ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Britton Colquitt’s right leg seemed to get as much work as Tim Tebow’s left arm last year. He punted an astonishing 101 times, which he likens to packing two years’ worth of experience into one season.
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Special teams is the glue of the Denver Broncos (The Associated Press)
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears were bracing for an injury to Jay Cutler long before the season started.
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Bears’ Cutler to miss 49ers game with concussion (The Associated Press)
Saints interim coach Joe Vitt said a trip to Oakland this week brought back memories of longtime Raiders owner Al Davis.
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Remembering Al: Vitt on Al Davis (The Associated Press)
Lunch Special: Each weekday near noontime, a Denver Post sports writer dares to dish. In this installment, Mark Kiszla wonders how Broncomaniacs should greet the return of linebacker D.J. Williams.
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Should Broncomaniacs cheer or boo linebacker D.J. Williams?
In terms of attendance, the Broncos are having one of their most encouraging practices in weeks.
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Broncos’ Elvis Dumervil, D.J. Williams full-bore at Friday’s practice
DENVER (CBS4) – A longtime Broncos season ticket holder says he has been ordered to complete the NFL’s new fan conduct course or he can’t come back for another game. Scott Thoemke, who says he has been a season ticket holder for 27 years, says the trouble started when he was caught drinking alcohol he had brought into the stands in a personal flask. Thoemke says he was questioned by six brash staff members for 45 minutes and warned. After that he was told he could then go back to his seats. Thoemke said he was so mad, though, that he wound up just leaving the stadium. “To be as heavy handed, as rude and disrespectful as they were, and the number of staff it took to respond to that relatively minor situation was out of control,” he said. Stadium officials then mailed a letter saying he had been ejected and would have to complete the NFL’s online conduct course if he wanted to come back “…and until then if I appeared on the premises I would be found guilty of trespassing.” Thoemke acknowleges he violated the rules, but says he feels staff overreacted and treated him badly. Security officials at the stadium said the fan conduct course was introduced by the NFL this year. It is for fans ejected for a number of behavior violations and covers everything from alcohol abuse to stress management. Thoemke insists he left on his own and wasn’t ejected. He is refusing to go through the course. “It feels pretty awful. It was very very very upsetting, to the point that I’m done with the Broncos,” Thoemke said. Officials said about 50 fans get kicked out of the Broncos stadium during each game. The average attendance at the stadium is 76,000.
Broncos Season Ticket Holder Upset Over Treatment At Stadium
Once again, it’s time to gear up for this week’s slate of NFL games with analysis from the best in the business — Greg Cosell of NFL Films and ESPN’s “NFL Matchup.” Greg gives you a sense of the week’s upcoming games you won’t get anywhere else, based on his conversations with players and coaches past and present, and his OCD-level evaluation of coach’s tape. Since the podcast was recorded on Friday morning, we started by reviewing the Buffalo Bills’ Thursday night win over the Miami Dolphins. The Shutdown Corner Week 11 Preview Podcast with Greg Cosell Here are the Sunday and Monday games, in order of discussion: Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans New York Jets at St. Louis Rams New Orleans Saints at Oakland Raiders San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers On Ryan Tannehill’s recent struggles: “Let’s be realistic. How many times have I talked to you and to others about the fact that playing quarterback in the NFL when you’re young is a process? There are ups and downs. Usually, the downs occur for a young quarterback when the rest of the team starts to go down as well. It’s easy to point to Ryan Tannehill, and he’s not been as sharp as he has been since the Cols game — a game they lost, but he played extremely well. His two next games, which were last night and last Sunday, he’s not been as sharp. But all of a sudden, a team that was playing very good defense early in the season, and a team that was running the ball very effectively, is doing neither of those two things. That has made it a lot harder for a rookie quarterback to play. There are reasons for this that are not just about Ryan Tannehill.” The Shutdown Corner Week 11 Preview Podcast with Greg Cosell On Tony Romo, and the ‘late-in-the-down’ quarterback: “Romo has been up and down, both in his reading of defenses and his decision-making. I thought that last week, even though the Cowboys won, he played a little fast and was over-reactive in the pocket. And a lot of people say, ‘Well, you would be too, behind that offensive line.’ But that misses the point. Early-in-the-down quarterbacks get rid of the ball within the precise timing of the offense. That’s Manning, Brady, and Brees. They compensate for potentially poor offensive line play, because the ball comes out. Late-in-the-down quarterbacks — and Romo fits more into that category — make an offensive line look worse than it is, because the ball’s not out often enough within the precise timing of the offense, and the design of a given play. The flipside of that is that Romo has the ability to be very effective late in the down and compensate for his o-line, because he’s able to move and make plays. But then, you get into this improvisational, random element of quarterback play, and as we know, that leads to inconsistency.” On why Philadelphia’s defense is even worse against the long pass under Todd Bowles than it was under Juan Castillo:
The Shutdown Corner Week 11 Preview Podcast with Greg Cosell (Shutdown Corner)
In “Start or Sit,” we make a call on players who merit strong starting consideration — and players who might be best on the bench. However, owners should tailor their own lineup strategy to their roster constraints, league rules and other relevant factors.
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Packers’ Starks, Finley both solid plays (Pro Football Weekly)
Despite the league’s institution of rules in the past three years that banned defenders from striking passers from the neck up and from the knees down, five teams saw their starting quarterback knocked out of games in Week 10.
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Broncos lucky to keep Manning in the upright, locked position
Jim Poore is back with his Weekly picks column against the spread. AFC NOrth Pittsburgh vs Baltimore in the “Game of the Week” Drop Jim a note to let him know if you agree/disagree with his picks.
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POORE’S PICKS: Week Eleven