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» Coordinator's Corner: A familiar foe

Oct 31, 2014 - 11:59 AM - by Denver Native (Carol)
With Sunday marking the Broncos' sixth game against the Patriots in less than three years, Jack Del Rio and Adam Gase have become well acquainted with the challenges New England presents.


Outside of the Chargers, Chiefs and Raiders, there may not be a team the Broncos have become better acquainted with in recent years than the Patriots.

"We’ve played these guys so much it’s like a division opponent really," Jack Del Rio said Thursday. "We’ve played them quite a bit. I think they’re pretty familiar with us as well."

Del Rio wasn't with the Broncos in 2011 -- when the Broncos hosted the Patriots in Week 15 and traveled to Foxborough for a divisional playoff game in January -- but he has been a part of the teams' three matchups in the last two seasons, including once as interim head coach. Meanwhile, Adam Gase is only in his second season at the helm of the Broncos' offense, but as the QB coach in 2011 and 2012, he has been a part of all five games between the Broncos and Patriots since 2011.
rest - plus videos - http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-an...9-04dbafdb0976
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» Broncos defense is making its mark with attitude, physical play

Oct 31, 2014 - 11:34 AM - by Denver Native (Carol)
Michael Irvin looked up at the enormous stadium video screen and spotted a bigger picture regarding the Denver defense.

Peyton Manning didn't share Irvin's observations, but the Broncos quarterback was more intently focused on the moment, and screen shots of those cocky Denver defenders frolicking on the sideline were hampering his ability to call plays last Sunday night.

A team trying to win Super Bowls, though, can't have too many Peyton Mannings playing defense. Better to have an Aqib Talib, a cornerback who will mix it up physically and vocally with the other team's top receiver. Or a T.J. Ward, a strong safety who will knock the knees out of a tight end.
rest - http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci...itude-physical
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» Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson: Better together

Oct 31, 2014 - 11:18 AM - by Denver Native (Carol)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson arrived in the same draft class, possess similar skill sets and found their niche in the same role: rotating between defensive end and tackle based on the down, distance and personnel grouping.

They fight for the same snaps. They push each other in practice. And more often this year, they work together. The result of their labor is perhaps the most athletic and quickest front-four sub package in the game today: Wolfe and Jackson on the inside, with Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware on the outside.

Wolfe and Jackson stunt, twist and draw double-teams. On the Broncos' last four sacks, Jackson attracted one double-team and Wolfe drew three. The calculus is simple: if one attracts two blockers, the others -- including Miller and Ware -- get one-on-ones.
rest - http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-an...d-4b6460378412
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» Finished front lobby: Trophy case and banner photos

Oct 30, 2014 - 3:10 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
Go inside the Broncos' newly finished front lobby, where championship banners hang from the ceiling and a new trophy case shines.

photos - http://www.denverbroncos.com/multime...2-368f8363bb51
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» Wes Welker specializes as team's "third" option

Oct 30, 2014 - 2:15 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
Wes Welker prefers Xbox numbers, Sundays when he receives 10 targets and records triple digits in yards. But even in a limited role this season, he remains an effective weapon. At 33, in one of the league's most prolific offenses, Welker has morphed into football's version of a left-handed specialist.

"It is kind of strange," Welker said, smirking. "I feel like I am the weak link of our offense. But if I am the weak link, we're going to be OK."

Welker no longer catches as many passes, but his receptions matter. Peyton Manning has thrown his direction nine times on third down this season, leading to six catches and four first downs.
rest - http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci...s-third-option
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» Thursday Night Blitz with Vic - 10-30

Oct 30, 2014 - 1:56 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
You can watch on line at 6:00 MT- DT and Rahim - http://denver.cbslocal.com/blitz/

I would imagine Vic will ask Rahim what was going on during the SD game between him and Coach Fox.
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» Denver's Defensive Difference Makers

Oct 30, 2014 - 1:03 PM - by VonDoom
Nice article that mostly focuses on Ware and Von over at MMQB. Not much we don't know, but there's some cool stuff about Ware's presence and effect on Miller:

When the Broncos defense holds its meetings each week to prepare for third-down situations, the group rearranges its seating chart. For other meetings, the two captains, Knighton and Ware, sit next to each other, but for third-down prep, Miller slides into Knighton’s seat. Ware and Miller use that time to scheme, to draw their plans, mad scientists in the meeting room. Knighton is more than willing to cede his place of power. He’s seen what the pair can do, seen the effect Ware has on Miller. The calm veteran has a way of reaching Miller that few others in Denver’s locker room do, and the effect has been tangible. Miller is back, on the field and off, the physical terror and the offbeat personality you’d be hard-pressed to identify except for his aviator glasses and cowboy hat.

It’s impossible to say what kind of player, what kind of person, Miller would be had Ware decided to choose another of his many suitors last winter. But there’s no denying that lining up alongside one of his childhood heroes has changed Miller for the better, and the pairing has seemed to energize Ware, too. This is a new chapter for him, a chance to help a younger player and push himself in the process. A chance to finally win a ring after so many years of mediocrity in Dallas.

“We already had that closeness, that brotherhood, but now we’re playing on the same team,” Ware says. “It’s great to be playing with a guy like Von. I can’t do half of the stuff he does. He’s a phenom. He’s one of those type of guys where you don’t know what he’s going to do, so you just go and let him
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» Von Miller, Broncos LB, named AFC Defensive Player of the Month

Oct 30, 2014 - 10:00 AM - by Denver Native (Carol)
Broncos linebacker Von Miller was named the October AFC Defensive Player of the Month on Thursday.

Miller recorded seven sacks, 14 tackles and a pass defensed to help Denver to a 4-0 record in October. It is Miller’s second defensive player of the month award — he earned the honor in November 2012.

On the season, Miller has 28 tackles and is second in the NFL behind Kansas City’s Justin Houston with nine sacks.

Miller is the seventh Broncos player to earn the award, along with Rulon Jones, Karl Mecklenburg, Dennis Smith, Simon Fletcher, Deltha O’Neal and Champ Bailey. He and Bailey are the only Denver players to receive the honor twice.
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» I am the Joel of Football's Future

Oct 29, 2014 - 12:13 PM - by 7DnBrnc53
On the Football's Future website, I have been talking about how Patriot fans seem to overlook what Matt Cassel did in 2008, and how they don't give it any credence as far as calling Brady's legacy into question.

They want to compare the 2008 Cassel with the 07 Brady, which is totally unfair.

The 08 Cassel hadn't started since high school, and the 07 Brady was an eight-year vet. Comparing Cassel with the 01 Brady is fairer. Cassel had more weapons around him, but the 01 Brady had a very easy schedule (he only played three winning teams).

Just like some of you feel about Joel, they feel the same about me. A lot of those people can't stand Elway, and think that he is the most overrated QB ever. They think that Brady is so much better, and they even think that Drew Brees is better. They get irritated at me when I defend him, and they say things like "Dan Reeves made Chris Chandler" or "The Defense carried Denver to the SB in 86 and 87, not Elway".
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» Some changes to ads on BroncosForums site

Oct 28, 2014 - 10:24 PM - by Tned
I'm having to make a few changes to ads placed on the BroncosForums.com site. This year, my ad revenue has fallen through the floor.

In past years, during the five or six months of football season, I made enough revenue to cover the cost of the site in those months, some months even a little extra, and then in the offseason, had the revenue fall quite a bit short of the monthly expenses. Over the course of the year, the ad revenue always falls short of the cost of the server, backup/test server and other things I do (probably overkill) to try and make sure BroncosForums has as close to zero downtime as possible, and runs as fast as possible and can handle a load spike if there is "huge" Broncos news. Last September, for instance, I upgraded the server to a new much faster server with more RAM and both an SSD RAID (faster than traditional drives) and 1 TB traditional RAID for speed and redundancy.

All of that is fine, because I'm a passionate fan and this is one of the ways I show my support for the Broncos and Broncos community.

That said, my revenue has been steadily declining, which means what I subsidize every month has been increasing, because advertisers are getting pickier and pickier about what they pay for. I've tried to make ads as unobtrusive as possible putting many of them at the bottom of pages, or at the end of a thread, but advertisers have started paying pennies (actually fractions of pennies -- $.0001 for each ad displayed lower in pages) for ads like this. They are requiring ads to be "above the fold" or they pay virtually nothing. Above the fold is an old newspaper term, which meant literally, above the fold on a newspaper, such that you would see it in a newspaper dispenser. In the online world, they translate above the fold to mean it's viewed when you pull up the page without scrolling down. With the exception of a couple ads on the home page, none of my ads are visible... [Read More]
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» Patriots to Honor 3-time Super Bowl Champions

Oct 28, 2014 - 9:19 PM - by CrazyHorse
BOSTON (CBS) — While Sunday night’s Patriots-Broncos game will be the latest chapter in the historic Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry, it will also feature a very special reunion at halftime

There will be plenty of bling on the field at Gillette Stadium, as the Patriots will honor 18 of the 22 players who earned three Super Bowl rings with the franchise during their run of success during the early 2000s.

New England won their first Super Bowl in 2001, upsetting the heavily-favored St. Louis Rams, and went on to win back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004, becoming just the second team in the Super Bowl era to win three championships in four years.

Let's hope this serves as a distraction allowing the Broncos to pull out a victory.
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» Champ Bailey, former Broncos cornerback, to retire from NFL

Oct 28, 2014 - 7:57 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
In recent months, Champ Bailey has lived the life not atypical of many retired Americans.

He hangs out with his wife and 4-year-old son in Orange County, Calif. Why there when he grew up and played his college ball in Georgia and spent most of his NFL playing career in Denver? Because his wife is from Orange County, of course.

"Look, I play fantasy football now," Bailey said Tuesday. "I picked up Ronnie Hillman for my fantasy team. I saw Montee Ball go down and I said, 'Ronnie has to step up.' I texted somebody on the team, 'Tell, Ronnie to take advantage.' He's taken off."

Once a Bronco, always a Bronco.
rest - http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci...etire-from-nfl
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» Where does Champ rank?

Oct 28, 2014 - 4:08 PM - by aberdien
Historically, how far is he down the list of greatest CBs in NFL history?

I think he's a solid top 10 guy, and maybe a top 5, but I can't think of a whole lot of corners right now. Deion, Darrell Green, Rod Woodson, NTL are the top guys who I can think of off the top of my head.
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» Champ Officially Retires

Oct 28, 2014 - 1:12 PM - by Spiritguy
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter · 24m24 minutes ago

Despite interest from teams, Champ Bailey has decided to retire from NFL to pursue other career opportunities, agent Jack Reale said Tues.
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter · 25m25 minutes ago

Now the clock starts running till the time Champ Bailey, a 12-time Pro Bowl selection, is inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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» Broncos have a date with plenty of history

Oct 28, 2014 - 9:58 AM - by Denver Native (Carol)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- It's not an issue, a point of controversy or even bulletin board material even if there had been an actual bulletin board in the locker room at any point over the past decade.

But it is a riddle of sorts, an unanswered question, the Denver Broncos say they feel like they're asking almost annually.

That if the NFL schedule is indeed based on predictable rotations, with pre-ordained slots, that offer a different collection of non-divisional opponents each season to go with a team that finished in the same place in their division as you finished in yours, how, then, do the Broncos keep facing the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium.

"That's what I'm asking y'all," said Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. with a laugh. "Y'all supposed to tell me that."

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has pointed it out, just before each of the previous two trips "it's always random they say, but it's been strange how that works out."
rest - http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/po...nty-of-history
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