<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Sun, 01 Feb 2015 11:24:02 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ramsey: Bronco fans wait for Super surge of joy]]> By david ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-bronco-fans-wait-for-super-surge-of-joy/article/1545533?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-bronco-fans-wait-for-super-surge-of-joy/article/1545533?custom_click=rss

A birthday party for a middle-age adult is vastly different than a birthday party for a child. A sense of doom  hovers just above the birthday cake and ice cream along with the question: Just how many more of these parties are ahead? In January, in the middle of one of these semi-happy parties, I talked with a friend, a native Coloradan, about the best party in Colorado's history. That's right. You guessed it. The statewide party that began the instant the Broncos conquered the Packers on Jan. 25, 1998. On the night of the Broncos victory, this friend sat next to his father, one of those stoic tough guys born in the years before The Depression. His father had followed the Broncos since the birth of the franchise in 1960.

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]]> A birthday party for a middle-age adult is vastly different than a birthday party for a child. A sense of doom  hovers just above the birthday cake and ice cream along with the question: Just how many more of these parties are ahead? In January, in the middle of one of these semi-happy parties, I talked with a friend, a native Coloradan, about the best party in Colorado's history. That's right. You guessed it. The statewide party that began the instant the Broncos conquered the Packers on Jan. 25, 1998. On the night of the Broncos victory, this friend sat next to his father, one of those stoic tough guys born in the years before The Depression. His father had followed the Broncos since the birth of the franchise in 1960.]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:25:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Klee: Super Bowl is elaborate fun, but excess leaves empty feeling]]> http://gazette.com/klee-super-bowl-is-elaborate-fun-but-excess-leaves-empty-feeling/article/1545534?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-super-bowl-is-elaborate-fun-but-excess-leaves-empty-feeling/article/1545534?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Walking into Super Bowl media day last year should have been a highlight. The Broncos were there, the Seahawks were there, that smokeshow sports reporter from Univision was there. Do you know who else was there, freezing his tattered beard off outside the Prudential Center in frigid, broken-down Newark, N.J.?

It was the guy I can't forget. A homeless man, under several layers of blankets and ripped clothes, holding a sign. I can't remember what the sign said, something about working for food, and the fact I can't remember his sign says all we need to know.

I was too concerned with things that don't matter, not focused enough on what does.

The Super Bowl will do that to you. Sunday in Arizona, the most



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DENVER — Walking into Super Bowl media day last year should have been a highlight. The Broncos were there, the Seahawks were there, that smokeshow sports reporter from Univision was there. Do you know who else was there, freezing his tattered beard off outside the Prudential Center in frigid, broken-down Newark, N.J.?

It was the guy I can't forget. A homeless man, under several layers of blankets and ripped clothes, holding a sign. I can't remember what the sign said, something about working for food, and the fact I can't remember his sign says all we need to know.

I was too concerned with things that don't matter, not focused enough on what does.

The Super Bowl will do that to you. Sunday in Arizona, the most

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Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:25:09 -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[Since when did the number 12 become so synonymous with the Seattle Seahawks?]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/since-when-did-the-number-12-become-so-synonymous-with-the-seattle-seahawks/article/1545537?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/since-when-did-the-number-12-become-so-synonymous-with-the-seattle-seahawks/article/1545537?custom_click=rss

Since when did the number 12 become so synonymous with Seattle? It is hard to root for the Seahawks because of this fascination with 12. The Gazette’s Paul Klee says that he encountered a total of 12 Seahawks fans in his four years living in the state of Washington in the 1990s.

Here are 12 things associated with the number 12 that come to mind before the Seahawks.

12 Days of Christmas: Eleven pipers piping, is that a reference to Seattle’s smack-talking defense?

12 Packs: After watching last year’s Super Bowl, many Broncos fans cracked a cold one

12 Step programs: Don’t crack too many cold ones over football games or you will end up here.



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Since when did the number 12 become so synonymous with Seattle? It is hard to root for the Seahawks because of this fascination with 12. The Gazette’s Paul Klee says that he encountered a total of 12 Seahawks fans in his four years living in the state of Washington in the 1990s.

Here are 12 things associated with the number 12 that come to mind before the Seahawks.

12 Days of Christmas: Eleven pipers piping, is that a reference to Seattle’s smack-talking defense?

12 Packs: After watching last year’s Super Bowl, many Broncos fans cracked a cold one

12 Step programs: Don’t crack too many cold ones over football games or you will end up here.

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Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:35:15 -0700
<![CDATA[10 reasons why the New England Patriots are generally disliked]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/10-reasons-why-the-new-england-patriots-are-generally-disliked/article/1545546?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/10-reasons-why-the-new-england-patriots-are-generally-disliked/article/1545546?custom_click=rss

As much as Broncos fans still feel the sting from the loss to the Seahawks in last year’s Super Bowl, it is hard for them to root for the Patriots. Besides the obvious reasons (jealousy of Tom Brady, they’re a rival and Bill Belichick is too shady), there are 10 other factors The Gazette compiled on why the Patriots are generally disliked.

Pick a region: New England doesn’t claim a specific state. How cocky are the Patriots to take up an entire region?

Let’s be blunt: Conspiracy theorists insist that running back LeGarrette Blount forced his way out of Pittsburgh to reunite with New England.



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As much as Broncos fans still feel the sting from the loss to the Seahawks in last year’s Super Bowl, it is hard for them to root for the Patriots. Besides the obvious reasons (jealousy of Tom Brady, they’re a rival and Bill Belichick is too shady), there are 10 other factors The Gazette compiled on why the Patriots are generally disliked.

Pick a region: New England doesn’t claim a specific state. How cocky are the Patriots to take up an entire region?

Let’s be blunt: Conspiracy theorists insist that running back LeGarrette Blount forced his way out of Pittsburgh to reunite with New England.

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Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:28:55 -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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]]> 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.]]> 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[Peyton Manning still considering his future with Broncos]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/peyton-manning-still-considering-his-future-with-broncos/article/1545490?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peyton-manning-still-considering-his-future-with-broncos/article/1545490?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX — Peyton Manning is still thinking over his future, making no commitment to returning to the Broncos for his 18th NFL season.

"I'm taking some time to assess some things and to see," Manning said Friday, after accepting the Bart Starr Award in Phoenix. "Of course, I think that's something that's important to me, is not whether I can physically do it for myself, (but) can I physically do it to help the team?"

Manning delivered a shocker after Denver's 24-13 loss to Indianapolis in the playoffs, reversing course from a month earlier and saying he was unsure whether he'd return for a fourth year with the Broncos.

The team then parted ways with coach John Fox and hired Gary Kubiak.



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PHOENIX — Peyton Manning is still thinking over his future, making no commitment to returning to the Broncos for his 18th NFL season.

"I'm taking some time to assess some things and to see," Manning said Friday, after accepting the Bart Starr Award in Phoenix. "Of course, I think that's something that's important to me, is not whether I can physically do it for myself, (but) can I physically do it to help the team?"

Manning delivered a shocker after Denver's 24-13 loss to Indianapolis in the playoffs, reversing course from a month earlier and saying he was unsure whether he'd return for a fourth year with the Broncos.

The team then parted ways with coach John Fox and hired Gary Kubiak.

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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:03:31 -0700
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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.

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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[Klee: On brink of Hall of Fame, Terrell Davis says there's no mystery with Gary Kubiak's Broncos offense]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-on-brink-of-hall-of-fame-terrell-davis-says-theres-no-mystery-with-gary-kubiaks-broncos-offense/article/1545385?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-on-brink-of-hall-of-fame-terrell-davis-says-theres-no-mystery-with-gary-kubiaks-broncos-offense/article/1545385?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Gary Kubiak is now the coach of the Broncos, and the happiest man employed in Colorado should be C.J. Anderson.

How do I know?

Terrell Davis told me, and there's no better source on the subject. Not John Elway, not Peyton Manning, not even Marshawn Lynch, if he would talk. With Kubiak as the offensive coordinator, TD averaged 1,603 yards and 12 touchdowns over their first four seasons together in Denver. They won a pair of Super Bowls, in 1997 and '98. Kubiak is "everything you want in a coach" and "as good as it gets for a running back," Davis said.

"You know what they're going to do," Davis said in a phone conversation from Phoenix. "There's no mystery about what's going to be the focal point of the offense.



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DENVER — Gary Kubiak is now the coach of the Broncos, and the happiest man employed in Colorado should be C.J. Anderson.

How do I know?

Terrell Davis told me, and there's no better source on the subject. Not John Elway, not Peyton Manning, not even Marshawn Lynch, if he would talk. With Kubiak as the offensive coordinator, TD averaged 1,603 yards and 12 touchdowns over their first four seasons together in Denver. They won a pair of Super Bowls, in 1997 and '98. Kubiak is "everything you want in a coach" and "as good as it gets for a running back," Davis said.

"You know what they're going to do," Davis said in a phone conversation from Phoenix. "There's no mystery about what's going to be the focal point of the offense.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:58:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Wade Phillips named Broncos' defensive coordinator]]> by ARNIE STAPLETON The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/wade-phillips-named-broncos-defensive-coordinator/article/1545390?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wade-phillips-named-broncos-defensive-coordinator/article/1545390?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Wade Phillips is returning to Denver as Gary Kubiak's defensive coordinator.

Phillips, 67, interviewed for the position this week after the Broncos were rebuffed in their attempts to speak with Bengals secondary coach Vance Joseph about the position. Joseph, who has a year left on his contract in Cincinnati, had interviewed for the Broncos head coaching vacancy following John Fox's ouster earlier this month.

Phillips was Kubiak's defensive coordinator in Houston from 2011-13 and replaced him as interim coach when Kubiak was fired by the Texans in December 2013.

Phillips has also served as coach of the Saints, Cowboys, Falcons, Bills and Broncos, where he went 16-16 from 1993-94. He was out of football last



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ENGLEWOOD - Wade Phillips is returning to Denver as Gary Kubiak's defensive coordinator.

Phillips, 67, interviewed for the position this week after the Broncos were rebuffed in their attempts to speak with Bengals secondary coach Vance Joseph about the position. Joseph, who has a year left on his contract in Cincinnati, had interviewed for the Broncos head coaching vacancy following John Fox's ouster earlier this month.

Phillips was Kubiak's defensive coordinator in Houston from 2011-13 and replaced him as interim coach when Kubiak was fired by the Texans in December 2013.

Phillips has also served as coach of the Saints, Cowboys, Falcons, Bills and Broncos, where he went 16-16 from 1993-94. He was out of football last

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:15:36 -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[4'Clock Shadow: The Broncos' new defensive coordinator is Wade Phillips, and he has a Twitter account]]> Paul Klee, The Gazette http://gazette.com/4clock-shadow-the-broncos-new-defensive-coordinator-is-wade-phillips-and-he-has-a-twitter-account/article/1545383?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/4clock-shadow-the-broncos-new-defensive-coordinator-is-wade-phillips-and-he-has-a-twitter-account/article/1545383?custom_click=rss

The Broncos' new defensive coordinator is Wade Phillips, and he has a Twitter account.

Phillips, 67, takes over the spot previously held by Jack Del Rio, according to a report by NFL.com's Ian Rapaport. This is wonderful — the part about the Twitter account. We'll see about the defensive coordinator part. I like proven things over maybe things, so I preferred the Broncos hiring Phillips over Bengals prospect Vance Joseph. 

Anyway, the important stuff: Wade Phillips' Twitter account. Here are a few gems from @sonofbum, with some background:

The Seahawks have allowed just 507 yards in their last three games, fewest in a three-game stretch in NFL since Texans in 2011. —@sonofbum, Dec.



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The Broncos' new defensive coordinator is Wade Phillips, and he has a Twitter account.

Phillips, 67, takes over the spot previously held by Jack Del Rio, according to a report by NFL.com's Ian Rapaport. This is wonderful — the part about the Twitter account. We'll see about the defensive coordinator part. I like proven things over maybe things, so I preferred the Broncos hiring Phillips over Bengals prospect Vance Joseph. 

Anyway, the important stuff: Wade Phillips' Twitter account. Here are a few gems from @sonofbum, with some background:

The Seahawks have allowed just 507 yards in their last three games, fewest in a three-game stretch in NFL since Texans in 2011. —@sonofbum, Dec.

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:37:01 -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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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 <![CDATA[Broncos tight end Julius Thomas about to cash in]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/broncos-tight-end-julius-thomas-about-to-cash-in/article/1545337?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-tight-end-julius-thomas-about-to-cash-in/article/1545337?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Julius Thomas is about to cash in, one way or another.

One of Denver's dozen unrestricted free agents, he'll either get a long-term contract soon or play next season under the Broncos' franchise tag.

General manager John Elway said on Jan. 12 that re-signing both the big tight end and star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas were his top priorities after finding a new coach.

"I didn't hear about that until now from you," Thomas told The Associated Press. "But I think it's good that's something they want to do. Obviously, those conversations and negotiations will take place in the next coming weeks. Hopefully it all works out."

If not, Thomas will still see a big jump in his pay. He made $645,000 in the

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One of Denver's dozen unrestricted free agents, he'll either get a long-term contract soon or play next season under the Broncos' franchise tag.

General manager John Elway said on Jan. 12 that re-signing both the big tight end and star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas were his top priorities after finding a new coach.

"I didn't hear about that until now from you," Thomas told The Associated Press. "But I think it's good that's something they want to do. Obviously, those conversations and negotiations will take place in the next coming weeks. Hopefully it all works out."

If not, Thomas will still see a big jump in his pay. He made $645,000 in the]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:10:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Wilson recalls watching as a kid while Brady won Super Bowls]]> http://gazette.com/wilson-recalls-watching-as-a-kid-while-brady-won-super-bowls/article/feed/199577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wilson-recalls-watching-as-a-kid-while-brady-won-super-bowls/article/feed/199577?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — Tom Brady began winning Super Bowls when Russell Wilson was still a teenager, tuning in to see the big game on TV.

"Of course I remember watching Brady," Wilson said Tuesday. "He won some incredible games. Incredible comebacks. Incredible throws. Incredible plays. Hopefully he doesn't make too many incredible ones this year."

When Wilson leads the Seattle Seahawks into the Super Bowl against Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday, both quarterbacks know the outcome will affect the way each is viewed for quite a while.

Wilson can become the eighth starting QB to win consecutive Super Bowl championships, and the first since Brady did it 10 years ago.

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"Of course I remember watching Brady," Wilson said Tuesday. "He won some incredible games. Incredible comebacks. Incredible throws. Incredible plays. Hopefully he doesn't make too many incredible ones this year."

When Wilson leads the Seattle Seahawks into the Super Bowl against Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday, both quarterbacks know the outcome will affect the way each is viewed for quite a while.

Wilson can become the eighth starting QB to win consecutive Super Bowl championships, and the first since Brady did it 10 years ago.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:32:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Thomas: ankle is better as he heads into important offseason]]> http://gazette.com/thomas-ankle-is-better-as-he-heads-into-important-offseason/article/feed/199230?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thomas-ankle-is-better-as-he-heads-into-important-offseason/article/feed/199230?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Julius Thomas is about to cash in, one way or another.

One of Denver's dozen unrestricted free agents, he'll either get a long-term contract soon or play next season under the Broncos' franchise tag.

General manager John Elway said back on Jan. 12 that re-signing both the big tight end and star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas were his top priorities after finding a new coach.

"I didn't hear about that until now from you," Thomas told The Associated Press. "But I think it's good that's something they want to do. Obviously, those conversations and negotiations will take place in the next coming weeks. Hopefully it all works out."

If not, Thomas will still see a big jump in his pay. He made $

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One of Denver's dozen unrestricted free agents, he'll either get a long-term contract soon or play next season under the Broncos' franchise tag.

General manager John Elway said back on Jan. 12 that re-signing both the big tight end and star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas were his top priorities after finding a new coach.

"I didn't hear about that until now from you," Thomas told The Associated Press. "But I think it's good that's something they want to do. Obviously, those conversations and negotiations will take place in the next coming weeks. Hopefully it all works out."

If not, Thomas will still see a big jump in his pay. He made $]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:01:29 -0700 <![CDATA[Smith goes from MVP to barely seeing field for Seattle]]> http://gazette.com/smith-goes-from-mvp-to-barely-seeing-field-for-seattle/article/feed/199190?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/smith-goes-from-mvp-to-barely-seeing-field-for-seattle/article/feed/199190?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — Malcolm Smith stood out for always being in the right spot.

He was waiting to corral Richard Sherman's fourth-quarter deflection for the clinching interception in the NFC championship a year ago to send Seattle to the Super Bowl.

His eyes were up and focused on Peyton Manning's fluttering pass that fell into his arms for a pick six in the second quarter of last year's Super Bowl. And he hustled downfield to be in position to recover a fumble in the second half, all of which added up to the former seventh-round pick becoming an unlikely Super Bowl MVP.

Fast-forward 12 months with the Seahawks back in the Super Bowl and Smith doesn't stand out as part of this Seattle defense.

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He was waiting to corral Richard Sherman's fourth-quarter deflection for the clinching interception in the NFC championship a year ago to send Seattle to the Super Bowl.

His eyes were up and focused on Peyton Manning's fluttering pass that fell into his arms for a pick six in the second quarter of last year's Super Bowl. And he hustled downfield to be in position to recover a fumble in the second half, all of which added up to the former seventh-round pick becoming an unlikely Super Bowl MVP.

Fast-forward 12 months with the Seahawks back in the Super Bowl and Smith doesn't stand out as part of this Seattle defense.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:19:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Manning has a lot to consider as he ponders his future]]> http://gazette.com/manning-has-a-lot-to-consider-as-he-ponders-his-future/article/feed/199067?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manning-has-a-lot-to-consider-as-he-ponders-his-future/article/feed/199067?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — As Peyton Manning considers whether to take the gold watch or make one more run at the silver trophy, there are many factors he's weighing: age, desire, vitality, security, relationships.

General manager John Elway said "the bottom line is we want him back." So, he asked Manning not to make up his mind until next month after he's had time to process everything.

Back in September, Manning said he liked Tom Brady's "When I suck, I'll retire" quote.

"That's a pretty good rule," Manning said on the eve of a season that was filled with fun (planning his own prank after breaking Brett Favre's touchdown record) and frustration (another first-round flop in the playoffs after a nagging thigh injury).

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General manager John Elway said "the bottom line is we want him back." So, he asked Manning not to make up his mind until next month after he's had time to process everything.

Back in September, Manning said he liked Tom Brady's "When I suck, I'll retire" quote.

"That's a pretty good rule," Manning said on the eve of a season that was filled with fun (planning his own prank after breaking Brett Favre's touchdown record) and frustration (another first-round flop in the playoffs after a nagging thigh injury).]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:52:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Peyton Manning has a lot to consider as he ponders his future]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/peyton-manning-has-a-lot-to-consider-as-he-ponders-his-future/article/1545260?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peyton-manning-has-a-lot-to-consider-as-he-ponders-his-future/article/1545260?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — As Peyton Manning considers whether to take the gold watch or make one more run at the silver trophy, there are many factors he's weighing: age, desire, vitality, security, relationships.

General manager John Elway said "the bottom line is we want him back." So, he asked Manning not to make up his mind until next month after he's had time to process everything.

Back in September, Manning said he liked Tom Brady's "When I suck, I'll retire" quote.

"That's a pretty good rule," Manning said on the eve of a season that was filled with fun (planning his own prank after breaking Brett Favre's touchdown record) and frustration (another first-round flop in the playoffs after a nagging thigh injury).



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ENGLEWOOD — As Peyton Manning considers whether to take the gold watch or make one more run at the silver trophy, there are many factors he's weighing: age, desire, vitality, security, relationships.

General manager John Elway said "the bottom line is we want him back." So, he asked Manning not to make up his mind until next month after he's had time to process everything.

Back in September, Manning said he liked Tom Brady's "When I suck, I'll retire" quote.

"That's a pretty good rule," Manning said on the eve of a season that was filled with fun (planning his own prank after breaking Brett Favre's touchdown record) and frustration (another first-round flop in the playoffs after a nagging thigh injury).

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:28:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Ramsey: How much is at risk for Gary Kubiak and John Elway?]]> By david ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-how-much-is-at-risk-for-gary-kubiak-and-john-elway/article/1545091?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-how-much-is-at-risk-for-gary-kubiak-and-john-elway/article/1545091?custom_click=rss

John Elway's and Gary Kubiak's friendship brought them together as prime leaders of the Broncos, but friendship alone will fail to keep their business association alive.

Winning is required. Losing could doom the future fun of two buddies working side by side.

The men have known each other for nearly 32 years. They helped carry the Broncos to five Super Bowls. They watched the NFL title games on Sunday, and the hours whizzed by. Time moves fast when spent with those who know you the best. I have a feeling Elway's time with the departed John Fox failed to speed by so quickly.

Elway wanted to work with one of his best friends, and as the Emperor of the Broncos, he can follow his personal whims.



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John Elway's and Gary Kubiak's friendship brought them together as prime leaders of the Broncos, but friendship alone will fail to keep their business association alive.

Winning is required. Losing could doom the future fun of two buddies working side by side.

The men have known each other for nearly 32 years. They helped carry the Broncos to five Super Bowls. They watched the NFL title games on Sunday, and the hours whizzed by. Time moves fast when spent with those who know you the best. I have a feeling Elway's time with the departed John Fox failed to speed by so quickly.

Elway wanted to work with one of his best friends, and as the Emperor of the Broncos, he can follow his personal whims.

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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:01:45 -0700
<![CDATA[4 O'Clock Shadow: The Broncos and the 1983 NFL draft]]> http://gazette.com/4-oclock-shadow-the-broncos-and-the-1983-nfl-draft/article/1545065?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/4-oclock-shadow-the-broncos-and-the-1983-nfl-draft/article/1545065?custom_click=rss Klee's 4 O'Clock Shadow... afternoon blog on the day's buzz...

This all goes back to 1983. Microsoft released the first "Word" (thanks!), Swatch was the watch, and Mr. David Ramsey's Volkswagen Rabbit cost around $6,000. Back then, I just wanted to go fishing. Some things haven't changed.

Most important to this blog, and to the past, present and future of the Broncos, the local football club drafted two quarterbacks in 1983: John Elway and Gary Kubiak.

They are business partners now, the principal reasons the Broncos will or won't win another Super Bowl in the near future — Elway as the general manager, Kubiak as the head coach. They are tied at the hip and tied by the 1983 NFL draft. 

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Klee's 4 O'Clock Shadow... afternoon blog on the day's buzz...

This all goes back to 1983. Microsoft released the first "Word" (thanks!), Swatch was the watch, and Mr. David Ramsey's Volkswagen Rabbit cost around $6,000. Back then, I just wanted to go fishing. Some things haven't changed.

Most important to this blog, and to the past, present and future of the Broncos, the local football club drafted two quarterbacks in 1983: John Elway and Gary Kubiak.

They are business partners now, the principal reasons the Broncos will or won't win another Super Bowl in the near future — Elway as the general manager, Kubiak as the head coach. They are tied at the hip and tied by the 1983 NFL draft. 

Here's a look

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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:18:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Report: Peyton Manning to return to Broncos pending physical]]> Denver Post http://gazette.com/report-peyton-manning-to-return-to-broncos-pending-physical/article/1544978?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-peyton-manning-to-return-to-broncos-pending-physical/article/1544978?custom_click=rss

According to three trustworthy sources, Peyton Manning wants to return to the Broncos, but won't and can't make a final decision until he takes an annual physical examination mandated by his contract, The Denver Post's Woody Paige is reporting.

Last year, the test results were learned at the beginning of March. The Broncos have requested that Manning let them know his plans by March 9 — the day before teams must exercise their rights on veteran players under contract. Manning, who turns 39 on March 24, is due $19 million next season.

John Elway has said publicly he hopes that Peyton returns, and new coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday he already has communicated with Manning twice, and "I want to be the best support system



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According to three trustworthy sources, Peyton Manning wants to return to the Broncos, but won't and can't make a final decision until he takes an annual physical examination mandated by his contract, The Denver Post's Woody Paige is reporting.

Last year, the test results were learned at the beginning of March. The Broncos have requested that Manning let them know his plans by March 9 — the day before teams must exercise their rights on veteran players under contract. Manning, who turns 39 on March 24, is due $19 million next season.

John Elway has said publicly he hopes that Peyton returns, and new coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday he already has communicated with Manning twice, and "I want to be the best support system

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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:42:46 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: Broncos and Gary Kubiak emphasize family, and this hire is for the patriarch]]> BY PAUL KLEE The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-and-gary-kubiak-emphasize-family-and-this-hire-is-for-the-patriarch/article/1544943?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-and-gary-kubiak-emphasize-family-and-this-hire-is-for-the-patriarch/article/1544943?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — The preparation was over, the hype in full buzz. But first things come first, you know.

Here, two days before the Broncos would host the Colts in an AFC playoff game, three of the men at the core of the Broncos operation had one more stop to make. John Elway, Peyton Manning and longtime athletic trainer Steve "Greek" Antonopulos convened at Dove Valley.

Together, they paid a visit to Pat Bowlen, the team owner for three decades.

Mr. B is why this is possible. I suggest Mr. B is why all of this is happening.

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ENGLEWOOD — The preparation was over, the hype in full buzz. But first things come first, you know.

Here, two days before the Broncos would host the Colts in an AFC playoff game, three of the men at the core of the Broncos operation had one more stop to make. John Elway, Peyton Manning and longtime athletic trainer Steve "Greek" Antonopulos convened at Dove Valley.

Together, they paid a visit to Pat Bowlen, the team owner for three decades.

Mr. B is why this is possible. I suggest Mr. B is why all of this is happening.

Bowlen isn't the only reason why John Elway left a charmed life with 10 a.m. tee times to risk his football legacy as general manager of the Broncos, or the only reason Gary Kubiak returned to

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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:50:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Peyton Manning holds Gary Kubiak's future in his shaky right hand]]> By david Ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-peyton-manning-holds-gary-kubiaks-future-in-his-shaky-right-hand/article/1544935?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-peyton-manning-holds-gary-kubiaks-future-in-his-shaky-right-hand/article/1544935?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Gary Kubiak had hopes. He wanted to start at quarterback for the Broncos.

Then, on an afternoon in 1983, he threw footballs alongside John Elway, his fellow rookie. The Broncos had fled bad weather to practice at the Air Force Academy.

"I had to throw next to him for a day," Kubiak said. "I called home and said, 'I have no chance.'"

His personal hopes were crushed, for good, by Elway's outrageously powerful right arm. But Kubiak's team had every reason to hope to rule the NFL in 1983. Elway's promise was anything but false. He would lead the Broncos to five Super Bowls.



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ENGLEWOOD - Gary Kubiak had hopes. He wanted to start at quarterback for the Broncos.

Then, on an afternoon in 1983, he threw footballs alongside John Elway, his fellow rookie. The Broncos had fled bad weather to practice at the Air Force Academy.

"I had to throw next to him for a day," Kubiak said. "I called home and said, 'I have no chance.'"

His personal hopes were crushed, for good, by Elway's outrageously powerful right arm. But Kubiak's team had every reason to hope to rule the NFL in 1983. Elway's promise was anything but false. He would lead the Broncos to five Super Bowls.

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:06:51 -0700