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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - Elway or the Highway

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Elway or the Highway

According to Woody Paige John Elway is the driving force behind many of the changes you have seen since the losses to New England and the St. Louis Rams.

- Elway wanted better performance along the offensive line. Subsequently, Will Montgomery would take over at C, Manny Ramirez at RT, and Louis Vasquez at RT.

- He wanted more balance on offense--the Broncos have run the ball more than they have passed it over the last 3

- A more aggressive and attacking defense

- Improvement on Special Teams

- Less penalties

Except for perhaps the penalties that still exist along the offensive line, Elway has seen his team make great strides in each of these areas. They are running the ball the majority of the time the past several weeks, have worked themselves to a +6 in the turnover differential, and have had some quality returns on Special Teams while finally getting some consistency in the kicking game.

Super Bowl or Bust?

Terrance Knighton thinks so--that's partly why he was so adamant about saying "it doesn't matter who we play." The aggressive offseason hints at a championship run, and the fact that the Denver Broncos came so close to the Lombardi last season season certainly means they could do so again right?

There are so many opinions on this matter just from the MHR staff. In my view, making the playoffs is the first goal on the way to many in order to even qualify. The question then becomes, what would you be happy with as a fan....is making the playoffs (no matter seeding) good enough?

I suppose for me, the best =goal is to make it to the AFCCG. You win that game and you're in a one game battle for league supremacy and one shot away from the Super Bowl.

How about you Broncos Country, what's your threshold for calling it a "good season?" Is it Super Bowl or Bust for you?

The result of the Coin Toss is inconsequential

Broncos fans have been conditioned to think that if the Broncos don't win the opening toss and defer, that the cosmos goes ape-shit and punishes the Bronco with a loss. Mason takes on this myth in his mailbag, and the results may surprise you...

Since Peyton Manning's arrival, the Broncos are 19-3 (including postseason) when they win and defer their option. When they lose the coin toss and the opponent elects to receive, they're 9-1; when they lose the coin toss and the opponent defers its option, they're 10-4.

The last time the Broncos won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff was in Week 5 of the 2012 season, at New England. The Broncos won four of the first five coin tosses that year and elected to receive every time; they went 1-3 in these games, although the adjustment to an overhauled offense and the quality of the opposition (the three losses were to Atlanta, Houston and New England, teams that finished a combined 36-12) were more significant factors than the coin toss.

Regardless of winning or losing the toss, the Broncos are 28-4 since the start of the 2012 season when they kick off to start the game, and 11-7 when they receive the opening kickoff (but they are 10-4 since the afore-mentioned 1-3 start).

Horse Tracks

Broncos' Terrance Knighton latest to make bold sports prediction - The Denver Post
Joe Namath put down his glass of Johnnie Walker on the rocks and shuffled up on his bum knees to accept his award.

No question, expect Peyton Manning to play for Broncos on Monday - The Denver Post
If Peyton Manning is "questionable" for the game Monday night between his Broncos and the Cincinnati Bengals, then perhaps the NFL should examine the injury report definition of "questionable."

Paige: To John Elway, runners-up don't have super seasons - The Denver Post
The Duke of Denver hates being a runner-up or an also-ran in anything. He doesn't even want to draw the Community Chest card in Monopoly that proclaims: "You've won second prize in a beauty contest. Collect $10."

Terrance Knighton's words are as powerful as his play
The 2014 winner of the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award doesn't mind putting the target on his back.

Offensive balance, trust in the defense
Jack Del Rio discussed defensive tackle Terrance Knighton’s progress since their days in Jacksonville while Adam Gase maintained his commitment to the run.

Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib: Unlikely pair turned deadly duo
In many ways Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. couldn’t be more different, but the former Jayhawks have been like brothers since their KU days, and now make up one of the league’s scariest cornerback pairings.

Mason's Mailbag: Coin tosses, attacking with Osweiler, throwbacks and more
A holiday look into the mailbag turns up questions about the use of Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson, and end-of-half tactics, among other topicsDXv

Julian Edelman to miss Patriots-Jets tilt - NFL.com
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will miss New England's game against the New York Jets on Sunday. Who can be expected to fill his shoes for Tom Brady's sake?

Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals preview - ESPN
Both teams chasing AFC playoff position in prime-time matchup.