Despite 0-3 start, Broncos players believe turnaround is near (Ryan O’Halloran, The Denver Post)
The Broncos are 0-3 for the first time since 1999. But there were no outward signs of panic on Tuesday as the players returned to work following Sunday’s 27-16 loss at Green Bay.
But losing still stinks, and it has to stink more for the guys who know what a Super Bowl team looks like. And clearly, that’s not what these seven have with their current Broncos.
The holdovers have been balancing patience with a stubborn refusal to concede the good ol’ days are no longer in their future.
“You know, we’re young,’’ Emmanuel Sanders said Tuesday. “We’ve got some young guys."
Bryce Callahan's injury forcing changes in Broncos secondary (Jeff Legwold, ESPN)
In Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers, they looked like a team trying to decide what it will do without Callahan. The Broncos played some mix-and-match looks in the secondary that allowed De'Vante Bausby to scrap his way into the lineup.
"We just got to keep working, find those combinations that work," cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said.
Broncos point fingers at themselves over 0-3 start (Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press)
Asked Tuesday if Fangio needs to be more aggressive in his play calls, Chris Harris Jr. retorted, “He is aggressive. He’s calling all-out blitzes. He’s calling man (coverage). I don’t know what else Coach Fangio can call. He’s putting us in every defense possible to be able to make plays.”
The Broncos’ deficient defense is one of the biggest surprises in the budding 100th NFL season, but Harris’ reaction suggests he views Fangio’s conservative calls as more of a product of circumstance than strategy.