Even as praise rolls in, subtle front office moves get overlooked Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The credit continues to come in John Elway's direction for his stellar job turning the Denver franchise around.

In an interview with the AP, Elway revisits the decisions to come back to football, hire John Fox, and pursue Peyton Manning. But while the story covers the most discussed of John's Dove Valley moves, especially the recent ones, there are, of course, others worth recalling.

We recently lauded the front office's moves to re-sign Wesley Woodyard and sign Chris Harris as an undrafted rookie, but what about Elway's first big move - re-signing Champ Bailey?

Staying in the backfield, the choice of keeping Tony Carter over Drayton Florence (whom they'd given a $1.5M signing bonus only months earlier) stands as a move that evidences a rare ability to quickly recognize a mistake and move on from it, and obviously, Carter has been paying hefty dividends.

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With three games left against Broncos and Colts, Eric Berry’s equinophobia could be a problem

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A Second Helping of Denver’s fumble woes, Part 1

In the closing minutes of Denver's 36-14 victory over Carolina on Sunday, a remarkable thing happened.

Willis McGahee recovered his own fumble.

Normally this wouldn't be notable, and certainly not worth celebrating. But it was the first time all season that the Broncos had recovered one of their own fumbles.

In Week 10.

McGahee's gaffe - his second of the game - was the team's 14th of the year, and only the second one that didn't cost Denver possession; against New Orleans in Week 8, Ronnie Hillman fumbled shortly after halftime, but the ball took a fortuitous bounce out of bounds.

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LOL Chiefs Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! At some point, do we all have to feel badly for the Chiefs?

After having been predicted by a near consensus of NFL punditry to be this year's AFCW champs, KC has been reaching new levels of futility and despair by the week.

Last night, the Chiefs (1-8) lost to the Steelers (6-3) by an overtime score of 16-13, on a field goal set up by yet another turnover by Matt Cassel - this time an athletic interception by Lawrence Timmons. It was the team's 30th turnover on the season, but their only one of this game; they got to OT after Cassell connected with Dwayne Bowe on a 4th-and-15 conversion late in the fourth quarter.

Lowlight of the night for KC has to be the 15-yard celebration penalty they were hit with on a touchdown that had been called back.

Dumb rule, for sure. Still, quite befitting for the 2012 Chiefs.

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Open Thread: MNF Week 10 - Chiefs @ Steelers

Andy Benoit, Doug FarrarAdam TeicherSam Monson, and Benjamin Hoffman preview the matchup; here are the inactive lists. Enjoy the game!

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Dumervil escapes serious injury; Panthers fire ST coach

A day after having survived brief injury scares to key players Peyton Manning, Von Miller, Demaryius Thomas, and Willis McGahee, the Broncos have dodged another bullet.

An MRI on the injured left shoulder of Elvis Dumervil showed no tear, and there's a possibility the defensive end will play Sunday against San Diego.

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Von is the real Superman Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Yesterday's game was supposed to be a showdown between self-professed superheroes Cam Newton (Superman) and Denver's pass-rushing Dynamic Duo of Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil.

It wasn't much of a battle, as the Broncos (6-3) cruised past the host Panthers (2-7) in an easy 36-14 win (GamebookANS box score).

Either Newton forgot his cape, or Von is the Kryponite to Cam's multiple powers, like he is to most quarterbacks.

Denver's Batman (Dumervil) came up with a strip sack of Newton before leaving with an early shoulder injury, and Robin (Miller) was the unquestioned star of the day, posting four tackles for loss, a sack, another hit on Newton, a forced fumble of his own, and a seemingly countless slew of hurries, including one which led directly to a beautiful 40-yard pick-six by the still-emerging Tony Carter.

Updated 9:33am ET

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Gut Reaction: Week 10 - Broncos @ Panthers

Two wrongs do make a right--at least for John Fox, Von Miller, and Peyton Manning.

Jerry Richardson--the tea-guzzling, pacemaking, and fiery owner of the Carolina Panthers--didn't renew John Fox's contract in 2011.  He also drafted Cam Newton instead of Von Miller.  Finally, he insulted Peyton Manning during the lockout.

That's a lot of bad things in the span of two years.

Today, Richardson got what was coming to him--to the tune of a 36-14 beatdown.

His ego should be sore in the morning.

And John Fox, Von Miller, and Peyton Manning should feel even better about the win.

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Open Thread: Sunday Week 10

A Chicago victory would drop the Texans to 7-2 and essentially 1.5 games ahead of Denver, since Houston holds the head-to-head edge. Enjoy the game, and Go Bears!

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Digesting the Panthers

Happy Football Sunday, friends.  I want to run through some thoughts relating to today’s Broncos-Panthers game in Charlotte.  I watched the Carolina-Washington game from last week, and I came away feeling like the Panthers have a good amount of talent, certainly more than I'd thought.  They’re not a proficient team, though, and their execution comes and goes.

1.   I think this is a great test for the Broncos, because it’s a second consecutive early road game in the Eastern time zone, and because with the talent the Panthers have, they’re definitely capable of winning the game. 

I frequently talk about proficiency, and I believe that the Broncos are becoming a proficient team, one which expects to execute consistently.  Proficient teams show up at 1pm in downtown Charlotte and handle their business against less proficient teams.  In so doing, they ensure that they’ll win their division, and they stay in the mix for byes and homefield advantage in the playoffs.  This is what the Patriots and Colts did throughout the 2000s, and I’ll be looking for Peyton Manning to preside over a businesslike victory today.

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