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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/8/13

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Same Team, Different Faces for Ravens
The Baltimore team that will travel to Denver for Saturday’s Divisional Round matchup is a different-looking one from the club that the Broncos beat in Week 15.

Drawing from Postseason Experience
The Broncos have 36 players with postseason experience on the roster.

Monday Notebook: Matching Baltimore's Intensity
Emotions will be running high Saturday against the Ravens; Champ Bailey's technique helps his teammates; two players were signed to future contracts.

Lewis Looming Large
The Broncos are well aware of veteran linebacker Ray Lewis' impact on the Ravens.

Ready for the Revenge Factor
After beating the Ravens in Week 15, the Broncos anticipate a fiery Baltimore team on Saturday.

Colquitt Nets Another Record
Britton Colquitt's 2012 season yielded the best net punting average in team history.

Hunter's Recovery Coming Along
Defensive end Jason Hunter is pleased with the progress of his rehabilitation from his triceps injury.

Denver Broncos Videos

Hot Topics: Divisional Playoffs - ESPN Video - ESPN
Herm Edwards and Brian Dawkins discuss which team is in the best and worst position to win this weekend.

Fox on Ravens Rematch
Head Coach John Fox addresses the media leading up to the club's Divisional Round rematch with Baltimore.

NFL Network: Decker Ready for Ravens
Eric Decker talks about the challenges the Ravens pose and the evolution of the offense since the arrival of Peyton Manning.

Adams Not Ready for Vacation
Safety Mike Adams talks about preparing for the first postseason game of his career.

Woodyard: 'We're Just Ready to Play'
Linebacker Wesley Woodyard talks about preparing for round two against Baltimore

BTV Report: Ready to Run It Back
Why eight days since a meaningful game feels like three months to one player and reaction to facing Baltimore again this season.

Chargers Interested In Lovie Smith - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter says the Chargers are interested in Lovie Smith for their coaching vacancy, but are focused on hiring a general manager first.

How To Fix The Chiefs - ESPN Video - ESPN
Herm Edwards discusses the challenges that Andy Reid will face as the new coach of the Chiefs.

Chiefs Introduce Andy Reid - ESPN Video - ESPN
Andy Reid comments on his time in Philadelphia and what he feels he can do for the Chiefs.

AFC Divisional Playoffs - ESPN Video - ESPN
Eric Mangini, Herm Edwards and Tim Hasselbeck discuss which AFC team has the best chance to win a rematch in the divisional playoffs.

Zach Ertz Enters NFL Draft - ESPN Video - ESPN
Stanford TE Zach Ertz announces plans to enter 2013 NFL Draft.

Brady Expects Different Game vs. Texans - ESPN Video - ESPN AFC East blogger James Walker discusses Tom Brady's comments that the "Monday Night Football" game between the Texans and Patriots will have no bearing on their playoff matchup.

Which Baltimore Ravens team will show up Saturday? -
The New England Patriots insist their playoff rematch with the Houston Texans won't be the cakewalk it was a month ago. The Denver Broncos -- set to play a Baltimore Ravens team they scattered in Week 15 -- are singing the same tune.

Ed Reed 'not thinking about' retirement from NFL -
Ray Lewis played his final home game Sunday in what amounted to an emotional farewell to Ravens fans after 17 years in Baltimore. Will he be joined in retirement by another core member of the defense? - Ravens release former second-round OLB Kindle
The Ravens released former second-round pick OLB Sergio Kindle from their practice squad, the team announced Monday.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Ravens to have psychological edge? Not so fast, Broncos say - The Denver Post
After a Monday conditioning workout and film study, Broncos players dismissed any notion that Baltimore might have a psychological advantage Saturday

Broncos analysis: Playoff teams tend to run more often than in regular season - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
In a season when every week it seemed some golden-armed passer was shattering some long-held record, things were more than a little grounded in the opening weekend of the NFL's postseason.

Broncos safety Mike Adams has waited nine years for playoff chance - The Denver Post
Hmm, let's see. A beach chair in some tropical paradise, or Denver on what is forecast to be about a 20-degree January day Saturday for the Broncos' playoff opener?

Broncos have options if Mike McCoy takes job as head coach elsewhere - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: I am curious if the Broncos lose (offensive coordinator) Mike McCoy — which seems like it will happen — who replaces him?

McGahee eligible to practice tomorrow, hopes to return | ProFootballTalk
Broncos running back Willis McGahee is eligible to begin practicing tomorrow. But he was honest about his own condition, saying he’s not ready to play yet.

ProFootballTalk: Are the Broncos still favored? | ProFootballTalk
The PFT guys take a look at the NFL’s slate of weekend playoff games. Can the Falcons take down a hot Seattle team? Will Baltimore ride their emotional high to a win in Denver?

If Broncos -- gasp! -- lose to Ravens, John Fox and staff will coach in Pro Bowl | First-and-Orange - Mike Klis
As Plan B’s go, it’s better than most. But Plan B is still nowhere better than Plan A.

Ravens-Broncos playoff buzz: Ray Lewis & Co. destined for Denver | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
The Broncos play host to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday in a postseason game at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens among NFL's big-play teams - Jeff Legwold
The Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens feature two of the NFL’s most adept big-play offenses.

Broncos' John Fox unsure whether bye week plays factor in playoffs - The Denver Post
Broncos coach John Fox is glad his team earned the AFC's No. 1 seed in the postseason and got to sit back and watch football last weekend rather than have to play its way into the second week.

Broncos enjoy healing power of playoff bye; O-line nears full strength - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
For all the worry about how a bye week can abduct a performance edge from a top-seeded playoff team, it does have one significant redeeming value.

Ravens given roster exemption for Asa Jackson | ProFootballTalk
The Baltimore Ravens have received a one-week roster exemption for cornerback Asa Jackson.

Division News - Quick fix in Kansas City
Forget about it perhaps being an unlucky omen that the Chiefs wasted no time making Andy Reid the 13th head coach in the team’s 53-year history.

Tampa Two could be coming to Kansas City | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs have in recent years employed a 3-4 defense. With Andy Reid running the show, things could be changing.

Andy Reid: I’ve got to find the next Len Dawson | ProFootballTalk
New Chiefs coach Andy Reid was formally introduced in Kansas City today, and it didn’t take long for him to be asked about finding a quarterback.

ProFootballTalk: What’s Reid’s top priority in KC? | ProFootballTalk
Andy Reid has officially been named the new coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Now what? Mike Florio breaks down what’s next for Reid and if a new starting QB is on his radar.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid has learned lesson of free agency - ESPN
No NFL team has been more connected to free agency in recent years than the Philadelphia Eagles.

Several key Raiders could be gone - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Expect more change in store in Oakland as the second year of the Reggie McKenzie era is about to commence.

NFL News - Expanding the playoffs a bad idea
Roger Goodell has floated the idea of expanding the playoffs by a team or two, and we know what it means when Goodell floats something: He’s either strongly in favor of it or he’s taking public temperature of the idea.

Pete Carroll says FedEx Field was "horrible" | ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks beat the Redskins on Sunday at FedEx Field. But Seattle coach Pete Carroll wasn’t happy with the quality of the turf.

Washington Redskins say they will address FedEx Field playing surface - ESPN
Pete Carroll says the "field" in FedEx Field is "horrible."

Coaching Carousel

Dallas Cowboys reportedly fire RBs coach Skip Peete -
The Dallas Cowboys' inability to consistently run the football plagued their offense all season. Those struggles appear to have cost running backs coach Skip Peete his job.

Report: Spurned by Kelly, Browns could turn focus to Gruden | ProFootballTalk
Apparently not content to limit the applicant pool to rising NFL assistants, the Browns seem eager to jump into the deep end again.

Jaworski says Jon Gruden would be interested in Eagles | ProFootballTalk
Largely ignored for the first week of the 2013 hiring cycle, former Raiders and Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden seems to be doing his damnedest to create a market where none apparently exists.

Kubiak touts Dennison for head-coaching job | ProFootballTalk
So far, Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has landed on the interview list of only one NFL team — the Bears.

Marc Trestman, Cleveland Browns to talk -- reports - ESPN
The Cleveland Browns will meet with Marc Trestman, coach of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, on Monday, according to multiple reports.

Jon Gruden interested in NFL but only for right teams -
A thought occurred to me over the weekend when I saw the latest report that ESPN analyst Jon Gruden doesn't have any NFL head-coaching interviews scheduled: Is it simply possible that no one wants him? - Report: Jets will not retain QB coach Cavanaugh
The Jets parted ways with quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Reports: Tom Gamble not sure thing for Jets G.M. | ProFootballTalk
On Sunday, there were reports that indicated 49ers exec Tom Gamble was poised to become the next general manager of the Jets.

Status of coach, G.M. searches, one week later | ProFootballTalk
With the hiring cycle seven days old and only two head-coaching jobs filled, we thought it would make sense to wipe the slate clean and provide a fresh, one-stop update as to all current vacancies

David Caldwell has third interview with Jaguars | ProFootballTalk
The Jaguars were putting out word that their process wasn’t going to be a fast one, but they’re already talking to one candidate for a third time.

Doug Marrone’s looking for experienced coordinators | ProFootballTalk
The Bills introduced new head coach Doug Marrone at a press conference on Monday and, as you’d probably expect, Marrone didn’t offer many specifics about what he’ll do to get the Bills back to being a winning team.

Marrone could be trying to lure Carmichael to Buffalo | ProFootballTalk
Quietly, the contract of Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, Jr. is expiring.

Teams grumbling over breadth of Bears’, Eagles’ coaching searches | ProFootballTalk
Two head-coaching jobs have been filled, and five (for now) remain vacant.

Philadelphia Eagles granted permission to interview Cincinnati Bengals assistant Jay Gruden - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles have received permission to interview Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden for their coaching vacancy.

Caldwell gets second interview with Jets | ProFootballTalk
It had appeared that 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble would end up being the G.M. of the Jets and that Falcons director of player personnel Dave Caldwell would become the G.M. of the Jaguars.

Rod Marinelli could remain in Chicago | ProFootballTalk
One of the coaches not on the Bears’ ever-expanding list of head coaching candidates is their current defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

Jets fire offensive coordinator Tony Sparano | ProFootballTalk
One year was all Tony Sparano got as the Jets’ offensive coordinator.

Mike Singletary among scheduled interviews by Bears | ProFootballTalk
Among the ever-increasing names of candidates scheduled to interview for the head coaching job of the Chicago Bears is a very prominent name from their franchise’s history books.

2013 Draft

What NFP is hearing - Draft Rumblings. | National Football Post
Russ Lande lets us know what he is hearing from scouts around the league.

Draft gets a big (and great) name, Barkevious Mingo declares | ProFootballTalk
He’ll end up being one of the biggest names in this year’s NFL Draft, but he’s already one of the best names.

Stanford tight ends Zach Ertz, Levine Toilolo enter draft | ProFootballTalk
Stanford tight ends Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo combined for 93 catches and 10 touchdowns for a Cardinal team that went 12-2 with a 20-14 win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl


Bill Belichick: Patriots’ previous win over Texans means nothing now | ProFootballTalk
In December, the Patriots destroyed the Texans, 42-14. Which is great news for the Patriots, who get to play the Texans again on Sunday in the divisional round of the playoffs.

John Abraham ready to practice Wednesday | ProFootballTalk
It appeared that Falcons coach Mike Smith’s decision to play his starters in the regular season finale was a disaster, when cornerback Dunta Robinson and defensive end John Abraham were injured in a meaningless game.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Adrian Peterson plans to play hard at Pro Bowl | ProFootballTalk
The meaningful portion of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s season came to an end in Saturday night’s loss to the Packers, but Peterson’s still got one more game to play.--- Yeah to bulk up his MVP resume. KK

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