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Mason's Mailbag: How Brock Olivo and Brandon McManus worked to break the slump

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As Special Teams Coordinator Brock Olivo noted on Friday morning, McManus is in a slump, and "there are two types of kickers: those that have gone through a slump and those who will go through a slump."

Olivo said that he tried to simulate pressure situations in practice to help better recreate the experience of kicking in games.

"That's not easy to do," Olivo said. "Your heartbeat is naturally going to be higher during the game because you're under pressure. We try to do that; that's one way.

"That was to [McManus'] point. It was his suggestion. He said, 'Hey, create this for me. Do this for me.' He came in with a whole laundry list of stuff that he wanted to do, to his credit. He's been great about it, he's been a man about it and we're going forward."

Does Jordan Taylor have any chance of getting any playing time? If not, would there be any other team that could use him?

-- Don Brown

Look for him to play a great deal against the Chargers on Sunday. With Emmanuel Sanders, Cody Latimer and Isaiah McKenzie all out with injuries, Taylor should see extensive work as the No. 3 receiver.

I assure you, the Broncos are well aware of the hot conditions on tap for Sunday and are preparing accordingly, with plenty of fluids, etc. This is when the team's summer training in hot, high-altitude conditions will prove helpful.

Kerr has been back and healthy for a month. It's just that he has not been on the active roster for a game since the Week 3 loss to the Bills.

Games ending in a tie can hurt teams as there is no value for a team that ends their game in a tie. Therefore, the NFL should have a rule for overtime where each team would start their game in the 25-yard line. If there is a second overtime, teams will score and go for two. This is the only way to have a winner, and also to prevent a tie. It is based on how college football's overtime rules work. Agree?

-- Gina Francis

Disagree. College overtime is a contrived format that does not resemble the parameters of the game as it is played in the 60 minutes of regulation. Its only benefit is in creating equality of opportunity; beyond that, it is a dreadful way to decide a game and sometimes leads to ludicrous scores that do not reflect how the game was played (an extreme example was an Arkansas-Mississippi game in 2001 with a final score of 58-56 that followed a 17-17 score at the end of regulation).

Also, to say that a tie has "no value" is factually incorrect. It is, in effect, a half-win. At the end of the 2006 season, the Broncos and 49ers were in overtime, with Denver playing for a chance at the postseason. A tie would have sent the Broncos to the playoffs, as it would have given them a half-game edge over the Chiefs. A 1987 tie with the Packers also allowed the 10-4-1 Broncos to earn home-field advantage by a half-game over the 10-5 Browns, which proved crucial in the AFC Championship Game that Denver won, 38-33.

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The analysis, opinion and speculation in this story represents that of the author, gathered through research and reporting, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Denver Broncos organization.

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