Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos calls a play against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Divisional Playoff
DENVER - Why was Brock blamed for drops and bad passes but Peyton Manning isn’t?
Why do we put Manning on a pedestal when he is clearly an average QB at best and our offense has gotten worse with him?
Why do we discount the fact that Pats were super injured and super unlucky when we beat them?
Why are Broncos delusional and refuse to objectively analyze our team’s shortcomings?
- Jared Liberatore’
Jared- And people think the media is pessimistic. Players, coaches, those involved in athletic contest, tend to view things optimistically. Take Broncos right tackle Michael Schofield. He had some struggles and the viewpoint of the fans and media was: he’s no good.
But coaches see the talent in Schofield and say: yes, he had a tough go yesterday but he will be much better tomorrow.
Your fears are understandable, Jared. You remind me of those parents who yell at their kids because that’s how they show love.
Allow me to add this context to your perspective, Jared: The team that wins Super Bowl 50 will not be without flaws. The team that wins it all will have serious problems that could have been costly, but instead were overcome.
Mike - The dropped passes against Pittsburgh were unacceptable, but is there anything to the idea that the different velocities on the pass can throw off a receiver or RB's timing? Brock throws quite a bit harder than PM.
- Dennis DeJulio, Aurora
Dennis - I thought the Broncos might have been a little tight to start the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. Denver carried in some opening-playoff-game baggage.
I think it will be a looser bunch Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Manning, his receivers and head coach Gary Kubiak all pointed out a strong crosswind as a factor for many of the drops. Manning’s lower-velocity passes might have been more affected by the wind than a higher velocity pass. But wind aside a 55 mph pass from Osweiler is equably as catchable as, say, a 45 mph pass from Manning.
I noticed that this past Sunday when the Broncos played the Steelers there was not a shot on the sideline or no mention of Brock? Is Brock going to end like Tim Tebow?
- Daniel Rodriguez
Daniel - I got this type of inquiry from people I’ve met out and about. When Peyton Manning was on the sidelines, whether in sweats or uniform, he set an all-time NFL record for camera shots. I’m glad he was able to yank that play sheet off his lips before he went in to play.
Apparently, shots of Osweiler doesn’t moved the needle in the game’s narrative. But TV network directors aren’t going to determine Brock Osweiler’s fate, Daniel. John Elway is.
And Elway believes Osweiler is a starting NFL quarterback (watch our interview segment with Elway on 9NEWS Game Day Live from 9-10 Sunday morning). Elway, like all other NFL personnel executives and coaches, did not believe Tebow was a starting NFL quarterback long-term.
Hey Mike, it looked like Chris Harris Jr.'s arm was worse than many thought on Sunday, and really affected him, with that being said how will the Broncos plan to stop guys like Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola?
- Austin Burke
Austin—Harris has a deep, painful bone bruise in a spot that makes it hurt all over. However, tests did not reveal any ligament damage or fractures so there is hope a painkiller shot or two during the week will do the trick.
Harris has to be his usual quick, competitive, tackling self or the Broncos won’t be able to stop Edelman, who as I’ve said before, is one of my favorite players in the league. The guy is such a winner. In fact, as I type them together, Edelman is to the Patriots what Harris is to the Broncos.
Maybe, Bradley Roby can cover Edelman if Harris can’t.
But it’s not just one-on-one matchups. Here’s what you have: Harris, Roby, Aqib Talib, Brandon Marshall or Danny Trevathan, Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward in the Broncos’ coverage against New England receivers Edelman, Amendola, Rob Gronkowski, Brandon LaFell, Keshawn Martin, James White and maybe Scott Chandler, who had a big game against the Broncos back on Nov. 29.
If Chris Harris Jr. is limited on Sunday, do you think Roby can handle Edelman?
- Oneeb Kahn
Oneeb—To more thoroughly address whether Roby can handle Edelman: Sometimes, but not always.
Why didn’t the win against the Steelers make Manning beat Brett Favre for Most wins?
- Lara Fergen
Lara - The record is for regular season only. Manning and Favre each have 186 regular season wins. Manning had just 79 losses to Favre’s 112. Counting the postseason, Favre has 199 wins to Manning’s 198. Tom Brady, by the way, has 194 wins counting the postseason.
If Omar Bolden is hurt and finished for the season, maybe the Broncos should look at bringing Trindon Holliday back? He was a great return guy and that would really confuse the Pats.
- Shawn Pace
Could Jacoby Jones be the Broncos new kick/punt return man?
- Sal, Denver
Shawn and Sal - Bolden is done for the season because of a knee injury suffered last week. He will likely be replaced on kickoff returns by Andre “Bubba” Caldwell and on punt returns by Jordan Norwood or Emmanuel Sanders.
Holliday and Jones were two of the NFL’s most explosive returners as recently as 2012-13. But both eventually suffered from fumble issues and are out of the league.
Holliday didn’t play this year. Jones signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with San Diego prior to this season but it soon became evident that at 31 he no longer had much juice. He was cut by both the Chargers and Steelers this year.
It was widely reported after three Bronco Super Bowl loses that they could be related to the physiological adaptation that reaches its most deleterious effect approximately one week after moving from high to low altitude. I recall that Mike Shanahan researched this and moved the team to sea level for the first week after the Championship games, then to the Super Bowl city the second week. I would have expected it to be a topic of discussion after the Seattle Super Bowl loss when the Broncos looked dazed, confused and full step slower. Surely Elway and/or Kubiak remember? As a competitive cyclist I’ve read multiple studies (i.e. those reported by the likes of Chris Carmichael) that high altitude cyclists should prepare for a race at sea level by moving to the race location either one day or two weeks before the event.
- Chip Brunk
Chip -This is a new one. I always thought going from less oxygen (altitude) to more oxygen (sea level) was an advantage. But I won’t dismiss your theory on the altitude effect, Chip, as it relates to the Broncos’ three humiliating Super Bowl performances, the last two of which were spaced 24 years apart (San Francisco, 55-10, to end 1989; Seattle, 43-8, to end 2013).
Then again, how do you explain the Buffalo Bills?
Shanahan did not move the Broncos to a sea-level location prior to the Super Bowl week in San Diego in January, 1998 or Miami in January, 1999. The Broncos have never travelled early, or late, for altitude-sea level reasons.
I remember interviewing the two star East German cyclists, Michael Hubner and Lutz Hesslich, at the 1986 World Cycling Championships in Colorado Springs. Through an interpreter they told me they came out 20 days before their event to get acclimated to altitude. That’s the general rule for highly competitive elite athletes: 20 days to get acclimated for altitude. One week might as well be one day.
But I always figured the adjustment of going from altitude to sea level took about 10 seconds (not including the time it takes for ear pressure to pop from the flight). I do think Colorado’s professional sports teams -- especially the Colorado Rockies -- should spend more time and money researching altitude as it pertains to athletic performance.
The problem is that while science offers logical explanations, it’s still difficult for sports brains to understand.
With the big game just a few days away, I was curious if Mr. Spangler (or any sports reporters)– had any suggestions for creating the most “legal” noise possible at Sports Authority Field, that would affect Tom Brady on the field.
I’m sure there must be better science behind just yelling into the mile high air and stomping your feet on the stadium floors. Perhaps rolling up a paper back program and directing those screams directly at Brady and his offense. Are high pitched screams better, or the low growl? Bare hands patting on the back of seats – or gloves pounding? Importance of loudness during huddles – pre snap – post snap? What would help the defense out the best?
Same type of questions, but for when Manning is at work. Think this one is obvious – just watch him work – hold in post big play celebrations as much as possible – unless the result of the play is the glory land putting 6 on the board!
A quick segment for all the fans attending would be great, so that we, as the 12th man, can be overly prepared, much like our starting QB will be. Shoot, might not hurt to even post “the best way to be loud at Sports Authority Field – 101 for dummies guide” on social media so it can be shared across Broncos country.
Just a thought. Go Broncos!
- Aaron Banks, Commerce City
Aaron -You lost me with Mr. Spangler. Full disclosure, science was my least favorite subject whether it was general (land and water!), geology (rocks and fossils!), biology (frogs!) or chemistry (two parts huh?). I did like Astronomy even if my constellation knowledge doesn’t go beyond Wilt Chamberlain. (Get it! Get it! No wait, I gotta million of ‘em!)
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