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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/4/13

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Rob Carr

Broncos Looking in the Mirror
The Broncos are spending the bye week focusing on how they can improve.

Bailey Shares Postseason Knowledge
The 14th-year pro knows what it takes for Denver to advance in the playoffs.

Manning, Defense Keep Trash Talk Coming
The Broncos offense and defense have matched up more than usual this week and have loved the challenge

How the Broncos Will Watch the First Round "
As the Broncos rest their bodies this weekend and mentally prepare to play in the Divisional Round, most players will enjoy watching the NFL’s Wild Card games.

McCoy Emerges as Head Coaching Candidate
Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy talks about being considered for NFL head coaching jobs this offseason.

Denver Broncos Videos

Fox on Focus at Practice
Coach Fox updates how the team is taking advantage of the bye week.

Del Rio on Benefits of Bye Week
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio talks about what the defense is working on this week.

McCoy on Opportunities
Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy talks about maintaining his focus while fielding calls from other teams about head coaching opportunities.

Bailey on Bye Week
Champ Bailey talks about taking advantage of the bye week before finding out next weekend's opponent.

Mike McCoy To Interview With Three Teams - ESPN Video - ESPN
Broncos' offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is scheduled to interview with Bills, Cardinals and Eagles for head coaching positions.

Cold Hard Facts - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth shares which teams he believes are poised to win on Wild-Card Weekend.

Countdown Daily Prediction: Colts-Ravens - ESPN Video - ESPN
The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Indianapolis at Baltimore

Countdown Daily Prediction: Bengals-Texans - ESPN Video - ESPN
The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Cincinnati at Houston

Bills To Interview Lovie Smith - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter on the multiple reports that Lovie Smith is expected to interview with the Bills.

Draft Blitz - ESPN Video - ESPN
Kevin Weidl and Steve Muench look at some of the top non-seniors in the 2013 class.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Peyton Manning keeping Denver Broncos sharp during their bye week - The Denver Post
The Broncos have tried to keep things lively this week, with coach John Fox leaning on the competitiveness of his starters.

Former NFL head coaches can always find work as coordinators - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
If things don't work out for Lovie Smith and Norv Turner to fill openings for head coaching jobs in the NFL, they probably won't be unemployed for long.

Broncos' John Fox fashions bye week to resemble nothing like off week - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: What kinds of things are the Broncos doing this week in their practices? Do they try to work on things that are specific to the teams they think they might play?

Darrent Williams teen center thriving six years after Broncos cornerback's death - The Denver Post
A beautiful bronze statue of Darrent Williams is near the entrance of the building.

Broncos rookie report: Derek Wolfe finishes season with six sacks - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
DT Derek Wolfe — Wolfe closed out the regular season with his sixth sack of the year.

Mile High Sports | Manning’s glove story could be one for ages
This is the week of temporary irrelevance. It’s the week when players are asked by television reporters whether they will wear sleeves when the forecast for the upcoming game is for temperatures around 25ºF (-4ºC).

Peyton Manning of Denver Broncos wins 6th Offensive Player of Month award - ESPN
Peyton Manning tied yet another NFL record Thursday when he won his sixth career Offensive Player of the Month award.

Broncos' Miller plans to watch a ton of NFL football this weekend | First-and-Orange
Broncos linebacker Von Miller said he intends to relax this weekend in front of the big screen and watch the NFL playoffs.

AFC West roundup: Beyond Broncos, division seeing transition aplenty - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The league's Black Monday purge hit the division particularly hard with the Chargers having fired both their general manager and head coach,

Broncos returner Trindon Holliday back at practice - The Denver Post
Broncos wide receiver Trindon Holliday, the team's primary returner for kickoffs and punts, returned to practice Thursday.

Chicago Bears news: Denver Broncos Mike McCoy ready for whirlwind weekend of interviews -
If Mike McCoy learned anything when he went through the interview process for a head coaching position a year ago, it’s don’t pay attention to what is being said on the outside.

Mike McCoy learned from last year's interview tour -
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy learned a lesson from his interview tour last year. He spoke with the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars about their head-coaching jobs before canceling with the Oakland Raiders.

Division News

Early draft look: Chiefs - AFC West Blog - ESPN
With the Kansas City Chiefs’ season over, let’s take an early look at where the team may be heading in the draft.

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

Early draft look: Chargers - AFC West Blog - ESPN
With the San Diego Chargers’ season over, let’s take an early look at where the team may be heading in the draft. - CB Cason makes sense as priority for Chargers
The next GM of the Chargers will have a very busy next few months with several players up for new contracts, especially on defense, including starting corners Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason

NFL News

NFL Communications - 2012 NFL Records & Milestones "
For a sampling of NFL records set and milestones reached in 2012,

Polian thinks Moneyball won’t work in NFL | ProFootballTalk
The Bills plan to import Moneyball concepts to the NFL. Plenty of NFL people are skeptical.

Coaching Carousel - Steelers give Cardinals permission to interview Haley
The Steelers confirmed that they have given the Cardinals permission to interview offensive coordinator Todd Haley for their vacant head-coaching position.

Report: Bears request interview with Bruce Arians | ProFootballTalk
The Bears have added another offensive name to their search for a head coach.

Chiefs mum on Reid status | ProFootballTalk
If the Chiefs are indeed close to hiring coach Andy Reid, the Chiefs currently are saying nothing.

"Final say" could become an issue for G.M. hire in Kansas City | ProFootballTalk
With Andy Reid reportedly poised to become the next coach of the Chiefs (of course, it’s been close for six hours now), plenty of names are bubbling up for the position of G.M., if/when Reid takes the job.

AP Source: Reid, Chiefs nearing deal to be coach - The Denver Post
Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs should be quite familiar by now. The two sides spent much of Thursday in negotiations for Reid to become the Chiefs' coach,

Lovie Smith on Chargers' radar - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Diego Chargers may be looking at a big fish themselves.

Banner, Lurie could be squaring off for Chip Kelly | ProFootballTalk
It’s high drama, even for the drama-rich NFL. A pair of boyhood friends who had worked together for a generation are now working separately, and working against each other in pursuit of the same coach.

Ex-Chargers, Bucs assistant takes job at Auburn | ProFootballTalk
When head coaches get fired, their assistants are left to their own devices.

Kyle Shanahan, Washington Redskins offensive coordinator, wants to be a head coach - ESPN
Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan says he's "definitely" interested in exploring head coaching opportunities once Washington's season is over.

Cleveland Browns interviewed Penn State Nittany Lions' Bill O'Brien, according to report - ESPN
Bill O'Brien will remain coach of Penn State after interviewing this week with the Cleveland Browns, according to multiple reports Thursday.

Dorsey in demand | ProFootballTalk
He has been a loyal and long-term employee of the Packers. And he soon could be getting his shot.

2013 Draft

Potential Top 10 pick Bjoern Werner enters NFL draft | ProFootballTalk
Bjoern Werner, a Florida State defensive end who is regarded as a potential Top 10 pick, has decided to leave school and enter April’s NFL draft.

Justin Pugh declares for draft | ProFootballTalk
Another underclassman threw his hat in the ring for consideration in April’s draft.

Geno Smith selects Select Sports Group | ProFootballTalk
Even in a draft class that is currently believed to lack high-end quarterbacks, the best quarterbacks in the class will attract plenty of attention and competition.

Underclassmen - Should they stay or go? | National Football Post
FootballPost Chiefs on verge of landing Reid: Most

Miscellaneous Stuff

Report: Ray Lewis agrees to deal to join ESPN | ProFootballTalk
It didn’t take long after Ray Lewis announced his retirement for him to line up his next gig.

On the field, Ray Lewis’s return may not mean much for Ravens | ProFootballTalk
It may seem like sheer sacrilege to criticize Ray Lewis as he heads into what will likely be his final game in Baltimore on Sunday.

Quirks of the Game: The Rise of the Pick-Six -
On the final day of the N.F.L. season, the Jets briefly led, 3-0, against Buffalo before quarterback Mark Sanchez, facing a third-and-5 from his own 15, rushed a pass to Jeremy Kerley.

The most important position on an NFL team? The NFL Owners |
I was recently on a radio program out of Kansas City discussing the various aspects of the search for the Chiefs’ new head coach.

Top 5 most annoying types of NFL fans -
Well, well, well, another NFL season is in the books which means it is now a time for reflection.

Go Broncos!

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