<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:57:25 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AP source: Manning, Broncos talking about reworking contract]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/ap-source-manning-broncos-talking-about-reworking-contract/article/1546893?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-manning-broncos-talking-about-reworking-contract/article/1546893?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — It looks as if it's going to come down to money.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirms the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning's representatives are discussing ways to revise his contract and give the team more flexibility in free agency.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.

Manning, who has made more money than any player in pro football history, is due to make another $19 million in both 2015 and '16, and his salary cap number for next season is $21.2 million.

John Elway has traditionally been one of the more aggressive general managers in the NFL when it comes to free agency, and he has plenty of



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ENGLEWOOD — It looks as if it's going to come down to money.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirms the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning's representatives are discussing ways to revise his contract and give the team more flexibility in free agency.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.

Manning, who has made more money than any player in pro football history, is due to make another $19 million in both 2015 and '16, and his salary cap number for next season is $21.2 million.

John Elway has traditionally been one of the more aggressive general managers in the NFL when it comes to free agency, and he has plenty of

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:02:20 -0700
<![CDATA[A glance at QBs drafted over the past 3 seasons]]> http://gazette.com/a-glance-at-qbs-drafted-over-the-past-3-seasons/article/feed/206792?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-glance-at-qbs-drafted-over-the-past-3-seasons/article/feed/206792?custom_click=rss

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A glance of the 36 quarterbacks selected over the past three NFL drafts, including the round they were selected, their original team and what's happened since they were picked:

2014

Blake Bortles, 1st, Jacksonville: 14 games, 11 touchdowns 17 interceptions.

Johnny Manziel, 1st, Cleveland: two disastrous starts.

Teddy Bridgewater, 1st, Minnesota: started by Week 4, 14 TDs, 12 INTs.

Derek Carr, 2nd, Oakland: starting 21 TDs, 12 INTs.

Jimmy Garoppolo, 2nd, New England: backup to Tom Brady.

Logan Thomas, 4th, Arizona: one completion, though it was for an 81-yard touchdown.

Tom Savage, 4th, Houston: threw 19 passes last season.

Aaron Murray, 5th, Kansas City.

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2014

Blake Bortles, 1st, Jacksonville: 14 games, 11 touchdowns 17 interceptions.

Johnny Manziel, 1st, Cleveland: two disastrous starts.

Teddy Bridgewater, 1st, Minnesota: started by Week 4, 14 TDs, 12 INTs.

Derek Carr, 2nd, Oakland: starting 21 TDs, 12 INTs.

Jimmy Garoppolo, 2nd, New England: backup to Tom Brady.

Logan Thomas, 4th, Arizona: one completion, though it was for an 81-yard touchdown.

Tom Savage, 4th, Houston: threw 19 passes last season.

Aaron Murray, 5th, Kansas City.

AJ]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:23:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Elway: Broncos want Manning back, still awaiting word]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/elway-broncos-want-manning-back-still-awaiting-word/article/1546596?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/elway-broncos-want-manning-back-still-awaiting-word/article/1546596?custom_click=rss

INDIANAPOLIS — The ball is in Peyton Manning's court.

Broncos executive John Elway said as much Thursday at the NFL scouting combine, making it clear he's still waiting to hear whether the 38-year-old quarterback wants to return for a fourth season in Denver.

Manning and Elway met last week in Denver, but Manning left without a definitive answer about his return.

Elway said he wanted No. 18 back. He was less clear about what financial terms Manning might return under.

Asked if there was a holdup because of contract considerations — Manning is scheduled to make $19 million next season — Elway said he didn't like to discuss contracts, but that he does believe Manning will be the Broncos



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INDIANAPOLIS — The ball is in Peyton Manning's court.

Broncos executive John Elway said as much Thursday at the NFL scouting combine, making it clear he's still waiting to hear whether the 38-year-old quarterback wants to return for a fourth season in Denver.

Manning and Elway met last week in Denver, but Manning left without a definitive answer about his return.

Elway said he wanted No. 18 back. He was less clear about what financial terms Manning might return under.

Asked if there was a holdup because of contract considerations — Manning is scheduled to make $19 million next season — Elway said he didn't like to discuss contracts, but that he does believe Manning will be the Broncos

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Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:48:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Wes Welker preparing for 2015, not mulling retirement]]> Mike Klis, Denver Post http://gazette.com/wes-welker-preparing-for-2015-not-mulling-retirement/article/1546430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wes-welker-preparing-for-2015-not-mulling-retirement/article/1546430?custom_click=rss

Contrary to a report last week, Broncos receiver Wes Welker is not mulling retirement.

Welker, who ranks 20th all time among receivers with 890 career catches, said Monday he intends to play on.

"Just getting ready for 2015," Welker told The Denver Post via text.

FoxSports.com cited sources in its report on Feb. 10 that Welker was considering retirement. "Never ever came out of my mouth," Welker said.

Where Welker plays is uncertain. He becomes an unrestricted free agent on March 10. It's not out of the question that Welker could re-sign with the Broncos if the team doesn't believe Cody Latimer, a second-round draft pick last year, is ready for full-time duty.



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Contrary to a report last week, Broncos receiver Wes Welker is not mulling retirement.

Welker, who ranks 20th all time among receivers with 890 career catches, said Monday he intends to play on.

"Just getting ready for 2015," Welker told The Denver Post via text.

FoxSports.com cited sources in its report on Feb. 10 that Welker was considering retirement. "Never ever came out of my mouth," Welker said.

Where Welker plays is uncertain. He becomes an unrestricted free agent on March 10. It's not out of the question that Welker could re-sign with the Broncos if the team doesn't believe Cody Latimer, a second-round draft pick last year, is ready for full-time duty.

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Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:42:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Broncos coach Gary Kubiak rounds out his staff]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/broncos-coach-gary-kubiak-rounds-out-his-staff/article/1546310?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-coach-gary-kubiak-rounds-out-his-staff/article/1546310?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has finished building his staff by hiring Marc Lubick as assistant wide receivers coach and Samson Brown as assistant defensive backs coach.

Kubiak, who replaced John Fox, has a 22-man staff that includes nine offensive coaches, seven defensive coaches, two special teams coaches and four strength and conditioning coaches.

Lubick is the son of longtime Colorado State University coach Sonny Lubick. He's coached in the NFL six seasons and in the college ranks for nine. Last season he coached wide receivers at Vanderbilt after spending the previous four seasons on Kubiak's staff in Houston.

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ENGLEWOOD — Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has finished building his staff by hiring Marc Lubick as assistant wide receivers coach and Samson Brown as assistant defensive backs coach.

Kubiak, who replaced John Fox, has a 22-man staff that includes nine offensive coaches, seven defensive coaches, two special teams coaches and four strength and conditioning coaches.

Lubick is the son of longtime Colorado State University coach Sonny Lubick. He's coached in the NFL six seasons and in the college ranks for nine. Last season he coached wide receivers at Vanderbilt after spending the previous four seasons on Kubiak's staff in Houston.

Brown is in his fifth season in the NFL. He spent the last two years as assistant

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:47:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Broncos coach Gary Kubiak rounds out his staff]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-coach-gary-kubiak-rounds-out-his-staff/article/feed/204881?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-coach-gary-kubiak-rounds-out-his-staff/article/feed/204881?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has finished building his staff by hiring Marc Lubick as assistant wide receivers coach and Samson Brown as assistant defensive backs coach.

Kubiak, who replaced John Fox, has a 22-man staff that includes nine offensive coaches, seven defensive coaches, two special teams coaches and four strength and conditioning coaches.

Lubick is the son of longtime Colorado State University coach Sonny Lubick. He's coached in the NFL six seasons and in the college ranks for nine. Last season he coached wide receivers at Vanderbilt after spending the previous four seasons on Kubiak's staff in Houston.

Brown is in his fifth season in the NFL. He spent the last two years as assistant d

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]]> ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has finished building his staff by hiring Marc Lubick as assistant wide receivers coach and Samson Brown as assistant defensive backs coach.

Kubiak, who replaced John Fox, has a 22-man staff that includes nine offensive coaches, seven defensive coaches, two special teams coaches and four strength and conditioning coaches.

Lubick is the son of longtime Colorado State University coach Sonny Lubick. He's coached in the NFL six seasons and in the college ranks for nine. Last season he coached wide receivers at Vanderbilt after spending the previous four seasons on Kubiak's staff in Houston.

Brown is in his fifth season in the NFL. He spent the last two years as assistant d]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:20:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Phillips still has passion, wit as he begins latest gig]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/phillips-still-has-passion-wit-as-he-begins-latest-gig/article/1546176?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/phillips-still-has-passion-wit-as-he-begins-latest-gig/article/1546176?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — At 67, Wade Phillips has lost neither his passion nor his esprit.

Both are on full display, along with his trademark confidence, as he begins his second stint as defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.

Phillips, who took last year off, said he hasn't gotten his fill of football after working for nine NFL teams since 1976.

"I love coaching. That's what I do," Phillips said. "My wife, Laurie, wanted to get me out of the house after a year of being around so I love what I do. I was a lousy head coach, but I'm a pretty good defensive coordinator and that's what I do well. So I wanted to get back to doing that and I couldn't be happier.



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ENGLEWOOD — At 67, Wade Phillips has lost neither his passion nor his esprit.

Both are on full display, along with his trademark confidence, as he begins his second stint as defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.

Phillips, who took last year off, said he hasn't gotten his fill of football after working for nine NFL teams since 1976.

"I love coaching. That's what I do," Phillips said. "My wife, Laurie, wanted to get me out of the house after a year of being around so I love what I do. I was a lousy head coach, but I'm a pretty good defensive coordinator and that's what I do well. So I wanted to get back to doing that and I couldn't be happier.

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Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:03:25 -0700
<![CDATA[KLEE: Broncos, Wade Phillips must stay true to 'aggressive' theme]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-wade-phillips-must-stay-true-to-aggressive-theme/article/1546133?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-wade-phillips-must-stay-true-to-aggressive-theme/article/1546133?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The most important words muttered at Broncos headquarters so far this offseason came from Wade Phillips and his Texas twang. That's good, because Wade Phillips is the most important addition to the Broncos so far this offseason.

"This is an attack defense," the new/old defensive coordinator said Tuesday.

And again: "We're aggressive."

One more time for emphasis, and posterity: "I think people will be excited about this defense and how aggressive they are."

Let's be real. The next time a coach - in high school, the NCAA or the NFL - suggests his team will be passive and patient will be the first. But we're holding Phillips to his words.



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DENVER — The most important words muttered at Broncos headquarters so far this offseason came from Wade Phillips and his Texas twang. That's good, because Wade Phillips is the most important addition to the Broncos so far this offseason.

"This is an attack defense," the new/old defensive coordinator said Tuesday.

And again: "We're aggressive."

One more time for emphasis, and posterity: "I think people will be excited about this defense and how aggressive they are."

Let's be real. The next time a coach - in high school, the NCAA or the NFL - suggests his team will be passive and patient will be the first. But we're holding Phillips to his words.

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Wed, 11 Feb 2015 04:15:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Dennison says Broncos are in no rush for Manning decision]]> http://gazette.com/dennison-says-broncos-are-in-no-rush-for-manning-decision/article/feed/203802?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dennison-says-broncos-are-in-no-rush-for-manning-decision/article/feed/203802?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — New offensive coordinator Rick Dennison says the Denver Broncos are in "no rush" to get an answer from Peyton Manning about his plans for 2015.

Manning is mulling his future following a late-season slide and thigh injury that culminated with a poor performance in the playoffs.

Dennison said he doesn't necessarily have to wait for an answer from Manning to start drawing up his offensive blueprints.

"We're going to see what we do best, see what our team ends up with, there's certainly no rush," Dennison said. "He deserved to take his time and figure out what he wants to do because he's a phenomenal player.

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Manning is mulling his future following a late-season slide and thigh injury that culminated with a poor performance in the playoffs.

Dennison said he doesn't necessarily have to wait for an answer from Manning to start drawing up his offensive blueprints.

"We're going to see what we do best, see what our team ends up with, there's certainly no rush," Dennison said. "He deserved to take his time and figure out what he wants to do because he's a phenomenal player.]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:02:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Roethlisberger, Steelers begin negotiations on new deal]]> http://gazette.com/roethlisberger-steelers-begin-negotiations-on-new-deal/article/feed/203708?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/roethlisberger-steelers-begin-negotiations-on-new-deal/article/feed/203708?custom_click=rss PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are getting a head start on their biggest offseason project.

General manager Kevin Colbert said Wednesday negotiations have begun with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on a contract extension that would keep the two-time Super Bowl winner in black-and-gold for the rest of his career.

Roethlisberger, who turns 33 next month, is entering the final season of an eight-year deal he signed in 2008. He tied with Drew Brees for the most yards passing in 2014, breaking his own team record by throwing for 4,952 yards to go with 32 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

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General manager Kevin Colbert said Wednesday negotiations have begun with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on a contract extension that would keep the two-time Super Bowl winner in black-and-gold for the rest of his career.

Roethlisberger, who turns 33 next month, is entering the final season of an eight-year deal he signed in 2008. He tied with Drew Brees for the most yards passing in 2014, breaking his own team record by throwing for 4,952 yards to go with 32 touchdowns and nine interceptions.]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:04:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Peyton Manning training in New Orleans with intent to play in 2015, source says]]> By Jeff Duncan, The Times-Picayune http://gazette.com/peyton-manning-training-in-new-orleans-with-intent-to-play-in-2015-source-says/article/1546095?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peyton-manning-training-in-new-orleans-with-intent-to-play-in-2015-source-says/article/1546095?custom_click=rss

Peyton Manning is back home in New Orleans and training with the intent to play the 2015 NFL season, a source close to Manning said Monday.

The Denver Broncos' quarterback has been evaluated by renowned fitness trainer Mackie Shilstone and is expected to begin training with Shilstone this week as he starts offseason preparations for his 18th NFL season, two sources close to Manning said Monday.

Manning wants to talk with Broncos executive vice president and general manager John Elway before announcing his intentions for the 2015 season, a source said. He hopes to talk to him in the next couple of days.



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Peyton Manning is back home in New Orleans and training with the intent to play the 2015 NFL season, a source close to Manning said Monday.

The Denver Broncos' quarterback has been evaluated by renowned fitness trainer Mackie Shilstone and is expected to begin training with Shilstone this week as he starts offseason preparations for his 18th NFL season, two sources close to Manning said Monday.

Manning wants to talk with Broncos executive vice president and general manager John Elway before announcing his intentions for the 2015 season, a source said. He hopes to talk to him in the next couple of days.

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Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:21:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Gronk's garland: Patriots TE Gronkowski wins comeback player]]> http://gazette.com/gronks-garland-patriots-te-gronkowski-wins-comeback-player/article/feed/200877?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gronks-garland-patriots-te-gronkowski-wins-comeback-player/article/feed/200877?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has won The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player Of The Year award for 2014.

Gronkowski easily outdistanced seven others receiving votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league.

The unanimous All-Pro received 27 selections, followed by Philadelphia receiver Jeremy Maclin and Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain with seven apiece. Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. had three votes, while running backs Justin Forsett of Baltimore and Arian Foster of Houston drew two. Arizona linebacker Larry Foote and Buffalo quarterback Kyle Orton each got one.

Gronkowski was limited to seven games in 2013 because of knee problems.

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]]> PHOENIX (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has won The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player Of The Year award for 2014.

Gronkowski easily outdistanced seven others receiving votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league.

The unanimous All-Pro received 27 selections, followed by Philadelphia receiver Jeremy Maclin and Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain with seven apiece. Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. had three votes, while running backs Justin Forsett of Baltimore and Arian Foster of Houston drew two. Arizona linebacker Larry Foote and Buffalo quarterback Kyle Orton each got one.

Gronkowski was limited to seven games in 2013 because of knee problems.]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 21:46:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Column: Brady the greatest ever in SB? Not so fast]]> http://gazette.com/column-brady-the-greatest-ever-in-sb-not-so-fast/article/feed/200833?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/column-brady-the-greatest-ever-in-sb-not-so-fast/article/feed/200833?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — His teammates were mostly showered and gone, but Tom Brady was having trouble even bringing himself to move. He sat in front of his locker in Indianapolis, pulling on a pair of boots with a pained look seemingly etched on his face.

Brady's Super Bowl had ended badly once again, and he was trying to make sense of it all. In a few minutes he would walk down a hallway and tell the media why he had the ball in his hand to win the game with 57 seconds left and couldn't deliver the long touchdown drive every New England fan was expecting three years ago against the New York Giants.

"It always comes down to one or two plays," Brady said then. "If you make them you're celebrating. If you don't, you don't sleep for a

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]]> PHOENIX (AP) — His teammates were mostly showered and gone, but Tom Brady was having trouble even bringing himself to move. He sat in front of his locker in Indianapolis, pulling on a pair of boots with a pained look seemingly etched on his face.

Brady's Super Bowl had ended badly once again, and he was trying to make sense of it all. In a few minutes he would walk down a hallway and tell the media why he had the ball in his hand to win the game with 57 seconds left and couldn't deliver the long touchdown drive every New England fan was expecting three years ago against the New York Giants.

"It always comes down to one or two plays," Brady said then. "If you make them you're celebrating. If you don't, you don't sleep for a ]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:02:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Seahawks 1 win away from 1st Super Bowl repeat in 10 years]]> http://gazette.com/seahawks-1-win-away-from-1st-super-bowl-repeat-in-10-years/article/feed/200837?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seahawks-1-win-away-from-1st-super-bowl-repeat-in-10-years/article/feed/200837?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — A year ago, Pete Carroll stood at a podium in a New York City hotel, less than 12 hours after his Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. He spoke about what would happen next.

"The first meeting that we'll have," Carroll said, "will be tomorrow."

Sounded a bit over the top, even from the ever-enthusiastic coach. A moment later, he continued the theme, insisting: "We really have an eye on what's coming, and we don't dwell on what just happened. We'll take this in stride."

Turns out he knew what he was talking about.

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"The first meeting that we'll have," Carroll said, "will be tomorrow."

Sounded a bit over the top, even from the ever-enthusiastic coach. A moment later, he continued the theme, insisting: "We really have an eye on what's coming, and we don't dwell on what just happened. We'll take this in stride."

Turns out he knew what he was talking about.]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:02:27 -0700 <![CDATA[Pats backup QB Garoppolo helps defense prepare for Wilson]]> http://gazette.com/pats-backup-qb-garoppolo-helps-defense-prepare-for-wilson/article/feed/200762?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pats-backup-qb-garoppolo-helps-defense-prepare-for-wilson/article/feed/200762?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — A rookie who probably won't play in the Super Bowl could help the New England Patriots win it.

By the time the game starts Sunday night, Jimmy Garoppolo will have done his primary job of preparing the team's defense by imitating speedy Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson in practice.

"I've had to get a lot faster real fast," Garoppolo said with a smile.

Drafted in the second round out of Eastern Illinois, he threw just 27 passes as Tom Brady's backup. His behind-the-scenes role has been much more valuable to the team preparing to face the defending champion Seahawks.

"When we play quarterbacks like we're going to see this weekend, that's a huge role for us," defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said

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]]> PHOENIX (AP) — A rookie who probably won't play in the Super Bowl could help the New England Patriots win it.

By the time the game starts Sunday night, Jimmy Garoppolo will have done his primary job of preparing the team's defense by imitating speedy Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson in practice.

"I've had to get a lot faster real fast," Garoppolo said with a smile.

Drafted in the second round out of Eastern Illinois, he threw just 27 passes as Tom Brady's backup. His behind-the-scenes role has been much more valuable to the team preparing to face the defending champion Seahawks.

"When we play quarterbacks like we're going to see this weekend, that's a huge role for us," defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:33:27 -0700 <![CDATA[Drew Brees sings praises of Peyton Manning]]> http://gazette.com/drew-brees-sings-praises-of-peyton-manning/article/feed/200704?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/drew-brees-sings-praises-of-peyton-manning/article/feed/200704?custom_click=rss PHOENIX (AP) — Drew Brees serenaded Peyton Manning, hoping to convince the seven-time All-Pro to keep playing.

"Peyton, please come back and play," Brees sang to the tune of Manning's insurance commercial.

The scene occurred on stage before Manning accepted the Bart Starr Award for his character and contributions on and off the field.

Manning said afterward that he hasn't made a decision on returning to the Denver Broncos for his 18th NFL season.

"I'm still taking time to evaluate some things. I'm not interested in making this a lingering thing," Manning said. "I'd like to make a decision soon."

Manning said he has talked to new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, but NFL rules prohibited them from discussing footb

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]]> PHOENIX (AP) — Drew Brees serenaded Peyton Manning, hoping to convince the seven-time All-Pro to keep playing.

"Peyton, please come back and play," Brees sang to the tune of Manning's insurance commercial.

The scene occurred on stage before Manning accepted the Bart Starr Award for his character and contributions on and off the field.

Manning said afterward that he hasn't made a decision on returning to the Denver Broncos for his 18th NFL season.

"I'm still taking time to evaluate some things. I'm not interested in making this a lingering thing," Manning said. "I'd like to make a decision soon."

Manning said he has talked to new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, but NFL rules prohibited them from discussing footb]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:02:45 -0700 <![CDATA[SUPER BOWL: Profiles of key New England players]]> http://gazette.com/super-bowl-profiles-of-key-new-england-players/article/feed/200699?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/super-bowl-profiles-of-key-new-england-players/article/feed/200699?custom_click=rss GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Projected starters and key players for the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl:

OFFENSE

Tom Brady, QB (12), 6-4, 225, 15th season, Michigan

All-time great heading for his sixth Super Bowl, most of any starting QB in NFL history. ... Holds league postseason record for wins by a QB (20), TD passes (49), yards passing (7,017), completions (646) and attempts (1,035). ... Won three Super Bowls in four years but going for first championship in 10 since then. ... Fierce, emotional competitor with outstanding grasp of offense. ... Threw six TD passes in two playoff games this season.

LeGarrette Blount, RB (29), 6-0, 250, 5th season, Oregon

Powerful runner with surprising agility and elusi

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]]> GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Projected starters and key players for the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl:

OFFENSE

Tom Brady, QB (12), 6-4, 225, 15th season, Michigan

All-time great heading for his sixth Super Bowl, most of any starting QB in NFL history. ... Holds league postseason record for wins by a QB (20), TD passes (49), yards passing (7,017), completions (646) and attempts (1,035). ... Won three Super Bowls in four years but going for first championship in 10 since then. ... Fierce, emotional competitor with outstanding grasp of offense. ... Threw six TD passes in two playoff games this season.

LeGarrette Blount, RB (29), 6-0, 250, 5th season, Oregon

Powerful runner with surprising agility and elusi]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:47:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Seahawks' D could earn spot in NFL lore with Super Bowl win]]> http://gazette.com/seahawks-d-could-earn-spot-in-nfl-lore-with-super-bowl-win/article/feed/200694?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seahawks-d-could-earn-spot-in-nfl-lore-with-super-bowl-win/article/feed/200694?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — As it is, a pretty persuasive case could be made that Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks defense is among the very best groups on that side of the ball in NFL history.

The Seahawks are the first team since coach Buddy Ryan's 1985-86 Chicago Bears to give up the fewest points per game and fewest yards per game in back-to-back seasons.

They're also the first team in more than 40 years, since the Minnesota Vikings' "Purple People Eaters" of 1969-71, to lead the league in points allowed for three consecutive seasons.

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]]> PHOENIX (AP) — As it is, a pretty persuasive case could be made that Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks defense is among the very best groups on that side of the ball in NFL history.

The Seahawks are the first team since coach Buddy Ryan's 1985-86 Chicago Bears to give up the fewest points per game and fewest yards per game in back-to-back seasons.

They're also the first team in more than 40 years, since the Minnesota Vikings' "Purple People Eaters" of 1969-71, to lead the league in points allowed for three consecutive seasons.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:19:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Patriots should edge Seahawks for fourth Super Bowl win]]> http://gazette.com/patriots-should-edge-seahawks-for-fourth-super-bowl-win/article/feed/200670?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/patriots-should-edge-seahawks-for-fourth-super-bowl-win/article/feed/200670?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — Go ahead, pile on the Patriots.

Declare the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era over after they split their first four games this season. Call them cheaters when their footballs lose too much air. Predict the Legion of Boom will bring the hammer down on Rob Gronkowski.

Then jump on the New England bandwagon.

Watch one of the greatest quarterbacks ever lower the pressure on himself with handoffs to big LeGarrette Blount and quick passes to small receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. See the second-best defense in the Super Bowl silence Marshawn Lynch's running and put the burden on Russell Wilson to move the Seattle Seahawks with his arm and legs.

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]]> PHOENIX (AP) — Go ahead, pile on the Patriots.

Declare the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era over after they split their first four games this season. Call them cheaters when their footballs lose too much air. Predict the Legion of Boom will bring the hammer down on Rob Gronkowski.

Then jump on the New England bandwagon.

Watch one of the greatest quarterbacks ever lower the pressure on himself with handoffs to big LeGarrette Blount and quick passes to small receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. See the second-best defense in the Super Bowl silence Marshawn Lynch's running and put the burden on Russell Wilson to move the Seattle Seahawks with his arm and legs.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:21:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Gronkowski and Chancellor make for must-see matchup]]> http://gazette.com/gronkowski-and-chancellor-make-for-must-see-matchup/article/feed/200323?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gronkowski-and-chancellor-make-for-must-see-matchup/article/feed/200323?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — On some point Sunday it will happen. At least everyone hopes it happens.

The biggest, most athletic tight end in football will be running downfield and be met in a full-speed collision with the hardest-hitting strong safety in the game today.

What will happen when the NFL's version of Thunderdome comes to the Super Bowl, featuring Rob Gronkowski in one corner and Kam Chancellor in the other?

"I don't know. I'll be sitting there with popcorn," Seattle's Richard Sherman said. "It'll be good football."

There are a bevy of important individual matchups when New England and Seattle meet on Sunday.

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]]> PHOENIX (AP) — On some point Sunday it will happen. At least everyone hopes it happens.

The biggest, most athletic tight end in football will be running downfield and be met in a full-speed collision with the hardest-hitting strong safety in the game today.

What will happen when the NFL's version of Thunderdome comes to the Super Bowl, featuring Rob Gronkowski in one corner and Kam Chancellor in the other?

"I don't know. I'll be sitting there with popcorn," Seattle's Richard Sherman said. "It'll be good football."

There are a bevy of important individual matchups when New England and Seattle meet on Sunday.]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:05:24 -0700 <![CDATA[Surprise players often star in Super Bowls]]> http://gazette.com/surprise-players-often-star-in-super-bowls/article/feed/199916?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/surprise-players-often-star-in-super-bowls/article/feed/199916?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski.

The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks wouldn't be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday if it weren't for their superstars. But both teams got here with lesser-known players coming up big at key times.

Jermaine Kearse caught a touchdown pass in overtime in Seattle's win over Green Bay in the NFC championship game. Julian Edelman threw a TD pass in New England's division-round win over Baltimore.

There's Rob Ninkovich, Michael Bennett and several others. Often, surprise players are the stars in the Super Bowl.

Just look at last year when Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith was the unlike

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]]> PHOENIX (AP) — Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski.

The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks wouldn't be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday if it weren't for their superstars. But both teams got here with lesser-known players coming up big at key times.

Jermaine Kearse caught a touchdown pass in overtime in Seattle's win over Green Bay in the NFC championship game. Julian Edelman threw a TD pass in New England's division-round win over Baltimore.

There's Rob Ninkovich, Michael Bennett and several others. Often, surprise players are the stars in the Super Bowl.

Just look at last year when Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith was the unlike]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:19:21 -0700 <![CDATA[History ahead: first Super Bowl OT upcoming]]> http://gazette.com/history-ahead-first-super-bowl-ot-upcoming/article/feed/199786?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/history-ahead-first-super-bowl-ot-upcoming/article/feed/199786?custom_click=rss PHOENIX (AP) — Almost as dominant as New England's performance in the AFC championship game was the showing for Pro Picks in both conference title matches.

A sweep.

Now comes the toughest choice of all, and even the odds makers are uncertain on this one. The Seahawks (No. 1, AP Pro32) have gone from a 3-point favorite to, well, no favorite at all. The Patriots are a slight favorite, and that seems logical for the top two seeds.

The Patriots (No. 2, AP Pro32) seek their fourth championship in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era. Seattle is after a second straight crown, the first team to manage that in a decade. Guess who did it most recently?

Yep, New England.

Of course, the Patriots (14-4) also lost their pa

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]]> PHOENIX (AP) — Almost as dominant as New England's performance in the AFC championship game was the showing for Pro Picks in both conference title matches.

A sweep.

Now comes the toughest choice of all, and even the odds makers are uncertain on this one. The Seahawks (No. 1, AP Pro32) have gone from a 3-point favorite to, well, no favorite at all. The Patriots are a slight favorite, and that seems logical for the top two seeds.

The Patriots (No. 2, AP Pro32) seek their fourth championship in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era. Seattle is after a second straight crown, the first team to manage that in a decade. Guess who did it most recently?

Yep, New England.

Of course, the Patriots (14-4) also lost their pa]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:50:31 -0700