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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/29/13

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Alan Crowhurst

2012 Season Review: First Quarter
In the first installment of's quarterly review of the 2012 season, the club starts off 2-2 while forming a new identity.

Elway Runner Up for Executive of the Year
Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway came in second place by just one vote for Sporting News' Executive of the Year.

Denver Broncos Videos

Post Pro Bowl Player Reaction
Denver's 2013 Pro Bowl reps wrap up the week and talk about what's next now that the season is officially over.

Preview of Fox Wired for Sound
Coach Fox was wired for sound Sunday during the Pro Bowl, the entire feature will run later this week.

Homecoming For Ed Reed - ESPN Video - ESPN
Dan Graziano and Jamison Hensley talk about the emotional edge Ed Reed will bring to Super Bowl XLVI

NFL32OT: Pollard Questions Longevity Of NFL - ESPN Video - ESPN
Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss Ravens Bernard Pollard's comments on the lastingness of the NFL. 49ers Tarell Brown discusses Jim Harbaugh and being on the road. The NFL32 crew breaks down Jim Harbaugh's decision to take a day off.

Super Bowl Preview: Ed Reed And Player Safety - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton delivers the latest news from Super Bowl XLVII

Goodell's Approval Rating Low - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton, Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter discuss the poll conducted by USA Today Sports in which 61 percent of NFL players disapprove of the job Roger Goodell has done

Possible Chicken Wings Shortage - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Michele Steele and National Chicken Council member Bill Roenick discuss if there will be enough chicken wings for everyone this Sunday.

Reaction To Goodell In New Orleans - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter discusses how fans will react to Roger Goodell in New Orleans during Super Bowl week.

Pollard: NFL Will Not Exist In 30 Years - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter discusses Bernard Pollard's comments about the future of the NFL.

More Than A Game: Doug Williams - ESPN Video - ESPN
Doug Williams and others comment on the importance of his historic Super Bowl start.

Alex Smith's Future With 49ers - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter discusses the 49ers' options with Alex Smith in the offseason.

Denver Broncos Blogs

John Elway edged by Colts GM for NFL executive of the year award - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Apparently, acquiring Andrew Luck with the NFL's No. 1 draft pick was more impressive than recruiting Peyton Manning from free agency.

Broncos' Ryan Clady to undergo surgery on right shoulder - The Denver Post
The shoulder injury suffered by Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady turned out to be significant.

Kiszla: It's time to thank Josh McDaniels for Broncos' 2010 draft - The Denver Post
In Broncos Country, there are two constants: 1) Orange sunsets. 2) An unrelenting, visceral dislike for former coach Josh McDaniels.

In New Orleans, beignets, chickory , gumbo and weather for Super Bowl - Mike Klis
I don’t want to say I arrived here early for Super Bowl XLVII but the Ravens are still in Baltimore.

Nate Irving young inexpensive option at linebacker for Denver Broncos - Mike Klis
Read Jeff Legwold’s piece in The Denver Post today about Broncos boss John Elway hoping to insert a more younger players into his lineup.

Manti Te'o a Bronco? They should hope - AFC West Blog - ESPN
I’ve seen several mock drafts that have the Denver Broncos linked to Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te’o with the No. 28 pick in the first round.

Broncos offense under John Fox seldom features fullbacks - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: Considering the Broncos' struggles in short-yardage situations in the divisional playoff round, do you think the Broncos will bring in a talented fullback via the draft or free agency for next year?

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco's turning point came in Dec. 16 loss to Denver Broncos - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
At the time, it seemed like a face-planted, body-prone, rock-bottom moment.

Division News

Chargers add to coaching staff - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Chargers continued to fill out Mike McCoy's new coaching staff.

Toub gets kick out of Chiefs' talent - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Last week, Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt said he wants to remain with the team. Colquitt, who is coming off a Pro Bowl berth, is about to enter free agency.

Is Reggie Bush a fit in Oakland? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
CBS Sports is reporting that running back Reggie Bush is unlikely to return to the Miami Dolphins.

AFC West mock draft: Take II - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here is my second AFC West mock draft for the teams' first-round picks. We will periodically update as we move closer to the April draft:

Ex-Chiefs G.M. ranks the top-ten draft-eligible underclassmen | ProFootballTalk
Peter King’s latest Monday Morning Quarterback column contains a segment with ex-Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli where Pioli ranks the top-ten underclassmen available for April’s NFL draft.

NFL News

Defense still pays the bills in the NFL | National Football Post
League-wide scoring averages are up, which is why a stalwart defense means more now than ever before.

Goodell noticed "improved quality" of Pro Bowl | ProFootballTalk
In the latest sign that the Super Bowl promotional blitz encompasses every nook and cranny of the cultural world, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is answering questions on Reddit on Monday afternoon.

Safety and Fines Continue to Be Hot Topics -
The news media covering the Super Bowl are often criticized for the lack of attention paid to the actual game of football.

Roger Goodell not welcome at several New Orleans bars | ProFootballTalk
Despite an appeal from Saints head coach Sean Payton to give commissioner Roger Goodell a warm welcome, the city of New Orleans is still holding a grudge over Bountygate.

NFLPA says it wants "safe and fair" HGH testing | ProFootballTalk
After the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee said they may call NFL players to testify about human growth hormone, the NFL Players Association said it remains committed to HGH testing.

Congress warns players may be called to testify about HGH | ProFootballTalk
As the NFL and the NFLPA continue to stare at each other like the boys and girls pressed against opposite walls of a middle-school dance on the issue of HGH testing, Congress is getting closer to pushing the walls together,

Saints won’t get this year’s second-rounder back | ProFootballTalk
The Saints got coach Sean Payton back a bit earlier than expected, but they won’t be getting their second-round pick back. - Super Bowl matchup: Colin Kaepernick vs. Ravens front seven
"We’re going to have to tackle him," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said at his Thursday press conference. "We’re going to have to keep him inside our defense."

NFL Communications - NFL Films’ "Road to the Super Bowl" debuts on CBS at 11:00 AM ET on Super Bowl Sunday "
How did the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers advance to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans?

NFL Communications - Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers Preview "
It all comes down to this.

2013 Draft

Cost per snap: A new approach for the NFL draft? | National Football Post
Should you ever draft in the 7th round? Here's a case against it.

Preview of Texas versus Nation Game Practices. | National Football Post
NFP looks at six prospects NFL scouts will be watching closely at the Texas VS Nation Game

Coaching Carousel - Lions hire former Broncos GM Xanders
The Lions hired former Broncos GM Brian Xanders as a senior personnel executive, the team confirmed Monday.

Carolina Panthers hire ex-QB Ken Dorsey, 2 others to staff - ESPN
The Panthers have announced three assistants have been added to Ron Rivera's coaching staff.

Browns officially fire Dick Jauron, believe it or not | ProFootballTalk
This seems like far less than breaking news, but I suppose it is.

Chris Harris returns to Bears as coach | ProFootballTalk
Chris Harris put an end to his playing days over the weekend.

Griffin thinks Gregg Williams would help Titans defense | ProFootballTalk
Titans safety Michael Griffin doesn’t really know Gregg Williams, but he figures bringing him into the coaching staff can’t hurt.

Luke Butkus among the Jaguars’ new assistant coaches | ProFootballTalk
The Jaguars have formally announced the names of several members of new coach Gus Bradley’s staff, and the most recognizable name is Butkus.

Lovie Smith plans to sit out 2013 season | ProFootballTalk
Although the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles have defensive coordinator openings and ex-Bears coach Lovie Smith would be a respectable choice for either job, Smith’s plans for 2013 reportedly don’t involve coaching in the NFL.

Billy Davis interviews for Eagles defensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
We shared earlier that the Eagles’ search for a defensive coordinator included a couple of coaches who have a pretty big game coming up on Sunday, but they aren’t limiting their search to members of the Ravens and 49ers coaching staffs.

Cardinals to hire Larry Zierlein as assistant offensive line coach | ProFootballTalk
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has another familiar face set to join his coaching staff.

Steelers get permission to interview Redskins’ special-teams coach | ProFootballTalk
With the Steelers’ special-teams coordinator heading to Arizona to join the former Steelers offensive coordinator who supposedly "retired" and who now serves as head coach of the Cardinals, the Steelers need a new special-teams coordinator.

Rob Ryan won't be St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator -- Jeff Fisher - ESPN
The St. Louis Rams will not hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator after a second visit with the coaching staff Monday determined that his addition was not a good "scheme fit," according to coach Jeff Fisher.

Chargers announce five more assistant coaches | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers added another Cardinals refugee to Mike McCoy’s first coaching staff.

Eagles add another assistant to Kelly’s staff | ProFootballTalk
The Eagles are adding another college coach to work with their offense.

Miscellaneous Stuff

NFL Player Personnel: Assessing 2012 Rookie Performance |
This is an update to the piece published May 19th on the Football Educator

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Andy Benoit's Super Bowl Diary, Day One
As host cities go, New Orleans is close to ideal. It has a great layout, terrific culture, and a travel-oriented infrastructure (i.e. a convention center that’s literally a mile long). In short, it’s a warm Indianapolis.

Free Agency

Casey Hampton not expected back with Steelers | ProFootballTalk
Longtime Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton is 35 years old and his contract is up. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Hampton is not expected to be re-signed.

Report: Dolphins "highly unlikely" to re-sign Reggie Bush | ProFootballTalk
Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland is looking for playmakers this offseason, but that may not include impending free agent running back Reggie Bush.

Jets have explored JaMarcus Russell | ProFootballTalk
Former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell — widely considered the biggest bust in NFL draft history — recently shed weight and is attempting an NFL comeback.

Greg Jennings puts Wisconsin home on the market | ProFootballTalk
After the Packers lost to the 49ers in the playoffs, wide receiver Greg Jennings said that he was unsure whether he would be back with the team in 2013 and that he was "ready to move wherever" as a free agent.

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