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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/22/13

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Al Bello

Broncos Staff Heads to Hawaii "
Since the Broncos were the highest-seeded team to lose in the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs, the team’s coaching staff will head to Hawaii this week to coach the AFC’s All-Star squad.

Cheerleader Tara Pro-Bowl Bound
Tara, a third-year captain, will represent the Broncos Cheerleaders at the 2013 Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

Denver Broncos Videos

Ray Lewis' Last Ride Continues - ESPN Video - ESPN
The "NFL Live" panel discusses the impact that Ray Lewis has had on the Ravens' playoff run and how Colin Kaepernick must prepare to face him.

The End Of The Patriots Era? - ESPN Video - ESPN
The "NFL Live" panel discusses whether the Patriots have reached the end of their title window.

San Francisco Favored Over Baltimore - ESPN Video - ESPN
Eric Mangini, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss San Francisco being favored by four points over Baltimore.

Welker's Future With Patriots - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter discusses the Patriots' options with Wes Welker this offseason.

Who Wins The Super Bowl? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge discuss which team will win Super Bowl XLVII.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos analysis: Ravens, 49ers take well-grounded offenses into Super Bowl - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
In a year with a record number of 4,000-yard passers (11), when 20 players had at least 1,000 yards receiving and almost every team was talking about picking up the pace on offense to throw more often next season, Super Bowl XLVII shows you still need a running game.

Broncos looking to find proper balance of talent and chemistry - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: In light of the Broncos' epic fail at season's end, can we finally say locker room chemistry is overrated?

NFL found its way to Pueblo to see Thunderwolves' prospect - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
In the never-ending search for players, the NFL will chronicle height, weight, speed, game-day performance and character. Scouts will crisscross the nation measuring any and all things that will help solve the riddle of who will or won't make it.

Are only young quarterbacks winning Super Bowls now? - Mike Klis
It’s widely believed a team can no longer win a Super Bowl without an elite quarterback.

Jimmy Smith, Clark Haggans, Chad Hall, head Colorado college player connections to Super Bowl XLVII | First-and-Orange - Mike Klis

Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith, cornerback, University of Colorado.

Wink Martindale, Perrish Cox head Bronco connections to Super Bowl | First-and-Orange - Mike Klis

Funny how it works. The only connections the Broncos have to those participating in Super Bowl XLVII are from their 4-12 season of 2010.

Division News

Clark Hunt says he learned football’s "a people business" | ProFootballTalk
Going 2-14 will try the patience of any owner. But when you couple it with off-field tragedy, it makes for a year few could imagine.

Chargers fire strength and conditioning staff | ProFootballTalk
The list of changes to the San Diego Chargers coaching staff continues.

Tony Gonzalez, a special TE to Chiefs fans - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Sunday was an important day in Kansas City Chiefs' history even though it’s been three weeks since the team last played.

Tim Brown suggests "sabotage" by Bill Callahan in Super Bowl XXXVII | ProFootballTalk
A decade ago, the Raiders’ fate in Super Bowl XXXVII presumably was sealed by the weekend disappearance of center Barret Robbins.

NFL News

Steve Gregory: Joe Flacco is an elite quarterback | ProFootballTalk
The next two weeks are going to be filled with plenty of storylines. - Pressing matters: Top stories to watch in 2013
As most of the country turns its attention to Super Bowl XLVII, for 30 of the 32 NFL teams the only thing that matters now is the 2013 season.

The Agony of the N.F.L. -
Two writers recently shed light on a dark element of the N.F.L. Consider it a reality check for the drama and enjoyment of the last three weekends of playoff football.

Coaching Carousel

Kelly looking for "shutoutability" in his defensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
New Eagles coach Chip Kelly knows he’s going to have to change some things, but he has a very distinct requirement for his defensive coordinator.

Pete Carmichael calls it "easy decision" to stay with Saints | ProFootballTalk
Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael’s contract is set to expire soon, but he isn’t planning on going anywhere.

Jim Herrmann won’t be Eagles defensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
Over the weekend, reports indicated that Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann would interview with the Eagles for their defensive coordinator job. - Ravens hire Castillo; Caldwell to remain as OC
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Jim Caldwell will remain as the offensive coordinator for 2013 and Juan Castillo has been hired as a consultant. - Cardinals hire Goodwin, Bowles and Moore
The Cardinals hired Harold Goodwin (offensive coordinator), Todd Bowles (defensive coordinator) and Tom Moore (assistant head coach/offense), the team announced Monday. - Jaguars retain assistant coaches Duffner, Sullivan
New Jaguars coach Gus Bradley is keeping two veteran assistants from previous regimes

Jim Washburn headed to help Lions pass rush | ProFootballTalk
Not only is Lions coach Jim Schwartz adamant about sticking with his Wide 9 alignment, he’s bringing in one of its main proponents to help him.

Chip Kelly contract worth $32.5 million | ProFootballTalk
Chip Kelly had turned down the NFL before, he had even turned down the Philadelphia Eagles once as well, but the contract extended to the former Oregon head coach last week was a big factor in getting Kelly to do an about face and accept the Eagles offer.

2013 Draft

Tyrann Mathieu out to meet NFL teams at Senior Bowl - ESPN
Former LSU star Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu is at the Senior Bowl attempting to repair his image and convince NFL teams that he has changed his ways.

D.J. Fluker is huge, Denard Robinson is small at the Senior Bowl | ProFootballTalk
Today’s the day when NFL draft prospects get weighed and measured at the Senior Bowl, and as always there are some cases when players’ actual heights and weights don’t mesh with what their listed heights and weights in college.

Senior Bowl: North Squad WRs Day 1 | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Every NFL team that conducts a Senior Bowl practice has a different style and process.

Futures: Tennessee Gunslinger Tyler Bray | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
We can talk the semantics of perceptions all we want, but there’s a palpable sense that the rookie quarterback class of 2012 has a viable chance to become the best in recent memory.

Players who had a good first day of practice at the Senior Bowl. | National Football Post
Russ Lande gives his thoughts on seven players who shined on day one at the Senior Bowl.

Players who need to do better the second day at the Senior Bowl. | National Football Post
Russ Lande breaksdown ten players who did not shine in Monday's Senior Bowl practices.

Mike Mayock: Three or four QBs will go in first round -
The 2013 rookie quarterback class is wide open. Ask five NFL draft analysts for their favorite players in the class, and you might get five different answers.

Mike Mayock: Manti Te'o's draft stock to be decided -
Manti Te'o won't participate in the Senior Bowl, a decision that's probably for the best, given recent circumstances involving the Notre Dame linebacker.

2013 Senior Bowl rosters -
The Senior Bowl is set to be held at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. ET. This is the sixth consecutive year that NFL Network (complete broadcast schedule) provides exclusive coverage of the Senior Bowl.

Mike Glennon, Ezekiel Ansah among hot Senior Bowl prospects -
The Senior Bowl (Sat., 4 p.m. ET, NFL Network) is the premier game on the college football all-star circuit.

How Relevant Is the Senior Bowl? -
Is the value of an All-Star game diminished when many of the best senior prospects decline an invitation?

Senior Bowl North Squad Practice Report, Day 1 -
One of the fascinating aspects of practice reports is the range of observations that multiple writers can have of a player.

Miscellaneous Stuff

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Officiating: Head-To-Head Contact
After several dangerous but legal hits in yesterday's Baltimore-New England game (particularly Bernard Pollard's hit on Stevan Ridley), there has been some focus on head-to-head contact that is illegal and contact that is legal.

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