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Offensive coordinator gets to call plays for Fox's Broncos - The Denver Post
There was an exact moment when Mike McCoy arrived as an NFL play caller. It came immediately after the Broncos lost to the Oakland Raiders 39-23 last month in Tim Tebow's first NFL start.

Woody's Mailbag: Dissecting the Broncos' John Fox hiring, and a few predictions - The Denver Post
Why the big rush to sign John Fox as head coach for the Broncos? Why not bring two or three additional candidates (Rick Dennison!) back for a second round of interviews? Or wait for candidates to emerge from the playoff teams? Surely John Fox wouldn't object to that, and it's not like there are a whole lot of other teams with a head coaching vacancy beating down his door. Why the rush job? — Chris, Castle Rock

Broncos, Eagles not getting Mora - The Denver Post
After considering not one but two top assistant coach positions, Jim Mora may have ultimately decided he was better off not working at all.

Analysis: Elway can make an important statement for Broncos by attending the Senior Bowl - The Denver Post
f Broncos executive John Elway attends practices at the Senior Bowl next week, plenty of folks will have their heads turned to where he's sitting in the stands at Ladd-Peebles Stadium rather than to the draft-eligible seniors on the field.

Bowlen's response to 4-12 in fan letter - The Denver Post
In the age of Twitter, Facebook, iPads, iPods and smartphones for every occasion, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen turned to a time-honored way to promise some of his team's most dedicated fans that better days are ahead.

Q&A: Fixing the Denver defense's front seven is a bigger issue than Bailey's future - The Denver Post
Q: We know the Broncos need help just about everywhere on defense. But would they really let Champ Bailey go and try to plug in a rookie at cornerback? Wouldn't keeping Bailey solve one of the defense's many problems? Focus on the front seven, please. The defensive backs are not the weak link.

Josh McDaniels eager for new start with St. Louis Rams - The Denver Post
With the likely NFL offensive rookie of the year in quarterback Sam Bradford as his next project, former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels declared himself ready for what he called "the next challenge, the next phase" of his coaching career.

Mike Priefer former Broncos special teams coach to Minnesota | All Things Broncos
Former Broncos special teams coordinator Mike Priefer has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings to run their special teams units.

Roger Goodell, NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith meeting in New York - ESPN
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and union executive director DeMaurice Smith spoke face to face in New York on Wednesday, while more than a dozen current or former players were on Capitol Hill for face time with lawmakers and congressional staffers.

NFL Playoffs: Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl? President Barack Obama: 'We're going' - ESPN Chicago
President Barack Obama is promising he'll be at the Super Bowl if his beloved hometown Chicago Bears make it in.

Source: New England Patriots' Tom Brady to have foot surgery for lingering stress fracture - ESPN Boston
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will undergo surgery on his foot, a source who's close to Brady and familiar with his plans confirmed to ESPNBoston.com.

NFL Playoffs: Chicago Bears' Brian Urlacher says Lovie Smith has earned extension - ESPN Chicago
With his team in the NFC Championship Game for the second time in five seasons, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher believes coach Lovie Smith has earned a contract extension.

NFL.com news: Longtime NFC North scout: Maybe it's the Bears' year
The longtime football man, while breaking down the teams, the schemes and how it all fits in, kept wavering back and forth. Midway through the conversation, the slow track and home crowd had him going with the Bears. Then as we dissected the Green Bay defense, he had to conclude, "I feel like the Packers are the better football team," and then finally, as we were about to wrap up, he surmised, "I guess, in the end, I've got to pick the Bears to win this game."

NFL.com news: Musgrave, Singletary added to Vikings' staff under Frazier
Bill Musgrave apparently called an audible, shunning a job with the Cleveland Browns to become offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings.

NFL.com news: Ryan officially joins Cowboys' staff as defensive coordinator
Rob Ryan officially is the Cowboys' new defensive coordinator.

NFL.com news: Patriots, Ravens need to take hard look at shortcomings
Trying to pick up the pieces after losing a playoff game is never easy. There is anger, frustration, instant blame, and hopefully after the sting of losing subsides, there is a sense of realism. Making decisions right after a bitter loss is never smart.

Super Bowl XLV crowd could surpass 100,000 at Cowboys Stadium - NFL - SI.com
Super Bowl attendance could surpass 100,000 for the first time in 24 years when $1.3 billion Cowboys Stadium debuts as host on Feb. 6.

Report: Raiders coach, supplements firm cut ties - NFL - SI.com
Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson stopped endorsing a supplement company because his connection violated NFL rules.

Steelers, Jets, Packers, Bears set for NFL Championship Sunday - Don Banks - SI.com
Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we get down to just three games to go in the NFL playoffs, and dig a little deeper into some of Championship Sunday's storylines...

Raiders owner Al Davis rips ex-coach Cable at introductory presser for Jackson - NFL - SI.com
So when Davis got the chance at a news conference announcing the hiring of Hue Jackson as his new head coach on Tuesday, he took the opportunity to address a number of issues.

2010 NFL All-Pros, awards ballot with Julius Peppers, Tom Brady - Peter King - SI.com
For the past few years, I've been one of Julius Peppers' biggest critics. For a guy who is compared so often to Reggie White, Peppers, I thought, should be producing more than 10 sacks a year, which was his eight-season average in Carolina. And when the Bears signed him in March for, in essence, $1 million per game, I thought: They'll be disappointed in his production for that money.

Latest PED gives sports deer-in-headlights look - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
They harvest the so-called velvet antler (a soft coating that covers deer antlers) in New Zealand, freeze-dry it and then grind it into a powder. It then gets shipped to the United States, where it gets put into either capsules or liquid extracts that can become a simple mouth spray. You can buy it for $68 a bottle.

Cutler, Rodgers unable to escape scrutiny - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
More than most NFL players – and, realistically, most American citizens of the 21st century – Jay Cutler(notes) and Aaron Rodgers(notes) understand what it’s like to have their personalities publicly dissected. The quarterbacks who’ll face off in Sunday’s NFC championship game at Soldier Field have felt the sting of presumptive perceptions during their young careers, and at times the evidence cited against them has been downright dubious.

Packers' investment in Williams paying off - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Is it possible to outplay a contract extension in less than two months?