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Horse Tracks - 3/14/10 - Start Hot, Stay Hot


Good Morning Broncos Country!  I hope everyone remembered to 'Spring Forward'!  That means it is time to move your clocks forward - for those in the U.S. that is(and don't live in Arizona, right??).  Anyway, I'm about to head off to do 90 minutes of Yoga and figured I would get HT out of the way early for all of you.  36-4.  That is the Broncos win-loss record the past 9 years during their various 'Hot Starts'.  The starts are relative - from a 3-0 start in 2002 to 6-0 in 2009 - but the idea remains the same.  The Broncos, for nearly a decade, have been a team that gets out of the gate hot only to struggle late.  The results - 22-34 to end seasons - show why the team has just one playoff win since 2001.  In that year - 2005 - the Broncos finished 4-1. The Broncos are efforting themselves this off-season to end that trend.  Size matters in the NFL, and the Broncos have gotten bigger along the defensive line.  I expect them to do the same on the offensive line as well.  Instead of being the team that wears down, look for the Broncos to be the team doing the punishing.  That's the goal, anyway.  Enjoy your cup of 'Orange and Blue coffee', and GO BRONCOS!

Klis: Broncos build up for fantastic finish - The Denver Post
Wherever Jamal Williams goes during the offseason conditioning program, Broncos players should follow.

Krieger: Broncos' Brandon Marshall much deeper than any caricature - The Denver Post
In an era when few pro athletes are willing to sacrifice street cred by taking a stand against gangs, Marshall spent much of the 2008 NFL season donating one afternoon a week to Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, the Rev. Leon Kelly's gang prevention program in northeast Denver.

Cleveland adds Delhomme to puzzle at QB - The Denver Post
Jake Delhomme has a new NFL home and the Browns have another new quarterback.

New York Jets, New York Giants to flip a coin to decide who will open new Meadowlands Stadium - ESPN
The Jets announced on their Web site Saturday night that they will flip a coin with the Giants to determine which team will host the first regular-season game at their new 82,500-seat, $1.6 billion stadium this season.

Wisconsin man credits Packers loyalty for saving life - ESPN
A Wisconsin man who says his Green Bay Packers loyalties helped save his life has been voted into the team's Fan Hall of Fame.

NFL, players' union disagree on benefits for retirees - ESPN
The NFL and its players union are bickering again, this time over benefits for the league's retired players.

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan undergoes weight-loss procedure to fight obesity - ESPN
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan underwent a weight-loss procedure Saturday to help him fight obesity.

Agent: Cincinnati Bengals agree to re-sign safety Roy Williams - ESPN
The Cincinnati Bengals reached a one-year agreement to re-sign safety Roy Williams Saturday, according to his agent, Jordan Woy.

Tennessee Titans' Kevin Mawae re-elected unanimously as NFLPA president - ESPN
Free agent center Kevin Mawae was unanimously re-elected as president of the NFL Players Association during the union's board of player representatives meeting Saturday.

LaDainian Tomlinson heads home after visits with New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings - ESPN
LaDainian Tomlinson flew home to San Diego on Saturday to consider his options after spending a day with the New York Jets and leaving without a deal.

NFL: The Chicago Bears have made a lot of moves, but the onus is still on QB Jay Cutler - ESPN
The Bears have made free-agency acquisitions at an alarming -- and incredibly expensive -- rate, but there is no doubt as to whom the future of Lovie Smith, and probably the entire front office, is tied: Cutler.

Did the Redskins make the right call with LJ? | National Football Post
Now that former Chiefs and Bengals RB Larry Johnson is in Washington under Mike Shanahan, is there a plan for the Redskins backfield?

Is Whitehurst on the move? | National Football Post
Sources within the league are high on Whitehurst because he is a tall, athletic QB with a big arm. Although he is in a situation in San Diego where he is buried behind Philip Rivers, head coach Norv Turner is very high on his skill set, and there have been multiple voices who believe that Whitehurst is a strong worker and a player who does project as a very good pro.

Titans expected to keep talking with Crumpler | National Football Post
The Tennessee Titans haven't abandoned the possibility of re-signing free agent tight end Alge Crumpler.

BYU tight end Dennis Pitta has strong Pro Day | National Football Post
On the heels of a big-time showing at the NFL scouting combine where he ranked first at his position in the bench press, vertical leap, broad jump, three-cone drill, short shuttle and long shuttle, Brigham Young tight end Dennis Pitta had a strong Pro Day workout.

Vikings re-sign DT Jimmy Kennedy | National Football Post
The Minnesota Vikings are still waiting to hear from LaDainian Tomlinson, but in the meantime they’ve had some success with one of their own, re-signing defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy.

No. 1 spot belongs to Bradford on list of top 25 prospects
In an attempt to mirror the draft boards across the league, I thought it was a great time to unveil my top 25 prospects in the draft. I'll be updating this list every week from now until the draft.

Someone will gamble on Tebow at QB - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
It seems that the extremist views on quarterback Tim Tebow are starting to settle into some type of healthy medium. Now the question is whether Tebow, who faces an important workout at the University of Florida’s pro day on March 17, will settle into a comfortable area of the NFL draft for his best chance of success.