<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:29:58 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Paul Klee: Kirk Cousins the safe choice, but NFL draft the smart choice, for next Denver Broncos quarterback]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-kirk-cousins-the-safe-choice-but-nfl-draft-the-smart-choice-for-next-denver-broncos-quarterback/article/1621509?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-kirk-cousins-the-safe-choice-but-nfl-draft-the-smart-choice-for-next-denver-broncos-quarterback/article/1621509?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Kirk Cousins should take the money and run. The most money, as much as he can tug from his next NFL employer. Grab it and sprint to the nearest Wells Fargo, buy an island, donate to the Humane Society, open a coffee shop named “You like that?!”, help people.

Cash in, Captain. Have you seen the size and speed of the mercenaries trying to break your body? Cousins should get paid a Von Miller's ransom while he can still walk without a limp and remember where he put the car keys. He's the most coveted free agent since Peyton Manning in 2012. Take advantage.

Where will Cousins play in 2018 and beyond? Follow the money.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:18:26 -0700
<![CDATA[ESPN adds Herbstreit to NFL draft coverage, replacing Gruden]]> http://gazette.com/espn-adds-herbstreit-to-nfl-draft-coverage-replacing-gruden/article/feed/541833?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/espn-adds-herbstreit-to-nfl-draft-coverage-replacing-gruden/article/feed/541833?custom_click=rss Kirk Herbstreit will take Jon Gruden's place on ESPN's coverage of the NFL draft.

ESPN announced Thursday that Herbstreit will be part the opening night coverage of the first round in prime time on April 26 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Herbstreit will be joined by host Trey Wingo, draft analyst Mel Kiper and NFL analyst Louis Riddick.

Rounds two and three are April 27, and rounds four through seven are April 28.

Herbstreit is the lead analyst for ESPN's "Saturday Night College Football" and the "College GameDay" pregame show.

Gruden left his job as analyst on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" in January to return to coaching as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Gruden joined ESPN in 2009 and has been part

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]]> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:42:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Woody Paige: What are the odds for the next Denver Broncos quarterback?]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-what-are-the-odds-for-the-next-denver-broncos-quarterback/article/1621388?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-what-are-the-odds-for-the-next-denver-broncos-quarterback/article/1621388?custom_click=rss

In regard to sports, you and I are wrong occasionally (often?), but the general belief is that "Las Vegas always seems to get it right.''

There's a valid reason for the multitude of high-rise resorts, casinos, sports books and all-you-can-devour cheap buffets.

The betting line on a game will be minus-3.5; you take the favorite and lay the points, and your team wins by 3. You lose. But, then, Vegas has brain burps. The favored Patriots did not win the Super Bowl. One anonymous wise guy took the Eagles plus 5½ points for $3 million. Think he liked that pass to Nick Foles for a touchdown?

Which brings us, as usual, to Kirk Cousins.

Tuesday was the opening of a two-week window when NFL teams may designate players



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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:10:49 -0700
<![CDATA[NFL intrigue goes beyond the quarterbacks]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-intrigue-goes-beyond-the-quarterbacks/article/feed/541007?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-intrigue-goes-beyond-the-quarterbacks/article/feed/541007?custom_click=rss The NFL's offseason features plenty of intrigue beyond where Kirk Cousins and dozens of other quarterbacks will land.

As the Philadelphia Eagles enjoy the city's first NFL title since 1960 and the New England Patriots smart over their failure to win a sixth ring, 30 other teams are plotting to unseat the conference kings.

That appears to be a tougher task in the AFC than in the NFC, where the Vikings, Saints and Rams all are on the rise and the Pack promises to get back with Aaron Rodgers under center again.

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]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:49:04 -0700 <![CDATA[David Ramsey: America turns its lonely eyes to Peyton Manning, who must return to NFL as TV color commentator]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-america-turns-its-lonely-eyes-to-peyton-manning-who-must-return-to-nfl-as-tv-color-commentator/article/1621312?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-america-turns-its-lonely-eyes-to-peyton-manning-who-must-return-to-nfl-as-tv-color-commentator/article/1621312?custom_click=rss

Open the bank vault, please. We need Peyton Manning in a TV booth for the 2018 season.

Manning can use humor and football’s most beautiful mind to brighten our Thursday or Monday nights and slow, and maybe even halt, the NFL’s steady loss of TV viewers.

ESPN is chasing Manning to serve as color man for Monday Night Football, and Fox is on the same chase for Thursday Night Football.

I’m hoping, along with a millions of my Fellow Americans, that one of the networks persuades Manning to step into a broadcast booth. It’s an ultra-sweet gig. Jon Gruden, merely OK as Monday Night Football’s color man, earned $6.5 million a season before returning to coach the Raiders.

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:53:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Denver should be a no-brainer choice to host NFL draft]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-denver-should-be-a-no-brainer-choice-to-host-nfl-draft/article/1621089?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-denver-should-be-a-no-brainer-choice-to-host-nfl-draft/article/1621089?custom_click=rss

Is the NFL draft coming to Colorado?

Denver has been named one of five finalists to host the NFL draft in 2019 or 2020, according to the Broncos. The other finalists: Cleveland-Canton, Kansas City, Nashville and Las Vegas. With a nod of appreciation for booming Nashville and league newcomer Las Vegas, the soon-to-be home of the Raiders, Denver should be a no-brainer. The winners will be announced in late May.

“It’s a competitive process, and we’re excited to move one step closer to bringing the NFL draft to Denver,'' Broncos president and chief executive officer Joe Ellis said in a statement.



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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:52:46 -0700
<![CDATA[Kicker Janikowski's career with Raiders up after 18 seasons]]> http://gazette.com/kicker-janikowskis-career-with-raiders-up-after-18-seasons/article/feed/539767?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kicker-janikowskis-career-with-raiders-up-after-18-seasons/article/feed/539767?custom_click=rss

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Eighteen years after the Raiders made kicker Sebastian Janikowski a surprise first-round draft pick, his career in Oakland has come to an end.

The team told Janikowski this week that he won't be brought back when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next month.

"The Raider Nation salutes Sebastian Janikowski as the sun sets on his illustrious career with the Oakland Raiders," owner Mark Davis said in a statement Thursday. "He joined the team as a surprise first-round pick in the 2000 Draft and finishes his time in Oakland as one of the greatest or perhaps the greatest kicker in pro football history. His powerful left leg produced an NFL-record 55 field goals of 50-or-more yards.

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]]> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:20:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Jets promote QB coach Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator]]> http://gazette.com/jets-promote-qb-coach-jeremy-bates-to-offensive-coordinator/article/feed/539482?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jets-promote-qb-coach-jeremy-bates-to-offensive-coordinator/article/feed/539482?custom_click=rss

Jeremy Bates is getting another chance at running an NFL offense.

The New York Jets promoted the quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator Wednesday, replacing the fired John Morton.

The team also hired Rick Dennison as offensive line coach/run game coordinator and Steve Jackson as assistant defensive backs coach. Bates also will continue his duties as quarterbacks coach.

Bates takes over an offense that ranked 28th overall and struggled with consistency — resulting in Morton's dismissal last month after just one season.

Bates was hired last offseason by coach Todd Bowles to work with the Jets' quarterbacks after being out of football from 2013-16.

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]]> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:39:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Reich embraces new role with Colts as coaching backup plan]]> http://gazette.com/reich-embraces-new-role-with-colts-as-coaching-backup-plan/article/feed/539086?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reich-embraces-new-role-with-colts-as-coaching-backup-plan/article/feed/539086?custom_click=rss

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Reich did some of his most memorable work in relief.

He engineered the biggest comeback in NFL playoff history while pinch-hitting for Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. He orchestrated the second-largest comeback in college football history after spending three years as Boomer Esiason's understudy. Heck, he even won a Super Bowl with a backup quarterback.

So when the Indianapolis Colts offered Reich a chance to be their second choice as head coach, the super sub figured it was the perfect it.

"The backup role has suited me well in my career," Reich joked Tuesday at his introductory news conference at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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]]> Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:05:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Colts hire Frank Reich as new head coach]]> http://gazette.com/colts-hire-frank-reich-as-new-head-coach/article/feed/538385?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colts-hire-frank-reich-as-new-head-coach/article/feed/538385?custom_click=rss

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts' second choice for head coach could turn out to be even better than the first.

And Frank Reich has the Super Bowl championship gear to prove it.

Five days after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reneged on a deal to take the Colts' job, Ballard hired Reich, the man who outwitted McDaniels last week and helped lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first NFL title since 1960.

"Frank is a leader of men who will demand excellence from our players on and off the field," Ballard said in a statement released Sunday. "I look forward to working with Frank to deliver a championship-caliber team to the city of Indianapolis.

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]]> Sun, 11 Feb 2018 18:45:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Paul Klee: Josh McDaniels fiasco, anthem protests are examples why the NFL misses Pat Bowlen right now]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-josh-mcdaniels-fiasco-anthem-protests-are-examples-why-the-nfl-misses-pat-bowlen-right-now/article/1620771?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-josh-mcdaniels-fiasco-anthem-protests-are-examples-why-the-nfl-misses-pat-bowlen-right-now/article/1620771?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Robert Kraft is the real villain in the Josh McDaniels-Colts fiasco. With great power comes great responsibility, and no owner uses his for self-serving interests more frequently than the Patriots’.

Many of the NFL’s most prominent issues — national anthem protests, distrust between players and owners, the fallout from continued and necessary CTE studies, all that — are a direct result of the league’s knee-jerk reaction to almost anything that threatens to tarnish the shield. I call it the CYA plan. Instead of working together to advance the greater good with a sensible solution, the men in charge seek to cover their own backside.

The anthem protests are



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Sun, 11 Feb 2018 11:38:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Garoppolo's $137.5 million deal is bad news for quarterback-needy Denver Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-garoppolos-137.5-million-deal-is-bad-news-for-quarterback-needy-denver-broncos/article/1620616?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-garoppolos-137.5-million-deal-is-bad-news-for-quarterback-needy-denver-broncos/article/1620616?custom_click=rss

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo signed a five-season, $127.5 million contract with the 49ers. This is, certainly, good news for Garoppolo.

And, just as certainly, bad news for the Broncos, who will be quarterback shopping during the NFL offseason.

Garoppolo showed promise this season, winning all five of his starts with the 49ers.  His reward was a $27.5 million annual payday.

If Jimmy G. is worth $27.5 per season, how much is Kirk Cousins worth? Garoppolo has only shown hints of what he can do. Cousins has thrown for more than 4,000 yards for three straight seasons. Cousins has proven himself.

I'm thinking Cousins will earn $30 million in 2018.

At least.

Cousins has all the leverage.



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Fri, 09 Feb 2018 10:35:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Quarterbacks will dominate the 2018 NFL offseason]]> http://gazette.com/quarterbacks-will-dominate-the-2018-nfl-offseason/article/feed/537327?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/quarterbacks-will-dominate-the-2018-nfl-offseason/article/feed/537327?custom_click=rss

Quarterbacks will rule the NFL's offseason.

Beginning with Alex Smith going to Washington when the league's new year starts next month and Jimmy Garoppolo agreeing to a record-breaking deal with San Francisco on Thursday , several quarterbacks will find new riches and many teams will land new QBs in 2018.

Tom Brady may have been denied another championship but not his coordinator, and some believe Josh McDaniels' sudden change of heart this week in spurning the Indianapolis Colts was related to doubts about Andrew Luck's health.

Either way, McDaniels is staying in New England to help the Patriots bounce back from their 41-33 loss to Philadelphia in Super Bowl 52 .

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]]> Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:59:33 -0700 <![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Here's why Josh McDaniels, a true Patriot, rejected Colts]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-heres-why-josh-mcdaniels-a-true-patriot-rejected-colts/article/1620558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-heres-why-josh-mcdaniels-a-true-patriot-rejected-colts/article/1620558?custom_click=rss

Why did Josh McDaniels reject the Indianapolis Colts after agreeing weeks ago to become the head coach of the Colts?

Easy answer, really.

McDaniels is a true New England Patriot and a true follower of head coach/grumpiest-man-on-earth Bill Belichick.

Remember when Belichick defied and betrayed his mentor Bill Parcells? Belichick was under contract to coach the New York Jets for the 2000 season, but Belichick decided he wanted to coach the Patriots. Parcells had nurtured Belichick's career. Parcells had groomed Belichick to become a head coach.

Didn't matter. Belichick bolted anyway.

Why? Because Belichick believes, strongly, in doing what is best for Belichick. That's his way. That's the Patriot way. Me



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Thu, 08 Feb 2018 08:44:06 -0700
<![CDATA[McDaniels stay gives Patriots possible Belichick successor]]> http://gazette.com/mcdaniels-stay-gives-patriots-possible-belichick-successor/article/feed/536974?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mcdaniels-stay-gives-patriots-possible-belichick-successor/article/feed/536974?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — Josh McDaniels sent ripples throughout the NFL with his decision to pull out of an agreement to become the Indianapolis Colts' head coach.

He has yet to speak publicly about what factored into the 11th hour about-face. But McDaniels' return as New England's offensive coordinator keeps a possible successor for Patriots coach Bill Belichick in house.

Belichick gave no indication after the Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia on Sunday night that he plans to exit in 2018. And just last month he said that it was "absolutely" his intention to be back for his 19th season with the Patriots.

But at age 65 he's also the second-oldest coach in the NFL, behind only Seattle's Pete Carroll at 66.

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]]> Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:03:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Josh McDaniels backs out of deal to become Colts coach]]> http://gazette.com/josh-mcdaniels-backs-out-of-deal-to-become-colts-coach/article/1620464?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/josh-mcdaniels-backs-out-of-deal-to-become-colts-coach/article/1620464?custom_click=rss

INDIANAPOLIS — Josh McDaniels has backed out of a deal to become the Indianapolis' Colts new coach, a decision that shocked the franchise hours after it announced his hiring.



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Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:17:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Josh McDaniels backs out of deal to become Colts coach]]> http://gazette.com/josh-mcdaniels-backs-out-of-deal-to-become-colts-coach/article/feed/536513?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/josh-mcdaniels-backs-out-of-deal-to-become-colts-coach/article/feed/536513?custom_click=rss

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Josh McDaniels has backed out of a deal to become the Indianapolis' Colts new coach, a decision that shocked the franchise hours after it announced his hiring.

The Colts confirmed McDaniels' decision in a statement Tuesday night after reports emerged that the Patriots' offensive coordinator had opted to stay in New England with coach Bill Belichick.

McDaniels had agreed to contract terms with the Colts to replace the fired Chuck Pagano, and a news conference had been scheduled for Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Just a few hours later, the Colts said McDaniels informed them he would not sign the deal.

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]]> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:16:55 -0700 <![CDATA[David Ramsey: Eagles' upset Super Bowl win should give hope to Denver Broncos fans]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-eagles-upset-super-bowl-win-should-give-hope-to-denver-broncos-fans/article/1620363?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-eagles-upset-super-bowl-win-should-give-hope-to-denver-broncos-fans/article/1620363?custom_click=rss

A year ago, the Philadelphia Eagles watched the Super Bowl at home on their big-screen TVs.

They started the 2016 season with three wins before skidding to nine losses in 11 games. They were despised and rejected in the City of Brotherly Love, where a sports team must earn every drop of love. They finished last in the NFC East. They were given virtually no chance to rule the NFL in 2017-2018.

Sunday, nearly all of the Denver Broncos watched the Eagles defeat the Patriots 41-33 in yet another Super Bowl thriller.

The Broncos, as you remember, won three of their first four games this season before losing 10 of 12, leaving Vance Joseph dangling on the coaching cliff. Mile High was strangely quiet and empty for the season



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Mon, 05 Feb 2018 12:38:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Former Broncos star Ed McCaffrey front-runner to become Valor Christian's new head coach]]> http://gazette.com/former-broncos-star-ed-mccaffrey-front-runner-to-become-valor-christians-new-head-coach/article/1620357?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-broncos-star-ed-mccaffrey-front-runner-to-become-valor-christians-new-head-coach/article/1620357?custom_click=rss

Valor Christian High School is close to naming its next head coach, and former Denver Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey is the front-runner for the position.

Sources tell 9NEWS that an announcement is expected as early as Monday with a press conference on Tuesday.

McCaffrey has never been a high school head coach, but has been involved in youth football for years. McCaffrey was an assistant coach for Regis Jesuit High School where he worked with the wide receivers, and he hosts the annual Dare to Play Football Camp at Valor. The former Broncos star receiver's four sons have all attended and played football at Valor Christian High School.

The youngest, Luke, will be a senior in the fall.



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Mon, 05 Feb 2018 09:40:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Brady takes his 3rd Super Bowl loss, despite 500-yard game]]> http://gazette.com/brady-takes-his-3rd-super-bowl-loss-despite-500-yard-game/article/feed/536086?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brady-takes-his-3rd-super-bowl-loss-despite-500-yard-game/article/feed/536086?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The ball had just been whacked out of Tom Brady's right hand at the worst possible moment for the New England Patriots, giving the Philadelphia Eagles the ball just before the two-minute warning.

Brady sat on the turf, resting his arms on his knees with a pose of resignation. Once he reached the sideline and plopped down on the bench, he lowered his head and stared down for several seconds .

This was surely not the end of his unparalleled and sure-bet-for-the-Hall-of-Fame career, but at age 40 there's no guarantee this wasn't the last time he played in a Super Bowl.

"It's a team sport. The Eagles played a better game today," Brady said. "They deserve to win. That's why we're not the champs.

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]]> Mon, 05 Feb 2018 01:08:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Patriot coordinators will likely be moving on after loss]]> http://gazette.com/patriot-coordinators-will-likely-be-moving-on-after-loss/article/feed/536087?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/patriot-coordinators-will-likely-be-moving-on-after-loss/article/feed/536087?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Patriots' loss in the Super Bowl likely will be the last game for New England's two coordinators, both almost certain to be named head coaches elsewhere in the next few days.

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels led a typical Patriots offensive showcase Sunday night, as New England gained 613 yards against Philadelphia. Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was left answering questions on why his unit couldn't stop Eagles, who gained 538 in the 41-33 victory.

McDaniels is believed to be the Indianapolis Colts preferred candidate for their head coaching opening, while Patricia is expected to be take over the Detroit Lions.

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]]> Mon, 05 Feb 2018 01:02:59 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: Defense helps Eagles win 1,000-yard Super Bowl]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-defense-helps-eagles-win-1000-yard-super-bowl/article/feed/536001?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-defense-helps-eagles-win-1000-yard-super-bowl/article/feed/536001?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest from the Super Bowl (all times local):

9:20 p.m.

A defensive play helped clinched Philadelphia's first title in the Super Bowl era in the first 1,000-yard Super Bowl.

Brandon Graham forced a fumble by Tom Brady and Derek Barnett recovered with just more than two minutes remaining, and the Eagles beat the defending champion New England Patriots 41-33.

It was just the sixth defensive stop in 19 possessions at that point. The game's only sack came after Nick Foles put the Eagles ahead 38-33 on an 11-yard pass to Zach Ertz.

The Eagles added a field goal after Brady's fumble, and a desperation pass from Brady on the final play landed incomplete in the end zone.

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]]> Sun, 04 Feb 2018 21:27:08 -0700 <![CDATA[Brady and numbers point to another Patriots Super Bowl win]]> http://gazette.com/brady-and-numbers-point-to-another-patriots-super-bowl-win/article/feed/535439?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brady-and-numbers-point-to-another-patriots-super-bowl-win/article/feed/535439?custom_click=rss

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Even if numbers occasionally lie, most of them indicate the New England Patriots are in great position to hoist a sixth Lombardi Trophy.

The reasons begin in the only place they could: with Tom Brady.

Yes, at 40 years old Brady would be the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl if the Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. He would dethrone Peyton Manning, who won at age 39 with the Denver Broncos to cap the 2015 season.

Brady has put up numbers in his 18th season unmatched by any player in NFL history. He led the league with 4,577 yards passing during the regular season and his five touchdown passes are tied for the most in the playoffs.

Brady's seven Super Bowl appearances

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]]> Sun, 04 Feb 2018 14:43:13 -0700 <![CDATA[San Diego couple gets to sleep at stadium on Super Bowl eve]]> http://gazette.com/san-diego-couple-gets-to-sleep-at-stadium-on-super-bowl-eve/article/feed/535557?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/san-diego-couple-gets-to-sleep-at-stadium-on-super-bowl-eve/article/feed/535557?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Here's how lucky Chelsea and Courey Marshall are: They are going to Sunday's Super Bowl after spending the previous night in a luxury suite at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Courey Marshall, a graduate of the Naval Academy who spent five years in the service, and his wife, who works for a chiropractic practice, are Broncos fans from San Diego. So this isn't their first trip to the big game. In 2016, they were at Levi's Stadium to see Denver beat Carolina for the NFL championship.

Sure, their team and favorite player, now-retired Peyton Manning , are not on hand this year. And the couple had no plans to be in Minnesota in February.

Then Courey was notified — by Manning, of all people — that he'd won the Cour

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]]> Sat, 03 Feb 2018 01:37:26 -0700 <![CDATA[Super Bowl winners mostly lack star running backs these days]]> http://gazette.com/super-bowl-winners-mostly-lack-star-running-backs-these-days/article/feed/535101?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/super-bowl-winners-mostly-lack-star-running-backs-these-days/article/feed/535101?custom_click=rss

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The Tom Brady-Bill Belichick dynasty actually lacks something: a 100-yard rusher in the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots.

Perhaps that's the best way to explain why it's been a decade since a title game winner reached a mark often reserved for Super Bowl MVPs. It also illustrates how the game has changed since Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Terrell Davis were carrying the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos to championships.

Sunday's Super Bowl between the Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will be the 20th since the last time a running back was the MVP: Davis.

"I think gone are probably the days of the one running back that carries the ball 35 times," Philadelphia defensive coordinator J

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