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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/5/13

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Andy Reid debuts as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs
Andy Reid debuts as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs

Broncos to Host United In Orange Pep Rally "
In advance of the Broncos’ postseason opener, the team will host a United In Orange Pep Rally next Friday, Jan. 11th at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Taking in the Postseason "
There’s playoff football on television, and I’ll be like most of you these next couple days — I’m going to watch it all.

Broncos' Divisional Round Scenarios
A look at how this weekend's Wild Card games will determine who the Broncos host next Saturday.

Denver Broncos Videos

Game Changers
Denver's offense has made its mark, but the defense is ready to prove its playoff ready.

Fox Wraps Up Bye Week
Coach Fox on why he was pleased with the team's effort during the bye week.

NFL playoffs: Are you ready to see some speed? | National Football Post
Speed of the game increases with rings, money on the line.

NFL Kickoff OT: Wild Card Weekend - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFL Live OT previews this weekends' NFL playoff games.

Saturday Wild-Card Preview - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi preview Saturday's wild-card matchups between Cincinnati-Houston and Minnesota-Green Bay

Sunday Wild-Card Preview - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi preview Sunday's wild-card matchups between Indianapolis-Baltimore and Seattle-Washington.

Ray Lewis Probable Vs Colts - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton with the latest on Ray Lewis' playing status for the Ravens' playoff matchup against the Colts.

Chiefs Hire Reid As Head Coach - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton discusses the Andy Reid hiring in Kansas City and how Reid will fix the Chiefs' offense.

BCS Title Game Prospect Breakdown | National Football Post
FootballPost Giants will remain at home for 2013

Video: Oregon OL Kyle Long - ESPN Video - ESPN
Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long talks about the Fiesta Bowl victory and the Ducks' future if Chip Kelly leaves for the NFL.

Video: Oregon DE Dion Jordan - ESPN Video - ESPN
Oregon DE Dion Jordan talks about the defense's dominant effort in the Fiesta Bowl and his and Chip Kelly's potential NFL futures.

DawgNation: Jarvis Jones declares for NFL Draft - ESPN Video - ESPN
Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, declared Friday for the NFL Draft. Radi Nabulsi and David Ching break down what it means for the Dawgs.

Eric Reid To Enter NFL Draft - ESPN Video - ESPN
LSU safety Eric Reid to enter NFL draft.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Happy two-year anniversary, John Elway | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Houston — To think that two years ago today, the football nation wondered: Would John Elway become the next Matt Millen?

NFL playoffs: Game previews for AFC, NFC Saturday wild-card games - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The skinny: There's backing into the playoffs, and there is dropping down from the AFC's top seed, with home-field advantage, into a short work week in the playoffs.

NFL playoffs: Denver Broncos' three potential playoff opponents analyzed - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Now, the Broncos will grab the remotes this weekend and tune in to see who's coming to Denver next Saturday.

Depth of Denver Broncos running backs, player unselfishness major assets - The Denver Post
Fans might call it "mop-up" duty, but combining for 22 carries last weekend in the Broncos' 38-3 rout of Kansas City meant everything to backup running backs Lance Ball and Jacob Hester.

Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady expected to be ready for playoff opener - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Offensive tackle Ryan Clady is expected to practice next week and play in the Broncos' playoff opener Jan. 12 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Broncos have plan in place for Willis McGahee's return - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: When Willis McGahee returns, what will be the roster move to activate him? Won't they need to release someone to make room? Kind of a bummer to be so close to a Super Bowl and miss out.

Broncos' Ryan Clady again misses practice with undisclosed injury - The Denver Post
Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady did not participate Friday in the final practice of the Broncos' playoff bye week.

Broncos send AFC West rivals into coaching action | First-and-Orange - Mike Klis
Not sure yet about the San Diego Chargers, but the Kansas City Chiefs became a more challenging rival today.

Broncos see four players amass at least 500 receiving yards this season | First-and-Orange - Jeff Legwold
The Broncos had four players this season with at least 500 yards receiving:

PFT Live 01/04: John Elway, PFT Planet | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio talks with Broncos Executive VP of Football Operations and Hall of Fame quarterback, John Elway about his teams turnaround season and their focus headed into the playoffs. Then, Florio takes calls and tweets from NFL fans.

PFT Live: Elway on nabbing Manning and Fox | ProFootballTalk
Denver Broncos Executive VP of Football Operations John Elway joins PFT Live in preparation for Denver’s playoff run. Elway talks about his team’s No. 1 seed in the AFC, if he expected Peyton Manning to compete at such a high level this early, the decision behind hiring John Fox as head coach, and more - Dreessen, Tamme add extra element to Broncos' offense
Peyton Manning often had two tight ends in his Colts offenses, utilizing Dallas Clark, Marcus Pollard, Ben Utecht and Jacob Tamme, among others in his passing game.

Division News

Reid must ride Jamaal Charles - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The knock on Andy Reid is he doesn’t adjust well.

What will Reid's staff look like? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It will be interesting to see who Andy Reid adds to his coaching staff.

Quarterback is Andy Reid's top challenge - AFC West Blog - ESPN
When Andy Reid took over as the Philadelphia Eagles coach in 1999, they ended up with the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft.

Scott Pioli's program never took flight - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Some Chiefs fans became so dissatisfied with GM Scott Pioli this season that they hired a plane to carry a banner over Arrowhead Stadium on game days with the message to fire Pioli. There's no need to go to such lengths anymore.

Andy Reid brings instant credibility - AFC West Blog - ESPN
On Monday, hours after firing yet another unsuccessful head coach, Clark Hunt reached out to season-ticket holders of the Kansas City Chiefs with a personalized email.

ProFootballTalk: Why Kansas City for Andy Reid? | ProFootballTalk
Andy Reid has found a new home with the Kansas City Chiefs and the PFT guys discuss why KC is the best fit for the former Eagles coach.

Reid’s new five-year deal includes final say on KC personnel | ProFootballTalk
Not that this was a great surprise, after the Chiefs hired coach Andy Reid and fired general manager Scott Pioli the same day, but Reid has the run of the place.

Vermeil told Reid that KC’s pros overcome lack of QB | ProFootballTalk
Another man who made the trek from Philadelphia to Kansas City said he had a simple piece of advice for Andy Reid, when he was still thinking about the Chiefs job. - Reid, Chiefs were made for each other
There was no better place for Andy Reid than Kansas City. And there was no better coach that the Chiefs could have hoped for but Reid.

John Dorsey has Kansas City links beyond Andy Reid | ProFootballTalk
Florio mentioned last night how in-demand Packers director of football operations John Dorsey has become.

NFL News

NFL will reconsider the tuck rule this offseason | ProFootballTalk
Dean Blandino, the league’s director of officiating, said in a video distributed to the media that the NFL’s Competition Committee plans to review the tuck rule

Bucs are poised to sever ties with Eric Wright | ProFootballTalk
When Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright recently returned from a suspension and faced a fairly aggressive grilling from the local media without a lifeline from the team’s

Coaching Carousel

New York Jets' search for new general manager begins - ESPN
The New York Jets have begun their search for Mike Tannenbaum's replacement.

Jacksonville Jaguars assistants can pursue other jobs, according to league sources - ESPN
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan has given permission to all of his assistant coaches to speak to other teams about potential jobs, according to league sources.

Todd Haley, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator, has not yet agreed to interview with Arizona Cardinals - sources - ESPN
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley has not yet agreed to interview for the Arizona Cardinals' head-coaching position because he wants to determine their level of interest and avoid putting his current job in jeopardy,

Cardinals continue coach, G.M. search | ProFootballTalk
With Andy Reid never even going to Arizona for an interview, the Cardinals’ search for a coach and a G.M. continues

Report: Colt McCoy has been told he’s in Chip Kelly’s plans | ProFootballTalk
Chip Kelly may be creating a quarterback controversy in Cleveland before he even gets the job.

G.M. dominoes could start falling soon | ProFootballTalk
Five teams are currently looking for General Managers. Five days after the 2012 regular season ended, a loose sense is emerging as to how things will fall together

Could Cowher become the coach in Carolina? | ProFootballTalk
Now that we’re mainstream (or something close to it), we’re careful (or at least more careful) about trafficking in rumors.

Report: Univ. of Washington’s Sarkisian turned down head coaching interviews | ProFootballTalk
We’ve heard a lot about Chip Kelly this week, but it could have been two Pac-12 head coaches interviewing for NFL jobs

Horton waits to hear from Cardinals, Browns, Bills | ProFootballTalk
With one of seven head-coaching vacancies filled, it’s unclear when the next seat will be occupied.

Ron Rivera, Jerry Richardson meeting on Saturday | ProFootballTalk
The Panthers are putting together a list of general manager candidates, which now reportedly includes Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson, but their head coach still hasn’t met with the team’s owner to talk about the 2012 season. - Eagles granted permission to interview Bradley, Arians
The Eagles were granted permission to interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians for their vacant head-coaching position. - Cardinals' search for head coach suddenly 'wide open'
With Andy Reid getting swept off his feet by the Chiefs after multiple media outlets reported earlier in the week that he was all but locked up to become the Cardinals’ next head coach, we hear Cardinals team president Mike Bidwill appears to be in no great rush to nail down another alternative. - Jaguars owner Khan still learning NFL ropes
Jaguars owner Shahid Khan's search for a new GM is in full gear, with 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble and Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell already receiving interviews

Eagles to meet with Doug Marrone while out West, as well | ProFootballTalk
Add a fourth (actually fifth) name to the Eagles jam-packed Western tour.

Kelly and Dunn using their leverage while they have it | ProFootballTalk
Give them credit for drawing up plays that keep the pressure on opponents.

Browns’ courtship of Chip Kelly possibly includes a favor for his agent | ProFootballTalk
Perhaps as stunning as the news that the Browns are close to a deal to make Chip Kelly their next head coach (we won’t not believe it until someone says it’s 95-percent certain)

2013 Draft

Potential top pick Jarvis Jones enters NFL draft | ProFootballTalk
Jarvis Jones, a Georgia outside linebacker who is viewed as a potential first overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, has made his decision: He’s leaving school to go pro.


2013 NFL playoffs -- Joe Reitz of Indianapolis Colts ruled out against Baltimore Ravens due to concussion - ESPN
Indianapolis Colts left guard Joe Reitz will not play in Sunday's playoff game at Baltimore because of a concussion.

Crocker doubtful, Green-Ellis probable for Saturday | ProFootballTalk
The Bengals have released their final injury report for the week and it looks like they are going to be down a starting safety. - Key matchup: Texans DE J.J. Watt vs. Bengals O-line
The Bengals vs. Texans may be the least attractive matchup of wild-card weekend, but we’ll get to see the top candidate for Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt. - Karim latest unsung Colt making an impact
When the Colts in December re-signed RB-RS Deji Karim, who was with the team during training camp and the preseason, they weren't necessrily looking for help in the return game;

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