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John Elway doesn’t fall from trees; RG3 is a Broncos history nerd

Franchise QBs “don’t fall off trees” Shanahan says
www.washingtonpost.com

“When I think back to when the Broncos got John Elway, I don’t think anybody looks back and says, ‘Did we overpay?’ ” Shanahan said.

Of [Robert Griffin, Shanahan said: “This guy is bright. This guy is passionate. He’s got everything you look for.” He said Griffin had researched the Redskins’ roster and could recite to Shanahan the roster of his Super Bowl-winning teams in Denver.

How many Broncos fans can recite the names of the entire Broncos roster from 1998-1999? 

Ask me no questions. I'll tell you no lies.  

League adopts new OT rules for regular season

NFL passes new overtime rules for regular season games
sports.yahoo.com

League owners voted on Wednesday to change overtime rules for the whole season. The postseason overtime that was implemented in 2010 will now be used all year. Instant sudden death is out, with a few caveats.

Each team must possess or have the opportunity to possess the ball unless the team that has the ball first scores a touchdown on its initial possession. Play continues in sudden death until a winner is determined, and the game automatically ends upon any score (by safety, field goal, or touchdown).

So, to be clear, both teams will get a chance to possess the ball - unless something like this happens.

Meanwhile, all turnovers will be reviewed in the replay booth, and there's still a chance the IR rules will be expanded, and trade deadline pushed back. Of course, the problem with this replay change (as Drew Magary stressed so eloquently) is that it doesn't go far enough - only plays ruled as scores or turnovers will be reviewed - not scores or turnovers not ruled as such by officials on the field.

Updating data on Broncos’ new contracts

Bowlen for dollars: How the Broncos are spending in NFL free agency
blogs.denverpost.com

Remember that $40 million in salary cap space the Broncos had entering the 2012 offseason? They figured out how to spend it. In the past 10 days, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has invested nearly $140 million in nine players.

As for new info, the total value of Jacob Tamme's deal is $8M rather than $9M, while the terms for the contracts of Adams, Woodyard, Caldwell, and Hanie were not previously released, to our knowledge.

PK: Fox’s recruiting skills, Elway’s sympathy helped land Manning

Peyton Manning's Long Game The behind-the-scenes story of how the most prized free agent in NFL history hit the recruiting trail—and how he ended up a Denver Bronco
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Broncos staff came to watch Friday’s 55-pass workout. How did he look? “With Peyton, his release time is important, and that’s right on target now,” said Cutcliffe. “His velocity is right on. His arm slot is right on. His accuracy’s amazing. Obviously I’m close to him, but I’ve watched him throw for almost 20 years now, and I’m really excited about what I think is going to happen. He’s going to be great when he needs to be great.”

Obviously it's a must-read, but it's not long on new information, save that Manning met with Mike and Kyle Shanahan while he was in Denver, after Washington's trade up to the second-overall draft spot had apparently taken Peyton aback.

Tamme: Manning puts everyone on the same page

Jacob Tamme Admits that the Presence of Peyton Manning Helped Draw him to Denver
sportsradiointerviews.com

There’s a lot of things special about Peyton. It’s a long list, but he’s a tremendous leader, he’s a great teammate. He sees things on the field that other people don’t see, and that’s what makes it a lot of fun to play with him. When you’re on the field as a group offensively, everyone’s on the same page and everyone knows — you rep it to the point in practice where you know what he’s thinking and he knows what you’re thinking and I think that guys will have a lot of fun playing that way. So he brings a lot to the table. You could just keep going on and on but he’s one of the best ever.

Manning practiced with Walton, Decker, Julius Thomas today

Peyton Manning throwing in practice session Monday near Denver
blogs.denverpost.com

Manning practiced Monday at a Denver suburban-area high school in a non-team sanctioned throwing session.

Here they are, the first photos of Peyton Manning working out in Denver Broncos gear. Still surreal, right? According to Lindsay Jones, Manning worked out with J.D. Walton, Eric Decker, and Julius Thomas; Decker told LJ his injured knee is healing well, and he'll be ready for OTAs.

As Decker told LJ,

Just some drill work, talking through stuff, so he gets familiar with the verbage and the calls. The biggest thing is he wanted to get a feel for us, and a feel for being under center. He looked real good, though he probably won't admit that he's feeling good or feeling back to the way he wants to be.

Of course, CBA rules (scroll down) prevent these guys from practicing together at Dove Valley and receiving coaching, so expect this to be a daily occurrence.

Klis: Expect five primetime games for Broncos in 2012

Expect Broncos 2012 schedule to load up on primetime games
blogs.denverpost.com

The early word on the Broncos’ schedule: “Our fans should get ready for more night games,” Ellis said. “Home and road.”

A team can have a maximum of six primetime games a season: four scheduled on ESPN’s Monday Night Football or NBC’s Sunday Night Football; one on the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football and a sixth that can be flexed on NBC’s Sunday Night Football after week 10.

With Peyton Manning the toast of the league, look for the Broncos to have five primetime games on their 2012 schedule when its released. And then look for a “flexible” opponent in the final weeks.

Gonna be lots of late nights in Broncos Land this year. Of course, IAOFM will have you covered.

PK: Tebow had choice, Manning is elephant-like

Bounty saga still dominating league landscape at owners meetings
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Tebow and his agent, Jimmy Sexton, absolutely had a choice on where the Broncos would trade Tebow, despite Tebow’s statement that only Denver controlled that. The Jags had a better fourth-round pick on the table than the Jets were offering—by seven draft slots. The Jags were offering $500,000 more than the Jets in compensation for the advances paid on his contract. But Denver was willing to deal Tebow to either team. And it was a very difficult choice for the young quarterback, because he is from Jacksonville. But the decision made sense. The Jets wanted him more, and would use him more, ostensibly. It’s simple.

Oh, and PK finds it interestingly interesting that Peyton Manning remembers the names of the coaches with whom he spent SIX+ HOURS EACH over the past few weeks. Yeah, incredible. Guy would clearly put Ken Jennings to shame.

Broncos may add Dixon to QB mix

AFC West notes
espn.go.com

The Broncos are visiting with Pittsburgh reserve quarterback Dennis Dixon. His visit started before Denver signed QB Caleb Hanie. Hanie has the inside track to back up Peyton Manning in Denver, but the Broncos are still interested in signing Dixon to compete with Hanie during training camp.

If Dixon is signed, Denver may still draft a quarterback to develop.

Adding Dixon would make four QBs for Denver, and drafting one would make five. Heck, why not draft two?

Lavelle Hawkins didn’t want to slow dance with Peyton Manning

Hawkins implies adding Manning would have set Titans back
www.nfl.com

“We are good with what we have, so I wasn’t too worried about it,” Hawkins told The Tennessean in a report published Friday. “This year, with all of us coming back and with (quarterbacks) Matt (Hasselbeck) and Jake (Locker), we want to build off the things we did last year. I want to grow with those guys.”

The veteran Hasselbeck and rookie Locker led the Titans to a 9-7 finish last season, when the team fell just shy of making the playoffs. Hasselbeck started every game, throwing for 3,571 yards and 18 touchdowns. Locker played in five games, racking up 542 passing yards and four scores without getting picked off once.

“If Peyton would’ve come, we would have started a lot of things over,” Hawkins said. “Now we can just continue on with what we have.”

There are two kinds of receivers out there:

  1. Those that want to play with Peyton Manning.
  2. Those that lie about wanting to play with Peyton Manning.