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Broncos sign former Patriots defensive back Marquice Cole

01.14.14 at 5:25 pm ET
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Time for more gamesmanship.

One week after the Colts picked up ex-Patriots receiver Deion Branch in the days leading up to the AFC divisional playoffs, the Broncos announced Tuesday afternoon they have signed former New England defensive back Marquice Cole.

The 30-year-old Cole has spent most of the last two years with the Patriots as a cornerback and special teamer. In his NFL career, the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder has played 64 career games and totaled 36 tackles with four interceptions and 14 pass breakups to go with 51 special-teams stops. New England released the veteran cornerback on Dec. 26.

Cole figures to help shore up a depleted secondary that recently suffered the loss of cornerback Chris Harris, who tore his ACL in the recent playoff win over the Chargers.

From a defensive perspective, Cole had been relegated to a rotational spot behind Aqib Talib, Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington and Logan Ryan this year, so it’s debatable how much he can still bring to the field when it comes to pass defense. However, he remained a fairly regular face on New England’s special teams, and could provide depth for Denver at that spot as well.

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Josh McDaniels confirms: ‘I’ll definitely be here’ in New England with Patriots in 2014

01.14.14 at 4:33 pm ET
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Not that it should surprise anyone but Josh McDaniels has confirmed the obvious – he’ll be back with the Patriots in 2014.

The Patriots offensive coordinator confirmed that he withdrew his name from consideration for the head coaching vacancy with the Cleveland Browns on the same day Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles did likewise.

On Tuesday, during a conference call, McDaniels shed some light on the reason why he’s staying in New England.

“Well, I’€™ll definitely be here. I think all it means is that, you know, I made the decision that this is the right time for me to be here,” McDaniels said. “I’€™m really happy here ‘€“ I’€™ve said that numerous times. There’€™s not really much else to it. I don’€™t think it’€™s ‘€“ you know it’€™s a process you go through sometimes and you ultimately have to make choices based on what’€™s best for you and your family. That’€™s what I try to do.”

There is the possibility that one of his key weapons may not be staying around with McDaniels as Julian Edelman is a free agent after the season.

It’s been under McDaniels’ tutelage that Edelman has grown into one of the more feared slot receivers in the NFL, taking the chance to replace Wes Welker and running with it all the way to a likely lucrative free agency prize.

“Well, Julian has always had great ability. He’€™s a guy that has speed and can do a lot of different things€“ versatility,” McDaniels said. “Certainly, I wasn’€™t here when we first got him the first years that he was here, and have had an opportunity to really get to know him the last couple years. His opportunities have certainly increased and he is a guy that embraces whatever role you give him each week.

“He’€™s capable of playing on the perimeter of the offense and he has for us. He’€™s also unselfish and will do whatever we ask of him in any role, whether that’€™s to be a clear-out guy, block the secondary in the running game, whatever it may be, and he’€™s always had a great attitude towards his work and his preparation. I just see a guy that’€™s driven to be a great player. He’€™s always tried to be the best he could be.

“He’€™s certainly had opportunities presented to him this year that he’€™s taken advantage of. I think he’€™s really led our receiving group with a tremendous amount of toughness, consistency. He practices hard, prepares hard, he’€™s on top of his game plan. He understands the defenses that we play and the players he’€™s going to compete against. I think he’€™s just really made himself a very well-rounded player that certainly has had a very productive year for us.”

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Bill Belichick: ‘Possibility’ Patriots could travel to Denver on Friday

01.14.14 at 3:59 pm ET
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In a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said that the team could travel to Denver Friday instead of Saturday for this weekend’s AFC title game.

“Yeah, it’€™s a possibility,” Belichick said. “We’€™re working out our arrangements for the week here now.”

In the past, when faced with a trip to the West Coast, the Patriots have departed early. The time change adds an interesting wrinkle to this game — it will mark only the second game this year the Patriots will have played outside of the eastern time zone.

Belichick also addressed a handful of other topics in his Q&A with the media, including the health of punter Ryan Allen. The rookie left Saturday’s divisional playoff game against the Colts because of an injury, and Stephen Gostkowski worked in relief of Allen. Belichick said they would have an update on Allen when the Wednesday practice report is released, but added that signing a punter on Friday and having him work Sunday is a possibility, as well as the chance that Gostkowski could work as the punter again against the Broncos.

“Sure, both those things are possible,” Belichick said.

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Denver Broncos cautioning fans looking for tickets to Sunday’s AFC championship against Patriots

01.14.14 at 3:29 pm ET
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On Monday, there was word that it would be very hard for Patriots fans living in New England to acquire tickets to the AFC championship in Denver because of a team policy.

Now, the Broncos are warning those same fans to be careful not to get duped into buying counterfeit tickets.

The Broncos Tuesday urged fans to be wary of counterfeit tickets that can make their way through secondary markets and take appropriate measures to ensure the authenticity of their purchases.

“Only tickets acquired from team-associated outlets, including the Sports Authority Field at Mile High ticket office and Ticketmaster/Ticket Exchange, can be fully validated by the club and the NFL,” the team said in a statement.

‘€œWe want fans to be fully aware of the risks involved with buying tickets in the secondary market while remaining assured that tickets purchased through the ticket office, Ticketmaster or NFL Ticket Exchange are 100 percent authentic,’€ Broncos Senior Vice President of Business Development Mac Freeman said.

Sunday’€™s AFC Championship Game against the Patriots kicks off at 3:05 p.m. ET at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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Gisele Bundchen says Tom Brady is ‘very focused’ on football at home

01.14.14 at 1:16 pm ET
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Patriots fans need not worry about the focus of Tom Brady at home, so says his supermodel wife.

Gisele Bundchen spoke recently in New York about the atmosphere in their Boston household as he prepares to make another run at the Super Bowl.

Bundchen says her husband knows how to zero in on the playoffs.

“He’s very focused,” the 33-year-old Bundchen said of her 36-year-old quarterback husband. “We are both very supportive of one another in what we do. … Of course nobody likes to lose. Those aren’t the best days.”

This, of course, was most evident in the moments after Super Bowl XLVI when Wes Welker dropped a key pass in the fourth quarter that would’ve kept a drive going and likely ended any chances of a last-minute touchdown that won the game for the Giants. Bundchen was very defensive of her husband and most famously said, “You [need] to catch the ball when you’€™re supposed to catch the ball. My husband cannot [expletive] throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’€™t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”

Ironic that her husband will be going up against the very player this weekend who caused her so much grief in Indianapolis.

“He knows he does his best. He works extremely hard,” Bundchen said.

The Brazilian model says the couple winds down differently at night.

“At night if my husband is watching TV and watching football, I have my little book and I put something in my ears so I don’t hear it and I put my light [on] and have my book and I’m like, ‘Ohhh.’ He’s feeding his soul and that’s important to him to watch football. I only want to watch if I’m watching him,” she joked in an excerpt from The Associated Press.

Bundchen reiterated that family is the top priority above all. Brady has a 6-year-old son, John, whose mother is actress Bridget Moynahan. Bundchen and Brady have a 4-year-old son, Ben, and a 1-year-old daughter, Vivian.

“He’s very loving and it’s a wonderful thing,” Bundchen said. “In our house we are very affectionate. I think it’s very important for the boys to know that it’s OK to hug and to kiss and you’re not less than a man.”

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Manning’s use of ‘Omaha’ confuses opposition, benefits city

01.14.14 at 10:47 am ET
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Patriots fans may want to prepare to hear the word “Omaha” in excess Sunday.

Like many other codes a quarterback barks during a game to get his offense to change up a play, the word does not have much meaning. According to ESPN, though, that did not stop Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning from shouting the city’€™s name 44 times, each before the ball was snapped, during Sunday’€™s playoff win over the Chargers.

That led to Omaha becoming a trending topic on Twitter during the game.

During his interview with Dennis & Callahan Monday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady discussed Manning’€™s “Omaha” call and explained how Manning uses it to indicate the snap count to his teammates and throw off the defense.

“He does a good job of changing [its meaning],” Brady said. “One time it means one thing, and the next time it means another. He got [the Chargers] offsides, I don’€™t know, five or six times [Sunday], which is the most I think I’ve ever seen. He was doing a great job with his cadence, really keeping the other team off-balance.

“That’€™s the part of what his strength is as a player. He’€™s able to really deceive the defense. Once you think you’€™re on to one thing, he’€™s on to the next. He tries to stay one step ahead of the defense. Our defense is going to be tested.”

Added Brady: “He probably got other cue words that he uses to let the team know what he really wants to do, his real intention. You just can’€™t really listen in too much; you’ve got to be able to react. But that’€™s part of what good offenses do. And that’€™s why they’ve been able to score a lot of points and keep the other team off-balance.”

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Bill Belichick on Salk & Holley: Broncos ‘don’t make it easy’ for teams to disguise defense

01.14.14 at 9:26 am ET
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Salk & Holley on Monday to discuss Sunday’€™s AFC championship game against the Broncos. To hear the interview, go to the Salk & Holley audio on demand page.

Belichick said it is a challenge to disguise the Patriots defense when playing the Broncos.

“Denver makes it hard on you because they all of the time get into formations that force you to declare certain things,”€ Belichick said. “€œWhether you’€™re going to move a linebacker out or you’€™re going to put your corners on one side, whether they’€™re going to stay backside to a tight end, things like that to try to get some indicators of what they’€™re coverage is going to be.

“€œIf they were to line up in the same formations every time, it’€™d be all too easier to disguise because you know where they are and you have a little more control over it, but when they’€™re going fast and change their formations a lot and giving you looks … Disguising is certainly a big part of the game and is important, but it’€™s not as important as playing what you have called is.

“If you can’€™t play what you have, then it doesn’t matter if you disguise it or not, it’€™s probably not going to be very good, but that’€™s the issue, they don’€™t make it easy for you as much as you want to disguise, sometimes they put you in a bind.”

When asked if continuing to run the ball has led to one big run toward the end of the game, Belichick said, “If you’€™re running the ball you hope it’€™s true, if you’€™re defending it you hope it’€™s not true.”

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