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Notebook: 'You Have to Want It'

Posted Dec 27, 2011

Running back Willis McGahee talks about playing for the postseason; Eric Decker discusses the Denver rushing attack; Broncos submit transactions.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Willis McGahee is the only Broncos’ offensive starter to have ever played in a playoff game, reaching the postseason three times as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

The running back knows what it takes to get there and he’s eager to help lead Denver back to the playoffs in his first year with the franchise.

The Broncos say they are treating Sunday’s matchup against Kansas City like a postseason game and McGahee is no stranger to a late-season matchup with playoff implications.

“You have to want it,” McGahee said. “It’s going to be a team effort. When your number’s called, you have to go out there and make a play and go from there. Everything will fall into place for us.”

“Unfortunately things didn’t go the way we wanted them to the last couple of weeks, but I think we all get paid for this situation we've got coming up,” he added. “We just have to go out there and finish.”

Wide receiver Eddie Royal said his only goal heading into the season was to make it to playoffs and he’s excited to have that opportunity in front of him.

“A lot of us know the feeling of watching the playoffs at home,” Royal said. “We don’t want that feeling, so we have to do everything in our power to make sure that’s not us this year.”

Relying on the Run

Last time the Broncos and Chiefs met, Denver ran the ball a season-high 55 times.

The Broncos boast the league’s top rushing attack, averaging 161.1 yards per game, but deficits forced Denver away from the run in recent losses to New England and Buffalo.

Wide receiver Eric Decker knows the ground game will be relied upon Sunday.

“That is our strength right now. Our front line has done an unbelievable job of run-blocking and we’ve got three backs that are able to run and explode for big plays,” Decker said. “And Tim (Tebow) has done a good job too of carrying the football. We have to get back to running the football and making plays when they’re in the air.”

Decker, who has been held to just four catches in the last three games, also hopes to create some plays downfield against the Chiefs secondary to complement that rushing attack.

“This last month has been a tougher one for myself – whether it’s drops or missed opportunities. … I’ve got to find a way to get out there and make the big plays and be able to come up with the football.”

Tuesday Transactions

The Broncos submitted several transactions Tuesday.

Wide receiver Quan Cosby was waived and fullback Austin Sylvester was signed to the active roster.

Sylvester was a member of the Broncos practice squad earlier this season before being waived. He then signed on with the Buccaneers practice squad before returning to Denver.

The Broncos also made a move on the practice squad today as fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou was waived and tight end Cornelius Ingram was signed.