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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/22/11

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Will Broncos coach Fox wait on Packers defensive coach Trgovac? - The Denver Post
Trgovac worked as Fox's defensive coordinator with the Panthers from 2003-08, but some of his friends around the league believe he may not want to be a coordinator at the moment.

Broncos may seek Packers assistant Trgovac - JSOnline
Trgovac was Fox's defensive coordinator in Carolina from 2003-'08. His units ranked eighth, 20th, third, seventh, 16th and 18th in yards and 10th, tied for 15th, fifth, tied for eighth, 15th and 12th in points. After the 2008 season, Trgovac left Carolina for a position job in Green Bay. "John and I's relationship was great," said Trgovac. "I know it's been written a lot in Carolina that I was fired. I was not fired. I left on a great note."

Q&A: Why NFL teams don't run exotic college offenses - The Denver Post
The spread-type offenses are built on the concept the defense can't cover everybody tight enough to keep an offense from moving the ball. In the NFL, because they have enough speed to do it, defenses can make the choice to simply go after the guy with the ball before he throws it.

Broncos meet with Saints' Dennis Allen about defensive coordinator job - The Denver Post
Allen's defensive backs have consistently created turnovers in recent seasons — the Saints were third in the league in their Super Bowl season in '09 and tied for 11th in '08 — and Fox has said that forcing turnovers will be one of the priorities for the Broncos.

Analysis: Fox's staff says a lot about Broncos' game plan - The Denver Post
But even the people who fired him, as well as the guy who replaced him, must believe McDaniels was a pretty fair judge of offensive coaches. Because John Fox kept five of McDaniels' hires on offense on his staff. Maybe it's a factor of money — we'll see how things unfold in the coming seasons, how many stay over the long-term — or what was available on the open market. But after meetings with each and after taking a little time to think about it, Fox kept the bulk of McDaniels' offensive staff.

Broncos defensive coordinator list adds Allen - The Denver Post
Fox has yet to formally fill the roles of linebackers and defensive backs coach, though two of his assistants from Carolina, Richard Smith and Mike Gillhamer, could fill those roles.

Trgovac may have some suitors after season - JSOnline
"There were some things going on there that weren’t really what I like to see," Trgovac said of the Carolina situation. "It was probably more I was sitting at the dock and my son who was 10 at the time - I live on a lake - and he was talking to me and I answered him and wasn’t thinking about a word he said. I was thinking about the game. I was going through calls in my head. "When he walked up, my wife said, ‘You didn’t listen to a word he said.’ And I said, ‘You know what, I really didn’t.’ And here’s a little 10-year-old boy who sees his dad one day a week and I wasn’t really listening to him. I wanted to just take a step back." Trgovac, 51, admitted he would probably have to consider an offer to become a coordinator again, but he said there are many factors that would lead him to stay.

New Orleans Saints assistant Dennis Allen ready to move up coaching ladder, Sean Payton says |
"It's a small league, and there aren't many secrets," Payton said. "His reputation has grown, and the word has gotten around. You can see it on film. He's extremely talented, and another thing about him, he's an extremely hard-working guy. He's a guy that's going to have more of these opportunities down the line."

Charges dropped against former Broncos player - KDVR
Prosecutors have dropped assault and battery charges against former Denver Broncos linebacker Kevin Alexander.



Who you should root for in the NFL's Final Four - The Denver Post
This is not simply a guide to which team is going to win, but also whom you should root for. And, as you will see, it's all very scientific.

Jets' Santonio Holmes looms as worry for former teammates - The Denver Post
"I don't care about the Steelers right now. Those guys are in my team's way, and that is the New York Jets, and we have one goal, which is to beat those guys," Holmes told reporters this week. "Everything personal that happened, that's two, three weeks away. If we win the Super Bowl, then it's personal, a slap back at those guys' face for trading me."

Bears' Cutler is Santa Claus' gift to the NFL | The Indianapolis Star |
Cutler became a hometown hero in 2000 when he led Heritage Hills to a Class 3A state championship, its first in any sport. Locals can recite the details. Cutler caught a touchdown pass in overtime on a throwback from Cole Seifrig to beat Zionsville 27-24. The distance? Twelve yards.

Toyota Edits TV Commercial at the N.F.L.’s Insistence -
Unveiled by Toyota in November, the television commercial highlighted the carmaker’s decision to share crash research with scientists studying football concussions, and was an explicit reminder of football’s recent controversies regarding concussions. So explicit, it turns out, that the N.F.L. demanded that Toyota alter the 30 second commercial, and Toyota promptly did. Now, the commercial — which originally ran last November but is now running in its edited form — has the mother worrying instead "about my son playing sports." The helmet collision has been removed.

For Tomlinson, maybe, a last shot at Super Bowl | Philadelphia Inquirer | 01/22/2011
Tomlinson isn't alone among Jets facing possibly their last good chance at a Super Bowl. Jason Taylor, a potential Hall-of-Fame pass-rusher, left the Dolphins to join the rival Jets this year for a shot at the championship. Defensive end Shaun Ellis is the longest-tenured Jet, having played 11 years without reaching the Super Bowl.

Bills bring in Wannstedt to be assistant head coach - Sports - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington
Dave Wannstedt is back in the NFL after being hired to be the Buffalo Bills’ assistant head coach in a job that reunites him with good friend and colleague Chan Gailey.

NFL Playoffs: New York Jets' Bart Scott gets attention of his hero, Hulk Hogan - ESPN New York
"I knew when Bart looked down the barrel of the camera he believed in himself and in what he was saying," Hogan told by phone. "And that makes him a real dangerous man." news: Final four QBs under pressure in conference title games
The four quarterbacks left standing in the conference championship games have a lot in common. They are all first-round draft picks under the age of 30. They aren't afraid to run if they have to, but they prefer to stay in the pocket and throw the ball. They all average more than 30 pass plays per game. news: Wannstedt hired as Bills assistant coach, will lead ILBs
Wannstedt is a defensive specialist and will help oversee a defense that struggled last season. The Bills' defense was last in the NFL against the run, allowing 2,714 yards rushing -- the second-highest total in franchise history. Buffalo allowed 200 yards eight times last season. news: Trial date set for Titans QB Simms after he nixes plea deal
That leaves the 30-year-old son of former New York Giants QB Phil Simms facing a trial on charges that could net him up to a year in jail if he's convicted. The judge set a March 1 trial date. news: Steelers G Kemoeatu fined $12,500 for unnecessary roughness
Pittsburgh Steelers guard Chris Kemoeatu's overzealous play in the AFC Division Playoffs has led to punishment by the NFL. A source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that Kemoeatu was fined $12,500 on Friday for two separate instances of late hits in last Sunday's win over the Baltimore Ravens. news: Steelers' Polamalu returns to practice, probable for Jets battle
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters Friday that Polamalu is probable to start against the New York Jets in this Sunday's AFC Championship Game. The Achilles' injury caused Polamalu to miss Pittsburgh's 22-17 loss to the Jets in Week 15. news: Ryan: Steelers' Super Bowl pedigree doesn't faze Jets
"We want the T-shirt. We want the hat. We want the trophy," Ryan said. "I don't know what else I need to say. That's the truth. They've had six Super Bowl trophies -- if they want to put them on the field, we'll play them, too." news: Lombardi: On second thought, film doesn't lie in making title-game picks
Well, the same thing happened to me this week. On Monday, I was a guest on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," and they asked me who I liked in the games this weekend. Then, later that same day I was on Bill Simmons' podcast breaking down both games and predicting who would win. However, today after spending the last few days studying tape, I need to pull a Greek. My first instincts told me one thing, and now my research tells me another. Here are my breakdowns of the conference championship games:


[Ed.Note:  The Shrine Game will be on at 4pm EST on NFL Network - styg]

NFL Videos: Importance of East-West Shrine game
Ohio State LB Brian Rolle and East squad head coach Dan Reeves explain the importance of the game for the draft prospects.

NFL Videos: East-West Shrine update
Mike Mayock has the latest from Orlando, Florida on this Saturday's East-West Shrine game 4 p.m. ET on NFL Network.