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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/1/13

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Fox Notches Win No. 100
Sunday's win over Kansas City marked the 100th victory of Head Coach John Fox's career.

Next Day Notebook: Broncos Bye-Week Plans
On Monday, Head Coach John Fox broke down the team's bye-week plans.

NFL Releases Tentative Draft Order
The NFL has announced the order of the 2013 NFL Draft, pending playoff outcomes.

Broncos vs. Chiefs: Shots of the Game
Take a look at photos from the biggest plays in the Broncos' 38-3 win over Kansas City in the regular-season finale.

Broncos Move Ahead in Special Season "
The Denver Broncos clinched the number one seed in the AFC with their 11th consecutive win, and all 11 wins have been by at least seven points.

Broncos vs. Chiefs: Cheerleader Photos
Check out pictures of the Broncos Cheerleaders in action during Sunday's game against Kansas City.

Denver Broncos Videos

Chargers Dismiss Norv Turner - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton on the Chargers firing head coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith.

Most Attractive Head Coaching Position - ESPN Video - ESPN
Tim Hasselbeck and Merril Hoge discuss which open head-coaching position is the most attractive and the least.

Historic Day Of Moves In The NFL - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter discusses the number of head coaches and general managers who have been fired.

Who Is The NFL MVP? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Ron Jaworski, Tim Hasselbeck and Merril Hoge debate who should be the NFL MVP, Adrian Peterson or Peyton Manning

Most Dangerous AFC Team - ESPN Video - ESPN
Tim Hasselbeck discusses the most dangerous AFC team heading into the playoffs.

Cardinals Fire Ken Whisenhunt - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton on the Cardinals firing head coach Ken Whisenhunt and possible replacements.

ProFootballTalk: Will new Jets GM push Ryan out? | ProFootballTalk
If the Jets sign a GM that wants to appoint his own head coach, is Rex Ryan the odd man out in New York?

Andy Reid Wishes Eagles Good Luck - ESPN Video - ESPN
Andy Reid addresses Eagles after being fired as head coach.

Chiefs Fire Romeo Crennel - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter discusses the Chiefs' firing of Romeo Crennel.

Surprising Move By Bears? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge discuss the Bears' firing of Lovie Smith after a 10-6 season.

Candidates For Bears Head Coaching Job - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton breaks down the coaching situation in Chicago.

Denver Broncos Blogs

New Year's Day 1978: Broncos beat Raiders in notorious AFC title game -Terry Frei
The 2012 Broncos’ goal, of course, is to make (and win) the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.

Fumble by Denver Broncos rookie Ronnie Hillman had implications - The Denver Post
Rookie running back Ronnie Hillman will have to regain the Denver coaching staff's trust after his first-quarter fumble Sunday set off a chain of near catastrophic events

Ronnie Hillman's butterfingers loosen grip on his job with Broncos - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Just three games ago, Broncos rookie running back Ronnie Hillman played 22 snaps in a pivotal win at Baltimore.

Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil powering Denver Broncos' pass-rush job - The Denver Post
Q: It's not unheard of for a team to have two very good or even great pass rushers.

Denver Broncos to stay in Denver during week off - The Denver Post
Airlines will be disappointed if they were counting on celebrating Broncos players to help fill seats on flights to Las Vegas during the team's playoff bye this week.

Streaking Denver Broncos need to learn from recent team history - The Denver Post
The most difficult thing about pro football, or at least the most difficult thing about being successful at pro football, is trying to find that area where maturity and perspective meet youth and the physical prime.

Inside the game: How the Broncos jumped into the AFC's No. 1 seed - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Perhaps the Broncos should send along some flowers, a nice fruit arrangement, some smiley face balloons and a pile of thank you notes to the Indianapolis Colts.

Broncos TE Virgil Green found bigger role as regular season closed out - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning offered a small hint in recent days about the progress second-year tight end Virgil Green has made.

Monday Morning QB: Rodgers, Brady, Manning atop NFL playoff contenders - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
At long last, no more trying to differentiate between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jake Locker.

Mike McCoy has Bears, Cardinals wanting an interview about coach jobs - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
As a head coaching candidate, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is getting hotter by the hour.

Dusty Saunders: Peyton Manning is top topic on Denver TV and radio in 2012 - The Denver Post
The No. 1 sports story of 2012 on Denver television and radio?

Road game at New England; home game vs. Ravens complete Broncos 2013 schedule | First-and-Orange - Mike Klis
Thanks to our friends at for the reminder that the Broncos’ 2013 schedule has been set, although dates and times are to be determined. - Power rankings: Broncos' 'D' makes them complete
1. Denver Broncos: "D" makes them complete package: held K.C. to 119 yards of offense.

Trindon Holliday's perfect season - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The 1972 Miami Dolphins may have to worry about Trindon Holliday.

Manning, Peterson and the Major N.F.L. Awards -
The week between the end of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs is always reserved for discussing the wild-card matchups, talking about the Jets (for any reason, no matter what), and looking back on the great performances of the year. - AFC West Spin cycle: Broncos get top seed, Chiefs get top pick
The 2012 season in the AFC West ended the way it began — the Broncos and Chargers won, and the Chiefs and Raiders lost.

Division News

Bruce Arians deserve AFC West looks - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Many candidates will emerge during Kansas City's and San Diego's search for a coach. We will review and analyze them all. I can go on and on right now about the list of usual suspects.

Kansas City Chiefs lineman Ryan Lilja announces retirement - ESPN
Veteran offensive lineman Ryan Lilja, who helped block for Peyton Manning during the Co

Chiefs' problems extend beyond Crennel - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The fact Romeo Crennel is out in Kansas City and Scott Pioli is still employed may imply that the Chiefs are pinning their problems on the coach.

What is Scott Pioli's future? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt is clearly mulling different options and I think he is open to keeping general manager Scott Pioli.

Will Chiefs go after a big fish? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Monday’s events make the Kansas City Chiefs' head-coaching job one of the most intriguing openings in the NFL.

Raiders move quickly to fix offense - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Oakland Raiders made a quick statement about their unhappiness over a disappointing first season to the Reggie McKenzie-Dennis Allen era.

Chargers fire coach Norv Turner, GM A.J. Smith - The Denver Post
San Diego Chargers President Dean Spanos finally ran out of wiggle room.

Chargers' decision a year late - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Dean Spanos made the right decision Monday.

Rivers is a selling point for San Diego - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The 2012 NFL season has re-affirmed that this is a quarterback league. It starts and finishes at the position.

ProFootballTalk: What’s next for San Diego? | ProFootballTalk
After bringing in a great football mind like Ron Wolf to consult the front office, Peter King and Erik Kuselias break down the new direction San Diego is headed in.

Thoughts on Chargers' search - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It is interesting that the Chargers hired longtime personnel man Ron Wolf to consult during the general manager search.

NFL News

NFL Communications - 2013 National Football League Important Dates "
To view the 2013 National Football League Important Dates, click here

NFL Communications - 2013 Opponents Determined "
The opponents for all 2013 regular-season games have been determined and a complete list of each team’s home and away matchups was issued today by the NFL.

Judge rules for NFL, ending player union's lawsuit over 2010 - ESPN
In probably his last NFL-related ruling, U.S. District Judge David Doty sided with the league this time.

NFL morning after: The best day of the NFL year, and then the worst | ProFootballTalk
Is there a better day of the year than the final Sunday of the NFL season?

The final impact of the Fail Mary | ProFootballTalk
Week Three of the 2012 season (and, necessarily, the referee lockout) ended with a horrendous call at the conclusion of the Monday night game between the Packers and the Seahawks, giving Seattle a win it didn’t earn and Green Bay a loss it didn’t deserve.

49ers waiving Brandon Jacobs, looking at kickers | ProFootballTalk
Brandon Jacobs wasn’t helping the 49ers. And now that he can’t hurt them, they’re getting rid of him.

N.F.L. Notables Who Died in 2012 -
A look back at how we remembered some notable pro football figures who died in 2012

Best Players of the 2012 N.F.L. Season -
The Pro Bowl is a great honor but the All-Pro team is even better.

Coaching Carousel

Jags already have interviewed a G.M. candidate | ProFootballTalk
Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is wasting no time in his search for a new General Manager. - NFL's Black Monday claims number of victims
Here is a summary of the firings and personnel moves made on the Monday after the 2012 season ended, also known as Black Monday in the NFL:

Welcome to the offseason | ProFootballTalk
Every year at this time, we say the same thing. "Welcome to the offseason."

Mike Munchak gets to stay in Tennessee | ProFootballTalk
While several of his hot-seat brethren are already out of work today, Titans coach Mike Munchak just found out he gets to keep his chair.

Chargers bring Ron Wolf in as consultant | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers are going to get a fresh set of eyes on their general manager search, with the Spanos family bringing in former Packers GM Ron Wolf as a consultant.

Lovie Smith gets four interview invitations on first day out of work | ProFootballTalk
Lovie Smith was one of seven NFL head coaches fired today. He’s also a candidate to replace four of the other six fired coaches.

Mike Ditka calls the Bears "stupid" for firing Lovie Smith | ProFootballTalk
Former Bears coach Mike Ditka is not happy that Lovie Smith got the boot following a 10-6 finish in 2012.

2013 Draft

ProFootballTalk: Massive movement in NFL Draft | ProFootballTalk
Peter King believes there will be more movement in this year’s draft than any draft in NFL history. We know many teams need a new QB, but can they fill their need with this draft class?

Rutgers Scarlet Knights' Logan Ryan opts for NFL draft - ESPN New York
Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

Nevada Wolf Pack RB Jefferson skipping last year for NFL - ESPN
Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson has decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft this spring.

Robert Woods of USC Trojans decides to enter NFL draft - ESPN
USC junior wide receiver Robert Woods announced Monday he will give up his final year of college eligibility to enter the 2013 NFL draft.

Auburn Tigers junior DE Corey Lemonier to enter NFL draft - ESPN
Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier will enter the NFL draft, he said Monday.

Miscellaneous Stuff - Ranking the playoff placekickers
Most games come down to a handful of key plays. Playoff games are no different.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Final 2012 DVOA Ratings
A bit of a close call in their final game isn't enough to drop the Seahawks out of the top spot in the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings,

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | J.J. Watt Obliterates Record for Defensive Defeats
Defeats measure a combination of three things:

News Article " 4,000-yard passers
A record 11 different quarterbacks passed for more than 4,000 yards in 2012.

NFL Front Office Management - The effects of "Black Monday" |
"Black Monday" as most of the media outlets like to call it. However within the ranks nobody ever refers to the day after the last regular season game as "Black Monday". That’s a contrived moniker for another day at the office in the National Football League.

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