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Aqib Talib aims to prove Broncos spent wisely on him

Aqib Talib has something to prove
espn.go.com

The takeaway for the 28-year-old Talib was that new beginnings can trump old baggage. For a man who has been suspended or involved in a legal run-in at every level of his career, Talib is out to prove something critical in his first year in Denver: that the Broncos made a sound investment.

It's boilerplate as these things go, but still interesting to learn more about Talib's background.

Here is the NFL’s worst nightmare

Tom Cutinella, Shoreham-Wading River HS football player, died after 'freak accident,' superintendent says
www.newsday.com

Cutinella was the third high school football player to die in the past week, ESPN reported.
A high school player in Troy, Alabama, died after collapsing on the field after a tackle, and a Rolesville, North Carolina, high school player died after collapsing following pregame warm-ups, ESPN said.
Cutinella is the third football player in the metropolitan area in the past month to die. Miles Kirkland, 16, from Curtis High School in Staten Island collapsed on the field during a practice on Sept. 1. In Salem, New Jersey, last Sunday, 12-year-old Jeremiah Pierce died after collapsing during a youth league football practice on Sept. 23.

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of these football players, each of whom died far too young.

Here’s why you don’t miss Jay Cutler, Broncos fans

Rapid Reaction: Chicago Bears
espn.go.com

Stock watch: Jay Cutler’s stock plummets here due to a pair of interceptions that led to Green Bay touchdowns. During his time as a Bear going back to 2009, Cutler has never (in 10 attempts) finished a game against the Packers without committing a turnover. Perhaps that’s why he’s won only one contest against Chicago’s main NFC North rival. In Chicago, beating the Packers is just as important to the fan base and ownership as advancing to the playoffs, and Cutler will never do that if he can’t stop committing costly turnovers.

This stuff never gets old.

Tanier: John Elway in 1985 was much like RG3 in 2014

Wilson or Luck, Foles or Cousins? History Says Order May Not Matter
bleacherreport.com

When Kubiak plays, he can do no wrong,” wrote Michael Kinsley of the Denver Post in 1985, noting that talk-radio callers pined for the backup after every poor Elway performance. “If he isn’t perfect, that’s all right because he’s the second-string quarterback. If Elway isn’t perfect ... well, Elway has to be perfect, doesn’t he?” Sounds familiar.

Thank goodness Al Gore hadn't invented the Internet yet.

Manning fastest to 100 TDs in NFL history

By the Numbers: Broncos’ Week 3 loss to the Seahawks
blogs.denverpost.com

499: Passing touchdowns in Manning’s career after his 26-yard TD to tight end Jacob Tamme with 19 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. It was his 100th passing TD as a Bronco, making him the fastest player in league history to tally 100 TDs with a team (35th career game. Dan Marino is second, with 44 games)

Despite the loss, it's cool to see Manning in the record books again as a Bronco.

Cosell: Broncos can’t just copy Chargers to beat Seahawks

Greg Cosell's Look Ahead: What Denver can do in Seattle rematch
sports.yahoo.com

People want to know if that’s a blueprint for how to beat Seattle. That doesn’t exist. Not unless you bring Philip Rivers playing as good of a game as a quarterback can play, which he did last week, and you also bring along Gates and Woodhead. If you don’t, those “blueprint” arguments are pointless. The Broncos don’t have anyone on their roster like Woodhead. They have a really good tight end in Julius Thomas, but he’s a different player than Gates. Gates is a bigger man with more physicality than Thomas. Thomas is more of a thoroughbred.

While we don't like what Cosell is saying, it's better than being told the opposite, just because Antonio Gates is an athletic tight end, and Julius Thomas is an athletic tight end.

Nate Jackson describes the end of his NFL career

How I Let Go Of My NFL Career
deadspin.com

They all ask me about drugs. I give it to them straight. There’s one drug that’s more dangerous than all the rest. It’s called football. But there is glory in that drug. There is virtue. There is honor in throwing yourself on those train tracks. A lot of people make a lot of money from that sacrifice. In fact every motherfucker in this cavernous hangar-sized hotel ballroom makes money off of that sacrifice. They depend on it. They need it. And they will manipulate every argument to ensure that the virtues of football remain unsullied, so that their jobs and their names stay unsullied too.

Another must read from Jackson, this time an epilogue to his book, Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile.

It's probably the least important of his points, but we still find it funny that Matt Mauck is now Nate's dentist.

DeMarcus Ware explains his rip move

How I Get to the Quarterback
espn.go.com

“It’s using your power, staying low and not giving up on it. I go against guys who are 350 pounds, and I’m only 250, so to be able to push them back, staying in the low position and having great leverage is key. It’s a chess match each and every time.”

Piece of cake. All one needs is to be big, fast, quick, strong, explosive, and agile.

Peter King thinks the Broncos changed their entire roster

Rematch of the Mismatch
mmqb.si.com

How did the Broncos respond to the 35-point Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks? By changing two-thirds of their regular lineup. The proof of the makeover is stunning, especially with 10 of 12 changes to the defensive regulars.

According to PK, Derek Wolfe, Von Miller, Chris Harris, and Rahim Moore are part of a new defensive lineup. It's not that they were on IR during the SB, or anything (no mention of injuries, incredibly).

Hacktastic.

Is Brandon McManus the Broncos’ next long-term placekicker?

K Brandon McManus Making A Case To Stay In Denver
denver.cbslocal.com

McManus signed a deal that would pay him $420,000 this year and $510,000 in 2015, when Prater’s base salary jumps to $3.25 million.
That’s no small consideration for a team that has several stars coming up for big long-term contracts, including Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Chris Harris Jr.
McManus wants to stay here with them. He sees Denver not as a stopover but as his destination.
“I think that’s the only way you can look at it,” he said.

McManus still has plenty to prove - touchbacks and short field goals at SAF@MH are as easy as an NFL kicking job gets. But so far, so good.