's, early 40's.  McNabb could easily have 3 or 4 more good years in him - an eternity in the NFL.  If anything, this proves the Broncos are covering all their bases - exactly what they SHOULD BE DOING this time of year - and what Jay Cutler couldn't handle last February.

Champs enjoy Sainthood - The Denver Post
Clearly exhausted from a late night of post-Super Bowl celebrations, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton leaned on a podium Monday morning, clutching the Vince Lombardi Trophy in his right hand.

Sunday's Super Bowl sets viewing record - The Denver Post
The Super Bowl was watched by more than 106 million people, surpassing the 1983 finale of "M-A-S-H" to become the most-watched program in television history.

Saints' Brees savors Super victory - The Denver Post
Drew Brees turned to his wife when he woke up and asked: "Did yesterday really happen?"

Krieger: Money talks with Broncos' Marshall - The Denver Post
Now that the Super Bowl champion Saints have reminded everyone how useful a 6-foot-4 wide receiver can be — thank you, Marques Colston — let's set our imaginations free for a minute.

Diner morning news: Saints think outside the box | National Football Post
All season, Saints head coach Sean Payton loved to bring in different people to give pregame speeches to his team — people with a unique flair, a unique message and a unique perspective. Had Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, been alive, he clearly would have given the Saints their Super Bowl XLIV pregame speech. To beat Peyton Manning and the Colts in the Super Bowl, Payton knew his team needed to think unconventionally. He learned that from the Patriots’ failure and all the other teams that had leads in the fourth but who thought conventionally and were unable to put the game away. The Saints had the wisdom to try something unconventional, to reach for victory, to leave it all on the field, to dare mighty things.

Not everyone is happy for the Saints | National Football Post
I am scheduled to fly to New Orleans on Thursday to judge the finals of the Tulane Sports Law Moot Court competition. What a time to go -- smack in the middle of the Who Dat Saints winning it all and Mardi Gras. I wonder if I’ll find a town that’s hung over from the Saints’ Super Bowl victory or just revving up for Mardi Gras. The answer, of course, is both.

Breaking down Saints' Super Bowl win | National Football Post
Let’s check out my game notes from Sunday night’s 31-17 Saints win in Super Bowl XLIV…

The work behind the scenes | National Football Post
Miami was not all fun and games for a handful of professionals at the Super Bowl. Like many other agents who were there, I was busy playing concierge for my clients.

Super Bowl endorsement winners | National Football Post
As part of my Super Sunday, I was asked by Advertising Age magazine to provide some reaction immediately after the final gun about potential winners in that other game within a game -- the marketing and endorsement competition. Since I’m usually breaking down some business aspect of the game for NFP readers, this seems like the perfect one to share today, while the joy of football is still fresh in our minds, before we move on to off-season issues like the draft, free agency and the 800-pound gorilla in every room -- the ongoing labor battle.

Biggs: Giants claim OT Taylor from Broncos | National Football Post
The New York Giants were awarded offensive tackle Herb Taylor off waivers from the Denver Broncos.

Biggs: Redskins name Hightower special teams assistant | National Football Post
The Washington Redskins named Richard Hightower a special teams assistant under Danny Smith today.

Wilson: Small crowd greets Colts in Indy | National Football Post
A small crowd of faithful fans greeted the Indianapolis Colts following their Super Bowl loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Wilson: Chiefs cut pair of linebackers | National Football Post
The Kansas City Chiefs announced today that they have released linebackers Weston Dacus and Justin Rogers.

Wilson: Browns cut Stallworth | National Football Post
The Cleveland Browns made it official today, cutting ties with wide receiver Donte' Stallworth.

Saints return to Crescent City, where fans' joy, hope haven't waned
People lined up by the hundreds to buy Monday's Times-Picayune, which hollered "AMEN!" from its front page. The Saints' Super Bowl victory was a prayer answered in this struggling city, which seemed different because of it. Blogs " Blog Archive Former Colts coach Dungy shocked that Indy lost "
Tony Dungy said last week that he would be shocked if his former team, the Colts, lost Super Bowl XLIV to the Saints. And after it happened, the retired coach told Dan Patrick on Monday morning that he was, indeed, surprised the Colts lost and that they managed to score just 17 points.

Unconventional thinking has served Payton, Saints in Super fashion
In 1997, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was tired of offensive coordinator Jon Gruden's flirtations with the Oakland Raiders' head-coaching job and instructed me to find a young coach the organization could groom to become the next offensive coordinator.

Super Bowl loss reveals uncomfortable truth about Colts
All of a sudden, you find yourself grappling with some questions about the Indianapolis Colts.