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Broncos, Briefly: Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

Posted Dec 4, 2017

A quick look at the recent buzz on the Denver Broncos.

Big plays by Broncos defense vs. Dolphins not enough to cover up fresh round of bruises (Nick Kosmider, Denver Post)
The three turnovers were the most the Broncos had forced all season. But perhaps even more frustrating than stretches earlier this season in which Denver failed to produce takeaways was seeing those takeaways go unrewarded.

Dolphins' fourth-quarter onside kick against Broncos raises eyebrows (Chris Perkins, Sun-Sentinel)
Coach Adam Gase ordered an onside kick in the fourth quarter with the Miami Dolphins holding a 33-9 lead with 10:21 remaining. It seemed a bizarre move considering the game was pretty much over and Denver’s embattled head coach, Vance Joseph, was Gase’s defensive coordinator with the Dolphins last year.

Broncos face inconvenient truth: 'Right now we can't beat anybody' (Jeff Legwold, ESPN)
“It’s not like we’re lacking in the receiving corps, [at defensive back], linebacker, we have guys," said linebacker Brandon Marshall. “We just can’t put together a whole game. I don’t know what the deal is, our coaches are really good ... they prepare well ... it’s just when Sunday comes, it’s something different every Sunday. It’s like we can’t play a clean game to save our lives."

The 2017 NFL Season is a Strange Place (And Philip Rivers Says It Gets Really ‘Weird’ Out West) (Peter King, MMQB)
“Shocking,” Rivers said of Denver's demise. “We’ve been 4-12, 5-11 the last two years, so I know how things can go south, but I am shocked to see it’s played out there. But after that, I see this division capable and dangerous. Kansas City can score 40 in a given week. Oakland’s explosive, really explosive. And I look at us and sometime I think, man, those two field-goal games and the game I screwed up against Kansas City … we could be sitting here 9-3 and running away with it! But then reality slaps me. I say, ‘Quit saying what could have been! Deal with reality.’ And the reality is, it’s a great race—just kind of a weird race.”