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Denver Broncos News - Horse Tracks - 9/30/10


Broncos loath to panic over lack of third-down success - The Denver Post
Kyle Orton stood at the podium in the Broncos' media room Wednesday morning, his arms crossed across his chest. It was a pose of defiance, almost, as he prepared himself for questions about the team's ineffective offense in last week's loss to Indianapolis.

Lloyd, Gaffney, Royal and Thomas lead Broncos' dynamic passing game - The Denver Post
What the Broncos have now are the Four Horsemen of Kyle Orton.

Royal adds to his duties: punt return - The Denver Post
Heading into last weekend's game against the Indianapolis Colts, Broncos special-teams coach Mike Priefer was listing his return team's objectives. Right at the top of the list: "Ball security, getting the ball back to our offense, that's the first thing," he said.

Woody's Mailbag: Third QB rule a tricky one - The Denver Post
Woody: Why didn't Josh McDaniels use Tim Tebow at the goal line on Sunday? I thought that's what he was supposed to do this year. I also see that Peyton Hillis rushed for 144 yards for Cleveland. What got him in McDaniels' doghouse, and why was he traded?

Analysis: False starts a problem for visitors - The Denver Post
As if the Broncos didn't have enough issues in the offensive line, now they'll need to pack some earplugs.

Q&A: Can Tebow cure the Broncos' red-zone woes? Fans seem to think so - The Denver Post
Q: The Broncos' red-zone offense — especially the 0-for-5 from the 1-yard line — is bad and something needs to change. I may be going against the grain on this, and seem like a Florida homer, but I feel that Coach McDaniels should at least give Tim Tebow a try in those situations. With the current plan and results, what has he got to lose? Just because Tebow's in there does not mean he's going to run all the time, but I can almost guarantee you after watching him for four years, he would find a way to get the ball in the end zone somehow. I think it's at least worth a try.

Denver Broncos Royal, Lloyd, Gaffney, Thomas make NFL history | All Things Broncos
Go ahead, list all the reasons why the Broncos can’t run the ball. Inexpereince on the offensive line. Injuries to running back. news: McNabb hopes for warm Philly welcome but also expects boos
Donovan McNabb spent months downplaying his inevitable return to Philadelphia in a Washington Redskins uniform. But he knows it's a pretty big deal, a game that won't feel like any other. news: Several teams wish they had do-over on offseason decisions
Of all the key players the San Diego Chargers lost or don't currently have on their active roster -- Vincent Jackson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Marcus McNeill -- no larger void was left unfilled than the one by special teams ace Kassim Osgood. San Diego's kick/punt coverage teams have been abysmal and a big reason why the Chargers are 1-2. news: Packers' Collins sorry he didn't walk away from unruly fan
Packers safety Nick Collins says he should have just walked away, no matter what a fan might have done or said to him after Monday night's loss at Chicago. news: Colts president Polian explains stance on 18-game schedule
Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian said Wednesday that he was "very imprecise" when he described an 18-game NFL regular season as a done deal. news: Starting QB Garrard not worried after Jags pick up Edwards
David Garrard has heard the boos, the criticism and the negativity. Now he has someone who can truly empathize. news: Jags' Osgood pistol-whipped in attack, suffers minor injuries
Jaguars wide receiver Kassim Osgood leapt out a second-floor window to escape a gun-wielding man who attacked him and a 19-year-old team cheerleader, police said. news: Lewis: Big Ben wishes he could play in Steelers-Ravens clash
This is one week when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wouldn't mind taking a nasty hit from Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.

McNeill returns to practice
The 6-foot-7, 336-pound tackle was at practice Wednesday helping his teammates get ready to take on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. He has 18 days before he becomes eligible to join the active roster. news: Panthers' Smith says too much made of comments to Clausen
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is trying to diffuse any potential controversy involving him and rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen. news: McCarthy's challenge raises red flag, costs Packers chance
Sometimes the emotion and frustration of the game can cause you to make a mistake. It is the nature of the business because there are only 16 games (soon to be 18) and each one is critical, but the ones in your own division have even greater importance. news: On the receiving end, it seems Colts are always good to go
Dan Marino often tells me that "too many quarterbacks today don't demand great route running from their receivers." That might be true for most teams with young, upstart signal callers, but it's far from the truth in Indianapolis, where Peyton Manning plays a big role in the development of his targets.

The Hester effect | National Football Post
On Monday night, the BearsDevin Hester made an impact on special teams—and that is now on tape. A 62-yard return for a TD stands out in the film room and has a direct impact on how the Bears’ future opponents will prepare throughout the week when it comes to the kicking game.

Labor pains but no sign of baby | National Football Post
There have been a few developments in the labor battle between the NFL owners and the NFL Players Association, although none seem to be advancing the ball – pun intended -- towards a resolution now five months before a possible lockout. Indeed, there seems to be more effort toward lockout preparations than purposeful negotiations.

Babin, Finnegan fined $5,000 apiece | National Football Post
Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan and defensive end Jason Babin were fined $5,000 apiece.

Denver Broncos still not ready to use Tim Tebow at goal line - ESPN
Quinn admitted he didn't know why he leapfrogged Tebow to serve as the Broncos' backup quarterback Sunday against Indianapolis, and Tebow insisted he was just going to keep hitting the playbook and learning what he can by watching.

New York Jets' Darrelle Revis still not practicing because of hamstring - ESPN New York
It could be time for Plan C at cornerback.

Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young quiet about possible missed meetings - ESPN
uarterback Vince Young isn't saying if he missed meetings before his first career start against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he also refuses to say if he thinks that's why coach Jeff Fisher benched him late in that loss.

Steelers claim No. 1 spot in Week 4 NFL Power Rankings - Don Banks -
An NFL season never follows the script we expect, and Week 3 fairly well shredded the one I was working from. The top three teams in last week's NFL Power Rankings all lost: No. 1 New Orleans, No. 2 Green Bay and No. 3 Houston. The reshuffling leaves the Pittsburgh Steelers atop our new world order, and who can quibble with that?

Bryant's big spending bad for union - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Framed under the proper light, the fact Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant(notes) was stuck with a $54,896 bill at the very upscale Pappas Brothers Steak House is a quaint, humorous little story. Bryant refused to carry a teammate’s shoulder pads during training camp – rejecting a rookie hazing ritual – and buying the veterans dinner was the pay back.

Old LT is back with a burst - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The run began like so many others for LaDainian Tomlinson(notes) over the past two-plus years – slowly developing to the outside and seemingly destined to go nowhere, sure to be cited as further confirmation that the formerly great back has lost a step.

NFL Week 4 picks and predictions - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
The Chiefs and Bears are both 3-0, Buffalo’s opening day starting quarterback is now holding a clipboard in Jacksonville and Austin Collie leads the NFL in both receptions and receiving yards. Garrett Hartley, the NFC championship game and Super Bowl hero from just nine months ago, could be out of work with another bad Sunday, and a Purdue quarterback not named Drew Brees ranks second in the league in passing yards. Welcome to the 2010 NFL season, where absolutely anything — you can make a Michael Vick Eagles jersey for your dog on if you want — is possible.