AFC West: Sterling Sharpe

AFC West links: QB situation in Denver

July, 14, 2011
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Denver Broncos

Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post: "[Tim] Tebow won't be handed the starting job. To be the Broncos' No. 1 quarterback on opening day, the former Heisman Trophy winner will have to earn that status by his performance in training camp and in preseason games."

Woody Paige's take on the Broncos' quarterback situation: "If the lockout isn't settled before the regular season starts, [Kyle] Orton will be the starter. [Coach John] Fox told me he must be a quarterback who can get away quick from under center. Tebow is still perfecting that art since he has run the shotgun his entire life."

Kansas City Chiefs

The bottom line when it comes to the 2011 Chiefs, according to the Sporting News: "Because of an upgraded schedule, the Chiefs may be a better team than last season but end up with an inferior record. Still, Kansas City will be tough to handle on a weekly basis and could challenge for a playoff spot again."

KCChiefs.com has highlights and interviews from the NFL Alumni golf tournament.

Oakland Raiders

NFL.com's Pat Kirwan details the pressing needs for each NFL team. Included in his analysis of the Raiders is: Add at least one offensive lineman to the mix, re-sign tight end Zach Miller, make an offer to cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and get a young quarterback into the rotation.

San Diego Chargers

The Chargers say they are as prepared as they possibly can be while waiting for the lockout to reach a conclusion.

AFC West links: Vrabel will be missed

July, 12, 2011
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Denver Broncos

Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post says signing draft picks figures to be a rush job for the Broncos when a labor agreement is reached.

Former Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe will be presented by his older brother Sterling Sharpe at the Hall of Fame ceremonies Aug. 6. Sterling Sharpe played seven seasons for the Green Bay Packers.

Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen expects his group to be feared on the field.

Former Broncos defensive lineman Pete Duranko dies at 67 after battling ALS.

Kansas City Chiefs

Former Chiefs defensive end Art Still is among the retired NFL players seeking improved health benefits in the labor negotiations.

Josh Looney writes that retiring linebacker Mike Vrabel was at the heart of the Chiefs' turnaround last season.

Vrabel discusses his decision to retire.

Oakland Raiders

Memories of a last-second Raiders win against the Jets in December of 1970.

Coach Hugh Jackson answers questions about new offensive coordinator Al Saunders, stopping the run and more.

San Diego Chargers

Christopher Smith of Chargers.com writes about quarterback Philip Rivers' legacy.
I caught up with former Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe on Wednesday to discuss his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Here we go:

How did you celebrate Saturday night in Dallas?

Shannon Sharpe: I went back to my room, ordered room service and went to bed. I’m not a big celebrator. I don’t drink, so I’m not a big partier. Now, I’ll have a get together back in my hometown some time with family and friends, but Saturday night was pretty basic. I talked to my family and best friend, but other than that, it was quiet.

What was Sunday like?

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Mark J. Rebilas/US PresswireShannon Sharpe's brother -- former Packers wide receiver Sterling Sharpe -- will present Shannon at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
SS: I got a lot of people congratulating me, but it was because they thought I was Sterling [Sharpe] and they were congratulating him on the Packers winning. I’d say 75 percent of the time people recognize me they call me "Sterling." I don’t think he ever gets "Shannon."

Who do you think will be the next Denver player to get into the Hall of Fame?

SS: I’d Say TD [Terrell Davis]. I think Randy Gradishar could get in at some point in the senior committee, but as far as the modern players, I think Terrell, and then followed closely by Rod Smith, should get in.

Who is going to present you into the Hall of Fame?

SS: My brother. If I could split it up, I’d have my brother and sister, but she doesn’t like talking in public. It will be my brother and there was never really any thought to it. It’s him.

What does you old quarterback, John Elway, need to do to fix the Broncos?

SS: As a former player, John will be smart about it. Even though he was a quarterback, John will know Denver needs to get as much defensive help as possible to help Elvis Dumervil. If they can do that, they should be able to get back on track.

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