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Horse Tracks: 11 of 12 of Patriots' footballs were underinflated

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The New England Patriots look like dirty, dirty cheaters after ESPN's report that 11 of 12 game balls from the AFC Championship Game were underinflated... tons of stuff on Gary Kubiak and the Denver Broncos' ongoing assistant coach-search process.

The NFL has found that 11 of the 12 New England Patriots' game footballs were underinflated, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports. While the investigation is still ongoing, with the question of how these footballs became underinflated a significant item under investigation, the revelation has already opened another storm of criticisms and angst toward the Patriots and Bill Belichick.

The revelation takes on new light after CBS dug into its vault/memory banks and found an interview in 2011 where Tom Brady said he liked deflated footballs.

"When Gronk scores -- it was like his eighth touchdown of the year -- he spikes the ball and he deflates the ball," Brady told WEEI-AM via ESPN.com in 2011. "I love that, because I like the deflated ball. But I feel bad for that football, because he puts everything he can into those spikes."

Right now, no one in the NFL is talking about the possibility of disqualifying the Patriots. The talks surround fines and possible missed draft picks.

In typical NFL fashion, the punishment doesn't fit the (presumed) crime. The NFL's investigation into how the footballs became underinflated is expected to be completed in two to three days.

Bad news Bengals

How do you go about denying a dude a promotion? Well, if you're Mike Brown, Bengals owner/destroyer of dreams, it's just another day at the office.

The Bengals won't let secondary coach Vance Joseph accept a position as Broncos defensive coordinator, meaning the Broncos and Coach Gary Kubiak must look elsewhere. It's an unfortunate turn of events, because Joseph was a tantalizingly qualified DC candidate who had connections with Kubiak and whose secondary was one of the NFL's best in 2014. The Broncos were "extremely interested" in Joseph, according to CBS Sports - he's a University of Colorado alum, after all - but they'll have to look elsewhere now for their DC (recall that Denver's defensive coordinator from 2012-2014, Jack Del Rio, is now Raiders head coach. Former Broncos DC Dennis Allen is now a defensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints).

Horse Tracks

Kubiak introduced as head coach
Gary Kubiak is formally introduced as the next head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Sorry, Mrs. Kubiak

Gary Kubiak calls Denver Broncos job opening a game-changer - ESPN
"I had a couple opportunities come up real, real quick," Kubiak said Tuesday just after he was introduced as the new Broncos head coach. "Rhonda [Kubiak’s wife] and I talked about it, you now, what I went through the year before, I thought I was in a good place, I liked what I was doing, I knew I was learning a great deal. And I just kind of said to myself, ‘hey Rhonda I’m going to make this decision, we’re going to stay (with the Ravens). We’re going to go take a vacation, take a break. Obviously there’s been no vacation."

John Elway: Broncos thinking about more than Peyton Manning's decision - ESPN
"I’m not talking to Peyton about what his plans are because I don’t think he’s ready to talk about it,’’ Elway said Tuesday as the Broncos formally introduced Gary Kubiak as the team’s new head coach. " … I will say this: I talked to Peyton Saturday and said we were going down to talk to Gary on Sunday and it’s been a whirlwind since then. I also want to emphasize there’s 52 other guys we’ve got to worry about here. And I think we build this thing as a team. … Sure, we do want Peyton’s input, I do want to understand Peyton’s side of it, what he wants to do, but really there is 52 other guys on this roster, 10 guys on the practice squad and now guys we’ve signed to future contracts. And those guys are really, really important, too. This organization is important.’’

Kubiak 'back home,' welcomes expectations
"I do understand the expectations of this organization and that’s why I love it so much," Kubiak said. "I know that each and every year this team is built—and the job that Joe [Ellis] and John [Elway] do—it’s with one reason and one reason only and that’s to win a championship. I was part of the last one. I want to do that again. "Those things don’t just happen. You have to work to make those happen. That’s the thing that I’m most comfortable with."

Kubiak ‘was at the top of the list’
"Gary’s done it, he’s seen it," Elway said of winning a Super Bowl. "He understands, he’s been there, he’s won a World Championship with Mike [Shanahan]. And so he’s seen it. He’s been with the Baltimore Ravens, who have won several World Championships. He’s seen how they do it."

Photos: Kubiak's introductory press conference
Check out photos of Gary Kubiak's introductory press conference.

Broncos' Gary Kubiak is fine with John Elway's high expectations - The Denver Post
"I didn't hire Gary Kubiak because he's my buddy," Elway said. "I hired him because he's the best man for the job."

Kubiak doesn’t have much to say about Peyton’s future | ProFootballTalk
"We have talked, talked a couple days ago at length, talked a little bit last night via text and those type of things, talked a lot about a lot of stuff," he said. "I want to be the best support system I can be for Peyton."

Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak: 'We need to support Peyton Manning' - NFL Videos
Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak talks about his relationship with John Elway, and what he thinks about quarterback Peyton Manning's upcoming decision.

Gary Kubiak's offense might be just what Broncos' Peyton Manning needs
The most intriguing part of a Manning-Kubiak pairing could be the stretch run plays, which were the backbone of Manning's offense early in his 14-year tenure with the Indianapolis Colts. Those rushing plays required him to move the pocket, but he and Colts running back Edgerrin James usually executed it to perfection.

Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels on Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak: 'It put a smile on my face to see him in that role' - NFL Videos
Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels joins "NFL Total Access" to discuss former Ravens' offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's new position as head coach with the Denver Broncos.

Sources: Adam Gase to meet with Bears - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN
Highly sought-after Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who interviewed for the Bears' head-coaching vacancy during Denver’s bye week in the first round of the playoffs, is scheduled to fly to Chicago Wednesday morning to meet with Chicago Bears coach John Fox about the team's offensive coordinator job, sources close to the situation tell ESPN. It is more likely than not the two coaches will reunite, with Gase assuming the same role he had the past two seasons after he was promoted by Fox as Denver's offensive coordinator in 2013, sources said.