Broncos News Blogs - Saturday, Jan. 28

The Denver Broncos are moving closer to hiring former Jets' offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger to take over the same spot recently vacated by Gary Kubiak, the new Texans head coach. Heimerdinger will be in Denver on Monday to meet with coach Mike Shanahan.

Heimerdinger closes in on Kubiak job - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
01/27/2006 - The Broncos will likely officially have a replacement for Gary Kubiak in the coming days. The expected appointment of former Tennessee and New York Jets offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger as Denver's new offensive coordinator will take a step closer to becoming official Monday when Heimerdinger is set to meet with Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. Barring an unexpected change, Heimerdinger will be hired shortly thereafter. Kubiak was announced as the head coach of the Houston Texans on Thursday. Heimerdinger, a former Denver receivers coach under close friend Shanahan, was freed of his contract as the New York Jets" offensive coordinator on Wednesday after nearly a week of negotiating, the Jets granted Heimerdinger his wish and the two sides mutually parted ways.

A Heimerdinger of a hire - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
January 28, 2006 - Former New York Jets offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, a longtime friend of Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and a former Denver wide receivers coach, will be in town Monday and will sign on the dotted line to be the team's offensive coordinator. He will replace Gary Kubiak, who formally was introduced as Houston Texans coach Thursday, and accompany the Broncos coaching staff to Hawaii to coach the AFC team in the Pro Bowl. Shanahan could not be reached for comment, but he had consistently said he was searching for continuity in the team's offense in -Kubiak's replacement. Heimerdinger was released from his contract by the Jets on Wednesday. After head coach Herman Edwards left the Jets to take the head coaching job with the Kansas City Chiefs, Heimerdinger had offered to forgo the final two years of the deal, leaving just more than $2 million on the table if the Jets would allow him to leave.

NFL calls an audible - Rocky Mountain News
January 28, 2006 - The NFL will place eight prime-time Thursday and Saturday games on its NFL Network starting in the 2006 season, a senior league executive said. The league had been negotiating intently in recent weeks with Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator, about putting games on what would be a reconstituted OLN network and expanding distribution of the NFL Network on Comcast systems, where it is carried on a digital tier. But Friday morning, the league decided not to go into business with Comcast and to put the games on the NFL Network, which has had preseason games but no regular-season broadcasts. Comcast had no comment. Putting the games on the NFL Network is a change for the league, which is accustomed to being richly compensated by networks with rights fees.

2005 First Quarter: Fan Memories - Denver
Friday, January 27, 2006 - Denver began the year with a disappointing loss at Miami, but soon bounced back to take victories from San Diego, Kansas City and Jacksonville. There were many great plays and memories from the first four games of the season and citizens of Broncos Country sent us theirs. Stay tuned next week for the review of the team's second quarter of the season.

Penn. Broncos fan to return to school - Daily Camera - AP
January 28, 2006 - BEAVER FALLS, Pa. — A high school student whose teacher forced him to sit on the floor during a midterm exam — for wearing a Denver Broncos jersey — will return to classes next week, his lawyer said Friday. Joshua Vannoy, 17, agreed during talks Friday with lawyers, school officials and his parents to return to Beaver Falls High School on Monday, said his attorney, Nick Frisk III. "He's going back to school," Frisk said. "We're going to see how things work out. ... Hopefully, that's all we have to do." Vannoy stopped going to school after wearing the No. 7 jersey of retired Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway to class on Jan. 20 — two days before the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Broncos 34-17 in the AFC championship game — when his honors ethnic relations teacher, John Kelly, forced him to take the test sitting on the floor. Kelly has called the incident "silly fun."

Broncos fan to return - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Bobby Kerlik
Saturday, January 28, 2006 - A Beaver Falls High School junior will return to school Monday with the option of transferring out of a class where he says a teacher humiliated him for wearing a Denver Broncos jersey. Joshua Vannoy, 17, of Big Beaver, will decide over the weekend whether he'll return to his ethnic relations class, where he says teacher John Kelly forced him to sit on the floor to take a midterm exam, said the boy's lawyer, Nicholas Frisk. If Vannoy stays in the class, the district will allow him to take a retest, Frisk said. Big Beaver Falls School District Solicitor Lee Price said no decision has been made on whether to discipline Kelly over the incident. Officials view the incident as a misunderstanding, Price said. "In our opinion, (Kelly) is a good teacher and (Vannoy) is a good kid," Price said. "I don't think they expected all the media attention."

Can we talk about it now? - Fort Morgan Times
Friday, January 27, 2006 - It was tough ... heart-wrenching ... bad enough to think seriously about calling in sick to the job or worse, trying somehow to recover and come to terms with it. Fans around the state -- and around the world -- had to swallow a loss in the wake of the day when they thought for sure their beloved Denver Broncos would be happily, merrily, giddily on their way to the Super Bowl. They -- the fans and maybe the Broncos themselves -- didn't give nearly enough credit to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the powerhouse that team is. After all, hadn't the Broncos won their nine previous games at Invesco Field at Mile High? Wasn't it preordained they would clinch No. 10 and move on to their seventh appearance in the Super Bowl? Is it still too early to talk about all this?

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