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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/07/11


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NFL Videos: The tutelage of Tebow
Brian Billick and Jim Mora break down how the Broncos' coaches have been instrumental in Tim Tebow's success.

NFL Videos: Tebow does it again
The Broncos are 6-1 with Tim Tebow in the lineup, creating an interesting dynamic for team executive John Elway. Will Tebow and the Broncos continue their success against the Bears in Week 14? "NFL Total Access" debates.

Science says: Tim Tebow can improve as a passer - Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Sure, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow(notes) is winning games in the NFL, but could he be winning games a whole lot easier — or, dare we suggest, not just in a game's dying moments?

Tim Tebow showed Vikings - and Broncos - he could pass, too | FOX Sports on MSN
It's possible this will please neither Tim Tebow's most ardent detractors nor his most ardent admirers, but it definitely pleased his employers at the Denver Broncos headquarters: Tebow and the Broncos won Sunday over the Minnesota Vikings by going conventional.

Despite stats, Denver Broncos' defense helps in piling up wins - The Denver Post
Having won five games in a row and six of the past seven, the Broncos are indeed winning, in large part because of improved defensive play. But the numbers seem to be fibbing a bit.

Denver Broncos News news: Scramblers of NFL past discuss general worth of Tebowmania
We all know opinions vary when it comes to Tim Tebow. But it's interesting to hear from past QBs who shared the Broncos star's love for scrambling. news: Long: Broncos' Tebow has Elway-like will to win football games
Howie Long believes Tim Tebow's 6-1 mark with the Broncos this season is no mirage, but an indication of the young quarterback's intense desire to succeed.

Denver Broncos to Top the AFC West: Fan’s Perspective - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
If you would have asked me at the beginning of the season if the Denver Broncos stood a chance at taking the AFC West, even as a fan, I would have said the chances were slim. But right now, the Broncos sit tied with the Oakland Raiders for the top spot and the games ahead definitely favor the Broncos.

Bears start preparations for Tim Tebow - Inside the Bears
"This is option football. Our defense is based on sound, option principles, but we don't have to have all of our option responsibilities ironed out each week," Smith said. "So this is forcing a lot of teams in the league to be sound in all of those things. But our defense is set up to play this type of offense."

Tim Tebow: Tim Tebow a winner, not a thrower -
The world may not be ready for Tim Tebow. It may not be ready for his awkward throwing motion, the unconventional offense he runs or his pigskin proselytizing.

Don't mock Tim Tebow -
Sports loom large in the public's mind today. From the Penn State and Syracuse scandals to the upcoming BCS Bowl Series and the NFL playoffs, much attention is being paid to our athletes and coaches.

NFL Week 14 story lines: Streaking Broncos face reeling Bears -
Both teams are 7-5, but Denver is 6-1 since Tim Tebow took over at quarterback and is looking to put a stranglehold on AFC West. Chicago needs a win after two losses without injured QB Jay Cutler.

NFL: You Can't Start 1-4…Unless You Have the Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow -
Despite losing four of their first five, the Broncos (7-5)—who've since won six of seven with unconventional quarterback Tim Tebow—are now in first in the AFC West. Denver could become just the 10th NFL team since the 1970 merger to win its division after a 1-4 start.

NFL, NBC may "flex" their muscle to air Broncos-Patriots game - The Denver Post
The NFL and NBC-TV have not announced whether they will "flex" the Dec. 18 Broncos-Patriots game to prime time. It is still possible there will be a "flex" announcement this morning.

Status of injured Bears running back Matt Forte remains in question - The Denver Post
Bears running back Matt Forte isnt sure when hell return from a sprained right knee.

Retired scramblers weigh in on Tim Tebow debate - The Denver Post
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—Nobody knows what will come of the Tim Tebow experiment, not even those scrambling ramblers who came before him.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Elway Happy with Tebow "
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow got another stamp of approval from Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway Tuesday.

Shopping With the Broncos |
A group of Broncos visited Sports Authority Tuesday and went shopping with children from Denver Boys and Girls Clubs.

Inside the Numbers "
Safety Brian Dawkins notched his 26th career sack and 36th career forced fumble when he strip-sacked Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder on Sunday.

For Fox, Late-Season Surges Are Nothing New |
When the Broncos hired John Fox, they didn’t just hire a coach whose résumé was defined by turning a 1-15 side to a conference champion in two years.

Chicago Bears RB Receives Platelet Injection To Speed Up Recovery - SB Nation Denver
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is going to miss this Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos with an MCL tear and he could miss several games after that.

Inside Denver's option offense - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
In the last seven games, more than 37 percent of Denver's designed run plays featured some form of the option. Running back Willis McGahee and Tebow have been extremely effective on these plays, gaining 8.2 and 7.4 yards per rush, respectively. Each player also averages fewer than three rush attempts per first down.

The Denver Broncos' Turnaround - Predominantly Orange
It was one year ago on Monday that the Broncos fired Josh McDaniels. The team had a 3-9 record at that point and had lost 6 of their last 7 games. Dove Valley was not the same atmosphere that it is today under John Fox who currently has this team at 7-5.

Tebow takes over SportsCenter on Wednesday | First-and-Orange
ESPN is dedicating a full hour to non-stop Tebow coverage on its flagship show, SportsCenter, from noon-1 p.m. MST on Wednesday.

NFL News

NFL's Packers offer stock, 1st time since '97 - BusinessWeek
The Green Bay Packers' latest stock sale got off to a fast start Tuesday as fans snatched up more than a thousand shares in the opening moments.

NFL Notebook: Pettigrew apologizes after penalty | Tulsa World
Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew says he is sorry for his actions in last weekend's loss at New Orleans.

Two women claim they suffered injuries in car accident involving Ndamukong Suh - San Jose Mercury News
Portland, Ore., police have no plans to further investigate a car accident involving Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh after two women claimed they suffered injuries in the wreck.

NFL suspends Redskins’ Trent Williams, Fred Davis - The Washington Post
Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis were officially suspended without pay for four games by the NFL on Tuesday, according to a statement issued by the league.

Laurent Robinson, Victor Cruz, Aaron Maybin headline 2011's surprise players - Don Banks -
While the remarkable rise of Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos has dominated the headlines and captivated fans in the season's second half, there have been plenty other surprising examples of what we'll call the Danny Woodhead Effect, a lightly regarded player who emerges to overachieve beyond all reasonable expectations

Patrick Willis' health for 49ers will be major story in season's final weeks -
The health of Patrick Willis after his hamstring strain Sunday. I recorded a spot with Cris Collinsworth for my SI podcast Monday (which you can listen to below), and he surprised me when he said, "That guy is my defensive player of the year.''

Forte not sure when he'll return from knee sprain - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Chicago Bears star running back Matt Forte isn't sure when he'll return from a sprained right knee. His status for the rest of the season is in question

Forte says he’ll play when he’s 100 percent | ProFootballTalk
Bears running back Matt Forte has a sprained MCL. It's reportedly a Grade 2 tear, which will knock him out for as few as two weeks, and as many as six. Regardless of the duration of his absence, Forte says he won't return until he's 100 percent.

Flex game for Week 15 still up in air | ProFootballTalk
There's a battle brewing over the broadcast of the Tim Tebow vs. Tom Brady Week 15 showdown in Denver. The game between the Broncos and Patriots is the obvious choice for flexing into NBC's Sunday Night Football. Currently, the Ravens and Chargers occupy the spot.

Denver Broncos Fans

Analyzing the Defense Broncos@Vikings: A Collaborative Effort - Mile High Report
Hey everyone! By now you’ve probably figured out that I’m a stats junkie and love to analyze games and players through numbers as one perspective of how things are going. One of the great things about MHR and our community is that we share a lot of thoughts and ideas with each other as games are played and the season goes on. Well, I’ve partnered up with another MHR member to bring you guys a slightly different take on stats and analysis.

Obective View on Tebow - Mile High Report
Let me start off by saying that as a die hard Bronco fan that I haven't been this excited or this confident about our TEAM since our 2005 AFC championship run. I emphasize team because that is exactly what this group is. From top to bottom, from Xanders to Woodyard, from Elway to Kyle McCarthy, our entire organization deserves equal credit for putting together these recent string of victories to put us in the front running to win the west and host a home playoff game.

Going Forward at QB: The other guys - Mile High Report
The Tebow experiment is working. The FO were more than likely expecting Tebow's flaws to silence the fans with their granting him the starting role, Elway could get his man come April 2012. Only that's not quite how it happened. At 6-1 as a starter, even the most avid Tebow fan couldn't have expected the success that we've had since a slow start.

The Beginning Of The Changing Of The Guard? - Mile High Report
Recently I have become more aware of the impact of the new, young QB's that have entered the mix, and all the talk about this year's draft class looking to be a record year at the position! With the season ending injury to Payton, and QBs giving more time to young back ups, because of injury, I began to wonder who you all may think the New Guard will be.

Random Rants and Rewards - Vikings - Mile High Report
MSM tries their best to discredit Tebow's role in this Broncos turnaround. Defense is the real reason. The teams we've been playing against are bums(overlooking the fact we were 1-4). We were in the Luck sweepstakes and EFX was throwing Tebow out there to drown. He was sacked 15 times in the first two outings.