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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/19/13

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Quick Hits From Fox and Elway
Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway and Head Coach John Fox talked about Peyton Manning’s and Ryan Clady’s contract situations, keeping Champ Bailey at cornerback and the development of rookie cornerback Omar Bolden.

2013 Broncos Free Agents
A list of Broncos that will be free agents this offseason.

Denver Broncos Videos

Time to Evaluate
With Adam Gase now in place as the team's new offensive coordinator, the Broncos are officially looking towards next season.

The Season Presented by SAP
As Von Miller copes with the Broncos' painful playoff loss, a look at his drive and ambition that were nurtured in an unexpected place.

NFL Cold Hard Facts - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth looks ahead to the big games this weekend.

Browns Hire Michael Lombardi - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter discusses the Browns' hiring of Michael Lombardi as VP of player personnel.

Challenges Facing Bruce Arians - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter says the biggest question mark surrounding Bruce Arians and the Cardinals is at QB.

SEC's Surprise Draft Declarations - ESPN Video - ESPN
Edward Aschoff discusses four surprise NFL draft declarations from the SEC.

NFL Live OT: Championship Game Picks - ESPN Video - ESPN
The "NFL Live" crew makes their picks for Sunday's NFC and AFC championship games.

NFL Kickoff Overtime: Championship Weekend - ESPN Video - ESPN
Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi preview the NFC and AFC championship games on Sunday.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos' loss to Ravens in playoffs reveals work left to do on defense - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: During John Elway's end-of-season press conference Monday ... Elway supported the offensive play calling on Denver's last offensive series of regulation by saying the percentages were in Denver's favor, even though the defense clearly struggled all day to defend the big play.

Two reactions to Manning taking a knee: "Oh, no" and "no-brainer" - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
It's a week after the fact, but the Broncos don't have a prayer of convincing many in the team's rabid fan base that having Peyton Manning take a knee late in the fourth quarter of a tied playoff game was the right move.

NFL's final four in playoffs may show where Broncos didn't measure up - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The Broncos have faded into the offseason earlier than they expected, still trying to shake off the stunning loss to the Baltimore Ravens a week ago.

NFL's final four in playoffs may show where Broncos didn't measure up - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The Broncos have faded into the offseason earlier than they expected, still trying to shake off the stunning loss to the Baltimore Ravens a week ago.

Archie Manning joins son Peyton in peddling pizza - The Denver Post
Peyton Manning figured one good Papa deserved another.

Division News

Chiefs tamp down expectations for this year’s first overall draft pick | ProFootballTalk
New Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey has a big decision ahead of him with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. But he wants Chiefs fans to understand that this year’s draft is not like last year’s draft.

Raiders hire Greg Olson as offensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
Greg Olson is the new offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. - On the clock: McKenzie, Raiders have more to work with this year
The Raiders traditionally have been pretty easy to figure out when it came to the draft. All it took was a stopwatch, a look at the 40-times from the NFL Scouting Combine, and you could pretty much do the math from there.

More help for Philip Rivers - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Philip Rivers Reclamation Project continued to add to its arsenal on Friday morning. - Chargers retain Pagano as defensive coordinator
New Chargers head coach Mike McCoy will retain defensive coordinator John Pagano, the team announced Friday.

Keeping Pagano right call for Chargers - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Mike McCoy continues to make impressive moves with his first NFL coaching staff.

Chargers add Frank Reich to offensive staff | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers know that if they’re going to have to improve, they’re going to have to get Philip Rivers back on track.

NFL News - Arians wins Coach/Assistant Coach of the Year honors
After not having his contract renewed despite three Super Bowl appearances in eight seasons with the Steelers, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians temporarily contemplated retirement before an old friend called, offering him the offensive coordinator position on his new staff.

Return, retire or test free agency? Steven Jackson undecided | ProFootballTalk
Rams running back Steven Jackson said before the Rams’ regular season finale that it was possible he might be preparing for his last NFL game.

Coaching Carousel

Jaguars hire Jedd Fisch as offensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
New Jaguars coach Gus Bradley’s going with what he knows, hiring University of Miami offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch for the same job on his new staff, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Marinelli hiring in Dallas becomes official | ProFootballTalk
What has been speculated for days is now official, as former Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has joined the Cowboys as defensive line coach.

Bruce Arians introduced as coach of Arizona Cardinals - ESPN
After nearly 38 years in the business, at age 60, Bruce Arians finally is an NFL coach.

Andy Reid helped the Philadelphia Eagles land Chip Kelly as coach - ESPN
Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid had a hand in helping the franchise land his successor in Chip Kelly. - Colts hire former Stanford OC Hamilton to run offense
The Colts hired Andrew Luck’s former offensive coordinator, Pep Hamilton, to fill the same role in Indianapolis. Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter first reported the move. - Jets hire Idzik as GM
The Jets hired former Seahawks executive John Idzik as their general manager, owner Woody Johnson announced Friday. - Jets tab Mornhinweg as offensive coordinator
Former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was hired Friday as the Jets’ offensive coordinator, Adam Caplan of The Sideline View first reported.

Reports: Jets interview Joe Lombardi, Pat Shurmur for offensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
When Rex Ryan took over as Jets coach, he made some big promises about bringing a Lombardi to Gang Green. - Panthers promote Shula to offensive coordinator
The Panthers stayed in-house to replace Rob Chudzinski, promoting Mike Shula to offensive coordinator, according to PFW correspondent Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.

Panthers reach out to former RB coach Jim Skipper | ProFootballTalk
As he tries to rebuild an offensive staff in a make-or-break season, Panthers coach Ron Rivera is looking back into team history for help.

Rob Ryan to interview with Rams on Saturday | ProFootballTalk
It’s been more than five minutes since he was fired by the Cowboys, but Rob Ryan might be closing in on a new job. - Browns hire Horton as defensive coordinator
The Browns hired former Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton to run their defense, the team announced Friday. - Turner should benefit Browns RB Richardson
It didn’t take long to connect the dots from new Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski to Norv Turner, who was hired as Cleveland’s offensive coordinator on Thursday.

Lombardi says he needs time to form an opinion of Brandon Weeden | ProFootballTalk
As an NFL Network commentator, Mike Lombardi was critical of the Browns’ decision to spend a first-round draft pick on quarterback Brandon Weeden. - Tucker takes over Bears' defense
The Bears added to their new coaching staff on Friday, hiring Mel Tucker as defensive coordinator, the team confirmed. - Bears add Cavanaugh, Peete to staff
The Chicago Bears have hired Matt Cavanaugh as their quarterbacks coach and Skip Peete as their running backs coach.

Report: Raheem Morris to interview with Bears | ProFootballTalk
When Raheem Morris signed on to coach the Redskins defensive backs before this season, many felt that it would be a temporary stop on the way back up the ladder for the former Buccaneers head coach.

Gus Bradley vows to "bring some enthusiasm to Jacksonville" | ProFootballTalk
New Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was energetic at his introductory press conference on Friday morning, and he said energy is what he’ll bring to the moribund franchise in Jacksonville.

Khan warns Jaguars fans to not be "delusional" | ProFootballTalk
If you’re ever going to be optimistic as an NFL owner, the day to be optimistic is the day you hire a new coach.

Bills add Ike Hilliard, two other coaches | ProFootballTalk
The first coaching staff for new Bills head coach Doug Marrone is continuing to take shape.

Woo pig sooie: Cowboys interview Houston Nutt | ProFootballTalk
If you have one of those red plastic pig hats, you’ve got a shot at a job with the Cowboys.

2013 Draft

ProFootballTalk: Scouts still high on Te’o? | ProFootballTalk
If the NFL draft were today, would Manti Te’o still be a top 10 selection? Peter King says teams may not be as down on Te’o as the public thinks.

Heisman finalist Collin Klein on display in annual Shrine Game -
A month ago, Collin Klein was being celebrated on one of college football's biggest stages as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. - QB Nassib talks desire to play for Bills
Bills GM Buddy Nix has made it clear that they will draft a quarterback in April. One of the top quarterbacks available, Ryan Nassib, played his college ball for current Bills head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett at Syracuse.

NFL Communications - 73 Players Granted Special Eligibility for 2013 NFL Draft «
The National Football League announced today the names of 73 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2013 NFL Draft on April 25-27 in New York.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Pro Football Front Office Management - Finding the right fit |
It was one of the worst parts of my job as General Manager of the Denver Broncos.

Advanced NFL Stats: Don't Overlook the Effect of Penalties
One of the more overlooked aspects of team performance is the tendency for being penalized.

There Is No Red Zone: The NFL's Scoring Myth - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
The red zone is not a real place on any football field, and its prominence in football parlance is only limiting our understanding of the game.

2012 NFL playoffs -- How Bill Belichick made Ray Lewis a Raven - ESPN
It is as it should be: Ray Lewis' Ravens and Bill Belichick's Patriots meet Sunday night to decide the AFC champion in what could be the final game for one of the greatest players in NFL history.

Go Broncos!

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