Sunday, October 13, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Denver Broncos
By Jeff Legwold
DENVER -- Observed in the locker room after the Denver Broncos' 35-19 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars:
Worries up front: In a season when they have already lost left tackle Ryan Clady for the year because of a foot injury, the Broncos now have to hope for the best with right tackle Orlando Franklin. Franklin left Sports Authority Field at Mile High using crutches after a left knee injury and will get an MRI on Monday. When Franklin left the game, the Broncos moved right guard Louis Vasquez in at right tackle and put Chris Kuper at right guard. Quarterback Peyton Manning was still not sacked in the game.
Tough love: Denver is an old-school football town that lives and breathes with its NFL team, but the level of expectations following this team in the wake of January’s playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens was plainly evident when, leading 14-12 at halftime, the team left the field to the sound of plenty of boos. “I guess they didn’t like the situation at the half," said defensive end Malik Jackson. “I guess if they want to be the coach, they have to come try out for the job."
Turn it over: It was the Broncos' first three-turnover game of the season, with all three Sunday involving Manning in some way. Manning had an interception returned 59 yards for a touchdown by Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny, fumbled a snap and later dropped a low shotgun snap from center Manny Ramirez. Manning, however, was quick to own the plays following the game, even calling the interception “a bad decision, just a complete force."
Ready for Von: Linebacker Von Miller will return to work full-time Monday after finishing his six-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. He is expected to be in the lineup Sunday in Indianapolis against the Colts. “People keep talking about our defense, they haven’t seen our defense yet. [Champ] Bailey just came back today, and we get Von back this week. That’s our defense."