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Denver Broncos News - Horse Tracks - 9/15/10


I must give a bit of credit where it is due.  I don't know if the folks at the Denver Post read MHR, but the first story on the list, on the surface, looks like a response to several tweets I wrote, and comments you all made on a 'Dead Money' story written last week.  The story criticized the Broncos for the 'Dead Money' left from the Alphonso Smith trade and release of Jarvis Green.  My furor with that was the fact that other teams in the NFL had more 'Dead Money' than the Broncos, yet the implication was the Broncos - Brian Xanders and Josh McDaniels - were throwing money away.  My challenge, at the time, was to find out where the Broncos ranked and give a fair assessment.  My guess at the time was the Broncos would rank near the bottom of wasted money in the NFL.

Whatever the motivation, Mike Klis wrote a 'follow-up' piece on the issue in this morning's Post, and like many of us thought, the Broncos are among the best at the Dead Money issue, an amazing feat since the Broncos were among the worst when Mike Shanahan left($29 million when McDaniels arrived)

No coach/organization makes all the right moves.  When evaluating them, however, I think it important to see the WHOLE picture.  In this case, Klis got it right.  Kudos!

Broncos GM Xanders confident a smart game plan is in place to revitalize roster - The Denver Post
The men upstairs at Broncos headquarters, coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Brian Xanders, understand how it works. They know smarts are directly related to winning, and the Broncos have lost nine of their last 11 games — including their season opener Sunday at Jacksonville, 24-17.

Sharpe to take leave of absence from CBS - The Denver Post
Just as Shannon Sharpe closes in on becoming the fourth Broncos player elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the former tight end has been engulfed in a legal battle.

Maroney trade puts backfield in motion - The Denver Post
Coach Josh McDaniels was direct in describing how he felt his running backs performed Sunday in the Broncos' season opener at Jacksonville.

Krieger: Rookies remind Champ of Williams - The Denver Post
When Champ Bailey looks at Perrish Cox, Syd'Quan Thompson and Cassius Vaughn, the Broncos' triumvirate of rookie defensive backs, he sees a similar trio from five years ago, the class led by the late Darrent Williams.

Former Broncos O-linemen could make starts for the Seahawks - The Denver Post
This weekend, the Broncos will face a Seattle offense making adjustments on the offensive line because of injuries. The Seahawks may have two former Denver linemen making starts against the Broncos. Tyler Polumbus started at left tackle in the Seahawks' opener because rookie Russell Okung and Okung's backup, Chester Pitts, were injured. Ben Hamilton might play this weekend at right guard in place of the injured Max Unger, who was put on injured reserve Tuesday.

Q&A: Broncos' Tebow should get more involved in time - The Denver Post
Q: Watching Tim Tebow in the preseason, working from the shotgun formation, a question arises: Will the Broncos use Tim in a spread-option offense and capitalize on the dual-threat potential?

Analysis: Chiefs show they clearly have more speed - The Denver Post
The Broncos are among the three 0-1 teams in the AFC West, with San Diego and Oakland. Kansas City is the division leader at 1-0.

Broncos trade for New England running back Laurence Maroney - The Denver Post
The Broncos today executed a trade for New England Patriots running back Laurence Maroney, who was the team's first-round pick in 2006. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels was New England's offensive coordinator from 2005-08.

New York Jets lose lineman Kris Jenkins for 2010 with ACL tear - ESPN New York
Kris Jenkins' season is over prematurely -- again. In 2009, it lasted six games. This time, six plays.

Green Bay Packers place RB Ryan Grant on season-ending IR - ESPN
Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant is out for the season with a right ankle injury, a significant blow to the team after he piled up 1,200 yards in each of the past two seasons.

Washington Redskins' Clinton Portis apologizes for female reporter comments - ESPN
Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, known for his outspoken viewpoints, had plenty to say on the radio Tuesday about women reporters in NFL locker rooms.

Cleveland Browns mum on Jake Delhomme's 'twisted up' ankle - ESPN
The team did not provide a medical update on Delhomme, who underwent an MRI on Tuesday after injuring his right ankle while throwing a game-swinging interception late in the first half of Sunday's season-opening loss at Tampa Bay. It was the veteran's debut with the Browns.

Randy Moss: Timing of Sunday's comments poor; coach Bill Belichick told me to watch what I say - ESPN Boston
New England Patriots receiver Randy Moss acknowledged Tuesday that the timing of his comments about his contract after Sunday's game was not ideal, while also admitting that Bill Belichick told him to "watch what I do and watch what I say" in the future.

Sources: Bob Sanders of Indianapolis Colts has torn biceps tendon - ESPN
Indianapolis Colts safety Bob Sanders has a torn biceps tendon and is out indefinitely, if not for the season, two team sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Lockout could lead to free-agent frenzy | National Football Post
Before the tsunami hit Thailand in 2004, elephants sensed a storm was coming and ran for higher ground. In the NFL right now, the elephants are running for higher ground. NFL teams know a labor storm is coming, and the smart ones are preparing for it.

Hunter Hillenmeyer's season ends with concussion | National Football Post
The Chicago Bears placed veteran linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer on injured reserve today, ending his season as he is suffering from the affects of a concussion he received in the team’s third preseason game.

Jets cut Danny Woodhead, sign David Clowney | National Football Post
The New York Jets cut diminutive wide receiver and running back Danny Woodhead today and are bringing back wide receiver David Clowney.

Tommie Harris not out for revenge with Marc Colombo | National Football Post
Tommie Harris isn’t out for revenge this week even if Marc Colombo can make it back on the field and put Alex Barron out of his misery.

Donte' Stallworth denies ESPN report | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Donte' Stallworth denied an ESPN report from former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson that he'll be out for the rest of the season with a broken foot that required surgery. news: Jets, Packers forced to adjust with key contributors out for year
The NFL season is often viewed as a war of attrition, and two contenders are already dealing with injuries that threaten to ruin their postseason hopes. news: NFL reduces suspension for Lions president Lewand
Team president Tom Lewand will be reinstated to his position effective Wednesday, nine days sooner than originally stipulated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, a league source tells news: Six from Sunday: Eagles face QB dilemma, Steelers have a plan
At least half of the home teams were viewed as underdogs, but they didn't take too kindly to that; fans in at least one city are struggling with what it takes to get a touchdown reception; the Steelers had months to work on a plan for life without Ben Roethlisberger, and for at least a week, it appears it was well-laid; and quarterback conflicts are already showing their face.