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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/14/13

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Rob Carr

Still Sinking In
The Broncos cleaned out their lockers on Sunday and looked to move toward a productive offseason.

Denver Broncos Videos

Adams: 'I Didn't Sleep'
Safety Mike Adams and the Broncos clean out their lockers and clear out for the offseason after Saturday's loss to the Ravens.

RecruitingNation on Sportscenter - ESPN Video - ESPN
On SportsCenter, Tom Luginbill talks with Max Bretos about the recruiting impact of Brian Kelly's flirtation with the NFL, the reasons behind the tear-inducing decommitment of Kylie Fitts, and what earned three recruits a five-star ranking in the final ESPN 150.

Patriots Headed Back To AFC Championship - ESPN Video - ESPN
Shane Vereen combines for three touchdowns and over 160 yards of offense as Patriots put away Texans and advance to their seventh AFC Championship under Bill Belichick.

49ers-Falcons Preview - ESPN Video - ESPN
Eric Allen and Antonio Pierce preview the NFC Championship matchup between the 49ers and Falcons.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Does Ravens-Broncos Rank as One of the Best Playoff Games? -
This one belongs in the discussion of "greatest playoff games of all time."

Advanced NFL Stats: Broncos Botch Final Drives
The Broncos were heavy favorites at home against the Ravens on Saturday.

The Cautious Calls of John Fox -
As you might imagine, Broncos Coach John Fox has not been receiving many back slaps in the Denver area for an improbable and joyful 13-3 regular season.

Fox Gets Conservative: Did The Denver Coach's Risk-Averse Strategy Cost The Broncos A Playoff Victory?
NFL coaches will often refer to "playing the percentages." But if there's one thing I've learned by studying strategic decisions, it's that coaches don't have a firm grasp of those percentages.

Justin Bannan and other Broncos veterans hope to return - The Denver Post
Broncos defensive tackle Justin Bannan could have been representing other veteran players on the team Sunday when saying he wants to return but doesn't know if he will be asked back.

Mike McCoy to interview with Chargers today | ProFootballTalk
If his boss was a little bolder, there’s a strong chance Mike McCoy would be busy today game-planning for the AFC Championship Game.

Knowshon Moreno, Chris Kuper among injured Broncos who need offseason healing - The Denver Post
Now comes the healing.

Broncos have high-profile company on NFL's list of lost opportunities - The Denver Post
Longtime Pittsburgh owner Dan Rooney has said you can walk down the street in his home city the day after a game and know whether the Steelers won or lost without asking.

Denver Broncos dealing with reality of shocking end to their season - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
There was depiction of a little bit of sadness in the clean-shaven faces of Eric Decker and Dan Koppen.

Broncos' top items on offseason things-to-do list for 2013 - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: Given the horrible, disappointing, crushing loss (Saturday), what do you think the biggest things for the Broncos to address in the coming offseason?

Early draft look: Broncos - AFC West Blog - ESPN
With the Denver Broncos’ season over, let’s take an early look at where the team might be heading in the draft.

Peyton Manning not bitter after Denver Broncos' loss -
In sports, your legacy can be affected by moments that don't even involve you.

Peyton Manning of Denver Broncos visits Ray Lewis of Baltimore Ravens in locker room postgame - ESPN
It was a private moment captured for posterity's sake, but it could serve as an iconic, offseason reminder for the Denver Broncos of who they have behind center.

Denver Broncos' loss to Jacksonville in 1996 was worse than Baltimore - Mike Klis
I know the emotional wounds from the Broncos’ double-overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens are raw this morning.

Comparing Denver Broncos loss to Baltimore in 2013 & Jacksonville 1997
Comparing Denver Broncos loss to Baltimore in 2013 & Jacksonville 1997 : First-and-Orange is the authority on the latest breaking news and analysis about the Denver Broncos, written by Mike Klis, Lindsay Jones and Jeff Legwold. Colorado

John Fox's decision will linger - AFC West Blog - ESPN
In a season-ending team meeting Sunday, Denver Broncos coach John Fox told his players to be ready to make another playoff run in 2013 after a classic double-overtime 38-35 loss at home to Baltimore.

Peyton Manning talks Broncos upset, looks toward New York Super Bowl - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
In a quiet moment outside the Broncos' locker room Sunday, Peyton Manning revealed a peek inside his ever-whirring mind.

Day after, Broncos lament chance that slipped away vs. Ravens - The Denver Post
The day after the Broncos' chilling 38-35 double-overtime playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, they didn't hold a wake at Dove Valley. The players weren't dressed in black.

In Broncos playoff loss to Ravens, little details were a big deal - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
When fans reflect on the Broncos loss to Baltimore, it will be big plays that get most of the attention.

Stokley hopes to play one more year | ProFootballTalk
It was believed that Peyton Manning would get the gang back together in Denver, with guys like Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, and Jeff Saturday joining Peyton as members of the Broncos.

Mike McCoy to interview with Chargers for San Diego's coach opening - Mike Klis
Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is back on the head coaching market a little sooner than he would have liked.

Broncos consider replacements for Mike McCoy | ProFootballTalk
Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who arguably did a better coaching job with Tim Tebow in 2011 than with Peyton Manning in 2012, given that Peyton pretty much ran the show, is expected to receive his reward via a head-coaching job

Denver Broncos: Moving On - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Denver Broncos’ season suddenly ended Saturday in an epic double-overtime 38-35 home loss to Baltimore. The No. 1 seeded Broncos’ season ended at 13-4.

Division News

Mike McCoy season is open - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Now, that the Denver Broncos’ season is suddenly over after an epic playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, they may soon lose offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

Coaching Carousel

Arizona Cardinals plan 'major push' to hire Mike McCoy -
The Arizona Cardinals weren't sorry to see the Denver Broncos crumble to pieces Saturday.

Cardinals could be trying to land McCoy, keep Horton | ProFootballTalk
As the Cardinals were wrapping up a horrendous regular season, there was a sense that the Cardinals would fire coach Ken Whisenhunt in part to ensure that defensive coordinator Ray Horton would be retained, via a promotion.

Horton hopes to hear more about his status by Tuesday | ProFootballTalk
Amid reports that the Cardinals hope to hire Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy to be Arizona’s latest head coach and to keep Ray Horton as the team’s defensive coordinator, that plan is news to Horton.

Report: Browns eye John Pagano for defensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
There aren’t too many similarities that jump to mind between San Diego and Cleveland, but it’s looking like the Browns staff will be familiar to those who follow the Chargers.

Intense media scrutiny looms over Jets G.M. job | ProFootballTalk
With FOX’s Jay Glazer declaring earlier today that the Jets "can’t give . . . away" their General Manager job, it’ll be interesting to see how the team reacts.

Sparano to interview for offensive line coach position in Kansas City | ProFootballTalk
Andy Reid could be bringing to the Chiefs a long-time offensive line coach who failed in his only stint as a coordinator. And the coach’s name isn’t Juan Castillo.

Gus Bradley to interview for two other coaching jobs | ProFootballTalk
Just before Atlanta burned Richard Sherman for a 46-yard touchdown pass and a 20-0 lead, Thom Brenaman of FOX said that Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley indicated on Saturday that he’ll interview for two head-coaching jobs other than the Eagles and Chargers.

Report: Raiders talking to Ray Anderson | ProFootballTalk
Ever since the debacle that was the referee lockout, there has been a sense in league circles that executive V.P. of football operations Ray Anderson could be on his way out — whether by choice or otherwise.

Jay Gruden interviews for San Diego Chargers' head coaching job - ESPN
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden interviewed for the San Diego Chargers' vacant head coaching position Sunday.

Brian Billick interviewed with Philadelphia Eagles for coaching job -- sources - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles interviewed Brian Billick for their head coaching vacancy, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

NFL News - Patriots beat Texans, Ravens up next
Tom Brady became the winningest quarterback in postseason play, throwing for three touchdowns Sunday to beat Houston 41-28 and lift the New England Patriots into the AFC championship game.

2013 Draft

2013 NFL Draft order: Kansas City Chiefs own No. 1 pick -
The Kansas City Chiefs own the No. 1 pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 25-27.

NFP Previews The East West Shrine Game | National Football Post
Russ Lande gives insight into eight prospects NFL teams will be watching closely at the East West Shrine Game.

Armond Armstead, formerly of Toronto Argonauts, on NFL teams' radar -- sources - ESPN
After the Miami Dolphins found pass rusher Cameron Wake in Canada and the Indianapolis Colts did the same with linebacker Jerrell Freeman, teams now are looking closely at former USC and Toronto Argonauts standout defensive tackle Armond Armstead, according to sources.

Miscellaneous Stuff

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
The Belichick system keeps spreading, best undrafted free agents and all the latest NFL scuttlebutt. - CB Munnerlyn hoping to stay with Panthers
Cornerback could be one of the first places new Panthers GM Dave Gettleman looks as he begins to address the team’s salary-cap situation. - Insider: Successful teams' leaders police selves
The following quotes are from NFL scouts, coaches and front-office personnel, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

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