On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Jan. 27, 2018 12:30 PM MST Senior Bowl Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.
  • Tue., Feb. 27, 2018 12:00 AM MST NFL Scouting Combine begins Feb. 27-March 5: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Mon., Mar. 12, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Clubs may negotiate with unrestricted free agents March 12-14: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14.
  • Wed., Mar. 14, 2018 2:00 PM MDT 2018 league year and free agency period begin

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2018 on all players who have option clauses in their 2017 contracts.

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2017 contracts who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.

    Top 51 begins. All clubs must be under the 2018 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    All 2017 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The 2018 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

    The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

    Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2017 contracts.

  • Sun., Mar. 25, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Annual League Meetings begin March 25-28: Annual League Meetings, Orlando, Florida.
  • Mon., Apr. 16, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs April 16: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
  • Thu., Apr. 26, 2018 6:00 PM MDT 2018 NFL Draft begins April 26-28: 2018 NFL Draft, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX.
Print
RSS

Broncos turn down the noise as they move ahead

Posted Dec 26, 2014

Outside the walls of Dove Valley, it's been an unusual week in Broncos Country. Inside, the Broncos pay the outside chatter little mind.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In the sanctum that is their locker room, the Broncos can turn up the chatter and turn down the noise from outside.

But it was impossible for those players who were on social media to completely ignore the hysterical over-reaction in some circles to Monday night's loss and the four interceptions thrown by Peyton Manning.

"They hold him up to a high expectation, and they say things about him that they really don't understand," running back C.J. Anderson said. "I think it's kind of wrong and disrespectful towards him, because the time and the effort and what he's been doing for these last 17 years in the league, and what he's done in the last three years for the Broncos, has been amazing."

Manning goes into Week 17 with a league-leading 39 touchdowns. He is fourth in quarterback rating, fourth in yardage and sixth in completion percentage. Among quarterbacks with at least 250 attempts, only three have completed passes of 20-plus yards at a higher rate than Manning (one every 9.29 pass plays); in that same group, he is fifth in yardage per attempt (7.95).

One game might shake some followers, but not his teammates.

"When he throws four picks, everybody blows it out of the market and takes it out of proportion," Anderson said.

And that is the life of a quarterback in regards to public perception -- even one whose Hall of Fame credentials are virtually unparalleled. Social media exacerbates the situation.

"That's something you expect. They're always going to have an opinion," said cornerback Chris Harris Jr., a prolific Tweeter with over 120,000 followers. "That's something you expect: I can play well and I'll still have some negative guy say something to me. It's just something you have to live with.

"Peyton knows how it is, playing quarterback. That's probably why he doesn't have a Twitter handle," Harris added with a knowing chuckle.

Harris does. So does Anderson, who has over 17,000 followers on Twitter and sees first-hand how social media can devour the best and brightest for an off night.

"Look at it: everyone gets upset when Kobe (Bryant) goes 8-for-30. Everybody's mad," Anderson said. "Then the next game, he goes 16-for-25, he has 37 points and 6 assists and 8 rebounds, or something like that."

And that's what the Broncos expect Sunday: a bounce-back from a player who once again earned the Pro Bowl selection -- his 14th -- that came his way this week.

"There are, what, five great quarterbacks in the league, and he's up there, maybe No. 1, No. 2," Anderson said. "There are a lot of people right now who would take a four-pick Peyton Manning on their team."


Do you have a question for Andrew Mason? Ask it here and you might be in this week's Mailbag!