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Unraveling Broncos sniping among themselves

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  1. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

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    Unraveling Broncos sniping among themselves

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The Denver Broncos have shown very little fight during their month of misery — except on their own sideline.

    Wide receiver Brandon Marshall said he’s not sorry for berating Knowshon Moreno after the rookie running back fumbled at the goal line during the Broncos’ 32-3 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

    In fact, he said more of his teammates should have shown some fire Sunday.

    Moreno, who gave Marshall a two-handed shove to get away, said he didn’t begrudge Marshall for his outburst because everybody is tired of losing.

    “We’ve got a lot of emotional players on our team. I’m an emotional person myself,” coach Josh McDaniels said following Denver’s fourth straight loss. “Sometimes that happens. I’m not saying it’s good, as long as people can work things out. Obviously we don’t want to make scenes or problems for ourselves on the sideline. But there are a lot of things that happen on the sideline that involve emotion.”

    Like McDaniels’ pregame trash task with some of San Diego’s players.

    During warmups, a Chargers linebacker chirped at McDaniels, who retorted that Denver “owned” them.

    “It’s just all fun and games. We didn’t look much into it,” said Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips, who forced a fumble on Chris Simms’ first drop-back. “As a coach, I hope he has that mindset, but to say you own us? You beat us one time. How much has he really done in this league? He had a team 6-0 and now he’s looking up at us in second place.”

    McDaniels, 33, took the NFL by storm, winning his first six games, including a 34-23 victory at San Diego on Oct. 19 that put the Broncos 3½ games ahead of the Chargers in the AFC West.

    After a bye week, the Broncos entered November without a loss. Now, they’re in danger of exiting November without a win. They face the New York Giants (6-4) on Thanksgiving night at Invesco Field.

    The Broncos’ frustrations boiled over not only on the sideline but on the field Sunday, where they were whistled for nine penalties to the Chargers’ one.

    “We had issues with personal fouls and too much jaw-jacking around,” defensive end Vonnie Holliday said. “We lost composure. That’s probably what is so disheartening about this loss.”

    Denver quarterback Kyle Orton said the only way out of this mess is through harder work.

    “I’m done feeling the loss. I’m sick of it, and I know everybody else is,” he said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve won.”

    Holliday agreed the Broncos have to fight their way out together — and not with each other.

    “We have to check it now. We have to come down fierce with it and with a hard fist,” Holliday suggested. “We’re a blue-collar team. we’re not filled with 10-12 Pro Bowl guys. The first six games of the season, we won games together, guys going out and putting it on the line. It wasn’t always pretty and it’s not going to be pretty. We have to find a way to claw back and get back into the game. Defensively, we have to do that. Guys are passionate, I understand. But, you have to be smart about it.”

    As troublesome as their offensive woes and defensive difficulties are their atrocious special teams.

    A week after allowing an embarrassing touchdown at Washington on a fake punt that was telegraphed for all to see, the Broncos had two 15-yard penalties in the kicking game Sunday and Josh Barrett let the ball slip through his arms during a failed onside kick.

    During their six-game win streak, the Broncos outscored their opponents 76-10 after halftime. During their four-game slide, those adjustments are AWOL as they’ve been outscored 77-17 in the second half.

    “I think everybody needs to look at themselves first,” Marshall said. “I’m going to go back and watch film on myself and see what I’m doing wrong, what I changed from last year. How can I help move the ball down the field? Get the ball? I’m going to look at myself first, starting with film from last year, seeing if I changed anything, if my routes aren’t the same, if I’m not catching the ball as well. I’m going to start there.”

    Marshall and his teammates have a short work week to do their self-reflections and make corrections.

    “Right now we’re in a bad place,” Holliday said. “This is an ugly situation for us right now. But we have more games to play, so we have an opportunity to crawl out of this hole we dug for ourselves.”
     
  2. Daddy_O

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    They have 3 in ther secondary....... and 3 on offence. I'm sure there is more, just too lazy to look it up.
     
  3. Ride The Lightning

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  5. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    football life is good at the moment :tup:

    question, assuming the Chargers win the division (along with Indy, Pats and cincy) who do you want as wildcards? Pitt, Balt, donks...?
     
  6. WonderSlug

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    I plan on us getting the #2 seed and a bye, so the question is moot. :yes::tup:

    But, it looks like Pitt and Balt will be the wildcards.
     
  7. AnteaterCharger

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    Not as concerned about Baltimore, Pittsburgh would be problematic
     
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    If Pitt makes it past the wildcard round to play us, then we'll win.

    We're a much better team now than the one that lost earlier in the year to them.
     
  9. RM24

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    What McDumbass really meant:

     
  10. vegasboy

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    Don't want Pitt anywhere near the playoffs. We don't match up well at all with them. Let's hope Baltimore and either Jacksonville or Houston get the wild card.

    Even with a banged up Ben, they are still dangerous.
     
  11. HollywoodLeo

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    Pittsburgh might be done if Ben isn't healthy.

    Besides, they have the NFL's worst special teams coverage and would have Darren Sproles running against that Special Ed Team....
     
  12. HollywoodLeo

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    Don't overlook Jacksonville or Houston.
     
  13. AnteaterCharger

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    I don't care, I don't want them remotely against us and I don't want them to face us. I'd rather not have to test our run defense against them again
     
  14. HollywoodLeo

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    The run defense will be tested against pretty much anybody we have the possibility of facing.

    And I hope the Chargers aren't as scared about a potential rematch as you seem to be. If they are they have no business being in the playoffs.
     

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