DeMarcus Ware shares “cupping” technique for football recovery By Mike Klis The Denver Post July 18, 2014 SOUTHLAKE, Texas — DeMarcus Ware joins the Broncos with 117 career sacks and a wealth of knowledge in how to attain optimum performance. Ware recently sent out an Instagram that showed him laying flat on his stomach and at least 20 jars positioned on his back. A lady with a lighting device was standing over him. Following a workout Thursday at Impact Performance & Fitness, Ware explained he was going through a therapy called “cupping,” an Eastern medicine technique. “It is like a jar, and you put a hot fire in there and the heat that’s in there just sucks the skin up in there,” Ware said. “It keeps your pores open and it sucks that bad blood that’s on the surface of your epidermis. The skin. It helps with blood flow. It helps out a lot.” Although he is two weeks away from turning 32, Ware says he has never felt better. A pass-rushing outside linebacker by trade, he tried to play near 270 pounds — 15 more pounds than usual — as a defensive end last season when the Dallas Cowboys switched from a 3-4 to a 4-3. The Broncos play a 4-3 but there are enough 3-4 principles to where Ware mostly starts from the stand-up position. Working in the offseason with his longtime personal trainer Kevin Kordish, Ware’s weight is down to 250-255 pounds. “I feel better than I did the last two years going into the season,” Ware said. “Stronger, faster. I feel flexible.” NFL to restrict number of underclassmen who get evaluations The Associated Press July 18, 2014 NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL will limit the number of underclassmen who can receive evaluations for the draft to five from a single school, although special exceptions will be allowed. Concerned about the record 107 underclassmen who applied for this year's draft, and with 37 of them not selected, the league's College Advisory Committee developed new guidelines for players considering forfeiting their final years of eligibility. Troy Vincent, the league's head of football operations, says the underclassmen will be advised on their potential to be picked in the first or second round. They also could be advised to stay in school. Previous assessments dealt with the first through third rounds, and whether a player had no potential of being selected. Countdown to camp: Defensive line By Jeff Legwold ESPN.com July 19, 2014 ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is, publicly anyway, a rather understated guy when he talks about the players around him. A “solid player’’ is a guy headed to the Pro Bowl. A “really, really solid player’’ is a guy who already has been to several Pro Bowls. So when he says the Broncos’ defensive front “has some options we feel good about,’’ it really means if the Broncos have the good fortune of good health -- they certainly didn’t on defense in 2013 -- then Del Rio sees something a lot closer to the top five defense the Broncos sported in ’12 rather than last year’s middle-ofthe-pack group. “I think so, we’ve got a lot of guys who can do a lot of things,’’ defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said. “ … You always have to wait and see for sure when we all put the pads on and go at it. But I think there’s a lot of versatility in the group.’’ So much so, the position will feature some of the fiercest battles, not for starting jobs, but rather to simply carve out some playing time as Del Rio will routinely mix and match to fit a variety of down-and-distance situations. It’s all part of a position-by-position look at where things stand with the team as training camp approaches. Saturday: Defensive line. How many coming to camp: 13. How many will the Broncos keep: This position, and its place in the final roster count, has evolved at least some over the last three seasons. The Broncos kept 10 defensive lineman in 2011, the first season of the John Elway/John Fox regime as well as Dennis Allen’s only season as the team’s defensive coordinator. Then in 2012, Del Rio’s first year with the team, they kept nine defensive linemen as they moved into the opening week of the regular season. Last season they kept eight on the roster. They could get themselves to eight this time around as well, but to do that they would leave somebody behind who can contribute, if not for them, somebody else. Knighton andSylvester Williams project as the starters at tackle, with Kevin Vickerson in the rotation.Mitch Unrein is a productive tackle who sees some spot duty on offense from time to time and played 148 special teams snaps last season. The Broncos also see potential in Marvin Austin as well, a former second-round pick whose career has been derailed some by injuries. That’s five interior players right there. DeMarcus Ware, Malik Jackson, Derek Wolfe and Quanterus Smith will divide the snaps at end. Linebacker Von Miller has often dropped down to end in the team’s nickel and dime packages, so that impacts this group as well. Jackson, who is one of the most efficient players in the league in terms of production in snaps played, and Wolfe move inside to tackle in some of the specialty packages as well. All in all, it projects to some tough calls when the cut to 53 players comes. Break it down: Ware says he feels better than he has in more than two season and as a member of the league's 100-sack club, he certainly fits the profile Elway talks about when he says "I like to sign future Hall of Famers with chips on their shoulders.'' The Broncos will be creative with Ware. He figures to show up all over the formation, sometimes on the same side as Miller, something Del Rio did when he paired Miller and Elvis Dumervil. Because Wolfe and Vickerson spent so much of the 2013 season out of the lineup because of injuries, the Broncos got extended looks at Jackson and Williams last season. Williams has shown the athleticism the Broncos hoped for when they made him the first-round pick in ’13, and he appears poised for a significant jump in production this time around. Jackson has simply forced the team to find a place for him in the lineup. He consistently gets to the quarterback when he’s on the field. Knighton is in a contract year and if he plays wire to wire like he did over last season’s stretch run, after Vickerson went to injured reserve, he’ll be a popular player on the open market. The Broncos believe Miller will be full-speed -- he’s coming back from ACL surgery -- before the season is too old so he will be in the mix on passing downs in the defensive front. The Broncos thought Smith showed himself to be ready for some snaps as well. Del Rio believes the potential of playing time is a powerful lure, and he has consistently used a variety of players in a variety of specialty roles to get people on the field and allow the Broncos to adjust to what an offense is doing. "I think the guys know if they show us the can help, we'll get them on the field," Del Rio said. "That keeps everybody engaged.'' So, he’ll use plenty of folks in the front this time around, and the battle to get on the field should keep things lively for these guys all through the season. Denver Broncos’ projected roster By Jeff Legwold ESPN.com July 18, 2014 Examining the Denver Broncos' roster: Quarterbacks (3) Peyton Manning Brock Osweiler Zac Dysert The Broncos carried three here last season and thought enough of Dysert to keep him despite a long list of injuries on defense that eventually saw five starters on injured reserve. It could be more difficult to use that third spot on Dysert again. The Broncos would like to, but it might be a luxury they can’t afford this time around, especially if they want a return specialist. Running backs (4) Montee Ball Ronnie Hillman Juwan Thompson Brennan Clay The Broncos kept five at this spot as recently as 2012, but this position shapes up to be a quality camp battle, and last year’s rookie to make it -- C.J. Anderson -could certainly hold off this year’s crop. It would be a rarity to have two undrafted rookie running backs make the final 53, but Clay’s pass-catching ability is intriguing, and the 225-pound Thompson would give the Broncos a bigger back with an understanding of pass protections to go with some special-teams ability. Receivers (5) Demaryius Thomas Emmanuel Sanders Wes Welker Cody Latimer Andre Caldwell The Broncos have two undrafted rookies at this spot who have turned some heads already -- Isaiah Burse as a returner and Bennie Fowler at wideout -- but Latimer will be the youngster on the depth chart barring an unexpected injury. Latimer and Caldwell give the Broncos some insurance against any potential concussion issues for Welker. Latimer figures to get plenty of quality snaps. The Broncos have kept five here for the past three seasons, although last year's five included returner Trindon Holliday. Tight ends (3) Julius Thomas Jacob Tamme Virgil Green The Broncos kept four last season -- they kept three in '11 and three in '12 -- and could keep four again if Joel Dreessen shows some improvement as he recovers from offseason knee troubles. But the need to keep an extra spot open for a potential return specialist or an extra defensive lineman looms large. Offensive line (9) Ryan Clady Orlando Franklin Manny Ramirez Louis Vasquez Chris Clark Will Montgomery Michael Schofield Vinston Painter Winston Justice The Broncos have kept nine players at this position for the opening week roster in all three previous seasons of the John Fox/John Elway regime, but with all of the shuffling in the search for swing players, they may feel the urge to add one here just in case. But the starting group up front looks to be Clady, Franklin, Ramirez, Vasquez and Clark. However, Montgomery could push hard at center and Justice got a long look at right tackle in offseason workouts and rookie Schofield should get a shot there as well. Perhaps Ryan Miller or Ben Garland could earn the extra (10th) spot. Defensive line (9) DeMarcus Ware Terrance Knighton Sylvester Williams Malik Jackson Derek Wolfe Kevin Vickerson Quanterus Smith Marvin Austin Mitch Unrein The Broncos kept 10 here in '11, kept nine in '12 and had eight on the opening night roster last season. They could trim to eight again if they have a glaring need elsewhere, but Vickerson and Smith are both coming back from stints on injured reserve. Linebackers (7) Danny Trevathan Von Miller Nate Irving Lamin Barrow Steven Johnson Lerentee McCray Jamar Chaney The workouts when the pads go on will mean plenty for this group, and there is room here for a wild card, including a late roster pickup, to make the depth chart. McCray likely would have made it as an undrafted rookie last season had he not been injured in the preseason. As it stands now, the final slot may be a battle between Brandon Marshall, who spent much of ’13 on the Broncos’ practice squad before being promoted to the active roster, and Chaney, who was a 16-game starter for the Eagles as recently as 2011. Cornerbacks (5) Chris Harris Jr. Aqib Talib Bradley Roby Kayvon Webster Tony Carter Last season, the Broncos kept seven cornerbacks on the opening night roster, including the injured Champ Bailey, but this time around Carter will enter camp squarely on the bubble, especially if one of the younger corners with some additional size, like rookie Louis Young, shows promise and some special-teams chops. But the top four spots are solidly in place, and the Broncos can sport the four-cornerback look they’d like to in the dime. Safeties (5) T.J. Ward Rahim Moore Quinton Carter David Bruton Omar Bolden If Carter’s knee holds up in camp as it has through the team’s offseason workouts, he should be among the final group. Duke Ihenacho made the roster last season but will have a tougher road this time around. Bolden’s ability to be a swing player at corner and safety as well as having some potential as a returner gives him the edge as well. Specialists (3) Matt Prater Britton Colquitt Aaron Brewer The only question here is if a returner such as Burse or a player to be named later can show enough pop to lure the Broncos into keeping a return specialist. NFL goalposts gaining 5 extra feet thanks to 'The Tucker Rule' By Gary Mihoces USAToday.com July 18, 2014 The simple aim is to help officials better eyeball whether field goal tries that fly high split the uprights. But when it comes to making that structural change, the devil is in the details. It's not just welding 5 extra feet of tubing atop the previously 30-foot uprights. Engineering goes into ensuring goalposts hold true when one kick might decide a game. A quick fix won't cut it. "That is because from a structural analysis standpoint, we had to make sure that the goalposts were going to be able to withstand the wind loads of all areas of the country," says David Moxley, director of sports construction sales for Sportsfield Specialities, Inc., (SSI), the New York firm handling the switch to its aluminum goalposts in 23 of the NFL's 31 stadiums. Why not add 10 feet? Or 15? Moxley says that would really tax the engineering. How about lasers atop the uprights? That would pose a challenge, too. Anybody who's watched a field goal try hit an upright and make that "bonk" sound as it caroms either way knows that can be iffy. "As a purist of the game, think of how many field goals get bumped off the uprights and go in our out," says Moxley. "If you put a laser in ... you can't necessarily replicate the bounce of an upright. There's no bonk. That bounce can mean a lot of things with how the football is going." All NFL goalposts this season will sit atop crossbars attached to goosenecks 10 feet above the ground, meaning the top of each post will extend 45 feet into the air (compared to 40 previously). The change was proposed by the New England Patriots. In 2012, they lost 31-30 to the Baltimore Ravens after kicker Justin Tucker's 27-yard field goal flew higher than the top of the right upright. Patriots coach Bill Belichick protested the kick was wide. He drew a $50,000 fine from the NFL after running toward an official and reaching at his arm at the end of that defeat. A field goal can be reviewed on replay. But, according to the rules, only "when it is lower than the top of the uprights." So that was no help to the Patriots in Baltimore. New England's suggestion was approved by NFL owners in March. Some dubbed it "The Tucker Rule." And there's another new rules interpretation related to the extra length on the uprights. That's the designation of a 15-yard penalty for "dunking" the ball over the crossbar in celebration. That will now be viewed as a violation of the rule which prohibits using the ball as a prop. During a game last season between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints, there was a nearly half-hour delay after Saints tight end Jimmy Graham dunked the ball and knocked the crossbar askew. "I don't think we ever contemplated that the goalpost would ever be thrown off kilter and there (would) be a 20-minute delay of the game as they try to right them," Rich McKay, president and CEO of the Falcons, said after the dunking ban. "When you add 5 feet to the top and make them even heavier, I think we were concerned about how it would impact the game from a competitive standpoint," said McKay, who also serves as chairman of the NFL's competition committee. SSI, which makes goalposts for hundreds of colleges and high schools, had them in three NFL stadiums last season: Arizona's University of Phoenix Stadium, Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium, and New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, shared by the New York Giants and Jets. This offseason, SSI added 20 more NFL stadiums. It's also installed goalposts at some practice facilities. Other firms in the NFL goalpost mix are Gilman Gear, Aluminum Athletic Equipment and First Down Football Products. This week, Moxley oversaw installation of new goalposts at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., home of the Washington Redskins. Also this month, his firm's goalposts went up at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, home of the Ravens. He says the NFL wants the work done by Aug. 1. "We will meet their deadline," said Moxley. "All the NFL cared about was it was done on time, and it was safe." He says the price is about $8,000-$10,000 for two goalposts, depending on how they are mounted to the ground (via a sleeve, a steel base plate or a hinged mount for speedier lowering). At the three stadiums where SSI previously had goalposts and verified engineering, all it had to do was install new uprights. At the other venues, it had to custom-fit each gooseneck to existing mounts or build new ones. Moxley says installation takes a crew of three stadium workers about two hours, using ropes and a couple of 10-foot ladders. There's also bolting, measuring and leveling. Goalposts weigh roughly 500 pounds, but the extra 5 feet add nearly 20 pounds more. When new ones go up, Moxley says he is not tempted to tee up a ball and kick the first one through uprights. "If you saw me kick an extra point, you might laugh and cry at the same time," he says. But when he sees an NFL kick go between his firm's product, he does do some quiet celebrating. Vikings suspend special teams coach Mike Priefer By Tom Pelissero USAToday.com July 19, 2014 The Minnesota Vikings suspended special teams coordinator Mike Priefer three games and pledged $100,000 to LGBT rights charitable and educational organizations in response to an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct made by former punter Chris Kluwe. Priefer's suspension can be reduced to two games if he attends anti-harassment, diversity and sexual-orientation sensitivity training, according to a Vikings statement Friday night that answered the latest round of claims by Kluwe, who has announced he intends to file a lawsuit next week. "I owe an apology to many people – the Wilf family, the Minnesota Vikings organization and fans, my family, the LGBT community, Chris Kluwe and anyone else that I offended with my insensitive remark," Priefer said in a statement issued by the team. "I regret what has occurred and what I said. I am extremely sorry but I will learn from this situation and will work on educating others to create more tolerance and respect." Among other allegations in a Jan. 3 post to Deadspin.com that alleged he was released for his activism on same-sex marriage, Kluwe wrote that Priefer said in a meeting room, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows." A 29-page memo released Friday night by Littler Mendelson P.C. – an employment law firm the Vikings retained to review findings of a six-month investigation by a different firm – said long snapper Cullen Loeffler confirmed Priefer made that remark after becoming frustrated Kluwe and Loeffler weren't focusing on practice. However, the memo said there was no evidence to support Kluwe's other claims: that Priefer made additional homophobic statements, that the Vikings released Kluwe for his activism and that the team harbored a homophobic hostile work environment. "Coach Priefer is a good man, and we know that he deeply regrets the comment. We do not believe that this error in judgment should define him," Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf said in a joint statement. "Accountability, however, is important both on and off the field. In this instance, Coach Priefer fell short of what is expected." Kluwe's attorney, Clayton Halunen, told USA TODAY Sports his client had requested a $1 million donation from the Vikings and a four-game ban for Priefer, whom Kluwe has alleged made homophobic remarks before the Vikings cut Kluwe in May 2013. Instead, the plan is for Kluwe to file a lawsuit next week in Minnesota court naming Priefer and the Vikings organizations as defendants and believe they can get a $10 million jury verdict, Halunen said. Kluwe has said he would donate any money gained in the lawsuit to charity. "They had that opportunity (to settle)," Halunen told USA TODAY Sports. "They didn't take advantage of it. There will be litigation. The first thing we'll request is a copy of the full report and we are going to do our best to make it public." That report was the product of a roughly six-month inquiry led by former Minnesota Supreme Court justice Eric Magnuson and former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney Chris Madel, who were retained by the Vikings to complete what the team called an independent review. In lieu of the full report, the Vikings released the Littler Meldelson P.C. memo, which also included unflattering allegations against Kluwe, who "viewed his performance as a member of the Vikings in an inflated manner. … No interviewed witness agreed that Kluwe had a good year in 2012." The memo said interviewees shared stories "stories about Kluwe dropping his pants in front of 20-25 business people as they were being escorted through the locker room on a tour" and mocking the Penn State child sex scandal. Kluwe quickly responded via Twitter, saying "over half the team" made the same jokes in front of then-strength and conditioning Tom Kanavy, a Penn State alumnus, and making a vague accusation about transgressions of other Vikings players. "Don't worry folks, you'll know when I'm on tilt," Kluwe tweeted. "The Vikings clearly think turning this dirty will scare me off. Says all you need to know." Broncos' DeMarcus Ware says he feels healthier than past two years By SI Wire SI.com July 18, 2014 The Denver Broncos made one of the biggest splashes this offseason when they signed defensive end DeMarcus Ware. Ware is feeling better coming into this season than he has in the past few, he recently revealed to The Denver Post. “I feel better than I did the last two years going into th e season,” Ware said. “Stronger, faster. I feel flexible.” Ware will be a key addition to a defense that was embarrassed in the Super Bowl last season by the Seattle Seahawks. The team also signed free -agent cornerback Aqib Talib to a six-year, $57 million contract. In nine years with the Dallas Cowboys, Ware registered 117 sacks and 442 tackles. In the past two seasons he has notched 11.5 and 6.0 sacks respectively. Denver Broncos training camp: Dates, location and site By SI Wire SI.com July 18, 2014 The Denver Broncos finished last season 13-3 en route to an AFC Championship. However, Peyton Manning and company were dominated by the Seattle Seahawksin the Super Bowl and lost 43-8. The Broncos have had a strong offseason, highlighted by signing former Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware. Denver used its first-round pick on Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby. More: 2014 NFL MVP odds: Peyton Manning is betting favorite to win award Broncos’ training camp information: Site: Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Center Location: Englewood, Colo. Rookie report date: July 23 Veteran report date: July 23 Training camp dates: July 24 – Aug. 15 It’s Past Time to Thank Pat Bowlen By Joe Morrone MileHighManiac.com July 18, 2014 Pat Bowlen has owned the Denver Broncos for 30+ years and his record over that time span is remarkable. In a piece on Mile High Sports, James Merilatt details how special Bowlen has been. Appreciating Broncos owner Pat Bowlen [email protected] http://milehighsports.com/?p=40608 There may not be a lot I can had and I’m sure some of it will be repetitive, but it’s past time that people start appreciating what Bowlen has brought to the Broncos and Colorado. MORE FROM BRONCOS 7/17 - Revamped Defense Key For Denver Broncos 7/17 - The Pieces Are In Place For Another Denver Broncos Super Bowl Run 7/17 - Peyton Manning Wins Best NFL Player Award At The 2014 ESPYs 7/15 - Is John Fox The Right Coach For The Denver Broncos 7/12 - Fantasy Football: Projecting The Denver Broncos Offensive Stats We’ve spent the better part of the last month complaining about Colorado Rockies owner, Dick Monfort. From his public relations gaffes to the terrible product on the field that he refuses to do anything about, we’ve spent too much time on him. On the other side of the ownership fence is Bowlen, an owner who cares only about winning and will do whatever it takes. Monfort has employed General Manager, Dan O’Dowd for 15 years despite a miserable record. Meanwhile, Bowlen fired Josh McDaniels less than two years after he hired him because he didn’t like the direction of the franchise. As Merilatt points out, everything Bowlen does is first class and his only business interest is the Broncos. The public relations department just won the award for being the best in the NFL. It goes all the way through the organization; from the front office to the support staff to the players. There’s little doubt that free agents are attracted to the Broncos for various reasons including John Elway, Peyton Manning but they also come to Denver because of Bowlen. The Broncos owner has a reputation for treating players better than most other owners. There is breakfast and lunch at the facility so players aren’t hitting Taco Bell, the medical team is second to none and Dove Valley is a state of the art facility; even more so now with the renovations. Players like money first but after that it’s about comfort and winning, and Bowlen provides both. Since taking over in 1984, the Broncos have done nothing but win. They are third in wins during that time, have won six AFC Championships and two World Championships. The Broncos, as Merilatt points out, have also won 11 division titles and been to the playoffs 16 times in Bowlen’s tenure. Any way you slice it, the Broncos are one of the premiere franchises in the NFL and it starts with Bowlen. Bowlen has made his share of mistakes but unlike Monfort, he doesn’t make excuses and he moves quickly to fix those mistakes. We’ve all ready touched on the McDaniels disaster but there was also the failed two years under Wade Phillips. Few would have blamed Bowlen if he had given Phillips one more year, but he had lost confidence and saw no reason to continue down that road. He also had his own public relations issues in the early years including the wearing of a fur coat on the sideline. Bowlen also struggled being in the public spotlight early on and would say things that would make any public relations guru uncomfortable. Those issues never spilled on to the field though and the Broncos have remained competitive for nearly all of those 30 years. Sure there have been the occasional down seasons but there has never been a two or three year stretch where the Broncos were bad for all of that time. As a fan of any team, all you can ask for is for that team to do everything in their power to win. No one is going to win a title every season or even post a winning record every season, but as long as you know that’s what they are striving for; fans can live with that. Denver Post Columnist, Troy Renck was asked by a fan what the biggest difference between covering the Rockies and the Broncos was? Renck said the Broncos “burn” to win from the top down. That’s all they care about and that culture begins with Bowlen and filters all the way down to the people who take care of the fields, and do the laundry. So instead of spending so much time crying about Monfort and the Rockies, maybe it’s time we thank Bowlen for 30 years of excellence. Again, a special thanks to James Merilatt for bringing this topic to everyone’s attention. Broncos RB Kapri Bibbs wants to leave legacy in community By Matt L. Stephens The Coloradoan July 18, 2014 A Denver sports talk station set the bar low for Kapri Bibbs on Tuesday, while still holding it out of his reach. The host, when asked to share his thoughts on Bibbs' chances of making the Denver Broncos' roster, thought it would be a long shot for him to beat out Ronnie Hillman. The same Hillman that has twice as many fumbles than touchdowns in his two NFL seasons, including one on the goal line at Indianapolis last year that cost Denver its come-from-behind victory. The host called Bibbs' decision a mistake; a cautionary tale of an undrafted player who left college too early that's seen every year in the NFL. It's the same criticism Bibbs has heard the past seven months since electing to forgo his final two seasons of eligibility at CSU. "If I look at where I'm standing right now, I feel pretty good. I thought I had great OTAs and minicamp," said Bibbs, who is about to start training camp with the Broncos in Englewood on Thursday. "I opened a lot of eyes, of the players and the coaches, so the opportunities are going to be there come training camp time. "I have what it takes to play in the NFL. That's all I'm trying to prove, to show that I can get to the season. I can't wait for the first preseason game to get here." Bibbs admittedly has a chip on his shoulder when it comes to that need to prove he's an NFL running back, thanks to all of the second-guessing he's heard about him leaving college after his redshirt sophomore season. But that's a secondary motivator for him to succeed. When he first announced on Twitter in late December he was entering the NFL draft, the 5-foot-9, 212 pounder from Plainfield, Illinois, said he was doing it because he saw an opportunity to finally achieve his childhood dream of playing professional football. That dream has since expanded to encompass more than the game. Since ending his amateur status, Bibbs started to recognize the impact his life had on others. The name Kapri Bibbs has always carried some national prestige when it came to football, rushing for more than 500 yards in a high school game or six touchdowns in an evening against New Mexico, but the attention was relatively short lived. He's now a public figure representing the Denver Broncos and everywhere he goes, someone — usually children — want to talk to him. "Kapri is so angelic when it comes to kids. If you look at his (Twitter) followers, about 70 percent of them are age 13 and under, and I think that says a lot because children are so impressionable," Bibbs' mother, Stacey Griffin, said. "Kapri has been mentoring children, white, black, Hispanic, in Plainfield for years. He even flies back just to go check on them at their school." Every move he makes off the field is being watched — not by coaches — by the people whose opinion means the most to him: his fans and 16-year-old brother, Marcus Edwards. If he does anything stupid, someone will notice. "I know I made a lot of mistakes when I was his age, so I try to do my best to be a great role model to him, and others, and not make any mistakes now because I don't want him to look at me as a hypocrite," Bibbs said. "And not just mistakes in football, but in life. I want to show people the importance of having a good personality and behavior." And that's why signing a contract with the Broncos is so important to him. It's not the paycheck (though it's a nice bonus) that's driving him to succeed, it's about the chance to start a legacy in his community as an NFL running back. Weeks of minicamp and offseason training activities were easy, Bibbs said, calling them less taxing than the practices he had in his one season CSU, when he rushed for a school-record 1,741 yards and 31 touchdowns on 281 carries. This summer, he had six fellow running backs to split reps with during practices that had limited contact. Now, there are still seven backs on roster, but training camp is about become significantly more demanding on the physical side. Bibbs is going to get hit — repeatedly — to see if he's up for the challenge of being one of the (likely) four running backs Denver keeps around. Bibbs said he is ready, that he'll be around for the first preseason game Aug. 7 against Seattle, when the season officially kicks off a month later versus Indianapolis and for every significant milestone after that. He's come so far, silencing critics from high school, junior college and CSU. Why stop now with the NFL? "Getting that call after the draft to sign as a free agent, obviously, that was a blessing, but I feel like a lot of people get in that mode where they get content, but not me," he said. "I want to be legendary. I want to be one of those guys that in the end, you remember my name. It'll never be about the money, it'll be about the legacy I leave with the game." How Do Monday Night Football Tickets Compare To Other Games On The NFL Schedule? By Jesse Lawrence Forbes.com July 18, 2014 Monday Night Football is always one of the biggest games on the NFL schedule each week. But while Monday night is a prime time-slot for television viewing, that isn’t the case for ticket prices on the secondary market and a Monday night premium doesn’t consistently exist. According to TiqIQ, of the 16 Monday night games, the average price each week is actually 2.5% below the home team’s season average over the course of the season. Only five of the 16 Monday Night Football games this season have a premium above the home team’s average price, however three of those games have a premium of at least 20% higher. Two other games this season have an average price at least 20% below the team’s secondary market season average. One factor that may be bringing premium prices down is that there will only be two divisional match-ups on Monday night this season. Week 8 the Redskins visit AT&T Stadium for the only Monday Night Football match-up on the Cowboys schedule for a game 1.3% above the season average for Cowboys tickets. The other comes in Week 13 when the Miami Dolphins visit the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The Jets will be the only team to host two Monday Night Football games this year, and both are currently listed below their $196.03 season average. Four games will pit 2013 playoff teams against each other and only one– Philadelphia at Carolina Week 10–does not have a premium on the secondary market. When the Denver Broncos head to Cincinnati in Week 16, that game will have the second highest Monday Night Football premium, 27.6% above the Bengals season average. The following is the average price of each Monday Night Football game for the 2014 NFL season, along with its listed average price and how it compares to the home team’s secondary market season average. Merilatt: Make Bowlen next Bronco in Ring of Fame By James Merilatt The Coloradoan July 18, 2014 Sometimes in life, something doesn't get appreciated until it's gone. It's taken for granted on a daily basis, not seen as special until a giant void is created once it's no longer there. At other times, getting a glimpse of the alternative can provide the same perspective. The “It's a Wonderful Life’’ effect can be a powerful tool, helping people value what they have instead of longing for something else. Here's hoping everyone who cares about the Denver Broncos — staff members, players, fans and even the media — fall into the second category. They certainly have had the George Bailey-like experience to provide the necessary nudge in that direction. During the past week, sports news in the Mile High City has been filled with a lot of negativity, all stemming from a franchise (read Rockies) that is mired in one of its worst seasons in team history. That has led to regrettable email exchanges between frustrated fans and an equally frustrated owner, which have produced quotes that will unfortunately live in infamy. But while trying to make sense of a business owner telling his customers not to come to the ballpark if they don't like the product, or attempting to decipher if that same leader really suggested that a city that holds nearly every attendance record in Major League Baseball doesn't deserve a team, one gigantic positive did emerge from the entire ordeal on 20th and Blake. Taking a step back, exhaling for a moment and looking around the rest of the sports landscape provided a revelation of sorts. Denver is lucky to have Pat Bowlen. In the 30 seasons that Bowlen has owned the team, the Broncos have won 307 games, which is third most in the NFL during that span. The franchise has captured the AFC West 11 times, made the playoffs on 16 occasions, gone to six Super Bowls and won two world championships. That's a pretty dazzling record, one that any fan of any team should be thrilled to see attached to their favorite franchise. But it all stems from the fact that Bowlen has had a very simple motto since the day he bought the team of wanting the Broncos to be No. 1 in everything they do. That should be music to the ears of every fan. It's the aspiration one hopes for from the team they invest so much time, money and emotions into. Obviously, that starts on the field, a goal Bowlen has helped make possible by continually opening up his checkbook to sign free agents, hire coaches, build stateof-the-art training facilities and much more. But it also extends to every other aspect of the team's business. All of that is the result of Bowlen's mantra; he wants his organization to be great at everything it does, even if it's behind the scenes and won't get noticed. And that standard has provided sports fans in Denver with a franchise they can be proud of, a team that others around the country envy. As a result, it's time to honor Bowlen for his efforts. It's time to provide everyone in Denver, as well as past and current players, the chance to say thank you for creating something that makes the city proud. It's time to put Pat Bowlen in the Broncos' Ring of Fame. Yes, this year's class has already been announced. And yes, the owner himself would almost assuredly decline the honor, wanting to put the emphasis and attention instead on the players and coaches who've worked for him. But none of that matters; do it anyway. It's no secret the team's 70-year-old owner has been dealing with health-related issues in recent years. And based on the fact that the man who was so involved with every facet of the organization for so long has slowly relinquished more and more day-to-day duties to team president Joe Ellis in recent years, it's clear that something has changed with regard to Bowlen's physical abilities. Honoring Bowlen can't be put off until next year. It can't wait until there's a smaller class of inductees. It can't be put on the back burner until an anniversary of some sort rolls around for the franchise. It needs to happen now. This year. As soon as possible. Five people from the six-member committee that decides who gets inducted into the Ring of Fame need to call a special meeting without inviting the entire group and hold a special election. John Beake, Joe Collier, Joe Ellis, Jim Saccomano and Larry Zimmer — a collection of people who have been associated with the Broncos for nearly a combined 200 years — should gather without Bowlen, who holds the sixth spot on the committee, and vote the owner into the Ring of Fame he created. If four out of the five vote yes, that would provide a majority, even if it's assumed Bowlen would cast a nay if asked. Typically, new members get their name permanently placed on the façade at Sports Authority Field on Alumni Weekend. This year, that's slated for Sept. 14, when the Broncos host the Chiefs. And that day is already packed, as the organization honors Gene Mingo, Dan Reeves and Rick Upchurch. Bowlen wouldn't want to upstage the three worthwhile new members of the exclusive club, so adding him to the docket that day wouldn't work. Instead, Oct. 19 would be a much better fit. That day, the 49ers come to Denver for a Sunday night tilt, providing just the kind of big-time atmosphere that's appropriate for the occasion. It would be a grand evening, one that would be memorable for all involved. The last few days have been an embarrassing time to be a Denver sports fan. But they've also provided the perspective needed to see that the city is lucky to have one of the top owners in professional sports. Thankfully, that's provided the opportunity to appreciate, as well as thank, Pat Bowlen. Horse Tracks: Everybody loves Peyton Manning By Kyle Montgomery MileHighReport.com July 18, 2014 You love Peyton. I love Peyton. America loves Peyton Manning. The Denver Broncos quarterback again ranked fourth in Harris Interactive's annual poll of America's favorite athletes, behind only LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and Derek Jeter. And while it's hard to compete against basketball legends and biracial angels, Manning certainly belongs in the conversation of greatest athlete. Broncos fans have definitely come to love Peyton - he's the first quarterback since John Elway to give us confidence in our signal caller. We have grown into a position of absolute faith in our quarterback. A lot of that surrounds his work ethic - a unique trait that Jeff Legwold recently detailed. How do you reboot the game of a legendary competitor coming off the most epic disappointment of his career? This is how: You dissect every piece of the 2013 season to see what worked, what didn't work and where the good and bad decisions were made. You prepare to win the last game of the 2014 season and watch Peyton Manning hoist the Lombardi trophy under a sea of orange and blue confetti. "The first day back in the building, we watched the Super Bowl," said Broncos quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp. "I told him the day after the game we were going to watch it when he came back, not right then, but the first day he was back, and we were going to watch it without the emotion of what just happened. And that was step one." Many of us joke about not having watched the Super Bowl since it happened. I still get thefunny tweets about them all the time, and even though the joke has been told a hundred times, it's still funny. It's certainly more enjoyable than, y'know, actually having to watch the thing - something I've tried do a handful of times but only succeeded in doing once. Not Manning. As embarrassing and disappointing as that game was, he has bitten the bullet. He's watched the tape. Hopefully he's learned from it. Peyton watched Super Bowl on first day of offseason work By Michael David Smith ProFootballTalk/NBCSports.com July 18, 2014 The Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning had a Super Bowl to forget, but not a Super Bowl they think they can afford to ignore. Manning and Broncos quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp made watching the tape of their loss to the Seahawks their first priority when they got together on the first day of offseason work, reasoning that enough time had passed for the pain to dissipate — while also reasoning that if they didn’t examine why their offense struggled so much against the Seahawks’ defense, they wouldn’t know how to fix it when they face the Seahawks again in Week Three of the regular season. “The first day back in the building, we watched the Super Bowl,” Knapp told ESPN. “I told him the day after the game we were going to watch it when he came back, not right then, but the first day he was back, and we were going to watch it without the emotion of what just happened. And that was step one.” Manning said he doesn’t think he can get better until he identifies where he went wrong. “If you ever feel like that’s not important — like, ‘Hey, I don’t need to watch last season; I know what we did; I know what I did wrong’ — no, you don’t know,” Manning said. “You need to watch it. Watch the bad plays. It’s not fun to watch bad plays, to sit there and say, ‘That’s a bad decision’ and ‘That’s a really bad decision’ and ‘Horrible read.’ . . . No matter how old you are, you need to go into that prepared to be constructively criticized and learn how to grow out of the mistakes every year.” That’s the right approach. Even if it was the least enjoyable film session of Manning’s career. DeMarcus Ware: I feel stronger and faster than I have the last two seasons By Josh Alper ProFootballTalk/NBCSports.com July 18, 2014 DeMarcus Ware slipped to six sacks last year while missing the first three games of his career, developments that combined with his large salary to grease the skids for his exit from the Cowboys after nine years with the club. Ware quickly signed with the Broncos, but last year’s injuries and the nagging ones that impacted him in 2012 create some reason to worry that Ware may not be able to reach the same levels that he has in the past. Ware has dropped weight as he expects to stand up more this year after spending last year with his hand int he ground as a defensive end, though, and he’s explored alternative medical techniques like cupping to help him get back to where he wants to be. “I feel better than I did the last two years going into the season,” Ware said, via theDenver Post. “Stronger, faster. I feel flexible.” The Broncos aggressively overhauled their defense this offseason and they are counting on Ware and Von Miller to put some of bite into a defense that was missing it as last season came to an end. Both players are coming off injuries that required surgery, however, and that’s going to leave their prospects up in the air until we’ve seen them in action this summer. 2014 Game-by-Game: Week 15 By Andrew Mason DenverBroncos.com July 18, 2014 The Broncos have a three-game winning streak in San Diego, but face the Chargers there in December -- which has usually been bad news for Denver. WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 14; 1:25 p.m. PST. WHERE: Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego. TV: CBS. SERIES RECORD: Broncos lead, 58-49-1 (Broncos lead, 1-0 in the postseason). JOHN FOX'S RECORD: 5-3 (1-0 in the postseason). PEYTON MANNING'S RECORD: 7-4 (1-2 in the postseason). SERIES STREAK: Denver has won three straight and four of the last five in San Diego. LAST TIME IN SAN DIEGO: Broncos 28, Chargers 20; Nov 10, 2013. The Broncos were held below 30 points for the first time in the 2013 season, but had enough explosive plays to build a lead that withstood a late Chargers rally. A 74-yard touchdown pass from Manning toJulius Thomas 5:42 into the game gave the Broncos a lead they would never relinquish. Denver eventually built a 28-6 advantage before the Chargers came back, forcing a fumble and three consecutive Broncos punts. But the Chargers couldn't get the Broncos off the field one final time in the last three minutes, and the Broncos were able to run out the clock and improve their record to 8-1. The game was Jack Del Rio's first as interim head coach; he would lead the Broncos to a 3-1 record in John Fox's absence during the most demanding quarter of the regular season. NOTING THE GAME: The Broncos' current three-game winning streak in San Diego is their longest since 1997-2000. The current streak is their fourth of at least three consecutive wins at San Diego; the others came from 1986-88 and 1975-77. San Diego's balmy temperatures make it a gorgeous December destination. But for the Broncos, it has been a city to avoid in the year's 12th month. They have lost three straight and seven of their last eight December games at San Diego, and are 3-12 overall. (In all other months, the Broncos are 19-19 in San Diego.) The Broncos even lost a December game to the Chargers when they were based in Los Angeles, falling 41-33 on Dec. 10, 1960. The Chargers moved to San Diego the following year. Even though Fox was not present in person for last year's trip to San Diego, the win still counts on his career ledger, and continued his undefeated streak as a head coach at Qualcomm Stadium. In three of the wins (2008 with Carolina, 2011 and 2012 with Denver), his team rallied from a deficit in the fourth quarter. The Broncos have won at least one postseason game in 11 seasons. In 10 of those 11, they won at San Diego in the regular season. The exception was in 1989, when the Broncos rested John Elway for the second half of a Week 16 game at San Diego, since they had already clinched home-field advantage in the AFC postseason. As a starting quarterback, San Diego's Philip Rivers has more home losses to the Broncos (four) than to fellow AFC West rivals Oakland and Kansas City combined (three).
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