After some off-base projections going into the year, here’s hoping for better luck in the second half.
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Halftime adjustments: Eight new predictions for the remainder of the 2012 NFL season (Yahoo! Sports)
ENGLEWOOD — Time kept marching along, even as the silence grew longer. Tick by tick, the question to Elvis Dumervil was simple.
Manning stays cool at end of game
ENGLEWOOD — Just a month ago, Tracy Porter in street clothes on the Denver sideline was a welcome sight for any opposing quarterback.
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Undrafted CBs making mark with Broncos
We’ve reached the midway point of the 2012 regular season, and thus far we have not had any head coaching changes. As Mike Silver pointed out on Monday, several coaches, including three in the NFC East (Andy Reid, Jason Garrett and Mike Shanahan) will be coaching for their jobs over the next eight weeks. Another round of head coaching hires will take place in January. Here’s a mid-season look at the candidates who could and should be preparing for interviews: Bruce Arians, offensive coordinator/interim head coach, Indianapolis Colts – A longtime position coach and coordinator at the NFL level, Arians was thrust into an interim head coaching role when Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. Whether or not the 60-year-old Arians wants to pursue a head coaching career is unknown — he did “retire” from the Pittsburgh Steelers — but the Colts are 4-1 under Arians, who at the midway point of the season has to be in the discussion for Coach of the Year. Gus Bradley, defensive coordinator, Seattle Seahawks – The 46-year-old coached linebackers on Monte Kiffin’s staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before he was hired by Jim Mora to coordinate the defense in 2009. With Pete Carroll also mentored by Kiffin, it was not much of a surprise when Bradley was one of two assistant coaches retained by Carroll when he took over the Seahawks in 2010. In the last three seasons, the Seahawks have built one of the NFL’s most physical and multiple defenses, which Bradley deserves equal credit for. Bradley could be the in-house heir apparent for Carroll in Seattle, a set-up that didn’t work out so well the last time that organization tried it (Mike Holmgren-to-Mora). Perry Fewell, defensive coordinator, New York Giants – Despite the 50-year-old Fewell being one of the NFL’s top defensive coordinators over the last five-plus seasons, and interviewing for and not getting four openings the previous offseason, none of the seven organizations who were searching for a head coach in 2012 asked Fewell to interview. Oh well. Fewell can find solace in the Super Bowl ring he earned with the Giants last season, a memento won largely on the strength of Fewell’s defense. Ray Horton, defensive coordinator, Arizona Cardinals – A cornerback with the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys from 1983-92, Horton has spent the last 18 seasons working as an assistant with the Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. Much of Horton’s playing and coaching career has involved working under Pro Football Hall of Fame player and legendary defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, which helped make Horton an appealing candidate for coordinator openings. Hired by Arizona in 2011, the lockout delayed the installation of his defense, but the Cardinals have had one of the league’s top defenses since the midway point of last season. Horton, 52, was on the St. Louis Rams’ interview list in January and will likely be a hot name on the interview circuit in January 2013.
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Arians, Kelly, Bradley should be among NFL head coaching candidates in 2013 (Shutdown Corner)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Just a month ago, Tracy Porter in street clothes on the Denver sideline was a welcome sight for any opposing quarterback. Now teams might actually prefer to see him back on the football field. Porter, who leads the league with three game-sealing interceptions since 2009, hasn’t played in a month while dealing with problems related to a seizure he had over the summer. He hasn’t been missed on the field by the Broncos (5-3), however, because two cornerbacks sporting big chips on their shoulders after going undrafted out of college are playing so well in his absence. Tony Carter and Chris Harris on Xfinity Monday Live! (credit: CBS) Combined, Chris Harris and Tony Carter have allowed just 23 completions in 59 attempts, and Carter is the toughest cornerback in the NFL to complete a pass against, according to STATS LLC. – By Arnie Stapleton, AP Sports Writer (© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Undrafted CBs Make Broncos’ Porter An Afterthought
Here are PFW’s Week 10 defensive rankings:San Francisco 49ers vs. RamsPittsburgh Steelers vs. ChiefsChicago Bears vs. TexansSeattle Seahawks vs. JetsHouston Texans at BearsMiami Dolphins vs. TitansIndianapolis Colts at JaguarsNew England Patriots vs. BillsDallas Cowboys at EaglesBaltimore Ravens vs. RaidersDenver Broncos at PanthersPhiladelphia Eagles vs. CowboysMinnesota Vikings vs. LionsDetroit Lions at VikingsNew York Giants at BengalsTampa Bay Buccaneers vs. ChargersCincinnati Bengals vs. …
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Week 10 defensive rankings (Pro Football Weekly)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Just a month ago, Tracy Porter in street clothes on the Denver sideline was a welcome sight for any opposing quarterback.
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Undrafted CBs make Broncos’ Porter an afterthought (The Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Comments on the Cincinnati Bengals by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
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AP Pro32 comments about Bengals (The Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Comments on the Carolina Panthers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
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AP Pro32 comments about Panthers (The Associated Press)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Casey Hampton can hear the chant. It never fails.
NFL’s marquee teams find support all over (The Associated Press)