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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 2/22/12


Coach John Fox busy refining Broncos' offseason wish list - The Denver Post
The Broncos were 9-9 last season — good enough to win the AFC West and a first-round playoff game; not good enough to end their Super Bowl drought that has lasted 13 seasons.

Three Strength & Conditioning Assistants Hired "
The Denver Broncos hired Jason George, Mike Eubanks and Anthony Lomando to assist Strength and Conditioning Coach Luke Richesson in implementing the club’s year-round strength and conditioning program, it was announced on Tuesday. All three coaches worked under Richesson in Jacksonville from 2009-11.

Creating competiton for Tebow is the right call | National Football Post
Broncos' QB is the No.1, but he still needs to be challenged.

Woody Paige: Brady Quinn's quotes in GQ hide how classy he is - The Denver Post
Brady Quinn should be aggravated and exasperated. He has to blame somebody, or everybody.

Denver Broncos Videos

2011 Best of Series: Pregame Sounds
Broncos TV puts together the best pregame chatter and huddle sound from last season.

Broncos Offseason QB Plans - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth talks about Brady Quinn's comments on Tim Tebow becoming the starting quarterback and the type of QB the Broncos will bring in to camp.

Competition For Tebow - ESPN Video - ESPN
Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith debate John Fox's comments that the Broncos will bring in two quarterbacks this offseason to compete with Tim Tebow.

Matt Kalil Combine Prep - ESPN Video - ESPN
Go behind the scenes with USC offensive lineman Matt Kalil to see how he trains for the NFL combine.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Ex-CU Buff Tyler Hansen sees no tension between Tim Tebow, Brady Quinn - The Denver Post
If there is tension between Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and his backup last season, Brady Quinn, Tyler Hansen hasnt seen it.

Thomas’ Helmet Preserved in HOF "
When Demaryius Thomas caught Tim Tebow’s pass in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he sprinted for an 80-yard touchdown to cement one of the most memorable playoff wins in Broncos history.

Quinn, Suggs sound off in 'GQ's 'Oral History of Tebow Time'
Denver backup talks about Broncos' "luck" while Ravens OLB says players insulted by Tebow coverage. Faith also an overriding topic in "GQ" story. news: Quinn says he was misrepresented in GQ's Tebow piece
Now that Brady Quinn has gone and got himself swept up in the 24-hour news cycle, he's moved on to damage control.

Broncos top 5 free-agent QB list | First-and-Orange
At least according to me. Providing Brady Quinn doesn’t return, (there is a possibility he does come back, by the way), the Broncos will sign a free-agent quarterback soon after the market opens March 13.

Royal could leave in free agency - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
Since Eddie Royal finished 2011 with career lows in receptions and yardage, and sits behind 2010 draftees Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker on the Broncos' receiving pecking order, it would come as no surprise if he elects to leave via unrestricted free agency.

Another new defensive coordinator for Broncos - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
Nowhere was the instability of recent Broncos history better illustrated than by their inability to keep a defensive coordinator longer than a single season.

Division News

Denver TE would make sense in San Diego - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Chargers could potentially making a play for Denver Broncos tight end Daniel Fells.

Poll: Michael Bush or Tyvon Branch? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Oakland Raiders have two prime free-agents in running back Michael Bush and safety Tyvon Branch. news: Pioli: Chiefs still want to bring back Carr after signing of Routt
Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said the signing of Stanford Routt doesn't impact the team's desire to bring back Brandon Carr.

NFL News

Source -- Tom Martinez, longtime mentor of Tom Brady, dies at 66 - ESPN Boston
Tom Martinez, the longtime coach and mentor of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, died Tuesday on his 66th birthday, news: Newton's tutor now working with Luck prior to combine, draft
George Whitfield, who trained last year's No. 1 pick Cam Newton, said Tuesday that he had three sessions with former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck news: Saints guard Nicks expects to be paid more than teammate Evans
New Orleans Saints guard Carl Nicks wants his next contract to be among the most lucrative at his position. news: Steelers concerned about losing restricted free agent Wallace
There aren't many teams in the NFL in a more precarious salary cap situation than the Pittsburgh Steelers, a position that has already dictated several offseason moves. It could also determine how the team decides to try and retain Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Wallace.

Free Agency and the Draft

2012 NFL Draft, Whitney Mercilus of Illinois -
Because of his versatility and potential, the defensive end could have his name called on the first night of the 2012 draft. news: Baylor's Griffin III expects fast 40 in Indy, will throw at pro day
Robert Griffin III doesn't plan on throwing during workouts at NFL Scouting Combine, but if all goes according to plan he'll still leave scouts and personnel executives with their jaws dropped when he leaves Indianapolis.

Pre Combine: Prospect Rankings Part II | National Football Post
Who cracked the second part of our top 30-prospect list? - The First Fifteen: Scouting Combine edition
We start, naturally, with the quarterbacks.

NFL Combine: CB Janoris Jenkins under the spotlight | National Football Post
North Alabama product could rise up draft boards.

Matt Kalil is familiar with roadway to the NFL -
Matt Kalil, widely projected to be a top-10 draft pick, will be protecting the blind side of an NFL quarterback in the fall.

Training Day: Working with the quarterbacks, and not breathing | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Last week, after being tested at the one-month point of the training process and showing progress, shedding nearly two-tenths of a second off my 40-yard dash and adding three inches to my vertical jump, I was feeling ready to take the next step in my draft preparation process. I was ready to begin positional work.

2012 NFL Free Agency: Quarterback rankings -
Though the list of free-agent quarterbacks for 2012 isn't necessarily the greatest crop of players in NFL history, it does have the potential to be one of the most intriguing in years, because of one man: Peyton Manning.

Report: Dolphins won't attempt to re-sign Henne -
On Tuesday, a league source told the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Omar Kelly that Dolphins won't be making Henne an offer. Which means that the unrestricted free agent will be free to hawk his wares to any of the other 31 NFL teams - NFC West catchphrase: Show me the WRs
All four NFC West teams need to upgrade at WR, and there are several talented UFAs who could help, including the Saints' Marques Colston. - Free-agent scouting report: Texans OLB Mario Williams
The Texans' top offseason priority is re-signing OLB Mario Williams, soon-to-be the most sought-after defensive player in this year's free-agent class if he hits the open market.

It’s an easy year to avoid overpaying running backs | ProFootballTalk
The best free agent running backs aren't going anywhere. The rest of the free agent running backs aren't too inspiring. Perhaps this is the year where NFL teams realize you don't need to overpay runners in free agency.

Mayock breaks down draft’s top two QBs | ProFootballTalk
NFL Network and NBC's Mike Mayock appeared on PFT Live Tuesday to talk about the draft. In the clip below, he breaks down the difference between Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Luck may be the "safe" pick, but there isn't a lot separating these two.

Talk heats up in Pittsburgh that Mike Wallace could leave | ProFootballTalk
Ordinarily, when a team has a good young player who becomes a restricted free agent, that team does what it needs to do and keeps that good young player in the fold. But it's becoming increasingly clear that Steelers receiver Mike Wallace is not in an ordinary situation.