<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Sun, 14 Feb 2016 07:43:25 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ramsey: Peyton Manning revived Broncos during his magnificent era]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-peyton-manning-revived-broncos-during-his-magnificent-era/article/1569989?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-peyton-manning-revived-broncos-during-his-magnificent-era/article/1569989?custom_click=rss

Peyton Manning transformed the Broncos.

Sure, he had help from John Elway and Von Miller and John Fox and dozens of others, but Manning served as the clear leader in the Broncos' march from mediocrity to supremacy.

Manning trudged to the worst season of his career in 2015, throwing nearly twice as many interceptions as touchdowns before losing his starting job to Brock Osweiler. He looked every minute of his 39 years.

But the Manning era (2012-2015) was magnificent. In a few years, we'll barely forget about the stumbling version of the 2015 Manning. We'll be too busy remembering the soaring version of 2012-2014 Manning.

In the four seasons before Manning's arrival (2008-11), the Broncos won 29 games and only one



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Sat, 13 Feb 2016 18:04:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Pair of Broncos' Super Bowl trips illustrates truth to an old saying]]> http://gazette.com/pair-of-broncos-super-bowl-trips-illustrates-truth-to-an-old-saying/article/1569990?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pair-of-broncos-super-bowl-trips-illustrates-truth-to-an-old-saying/article/1569990?custom_click=rss

With their two wildly different Super Bowl appearances in three years, the Denver Broncos provided the clearest possible evidence that defense does, indeed, win championships.

Both of those Super Bowls pitted the league's No. 1 defense against the No. 1 offense. And in both cases the top defense won by multiple touchdowns.

The Broncos have now played from both sides in that equation.

The talk in the week after the Super Bowl has been Denver's defense place in NFL history, and deservedly so, as it is probably a top-10 unit. But remember this - that 2013 offense was statistically the best of all time.

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]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 17:35:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Klee: John Elway even better as GM than quarterback]]> http://gazette.com/klee-john-elway-even-better-as-gm-than-quarterback/article/1569985?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-john-elway-even-better-as-gm-than-quarterback/article/1569985?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Now that the gold confetti has been swept away from Super Bowl 50 and Colorado has hosted the biggest party the NFL has ever witnessed, it seems fair and timely to ask a serious question about the quarterback.

Not that one. Should he stay or go, Peyton Manning left a historical mark on the Broncos and will return, either way, as a celebrated member of the Ring of Fame.

The other one. The one whose throwback jersey is as much a part of Colorado's wardrobe as fleece jackets. The one most responsible for a gaudy run of 63 wins in five seasons, three No. 1 seeds in four and a Super Bowl parade for the ages.

Is John Elway a better general manager than quarterback?

The evidence, along with his legend, is



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Sat, 13 Feb 2016 17:06:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Denver Broncos safety Shiloh Keo DUI charge in Idaho]]> http://gazette.com/denver-broncos-safety-shiloh-keo-dui-charge-in-idaho/article/feed/316683?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-broncos-safety-shiloh-keo-dui-charge-in-idaho/article/feed/316683?custom_click=rss BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Denver Broncos backup safety Shiloh Keo faces a charge of driving under the influence in Idaho.

An Idaho State Police dispatcher says the 28-year-old Keo was taken into custody just after 2 a.m. Saturday and booked into the Ada County Jail.

He wasn't on the jail roster later in the morning, indicating he had posted bail. Jail officials didn't have additional information.

The Broncos said in a statement: "We are aware of the matter involving Shiloh Keo and are in the process of reviewing it."

Keo recovered the New England Patriots' onside kick in the waning minutes of the AFC championship game to help the Broncos advance to the Super Bowl. Denver went on to defeat the Carolina Panthers in the

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]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:56:34 -0700 <![CDATA[Peyton Manning sex assault cover-up alleged in New York Daily News report]]> http://gazette.com/peyton-manning-sex-assault-cover-up-alleged-in-new-york-daily-news-report/article/1569974?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peyton-manning-sex-assault-cover-up-alleged-in-new-york-daily-news-report/article/1569974?custom_click=rss

Just one week after Peyton Manning triumphed in Super Bowl 50, the Denver Broncos quarterback's reputation has been called into question due to his alleged involvement in a sexual assault during his time at the University of Tennessee.

According to Shaun King of the New York Daily News, in court documents from 2003 that were recently obtained, it was alleged that in 1996, Manning sexually assaulted Dr. Jamie Naughright, who was serving as the associate athletic trainer for the Volunteers football program.

Per the document, which was drafted by Naughright's lawyer, when Naughright was examining Manning's foot for a potential stress fracture, he allegedly "forcefully maneuvered his naked testicles and rectum directly on her



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Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:13:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Denver Broncos safety Shiloh Keo DUI charge in Idaho]]> http://gazette.com/denver-broncos-safety-shiloh-keo-dui-charge-in-idaho/article/1569973?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-broncos-safety-shiloh-keo-dui-charge-in-idaho/article/1569973?custom_click=rss

BOISE, Idaho — Denver Broncos backup safety Shiloh Keo faces a charge of driving under the influence in Idaho.

An Idaho State Police dispatcher says the 28-year-old Keo was taken into custody just after 2 a.m. Saturday and booked into the Ada County Jail.

He wasn't on the jail roster later in the morning, indicating he had posted bail. Jail officials didn't have additional information.

The Broncos said in a statement: "We are aware of the matter involving Shiloh Keo and are in the process of reviewing it."

Keo recovered the New England Patriots' onside kick in the waning minutes of the AFC championship game to help the Broncos advance to the Super Bowl. Denver went on to defeat the Carolina Panthers in



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Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:08:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Broncos basking in glory of first title since '99]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-basking-in-glory-of-first-title-since-99/article/1569918?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-basking-in-glory-of-first-title-since-99/article/1569918?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — While general manager John Elway maps out plans to keep his team intact, the Denver Broncos are enjoying the spoils of their Super Bowl victory.

There's the talk show circuit, anticipation of big financial rewards and the memory of a million fans at the parade celebrating the Broncos' first championship since 1999.

The Lombardi Trophy has been taken to owner Pat Bowlen's house. The 71-year-old owner is battling Alzheimer's and he watched the Broncos' 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 from his home in Denver. Team president and CEO Joe Ellis said family members Skyped with Bowlen during the postgame celebration Sunday.

As the confetti and celebrations begin to settle, the



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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:55:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Talib, Jackson, Webb fined for Super Bowl infractions]]> http://gazette.com/talib-jackson-webb-fined-for-super-bowl-infractions/article/feed/316506?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/talib-jackson-webb-fined-for-super-bowl-infractions/article/feed/316506?custom_click=rss

Denver Broncos fiery cornerback Aqib Talib's taunting and face mask fouls proved costlier five days later than they did in Super Bowl 50.

Talib was fined a total of $26,044 on Friday for the flags that he incurred in the first half of Denver's 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Teammate Malik Jackson was docked $8,681 for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter and Carolina third-string quarterback Joe Webb was fined $8,681 for unnecessary roughness in the chaotic moments following the final play of the game.

Talib was whistled for taunting in the first quarter, keeping a Carolina drive alive.

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:37:36 -0700 <![CDATA[Talib, Jackson, Webb fined for Super Bowl infractions]]> http://gazette.com/talib-jackson-webb-fined-for-super-bowl-infractions/article/1569917?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/talib-jackson-webb-fined-for-super-bowl-infractions/article/1569917?custom_click=rss

Denver Broncos fiery cornerback Aqib Talib was fined a total of $26,044 on Friday for taunting and face mask fouls in the Super Bowl.

Teammate Malik Jackson was docked $8,681 for unnecessary roughness and Carolina third-string quarterback Joe Webb was fined $8,681 for unnecessary roughness on the final play of the game.

Talib was whistled for taunting in the first quarter, keeping a Carolina drive alive. He later grabbed wide receiver Corey Brown's face mask following a 13-yard catch at the Denver 2, essentially a 1-yard penalty that preceded Carolina's only touchdown.

Afterward, Talib admitted he grabbed Brown's face mask on purpose to send a message and was expecting to get fined, adding: "But hey, we're world



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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:41:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Broncos basking in glory of first title since '99]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-basking-in-glory-of-first-title-since-99/article/feed/316482?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-basking-in-glory-of-first-title-since-99/article/feed/316482?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — While general manager John Elway maps out plans to keep his team intact, the Denver Broncos are enjoying the spoils of their Super Bowl victory.

There's the talk show circuit, anticipation of big financial rewards and the memory of a million fans at the parade celebrating the Broncos' first championship since 1999.

The Lombardi Trophy has been taken to owner Pat Bowlen's house. The 71-year-old owner is battling Alzheimer's and he watched the Broncos' 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 from his home in Denver. Team president and CEO Joe Ellis said family members Skyped with Bowlen during the postgame celebration Sunday.

As the confetti and celebrations begin to settle, the Bro

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]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:04:20 -0700 <![CDATA[PHOTOS: The best of Super Bowl 50]]> http://gazette.com/photos-the-best-of-super-bowl-50/article/1569497?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photos-the-best-of-super-bowl-50/article/1569497?custom_click=rss

Here's a look at the calm before the storm - Sunday's Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.

- Click here for photos.



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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:11:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Lions sign Jerry Franklin, former Bears and Chiefs LB]]> http://gazette.com/lions-sign-jerry-franklin-former-bears-and-chiefs-lb/article/feed/316166?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lions-sign-jerry-franklin-former-bears-and-chiefs-lb/article/feed/316166?custom_click=rss ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed linebacker Jerry Franklin.

Franklin adds depth for Detroit and has a shot to play in an NFL game for the first time since 2014.

He played in seven games with the Kansas City Chiefs two years ago. He was in 10 games with Chicago in 2013, a year after making his NFL debut and appearing in three games with the Bears.

Franklin was among the final cuts made by the New Orleans Saints, entering last season. He has also been on practice squads with the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys.

Terms were not disclosed in Thursday's announcement.

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Online:

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.

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]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:50:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Peyton Manning has a little fun with little brother Eli]]> http://gazette.com/peyton-manning-has-a-little-fun-with-little-brother-eli/article/feed/315950?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peyton-manning-has-a-little-fun-with-little-brother-eli/article/feed/315950?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Peyton Manning had a little fun with little brother Eli's sad face at the Super Bowl during an appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show."

Peyton said he understood why Eli wasn't elated like other relatives in the luxury suite at Levi's Stadium who were jumping and celebrating after Denver's late touchdown sealed the Broncos' 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.

He said Eli had his game face on.

"Eli and I have always supported each other. I think Eli was analyzing the game and kind of into the game like I would be as if he were playing it. And so he was just as happy," Peyton told host Jimmy Fallon during the show that aired Wednesday night.

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]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:14:51 -0700 <![CDATA[WATCH: Peyton Manning and Magic Johnson smash raw eggs on their heads]]> http://gazette.com/watch-peyton-manning-and-magic-johnson-smash-raw-eggs-on-their-heads/article/1569790?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-peyton-manning-and-magic-johnson-smash-raw-eggs-on-their-heads/article/1569790?custom_click=rss

Super Bowl 50 champion Peyton Manning and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson battled it out in a game of Egg Russian Roulette on The Tonight Show on Wednesday night.

Two legendary athletes sat across from each other at a table and smashed eggs on their heads. It was just as fun as it sounds — actually, it was even more fun than it sounds.



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Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:56:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Royals’ vs. Broncos’ victory parades: Which one was bigger?]]> http://gazette.com/royals-vs.-broncos-victory-parades-which-one-was-bigger/article/1569724?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/royals-vs.-broncos-victory-parades-which-one-was-bigger/article/1569724?custom_click=rss

Broncos fans gathered for their Super Bowl victory celebration Tuesday in Denver, but would it turn out to be an orange-tinted copy of what Kansas City saw last November when the Royals held their World Series parade and rally?

Certainly you must remember that glorious day — heck, you were probably one of the estimated 800,000 Royals fans who filled the streets, turning the area around Union Station into a mass of blue. Cell phone signals were disrupted, drivers looking for parking spaces abandoned cars on the side of highways and foot traffic along the parade route was nearly impossible.

Still think the @Royals had a bigger parade & rally than the @Broncos. pic.twitter.



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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:14:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: Broncos' Super Bowl parade a big slice of 'Colfax and Heaven']]> http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-super-bowl-parade-a-big-slice-of-colfax-and-heaven/article/1569689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-super-bowl-parade-a-big-slice-of-colfax-and-heaven/article/1569689?custom_click=rss

DENVER - We are standing on the corner of Colfax and Heaven.

To the right is a man in a vintage Orange Crush T-shirt. You should sell it on eBay for $1,000, his wife says. It's worth more to me, he says. To the left are three generations of Coloradans - grandma Kathy, daughter Laurie and granddaughter Abbey, in a Broncos cheerleader uniform, her eyes wider than the sidewalk. Cutest kid ever, I say. "She loves Peyton," grandma says.

They climbed on trees and statues and each other. They wore the jerseys of Elway, Atwater, Manning, Miller, Gold, Dawkins, Little, Zimmerman, Davis, Jackson (Tom), Jackson (Mark), Elam, McManus, Bailey, Gradishar, Sharpe. One wore "Bibbs" under a Colorado State ball cap.



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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:47:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Patriots would have beaten Cam Newton and Panthers as well]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-patriots-would-have-beaten-cam-newton-and-panthers-as-well/article/1569682?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-patriots-would-have-beaten-cam-newton-and-panthers-as-well/article/1569682?custom_click=rss

The New England Patriots ranked as the NFL's second-best team this season.

The Patriots would have defeated the Panthers in the Super Bowl. The Patriots' defense would have silenced Cam Newton and Patriots defenders would have talked about the silencing and Newton would have fled from reporters.

In many NFL seasons, the true championship is played two weeks before the Super Bowl. This season, the true championship was played Jan. 24 when the Broncos barely defeated the Patriots, 20-18, after one of the most dramatic fourth quarters ever played at Mile High.

Two seasons ago, the true championship was played when the Seahawks barely survived Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers. Two weeks later, the Seahawks annihilated the Broncos



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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 05:57:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Newton defends actions at Super Bowl: 'I will not conform']]> http://gazette.com/newton-defends-actions-at-super-bowl-i-will-not-conform/article/1569625?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/newton-defends-actions-at-super-bowl-i-will-not-conform/article/1569625?custom_click=rss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton isn't apologizing for acting like a "sore loser" after the Super Bowl.

The league's MVP has been widely criticized for walking out of a three-minute press conference after a 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday in which he answered questions with mostly one- and two-word responses while sulking in his chair wearing a black Carolina Panthers hoodie over his head.

"Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser," Newton said Tuesday as players cleaned out their lockers at the team's downtown stadium.

Newton said he believes the situation is being overblown by the media, and added he doesn't plan to change how he reacts to losing just to appease his critics.



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Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:39:53 -0700
<![CDATA[WATCH: Live coverage of Broncos' Super Bowl parade in Denver]]> http://gazette.com/watch-live-coverage-of-broncos-super-bowl-parade-in-denver/article/1569612?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-live-coverage-of-broncos-super-bowl-parade-in-denver/article/1569612?custom_click=rss

Tuesday's noon parade and rally to celebrate the Denver Broncos' third Super Bowl victory will follow a dusty playbook of sorts based on celebrations for four past championships won by the Broncos and the Colorado Avalanche, all from 1996 to 2001.

The plans reflect two weeks of work behind the scenes by 13 city departments, nonprofit partners and the Broncos. Just hours after the Broncos' win over the Carolina Panthers, crews were busy Monday morning painting orange and blue stripes down 17th Street and Broadway to mark the route for Tuesday's noon parade.

And contractors erected a stage in front of the City and County Building that will be put to use before and after the parade — for a 10 a.m.



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Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:25:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Broncos revel in parade amid questions about Manning, Miller]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-revel-in-parade-amid-questions-about-manning-miller/article/feed/315342?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-revel-in-parade-amid-questions-about-manning-miller/article/feed/315342?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — It took John Elway 15 years to experience a parade as a quarterback. As an executive, only five.

The Broncos general manager, however, won't have much time to celebrate. Fresh challenges await the architect of Denver's third NFL championship.

Job No. 1 is keeping this destructive defense together. That starts with re-signing Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller, whose monster game helped Peyton Manning become the NFL's first 200-game winner and set the stage for him to walk away a champion as Elway did 17 years ago.

Elway wants to keep Brock Osweiler, who's set to become a free agent.

Manning and Miller were the biggest topics when Elway and coach Gary Kubiak met with the media before the Broncos parade th

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]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:41:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Party like it's 1999: Denver to celebrate another Super Bowl]]> http://gazette.com/party-like-its-1999-denver-to-celebrate-another-super-bowl/article/feed/314848?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/party-like-its-1999-denver-to-celebrate-another-super-bowl/article/feed/314848?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos will board fire trucks and roll slowly through the crowd-lined streets of the Mile High City to celebrate winning the Super Bowl.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected for Tuesday's parade and rally after the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.

Officials won't give specific turnout predictions, but the last time Denver won the Super Bowl, the downtown party drew an estimated 375,000 people. A year before that, when the Broncos won the Super Bowl for the first time, about 650,000 people showed up.

Tuesday's celebration starts at 10 a.m. with a concert in front of the City-County Building overlooking Civic Center park. The parade steps off at 11 a.m.

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]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:13:31 -0700 <![CDATA[Will Osweiler step in as Peyton steps out in Denver?]]> http://gazette.com/will-osweiler-step-in-as-peyton-steps-out-in-denver/article/1569564?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/will-osweiler-step-in-as-peyton-steps-out-in-denver/article/1569564?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO — One of the biggest winners from the Super Bowl didn't even take a snap.

Brock Osweiler is a free agent the Broncos probably can't afford to lose if Peyton Manning retires. And judging by how much the five-time NFL MVP's game has deteriorated through age and injury, a decision to do anything but leave pro football as a champion would be foolhardy.

Denver, of course, is well aware of the upcoming challenges behind center. Broncos boss John Elway probably already knows what Manning will do, and he might even be advising Manning to hang it up just the way he did in 1999 after a Super Bowl win.



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Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:27:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Super Bowl gets 111.9 million viewers, down from last year]]> http://gazette.com/super-bowl-gets-111.9-million-viewers-down-from-last-year/article/feed/314969?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/super-bowl-gets-111.9-million-viewers-down-from-last-year/article/feed/314969?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Setting television viewership records with the Super Bowl has become almost routine, but this year's average of 111.9 million viewers for Denver's victory over Carolina is down from the past two years.

That makes Sunday's game the third most-watched event in U.S. television history, the Nielsen company said Monday. Last year's down-to-the-wire contest between New England and Seattle keeps the record with 114.4 million viewers.

The Super Bowl had seemed to know no ceiling in popularity, setting viewership records in six of seven years until this one.

CBS, the nation's most-watched network, had pushed the event hard the past few months, playing up the historical nature of the 50th Super Bowl game.

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]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:32:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Will Osweiler step in as Peyton steps out in Denver?]]> http://gazette.com/will-osweiler-step-in-as-peyton-steps-out-in-denver/article/feed/314982?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/will-osweiler-step-in-as-peyton-steps-out-in-denver/article/feed/314982?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of the biggest winners from the Super Bowl didn't even take a snap.

Brock Osweiler is a free agent the Broncos probably can't afford to lose if Peyton Manning retires. And judging by how much the five-time NFL MVP's game has deteriorated through age and injury, a decision to do anything but leave pro football as a champion would be foolhardy.

Denver, of course, is well aware of the upcoming challenges behind center. Broncos boss John Elway probably already knows what Manning will do, and he might even be advising Manning to hang it up just the way he did in 1999 after a Super Bowl win.

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]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:08:48 -0700 <![CDATA[Miller awaits offseason filled with fun, financial reward]]> http://gazette.com/miller-awaits-offseason-filled-with-fun-financial-reward/article/feed/314988?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/miller-awaits-offseason-filled-with-fun-financial-reward/article/feed/314988?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On top of his game and now the world, Von Miller's docket is quickly filling up.

A parade. Lots of parties. A princely payday.

"I was just talking to Coach Kubiak, I was asking if you could make the plane do backflips on the way home," Miller said Monday after accepting the Super Bowl MVP trophy from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"It's definitely going to be a magical week for us. I am looking forward to spending time with my teammates going on tour."

It should be a magical offseason for Miller, who led Denver's dominating defense to a 24-10 clobbering of Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

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]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:51:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Dominant D carries Manning, Broncos to 24-10 Super Bowl win]]> http://gazette.com/dominant-d-carries-manning-broncos-to-24-10-super-bowl-win/article/feed/314792?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dominant-d-carries-manning-broncos-to-24-10-super-bowl-win/article/feed/314792?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With his prolific passing and complete control of the game at the line of scrimmage, Peyton Manning helped usher in the NFL's wide-open era of high-scoring offenses and pass-happy game plans.

Manning's possible farewell game in Super Bowl 50 was a throwback to the 1970s when his father Archie was running away from dominant defenses such as the Steel Curtain and Doomsday.

Von Miller forced fumbles that set up both of Denver's touchdowns, led a defense that harassed MVP Cam Newton and helped carry Manning to his second Super Bowl title with a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

"Whenever you're doing something for your buddies, it means a little bit more," Miller said.

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]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 03:02:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Manning spoils his fans again, walks off with a second title]]> http://gazette.com/manning-spoils-his-fans-again-walks-off-with-a-second-title/article/feed/314818?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manning-spoils-his-fans-again-walks-off-with-a-second-title/article/feed/314818?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Everyone got spoiled.

Over two decades of watching Peyton Manning play on the biggest stages, fans became numb to all he could do — the way he dissected defenses with clinical precision, the way he rewrote the record book, even the way he came back from a neck injury that was supposed to be career-ending.

Then this.

Hobbled, creaking, sputtering to the end of his 18th season, he became a different quarterback. Not the Alpha Dog who needed to call all the shots. But a 39-year-old game manager who needed others to carry him over the finish line.

And what a finish the 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers was — if, in fact, this was it.

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]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 03:00:31 -0700 <![CDATA[Aqib Talib calls Levi's Stadium turf "terrible"]]> http://gazette.com/aqib-talib-calls-levis-stadium-turf-terrible/article/feed/314790?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aqib-talib-calls-levis-stadium-turf-terrible/article/feed/314790?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — T.J. Ward slipped twice on the same play.

Blame that turf.

The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers to win the Super Bowl, and some players weren't happy with the field at Levi's Stadium.

"The footing on the field was terrible," Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib said. "San Fran has to play eight games on that field so they better do something to get it fixed. It was terrible."

The Super Bowl grass made by West Coast Turf was installed last month. It's a hybrid Bermuda 419 over-seeded with perennial rye, and it was grown on plastic sheeting.

The NFL used West Coast Turf sod for the first time since a few Super Bowls more than a decade ago.

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]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 01:30:24 -0700 <![CDATA[Newton, Panthers vow to get back to Super Bowl after loss]]> http://gazette.com/newton-panthers-vow-to-get-back-to-super-bowl-after-loss/article/feed/314791?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/newton-panthers-vow-to-get-back-to-super-bowl-after-loss/article/feed/314791?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Carolina quarterback Cam Newton didn't say much after the Panthers lost Super Bowl 50 on Sunday night, but the league's MVP did promise this: "We'll be back."

But will they?

Only time will tell. The Panthers could fade into oblivion, like the San Francisco 49ers did after losing the Super Bowl three years ago. Or they could bounce back, just like these Denver Broncos did after a devastating loss in the big game two years ago.

Either way, Carolina's mettle will be tested when they report to training camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina next summer.

"I told our guys, this is the same (Broncos) team that a couple of years ago got beat," coach Ron Rivera said. "So we have an opportunity to

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]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 01:30:00 -0700 <![CDATA[QB Newton struggles in 1st Super Bowl, Panthers lose 24-10]]> http://gazette.com/qb-newton-struggles-in-1st-super-bowl-panthers-lose-24-10/article/feed/314766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/qb-newton-struggles-in-1st-super-bowl-panthers-lose-24-10/article/feed/314766?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A dejected Cam Newton sat slouching behind the podium on Sunday night, wearing a black Panthers hoodie and a frown.

The league's top player this season didn't feel much like answering questions, doing so mostly in delayed one- and two-word answers. Some questions he just let pass without answering at all — except for one which said it all.

"They made more plays than us and that's what it comes down to," Newton said before walking out of a brief three-minute interview following Carolina's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to Denver. "We had our opportunities and it was nothing special that they did. We dropped balls. We turned the ball over. We gave up sacks. We threw errant passes. That's it."

Newton'

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