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McGahee: I’ll tell you when I’m done

Willis McGahee Believes He’s Still a Part of Denver’s Plans, Says He’s Got Five Years Left in Him

How confident are you that the Broncos believe in you to be their go-to running back?: “Every day you’ve got to reinvent yourself, they say. The older you get, the more of a step you lose, so regardless of the situation, I’m going to have to reinvent myself and go out there and show the world — not just the Broncos, but the world — that I can still play this game. I think that’s the mentality I have. I don’t think nobody’s going to tell me when I’m done playing. I’ll make that decision for myself.”

But do you still feel you’re a part of this team’s plans?: “I’m still a part of the team’s plans, but at the end of the day anything can happen. Regardless if I’m healthy or not, I can’t control that. That’s something that the team has to evaluate. I’ve been in the business a long time and I’ve seen how it goes, so it’s nothing new.”

Would it bother you if the Broncos went after a running back in the draft?: “No, it don’t matter to me, because, like I said, it’s a business. My position, running backs only last, they say, three or four years, so of course they’re going to bring somebody in. Whether it’s the first three rounds or the last three rounds or free agency, they’re going to bring a running back in. … At the end of the day, the position I play, you’re going to always have to fight for your spot.”

As a competitor and as a veteran, would we expect McGahee to say anything else?

And he's right about one thing: running backs just don't last very long.  

Broncos aren’t only team facing friendlier schedule

Schedule-makers strive for fairness

For years, teams complained about three-game road trips. In 2010, five teams played three-game road trips. In 2011, the number went to seven. Last year, only the Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans had three consecutive games on the road. This year, it’s only the Titans and Eagles.

...By putting a penalty into the program for such result, any team playing away for Monday night doesn’t have to worry about going on the road the next week.

Denver was one of those 2010 teams that endured a three-game road trip, and that did not turn out so well.

As we noted last week, the Broncos were treated kindly by the schedule makers, as they'll get an extra three days to prep for the Giants in Week 2, have the benefit of a bye prior to their stretch of three road games in four weeks, and receive the benefit of staying home for both ends of their Sunday/Thursday short week.

Can Eric Decker keep up with the Kardashians?

WWE Divas, Nick Cannon, Jack Osbourne, Ashley Tisdale, Josh Schwartz and More Bring New Series to E!

The new Love and Other Contact Sports franchise will take viewers inside the confines of even more celebrity/athlete romances starting with country/pop singer Jessie James and her fiancé, Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker whose wedding is quickly approaching. The series will chronicle the sexy young couple’s road to the altar as they juggle careers, relationships, family and more. Currently residing in their Denver dream home, they share an ambition to succeed, a charmingly fun and unfiltered outlook on life, and most of all, a red-hot attraction for each other.

This can't possibly be a good thing for the Broncos, can it?

Sacco: I find myself very inspiring

Broncos Have Unique Presence in College Football Hall of Fame

In my last blog, when I was talking about our first radio color man, Jerry Groom, I mentioned that Groom is in the College Football Hall of Fame.

I am a member of the board of Directors of the Colorado Chapter of the College Football Hall of Fame (CFHoF), and it is a great organization. The annual banquet is in New York at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and it really is a who’s who of college coaches and athletic directors, then and now.

My own mention of Groom got me to thinking…

Do we get up in the morning contemplating how to make fun of Jim Saccomano and Joe Ellis?

Yes, as a matter of fact, we do.  But it's not like they don't make it easy like Sunday morning.

We all like touching ourselves.  Only Sacco likes it a lot more.

Jets, Bucs have framework of Revis deal set

Sources: Jets have agreement in principle to trade Darrelle Revis to Buccaneers

The New York Jets have agreed in principle on a trade to send star cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay for undisclosed draft picks and the Buccaneers have agreed to a long-term contract that will make Revis one of the highest paid non-quarterbacks in the NFL, according to multiple sources.

The Jets gave Revis permission to visit the Buccaneers on Sunday morning after reaching an agreement with Tampa Bay on the trade portion of the transaction.

As for the contract, the Bucs are well aware that Revis is seeking a deal worth in the range of $15 million to $16 million per year.

~13% of the salary cap to one cornerback? Have fun with that, Bucs...

It’s April, and they already have the first pick, but the Chiefs are still losing games


However, this headline went awry earlier this week when they mixed up their Kansas City sports teams.  Although, in fairness, the Chiefs might have just as good of a shot masquerading as the Royals than they would masquerading as an NFL team.

Great Googly Moogly...

The NFL should probably vet its owners better

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's travel center company has engaged in fraud for 'many years', FBI says

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s travel center company for “many years’’ engaged in a fraud scheme to keep money owed to customers as gas rebates, according to documents filed in federal court Thursday.

Just another hard-working NFL owner who got to where he is by being a brilliant businessman, right?

Especially as a lifelong follower of the Islanders and Mets, count this as reason #2,587,505 I'm glad I'm not a Browns fan.

Tim Tebow’s QB guru needs to get his facts straight

Tim Tebow in 'wrong place at the wrong time' with Jets, says QB coach Steve Clarkson

“I think he was purposefully sent to New York,” Clarkson said of the trade from Denver. “From the standpoint: you send him to a situation where you have instability with your coach – you don’t know if he’s coming or going. You have a fragile-minded Mark Sanchez at quarterback. You stick Tim Tebow in there and you kill two birds with one stone. So if you’re Denver you’ve got to be thinking ‘We send him to New York we basically kill an opponent and at the same time Tim Tebow doesn’t come back to bite us in the proverbial butt, if you will, because he’s not going to make it out of there.’

“You send him to Jacksonville, all of a sudden he’s got that fanbase behind him and all of a sudden he’s doing what he’s done all his life, that’s win games. That would put a lot of ill-will towards your organization. There is a lot of politics that go on with it. I think Timmy was just unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Just when I thought it was safe to leave Tim Tebow's people alone, out comes his mechanics guy with this garbage.

Tebow picked New York (with God's help, we assume), despite hinting that he didn't, so that the God-fearing residents of Jacksonville wouldn't feel slighted. Now that the decision didn't work out so well, let's blame Elway.  Wait a second--John Elway is God.  I guess it does make sense, after all.

Mike McCoy has the Chargers talking crazy

Weddle: "I feel like we're the best team in the league."

“Now, shoot, I feel like we’re the best team in the league,” Weddle said. “And a lot of that is because of coach McCoy and the way he presents himself – the way he portrays what he wants. A lot of what you are as a team is attitude, and you can control that.

“I’m just excited,” Weddle said. “It’s a new year, a new belief. Until the season ends, I think we’re going to be the best.”


Bailey: Rahim Moore isn’t as down as people think

Bailey brushes off age, talk of moving to safety

Bailey concedes the 59-yard TD was entirely his fault but argues he was in position on the 32-yarder. So, in his eyes, that bad afternoon doesn’t foreshadow an abrupt drop in his game. ‘‘Just recognizing what he was doing faster. A guy like that you can’t be a half-step behind,’’ Bailey said. ‘‘He got me on that play. The second TD he just made a great play, caught me slipping. But on that long touchdown play early in the first half, he got away from me. The guy’s fast. You can’t lose a half-step. It’s my responsibility. When that guy runs down field, I’ve got to be on top of it. Error on my part, and they took advantage of it.’‘

Bailey’s transgressions were largely overlooked in the immediate aftermath of that game because safety Rahim Moore allowed Jacoby Jones to score on a 70-yard touchdown pass in the waning seconds of regulation. Bailey will try to help the third-year safety overcome that Bill Buckner-like ball-through-the-legs moment and he said Moore has the right frame of mind to get over it.’‘'Let’s go try again,’ that’s pretty much his mentality,’’ Bailey said. ‘‘I don’t think it affected him as much as people think. Because he got so much better last year. I can’t wait to see him improve this year. People want to talk about one play ... even with myself, you can’t define somebody off one play.’‘

It's good to know that Rahim Moore is getting on with this business, since most (reasonable) Broncos fans didn't expect him to cry himself into a puddle of blue and orange goo.

As a wiser feller than myself once said: "Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes, well, he eats you."

As a side note, notice that Bailey confirms our thinking on the first touchdown to Torrey Smith: Rahim Moore wasn't even supposed to be in the same zip code.