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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/15/13

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Bailey Waits for Ring Another Year
Cornerback Champ Bailey will have to wait another year to renew his pursuit of a Super Bowl title.

Broncos 2013 Draft Pick Set
The Broncos will pick 28th in the 2013 NFL Draft.

2013 Broncos to Use Loss as ‘Battle Cry’
Head Coach John Fox and Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway expect the loss to Baltimore to motivate the team throughout 2013.

Fox Explains Coaching Calls in Divisional Loss
Head Coach John Fox talked about the decisions he made late in Denver’s Divisional-Round loss to Baltimore.

Inside The Numbers – Divisional Round "
2 Wide receiver Trindon Holliday scored on a 90-yard punt return touchdown and a 104-yard kick return touchdown to mark the longest respective plays in each category in NFL postseason history.

Denver Broncos Videos

BTV Report: 'We Call Them Scars in Our Business'
Coach Fox and John Elway are still shaking off Saturday's loss but know how the frustration can help next season.

Elway, Fox Close Out Season: Part 1
John Elway and Coach Fox talk about losing to Baltimore, the season overall and why they are encouraged about the future.

Elway, Fox Close Out Season: Part 2
John Elway and Coach Fox talk about losing to Baltimore, the season overall and why they are encouraged about the future.

NFL32OT: Broncos Fail To Move On To AFC Title - ESPN Video - ESPN
Episode 248: Wendi Nix and Chris Mortensen discuss the Broncos conservative play in the 4th quarter against the Ravens. Merril Hoge breaks down the impact of Rob Gronkowski's injury on the Patriots. The NFL32 crew discuss the Falcons win over the Seahawks

Who Do You Blame For Broncos Collapse? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith hand out blame for the Broncos' loss to the Ravens.

Inside The Falcons' D-Block - ESPN Video - ESPN
Chris Connelly goes inside the Atlanta Falcons' web series "D-Block."

NFL Live OT: Takeaway From Divisional Playoffs - ESPN Video - ESPN
Tim Hasselbeck, Merril Hoge and Eric Mangini discuss their biggest takeaway from the divisional playoffs.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos' decision to kneel before OT drawing criticism and comparisons - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: Do you think the Broncos played scared because (offensive coordinator) Mike McCoy didn't want to upset his chances of scoring a head-coaching gig?

Frei: Broncos took passive plan, but old QB Elway wouldn't have - The Denver Post - Terry Frei
John Elway was the supportive boss Monday, saying John Fox made the right decision at the end of regulation Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Kneel down late in regulation wasn't only factor in Broncos' loss - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
They lost because their secondary was horrendous and their offense committed three turnovers.

Fox, Elway remain high on Broncos backup QB Osweiler - The Denver Post
Although Broncos rookie quarterback Brock Osweiler attempted only four passes as the seldom-used backup to Peyton Manning, coach John Fox and team executive John Elway said Monday they were impressed with the former Arizona State Sun Devil.

Broncos need upgrades on defense to retool for a title run - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
It sounds hollow after the week that was in the NFL, like yelling into some enormous cave, but the Broncos' long-term success will depend greatly on taking a speed defense and making it a little faster and a little more stout up the middle.

Breaking down the Denver Broncos, position by position - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
In the end, good was not good enough.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen will be "ticked off for a month" after loss - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Pat Bowlen was sharp and quick with his answers. He seemed comfortable in the chair behind the large desk in his vast office at Broncos headquarters, dressed casually in black slacks and a black dress shirt.

Broncos' John Fox "playing percentages." Elway agrees. Are they right?
Broncos coach John Fox on Monday said he was "playing the percentages" in a loss to Baltimore, including a decision to kneel down at the end of regulation.

Was Peyton Manning's arm strength a problem? -
The final wayward throw of Peyton Manning's first season with the Denver Broncos will live on in infamy, like Brett Favre's interception in the 2010 NFC Championship Game. It was so out of character of Manning to force a pass across his body. It was the act of a young player or a desperate player.

John Fox: Peyton Manning played well enough for us to win | ProFootballTalk
Broncos coach John Fox says quarterback Peyton Manning does not deserve the blame for Saturday’s loss to the Ravens. The Broncos’ secondary, however, is another story.

Is Manning channeling his inner Favre? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
There have been a lot of comparisons of Brett Favre to Peyton Manning in the past two days.

Division News

Chiefs will draft best player available, not reach for a quarterback | ProFootballTalk
New Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey says he wants to select the best player available with the first overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, and that he won’t address a specific need at quarterback — or any other position.

Andy Reid -- Kansas City Chiefs to keep 3-4 defense, he'll call offense - ESPN
Andy Reid said Monday that he will make the offensive play calls himself this season and the Kansas City Chiefs will continue to use a 3-4 defense.

AFC West mock draft: Take I - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Now that every team in AFC West is done with their 2012 season, here is my first AFC West mock draft for the teams' first-round picks. We will periodically update as we move closer to the April draft:

McCoy may be at top of Chargers' list - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Now that the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl dreams have been derailed, they act as a coaching feeder outlet for the AFC West again.

John Dorsey introduced as Kansas City Chiefs' new general manager - ESPN
John Dorsey called becoming the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs the "perfect storm." The word "serendipity" may have been more appropriate.

NFL News - Peterson wins PFW/PFWA MVP honors
Where do you start?

Jason Taylor shines light on pain players go through | ProFootballTalk
That professional football players are willing to endure pain — both present and future — isn’t necessarily news.

PFT Live: Grading the playoff officials | ProFootballTalk
Jim Daopoulos joins Mike Florio to discuss the officiating from the divisional round of the playoffs. Why weren’t the Ravens flagged for attempting a practice kick with Justin Tucker? Did Brandon LLoyd deserve to be flagged for tossing the ball to the referee?

Kaepernick, Holliday, Brady set NFL records | ProFootballTalk
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick had an unprecedented running performance, Denver’s Trindon Holliday had an unprecedented returning performance, and the Patriots keep winning games behind Tom Brady’s passing.

Coaching Carousel

Colts hire Jimmy Raye to head football operations -
The Indianapolis Colts hired Jimmy Raye as their VP of football operations, confirming's Ian Rapoport earlier report.

Brian Daboll rehired by New England Patriots -
The New England Patriots added former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to their staff on Monday, beefing up their preparation for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens. - Bills hire Crossman as special-teams coordinator
The Bills hired Danny Crossman as their special-teams coordinator on Monday.

Paton out of Browns G.M. mix, but reason isn’t clear | ProFootballTalk
In the days after the Browns fired G.M. Tom Heckert, word emerged that the Browns requested permission to interview Vikings assistant G.M. George Paton.

Cardinals want a second interview with Mike McCoy | ProFootballTalk
The Mike McCoy train is gaining speed, and it looks like you better hurry if you want on board.

Lions continue coaching staff shakeup | ProFootballTalk
More changes are coming on the Lions’ coaching staff.

Eagles interview Whisenhunt, Gruden and Arians next | ProFootballTalk
In a bit of a departure, since he is neither a college coach nor named Kelly, the Eagles have announced they have interviewed former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt for their head coaching job.

Glat could be a factor in Jets’ struggles to fill G.M. job | ProFootballTalk
Jets owner Woody Johnson reportedly can’t give away his team’s G.M. job, even though he reportedly tried to give away $1 million for the purposes of buying, by Manhattan standards, a no-bedroom, 1/2-bath apartment.

After losing SD job to Telesco, Raye takes his Indy spot | ProFootballTalk
New Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said he wanted to keep personnel man Jimmy Raye, the guy considered one of the early favorites for the Chargers GM job.

Hue Jackson, Pat Shurmur interviewing with Panthers Monday | ProFootballTalk
The Browns hired Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski to replaced the fired Pat Shurmur as their head coach.

Pat Shurmur joins Jets’ offensive coordinator candidate list | ProFootballTalk
Former Browns coach Pat Shurmur could surface in New York.

Danny Crossman is the new Bills special teams coach | ProFootballTalk
When the Lions announced Monday that they were parting ways with special teams coach Danny Crossman, it was expected that he’d be heading to Buffalo to join the staff of the Bills’ new head coach Doug Marrone.

ProFootballTalk: Billick to make NFL return? | ProFootballTalk
Thus far in their coaching search, the Eagles have some up empty. Could Brian Billick become Philly’s quick fix? Is Jon Gruden any closer to making his NFL return?

Darrell Bevell gets second interview with Bears | ProFootballTalk
Over the weekend, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that the Bears soon will trim down their list of 13 known coaching candidates, conducting a second round of interviews that will involve not only G.M. Phil Emery but also team president Ted Phillips and members of ownership.

Ray Farmer emerges as leader for Browns G.M. job | ProFootballTalk
As the Browns search for a General Manager, there’s finally a favorite for the job.

Report: Bears job down to three | ProFootballTalk
Bears G.M. Phil Emery has traded in his shotgun for a scalpel.

Arians becomes a Bears finalist, too | ProFootballTalk
Earlier tonight, David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bears have two finalists for their head-coaching job.

Eagles proceed with Jay Gruden interview, not Bruce Arians | ProFootballTalk
The Eagles proceed with their coaching search, battling a perception that they don’t have a plan. Even if they actually do.

Eagles will conduct second interview with Gus Bradley on Tuesday | ProFootballTalk
Those rumors of Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley being the favorite to become the next Eagles head coach could be moving closer to fruition.

Gus Bradley due to interview with the Jaguars later this week | ProFootballTalk
The Eagles will conduct a second interview with Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley on Tuesday.

2013 Draft - Notre Dame RB Wood leaving for NFL
Notre Dame RB Cierre Wood announced Monday he is entering the NFL draft, deciding against returning for a final year of eligibility.

Monday's Review of East West Shrine Game Practices. | National Football Post
Russ Lande breaks down which players helped and hurt their Draft Stock today at the East West Practices.

Miscellaneous Stuff

It's time for teams to hire game managers | National Football Post
Game management blunders happen far too frequently in the NFL. Just look at the Divisional Round as an example. - Surprise contributors borne from great scouting
The two conference title games show the value of good scouting and smart front offices. You might not find any better and well-run personnel departments than those of the Ravens, 49ers, Falcons and Patriots.

Rey Maualuga uncertain of Bengals future | ProFootballTalk
In a season where Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga was upstaged by undrafted rookie Vontaze Burfict, the former second-round draft pick is uncertain his future remains with the Bengals.

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