<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:13:58 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Woody Paige: Many modest Broncos accomplishments in blanking of Jets]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-many-modest-broncos-accomplishments-in-blanking-of-jets/article/1616958?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-many-modest-broncos-accomplishments-in-blanking-of-jets/article/1616958?custom_click=rss

Outlined against a periwinkle blue December sky, the Poor Horsemen won again.


After the dark, dismal skies of October and November and into this month, after dreadful defeats from Los Angeles to Miami, Philadelphia to Oakland, and Kansas City to Denver (three times), the Broncos positively, progressively prevailed on the 70th day.

Gasoline was priced at ONLY $2.43 a gallon way back in the good old days (Oct. 1,

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:26:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Broncos win! Now where has that been?]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-broncos-win-now-where-has-that-been/article/1616954?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-broncos-win-now-where-has-that-been/article/1616954?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Where has that been?

“I’m still confused how this all happened the last eight weeks,” defender Shelby Harris said after the Broncos, well, looked like the Broncos at Mile High.

Colorado’s long statewide nightmare is over. After eight straight down, the Broncos finished up.

Broncos 23, J-E-T-S 0. Yes, yes, yes.

The Broncos did not tie the franchise record for consecutive defeats (9). They did not commit more turnovers (zero) than they collected (two). They did not fumble away punts, play with 12 men on the field, frustrate natives. Finally, the Broncos were not in the conversation for worst team in the NFL. And an NFL team that’s capable of shutting out an NFL

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:55:13 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: The Age of Demaryius - and good times for Broncos - could soon return]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-the-age-of-demaryius-and-good-times-for-broncos-could-soon-return/article/1616957?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-the-age-of-demaryius-and-good-times-for-broncos-could-soon-return/article/1616957?custom_click=rss

DENVER - A small moment of sunshine in a lost season.

On third and six early in the fourth quarter, Trevor Siemian throws a completion to Demaryius Thomas, who requires additional tough yards for a first down.

The Jets' Morris Claiborne pounces on Thomas and seems to end all hope on the play.

But Thomas resembles the Thomas of the Broncos glory days. He sells Clairborne with a fake to the sideline and then breezes by him for a first down.

Not a huge play, but a key play. Or, put another way, the kind of play the Broncos repeatedly failed to convert during an eight-game losing streak that stretched over three months.

During this streak of agony, those who adore the Broncos have seen their sports world

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:23:08 -0700
<![CDATA[1-on-1, play after play, NFL CBs and WRs can get on nerves]]> http://gazette.com/1-on-1-play-after-play-nfl-cbs-and-wrs-can-get-on-nerves/article/feed/520432?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1-on-1-play-after-play-nfl-cbs-and-wrs-can-get-on-nerves/article/feed/520432?custom_click=rss

When the Jalen Ramsey vs. A.J. Green, and Aqib Talib vs. Michael Crabtree in-game tussles played out, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott thought back to advice he received decades ago, before his San Francisco 49ers faced the Dallas Cowboys.

"A buddy of mine, Dennis Thurman, who played for the Cowboys, called me up before we played them and said, 'Do not get into a talking match with (receivers) Butch Johnson or Drew Pearson.' So I didn't. He was like, 'Stay focused on the game,'" Lott said. "I'm sure that some coach or somebody said, 'Don't get caught up in that' to the guys involved in things this season.

"Whatever the coaches said didn't work."

Seems conflicts between cornerbacks and wideouts are si

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]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:39:16 -0700 <![CDATA[Broncos show themselves, Jets how good they can be]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-show-themselves-jets-how-good-they-can-be/article/feed/520396?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-show-themselves-jets-how-good-they-can-be/article/feed/520396?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — From loser's lament to winning formula, the Denver Broncos finally played the clean game rookie head coach Vance Joseph has been pining for ever since they started their eight-game spiral.

After every loss, seven of them by double digits, the Broncos (4-9) would agonize over their poor play and bad luck. They suggested if they could just manage to get an early lead and win the turnover battle, they'd be able to capitalize on their dominant defense, stick to a ground game and find their way again.

They did all that in a 23-0 win over the New York Jets on Sunday that snapped their longest losing streak in a half century.

"It's the formula we've been searching for," pass rusher Shane Ray said. "Unfortunate

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]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:08:33 -0700 <![CDATA[McCoy slides through snow to lift Bills past Colts 13-7]]> http://gazette.com/mccoy-slides-through-snow-to-lift-bills-past-colts-13-7/article/feed/520322?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mccoy-slides-through-snow-to-lift-bills-past-colts-13-7/article/feed/520322?custom_click=rss

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — LeSean McCoy scored on a 21-yard run with 1:33 left in overtime to secure the Buffalo Bills' 13-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in a wintry, white-out setting best suited for snow shoes and sled dogs.

McCoy finished with 156 yards rushing and topped the 1,000-yard mark for the sixth time in his career on a slick, snow-covered field.

The Bills' sideline erupted after McCoy's touchdown, with numerous players running on to the field to either make snow angels or engage in celebratory snowball fights.

Buffalo (7-6) stayed alive in the AFC playoff picture, while the Colts (3-10) were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

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]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:20:35 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: Steelers get emotional comeback win over Ravens]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-steelers-get-emotional-comeback-win-over-ravens/article/feed/520262?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-steelers-get-emotional-comeback-win-over-ravens/article/feed/520262?custom_click=rss

The Latest on Week 14 of the NFL season: (all times local):

12:10 a.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are AFC North champions after a wild 39-38 victory over the division rival Baltimore Ravens.

Pittsburgh blew an early two-touchdown lead and trailed by 11 points going into the fourth quarter before rallying. A 34-yard completion from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown set up Chris Boswell's 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds left.

Roethlisberger threw for 506 yards and two touchdowns, and Brown caught 11 passes for 213 yards.

The win was emotional for the Steelers as they paid tribute to linebacker Ryan Shazier, who remains hospitalized with a spinal injury.

Pittsburgh improved to 11-2 and has a chance to e

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]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:15:54 -0700 <![CDATA[Gruden at 'loss for words' after Chargers' rout of Redskins]]> http://gazette.com/gruden-at-loss-for-words-after-chargers-rout-of-redskins/article/feed/520401?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gruden-at-loss-for-words-after-chargers-rout-of-redskins/article/feed/520401?custom_click=rss

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Coach Jay Gruden was thoroughly baffled by his Redskins' performance. Washington safety D.J. Swearinger blamed poor practices and a deficient mental approach.

Kirk Cousins was simply disappointed when the Redskins' playoff hopes officially ended in a soccer stadium in Southern California.

But perhaps Washington shouldn't have been quite so self-critical after a 30-13 loss on Sunday.

After all, Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers (7-6) have made most of their opponents feel really bad about themselves over the past 10 weeks as they've surged above .500 and into the thick of the AFC playoff race.

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]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:49:49 -0700 <![CDATA[NFL Today, Week 14]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-today-week-14/article/feed/68945?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-today-week-14/article/feed/68945?custom_click=rss


Monday, Dec. 11

New England at Miami, 8:30 p.m. EST. Tom Brady and the Patriots have won eight games in row, and will clinch their ninth consecutive AFC East title with a win. But they'll have to do it without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who will serve a one-game suspension for a late hit against Buffalo last week. Meanwhile, Dolphins coach Adam Gase is 0-3 against the Patriots, who beat Miami 35-17 two weeks ago. The Dolphins have played more games on Monday night than any other team with 83, but this is their first since 2015.




— Matthew Stafford, Lions, passed for 381 yards and a TD with an injured throwing hand, and set up the winning field goal in Detroit's 24-21 win ov

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]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:35:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Rough day for QBs: Wentz, Savage, McCown, Peterman hurt]]> http://gazette.com/rough-day-for-qbs-wentz-savage-mccown-peterman-hurt/article/feed/520386?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rough-day-for-qbs-wentz-savage-mccown-peterman-hurt/article/feed/520386?custom_click=rss

It was a rough day for NFL starting quarterbacks on Sunday.

Philadelphia's Carson Wentz, Houston's Tom Savage, the Jets' Josh McCown and Buffalo's Nathan Peterman each left their respective games with injuries.

The most serious appears to be Wentz.

Two sources familiar with the injury tell The Associated Press that doctors believe Wentz has torn his left anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the rest of the season and playoffs.

Wentz needs an MRI to confirm the severity of the injury. Both people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information.

Wentz was hurt late in the third quarter of Philadelphia's 43-35 comeback win at the Los Angeles Rams.

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]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:37:37 -0700 <![CDATA[McCown breaks left hand in Jets' 23-0 loss to Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/mccown-breaks-left-hand-in-jets-23-0-loss-to-broncos/article/feed/520379?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mccown-breaks-left-hand-in-jets-23-0-loss-to-broncos/article/feed/520379?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Josh McCown's broken left hand was covered with a white bandage. His feelings couldn't be so easily masked.

The leader of the New York Jets fought back tears when reflecting on the best season of his 15-year career and how it just might be over following a 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

"It's been the best because of the guys, not numbers, you know," the 38-year-old McCown said. "It's been the best because of the group of men in the locker room. I'm just proud to be a part of it and I'm so thankful they let me be a part of this team."

McCown took a hit from Shane Ray in the third quarter, rolled over the linebacker and either was bumped by a knee or a foot — he's not sure — but knew insta

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]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:15:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Broncos end 8-game skid with 23-0 win over Jets]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-end-8-game-skid-with-23-0-win-over-jets/article/feed/520348?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-end-8-game-skid-with-23-0-win-over-jets/article/feed/520348?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — This was the way the Denver Broncos thought they'd play against that other New York team all those months ago.

"This is the kind of game we expected to play against everyone, not just New York," Shane Ray said after the Broncos snapped their longest losing streak since joining the NFL in 1970 with a 23-0 shutout of the Jets on Sunday. "Everybody that we play, we should beat them like this. Period. We just haven't been able to find that formula."

Until Sunday.

Their skid began with a shocking 23-10 loss at home to the then-winless Giants, one of seven double-digit losses during a losing streak that cost offensive coordinator Mike McCoy his job and put rookie head coach Vance Joseph on the hot seat.

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]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:38:02 -0700 <![CDATA[McCoy scores to seal Bills' 13-7 OT win over Colts]]> http://gazette.com/mccoy-scores-to-seal-bills-13-7-ot-win-over-colts/article/feed/520299?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mccoy-scores-to-seal-bills-13-7-ot-win-over-colts/article/feed/520299?custom_click=rss

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The snow sure suits Shady.

LeSean McCoy scored on a 21-yard run with 1:33 left in overtime to secure the Buffalo Bills' 13-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in a wintry, white-out setting best suited for snow shoes and sled dogs.


He finished with 156 yards rushing, a career-best in his two-plus seasons in Buffalo. And it came nearly four years to the day the former Philadelphia running back set the Eagles franchise record with 217 yards rushing, also in a snowstorm.

"Is that right?" McCoy said when reminded of his feat.

"This is probably the best snow game I have ever played in," he said. "Now, I'm no expert at it. I just run how I feel. And that's what I did today

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]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:10:08 -0700 <![CDATA[Rapid Reaction: 3 reasons why Broncos shot down the Jets]]> http://gazette.com/rapid-reaction-3-reasons-why-broncos-shot-down-the-jets/article/1616947?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rapid-reaction-3-reasons-why-broncos-shot-down-the-jets/article/1616947?custom_click=rss

DENVER – After months of despair, happiness returned to the lives of Broncos fans.

Sure, Sunday’s 23-0 win over the Jets didn’t mean much because it couldn’t mean much. The Broncos still will miss the playoffs. The Broncos still must find a quarterback worthy of starting in the NFL.

But the win was impressive. And the win delivers hope to 2018, if not 2017.

Three reasons why the Broncos dominated the Jets:

One – A violent, snarling defense

The Jets came into the game averaging 22.2 points and 329 yards, middle of the road in the NFL. The Jets failed to score a point and finished with 100 total yards.

Let’s say that again: 100 total yards.

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Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:11:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Eagles without tight end Zach Ertz against Rams]]> http://gazette.com/philadelphia-eagles-without-tight-end-zach-ertz-against-rams/article/feed/520247?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/philadelphia-eagles-without-tight-end-zach-ertz-against-rams/article/feed/520247?custom_click=rss

The Philadelphia Eagles will not have tight end Zach Ertz, scratched against the Los Angeles Rams as he remains in the NFL's concussion protocol.

Ertz took a big hit in the Eagles' loss at Seattle last weekend. The California native had hoped to play, and he's also the Eagles' leading receiver with 57 catches for 663 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without speedy linebacker Telvin Smith because of a concussion. It could be a significant loss against scrambling Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.

Smith will miss his second straight game and remains in the league's concussion program. Smith had been listed as questionable to play.

The Seahawks will be without defensive end Dion Jordan (n

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]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:32:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Woody Paige: Broncos must ask What Would Pat Do?]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-broncos-must-ask-what-would-pat-do/article/1616913?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-broncos-must-ask-what-would-pat-do/article/1616913?custom_click=rss

What Would Pat Do?

Mr. B would do something compelling, forceful and swift.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen did not suffer defeat, mediocrity and fools well for very long.

In 1990, the Broncos were agonizing through the first execrable season in the Bowlen Era, and on Dec. 23, lost their seventh game in eight, and 10th in 12.

I wrote a column in Seattle that night ripping Bowlen and the Broncos.

On Christmas Eve, a flower shop driver delivered a small, decorated tree to my

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Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:16:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Are Denver Broncos nearing end of an era with Aqib Talib and 'No Fly Zone'?]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-are-denver-broncos-nearing-end-of-an-era-with-aqib-talib-and-no-fly-zone/article/1616835?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-are-denver-broncos-nearing-end-of-an-era-with-aqib-talib-and-no-fly-zone/article/1616835?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Credit his wife. That’s a good idea, more times than not, and something we should do more often in professional sports.

In the historical and peerless case of the “No Fly Zone,” it’s the only idea.

Leah Harris — the better half of the Harris clan, and that’s saying something, since Chris Harris Jr. is a nominee for the NFL’s Man of the Year and a real-life role model — came up with the name. It was during the 2014 season and Mrs. Harris was in her usual seat at Mile High.

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Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:50:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee's report card and prediction for Jets at Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klees-report-card-and-prediction-for-jets-at-broncos/article/1616916?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klees-report-card-and-prediction-for-jets-at-broncos/article/1616916?custom_click=rss


Hey, I can’t be the only one who gets a kick out of Peyton Manning’s Nationwide commercials with country music star Brad Paisley. Now it’s past time to credit the Great House Painter who covered all the cracks. Now that “PFM” is jingling all the way, the Broncos have been exposed.

Advantage: Jets


Change is coming. The top earners on Denver’s defense for 2018: Von Miller ($18.5 million), Aqib Talib ($11m), Derek Wolfe ($8m), Bradley Roby ($8.5m), Brandon Marshall ($5m) and Darian Stewart ($4.5m). The way opponents attack the

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Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:05:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Plenty to learned about NFL playoff contenders come December]]> http://gazette.com/plenty-to-learned-about-nfl-playoff-contenders-come-december/article/feed/519577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plenty-to-learned-about-nfl-playoff-contenders-come-december/article/feed/519577?custom_click=rss

Call it "December Definition."

We'll learn plenty about the various playoff contenders this week when the Eagles visit the Rams, the Vikings take on the Panthers, the Seahawks meet the Jaguars, the Raiders play at the Chiefs, and the Ravens head to Pittsburgh.

The Eagles, Rams, Jaguars, Vikings and Steelers all have ways of clinching postseason berths. So do the Patriots, who visit Miami.

Most intriguing might be Philadelphia (10-2) at Los Angeles (9-3).

The Eagles had their nine-game winning streak snapped at Seattle, then stayed out west trying to figure out why an offense that had been dominant was shut down. Now they take on the Rams, with an equally dangerous offense and, like Philly, a division leader.

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Sat, 09 Dec 2017 09:53:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Browns owner says finding quarterback is top job for new GM]]> http://gazette.com/browns-owner-says-finding-quarterback-is-top-job-for-new-gm/article/feed/519738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/browns-owner-says-finding-quarterback-is-top-job-for-new-gm/article/feed/519738?custom_click=rss

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam didn't mince words or waste time. He introduced John Dorsey as the general manager Friday, then removed any doubt about what must be done.

"The Cleveland Browns are not going to be successful until we get a quarterback," Haslam said. "We're going to look at free agency, we're going to look at the draft, we're going to do whatever it takes to find a quarterback. That will be John's No. 1 priority.

"He would tell you if you asked him, 'What did Jimmy ask you more than anything?' over the last several weeks. It was about quarterbacks."

The Tennessee businessman restarted the quarterback carousel one day after firing top football executive Sashi Brown and replacing him with for

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]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:44:56 -0700 <![CDATA[Jets' Robby Anderson will play against Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/jets-robby-anderson-will-play-against-broncos/article/feed/519786?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jets-robby-anderson-will-play-against-broncos/article/feed/519786?custom_click=rss

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Robby Anderson is ready to go for the New York Jets.

The second-year wide receiver fully participated in practice a day after tweaking a hamstring and will play Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

"He was full today and looked good, so that's all we can go by," coach Todd Bowles said Friday.

Anderson showed no ill effects from the injury that limited him Thursday. He was a full participant Wednesday, but was on the team's initial injury report with the hamstring issue and tweaked it a day later.

It's great news for the Jets, who have seen Anderson emerge as a big-time playmaker in his second NFL season. He has 49 catches for a team-leading 821 yards and seven touchdowns.

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]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:47:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Raiders may get Amari Cooper back for Sunday's game in KC]]> http://gazette.com/raiders-may-get-amari-cooper-back-for-sundays-game-in-kc/article/feed/519807?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/raiders-may-get-amari-cooper-back-for-sundays-game-in-kc/article/feed/519807?custom_click=rss ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper practiced Friday for the first time since suffering a concussion and a sprained ankle two weeks ago.

The two-time Pro Bowl receiver ran and caught passes during the light workout before the team left for Kansas City. Cooper did not talk to reporters and is listed as questionable on the Raiders injury report.

"Coop was pretty gradual throughout the week," Oakland coach Jack Del Rio said. "Getting better every day, did some running on the side earlier in the week. Moved around pretty good today. We'll see. He's questionable, and we'll see. Moved around pretty well today.

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]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:32:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Von Miller turning in another fine year despite Broncos' struggles]]> http://gazette.com/von-miller-turning-in-another-fine-year-despite-broncos-struggles/article/1616774?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/von-miller-turning-in-another-fine-year-despite-broncos-struggles/article/1616774?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Von Miller wants his teammates to chill out in the midst of an eight-game skid.

That's why the Denver Broncos pass-rush specialist bought all of them a temperature-controlled mattress pad as a holiday gift — so they can get a restful night's sleep even during the franchise's worst losing streak in 50 years.

"I just like doing stuff for my teammates," said Miller, who once gave the squad whiskey and underwear for a gift. "I'm looking out for my guys."

Despite facing constant double teams to keep him away from QBs, Miller is still assembling another fine season. He remains a sack away from becoming the first player in team history to turn in six 10-sack seasons.

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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:21:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Losers of 8 straight, Broncos trying to break out of funk ]]> http://gazette.com/losers-of-8-straight-broncos-trying-to-break-out-of-funk/article/1616694?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/losers-of-8-straight-broncos-trying-to-break-out-of-funk/article/1616694?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Vance Joseph's college coach dropped by practice Wednesday for a friendly visit and to offer some advice.

"Just to hang in there," the Denver Broncos coach said in recounting his meeting with University of Colorado great Bill McCartney. "He gets it. It's a hard profession."

Joseph and the Broncos are mired in an eight-game skid, something the franchise hasn't experienced in 50 years. It's got everyone on edge, especially the boss.

General manager John Elway said on Orange and Blue 760: "I'm embarrassed about it, and the fact that this has happened, and will do my part to hopefully get this thing turned around next year. The expectations of Broncos fans should be for us to get this turned

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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:20:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Broncos place Derek Wolfe on season-ending injured reserve]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-place-derek-wolfe-on-season-ending-injured-reserve/article/1616606?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-place-derek-wolfe-on-season-ending-injured-reserve/article/1616606?custom_click=rss

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe's season is done after he was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, the team announced.

Wolfe, in his sixth year, suffered a neck injury early in the Broncos' loss at Oakland on Nov. 26.

Wolfe started each of Denver's first 11 games and had 21 tackles along with two sacks.

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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:33:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Broncos coach Vance Joseph says his team hasn't quit ]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-coach-vance-joseph-says-his-team-hasnt-quit/article/1616555?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-coach-vance-joseph-says-his-team-hasnt-quit/article/1616555?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph has conceded the postseason is lost but he won't give up on the last four games of the regular season.

The rookie coach said the Broncos haven't quit despite an eight-game losing streak.

"I don't believe that at all. I always watch the last five to 10 plays, and I show those guys those plays and I show them the guys flying around," Joseph said Monday. "That's proof that guys are still playing to win. It's a tough sport not to go out and play full speed because you can get hurt doing it. The guys we put on the field are trying to win football games. No one has given up by how they've worked all week in practice."

The Broncos started 3-1 but have since dropped to

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:54:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Woody Paige: Dolphins head coach Adam Gase gets last laugh on Elway, Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-dolphins-head-coach-adam-gase-gets-last-laugh-on-elway-broncos/article/1616493?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-dolphins-head-coach-adam-gase-gets-last-laugh-on-elway-broncos/article/1616493?custom_click=rss

Fired former Broncos coaches are evening the score. Adam Gase was the latest Sunday. He stuck it to John Elway.

With 10:21 remaining in the latest Broncos’ farce of a fiasco of a failure of a flop against the Fins, Miami took an insurmountable 33-9 lead after another Trevor Siemian interception and a Jay Cutler touchdown pass.

Gase, the Dolphins coach, ordered a gratuitous onside kick, which his team recovered.

While Broncos coach Vance Joseph would gaze baffled and befuddled, Gase was beneficiary of a fist-bump from an assistant.

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:10:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: This is worse than the Josh McDaniels era for Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-this-is-worse-than-the-josh-mcdaniels-era-for-broncos/article/1616489?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-this-is-worse-than-the-josh-mcdaniels-era-for-broncos/article/1616489?custom_click=rss

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — This Broncos team? The worst of my lifetime.

How about you?

I’m 38, I think. Can’t be sure about that, though, because it seems I blacked out from 1-4:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. There's no way all of this could have happened — not to the Broncos! — in a single afternoon of football:

Trevor Siemian, pick 6. (OK, that could happen.) Football snapped over the quarterback’s head. (Yes, that did happen, in a Super Bowl.) Fumbled punt for a safety. Denver’s defense outscoring Denver’s offense, 6-3. Blocked punt.

Delay-of-game penalty on the Broncos — on a kickoff.

Three interceptions, two fumbles. One giant mess.

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:43:51 -0700
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Gazette sports columnist Paul Klee checks in from Miami with three thoughts on the Dolphins' 35-9 win against the Broncos:

1. Vance Joseph: One and done

Friends, this happened in an NFL game: the Broncos were penalized for a delay of game — as the kicking team on a kickoff. I feel like a broken record. I’ve written so many times the Broncos’ first-year head coach is in over his head — since his introductory press conference, in fact — that it might seem like I have a personal agenda against Vance Joseph. But I don’t. Joseph seems like a lovely man. He really does. He’s also not the right guy to coach the Broncos.

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Sun, 03 Dec 2017 14:36:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Woody Paige: Denver Broncos needs to exit quarterback carousel]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-denver-broncos-needs-to-exit-quarterback-carousel/article/1616444?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-denver-broncos-needs-to-exit-quarterback-carousel/article/1616444?custom_click=rss

Absurdly, four former and current Broncos quarterback starters are on the rosters of the two teams that play in south Florida on Sunday.

By my calculation, the Broncos could have 64 future starting quarterback options for 2018.

Same as the number of crayons in a big box. Color the Broncos orange, blue and ludicrous.

The Broncos can attempt to choose from among 28 NFL free-agent quarterbacks, two veteran starters who will be traded or released, another rather recognizable quarterback out of football, 33 college quarterbacks available for the draft or to be signed as afterthoughts and four quarterbacks under contract to the Broncos.

That adds up to 68.

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Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:12:52 -0700