Still Atop the AFC West
The Broncos didn’t want to head into the bye week on a losing note but at 4-3 and still first place in the AFC West the Broncos know they are still in a pretty good position heading into the second half of the season.
Michael Pittman likes where his team is right now but said he knows they are capable of playing at a higher level.
“Right now we are 4-3 and I think that is a pretty good record right now in the NFL because everybody is good in this league,” he said. “We are at the top of our division right now but we have to play better.”
“We just need to do what is needed to win these football games and eliminate these mistakes that we are making on both sides of the ball,” he continued. “We are going to keep battling as a team and as a unit because we believe in one another. Early in the year we were scoring a lot of points and the defense was doing a good job stopping people. We know we can go out there and do a lot of good things, we just have to go out there and do it.”
Stepping Up to an Opportunity
With news of injuries, Champ Bailey out 4-6 weeks and Boss Bailey possibly done for the year, Broncos players know that they will need to step up their play in their absence.
Elvis Dumervil said losing Champ and Boss is a blow to the Broncos defense but not one that they can’t overcome.
“It is tough,” he said. “Anytime you lose a shutdown corner like that it is huge. He is tough in the run game he is a good tackler. As far as covering the pass defense when you take a guy like Champ out of the game the ball can come out a lot quicker. We just have to step their game up and try and compensate for a guy like Champ.”
Jack Williams knows he will have some big shoes to fill as the replaces Champ Bailey for the next few weeks, but it is a challenge and opportunity that he is looking forward to.
“Nobody can be Champ,” he said. “I am going to be Jack Williams. Whether that is going out there and making plays or not letting plays happen. Whatever my role is that is what I have to do – that is what I will do.”
Moss Hopes to Contribute Even More
Jarvis Moss looks forward to an increased role in the defense, whether that may be as a defensive lineman or due to the injury to Boss Bailey more of a look at the linebacker position, even though he admits he hasn’t studied a lot of linebacker tape.
“I have been playing this game for a long time, since flag football, so anything that the coaches want to coach me up on I’m sure will come pretty quick and pretty natural,” he said. “Whatever my call – that is the type of guy that I am – whatever the coaching staff asks me to do is what I am going to do 110 percent. If that is playing linebacker that is what exactly I am going to do.”
Some Good News on the Injury Front
Even with the slew of bad news as far as injuries go on Wednesday, there was some good news amongst the bad.
Wide receiver Brandon Stokley said, barring an unforeseen setback, he feels he will be ready to play against Miami a week from Sunday.
“I feel a lot better, hopefully I will keep improving,” he said.
He said once he does some cardio later in the week he will know for sure just how ready he is.
With all the injuries the Broncos have faced as of late, Stokley said although it is an obstacle it is a good gauge to see exactly what the team is made of.
“We took some bumps and bruises last week, but that is life in the NFL,” he said. “Now other people need to step up and be ready to play.”
-Jake Grilley, DenverBroncos.com