Bronco Links – 1/8/16

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“I think we’re in really good shape. We’re really fortunate in the fact that we have two quarterbacks that can play and by the time we get to next week, the team will be healthy. It’s a good situation going into that first week no matter which way Gary decides to go.”~John Elway.

 

FAST FACTS

This week in 1990: The Broncos rallied to beat Pittsburgh 24-23 in a 1989 AFC Divisional Playoff Game in Denver. Melvin Bratton capped a 71-yard drive by running 1 yard for the go-ahead Touchdown with 2:27 left.

BRONCO BIRTHDAYS

Wide Receiver Ray Alexander (1984) is 54, Quarterback Mark Herrmann (1982) is 57 and Defensive Tackle Kevin Vickerson (2010-13) is 33.

BRONCO TRIVIA

Who holds the Broncos’ record of 11 Interceptions in a season?

FROM THE MOTHER SHIP

Peyton Manning will start at QB in divisional round

Despite disappointment, Osweiler ‘stands behind’ Manning

Broncos return to the field, anxious for return to playoffs

Atwater, Davis, Lynch named Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists

The case for Steve Atwater. Terrell Davis and John Lynch

 

VIDEOS

Manning named starter for divisional round

Kubiak explains decision to start Manning

Manning on health, mindset heading into playoffs

Now-or-never mindset as Broncos enter tournament

Saturday: Manning gives Broncos best chance to win

Peyton: ‘I’m looking forward to being back’

Broncos react to QB decision

Broncos in 60: HoF finalists, QB decision

WATCH: Broncos report by Troy Renck: Peyton Manning is the man

Savage: Broncos have advantage with healthy Peyton

Wild-card weekend team with best Super Bowl chance?

Dee Ford’s return to practice is good news for the Chiefs

Steelers’ defensive strategy: Make Bengals win ‘left-handed’

 

BRONCOS BLOGS

Gary Kubiak put Peyton Manning back in, just like he said he would

Gary Kubiak: We think the world of Brock Osweiler

Brock Osweiler, Broncos QB, has sprained knee

Brock Osweiler disappointed to lose Broncos’ starting QB job

Broncos hardly the first to face a QB quandary in playoffs

Is Broncos’ postseason Peyton Manning’s last rodeo?

Word of Muth: Denver Peaking

Tyler Polumbus, Michael Schofield preparing to play at RT for Broncos

Demaryius Thomas is new voice of Denver International Airport trains

From Star Wars to lingerie: A list of offbeat Broncos collectibles

A look at the 2016 AFC wild-card playoff games

Report: Former UNO quarterback Marlin Briscoe to be inducted to College Football Hall of Fame

Terrell Davis selected Hall of Fame finalist

Peyton Manning may be healthier now than he was earlier in season

 

AFC WEST

Chiefs’ highly ranked defense finally whole for playoffs

Marcus Peters Named NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Month

Opponent Preview: Get to Know the Houston Texans

Alex Smith provides Chiefs with crucial advantage over Texans

Alex Smith has been as valuable for his scrambling as his passing

What We Learned from Thursday’s Media Availability

Five Things to Watch in Chiefs vs. Texans: Who Can Protect Their QB?

Chiefs vs. Texans: Injury Report

Marcus Peters vs. DeAndre Hopkins a pivotal matchup

Oakland wants to work to build stadium if Raiders’ move to L.A. rejected

2016 Important Dates for Raiders, NFL

“In memory of, and in tribute to, Al Davis…”

First look at Chargers’ 2016 free agents

NFL owners determined to vote on relocation to L.A. next week

Comeback Season a Career Year for Woodhead

Don Coryell selected as Hall of Fame finalist

 

2015 OPPONENTS (AFC North, NFC North, IND, NE)

Ravens’ Eugene Monroe believes he made ‘major strides’ on field

Ravens: All indications Suggs will return in ’16

Ravens owner: “I have two GMs, and everybody in the league knows that”

Browns interview Gase and Austin first for coaching job

Browns to interview Paul Guenther Sunday

Does hiring of Paul DePodesta lead to Matt Patricia?

Steelers, Bengals go into playoff game with Andy Dalton on the brain

Tragedy to triumph: AJ McCarron’s 25 years shaped by series of special moments

DeAngelo Williams (foot) considered out vs. Bengals

Steelers prepping to roll with backups Toussaint and Todman

Steelers’ 2015 season eerily similar to 2005 title run

Steelers’ Toussaint: I want to prepare to hunt

Steelers’ high-flying offense may be too much for Bengals

Why Steelers’ Ventrone is NFL’s human yo-yo

Colts’ Pat McAfee: Chuck Pagano is a ‘guy you want to work for’

Colts hiring Ted Monachino as defensive coordinator

Colts name Rob Chudzinski offensive coordinator

Patriots DE Jabaal Sheard excited for first taste of playoff football

Julian Edelman represents first domino to help Patriots’ offense return to form

Bears ‘proud’ of Kyle Long’s switch from guard to tackle

Lions TE Eric Ebron wants to be a ‘forceful weapon’ in 2016

Lance Moore believes Antonio Brown can break Calvin Johnson’s record

How did Calvin Johnson reach the point of considering retirement?

Will Calvin Johnson follow in Barry Sanders’ footsteps into early retirement?

Packers’ offense must rebound against Redskins

Packers more optimistic about injured LT David Bakhtiari

Power of positive thinking? Aaron Rodgers puts frustration in rearview

Despite 46 sacks, Aaron Rodgers feels ‘about as good as I have in a while’

Return of Vikings’ defensive stars will aid offense against Seahawks

Bud Grant’s insane cold weather rituals

Vikes on ice: Minny preps for freezing conditions

Adrian Peterson misses practice again, says he’s “ready to roll” on Sunday

Vikes’ Peterson: Lynch is NFL’s second-best RB

Freezing temperatures in Minnesota the perfect opportunity for NFL to test PSI

 

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Leslie Frazier out in Tampa as well

First priority for new Bucs’ HC will be filling defensive holes

Licht: Bucs were ‘patient enough’ with Lovie Smith

Dirk Koetter emerges as front-runner for Bucs job

Buccaneers to interview Harold Goodwin for head coach

Sean McDermott to interview for Bucs job

Dolphins sign German Football League MVP Tyler Davis

Dolphins announce interview with Adam Gase

Adam Gase is in the right place at the right time

In today’s NFL, few coaches get time to build a team

Arthur Blank affirms commitment to G.M. Thomas Dimitroff

Niners met with Chip Kelly about head coaching job

49ers reportedly meeting with John DeFilippo Friday

Giants interview Austin, Spagnuolo, McAdoo; Eagles talk to McAdoo as well

Jaguars WR Allen Robinson named to Pro Bowl

Jets closing in on special teams coach Keith Armstrong

Film Room: Cam Newton

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman gets to say I told you so

Jordan Reed is the elite wild card round play

Two Saints assistants leave for college jobs

Wild Card Weekend preview: Seahawks-Vikings

Ground attack will likely define SEA-MIN matchup

Defenses reign as Texans host Chiefs in wild-card game

Ted Sundquist and Marc Ross interview with Titans

 

EXTRA POINTS

Scouting the referees for wild-card weekend

Picking every team’s 2015 MVP

Every NFL teams’ best defender this season

Brett Favre, Terrell Owens highlight 2016 Hall of Fame finalists

Pro Bowl playing surface passes NFL examination

AFC Players of the Month – December

NFC Players of the Month – December

NFL Rookies of the Month – December

Congress looks into NFL’s donation to NIH

15 HOF Finalists for 2016 Announced

West Virginia RB Smallwood headed to NFL

 

CALENDAR

  • Jan 18 — Deadline for college players that are underclassmen to apply for the 2016 NFL Draft.
  • Jan. 23 — East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • Jan, 24 — AFC and NFC Championship Games.
  • Jan. 30 — Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.
  • Jan. 31 — NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Feb. 7 — Super Bowl 50, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California.
  • Feb. 16 — First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

TRIVIA ANSWER

 

Goose Gonsoulin.

 

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