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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks 1/10/11


Broncos' coaching search has common ground in first interviews - The Denver Post
Perry Fewell and Eric Studesville both know what it's like to be an interim head coach in the NFL.

Krieger: Broncos' lucky break puts "D" first - The Denver Post
Andrew Luck's decision to stay in school did more than deprive the next NFL draft of its presumptive No. 1 pick. It also brought the attention of the Broncos and their fans back where it belongs.

Defense playing star role in NFL playoffs - The Denver Post
It's the NFL's version of a news flash, a this-just-in reminder that comes along from time to time about the way things work on the way to winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Shannon Sharpe, three-time NFL Hall of Fame finalist, "honored" - The Denver Post
When faced with the possibility of putting the coveted "HOF" next to his name, former Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe has always answered the same way.

Fox to Interview Monday
John Fox, the winningest head coach in Carolina Panthers history, is set to interview for the Broncos' vacant head coach position on Monday.

Elway, Xanders Talk Strategy
Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway stressed the importance of building a team through the draft. He and General Manager Brian Xanders discussed the team's outlook on the 2011 NFL Draft.

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The Home Page for everything related to the Broncos search for a new Head Coach

Kansas City Chiefs looking at Mike McCoy of Denver Broncos for O-coordinator, sources say - ESPN
Now that the Kansas City Chiefs' season is over, the team is strongly considering Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy as the replacement for Charlie Weis, according to sources.

Deal voided, so Asomugha a free agent - The Denver Post
The final year in Nnamdi Asomugha's record contract with the Oakland Raiders is no longer in force because the Pro Bowl cornerback didn't reach certain incentives.

Aaron Rodgers, rookie James Starks power Packers over Eagles - The Denver Post
Aaron Rodgers simply threw his hands in the air and pumped his fist after securing his first NFL playoff victory.

Kansas City bullied by Baltimore in NFL playoffs - The Denver Post
Veteran linebacker Ray Lewis knows a championship defense when he sees one. Now the Kansas City Chiefs do too. news: Wild-card weekend? Oh, it was wild, all right
I thought the Seahawks would play the Saints tough, but I wasn't sure they could beat them. But here they are, moving on as the only home team to win over the weekend. news: Can the Patriots be beaten? Seven teams hope answer is 'yes'
They've reeled off eight consecutive wins, and only two of those (a dogfight with the Matt Flynn-led Packers and a near collapse against Peyton Manning and the Colts) were really in question down the stretch. The margins of victory in the other six: 13, 21, 42, 29, 31, 31. And three of those came over playoff teams. news: Team Nobody Wants to Face gets another shot at top seed
The Packers were so upset after their 20-17 loss at Atlanta in November that they wanted a do-over. Little did they know, seven weeks later they would get one. news: After routing Chiefs, Ravens ready for third game vs. Steelers
These teams just don't know each other well enough to harbor such feelings, and meeting in an AFC Wild Card game wasn't going to change that. It wasn't even possible for the Ravens to draw upon any postseason history with the Chiefs -- whose last playoff appearance was in 2006 -- to put them in a foul mood, because they had never met during this time of year before.

The AFC's power rematches, the Pack's breakthrough, more Snap Judgments - Don Banks -
Seattle supplied the shocker of the NFL weekend, but in the AFC, things are exactly as they should be heading into that conference's final four. What more could we ask for than Ravens-Steelers III, followed by Jets-Patriots III? We've known for most of the season that the four best teams in the AFC were in some order New England, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and the Jets, and now we have our confirmation.

Matt Hasselbeck leads Seattle to upset win over the New Orleans Saints in NFL wild-card game - Jim Trotter -
There are numerous ways to describe Matt Hasselbeck's performance in the Seahawks' 41-36 wild-card upset victory over the Saints on Saturday. However, none is better than coach Pete Carroll's summation:

New York Jets get last-second field goal from Nick Folk to defeat Peyton Manning and the Colts - Don Banks -
It was as if the New York Jets woke up at halftime and remembered who they are, what they do, and how it all worked so well during last January's playoff run. If they were going to see their season end in Indianapolis for a second straight year -- and they trailed 7-0 at the break -- they were going to go down doing things their way, and being true to their identity as a football team.

Jim Caldwell Defends Timeout Call Preceding Jets' Big Sideline Strike -- NFL FanHouse
A day later, Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell had no regrets.

James Starks, Green Bay Packers rookie running back, springs surprise on Philadelphia Eagles - ESPN
I've heard of LeBron James, James Franco and the King James Bible. But until the Green Bay Packers wadded up the Philadelphia Eagles like a cheesesteak wrapper Sunday, I'd never heard of James Starks.

New York Jets-Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks-New Orleans Saints draw historic ratings - ESPN
The playoffs' first two games set a slew of milestones for NFL television ratings.

Bill Belichick: 'Full-speed ahead' with prep for New York Jets - ESPN New York
By Sunday morning, the New England Patriots coach was "full-speed ahead" with his preparations for New England's AFC divisional round showdown with the Jets next Sunday.

Sudden death for Eagles' season - NFC East Blog - ESPN
Because Michael Vick has bailed his team out so many times this season, it seemed appropriate that he limped onto the field late in the fourth quarter with a legitimate chance to extend the Eagles' season. But Vick ultimately did what he's all too often been coached to do: He went for the home run ball when a safe pass would've done the trick.

Arizona Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald begin contract talks, sources say - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald are having preliminary discussions about extending the wide receiver's contract that will likely pay Fitzgerald between $40 million and $50 million in guaranteed money, according to sources.

Vick's storybook run slammed shut - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Michael Vick(notes) had gotten "greedy," he said, and in that moment who could blame him? This entire fall had been about him regaining the confidence to be just that.

Ravens make butt-whipping look like art form - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Back in October, the Baltimore Ravens arrived at practice one day to find a surprise in their lockers. Coach John Harbaugh, fearful that the Ravens’ black-and-white footwear didn’t look intimidating enough, took it upon himself to have their cleats spray-painted jet black.

Ten questions to ponder for divisional round - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The NFL’s divisional playoffs should be renamed the Rematch Round as all four games feature matchups that are repeats of regular-season games. In the case of the AFC, it’s the third time these teams have faced off. With all the familiarity, there should be plenty of contempt. Throw that on top of the fact these are some good teams and next weekend should make for a great round of games.