Denver Broncos

Not until Peyton Manning, left, was reduced to a game manager by John Elway did Broncos become a defense-dependent Super Bowl team.

The Elway plan — defense — saves Manning

DENVER — They didn’t lift the old man onto their shoulders, instead…

Not until Peyton Manning, left, was reduced to a game manager by John Elway did Broncos become a defense-dependent Super Bowl team.
New England quarterback Tom Brady shouts during the Patriots’ divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. The NFL wants Brady to return to the Super Bowl because it’s what will make the league the most money. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Brady, Patriots trigger scorn — and buzz

DENVER — The new conspiracy theory is Son Of Deflategate, a bastard son…

New England quarterback Tom Brady shouts during the Patriots’ divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. The NFL wants Brady to return to the Super Bowl because it’s what will make the league the most money. (Elise Amendola/AP)
Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, right, took a chance when he hired his friend Gary Kubiak. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Hiring ‘friend’ pays off for Elway

DENVER — John Elway is adamant that Gary Kubiak was never his…

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, right, took a chance when he hired his friend Gary Kubiak. (David Zalubowski/AP)
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski faces reporters before practice on Thursday. The Patriots play the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship on Sunday. (Steven Senne/AP)

Mind games between Patriots-Broncos before big game Sunday

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Gronk pushes off. Brady whines. If it's AFC championship…

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski faces reporters before practice on Thursday. The Patriots play the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship on Sunday. (Steven Senne/AP)
Despite Tom Brady’s gutsy run and dive for the endzone against the Chiefs on Saturday, Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith criticized the Patriots quarterback for constantly whining about hard hits. (Steven Senne/AP)

Brady a crybaby, says Broncos defender

DENVER — Antonio Smith says nobody can get into Tom Brady’s head.…

Despite Tom Brady’s gutsy run and dive for the endzone against the Chiefs on Saturday, Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith criticized the Patriots quarterback for constantly whining about hard hits. (Steven Senne/AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers' Martavis Bryant (10) makes a 10-yard touchdown reception against Cincinnati Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick (27) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game last Saturday in Cincinnati. Bryant will have to be productive with Antonio Brown expected to miss the team's game against the Denver Broncos. (Gary Landers/AP)

Broncos vow not to make same mistake and overlook Steelers

DENVER — The Pittsburgh Steelers stagger into Denver with an ailing Ben…

Pittsburgh Steelers' Martavis Bryant (10) makes a 10-yard touchdown reception against Cincinnati Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick (27) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game last Saturday in Cincinnati. Bryant will have to be productive with Antonio Brown expected to miss the team's game against the Denver Broncos. (Gary Landers/AP)

Kubiak has 2 QBs, 1 tough call to make now

DENVER — Tom Brady handing off like he was Tim Tebow. The…

Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29) intercepts a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson (12) for a touchdown, during the first half  in Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

In possible farewell, Oakland Raiders lose

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Charles Woodson walked off…

Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29) intercepts a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson (12) for a touchdown, during the first half  in Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) is sacked by Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) during the second half Sunday in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Mack daddy wild in Raiders’ win

DENVER — One sack, two sacks, three sacks ... Khalil Mack was…

Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) is sacked by Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) during the second half Sunday in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Denver Broncos tight end Vernon Davis after an NFL practice session at the team's headquarters Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Bad actor Davis won’t be missed

In his prime, Vernon Davis was one of the best tight ends…

Denver Broncos tight end Vernon Davis after an NFL practice session at the team's headquarters Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (David Zalubowski/AP)
The San Francisco 49ers traded tight end Vernon Davis to the Denver Broncos on Monday for three late-round draft picks. (Tony Avelar/AP)

Housecleaning begins: Kap demoted, Davis traded

The reeling 49ers, who sustained a series of offseason player departures and…

The San Francisco 49ers traded tight end Vernon Davis to the Denver Broncos on Monday for three late-round draft picks. (Tony Avelar/AP)
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is left to walk away as Denver’s Chris Harris Jr. celebrates his 74-yard interception return for a touchdown Sunday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Woodson leads, Raiders can’t follow

They call him “First Ballot,” for obvious reasons, because whenever Charles Woodson…

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is left to walk away as Denver’s Chris Harris Jr. celebrates his 74-yard interception return for a touchdown Sunday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby (29) runs for a game-winning touchdown after recovering a fumble by Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) on Thursday. (Ed Zurga/AP)

Broncos beat Chiefs in crazy finish

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The curse of Peyton Manning and the Denver…

Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby (29) runs for a game-winning touchdown after recovering a fumble by Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) on Thursday. (Ed Zurga/AP)
49ers’ defensive linemen Darnell Dockett (90) and Tony Jerod-Eddie (63) pursue Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning in the first half in Denver on Saturday. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

49ers’ offense remains work in progress

DENVER — Linebacker NaVorro Bowman continued to take giant strides for the…

49ers’ defensive linemen Darnell Dockett (90) and Tony Jerod-Eddie (63) pursue Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning in the first half in Denver on Saturday. (Jack Dempsey/AP)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) passes as San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) applies pressure during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Santa Clara, on Aug. 23 (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Tomsula: LB Brooks won’t return to 49ers practice this week

Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks will not practice this coming week with the…

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) passes as San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) applies pressure during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Santa Clara, on Aug. 23 (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Jack Dempsey/AP PhotoJohn Elway

Most of the NFL head coach openings went to defensive minds

ENGLEWOOD - John Elway broke the mold. The Denver Broncos general manager…

Jack Dempsey/AP PhotoJohn Elway
Jack Dempsey/APColts linebacker Jonathan Newsome

Luck helps Colts upset Manning, Broncos to reach AFC Championship Game

DENVER -- Andrew Luck has his signature NFL win, and it came…

Jack Dempsey/APColts linebacker Jonathan Newsome
Jack Dempsey/APBroncos running back C.J. Anderson

Raiders blown out as Broncos clinch first-round playoff bye

DENVER -- Charles Woodson is 38 and beat up from a long…

Jack Dempsey/APBroncos running back C.J. Anderson
Marcio Jose Sanchez/APRaiders receiver Brice Butler (12) stretches to haul in a touchdown pass as Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby defends during the second quarter.

Raiders routed by Broncos, fall to 0-9

OAKLAND -- All the good work the Oakland Raiders did on defense…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/APRaiders receiver Brice Butler (12) stretches to haul in a touchdown pass as Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby defends during the second quarter.
AP Photo/Stephen Brashear

Raiders’ Carr looks to follow in Manning’s path

As trying as the first half of Derek Carr's first NFL season…

AP Photo/Stephen Brashear