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Who Will Win The Stanley Cup

hockeyNow that the first round of the Stanley Cup Finals are a few games in we have already learned a lot about the final 16 teams still alive. The Capitals, who had little to play for the last month of the regular season, have had excellent goaltending thus far and look as dominant in the postseason as they did in the regular season. They are up 2-0 on the Flyers. The defending champion Blackhawks are still playing a up and down game and could very easily be out in the first round now that they are down 2-1 to the Blues. In California, the favored Ducks and Kings have both lost home ice and have looked very shaky thus far. With the Stanley Cup playoffs still unfolding, our GPS tracking experts have made their updated predictions on who will be holding up Lord Stanley come June!

Dallas Stars & Minnesota Wild

The Stars have taken a commanding 2-0 lead over the Wild have dominated the series every second. The top-seeded team in the west has looked sharp and is very much a contender, but their lack of playoff experience could be an issue deep in the playoffs. Not to mention, the Stars don't have a top 5 goalie and that could be huge when the Stars play a real contender in the next rounds. Sorry Minnesota fans, but you're done this year.

Prediction: Stars in 5

St. Louis Blues & Chicago Blackhawks

This series has been everything as advertised so far. Game one was a overtime thriller that ended on a fluke goal. The Blues controlled game 2 until a tough offsides call resulted in a disallowed goal and shifted momentum which resulted in a Blackhawks win. Game 3 had the Blackhawks in total control until another lucky bounce by the Blues tied the game and 4 minute double minor on Patrick Kane allowed the Blues to capitalize late for the 3-2 win. Both of these teams are fantastic and loaded with talent. These teams don't give up so expect a long series and whoever the winner is to be a real threat for the Stanley Cup.

Prediction: Blues in 7

Anaheim Ducks & Nashville Predators

The Ducks have been playing great after a cold start to open the season but everyone seems to have forgotten how terrific Nashville played down the stretch. Unfortunately for the Ducks they are now finding out just how good Nashville is. In the playoffs offense gets overshadowed by goaltending and Rinne is the best goalie on the ice for either team. The Predators have taken control of home ice and have the Ducks completely flustered. Nashville is certainly a dark horse to win it all while the Ducks are fading fast yet again.

Prediction: Predators in 6

Los Angeles Kings & San Jose Predators

The Kings limped into the playoffs after choking a 3-0 lead to Winnipeg which would have given them the divisional crown and they continue to limp. Down 0-2 to the Sharks and heading back to San Jose, the Kings find themselves in serious trouble. Yes, the Kings came back from these same Sharks down 0-3 to win the series and eventually the Stanley Cup but don't count on that happening again. Also, don't forget if their is one team that wants to end the Kings season more than any NHL team it's the Sharks and they are poised to do so. But if they can get by the Kings their multitude of weaknesses could be exposed by some of the other western conference contenders. Beating the Kings and avenging the collapse of two years ago might be the ceiling for these Sharks.

Prediction: Sharks in 6

Washington Capitals & Philadelphia Flyers

Nobody expected much of the young Flyers this season but they got hot late and took the last spot in the playoffs. It's been a good year for the Flyers, but it's been a great year for Washington. The overall top seed Capitals have looked great in this series and have led wire-to-wire, taking a 2-0 lead. The Capitals are loaded and the Flyers will learn from this series and be a better team next season but the ceiling for Philadelphia is salvaging a game at home because this series is over. The Capitals have all the tools to make a deep run and the Flyers are only a speed bump in the road for Washington.

Prediction: Capitals in 4

Pittsburgh Penguins & New York Rangers

Two great teams with all-world players, but also two teams missing some key players. The Penguins are one of the hottest teams in the NHL but they have a third string goaltender in net. Th Rangers sill have the King in net but have two of their best players on IR. The series is tied 1-1 and the only thing certain is that this will not be a short series. This is a coin toss series that will have many momentum swings. Yes the Penguins have Crosby and now Malkin is back on the ice but the playoffs are about defense and goalies, and when the choice is Henrik Lundqviest or a third stringer I have to give the edge to the All-Star.

Prediction: Rangers in 7

Florida Panthers & New York Islanders

The surprise story of the year has to be the rise of good hockey by the Florida Panthers and play by AARP player Jaromir Jagr. The Panthers have been solid all year and have some seasoned players that can help them, but the Panthers special teams play has weaknesses and that's a big problem in the postseason. The Islanders may not have great goaltending but they can score and have more experience. The Isles may not be Stanley Cup contenders but they should get by Florida in the first round.

Prediction: Islanders in 6

Tampa Bay Lightning & Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings barely made the postseason while the Tampa Bay Lightning are seeking a return trip to the Stanley Cup Finals so why are many experts picking the Red Wings for the upset? The answer is injuries. Tampa is banged up but missing key players hasn't stopped Tampa Bay from storming out to a 2-1 series lead. Can the Red Wings catch fire and upset the Lighting? Sure but they certainly don't have the roster to make a deep push. Tampa has experience, depth and zero questions about who is the goalie. Detroit may be the nostalgic pick but they aren't the smart one.

Prediction: Lightning in 6

Stanley Cup Prediction

The most talented teams in the west that will be left standing after round 1 will be the Blues and Stars. Dallas has offense and skill players, whereas St. Louis has hard-hitters and the best goalie in the Western Conference. Give me Elliot and the Blues. St. Louis is a terrific team and have had the tough draw of the Blackhawks or Kings the past 4-5 years. Years those teams won the Stanley Cup. Losing to championship caliber teams is not a bad thing and all those tough losses will result in a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals where they will face ....

The Washington Capitals

Washington is going to get by the Flyers and will face a tough test in the winner of the Penguins/Rangers series. But extra rest for the Capitals and home ice will be enough for them to push through to the Finals. The Capitals are a top 5 offensive and defensive team while also sporting a award-winning goalie. Holtby looks sharp, Ovechekin is dialed in and the veteran Capitals are over due for a championship.

Stanley Cup Final Prediction

Capitals in 5

World Series Champions in 2016

The weather is warming up and that can only mean one thing: baseball season is about to begin! The arrival of Spring brings hope and possibility to baseball fans everywhere who believe that maybe 2016 is the year that their favorite team can win the World Series. Unfortunately, there can only be one World Series winner in 2016 and our GPS tracking experts are ready to make their prediction who will be drinking champagne come October!

American League

Favorites according to oddsmakers: Red Sox, Blue Jays, Royals

The Royals are aiming to make it three straight World Series appearances and have clearly shown that defense can indeed win a championship. They tasted defeat in game 7 at home against San Francisco two years ago and that loss was huge motivation for the team to get back to the October classic and finish it off with a win. That loss was something that really helped propel the Royals to a World Series title last year. But that was last year, and this GPS tracking expert doesn't have the Royals making it to the ALCS let alone World Series.

ALCS Prediction

Detroit Tigers Over Texas Rangers

The Detroit Tigers will win the American League and play for the World Series. Yes the Detroit Tigers. Teams can miss the playoffs and bounce back the next season to win it all (look at the Giants) and if there is one team that has the talent and veteran leadership to do it again it's Detroit. They made some key additions to the bullpen, signed a quality starter in Zimmerman and also grabbed another big bat in Justin Upton. They have potentially the best offense in baseball, and if you toss in a bounce back year for former MVP Justin Verlander and it's easy to see the Tigers winning it all.

National League

Favorites according to oddsmakers: Cubs, Mets, Dodgers

The Mets and Cubs are loaded with young talent and it was that young talent that led both teams to the NLCS last year. The Dodgers still have the best pitcher in baseball with Kershaw but will they make additional moves to acquire a stud like Sonny Gray? Will they continue to choke in October? This GPS tracking expert says yes.

NLCS Prediction

Dodgers Over Cubs

The Dodgers have a bloated payroll but a ton of top shelf talent. They also fired Don Mattingly who never seemed to get the lineup correct, and he certainly struggled to manage the bullpen. The upgrade in manager alone should give the Dodgers 5-7 more wins next season. The Dodgers also have a fan base and ownership group that wants to win now. That means trade deadline moves and willingness to roll the dice. The Dodgers have experience, a good offense and arguably the best pitcher in baseball. That will be more than enough for the Dodgers to make it to the World Series.

2016 World Series Prediction

The Dodgers and Tigers will truly be a star-filled series with Miguel Cabrera facing Clayton Kershaw. This one has 7 games written all over it, but the difference will be home field advantage which the Tigers will have thanks to a All-Star game win by they American League. The Dodgers will over-work Kershaw and the power bats of the Tigers will capitalize.

Tigers win game 7 over Dodgers 8-3 to take home the 2016 World Series.

Broncos Will Win Super Bowl In Santa Clara

With the NFL playoffs set to kickoff in less than 48 hours, analysts, sports writers and casual fans drinking at the pub are making their Super Bowl predictions. Some will say the Carolina Panthers who had the best record all season are going to go all the way, but one could also point out that the Panthers played a weak schedule and only have one quality win on the season against the Seahawks. And speaking of the Seahawks, one could argue they are the hottest team in the NFC after laying a beat down on the Cardinals in their barn. The Seahawks still have a great defense, Russell Wilson is always dangerous and Seattle has been to the Super Bowl two straight years so they certainly know what it takes to win. But it is hard not to think about those two losses they sustained to the Rams and feel totally confident. Others could point to the Kansas City Chiefs and their 10-game winning streak to support their Super Bowl argument and they would indeed have a good case. But Andy Reid is a playoff loser, the Chiefs would have to win 3 games on the road and of course this is a team that lost at home to Jay Cutler. Oh what about the Pittsburgh Steelers who are coming into the playoffs...though the backdoor since they lost both games they played against the worthless Baltimore Ravens. Steelers fans can go ahead and thank the Bills for getting them into the postseason but getting into the Super Bowl will require something more than help. The Patriots are the defending champions (thanks for throwing the ball Pete!) and certainly deserve respect. But stumbling into the playoffs with back-to-back losses to the Jets and Dolphins hardly evokes confidence. Not to mention, the injuries are bound to catch up to New England once the competition gets tougher. So who exactly is going to win the Super Bowl? That answer is easy, the Denver Broncos.

Defense

We all know the saying about winning championships and defense and do you know why? Because as Samuel L Jackson would say, "Defense wins mother f***ing championships!" Hell if it weren't for a good defense Trent Dilfer, Jim McMahon, Eli Manning (twice), Brad Johnson and so many other QBs wouldn't have rings. And if good offense meant postseason success then the Patriots would have a 19-0 season under their belt, Dan Marino would have multiple Super Bowl rings and the greatest show on turf would have blown out a team led by a rookie named Tom Brady. When the weather gets cold receivers slow down. Balls don't fly with pinpoint accuracy. Points are harder to come by because the competition is so much tougher. And this is the main reason why Denver can win the Super Bowl this year. They have arguably the best defense in the NFL and will be playing in Denver where it is sure to be freezing, giving the defense even more of an edge. The Broncos will force turnovers and keep the opposing offense from putting up a ton of points. No matter how poorly the Broncos' offense performs, the defense will give Denver a chance to win every single game they play.

Home Field

Having home field is always an advantage. Less traveling, sleeping in your own bed and not to mention having 30,000+ fans screaming for you to win are all great things. The Broncos went 6-2 at home this season and historically have played very well at home in the playoffs. Yes they got their ass kicked last year at home to the Colts but that actually brings me to my other point.

Redemption

After getting bitch-slapped in the Super Bowl against the Seahawks many people tabbed the Broncos to make a return visit to the big game. The Bronco's players probably thought it would be a foregone conclusion as well. But the cardinal rule in sports is never overlook your opponent or they will pop you in the face, and that is exactly what Indy did in Denver by upsetting the double-digit favored Broncos. The Broncos are a veteran group and after what happened last season they will not come into the game lacking preparation. Expect Denver to play hard from the start to the finish.

Peyton Manning

For all those years Manning was lighting up the score board he was also getting bounced out of the playoffs early. Because like we mentioned in the first point, defense wins in the postseason. You know what else is funny? The year Manning was not playing well and the offense was struggling his team actually won the Super Bowl. Manning did just enough and the defense carried them. Manning does not need to throw for 300 yards and 4 TDs for the Broncos to win this year. What he needs to do is control the clock, avoid bad interceptions (like pick 6s) and pick up third downs in key spots. People remember John Elway as a gunslinger with a power arm but when he won the Super Bowl against the Packers he was only 12-22 for 123 yards. Oh and no touchdown passes with an interception. Manning needs to use his brain not his arm and the 5-time MVP can still read a defense as good as anyone in the league. He also can rock the two minute drill pretty damn good as well if need be.

Veterans

Having a team full of veterans is always a plus. Veterans don't get rattled if the score is 14-0 for the other team early. They also avoid complacency if the score is 14-0 for their squad. Peyton Manning, Vernon Davis, Owen Daniels, DeMarcus Ware and others all understand that nothing is promised in the NFL. If you have a good team you better win now because next year your team could easily be 4-12. A lot of these guys have not won a Super Bowl and they want to desperately. They will make the most of their opportunity and play with fire and passion the next three games.

The Denver Broncos have all the tools and pieces necessary to win Super Bowl 50. They have a great defense, home field advantage, a chip on their shoulder from an early playoff ext last year, a 5-time MVP in Peyton Manning and a roster full of veteran talent. This team is deep and easily the biggest threat on the AFC side of the bracket. Broncos fans may have felt postseason pain the last few years but Super Bowl 50 will be a new chapter. A chapter where the Broncos come out, kick ass and take the Lombardi trophy.

About the Author: Horban is a sports and entertainment blog writer for automobile tracking company GPS Tracking Shop

Peyton Manning Ready For Santa Clara

Less than 24 hours ago it was widely believed Peyton Manning played his last snap as the Denver Broncos QB (barring any unforeseen injury to Brock Osweiler). Then something unexpected happened. The Denver Broncos, who showed flashes of championship greatness at times throughout the season, came out completely flat against a Chargers squad playing for nothing more than pride. Hell, the Chargers came into Mile High not only severely injured on both sides of the ball but also were sporting one of the worst defenses in the league. What should have been a cake walk for Denver turned into a unforeseen dog fight. The scene was reminiscent of the one last season when after a quick touchdown scoring drive at home in the playoffs against Indianapolis the Broncos went full retard. The offense got predictable, defense got tired and head coach John "Nero" Fox did nothing more than play his fiddle while Denver's championship hopes burned to the ground like the city of Rome. Coach Kubiak saw what was happening the same way he saw his team lose their heart in a second half collapse against Pittsburgh two weeks earlier. As a steward of the game, Kubiak knew firsthand that stats don't tell the entire story and so he made the executive decision to sit Osweiler (who wasn't playing terrible) and take the moth balls off Peyton Manning. What happened next was Tebow-esque.

The moment Manning stepped on the field everything changed. Broncos fans who were booing minutes earlier began cheering, the defense got a giddy up in their step and the offense seemed to fire on all cylinders. The scene was completely electric. Mile High magic became tangible and it was obvious to everyone that number 18 was NOT ready to call it a career.  

With the top seed in saddle the Manning-led Broncos are now ready for one last championship drive. One last ride into the sunset for the Sheriff who finally has the team recipe for postseason success. The road to the Super Bowl is about defense and the Broncos have one of the top-rated units according to various statistical measurements. Manning may not be the 5000-yard accumulating, 50+ TD passing QB he was only two years ago, but for once he doesn't need to be. For Manning to get that illusive second ring he needs only to follow the Super Bowl blueprint that so many winning QBs before him followed, including his brother Eli. That is play smart postseason football on the offensive side of the ball and let the defense carry the heavy weight. More specifically, run the ball to dominate time of possession, don't force stuff that's not there, and put together a solid drive once or twice a game in big spots. Manning can still operate the two-minute offense with surgical precision, read an opposing defense with detailed accuracy and put together a game-winning drive in the final quarter (he's done so more than any QB in NFL history). And that's not even factoring the calm demeanor and intangible leadership qualities that come from a having a 5-time MVP under center. Those qualities more than make up for his fluttering deep ball.

Peyton Manning is now 3 games away from a fairy tale ending and really couldn't ask for a better situation. His foot might be sore but his body hasn't absorbed all the bumps and bruises that can accumulate over a full 16 game season. Manning gets a week off then only has to play two home games. Then he will get another week off to heal before the Super Bowl. The Broncos defense and offensive weapons are also relatively healthy. Yes the offensive line is still a liability but with time to prepare and game plan Kubiak and company should find a solution. Not to mention, the quick release of Manning will help hide some of those deficiencies.

And let's also not forget the Broncos have the advantage of playing in a conference that has significantly less depth. The NFC has more balanced teams with defensive strength in Arizona, Seattle and Carolina all of which will likely beat the hell out of each other en route to Santa Clara. Yes, the Patriots are the reigning champs and are a threat but they are also riddled with injuries and will have to win in Denver where they already lost earlier this season. And the conspiracy theorist would also point out that if their is a questionable call with the game on the line it's likely to go against the Patriots thanks to Deflate-gate.

The Chiefs are the hottest team in the NFL but Manning holds a 13-2 record against Kansas City and that doesn't even factor in Andy Reid who is this generations' Marty Schottenheimer. Let's also not forget that the last time Manning played against Kansas City he was pulled after his 4th interception. Manning would have a massive chip on his shoulder for any rematch and that could be a scary thing for the Chiefs defense.

Pittsburgh has been on absolute fire offensively lately and handed the Broncos a gut-punching loss only a few weeks ago. But then the Steelers lost to the Ravens....again. This time to a Ravens team led by lifetime backup QB Ryan Mallet. That loss speaks volumes about the talent of the Steelers. When the temperature gets to single digits in Denver, as it would likely be if Pittsburgh makes it that far, the Steelers offense will resemble those high-powered Colts' offenses led by Manning when he went to Foxborough. Receivers will get slowed down, balls will get dropped and the home team led by defense will win easily.

The Bengals are probably the most talented AFC team from top to bottom but they don't have a healthy QB. They also are led by Marvin Lewis. Enough said.

Houston has one of the best defensive players in the game in JJ Watt. But the ceiling for Houston is likely a wild card win over Kansas City, which would be impressive but is also unlikely according to bookmakers who have the Texans a home dog.

Week 17 in Denver was pure magic. The Broncos secured the top seed, the running game looked great, defense played solid and Manning showed he's ready for one last run at the Lombardi Trophy. The Broncos may also be the most overlooked one seed in recent memory. That's also a positive. As Peyton Manning said in his Nationwide commercial while playing ping pong with a kid, "Epic comeback starts right now". The magic resides in Mile High and Peyton Manning is going to lead the Broncos to Santa Clara. John Elway will be handing a teary-eyed Manning that silver, polished Lombardi trophy after a Super Bowl win and the incredible story of one of the greatest QBs to ever play the game will be closed. The Sheriff is ready to ride off on a Bronco into the sunset and it all begins two weeks from now in Denver. Enjoy the ride.

Horban is a sports and entertainment writer for GPS Tracker Shop

Seahawks Seek Repeat Against Golden Boy & Patriots

super-bowl-49The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are all set to meet in Super Bowl 49. On one side, the defending champions with the top-ranked defense led by a host of big name, hard hitters. The other side, NFL royalty led by 3-time winning Super Bowl champion Tom Brady who is now in his 6th Super Bowl. This truly is a legacy game that could secure Brady as the greatest QB of all-time, or take the Seahawks from fluke one-time winner to dynasty. So let's get into how both teams got here and predict who will win the Super Bowl!

How The New England Patriots Got To The Super Bowl

After the Patriots got blitzed in Kansas City early in the season many in the media proclaimed Tom Brady as washed up. It just shows you the level this guy plays at every single year when one bad game has sports writers throwing dirt on your grave. After being embarrassed on Monday Night Football, the Patriots were onto Cincinnati and since that game they have been the class of the AFC. Impressive wins over Denver, Indianapolis and San Diego were parlayed into the conference top seed, a bye week and eventual tough come-from-behind win against the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the playoffs.  New England then caught a huge break when the Denver Broncos choked like dogs against a far less superior Indianapolis Colts team who would be destroyed yet again by New England. And just like that the Patriots now head to the Super Bowl and most importantly with almost everyone healthy.

How The Seattle Seahawks Got To The Super Bowl

Seattle stumbled early in the year with tough losses to San Diego, Dallas and St. Louis but they finished the season strong by again riding a defense that was the best in the NFL. The Seahawks secured the top seed and then quickly out-classed a Carolina Panthers team in the divisional round of the playoffs. Then came the NFC title game. Wow. What else can you say about the NFC Championship Game. The Green Bay Packers came into Seattle and dominated. They led 16-0 at half and 19-7 with less than 3 minutes in the fourth quarter. Then a lengthy line of conservative play calling by Green Bay led to a complete momentum shift that would result in a miracle two-point conversation, onside kick and eventual victory for Seattle. That was the probably the ugliest football game the Seahawks had played in 3 seasons and the end result was a trip to the Super Bowl. Nothing could be more impressive.

Super Bowl Prediction

Betting against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick is a good way to lose a lot of money, and it is hard to imagine the Patriots losing 3 straight times on the biggest stage of the NFL. The Patriots have talent on both defense and offense while also being led by a first ballot Hall of Fame coach, along with arguably one of the best quarterbacks ever to play the game. However, for as great, accomplished and talented as the New England Patriots are they simply aren't in the same class as the Seattle Seahawks who seem destined to win the Super Bowl again. New England easily beating Indianapolis wasn't that impressive because the Colts really had no business making it past Denver to begin with, but what was impressive was Seattle turning the ball over 5 freaking times and still winning. The turnovers gave the top rated offense in the NFL multiple short fields, but the Seahawks never broke. The explosive Green Bay offense constantly had the Seahawks on their heels, but they could do nothing more than kick field goals and that eventually is what cost Green Bay the game: a failure to capitalize on turnovers. Seattle played as poorly as a team could play and did so against an elite NFL team and still it wasn't enough for the Seahawks to lose. They are that good. Maybe if Russell Wilson had a pizza or car commercial like Manning and Rodgers people would buy into the hype a little more. Finesse offenses that play Seattle get smacked in the mouth. Ask Denver. Ask Philadelphia. And Ask Green Bay twice. The Patriots run a offense similar to that of Green Bay and Denver where short passes, timing and slant routes are the bread and butter. Those two teams are also a combined 0-4 against Seattle the last 4 games with every game being decided by no less than a touchdown. Granted, Belichick is a great head coach and would never come unprepared like John Fox did last year in the Super Bowl or play ultra-conservative, not to lose football like Mike McCarthy. But the reality is defense wins championships and the Seattle Seahawks have one of the best defenses maybe of all-time. And let's not forget the Seahawks have a pretty darn good offense, along with a creative coach who can do more than blow a whistle. The legion of boom will once again light up another Hall of Fame quarterback in the Super Bowl as the Seahawks repeat. Congrats to the Seattle Seahawks on defending their title and winning Super Bowl 49.

Seattle Seahawks 34 New England Patriots 16

Horban is an editor for GPS vehicle management solutions company GPS Tracker Shop  

Why Denver Needs To Find A New Head Coach

Broncos ManningThe beautiful thing about football is that any team can win on any given Sunday. Upsets are part of the game, but usually upsets occur when crazy things happen such as a critical turnover, key 4th down stop, punt return or maybe an onside kick recovery. Rarely, does a team as heavily favored (10 points at kickoff) as the Denver Broncos simply not show up, especially at home in the playoffs with a trip to the conference title on the line. Yet that is exactly what happened this past Sunday when the Indianapolis Colts went into Denver and won 24-13. There were no game changing plays or critical turnovers by the Broncos and in fact it was the Indianapolis Colts that turned the ball over twice. So how in the hell does a team that looked so good all year look so unprepared against a team that on paper was far less superior? The answer rests with the game plan of the head coaching staff that has once again showed they are incapable of winning on the big stage, and this is the reason why the Broncos must fire John Fox.

#FireJohnFox

Before the final whistle was even blown in the divisional playoff game between the Colts and Broncos an interesting hashtag was trending on twitter: #FireJohnFox. This is because anyone with a brain was able to see that the ultra-conservative play calling orchestrated by John Fox was so predictable that even the casual fan could tell what the Broncos were going to run on offense. It seemed as though John Fox had 3 options on his play calling sheet: 1. Anderson up the middle 2. 3 yard pass to a wide out 3. Pray something good happens The dynamic offense that had broken records completely lacked creativity, like the kind seen the night before when the Patriots rallied to beat the Ravens after being down 14. But we already know John Fox shouldn't even be mentioned in the same conversation with a innovative play caller such as Bill Belichick unless that conversation is about how Fox couldn't even shine Belichick's shoes. What was surprising is that John Fox has continued to fail to adequately prepare a game plan with a bye week, and seems to not learn his lesson about conservative play calling in the playoffs. His lack of a comprehensive play calling package is what resulted in a one and done against a Baltimore Ravens team that was a big under dog, Seahawks team that was an under dog and now a Colts team that was the biggest under dog of them all. The reality is the Denver Broncos are loaded with talent and this is validated by the fact Denver sent more players to the Pro Bowl this year than any other team in the NFL. Management put the players on the field necessary to win, or at least reach the conference title game. What is even more frustrating is the reports that Peyton Manning had a thigh injury and yet the Broncos had absolutely no creative run plays or screen plays prepared. If they knew Manning was hurt the coaching staff should have made adjustments, the same way the Packers made adjustments knowing Aaron Rodgers was not going to be mobile (Green Bay pounded the run, used the pistol formation and had Rodgers take the ball from the shotgun routinely). That's sort of the important thing about head coaching is when things change you need to change as well. Now this GPS vehicle tracking specialist and sports editor is not saying John Fox is a bad coach, but rather lacks the moxie to win this team or any professional team a title. He is much better suited being the coach of a team such that needs to work on fundamentals such as the Oakland Raiders or Jacksonville Jaguars. And now with Manning in the very twilight of his career it is on John Elway to make some serious changes in order to get Manning one more ring and the city of Denver a 3rd Lombardi trophy.

Moving Forward Without John Fox

The first thing John Elway should do today is reach down into the bottom cupboard in his desk and grab that good bottle of Scotch he has stored away in case of an emergency. He should pour himself a glass and take it all down. After that he should let out a good loud expletive. Then Elway should pour one more glass and pick up the phone. He should call John Fox and ask him to resign. This is a proud franchise and Manning does not want to look like a bad guy so the best public relations move would be to have John Fox quit and possibly give him some administrative position in the organization. The next step would be to call Jon Gruden, a Super Bowl winning coach with the same type of work ethic as Manning, and see if he has interest in a two year coaching stint until Manning retires. The next option would be to contact Tony Dungy due to his close relationship with Manning and experience. See Dungy was also a bad coach who made playoff blunders the same way John Fox did, but he eventually learned from his errors and won a championship, with Manning nonetheless. With the head coaching spot filled the next step would be to figure out a roster that has many free agents. Elway should consider letting Welker go or maybe bringing him back on a veteran minimum. Demaryius Thomas was a nobody before Manning arrived so you also let him go. However, the team does need a big play receiver to combine with Sanders and the answer could be in either Andre Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald, two great receivers who have been in QB purgatory. Both Johnson and Fitzgerald are veterans who have never experienced winning and know that a Hall of Fame QB could be what it takes to complete their NFL resumes. Those wide receivers would also be open to structuring a team friendly contract. Either of those players would be dynamic and a huge pick up.

Adrian Peterson

Peterson is a back who is familiar playing in cold weather due to the NFC North and right now he's in a interesting position. First of all, the Vikings know he is not anywhere near worth the mega deal he signed and certainly have some concerns about him after he was suspended for an off-field incident this year. However, Peterson also knows he's only a got a couple good years left in the tank and he also probably has no desire to restructure his contract to stay in Minnesota. Once he becomes a free agent the best possible landing spot would be Denver. Peterson can not only run the ball and pass protect, but he could be transformed into a Marshall Faulk type of back since we all know Manning loves the short pass. Peterson could get a fresh start and rebuild his image, and nobody would be more helpful in this image repair than Peyton Manning. The Broncos should not have lost at home to the Colts. However, maybe it's a blessing in disguise and one that can lead to the final changes necessary for the Broncos to finally become a championship team. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers knocked on the door for a long time but didn't win until they fired their conservative coach and hired a man who could make the adjustments necessary to win in the playoffs. Jon Gruden did this in his first season and could do it again for the Broncos, but before all those things can happen John Elway needs to grab that bottle of Scotch and call John Fox. Photo Credit: Getty Images Horban is a writer for GPS Tracker Shop

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