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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks 1/15/11

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Fox's Broncos renovation begins with steps to return winning ways - The Denver Post
It didn't take long for John Elway's smile to become familiar again.

Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey one fan of Fox - The Denver Post
But until he's told otherwise, Bailey is a Bronco and he's all for the possibility of having Fox as his next head coach.

Bad final season in Carolina not hot topic for Fox - The Denver Post
John Fox was careful not to disparage his former employer Friday when he was introduced as the Broncos' new head coach.

Broncos roster analysis up first for Fox - The Denver Post
"That is the first one," newly hired Broncos head coach John Fox said. "We are nowhere near where we need to be as a coaching staff — we don't have a staff just yet — in getting to that point where we can sit down with the personnel people and be a part of that plan. But we'll get to that point pretty quickly."

Fox is in the process of finalizing new Broncos staff - The Denver Post
"We've been working the phones," Fox said. "We went through the night (Thursday) and all morning (Friday). We've almost got a staff. We're getting closer all the time."

Assistants are looking to land on their feet - The Denver Post
The Broncos have had their share of construction work going on inside their Dove Valley complex as they create new office space because of their recent front-office changes.

Broncos coach Fox won't rush greatness on rookie Tebow - The Denver Post
John Fox, only one full day into his tenure as the Broncos' head coach, is already plenty aware of the Tim Tebow Effect.

Auburn Tigers' Nick Fairley to enter NFL draft - ESPN
Lombardi Award winner Nick Fairley is skipping his senior season at Auburn to enter the NFL draft.

John Elway introduces John Fox as Denver Broncos' new head coach - ESPN
John Fox wasn't ready to hit the beach, the greens or the slopes after enduring the first double-digit losing season of his coaching career.

Rex Ryan: Sunday 2nd biggest game in New York Jets history - ESPN New York
Rex Ryan says the Jets-Pats game is the second biggest in franchise history.

With Pat Shurmur, Cleveland Browns usher in another new coaching era - ESPN
With his new boss, the former Super Bowl-winning coach looking over his right shoulder, Pat Shurmur began his career with the Cleveland Browns.

Source: Dallas Cowboys working on deal to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator - ESPN Dallas
The Dallas Cowboys are working on a deal to make Rob Ryan the team's new defensive coordinator, according to a source.

Source: Josh McDaniels to meet with St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo - ESPN
Former Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels traveled to St. Louis for a meeting Saturday with coach Steve Spagnuolo about the possibility of becoming the Rams' offensive coordinator, a league source confirmed to ESPN's Ed Werder.

Light snow predicted for Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game - ESPN
Light snow, temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s and moderate winds are predicted for the Ravens-Steelers game at Heinz Field.

Will Denver get a shot at Nick Fairley? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Now, all the Denver Broncos need is for the Carolina Panthers -- and new defensive-minded coach Ron Rivera -- to take a pass on Nick Fairley. news: Jets KR Smith, six Patriots questionable for AFC playoff battle
New York Jets backup cornerback Drew Coleman and wide receiver and return man Brad Smith are listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the New England Patriots. news: Ravens win could come down to Flacco performing in clutch
There are no secrets when the Ravens and Steelers get together. Everyone expects a low-scoring, defensive battle likely to come down to the final possession. news: 49ers sign Stanford OC Roman, DC Fangio
New 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh began building his staff in earnest on Friday, hiring away three coaches from his former Stanford staff and a fourth from the NFL ranks.

Ravens-Steelers could be determined by kicking game - Peter King -
Five of the last seven Pittsburgh-Baltimore games have been decided by a field goal. Heinz Field, site of Saturday's AFC semifinal game between the Steelers and Ravens, has been a Bermuda Triangle for kickers.

Seahawks' Lofa Tatupu practices, awaits clearance to play Bears - NFL -
Seattle linebacker Lofa Tatupu went through a practice without helmets or pads, but has still not been cleared to play Sunday against Chicago in the NFC divisional playoff.

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is the Charles Barkley of NFL - Michael Rosenberg -
Rex Ryan is at it again this week. He tweaked Tom Brady about his work ethic. He said his Jets' game against the Patriots "is about Bill Belichick versus Rex Ryan ... There's no question, it's personal." This came a week after Ryan said it was personal between him and Peyton Manning. If the Jets make the Super Bowl, Ryan might just say it is personal between him and Vince Lombardi.

Matt Ryan, Rex Ryan feeling pressure in NFL divisional playoffs - Don Banks -
There's no better weekend to watch the NFL than the divisional playoffs, when the league's elite eight square off in a two-day orgy of high-stakes elimination football. Here are eight of the best storylines that loom over the action to come:

NFL divisional playoff breakdown, Seahawks-Bears - Jim Trotter -
Breaking down the NFC divisional battle, Seahawks at Bears, Sunday, 1 p.m. , FOX

NFL divisional playoff breakdown, Packers-Falcons - Tim Layden -
Breaking down the NFC divisional battle, Packers at Falcons, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, FOX

NFL divisional playoff breakdown, Ravens-Steelers - Don Banks -
Breaking down the AFC divisional battle, Ravens at Steelers, Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS

NFL divisional playoff breakdown, Jets-Patriots - Damon Hack -
Breaking down the AFC divisional battle, Jets at Patriots, Sunday, 4:30 ET, CBS

Don't let Peppers' low sack total fool you - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli approached the offseason evaluation of defensive end Julius Peppers(notes) with caution.

Terrell Suggs: Tom Brady's three Super Bowl rings are tainted - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
The trash talk this week has been nonstop and vicious, so I guess it was only a matter of time before we got to some cross-game trash talk.

NFL fines to increase in the playoffs for uniform violations - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
The NFL's system of fines has always been very odd -- in previous years, you could get dinged more money for wearing the wrong socks than you would for knocking a player out of a game with an illegal hit. But in its usual "ready-fire-aim" fashion, the league famously turned up the volume this season in the fine structure for what the league deems to be hits outside the rules

Brees tops all-time best free agents list - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
While many fans around the NFL remain dubious about free agency, pointing at the failure of guys like Albert Haynesworth(notes), fans in Chicago, Atlanta, Green Bay and New York can rejoice.